Lobster Quadrille Anime Review: Chobits

Chobits

Genre: Sci-fi/Romantic Comedy

Studio/Creator: Madhouse/Clamp

Distributor: FUNimation, streaming on FUNimation’s website, Hulu.com, and youtube.com

No. of episodes: 26 (if you count the exclusive DVD-only episodes, which I was unable to watch)

Age Rating: 16+

My Rating: 8/10

Summary: Hideki Motosuwa is a prep school student who wants tow things: a girlfriend and/or a “persocom”, an android that acts as a personal computer.  On his way home one evening, he stumbles across a female persocom thrown in the trash.  He takes it home and inadvertently turns it on. She’s had her memory wiped and can only say “chi”, which Hideki calls her. And thus our story begins.

Review: When I started this show, I almost thought I wasn’t going to like it.  Hideki is quite perverted and he got on my nerves quickly.  So what changed my mind? Chi. Chi is such an adorable character, I fell in love with her.  I loved her cherubic face, her super-long blonde hair, and her child-like personality.  I laughed at how she constantly mimicked Hideki in attempts to understand him. And I laughed at Hideki’s attempts to educate her. It was just so much fun to watch the two of them interact.

The art style for this story is quite soft, especially for a sci-fi story.  I’m used to a grittier approach, but I liked this style, as for the most part, this is a much more light-hearted story than say Ghost in the Shell.  It really fit the story well.

Another thing I like is that the show explores one of my favorite themes: if we create artificial humans like Chi, can they still be human?  Can Chi learn to love?  And how does this affect her as a person?

Music/Score: Chobits’ opening, “Let Me Be With You” is a very funny song and fits the show. The three ending themes also reflect the mood as well, with the first having a cheerful approach and the second having a more somber feel.

Sub/Dub: Either version works, but I like the dub best. Crispin Freeman and Michelle Ruff really show their ranges as Hideki and Chi, especially since they usually play more serious characters. [for instance, Freeman’s role as Alex Rowe (Last Exile) or Michelle Ruff’s most recent role as Rukia (Bleach)]. Sandy Fox really steals the show as the precocious persocom Sumomo.

Violence: (1/10): mild slapstick

Language: (5/10): A few curse words and some slightly sexually suggestive wordplay here and there.

Nudity: (3/10): When Hideki first turns Chi on, she’s covered bandages and they fall off, slowly revealing her naked body.  Hideki also has some porno mags.

Sexuality: (4/10) SPOILER! In one episode, Chi decides to get a job in order to pay the rent.  She meets a rather sleazy man who tricks her into working at his peep show. When she gets confused and doesn’t cooperate, he accidentally touches her power switch, which is located right where her vagina would be. Yeah.

Religion: (0/10)

Drugs/Tobacco: (0/10)

Related Media: This is based on the Chobits manga created by CLAMP. It supposedly ties in to their Angelic Layer anime and manga. Having seen both Angelic Layer and Chobits, I really don’t see the connection.


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  1. #1 by The Cajun Samurai on November 27, 2011 - 5:43 pm

    I have to admit, as I was reading this, I was thinking “Is he going to mention the power switch? He’s GOT to mention the power switch…” LOL But, yeah, “Chobits” is a really good show with a lot of depth to it. You’re not missing a lot with the DVD only episodes, and I’m actually glad they didn’t make them apart of the lineup on the disks as they’re mostly flashbacks. I have to admit, I really liked “Chibits” though. Sumomo and Kotoko should have their own 6 episode OVA or something…I would honestly watch it…because I’m a very strange person..

    And you forgot to mention one of the greatest V/A’s around is in this one…Mona Marshall. She really put on a great performance as Minoru. Granted it sounds a lot like Izzy from “Digimon Adventure”, but its still a great voice for that kind of character.

  2. #2 by sweetpea616 on November 27, 2011 - 10:08 pm

    “Can Chi learn to love, even though she cannot even procreate?”

    I’m not sure how I feel about this question. I know what you’re getting at, but at face value, this questions the ability of anyone- human or not- to love without being able to have kids. I’m sure that’s not what you meant, so you might want to think of a different way to word this one!

    I’m glad you mentioned the art style! Even for other sci-fi stories, CLAMP has done harder, grittier looks, and I definitely agree that it really goes well with this story.

    The connection between Chobits and Angelic Layer is that the creator of the dolls in Angelic Layer is the ‘dad’ to Chi and Freya (it’s only mentioned in the manga of Chobits, so it’s no wonder you didn’t know!).The dolls in Angelic Layer are also supposed to be the precursors to the Personocoms.

    • #3 by rocklobsterjwt on November 28, 2011 - 9:28 pm

      Thanks, sweetpea. I didn’t know that. And as for the line you questioned, I was talking about her potential to procreate. I know there are humans out there who can’t procreate and are probably quite loving.

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