In the near future, personal computers take the form of toys figures, animals or even people, called Persocons (persocons actually means PC or personal computer in Japanese). Hideki Motosuwa is a poor student who failed hi... more »s entrance exams to get into college. So, Hideki is forced to move to the city, get a job, and attend cram school in hopes of passing the next college entrance exam. He of course, wants a Persocon for himself, but is way too poor to afford one. One day, while passing a building, He finds a Persocon in a trash heap. However, his new find doesn't seem to be like the others he's heard about. She doesn't seem to have any operating system at all, and only says "Chii". As Hideki learns more about his Persocon (aptly named "Chii"), he finds that she is not of any known type, and most likely some sort of homemade model. He also learns of the rumor of the "Chobits", Persocons with the ability to think for themselves, instead of running only complex programs. What is this mysterious persocom and why was she in the trash? Hideki has a mystery to solve and still pass his classes at the same time.« less
"In the future, personal computers have developed into humanoid 'Persocons'. A prep school student named Hideki Motosuwa desperately wants to buy a Persocon but can't afford to. One fateful day he finds a Persocon in a garage pile and so he takes her home. When he turns on the Persocon, she can only say 'Chi' and that's what he names her. Over time it becomes apparent that Chi is more than an average Persocon. It seems that Chi might be a "Chobit", a type of advanced Persocon rumoured to have independent thought and feeling. How far will Hideki go to protect her and what will their relationship become.
The Chobits Collection contains all 7 DVD volumes and the Character Song Collection CD - a total of 8 discs in 4 double thinpak cases. The artbox has a plastic slipcase with the description and specs on it, so the artbox itself is pretty much free of any text."
One of CLAMP's Best
Archmage Ryokosha | 11/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent anime, and a very nice take on the more traditional "boy meets girl plots". Some have said in the past that this series is yet another one about a lonely guy often a nerdy type, who is lucky enough to meet a lovely, and (not always) submissive female. In most anime, this female robot or android just happens to be a robot or android of some sort either created by or stumbled upon by the main character. However, that is far too simple a way to explain it and I think unjustly labels "Chi", the Persocom (android) within this story, and the other female androids.
Looking only at "Chi" as the story moves on it is obvious she is not submissive but filled with childlike innocence. This is what helps make the story so different from others with female androids. Chi is truly a child learning about the world around her and the very important rule it will seem she will play seemingly as one of the legendary "Chobits", the Peroscoms that legend holds are have real emotions and need no traditional programming to function.
As she learns about this world around her, and at times has her innocence exploited, something that can easily be mistaken for her being submissive, Hideki, the main male character and one that finds Chi, finds himself both as her teacher and her caretaker. As they both grown and learn together and begin to see the world through each other's eyes they naturally grow closer together in a way that works as being very easy to accept and believe could happen.
The climax itself and what happens when all the pieces are in place, the pieces of the puzzles that build through mysterious photos, and searches to see if Chi really is a "Chobits" is something not to be missed and is one of the most stunning and emotionally filled endings I have ever seen to an anime.
With a story that is so well written that it is very easy to grow to love the characters and feel excitement about the characters this ending was perhaps even more emotional. Overall this is not an anime you should miss and is one that should be on everyone's "Must See" lists no matter your typical favorite genre."
Hobbes | usa | 11/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though there are a lot of scenes that differ from (or were not present in) the manga, Chobits is a great anime series to watch. The way that the ending plays out is slightly different from the manga, but it still holds true in tone and execution (and is still a happy ending).
In regards to the dvd, the picture is beautiful with bright colors popping off the screen. Thankfully (as many tv shows on dvd do not have this feature) there are chapter stops for the intro and ending themes, though while they are catchy, I don't particularly want to see them for every episode. A cd is also included entitled the Chobits Character Song Collection.
If you liked the Chobits manga or are a fan of anime in general, don't hesitate to buy this dvd."
A little uneven, but it's strengths more than make up for wh
Cory LaFerriere | 05/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Get Chobits, in this nice 8 disk set that takes up much less shelf space than buying all the DVD volumes separately.
If I were to judge this anime after only seeing the first handful of episodes I would have been skeptical. Many filler episodes early on made me wonder when they'd get to the point. I was also reading the manga series at the time, which moved the plot along at a faster pace.
Then the second half came along, and the plot picked up. A new ending theme song began playing called "Ningyo Hime" which remains one of my favorite anime songs. From here on, the story stayed true to the manga except for a different conclusion. Once the story was fully covered, I was able to better appreciate the filler episodes for their charming situations and humor.
The look of this series is gorgeous. I liked the artwork in the manga, but it's definitely a step up to see it in full color and in motion. The characters are voiced well, adequately bringing their personalities to life just as I imagined them when I read the manga.
The music of this series can be best described as fun. It's a lively soundtrack with tracks that made me think of old Care Bears cartoons. It fits the series very well. As an added bonus, this set comes with an audio CD, the "Character Song Collection." I like the 2 OSTs better, with the actual musical tracks from the series, but these vocal pieces are all very nice as well.
A fine collection of a very good anime series!"
This is what Im talking about
Corey D. Collins | 01/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Awsome anime. I may be a guy but I still like a quote "chick flick", even more so since its still anime. The love story here is top notch, grade A, premium choice. Sadly it left me wanting more, but thats just how I am, the ending was great. Yet I still want more, sorta an after story as it were. Well all in all its one of the best."