Saturday, May 16, 2009

Chobits Vol. 1, 2, 3, and 4 by Clamp

Reason for Reading: New Author Challenge, Rhinoa's Manga Challenge.
In Japan there are robots known as Persocons, walking computers in the shape of humans which preform many mundane tasks. They seem to be incredibly expensive, if a student saved up enough money he might be able to buy a little one. A boy named Motosuwa Hideki who works at a bar and is also a prep student for college decides he's going to buy a one of these expensive robotic companions. Of course, being broke he can't afford one, but he finds a Persocon in the garbage outside of the store. Being an oppurtunistic guy, he takes her! The rest of the manga describes his trials and joys with the little Persocon he names Chii.
Title and author of book: Chobits by Clamp - Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4

Fiction or non-fiction? Genre? Graphic Novel. Science-fiction.

What led you to pick up this book? I needed some books for the manga challenge. This series was recommended to me by Chris.

Summarize the plot, but don’t give away the ending! See above...

What did you like most about the book? The thing I like so far about the series is both the idea and the characters. I find a lot of manga I have encountered is a bit like a superhero-type series. This is just about a regular guy who has a personal computer in the form of a female. Chii doesn't have any memory about what life was like before he found her, so she is learning everything all over again. It's actually pretty funny! Her owner has to keep reminding himself that she is a computer. She's cute, though. I think the series is well-written and I enjoy all the characters.

What did you like least? I don't have many complaints really. The annoyance of getting them from the library, maybe. I still have to get the rest. Apparently Clamp is an all-female team, and it is very apparent in this series. The female characters are not as annoying as they can be!

Have you read any other books by this author? What did you think of those books? This is the only series that I have read enough in that I feel I can really comment on. Any others I will wait until I have read further in! I find that manga takes a couple books to grow on me. This was the first Clamp series I read, though, the fact that I read more since is just because I am so behind on reviews!

What did you think of the main character? I guess I answered this already. There is Chii and her owner. They are the main characters. Chii is cute and her owner is pretty funny. He is just a regular guy, so it makes him very easy to relate to! Hideki likes porn and there is one scene where Chii buys him a magazine. I found that pretty funny. He is really just struggling to survive, but at the same time take care of Chii. I like it.

What about the ending? I cannot comment on the ending yet. I have to finish the rest of the series, first!

I should also point out that I really like the covers for this series. They are nice and eye-catching, huh? The art overall for these books is really good! Recommended series!

Other Reviews:
In Bed With Books: "Filled with adorable loli-style art and adorable moments of unbearable cuteness between the pervy stuff, I love CHOBITS. It's a well-plotted series that sets up and establishes a relationship in seven volumes even with all kinds of crazy conspiracies going on."

Anyone else? Let me know if I missed your review! (I am on a roll with books that don't seem to get much blogging attention, huh?)


  1. This is one of the six manga titles I chose for the same challenge. I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't started on the challenge yet... :(

  2. Hmm...I like the sound of this. I think that when I do try Clamp, it'll be this series!

  3. Alice: That sucks! I have read my six and then some for this challenge. It's fun!

    Ana: The good thing about this series is it is short, only seven or eight volumes I think!

  4. These sound really cool! A friend gave me a list of titles to try out after I failed to get into the Fairy Tail series - Chobits and xxxHolic were the top 2.

  5. Joanne: I hope you enjoy it!

  6. I have xxxholic to read and if I like that series I will definitely move on to this one. Thanks, I have seen these about and was wondering if they were any good.

  7. Rhinoa: I really liked this series. I hope you do, too!


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