Review written for the whole series.
After I watched the anime for Chobits
I decided to check out the manga. Chobits was written by Clamp
, a company mainly made of four women, and is published by Tokyopop
in the US. Just like the anime, it was fantastic. Since a lot of the basics of the manga and the anime are the same, this going to be a brief review. If you want some of the basics, check out my review of the anime HERE
Like I said, the basic story is the same as the anime. The story is about Hideki
, a 19 year old ronin (in the anime he is 18, 19 in the manga). Even though Hideki wants a persocom
, he can't afford one because he doesn't have enough money. One night Hideki finds a persocom and the trash and he decides to bring it hope. Trying to turn on the persocom, he looks all over her for the turn on switch. He has looked every for the switch on her until he realizes the one spot he actually didn't look, right in-between her legs. After turning her on all the perscom can say is "chi" and the persocom is named Chi
Just like the anime, a big part of the manga is Hideki
teaching Chi things from the basics like names of things to more complected things like happiness. To go along with that Hideki is trying to find out if Chi is called this so called legendary persocom "Chobits".
Now it's time for the differences between the manga and the anime. While the core story is the same, there are some differences. Wikipedia has a nice list of the differences between the two. Since there spoilers involved, proceed with caution. (Finally get to use the spoiler tag feature. w00t!)
Now it's time for my thoughts. Since most of the key major parts of the manga are in the anime, I kinda felt that I wasted my time a little
Hideki Motosuwa and Chi
on the manga. If I read the manga first and seen the anime second, I probably would have a different opinion. On the positive
side it's nice to see the differences between the two. The manga had more adult content like more language and nudity. Plus the manga is just as funny as the anime, which is great. Also, no filler. In the anime it takes Hideki a whole episode to buy Chi a pair of panties. In the manga it takes him like 2 pages, but it's still pretty funny in the anime though.
If you love reading romantic comedies, I easily recommend this to you. It's one of the best on the market. If you have seen the anime and want to read the manga, you are basically getting the "director's cut" of the anime with a few things changed here and there. If you have NOT read the manga, I easily recommend this over the anime.
My Score - 5/5