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  • Directors: Morio Asaka
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Mvm
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar. 2007
  • Run Time: 675 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LSBMZ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,910 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 24 episodes of the Japanese anime series. Hideki , a country boy from Hokkaido, arrives in Tokyo to go to college. There, he is shocked by the variety and prevalence of Persocoms: personal computers designed to look and act like animals or even people. Too poor to afford one of his own, Hideki is overjoyed to discover a discarded Persocom in a rubbish heap. However, this gift of fate turns into a mystery as his Persocom, Chi, appears to be able to operate without her operating system... Episodes are: 'Chi Awakens', 'Chi Goes Out', 'Chi Learns', 'Chi Goes on Errands', 'Chi Finds', 'Chi Weakens', 'Chi Works', 'Chi Bewildered', 'Chi Buys', 'Chi Meets', 'Chi Confirms', 'Chi Plays', 'Chi Goes to the Ocean!', 'Chi Entertains', 'Chi Doesn't Do Anything', 'Chi Provides', 'Chi Helps', 'Chi Disappears', 'Chi Waits', 'Chi Wants', 'Chi Answers', 'Chi Wears and Takes Off', 'Chi Decides' and 'The Only Person for Chi'.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. L. A. Huguenin on 14 April 2007
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This fabulous story of countryboy Hideki Motosuwa and the persocom Chii which he found at a dumpster is really captivating. The storyline progresses throughout the series with such charisma that you want to watch it without interruption. Chii is innocent and naive like a small child, which makes her immensely cute and combined with Hideki's clumsiness and hysteria there are a lot of very funny moments.

The relationship between Hideki and Chii is somewhat like a father with his little daughter when he is teaching Chii several new things and tries to keep her from harm that is lurking in the big city. It is obvious that he cares for Chii, which only grows as the story continues and eventually reaches a climax.

It is the combination of humour, love and suspense that makes Chobits one of my favourite anime series ever!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By ds VINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
Chobits is, at the beginning at least, the story of Hideki, who moves to Tokyo as a student to enrol in cram school after failing to make university. He rents a room in a house owned by his (attractive) landlady Hibiya. One of the first things Hideki, a country boy, notices is the ubiquity of persocons, personal computers in forms ranging from the small, cute pocket-sized to the full-sized and human-like. Hideki would love one of his own but can't afford one on the little money he has to his name.

Amazingly, almost immediately, he finds a naked, discarded persocon in the refuse outside and takes her in. This persocon seems to be something out of the ordinary however, seemingly working without any operating system or software, as well as resisting all attempts to discover what she is by the friends Hideki makes (including his neighbour Shinbo and child prodigy Minoru). Hideki names his new persocon Chii, but he is soon to discover that she has a complex and hidden past...

Hideki isn't your entirely typical anime/manga hero, although he's a bit gauche as a country boy and a ronin he's an honest, decent person and, unusually, not unattractive to women, seeing as how he's tall and reasonably good-looking. Most of his embarrassment around the opposite sex seems to stem from his relative isolation while growing up in the countryside. Indeed, most of the male characters seem to be given some depth in characterisation fairly early; not something that I felt about the female ones at the start. However, don't let this put you off because, as we discover, these first impressions are misleading.

In the early part of the series, the main relationship, between Hideki and Chii, is actually rather touching, like a parent-child or teacher-student one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 2 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
Let me start off by saying I watch a lot of films and series (both Anime and live action film), and every so often you do get lucky and find a gem in the rough.

I picked up this series absolutely by chance, not knowing anything about it before hand. To be honest I thought it wouldn't be any good because of the cover (which is easily to worst part of this product). However I'm happy that I did get hold of it as it has literally changed my perspective of the Anime genre.

Like with films such as Akira, Wings of Honneamise, and pretty much all Miyazaki films, Chobits breaks new ground in the way it deconstructs the stereotypical Anime narrative. Rather than making the typical, knock-off Anime which goes something like - a person meets a load of other people, they fight and bicker, only for the two main characters to suddenly falling hopelessly in love, then to find there's a love triangle, and finally left with an open ending - Chobits throws the rule book out the window and sets about analysing what love, lust, passion, and belong really are up close, and at what point do they all meet.

The only let down was the series lost it's flow in several middle episodes, when it descended into some typically silly mini-stories. But to be fair to the writers, they did have to keep the character/story development going for the full 26 (I think) episodes! -- you don't fully know any of the characters, or where the film is going until you reach the very end... when in the typical Anime almost everything has been said by the 3rd episode then you just repeat repeat repeat.

I guess the other criticism people might have is that the film is from a more male point of view ( even though I've read it was written by a group of women! ).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Fisher on 16 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
This is a charming, entertaining and at times extremely funny series derived from the original manga (2001 - 2002) from Clamp.

Basically the plot purports to be about the developing relationship between a young man (Hideki) and his cute android `persecom' or personal computer (Chi), but there is also a Science Fiction element to the story, as it seems the young man may have stumbled on a legendary special model of extraordinary power and unknown capabilities. These Sci-Fi elements are intriguing, and could perhaps have been made more of, but fundamentally the series is a romantic comedy. If it simply concentrated on the main romantic theme, it could perhaps be accused of being `a cheap romantic comedy', an accusation which has (unfairly, in my opinion) been levelled against it, but it does not fall into this trap, and in fact examines the nature of romance on several different levels. Philosophical questions are ubiquitous in anime, and Chobits is no exception as it also discusses, to a certain extent, the problems which one might expect to be associated with a romantic relationship between a human and a non-human, or artificial entity.

Overall the plot, dialogue and characterisation could initially be taken as being somewhat superficial, but the maturity and subtlety incorporated into the material at times, and the skill with which it is handled, belies this impression. The naivete and over-cuteness of Chi can sometimes become a bit cloying, which some might object to, but I do not think it is fair to describe it as `cheap', and for my taste the skill with which the bulk of the material is handled saves it from being irritating.
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