Chobits (2003)

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I have to mention it took me 5 years to finish this. The problem is the first 8-10 episodes are saturated with fan service, and I just couldn’t get past that. For those that don’t know, fan service is just meant to entice the viewer. It could range from fights to explosions, but more often than not it’s panty shots, shower scenes and a lot of cleavage. In other words, there’s really no plot or story.

But at the request of one of my readers, I had to finish it. I’m really glad I did. It starts off slow and irritating at times, but it manages to redeem itself halfway through. We follow Hideki, a high strung guy who has to study at a cram school in order to get to college. He’s a horrible student, and is plagued by a lack of funds. His luck seems to change when he finds a persacom that has been left on top of garbage. Persacoms are personal robots that can serve all kinds of functions.

The fact the one is just lying in trash is odd because they’re super expensive. What follows is an interesting take on robots, and if they could become close to human. The voice acting is pretty good, but everyone sounds confused every time they speak. Each line has a unsure or quizzical tone, and I’m not sure why.

Other than that, it’s a solid show. It’s painfully slow for the first couple episodes, but once the action starts it’s nonstop. There’s also quite a bit of romance and mystery peppered in, but thankfully the elements blend together very well. I give it 4 out of 5. The acting is a little questionable at times, and the terms used for technology show just how old this really is. That being said, it is still a very sweet story. It’s currently streaming on Netflix, and I highly recommend giving it a chance.

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