Thoughts on Chobits (Spoilers?)

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There’s quite the divide between the viewers of this show. Some see this show as a cute look at the relationship between robots and humans, while others see this show as a means to cleverly display cute girls doing cute things. I agree more with the latter, personally, as this show’s attempts at hard-hitting questions are lackluster at best. It has a really messy plot scheme as well; beginning with cute stuff and ending with dramatic situations… between characters that were barely shown to begin with. This entire show is just a “pacing gone wrong” slogan… among other things.

You know what I love? Stories about reviving a humanoid robot by pressing into their vagina. That’s the type of wholesome story I want my children hearing as they grow older. If that’s not enough, why not make them oblivious to everything around them, so we’ll let a hormonal teenage boy with porno magazines teach her right from wrong? That would have absolutely no consequences whatsoever. All of the red flags are there… yet, of course, this series is sickly sweet and covered from head to toe with cheese straight from Wisconsin. The purpose of this anime isn’t fan service… or is it? That’s one of the few problems this anime has. It’s just… undecided. It has numerous moments where HIDEKI can take full advantage of his big boy parts, and it hints at taking that direction, despite his innocent appearance. This ismostly with the first half of the anime, however, as the second half decides that a slice of life nature simply isn’t enough to keep the audience engrossed.

No, we need psychological torture. WHAT IS LOVE? CAN WE LOVE ROBOTS? CAN ROBOTS EMOTION? SHOULD WE TREAT ROBOTS WITH MORE RESPECT THAN HUMAN BEINGS? These topics and those similar to it are shoved upon our once delightful show about the adorable Chi and her child-like days of lethargic learning. What better way to use these issues than to involve characters that were barely shown within the first half to better develop them for the second half? The only issue here is that NO ONE CARES. Congratulations.

Wait, is Chi important? Why yes, Chi is very important. She only has the ability to shape mankind as we know it! For she has the ability to………… float around and glow! Yes, how can we as human beings even dare to face the might of her power? This segment of the entry isn’t any funnier than the entirety of the anime itself.

Enough about the plot (Chi’s body), let’s talk about the characters! I’ll go over some of the important ones:

Chi: Floats and glows. The #1 most important character in the entire series because why not?

HIDEKI: HIS NAME SOUNDS CUTE WHEN CHI SAYS IT. Also Chi likes him so yeah he’s important.

Everyone else: Chi acknowledges them, so they’re important enough to at least appear on screen.

If the irony is lost on thee, allow me to explain: Chi is the main character. All other characters bow down to her. No other character gets much (or any) development (save for the dramatic scenes of the second half) because of her. No one matters in comparison to her. No one is likable compared to her. When one compares themselves to God, they may as well not compare themselves at all. It’s the Chi show. Starring Chi (and friends, in really small font).

The art is fine. I like what they did with the eyes for most of the characters, specifically everyone except HIDEKI. No pupils is a sexy look. Just eternal black/dark blueness. HIDEKI only has the pupils. It’s like they didn’t like how eyes looked, so they changed them for the sake of being unique. And why not? The second half of this show tries to be… way too hard. One other thing I will say is that Chi just looks scrumptious throughout the entire anime. They give her so many outfits and positions and opportunities to be sexy/cute/drool that I just can’t help but give the art section full props. 2002? This anime may as well have been made in 2022.

I kind of started this entry being serious, but then I realized how much fun it would be to be a sarcastic douche. In actuality, this series isn’t entirely bad, it’s just weighed down by a lot of technical issues. I’ve noted some of them above, like the fact that Chi gets all the attention (for no reason, as it turns out) and leaves no room for development for other characters. The sudden change from slice of life to full-on drama during the second half is also grating. Why try to become something you’re not? Sure, there were ominous signs of foreshadowing that hinted at Chi’s dark past, but how does that make me care about anyone other than Chi? It doesn’t. Also, the end is complete shit. Completely lackluster and nonsensical. The entire series kind of just feels like a waste with the ending it decides to have. It’s really disappointing, as this series had the potential to be… uh, cute, I guess. That’s the biggest strength this series has: Chi is really cute, and her relationship with HIDEKI is cute, too. They just added too much shit that no one cares about.

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