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Chobits (ちょびっツ, Chobittsu) is a Japanese manga created by the Japanese manga collective Together, Chi and Hideki explore the relationship between human beings and persocoms, as well as their friends' and their own. At the end of the series, Hideki finally admits that he loves Chi, and is her special person. My Only Person brings to an end the main story of Chobits. epiphany at the end of the action is nothing new in human relationships, but true. A page for describing Headscratchers: Chobits. Why is Maybe Ms. Hibiya will disable it after the series ending, as she seems to approve of the relationship.
Personally, I think the more pressing question is whether or not her creator- after installing a reset button in her crotch to prevent her from being used for sexual purposes- would have gone to the trouble of installing all the necessary nerve endings and emotional software for Chi to actually get something out of intercourse in the first place. The less you think about her creator- who treated Chi like a surrogate daughter- writing a program that lets her experience an orgasm, the better.
Buttons can be disabled by software, so extensive mods may not be necessary, as it's served its purpose. Is it any less disturbing than the fact that he evidently built her to be completely anatomically correct?
He's given her robotic nerves, the ability to feel pleasure at a kiss, nipples, for Christ's sake—why not orgasms?
In fact, the idea that he would create an artificial human with the drive to improve herself and feel desire for another person and then not write a sex program because it squicks him out seems kind of selfish. Chii's creator built her and her sister, originally, as Replacement Goldfish for kids they couldn't naturally have.
One of those kids ended up falling in love with her creator until it killed her because she couldn't imagine that sort of love not having a sexual component that her creator thankfully would never go to. In the manga, that was a risk for every Persocom, and in the anime, any persocom her emotional programming was loaded onto.
The Chii we see in the current timeframe was modified by that creator, who must have had some rather understandable hang-ups about sex. Actually, in the manga at least, Freya "died" because her love was unrequited and the emotional strain on her systems was too great, not because she wanted sex. The button is there as a safeguard.
The manga makes a big deal of the difference between loving the Persocom for who they are, and just loving that they are beautiful, useful and far more docile than a human. In order to be sure Chi had found the one, they would have to love her for herself, not her body, because if they really did love her then they would never hit her reset button and destroy her personality.
Presumably Chi herself has no desire for physical love - as a robot hormones are probably out of the question, and a lot of the way she understands love appears to be emotional and not physical.
Why do the humans have the same blank eyes as the Persocoms? Mayhaps it's to show that humans are in the same boat as all Persocoms as the manga notes, Chii included - merely acting out some form of programming.
Chii's program made her appeal to those like the usual protagonist in a shounen love manga, and the protagonist happened to have the program set that would eventually return her 'love' - as opposed to the guy who wanted 'to find out more about her' or any others i.
I did think it was odd that they used the art style that usually indicates Mind-Control Eyesgetting realistic ones well, realistic for anime, anyway when Chii put her sentience whammy on them. At least, that's what I think it was What would happen if someone decided to build persocoms that didn't look or act like all the others and instead looked like something that came out of Bostmaster?
So Hideki is going to grow old, and Chi is going to look like a sixteen year old forever Yes, unless Hideki somehow becomes an extremely powerful mage. Well, Hideki is in Tokyo for college And who said that he can't take Engineering? Because the sheer amount of Engineering disciplines to rebuild Chii would be overwhelming? Off the top of my head, he'd need to be both an Electrical and Computer Science Engineer, plus having dabbled in Biology.
And I'm probably forgetting some things too. Why does she have private parts in the first place? Her creator doesn't want her being abused, so why can't she have Barbie Doll anatomy? Seriously, I cannot believe this was not the very first question on this page. WHY does Chi have functional private parts? Because her creator was either in full protective father mode when he thought of that, or seemed to have had a rather mediaval view on "true love" - if she wasn't perfectly capable of it, it wouldn't be enough of a "test" for her potential suitors, apparently You can't "deliberately give up" on an option that doesn't exist in the first place.
Her creator was a scientist. He didn't want her to be taken advantage of, and so built safeguards, but that doesn't change the fact that she was still a prototype for an artificial human.
Besides which, we know that Chii and Freya's programming was capable of evolving and growing: They were also capable of falling in love, or approximating it. In the anime, at least, it's not unimaginable that he built them with genitals so that they could choose to have sex when they were ready for it.
But they can't have sex, even if they wanted to, because doing so will wipe their memories. Chii practically throws herself at Hideki, but if he goes for it, she'll go back to being a mindless drone.
Well, that's the manga - I prefer to just think about the anime story where they can have sex and leave it at that, because to design Chi to have sexual needs but make fulfilling them tantamount to suicide isn't just a moral "test" for Hideki, it's a horribly sadistic form of lifelong emotional abuse towards Chi, somewhat analogous to the effects of female circumcision except even moreso, in the "touch yourself the wrong way and you lose all your memories" way - at least FC victims don't have the ongoing threat of mental dissolution hanging over them.
The manga is more obtuse on whether the persocoms are sentient, but it concedes that they're potentially no less so than humans, and the fact that her creator was thinking of Chi pursuing her "own happiness" means there's little moral justification for forcing a lifelong chastity vow, and a death penalty for breaking it, on her. Just look at his antics in Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer. Actually, later in Chobits, it's specifically revealed that the Angels in Angelic Layer were prototypes for the persocoms.
And since Chi's creator was the one who invented persocoms If she developed a less healthy relationship, not having that part would be just as deadly as having it. Once the reset button was added, it also made the underlying test an actual test; there's no reason for temptation without having something to tempt with.
Yes, Chii and Freya were originally built as replacement goldfish. However, Freya didn't want to have sex with professor Ichihara. She was emotionally torn from wanting her love returned and not because Ichhara was her father and happily married to the woman she considered her mother. Anyone else weirded out by the fact that the only difference between our modern world and Chobits' world is that they have perfected various forms of AI or "VI", and an obvious superiority in advanced robotics.
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One would think that in a world with such technological advancements, they would have other, transitional technology, and it wouldn't have gone straight from normal PCs to advanced completely autonomous entities capable of emulated human thought.
If you take Angelic Layer as canon for the Chobits universe, there are quite likely some significant cybernetics technologies and possibly limited human enhancements occurring.
We don't see much of it, because it's not relevant to the plot, but it probably does exist within the setting. This also establishes some intermediate technology. Presumably most other intermediate formats have been subsumed into the persocoms, in the same way that modern people are unlikely to have separate car phones, land lines, PDAs, calculators, watches, internet tablets, and electronic calendars and to a lesser extent, separate media or video players as smart phones become more common-place.
That actually leads to a bit of fridge horror, if less advanced persocoms were tossed out rather than upgraded, but it matches the development of technology as we've seen it in the real world. In the Anime haven't finished just yet the books Chi reads about the pink bunny looking for love. They're wonderfully appropriate at eerily mirroring Chi's own life and troubles And just how did they get that acid trip of Cryptic Conversation -laden children's book published not just once, but with a sequel?
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Have you seen the current market for children's books? For all we know, the Cryptic Conversation made sense before the editors got to it! As I understand it, though I can't recall where I read it, the books were written by Ms. It becomes blatantly obvious in book 5 of 8 page 50, end of the 51st chapterwhere Ms. Hibiya is shown drawing the cover of the next book.
When she panics or freaks out, she makes all the other persocoms in the area stop dead in their tracks. Not to mention all the crazy that Freya causes when someone tries acting inappropriately towards Chi like making buildings explode but without actually hurting anyone.
Hibiya tells Hideki that there is no such thing as a "Chobit," Chi isn't a "true" AI, she is just a regular persocom but with special programming. So where did all that other stuff come from? At the end when Freya is asking Hideki if he still wants to be with Chi even though they Can't Have Sex, Evershe asks if he wants to know what Chi can do that no other persocom can.
Hideki replies with Crowning Moment of Heartwarming that unless it would affect their relationship he doesn't need to know. Is it the crazy persocom-messiah stuff that Chi had exhibited earlier in the series? The fact that she can make the top floor of a building explode? I don't know about the anime, but in the manga Zima and Dita have a conversation that tells what Chi's program would do if activated.
It would cause all persocoms to lose their recognition capabilities. They would not be able to distinguish those who are special to them from those who are not.
Such as a Persocom being reset and losing memories. Volume 4 around page Ueda's persocom, Yumi, gradually malfunctions and starts to lose her memory due to being an old model to begin with. I must say, I did an occasional eye-roll at CLAMPS hammer-to-the-head attempt at forcing the readers to feel great sorrow for persocoms in general for losing memory and being scrapped, when a human can also gradually lose memory and not be replaced due to death.
But it made it seem as if humans will never experience anything that a persocom would, that a humans experience is trivial by comparison. A persocoms memory can be transferred to new models or models that look the same as their original one while a human being doesn't get that option. CLAMP never addressed this fully and it just agitated me.
Though it said " there are some things each can do because they are different " Volume 6 around page 75 If you take Ueda's personal opinion to heart if I remember somewhat he believes that persocoms have it worse than humans when it comes to memories.
That human trauma is something that can be gotten over eventually, while a persocom is in danger because trauma is etched into their memory but can be gone if someone erases it. He states that Persocoms have it worse because they can lose their memories to an outsider at anytime simply by reformatting or erasing. But I say a human can also lose their memories to an outside source at anytime.
So why make it seem like a machine would care? It is not the machine that would be sad, it is the human that would be sad. And what are the chances that a human will lose their memory, at a young age. Amnesia isn't very common, and Alzheimer only happens later on in a human's lifetime. Ueda's persocom was an older model when he bought it yes, but she wasn't activated during that whole time.
So you could say that she wasn't really "born" then. That's also a common thing for the persocoms as opposed to humans where it is very rare, and not easily done it takes a lot to get amnesia. What makes it worse if that Ueda's persocom though she may not have remembered Ueda he was still her recognized "important person" which is why she chose to save him persocoms are not three-law compliant remember that.
There are also hackers to consider which unlike Amnesia is much more common and they can wipe out a persocom's memory. Early Onset Alzheimer's is a thing, you know Hibiya noticed her daughter Freya falling for her husband, and instead of requesting her husband to build a male persocom or even let Freya go out and find a male persocom as partner or anyone as a partner for that matter she asked him to build a second daughter Talk about illogical thinking.
Hibiya didn't notice Freya falling for her husband, she noticed that she was sad. She didn't realize that it was her husband Freya was looking at with those sad eyes for quite a while- as I recall, when Freya broke down. At the end of the anime Chi's so called special program effects all persocoms and they get "human-like" eyes, complete with a dilating iris. This basically counters the manga, where everyone is basically drawn in the same style, and persocoms express sadness by looking sad.
If Hideki dies either of old age or just dies then, what will happen to Chi? Eventually like persocom Yumi going by the mangawhen a persocom's memory bank becomes too full because they are obsolete, the bank has to be erased, reformatted, or transferred to a new model.
Because it will become so full that they began to break down and the program becomes corrupted. In the manga, the main reason why Ueda was reluctant to choose the "transfer data" option was that because of Yumi's obsolete model, the data transfer is not guaranteed to be successful without a hitch.
Depending on when Hideki kicks the bucket, technology might have caught up so that Chii's data can be transferred to a similar model without data corruption. When Freya is revealed to be alive inside of Chii Ms. Hibiya is shocked, so how did she know to add Freya to the books? Hibiya shocked in the anime?
In the manga she knew that Freya was there because Elda Chi before she was Chi told her.
She was shocked by Freya's appearance in the anime, thinking she had died instead of becoming a part of Chi. The books were a way for Ms. Hibiya to communicate with Chi, even though she promised she wouldn't try to influence her after she lost her memory. It makes sense that she would want to tell Chi about her older sister. Since the whole shebang was an attempt to keep Elda from repeating Freya's mistake, maybe she liked the idea of Freya guiding her sister "from beyond the grave" even though she didn't know it was actually happening.
Does anyone else get the idea that Chi's father was absolutely insane? A much simpler way to avoid Chi being used "that" way was to simply not "equip" her appropriately, but what really takes the cake is that he made Persocoms not bound by the three laws, meaning they could giddily slaughter humans if they wanted to. Chi's father intended Persocom's to have A. Not to mention in order to obey the the three law they would need to come with software that allows them to recognize humans and the myriad actions and circumstances where a human can be harmed, and they'd have to be designed so that they wouldn't function if that software wasn't present or had been tampered with.
It may just be the culture of Japan and how they consider characters to act in fiction, and I may be the only one with a problem on this The character Shinbo confuses me. He's practically the perfection of Helpful- seriously, if Hideki hadn't have gotten him as a housemate, he would not be living in that apartment past a month's rent! Shinbo is Hideki's go-to crutch for anything he needs to know about lifestyle, technology and Persocoms It's only near and beyond the episode 'Chi Doesn't Do Anything' where we see more depth to his personality, that he can be sarcastic, tired, worrisome, annoyed, and caring to the point of being lustful!
I do love how this show throws you for a loop halfway through, but until then, Hideki's friends, not just Shinbo, act far different than how you usually see people in a big city! Chobits takes place really far on the idealistic side of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Japan also places a lot of value on social bonds and the value of cooperation, and so the Power of Friendship aesop generally gets played up a lot in anime.
But also, I think it's a deliberate, realistic storytelling decision. Hideki and Chi along with Shinbo, Minoru and Yuzuki decide to investigate. At the end, Hideki and Chi discover that it is all a misunderstanding. He, Chi, Sumomo and Shinbo play the game together.
However, Chi is somehow not with them in the game, and Hideki searches around in-game to find her despite the fact that he has no experience in playing online games. While doing so, he accidentally finds himself confronting an undefeatable boss monster and is eventually rescued by Chi, although afterward Chi claims that she has no memory of the incident. Hibiya, Yumi, and Ms. There, dolphins catch their eye, Chi jumps overboard, and in an attempt to rescue Chi, Hideki nearly drowns himself.
Shimizu suddenly shows up at Hideki's apartment and spends the night. She doesn't say why, but she asks him if he prefers Persocoms over people.
The next day, he finds out that Shinbo hasn't slept at all. But when Hideki tells him what had happened overnight, Shinbo freaks out.
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Later, Hideki is walking home when he sees Ms. Shimizu and Shinbo locked in a romantic embrace. Then he finds out that Shinbo has run away with Ms. Bewildered, Hideki goes to Minoru's house and gets him to contact Shinbo via video call. Shinbo explains that Ms. Shimizu lost her trust in men when her husband bought a Persocom and became so enamoured with it he completely forgot about his wife. Chi wants to give him a meal to make him happy, so she uses her work paycheck to buy the food and make it herself.
Her attempt results in the smoke alarm going off, and Miss Hibiya teaches her to cook a more edible meal. Yuzuki reviews with Minoru what they know about Chi, and the only thing they can conclude with the information they have is that Chi is not a normal Persocom. This episode is another recap of the events that have happened so far in the series.
Hibiya is cleaning the apartments, and Hideki and Chi offer to help her. When Hideki goes to clean the electronics room, Sumomo accidentally falls onto some wires and gets electrocuted. Ms Hibiya then reveals that she used to build Persocoms, and she repairs Sumomo. While she flips through the pages, she is grabbed from behind and is kidnapped. Hideki comes home from prep school and returns to find Chi missing. After he talks to Mr. Ueda about Chi missing work, they decide to search for Chi together, and Mr.
Ueda talks about his marriage to his last Persocom. A strange e-mail image gets sent to him and Shinbo from an untraceable email address. It turns out that this is a map for the house of Chi's abductor, Dragonfly, and he is carrying out research to find out what Chi is. Shimizu who is now married to him. Then they arrive at Minoru's house, where he is trying to find information on Chobits.
Minoru, who has not been sleeping enough, passes out, and Yuzuki Minoru's custom-made Persocom decides to try to hack the Chobits database herself. There, Chi changes into the wrong uniform. Ueda tells her it's the wrong one, but before she goes to change, Yumi sees her wearing it from outside the shop and runs away crying. As it turns out, Yumi used to work at the store, and that had been her uniform. When Yumi was working for Mr. Ueda, the two had started falling in love, but when Yumi learned about Mr.
Ueda's previous marriage to a Persocom, she concluded that he believed Persocoms to be superior to humans, so she quit her job at his bakery and broke off the relationship. Hideki meets with Shinbo and shares his feelings for Chi.
Hibiya reveals to Hideki that her husband was the one to create Chi and the other mysterious girl, Freya. She tells Hideki that Chi used to be called Elda and, like her sister, was created to be loved and fall in love with others.