Today we live in a world where everything is computerized. At of the turn of the century paper and pen has almost become obsolete. Most of us cannot live without our mobile phones and the other half is addicted to social websites (by the way, follow me @3tiffany3 on Twitter). So, imagine a world in which a computer is called a "persocom" because it looks like a human. Seems harmless and cute right? Well Chobits by CLAMP may pique your interest.
Chobits starts off with Hideki finding a Persocom on the street, in the garbage. Persocoms are basically personal computers that have a humanoid shape. Since he cannot afford to buy one, Hideki figures that it's his lucky day and takes the discarded Persocom home. Once they get home, he tries to turn it on but has trouble locating the ON button; it's in a very imaginative place, lol.
|Locating the ON button...|
Chobits makes me wonder about what would happen if persocoms started to replace human companionship. In reality and in the manga Chobits, computers/persocoms are limited to their programming which makes them inferior to a human being but what if people start to overlook this colossal difference? It will become a detail that most would be able to live with because it is so much easier than doing things the unpredictable way.
Now, aside from all of that, the thing that affected me the most from Chobits was that as I progressed through the manga I became sad. My heart began to get heavy. Chi is constantly looking for a place to belong even though her master takes good care of her. Despite the caring relationship that she and Hideki have, Chi knows that she's different and sets out to answer the call of her individuality as a persocom or maybe more. Chobits starts out very innocently but it delves into deep questions about being alone, being wanted, and belonging. Admittedly, I have not finished reading Chobits. Honestly, it’s not the type of manga that I thought it was when I started reading it but because it was interesting and unusual and about technology, I read it. It's a manga with an interesting concept and a psychological flair. I made it pretty far through the series. I have about 20 chapters to read in order to complete the entire story. Overall, I think I may have convinced myself to finish Chobits, once and for all.