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Manga Review: Chobits Volume Six by CLAMP

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Chobits Volume Six is a manga written and illustrated by CLAMP. It was published in North America by Tokyopop in 2003. This series is rated “OT” for older teens who are sixteen and up, and I agree with this rating. Visually, the only real thing of note in this volume is one panel that shows some female nudity.

This volume of Chobits opens with Hideki listening to his co-worker, Yumi, explain about her relationship with Hideki’s former boss, Ueda. The plotline that revolves around Yumi and Ueda is also resolved in this volume.

Another major plot development sees Hideki wanting to learn more about his mysterious Persocom, Chi; this involves Hideki’s genius friend, Minoru, teaming up with the guy who had abducted Chi back in Volume Four. I really enjoyed seeing Hideki’s reaction when he came face-to-face with Chi’s abductor, and I also thought that it was a natural reaction for him to have. That scene really illustrates just how much Hideki has come to care for Chi.

The reader also gets to see Yuzuki, Minoru’s Persocom, talk to Chi about how she was created to look and act like Minoru’s deceased older sister. I thought that this was a really good scene between Yuzuki and Chi, and it really emphasizes how different Chi is from other Persocoms.

Throughout the volume, there are subtle clues dropped about Chi’s past. The reader is also treated to learning some information regarding two mysterious characters who have shown up occasionally in some of the previous volumes of Chobits.

Since I was first exposed to Chobits through the anime series, there was a scene in this volume that surprised me, because it doesn’t appear anywhere in the anime. Chi wants to buy something for Hideki with the money she made working at the bakery, and she ends up buying a pair of rings. After reading this scene in the manga, I was a little disappointed that this scene didn’t make it into the anime, because I think this would have added a little something to the story. It will be interesting to see whether or not these rings show up again in the remaining volumes of the series.

I’ve been rather impressed with how the Chobits anime stayed rather faithful to the manga that it was adapting; the omission of the rings in the anime has definitely been the most glaring difference. With only two more volumes of the manga left to go, I’m really curious to see if there are any more differences between the manga and the anime adaptation.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the Chobits manga up to this point, I think you’ll be satisfied with how the story continues.

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About Lesley Aeschliman

Lesley Aeschliman is a freelance writer who began writing on a full-time basis in 2007. She has served as the Anime editor at BellaOnline.com, and she also writes and maintains two blogs: Lesley's Musings... on Anime and Manga and AeschTunes.