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Manga Review: Chobits Volume Two by CLAMP

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Chobits Volume Two is a manga by CLAMP, and it published in North America by Tokyopop in 2002. The series is rated “OT” for Older Teens. I agree with the rating for this manga series, because there are some panels that include female nudity, and some of the humor has a sexual undertone to it. Personally, I would recommend this series to manga readers who are fifteen or sixteen years of age and older.

Over the course of this volume, Hideki’s relationship with Chi continues to grow, but he finds himself attracted to some of the women in his life; specifically his co-worker Yumi, his landlady Ms. Hibiya, and his cram school teacher, Ms. Shimizu. At the same time, he keeps trying to convince himself that while Chi is cute, she is simply a machine. In this volume, Yumi takes the initiative and asks Hideki out on a date, and he accepts.

In this volume, Hideki also laments about needing to get a second job in order to make ends meet. Chi takes it upon herself to try and get a job to help Hideki. However, what Chi ends up finding could get her into trouble.

There are two big pieces of information about Chi revealed in this volume. The first is that Chi and Ms. Hibiya have some kind of a connection, but that Chi doesn’t remember what it is. Secondly, Chi learns she has a “sister,” who she meets nearly midway through the volume. By the time this volume is finished, it’s starting to become clear that things aren’t entirely what they seemed.

In this volume, Chi is reading the second volume of a picture book series titled, A City With No People. When the reader sees the pages that Chi is reading from these books, there’s a very different art style that CLAMP utilized to differentiate this section from the rest of the volume. Thicker lines are used for the illustrations; the speech bubbles are white text on a black background; and these pages have a “darker” feel to them in comparison to the rest of the manga. I appreciated seeing CLAMP go to this much effort on this artwork; as a reader, I really felt as if I was actually reading Chi’s book.

The writing in this volume kicks the series up a notch. Now that the main Chobits universe has been established, CLAMP is able to focus more on character development and revealing new plot twists. By the time I finished reading this volume, I wanted to be able to read the next in order to find out what new plot twists and developments are in store for the characters.

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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.
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