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Chobits vol. 1

Credits: Written and Illustrated by CLAMP
Publisher: TokyoPop


I do not belong to the cult of faeries and fluffy bunnies. Generally speaking, I find dolls with giant eyes more frightening than cute and most manga comics seem to me not only written for twelve-year-old girls, but by them. That is all well and good if you are a twelve-year-old girl. But I am not. (I shy away from the ultraviolent ones - those are Fraction's forte. Twelve-year-old boys bore me with an entirely separate set of criteria.) So you go ahead and strap on your gossamer wings and pick up your big-eye books, okay? Pass me that pile of Black Holes and Eightballs, I'll put on some coffee and we'll have ourselves a nerd party.

Except. Wait - is that CHOBITS in your stack there?

That's the one about the guy who finds the girl-shaped computer girl in the trash, right? She's a, uh, what do you call that? A persocom. Right, right. There's something wrong with her operating system so he takes her to see this genius kid who links her to an AI experiment called "CHOBITS." The kid posts an inquiry to some persocom board, which prompts somebody to send a creepy e-mail... yeah, I read that one. It's good. Funny, kind of tongue-in-cheek dirty, little bit of mystery...

I mean - easy on the glitter there, Skippy - I'm not gonna go out and buy Chi ears off the Internet so I can dress up like a persocom and get my boyfriend to take pictures of me frolicking in the woods, but yeah. Yeah, that book is pretty smart. Did you know the creators are a group of women? Yep, they call themselves CLAMP and they're far too clever to be twelve.

Actually - hey, can I borrow that? Would you mind? I'd like to reread it. I'll give it back as soon as I'm done.

Can I? C'mon - I'll let you read my Transmets.

-- Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Kansas City, MO, where she lives with her husband and artbomb.net colleague, Matt Fraction. Kelly Sue writes the English adaptations of several manga titles published by Tokyopop and Viz. She can be found on the web at kellysue.com.


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