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Chobits (ちょびッツ Chobittsu?) is an anime series, adapted from the manga of the same name by Clamp. The series was adapted by Madhouse and directed by Morio Asaka with music by K-Taro Takanami and character designs by Hisashi Abe. The opening theme is "Let Me Be With You" by Round Table featuring Nino. The ending themes are "Raison d'être" (Reason to Be) by Rie Tanaka (episodes 1–13), "Ningyo Hime" (ニンギョヒメ lit. Mermaid Princess?) by Rie Tanaka (episodes 14–25), and "Katakoto no Koi" (片言の恋 lit. Awkward Love?) by Rie Tanaka and Tomokazu Sugita (episodes 26).[1]

The series was broadcast in 26 episodes from 2 April 2002 to 24 September 2002 across Japan, East Asia, and Southeast Asia by the anime satellite television network, Animax and the terrestrial Tokyo Broadcasting System network. Elsewhere in the world, the series was rebroadcast in Korea by AniOne TV, in France by Europe 2 TV, in Spain by both Animax España and Buzz Channel, in Portugal on Animax Portugal, and in Poland by Hyper.[1] It was later released in Japan across 8 DVDs.[2] The original episodes 9 and 18 are "recap" episodes, summarizing previous events. These episodes were re-numbered for the DVD release as episodes 8.5 and 16.5, respectively, and removed from their original sequence by being published together on the final DVD. As a result, the series is 24 episodes long. In addition, there are two DVD-only OVAs: a 27th episode recapping the series (numbered episode 24.5)[3] and a 6-minute special.[4] The ending theme of the latter is "Book End Bossa" by Round Table featuring Nino.

The series was licensed in North America by Geneon,[1] who released the series across 7 DVDs between 11 March 2003 and 9 March 2004 and as a complete boxset on 8 November 2005.[5] In the Uk the series was licensed by MVM Films and released on six discs between 21 March 2005 and 10 April 2006. A complete boxset was released on 5 March 2007.[6] In Australian and New Zealand it was released by Madman Entertainment.[7] It is also licensed in Taiwan by Proware Multimedia, in France and the Netherlands by Kaze Animation, in Germany by ADV Films, and in Russia by MC Entertainment.[1]


Episodes

# Title[8][9] Original air date[9]
1 Chi Awakens
"Chii Mezameru" (ちぃ 目覚める)
2 April 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki Motosuwa is an 18-year-old student living with the short end of the stick. He's short of money, has to go to prep school, and he's still a virgin. Hideki dreams of getting into college and having a cute persocom to surf the internet for pornography. While he's out one night, he finds a persocom in the garbage, activates her, and names her Chi, after her first word. After trying to hide her from Hiromu Shinbo, his neighbor, and trying and failing to hide her from his landlady, Ms. Hibiya, he decides to keep her, much to her joy.
2 Chi Goes Out
"Chii Dekakeru" (ちぃ 出かける)
9 April 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki wants to find out more about Chi, so he takes her to Shinbo's friend; Minoru Kokubunji, who is a rich, but very young expert on Persocoms. There, they find out she has some sort of learning program even though she has no OS (Operating System). Minoru concludes that Hideki is able to teach her and that she will be able to grasp information that she is given.
3 Chi Learns
"Chii Oboeru" (ちぃ おぼえる)
16 April 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Chi begins learning words from Hideki, who is running very low on money. He decides to get a job to pay for his living expenses. Unfortunately, all the jobs are taken, except for a position he stumbles upon by accident at Japanese pub called Yorokonde, where he meets a high school girl named Yumi.
4 Chi Goes on Errands
"Chii Otsukai" (ちぃ おつかい)
23 April 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki comes to realizes that Chi doesn't have "pantsu". Since he's too embarrassed to get them himself, he lets Chi go to a lingerie store to buy them with the help of Sumomo's (Shinbo's mini-Persocom) navigation system. After several mishaps and mistakes, Hideki finally plucks up the courage to run into the store and buy them himself and run back out.
5 Chi Finds
"Chii Mitsukeru" (ちぃ 見つける)
30 April 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki is facing his first practice exam and goes to the book store to buy an English dictionary since he forgot his own at his parents' place. At the store, Chi finds a picture book "A City with No People" which sparked Chi's curiosity. Hidki buys it for her rather than his dictionary, and Shinbo lends his to Hideki.
6 Chi Weakens
"Chii Yowaru" (ちぃ 弱る)
7 May 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki begins to worry because Chi seems to constantly tired. He talks to Shinbo about this, and learns that Persocoms need to be charged. Normally, prolonged exposure to sunlight is fine, but in this case, Chi needs to be plugged in. When Hideki returns, he finds that Chi is very close to losing all of her battery power, but cannot recharge her because he hasn't paid his electricity bill. In a desperate attempt, he tries to take Chi to Yorokonde, but gets horribly lost along the way.
7 Chi Works
"Chii Hataraku" (ちぃ 働く)
14 May 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Chi wants to find a job to so she could help Hideki pay for their expenses. But Chi being Chi, manages to get an accidental job in a peep show, and Hideki must look for her.
8 Chi Bewildered
"Chii Tomadou" (ちぃ とまどう)
21 May 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
During the events in the previous episode, Chi's defense mechanism activates and puts her in a trance-like state which resulted her jumping from building to building. Hideki goes looking for her. Seeing him takes her out of the state, and Hideki takes her home.
8.5 (9) Shinbo and Sumomo Chat
"Shinbo·Sumomo Kataru" (新保·すもも 語る)
28 May 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Sumomo is running low on memory space, so she asks her owner, Shinbo, what he wants to erase. He starts at Sumomo's "congratulations on moving in" dance, and recalls several main events and funny happenings that have occurred in the story. This episode is to recap the main events in the storyline.
9 (10) Chi Buys
"Chii Kau" (ちぃ 買う)
4 June 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Chi decides to use her money to buy the sequel book of "A City with No People" and a porno magazine for Hideki, who learns from Shinbo that Persocoms need bathing. Since he doesn't have money to buy bathing software to teach Chi, he has to teach Chi by himself. Eventually, he finds a way to avoid this when he meets his landlady at the baths, and she helps bathe her.
10 (11) Chi Meets
"Chii Deau" (ちぃ 出会う)
11 June 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki gets a date with Yumi. While he's out, Chi reads the sequel of her book and awakens a part of her memory. As a result, she meets a mysterious girl who looks exactly like her, named Freya, who seems to know everything about Chi's past that Chi does not.
11 (12) Chi Confirms
"Chii Tashikameru" (ちぃ 確かめる)
18 June 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki is scared of a room in the apartment because of a horror story he heard at Minoru's house when he was asking about the internet through persocoms. He becomes paranoid of the story and really believes that his apartment is haunted and has several self-induced hallucinations. The apartment number is 104, as 4, or shi. "Shi" is the Japanese word for Four (四) and Death (死), and because of this, is unlucky in Japan. According to the story, a woman who was hoping to rendezvous with her lover was killed in that room. Hideki and Chi along with Shinbo, Minoru and Yuzuki decide to investigate. At the end, Hideki and Chi discover it is all a misunderstanding
12 (13) Chi Plays
"Chii Asobu" (ちい 遊ぶ)
25 June 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki gets a DVD player and an online game from Minoru. He, Chi, Sumomo and Shinbo play the game together. However, Chi is somehow not with them in the game and Hideki goes around 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 and is eventually rescued by Chi, although afterwards Chi insists that she has no memory of it.
13 (14) Chi Goes to the Ocean
"Chii Umi Iku" (ちぃ 海いく)
2 July 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki, Shinbo, Chi, Ms. Hibiya, Yumi, and Ms. Shimizu (their cram school teacher) decide to go to Minoru's Beach House over the Spring Break. There, dolphins catch their eye, Chi jumps overboard, and in an attempt to rescue Chi, Hideki nearly drowns himself.
14 (15) Chi Entertains
"Chii Motenasu" (ちぃ もてなす)
9 July 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ms Shimizu suddenly spends the night over in Hideki's apartment. She doesn't tell why, but 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 over-night, Shinbo freaks out.
15 (16) Chi Doesn't Do Anything
"Chii Nanimo Shinai" (ちぃ 何もしない)
16 July 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki wakes up with Sumomo in his bag. Then he finds out that Shinbo has run away with Ms. Shimizu and eloped
16 (17) Chi Manages
"Chii Makanau" (ちぃ まかなう)
23 July 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki has lost his wallet and cannot buy anything to eat. 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.
16.5 (18) Minoru and Yuzuki Chat
"Minoru·Yuzuki Kataru" (稔·柚姫 語る)
30 July 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Minoru and Yuzuki tried to find what Chi really is and clues about the creator of the Chobits picture. Yuzuki told Minoru about Chi in those days back and the only thing they knew is Chi is not a normal Persocom. This episode is another recap of the events that happened so far.
17 (19) Chi Helps
"Chii Tetsudau" (ちぃ 手伝う)
6 August 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ms. 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, when she repairs Sumomo.
18 (20) Chi Disappears
"Chii Inaku Naru" (ちぃ いなくなる)
13 August 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
While Chi is on her way to work, she notices the third part of the book series "A City With No People" on the shelf of a bookstore. While she flipped through the pages, she was grabbed from behind and is kidnapped. Hideki comes home from prep school and returns to find Chi missing.
19 (21) Chi Waits
"Chii Matsu" (ちぃ 待つ)
20 August 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Chi is still in the hands of her abductor and Hideki searches for her. After he talks to Mr. Ueda about Chi missing work, they both decided to search for her. However, Mr. Ueda evidently tells Hideki about his previous Persocom.
20 (22) Chi Hopes
"Chii Motomeru" (ちぃ 求める)
27 August 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Chi is still missing, and Hideki is enlisting as much help as he can to find her. A strange e-mail image gets sent to him and Shinbo from the house of the infamous hacker, "Dragonfly". It turns out that this is Chi's abductor, and he is carrying out his research to find out what Chi is.
21 (23) Chi Answers
"Chii Kotaeru" (ちぃ 答える)
3 September 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki and Chi help Shinbo move out of the apartment to live with Ms. Shimizu (now married to him). Then, they arrive at Minoru's house, where he is trying to find information on Chobits. He gave out so much effort, and eventually passes out which invoked Yuzuki (Minoru's custom-made Persocom) to try and hack the Chobits database herself.
22 (24) Chi Wears And Takes Off
"Chii Kite Nugu" (ちぃ 着てぬぐ)
10 September 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki takes Chi to work. 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 was her uniform. But because Mr. Ueda was previously married to a persocom, he rejected her advances and Yumi had the impression that he believed persocoms to be superior to humans.
23 (25) Chi Decides
"Chii Kimeru" (ちぃ 決める)
17 September 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hibiya leaves Chi the fourth book "A City With No People". Hideki meets with Shinbo and shares his feelings for Chi. He realizes his feelings for Chi and tells her that he loves her. Hibiya tells Hideki that she was the mother of Chi and Freya. She tells him that Chi is a Chobit, and that Freya, the 'familiar voice', was her sister who had died. Zima and Dita wait outside to stop Chi from launching her program.
24 (26) The Person Only For Chi
"Chii Dake no Hito" (ちぃ だけの人)
24 September 2002 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Chi has chosen Hideki as her "One and only", and Freya takes over her body. Hibiya shuts them down and deletes their programming at Freya's request. Hideki then tells Freya that he loved her and tells her the meaning of happiness. Freya accepts the fact that Chi has done the thing she couldn't do; to find her "One and only". Freya subsides and disappears, while Hideki and Chi live happily ever after.

Unaired episodes (DVD exclusives)

# Title[8] Original air date
24.5 (27) Hibiya and Kotoko Chat
"Hibiya·Kotoko Kataru" (日比谷·事子 語る)
{{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
This episode is another recap of the events that have happened.
OVA Chibits: Sumomo and Kotoko Deliver
"Chiibittsu / Sumomo·Kotoko Todokeru" (ちびっツ / すもも·琴子 届ける)
{{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Hideki is on his way to college when Chi discovers that he has forgotten his wallet. After she leaves the apartment, Sumomo and Kotoko find out that Chi has forgotten to wear underwear. They run after Chi to deliver them to her, which resulted in a comical ending.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Chobits (TV)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  2. Script error
  3. "Chobits (OVA)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  4. "Chobits (special)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  5. "Chobits (TV)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  6. "MVM Films Catalog: Letter C". MVM Films. Retrieved 2009-06-10. [dead link]
  7. "Chobits". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Chobits (TV)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Script error
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