Chobits Production Committee/TBS/Pioneer LDC, 2002 Pioneer Entertainment (Release Date: March 2003) Directed by Morio Asaka (Card Captor Sakura: The Movie). Rated 16-Up for slight nudity and suggestive sexual situations. by areaseven (http://areaseven.net/) In the near future, Japanese urban society relies on Persocoms - human-like robots that store personal data, receive email and access websites anywhere (even the adult ones). Thanks to these Persocoms, life has become more convenient. Hideki Motosuwa, an 18-year-old farm boy, has just moved to Tokyo for college. One day, he discovers a beautiful blond-haired Persocom lying on a pile of garbage. He takes her home and manages to activate her. From that point on, she's known as Chii (since that's all she says), and Hideki's life is changed forever. Chobits is another title from the highly-acclaimed CLAMP (X, Card Captor Sakura). Story: A- Simply put, it's a romantic comedy one part Ah! My Goddess, one part Maison Ikkoku, one part Hand Maid May, and a few other anime titles I can't think of at this time. Hell, this is another anime that makes Spielberg's Artificial Intelligence look much worse than it is. Animation: A Animated by Madhouse (Ninja Scroll, Trigun), Chobits uses some flashy 3D effects and wacky cel-shaded animation in some parts, which makes it more enjoyable. Soundtrack: A- Keitaro Takanami supplies a very good musical score to this series. Another plus is the catchy opening theme, "Let Me Be With You". Sub vs. Dub Chobits features Tomokazu Sugita (Subaru in X, Kagami in Ceres, Celestial Legend[/I) as Hideki, Rie Tanaka (Morgana in .hack//SIGN, Saki in Steel Angel Kurumi) as Chii, Tomokazu Seki (Van in Escaflowne, Sosuke in Full Metal Panic) as Shinbo, and Kikuko Inoue (Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess, Kasumi in Ranma 1/2) as Chitose. Pioneer's English dub isn't out until March of next year, but according to their website, the dialogue will be produced by Bang! Zoom! Entertainment (Vandread, X). Since I have yet to watch anything dubbed by them, I'd like to know how Bang! Zoom! are compared to ZRO and Ocean Studios. The Bottom Line Whether you're into CLAMP or not, you must check out Chobits. It's damn hilarious.