It's the 22nd century and Hideki has had a bit of good fortune,
or so he thinks. Seemingly disposed of on a rubbish heap Hideki
has found his own Persocom Chi, so named as it's the first
thing that Chi says when she is booted up. Problem is Hideki
is finding himself being romantically drawn to Chi, a thing
which he is finding difficult as she's an android. But, Chi
holds a deeper secret than her growing love for Hideki, Chi
may be one of the legendary Chobit series of androids who
are supposed to be capable of proper emotional responses and
free thought, what that might mean for Hideki and Chi only
time will tell...
disc is volume five in the twenty-six episode run and holds
episodes eighteen to twenty-one. The overall story arc continues
with much of the show examining various characters responses
to their Persocoms. Whilst Hideki continues to struggle with
his emotional response to Chi, he discovers that others have
gone much further, married and presumably slept with their
episode eighteen, Chi Disappears, Hideki is beside
himself with worry. Chi has failed to turn up for her job
at the bakery and it quickly becomes evident that she has
been stolen. His loss makes him face his growing feelings
for Chi, though he continues to remain confused, feeling that
at heart she is little more than a machine. Various people
that he meets examine the growing relationships between people
and their Persocoms, some afraid that this will mean the end
of human relationships.
Nineteen, Chi Waits, finds Hideki no closer to finding
Chi, He finds help in a strange place when the owner of the
bakery, Ueda Hiroyasa, offers to help find Chi. Hideki discovers
that the offer is not just motivated by unselfish reasons
when Ueda confesses that he married his own Persocom, but
the relationship ended in tragedy. Minoru Kokubunji also offers
his technical expertise in the search, an offer that will
have near tragic consequences for him.
Chi Wants - episode twenty - the search for Chi is
coming to a head, Hideki discovers that she has been taken
by Dragonfly and her location is mysteriously provided for
him via his computer. Hideki successfully rescues Chi, but
not before Dragonfly has used his expertise to look inside
Chi. In the darkened city Dita and Zima are still hunting
for Chi, but what possible reason would they have for trying
to track her down?
last episode on the disc is episode twenty-one - Chi Answers.
Dita and Zima are getting still closer and it doesn't look
to be to Chi's benefit that they find her. With everyone gathered
at Minoru's house the company finally have to face the fact
that Chi may well be a Chobit, but with Chobit's being little
more than an urban legend they need to find hard evidence.
When they discover that the Chobit series was created at the
behest of the syndicate they realise that the only was to
know anymore is to hack into their computers a decision that
nearly costs Yuzuki her existence.
Extras have been fairly consistent over the series run and
so there are no real great surprises here. Audio is the usual,
but reliable Japanese and English stereo with subtitles. You
get the usual Japanese language ending as well as a little
art gallery. Lastly there are the trailers and the DVD credits.
Not a huge amount and, in truth, nothing that you would look
at more than once, perhaps if the images could be taken as
desktop wallpaper, it might feel that there was a little more
value in the extras.
things are starting to hot up for the Chobit series
and with not many more episodes to go it will be interesting
to see the final reveal, especially where Zima and Dita are
concerned. Another nice disc which has been let down by lacklustre