Article first published as Manga Review: Chobits Volume Three by CLAMP on Blogcritics.
Chobits Volume Three is a manga by CLAMP, and it was published in North America by Tokypop in 2002. The series is rated “OT” for Older Teens. Since there are some panels in the series with female nudity, as well as some humor with a sexual undertone, I agree with this rating. Personally, I would recommend this series to manga readers who are fifteen or sixteen years of age and older.
Chobits Volume 3
Written by: CLAMP
English Publisher: Tokyopop
Release Date: October 22, 2002
In this volume, Chi starts interacting more with her “other self” and reads a couple more volumes of the picture book series, A City With No People. Through these interactions, Chi believes that Hideki is “the one for her,” but she’s not sure if Hideki feels the same way. Hideki also learns a secret concerning his friend Shinbo and his cram school teacher, Ms. Shimuzu; Shinbo also gives his little Persocom, Plum, to Hideki. Chi also gets a job at a bakery that Hideki once worked at.
Two new characters are also introduced in this volume, and they’re trying to get Chi. Hideki also gains another clue about Chi, but this clue contains an unexpected surprise for him. Both the introduction of the new characters and Hideki’s new clue give the reader a sense that there’s more to the story than what is being seen on the surface. Not only do these twists and turns help to enhance the story, they also help to keep the reader interested and wanting to read more.
Art-wise, there isn’t as much in the way of blatant nudity in this volume; however, there are some panty shots and some suggestive poses. Stylistically, CLAMP’s art style is very similar to what was seen in the previous two volumes of the series. One of the major differences is the fact that Shinbo’s little Persocom, Plum, is seen much more in this volume since Hideki now owns her. Like Chi, Plum also has a very distinct look to her in comparison to many of the other characters in the series. The two new characters that are introduced in this volume also have a more distinct look, due in large part to the fact that they wear a lot of black.
Once again, CLAMP was able to write this volume in such a way that the story has been kicked up yet another notch. If a reader has read the previous two volumes and has enjoyed the story, then they shouldn’t be disappointed with how the story progresses in this volume.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Chobits Volume Three that I checked out through the King County Library System.
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