Similar but Different: Chobits and DearS

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Good evening! Time to clear my backlogs by combining shows together~

This two are awfully similar, even though they are from different female mangaka groups.

How are they similar?

  • Both are from female manga artist groups (Clamp for Chobits and Peach-Pit for DearS)
  • Both are from mangas
  • Both shows have Inoue Kikuko, Toyoguchi Megumi, Suwabe Junichi in their voice roles.
  • Both have similar settings (robotic/alien girls with some sort Sci-fi, Romantic Comedy and some Harem in it)
  • Both main girls are equally dumb and they both have secrets behind them and they don’t know about them.

So far the most similar shows I have watched for ages. Lets kick off things with some robots.

Chobits

This show ran for 26eps with somewhat covered everything from the manga.

I love this show a lot, its cute and it somewhat reflects on real life too. The story is will never bore you and keeps entertaining you, even though it lacks plot twists. The pacing was ok, it pretty much flatline the entire season. Fanservice a lot but it does not deviate or affect the main story in anyway. Character developments were massive even with the separate character arcs storyline. It was never a bore watching each ep and I hope they could have deliver more. 26eps gave the show more than enough room to cover the nearly the entire manga. The ending felt pretty lackluster because I expected way more from it, judging from how the show developed during the series.

Animations from Madhouse. I managed to watch it on bluray, so the show is in HD glory. It was necessary. They did not just expand the video from 4:3 to 16:9, like most remastered shows, because it will have excessive background. They pretty much redrawn most of the frames from scratch to accommodate the widescreen format. Even though its from 2002, the animation from the original was already superb. While the widescreen made it a lot better as they refined the details, colors and backgrounds. Character designs were excellent, the girls all looked extremely cute, but not the moe-type.

Music was ok. OP was ok, but EDs were pretty bland. BGMs were excellently composed, they did their job to fit the mood and atmosphere nicely.

OP BD ver.

OP Full ver

VAs list was pretty legit. Sugita Tomokazu, Tanaka Rie, Inoue Kikuko, Seki Tomokazu, Ueda Yuji, Kuwashima Houka, Toyoguchi Megumi, Yuzuki Ryoka, Suwabe Junichi, Yukana, Orikasa Fumiko. I’m surprised at both Tanaka Rie’s and Toyoguchi Megumi’s voices. From Neptunia to Lacus, Rie never cease to amaze me with her vocal range. Megumi finally get a high schooler role, but it sounded even more cuter than Miriallia. The rest did their job, but as always Sugita Tomokazu never fail with his charismatic voice.

Score

Story: 8.5/10

Art: 8.5/10

Music: 7/10

VAs: 9/10

DearS

This one only had 13 eps but included an OVA. This show didn’t cover the entire manga.

The storyline started off good, with the unique setting and concept. But slowly it degraded into a somewhat-generic sci-fi harem that everyone can see everything from a mile away. It kept on degrading until its near torture to keep watching. Character developments were slow, and sometimes minimal, they keep skipping places and people will soon lost track. Ending was pretty much like an incomplete slice-of-life.

Animations from Daume, the ones that made the Onegai series a success. The backgrounds were ok, the colors was pretty vivid but the color palettes looked damn weird and the color saturation is so out of place. Character designs were damn weird, I cannot get used to it, I don’t find the girls cute, at all. Its a 2004 but it feels like it was made way back.

Music was ok, but yet again, the OP and ED was weird. Not sure because it represents any alien things. BGMs were ok.

VAs is a nice list tho. Taniyama Kisho, Shimizu Ai, Nakahara Mai, Saito Chiwa, Inoue Kikuko, Yamaguchi Keppei, Sawashiro Miyuki, Shintani Ryoko, Toyoguchi Megumi, Tamura Yukari, Suwabe Junichi, Momoi Haruko. They did their jobs, but most voices can be heard pretty much everywhere.

Score

Story: 6.5/10

Art: 6.5/10

Music: 7/10

VAs: 8.5/10

Recommended to watch Chobits, but DearS at your own risk. You might not like how the story will pan out.

 

 

 

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5 responses to “Similar but Different: Chobits and DearS

  1. I watched Chobits when I was in my early teens. Many of the ecchi scenes made me giggle during that time. I also love the theme song “Let Me Be With You”. I still have it on my playlist which I occasionally listen to on my phone. Aah. Now it’s playing in my head. As for DearS, I watched the first episode and dropped it. Hmmm. We’ll see if I’ll take it up again someday. We’ll see.

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  2. I haven’t seen either show but I have heard of them and am at least familiar with Clamp’s design work. I don’t often see these comparative reviews but I like how this one works because of how similar the shows are at face-value and how they differentiate.

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  4. I love chobits to bits rewatched it soo many times 🙂 it’s an easily enjoyable series and dears I saw a long long time ago, was one of the first harem shows I reckon i watched. I still enjoyed it and encouraged to buy the manga as well for some strange reasons. you did good on pointing out the similarities of these shows the main point on the characters being very airheaded and secretive XD

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  5. Oh man I remember my angst and anger when I saw everyone seeing if you loved Chobits then see DearS and how MISLED I was by those comments 😭
    DearS really can’t hold a candle to a series like Chobits that raises a lot of questions about what is humanity, being human, if you can love an android, and an android a human, which was real great to watch and read delivered so sweetly 😻

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