Prepare to feel old. The first volume of CLAMP’s Chobits 20th Anniversary Edition rerelease is now available physically. The digital version dropped back in June 2020, but now the 352-page hardcover collector’s edition is available for $24.99 too.
As this is an anniversary edition, Kodansha did a little something special for the release. It being available in a hardcover tome, as opposed to the standard paperback mangas, is one twist. However, this release also has more color pages and is larger than a usual manga volume. (It comes in at 6” x 1.4” x 8.5”.)
Chobits is set in a world where Persocoms, personal computer robots that act as companions and assistants, are a part of everyday life. Hideki, a broke college student who desperately wants a Persocom, ends up finding one in the trash after work. He brings her home and activates her, but finds Chi isn’t like a typical unit. What follows is a romantic, slice-of-life story where we see how Hideki and Chi growing closer together and her learning about life.
Chobits 20th Anniversary Edition volume 1 is now available both physically and digitally in English. The second installment will get a simultaneous September 29, 2020 digital and physical launch.