GENEON has released “CHOBITS: CHATROOM: VOLUME 7”. It’s essentially a “highlights” show, offering bits from earlier episodes tied together to the scenario of characters writing to one another and reminiscing about Chi and Hideki’s budding romance. Hideki has found Chi disposed of in garbage. Upon turning this android on, he finds himself falling in love with her. This volume is comprised of three episodes. While there are troubling aspects to the series and issues raised concerning sexuality with robots, “CHOBITS” is entertaining, even if the viewer feels uncomfortable at the same time! The show has a steady sexual undercurrent and it’s provocative without ever seeming ridiculous.
GENEON has presented a transfer that looks spectacular. Colors are bold and dead on. The detail is impressive throughout.
GENEON has presented sound mixes in both Japanese and English. Surround use is virtually non-existent, however there is minor separation for music and effects for the front soundstage. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.