Manga: Kurogane Communication

Originally serialized in Dengeki Daioh in 1997, Kurogane Communication is a manga that was adapted into twenty-four fifteen-minute episodes that aired on WOWOW from 1998-99. Both the anime and manga have seen an English release, though it took over ten years for the latter to get picked up.

Thirteen-year-old Haruka is the last survivor of a war that destroyed human civilization thirty years ago. Well, the last human survivor, that is. After waking up from coldsleep, she was adopted by a "family" of robot survivors: domestic robot Spike, pint-sized gun nut Trigger, combat gynoid Angela, floating supercomputer Cleric, and scary-looking but fatherly Reeves. Haruka's robot family scavenge food, water and batteries from the ruins while defending their charge from the ever-present combat machines left over from the war.

You'd think all this would get to a little girl after awhile, but after a year in her new life Haruka is remarkably cheerful. Still, she sometimes wishes she had a human friend around to keep her company...

Well, she's about to get her wish. But it'll come with problems of its own.

Kurogane Communication provides examples of: