The show alternates between gory, psychological sci-fi drama, and a cutesy, harem hi-jinks. Unfortunately, both these elements are done better in other animes. Akira trumps the former by being far more disturbing and grotesque, Chobits succeeds over the latter by actually managing to be cute and funny. Whilst I appreciate the shows premise of combining two very different genres which lie at opposite ends of the scale, I just don't think it pulls off either element well enough to pass. Then there are the characters. The characters I was introduced to made me want to head-desk. Maybe there is a perfectly good reason for why our male hero didn't immediately report a naked, brain-damaged, lost girl straight to the authorities as soon as he found her. Perhaps later, there would be an explanation for why the boy didn't talk to the police, even after they come knocking on his door for the specific purpose of asking him about the very same lost girl. But I don't know, because I wasn't prepared to wait long for some excuse to materialise. Our male "hero" is kidnapping someone without any obvious, sensible reason other than him possibly being an asshole. Come to think of it, the writers might have had a much better story if that were the case. Then there was the villain, a hammy super-soldier who was so over the top, I thought he was some kind of joke. Finally there is the psychic girl, who I couldn't root for either. The first thing you see her doing is her killing an entire facility full of people. Even those who weren't displaying an obvious threat. Wouldn't the world be better off if she was killed? I might sympathise with her condition, but she still seems better off dead. No amount of doe eyes, mental retardation, or cat impressions will make up for that. It was like sticking Pierrot Le Fou in a puppy outfit and then expecting me to overlook his crimes against humanity (however justified). The anime may have all the answers to these issues in later episodes, but it completely failed to captivate my interest long enough to make up for them. In short, I wasn't hooked.
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