A.I. Love You is a manga series by author Ken Akamatsu. First released in the mid-1990's in Japan, an English translation of the series is published by Tokyopop, and a French one by Pika Editions; the first volume came out in North America and France in February and May 2004 respectively.
It tells the tale of Hitoshi Koube, who is neither academically gifted nor good at sports, so he does not do well at school. His true skill is at programming computers, to the point that he can make self-modifying programs — true artificial intelligence. He has created thirty such programs, and the latest one — named Saati — is so advanced that conversation with her is indistinguishable from a normal girl and, thus, would easily pass the Turing test. So he has an intangible girlfriend. Yay.
Things go kind of sideways (as most series of this type tend to do) when a freak lightning strike causes Saati to materialize into the real world...
The basic plotline is derivative of the Kousuke Fujishima manga Ah! My Goddess, with the AI constructs being analogous to the goddess characters of the earlier manga. The setting also bears similarities to the John Hughes film Weird Science. Both feature male protagonists creating their ideal girlfriends on computers and both girls are brought into the real world via lightning, bearing somewhat superhuman powers. Despite these obvious similarities however, Akamatsu claims not to have seen the film prior to creating the series.
This series contains examples of:
- Alpha Bitch Kimika Aso
- Aerith and Bob: Program 30 is "Saati". Program 20 is "Toni". Program 40 is... uh, Forty.
- This is actually because their name is how their number is pronounced in Japanese. "Saati" from Thirty, Toni name is actually "Toeni" from Twenty , while Forty name is actually Foti. Their surname, "Namba", come from pronouncing Number. This trope actually happened because of mistake in translation.
- Art Evolution: Later volumes in this series resemble early volumes of Love Hina.
- Author Appeal: Akamatsu has stated that Saati has such prominent eyebrows because he finds them attractive.
- Become A Real Girl
- Back for the Finale: Hacker Billy-G, the main antagonist during the first part of the series, disappears after creating a back-up copy of Saati in chapter 20. He finally comes back in the last chapter (55), where he uses the back-up to save the real Saati from deletion, unbeknownst to everyone.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Alpha Bitch Kimika Aso was a antagonist of volume 1 and two chapters of volume 2 and after that she is never seen again.
- Do Androids Dream?
- Expy: Fate Averruncus of Akamatsu's later manga Mahou Sensei Negima! strongly resembles Program Number Zero. Hitoshi's hardass teacher also appears in Negima, as a teacher at Mahora.
- For the Evulz: Pretty much why Kimika Aso antagonizes Hitoshi and later Saati.
- Gender Bender: Before Forty was ready, Saati and Toeni argued about the gender and personality and pressed too many buttons at once. The end result is an A.I. that has two modes: a male personality and a female personality within a female body - when Forty-kun says "girl", he becomes Forty-chan, when Forty-chan says "boy", she becomes Forty-kun.
- The Glomp: Happens in Chapter 3 Page 3. when Hitoshi agrees to introduce Saati to all the clubs.
- Groin Attack: The best example is in Chapter 35, which revolves around this trope. In frustration over Hitoshi's constant perviness, Toni and Saati challenge him to go an entire day without getting aroused. They do this by placing him in a high tech chastity belt that has a little priest with a paddle over the crotch; if it detects a 'stirring in the loins' so to speak, poor Hitoshi gets whacked, and on the last activation the belt will detonate. Toni sets it to 30 activations, claiming that nobody's that much of a sex fiend, but Hitoshi proves her wrong in the most painful way; getting whacked 14 times in just the morning. Eventually, he makes it through the day with one activation left... until Toni challenges him to find the key to the belt hidden somewhere on Saati's body. Predictably, his groin then goes nuclear.
- Hair Antennae
- Hollywood Hacking: The lifeblood of this series. Forget everything you know about computers, or you will start crying and never stop.
- Honest Axe: Hitoshi throws his computer out of the window, and Saati and Twenty fall into the roles of the water sprites, asking him if he dropped an old 286 or a new Pentium. He lies, claiming that it was the Pentium.
- Lethal Chef: Early in Saati's cooking lessons, her sole experience with food is looking at pictures of the finished product, not realizing that the dishes must be made of edible ingredients.
- She cooks using things like watercolor paints and dish detergent.
- Lightning Can Do Anything
- Love Triangle
- Magical Computer tropes. Almost all of them. Good adherence to the hardware of its time, but that just makes the magic more ridiculous.
- Although the use of 5-1/4" floppies instead of 3-1/2" is... borderline.
- Magical Girlfriend: Saati.
- Marshmallow Hell: Although one Beach Chapter featured... well... Pie Hell.
- One-Note Cook: Once Saati learns how to cook, she can only make curry, no matter how hard she tries to not make curry.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Cindy, the forward, Genki Girl American actress.
- Pygmalion Plot
- Raging Stiffie: Hitoshi is the human 'bar' in a beach limbo contest with Saati and the others. When her turn comes round, he's set so low that she's grinding against him - then her boobs get in the way. He lifts up to let her pass, but not before his resultant tentpole nearly wangs (sorry) her in the face. Cue Naru Punch.
- Robot Girl: In order of creation: Toni, No.29, Saati, Peter-Saati (A.I. Memory, Please come back!), Forty, Forty-kun/Forty-chan, and No. 31.
- Sex Comedy: While it starts out as a comedy of the Unlucky Everydude getting a Magical Girlfriend and asks the questions on What Measure Is a Non-Human?, it eventually devolved mostly into a ton of fanservice, jokes on sex and Flanderization of Hitoshi being turned more into a pervert.
- Shout-Out: "But what's causing this Ranma complex of hers?" Here, top left.
- Technopath: Saati.
- Title Drop: On the last page, but you need to know the Japanese title (A.I. ga Tomaranai — "A.I. Won't Stop") to get it.
- Tsundere: In later volumes, Saati becomes a more obvious proto-Naru.
- Unwanted Harem
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?
- Worth It: Hitoshi makes Saati feel herself up with his VR arm controller - beatdowns ensue, but he concludes that it was totally worth it.