This paper doll craft is the Chi, based on the Japanese manga series Chobits, the papercraft is created by Alclione. Chi (Chii) is a “chobit,” a technologically advanced persocom rumoured to possess true sapience, unlike other persocoms. She is found by Hideki one night in a pile of trash as he makes his way home.
Upon turning her on, she is only able to say the word “chi,” remembers nothing of her past life, and is unable to perform even the simplest tasks. Because of this, Hideki names her Chi and undertakes to teach her how to function. Because her system cannot be scanned by other persocoms, Minoru Kokubunji suggests she may be one of the legendary chobits. Minoru tells Hideki that Chi needs software to perform common persocom functions such as email, but that he doesn’t know which ones, and to wait for Chi to tell you herself. Through the course of the series, Chi learns basic skills, and eventually takes a job to help support Hideki.
While other persocoms are seen performing various computer functions, Chi is seen to do it only once; when she traces Yumi’s location through Yumi’s PDA. As Chi and Hideki learn more about her, Chi begins to have visions of another persocom who is identical to herself. Hideki eventually learns that this is Freya, her twin, and that Chi was originally called Elda; after Freya fell in love and had her heart broken, her memories were downloaded into Chi, before her system stopped. While Ms. Hibiya was telling Hideki about Chi’s earlier life, Freya was telling a simpler, less detailed version of the same story to Chi.
The fewer details mean, among other things, that Chi is still unaware at the end of the story that Ms. Hibiya was formerly her mother. Midway through the story her full name, Chi Motosuwa, can be seen on her pay envelope. During the series, Chi reads a series of children’s picture books, A City with No People, about a character searching for the “person just for me,” which were written pseudonymously by Chitose Hibiya as a way of reconnecting Chi to her past self as Elda, and to guide Chi’s search for love. At the end of the series, Hideki finally admits that he loves Chi, and is her special person.
Petite. Long blonde hair. Big brown eyes. Chi could very well be classified as one of the cutest persocoms ever made. If it wasn’t for her ears she would have looked like a normal human girl.
When turned off, Chi is very heavy and can be barely carried around. When turned on she becomes a lot lighter.
Cute and adorable. Chi is a sweetheart and often say the word “chi”. Chi has many personalities. She often reads a book about finding your special person and about being lonely in the world. Since Chi is like a baby learning everything new, she is influenced by what’s around her and by what she reads. Chi loves Hideki and wants him to be her special person.
Chobits (Chobittsu) is a Japanese manga created by the Japanese manga collective Clamp. It was published by Kodansha in Young Magazine from February 2001 to November 2002 and collected in eight bound volumes. Chobits was adapted as a 26-episode-long anime television series broadcast on TBS and Animax from April to September 2002. In addition, it has spawned two video games as well as various merchandise such as figurines, collectable cards, calendars, and artbooks.
The series tells the story of Hideki Motosuwa, who finds an abandoned persocom, or personal computer with human form, that he names “Chi” after the only word it initially can speak. As the series progresses, they explore the mysteries of Chi’s origin together and questions about the relationship between human beings and persocoms. The manga is set in the same universe as Angelic Layer, taking place a few years after the events of that story, and like Angelic Layer, it explores the relationship between human beings and electronic devices shaped like human beings. Chobits branches off as a crossover into many other stories in different ways, such as Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, xxxHolic and Kobato.
The series centers on the life of Hideki Motosuwa, a held-back student attempting to qualify for university by studying at Seki prep school in Tokyo. Besides a girlfriend, he dreams of having a persocom: an android used as a personal computer, which is expensive. On his way home one evening, he stumbles across a persocom in the form of a beautiful girl with thigh-length hair lying against a pile of trash bags, and he carries her home, not noticing that a disk fell on the ground. Upon turning her on, she instantly regards Hideki with adoration. The only word the persocom seems capable of saying is “chi”, thus he names her that. Hideki assumes that there must be something wrong with her, and so the following morning he has his neighbor Hiromu Shinbo analyze her with his mobile persocom Sumomo. After Sumomo crashes during the attempt they conclude that she must be custom-built.
Shinbo introduces Hideki to Minoru Kokubunji, a twelve-year-old prodigy who specializes in the field of custom-built persocoms. Minoru’s persocoms, including Yuzuki, a fairly exceptional custom-built persocom, are not able to analyze Chi either, and thus they conclude that she may be one of the Chobits, a legendary series of persocoms rumoured to have free will and emotions. Although this is a possibility, Minoru is confident that it is only rumour. Yuzuki also adds that she does not resemble any persocom model in any available database and so she must be custom made after all.
A major part of the plot involves Hideki attempting to teach Chi words, concepts, and appropriate behaviours, in between his crammed schedule of school and work. At the same time, Chi seems to be developing feelings for Hideki, at an emotional depth she is not supposed to possess, and Hideki struggles with his feelings for her. The need to figure out more about Chi and her mysterious functions and past becomes a pull for the characters in the series.
Hideki’s feelings intensify for Chi regardless of her being a persocom and despite his friends’ painful experiences involving other persocoms. Chi becomes aware of her purpose through a picture book series called A City with No People which she finds in a bookstore. The books speak about many different things involving human and persocom relationships: persocoms and their convenience as friends and lovers, how there are things that they cannot do and questioning whether a relationship between a persocom and a human is really one-sided. It also speaks about the Chobits series; that they are different from other persocoms, and what they are incapable of doing unlike other persocoms. These picture books awaken Chi’s other self, her sibling Freya who is aware of their past and helps Chi realize what she must do when she decides who her “person just for me” is. Together, Chi and Hideki explore the relationship between human beings and persocoms, as well as their friends’ and their own.
You can download this doll papercraft template here: Chobits – Chi Free Doll Papercraft Download [mediafire]