Chobits Vol 1 : 4 of 5
I've seen lots of images from this anime all over the web, so I knew this was a really popular show that I had to check out. I actually saw an episode on the Anime Channel, but the dubbing was so bad that I couldn't get into it, so I decided to start renting the series. The first volume was fantastic! It has all the cuteness of the first few episodes of Mahoromatic without the science fiction battles. A country boy named Hideki moves to Tokyo to go to prep school, and sees that everyone has Persocoms, which are walking, talking personal computers (mostly female and totally cute, of course). He finds a discarded model near a dumpster, so he takes it home. After he switches it on (you can guess where the "switch" is), all she can say is "Chi", so that becomes her name. These first few episodes are about Hideki getting a job, falling in love with every cute girl he sees (his apartment manager, his teacher, and his boss' daughter) and trying to teach Chi everything from learning to speak Japanese to buying underwear! Chobits is a completely fun-filled fantasy so far, so I think I've been hooked into renting the rest of it!