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MMF: Karakuri Odette -Odette Yoshizawa or Arale Norimaki?

Whenever there is a chance in Manga Movable Feast to talk abut a title that tugged my interest, then you would see a prospective from me. This feast’s pick is Karakuri Odette by Julietta Suzuki, and other blogger responses to this MMF will be hosted by Anna of Manga Report here.

Reading about androids is nothing new in my experience. I didn’t initially think much of Karakuri Odette, since the art really wasn’t that great to look at, but the plot draws people in slowly, and appeal in the discovery department. People can on a superficial level can compare Karakuri Odette to Chobits, but I find myself staring at another works as being something more similar.

Arale as part of a bag, photographed by me.

Dr. Slump.

There is large difference in the appearance, and plot happenings, however there are some similarities to be made between Odette and Arale.

  • Both have creators  deceiving a large part of the world on their non-living creation.
  • Both have an inherent desire to be a part of the world that they are living in.
  • Both do change other people in their life.
  • There is the appearance of another robot, that may or may not like the female robot (Chris, and Obotchanman/Carmelman#4)

There are also plot parts that are similar such as the mention of food/cooking, in volume 2, and the part when the professor placed a camera on their robot in volume 1. Both are of different time, so reading is your choice. Dr. Slump deviates from slice of life into talking about other aspects, and ends in 18 volumes, while Karakuri Odette ends with six volumes.

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  1. RA
    January 20, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I find that most of your similarities could also be placed on Chobits. Chii deceived the world into thinking she was just another Persicom. She had a desire to be a regular girl in the world. She changed the lives of everybody she came in contact with, not to mention the rest of the world, at the end. There was also the appearance of Freya, who technically is a part of Chii, but was not originally. Chii also learns how to cook for Hideki but there is no mounted camera. Yet Chobits does end in six volumes, sadly. I really would have enjoyed it being a little longer.

  2. miz
    January 21, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Thanks for the comment Ricky… ^_^ One thing though in Karakuri Odette, other than the creator, and other androids. No one knows that Odette is not human. In Chobits, persicom walked all around the place, and they are recognized. Odette wants to understand what makes a human tick. Chobits also speak of Chii’s dependency on Hideki, but in Karakuri, while there is some “dependency” on one of the male characters, there is not that same feel as what Chobits did. Hmmm the original printing of Chobits it in six volumes, but with the omnibus, i think Chobits ends in two?

  3. RA
    January 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    True, persicoms walk around and are recognized, BUT most people don’t know what Chii truly is. They all think she is just another persicom. The whole idea behind Chii’s restart was to find out what makes humans tick. They wanted to find out if persicoms would ever truly be accepted as human and have the ability to be happy. You need to know how humans work to answer that question. I also don’t know how dependent Chii really is on Hideki. Hideki actually ends up being completely over protective with Chii. So, with her learning AI, what choice did she have but to become some what dependent. Even though I believe she could have been completely independent from him if she so desired. And, yes, the omnibus is only two volumes. ^_^

  4. miz
    January 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    But they do know that Chii is a non-human. Persicom are recognized as computers in Chobits. Whereas the scientist in Karakuri Odette enrolls Odette in school, after she expressed a desire to just want to learn the interactions of humans. I believe that people in Odette’s school believe she is a very strong eccentric individual.

  5. RA
    January 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Yes, but she’s not “just a persicom.” She’s the most advanced persicom in existence that is practically human. She has the ability to effect the entire world and the only person who knows it is dead. She can’t even just download software, either. She has to manually learn everything the same way a human does. You starting to get my point?

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