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This strip is an exaggeration of the Further Misadventures of my Father! After I had my wisdom teeth removed, my dad bought me some anime DVDs to distract me from my pain and swollen face. He knows I’m a huge fan of the manga group CLAMP (see my Halloween strip where Chapel dresses as Cardcaptor Sakura), and he knew I’d never seen Chobits, so he bought the DVDs. And my mom and I settled down for some Wholesome Family Anime Time.

It turned out that Chobits wasn’t wholesome at all, so my mom and I turned it off. Then we watched one of the many Jane Austen mini-movies on PBS, where the ending always turns out the way it should in real life.

The hat Chapel’s wearing is a reference to a (non-yucky) anime called Azumanga Daioh! Azumanga is a hilarious anime that I’ve loved ever since 4th grade. The hat Chapel’s wearing is one that appears in the show. It’s called a “dad cap,” in reference to the cat-like entity that represents the father of Chiyo-chan, one of the main characters. This is also apparently a political reference, but I don’t know anything about Japanese politics, so I don’t really understand it! Azumanga Daioh is one of my favorite anime and you should definitely go give it a shot! It’s very weird at the beginning, but it’ll grow on you, I promise.
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actually once you get past the on switch the rest of chobits is kinda BLAH it's not even that racy after that
xero 7/15/12 reply
YES! kudos for giving Chapel one of the coolest hats ever! Father hat! Didn't know it had anything to do with Japanese politics..
Azu is one of the few animes I can watch over and over.
nerdyguy 5/16/12 reply
hey have you seen Ouran?
5/11/12 reply
How did you make the anime look so real??!
Go Go 3/6/12 reply
I know right? Really, that is amazing.
Jam 6/23/12 reply
There is a really good website i know where you can search through almost every anime ever and pick and choose to include certain things, like animes meant for girls without any mature stuff, etc. its called i use it to find animes all the time, its really good.
Anon a Mouse 1/6/12 reply
Sorry to post to an older comment but its relevant. ;) There are lots of really good animes out there, meant for people of all ages, you just gotta look.

I think you'd have to copy paste the link directly but that is a list of animes specficially aimed at girls, aged 12 and up. Alot of them deal with high school and romance, but watch out. Some of them ARE more mature than others, but i made sure to remove anything 18+ from the list :p
Anon a Mouse 1/6/12 reply
The poster thingy blocked my link
Anon a Mouse 1/6/12 reply
It's okay, you can just post it again later! And I'm not absolutely dying for new things to watch, so I can wait a bit! Thanks so much :D
Emma 1/8/12 reply
In my anime club they decided to watch this but then they had to turn it off after they remembered where the on switch was before we got to that scene
CoolCatalia 12/9/11 reply
Doubt you'll read this but if you like Azumanga Daioh, you should check out Yotsuba by the same artist. I know you can find the manga ( there is no anime yet) online for free, just can't remember the link
Dutchguy 12/3/11 reply
Oh, I love Yotsuba! Unfortunately there will never be an anime, as Azuma-sensei has said himself he doesn't want an anime adaptation, which is a shame! I even read Yotsuba way back when it was still published by ADV manga, and I've been meaning to pick up the new Yen Press translations for a while.
Emma 12/4/11 reply
My favorite anime movies are the Miyazaki ones from Studio Ghibli. Like Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke.
Sasha 11/27/11 reply
SAME HERE. I've seen ever single Miyazaki movie MULTIPLE times -- they're the best!
Emma 11/30/11 reply
I agree, Miyazaki can make a good work, even though lately he's been becoming more preachy on his poltical views. it gets in his way of his work.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 12/1/11 reply
You always sound.....poetic when you comment.
coco 5/17/12 reply
I love Miazaki movies, but I haven't seen all of them. When I saw Castle in the Sky for the first time, I cried at the ending. I admit it.
Ginny Weasley fan 12/24/11 reply
Have you ever been to the Ghibli museum? I haven't but i want to! My favorite Miyazaki movies are Howl's moving castle and My neighbor totoro.
Has anyone seen his new movie The secret world of arietty?
coco 5/17/12 reply
it might be just me (which it is a lot) or is chapel's hair.....less red than it was before?
Ginny Weasley fan 11/27/11 reply
I think it's just you, sorry! :)
Emma 11/30/11 reply
Um, Emma, its a compliment. I meant that it looks more realistic now, in the older strips its cherry red. Now it looks even more hair-like. Although you're probably right and this is all just me.
Ginny Weasley fan 12/3/11 reply
Well thank you! I wanted to make it more realistic so I'm glad you picked up on it.
Emma 12/3/11 reply
I love little details!!!
Ginny Weasley fan 12/4/11 reply
I can sympathize with your Pop. I bought my daughter (14 at the time) a CD once, I had heard three of the songs off of it on the radio and thought it was safe. It turns out almost half of the songs on it had multiple uses of George Carlin's 'Seven Words' and her best friend's mother called me up and chewed me out.
Tor 11/23/11 reply
Oh, and wanted to say I found your comic from a comment on Modest Medusa and I have to say you are one amazing kid. Good luck!
Tor 11/23/11 reply
Thank you, and I'm glad there's a fellow MM fan here! And in my opinion swear words aren't anything bad!
Emma 11/30/11 reply
It mainly depends how you use the actually..
Miss L.S.P 2/27/12 reply
it not the ......... my mistake!
Miss L.S.P 2/27/12 reply
When you refer to borderline-pronography, there's a single word that sum it up much better; erotic. (I think for anime, they used a japanese word called echhi? mean same thing as erotic.) Your father should have several flag words to look out for on anime; erotic, echhi, um I can't think of anything other keyword to look out for.
Hurlbut 11/23/11 reply
Hentai, guro, yaoi, yuri, fanservice and I think it was ecchi, with two c's.
And don't google any of it :)
Me! 11/23/11 reply
I'll let my dad know NOT to buy any anime with those classifications in the future!
Emma 11/30/11 reply
I should give you a word of warning, avoid all CLAMP titles until you're older and can handle more adult subjects. The core of CLAMP are great creators, but they are also perverts (to one degree or another) in my view. I should also warn you Miss Emma that Japan's view on sexual openness is very diffrent to ours here in the U.S.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/22/11 reply
Nah, stuff like Cardcaptor Sakura, Angelic Layer and Magic Knight Rayearth are fine. The only real warning I'd associate with any of those is that MKR's ending twist is sort of emotionally wrenching. (Also pretend the second season doesn't exist, it's just terrible.)
p 11/27/11 reply
then there was X/1999, RG Veda, XXXHolic, Tokyo Babylon, Miyuki-chan in Wonderland and i could go on, but i'll stop here. I'm not saying they are Bad creators, i'm just saying they have a bit of a perv streak in them and they generally make more adult themed works.

Oh, and wishing away MKR second season won't make it go away. it's canon after all.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/29/11 reply
I love MKR, Sakura, Angelic Layer, Tsubasa, and even xxxHolic, so it's not ALL bad! Although I once made the mistake of wiki-ing Miyuki-chan in Wonderland...
Emma 11/30/11 reply
JUST Miyuki-chan? thank god you did not see all the henti one shots they made over the years.
Dr Taxil Necrobane 11/30/11 reply
I thought I should remind you all the CLAMP write JJBA yaoi. ~*~THE MORE YOU KNOW EMMA THE MORE YOU KNOW~*~
k8 5/24/12 reply
Just bookmarked your comic on Piperka. Very nice addition to my webcomic lists!
Judebert 11/21/11 reply
Emma 11/22/11 reply
This exact same thing happened with my sister when she was about 12, except for the manga versions of Sakura and Chobits.

But at least your dad didn't get X (what with it's Saw-level violence and all).
heavyweather 11/20/11 reply
Actually violence isn't a problem for me, so I should totally check out X! Chobits was just way too fanservice-y for my tastes.
Emma 11/20/11 reply
Oh my, that must have been fairly awkward...
Emily13 11/19/11 reply
Yes. It was. So verrryyyy awkward.
Emma 11/19/11 reply
By the way, what happened to your old blog? I can't remember what it was called, but I was enjoying reading it. Do you still have it?
Emily13 11/22/11 reply
This is a bit like what my dad did when I broke my arm 4 years ago. one detail. the stuff i watched was appropriate for a 6 year old.
Ginny Weasley fan 11/19/11 reply
oh and whats that hat on chapel's head?
Ginny Weasley fan 11/19/11 reply
Ah, I should've mentioned that in the author's commentary! It's a special kind of hat called the "dad cap" from a *different* anime called Azumanga Daioh. It's not by the same people as the anime Chapel's watching in the strip, but it's very good.
Emma 11/19/11 reply
dad cap..... that sounds familiar.....
Ginny Weasley fan 11/19/11 reply
Chobits is one of the best anime titles I ever watched.. You definitely have to see it in a couple of years, when it will be appropriate for you ^_^

//btw, I am from Russia and I've read all of your Chapel strips now, so you can call yourself famous around the globe now :)
Me! 11/19/11 reply
I will rewatch it later on then, I heard it actually gets quite deep by the end -- the beginning part was just a bit off-putting. And that's really fantastic to hear that you're from Russia! Thank you SO much for reading, it means a lot to me!
Emma 11/19/11 reply
Yes, it does get quite a bit deeper, though it never really loses the... 'fan-service'y... angle. If it hadn't been for Sumomo, (the neighbor guy's little persocom, [I don't remember if she'd have appeared yet by the time you gave up on the show,]) I probably wouldn't have made it all the way through.

Chobits is basically about Relationships, & follows the maturing of Hideki's view of them. (This view is probably affected by my own personal focus on Relationships)
Pneumarian 11/20/11 reply
Agreed, It's more romantic than deep :)
Can't remember anything about maturing, though...
Me! 11/22/11 reply
Huh, okay. That makes sense.
Emma 11/22/11 reply
Thank YOU for drawing :) You are really good :)
I was lucky to stumble upon a link to your strip ^_^
Me! 11/22/11 reply
Oh, where did you find the link? Just curious!
Emma 11/22/11 reply
Here :)

I was interested in Macintosh story but suddenly this link in comments was more interesting then everything else there :) (think there just was no anime in the macintosh stories.. :))
Me! 11/22/11 reply
Hm, link disappeared...
www . folklore . org /StoryView.py?project=Macintosh&story=Alice.txt&showcomments=1#comments
Another try with extra spaces
Me! 11/22/11 reply
It's okay, I know which article you were talking about anyway!
Emma 11/22/11 reply
But what if someone'll come there from your work? :)
Me! 11/22/11 reply
Well that'll be cool press for my dad then! He deserves it.
Emma 11/22/11 reply
Oh wow! I'm actually constantly surprised by people who've come here from my dad's work! :) Well thanks for checking out my comic, and I hope you'll stick around!
Emma 11/22/11 reply
I'm already stuck :) Even followed you on twitter and tumbler, btw :)
Me! 11/22/11 reply
Ooh, awesome! Under which usernames? I'll follow you back!!!
Emma 11/22/11 reply
KimAndrey in twitter and AFAIK in tumblr ^_^
But I use my tumblr only for reading others' blogs and most (if not all) of my tweets are in Russian...(
Me! 11/22/11 reply
ow, not afaik but afaix :) I knew that something was wrong :)
Me! 11/29/11 reply
I would also recommend Chobits as the overall story is great, you just have to get past the fan-service. If you are not familiar with it, checkout you can watch One Piece eps almost the same day they are aired in Japan depending on subscription, and it is legal.
maldar 12/8/11 reply
... again how old are you? You should know that CLAMP is an all-female group.
James Crowe 11/19/11 reply
Of course I know that, and I've read MANYYYYY of their other titles. This was just one I hadn't watched/read, and it surprised me by being very...different from their other works.
Emma 11/19/11 reply
Oh, and I'm 14.
Emma 11/19/11 reply
i am nine. in fourth grade. how about you, James?
miss stupid 11/20/11 reply
29 and getting older by the time.
James Crowe 11/22/11 reply
I'm in 4th grade too...
Ginny Weasley fan 11/22/11 reply
Check, check, check
Can I write as Emma? :)
Emma 12/1/11 reply
Sorry, but could you please pick a different screen name? Otherwise, it could easily confuse people into thinking you're me. Thanks!
Emma 12/1/11 reply
oh sorry I couldn't resist...
Ginny Weasley fan 11/22/11 reply
If you guys are in 4th grade and you want a GOOD anime to watch (unlike Chobits) check out Azumanga Daioh. I started watching it in 4th grade, and the hat Chapel's wearing in this strip is actually one from the show.
Emma 11/22/11 reply
i will offer up a few more you may not have seen yet. "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha" is one. it's not a typical magic girl show, it has cringe worthy fights, but a good story and it's a long running show. "Bakuman" is one of my favs, nothing ojectional with this and it's an intresting show. If you are looking for something more super hero like anime i command you to watch "Tiger & Bunny"! that or the "Iron man" the anime if you want a more domestic feel to your anime. Lastly, for something you and your mother might like, try "Usagi Drop".

that is just the start of it. I have been an anime fan longer than twice your life span so far Miss Emma.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/22/11 reply
Unfortunatly Miss Emma a lotta good anime is too grown up for you. maybe in 2 or 3 years time you'll enjoy Chobits more... and you WILL enjoy it. It's one of CLAMP's better works.

If you haven' t already watch the really early Pokemon.... the pokemon your generation is being given is awful awful stuff. If you can find it try looking for the Live action Sailor Moon... it's hilarious, like Power Rangers but with girls and badly done soft toy puppets.
Another suggestion is Excel Saga....
No I'm messing with you. do not watch Excel Saga, it's terribly wrong on all levels (but funny as anything)
Actually I really wanna suggest Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 because it's really the kinda thing I think you' ll like
Stikibunn 11/25/11 reply
Live action Sailor Moon is hideous, but they're currently re-releasing the manga! I'm really excited, because I've loved the series for a good 15 years now.
p 11/27/11 reply
Pokemon Anime is a monster of a long running show. you'll have much to watch from it, but my take on it is it's just to sell the game and it's not that deep. the Live action sailor moon is odd kick of a show, but i don't remember that it was ever professionally subbed or dubbed..... Excel Saga. no. Just NO. ><

Bubblegum Crisis? wooo Boy! now THAT is an anime classic! It's a bit on the violent side, but it was THE perfect example of the 80's belief of our future cyberpunk world. I still remember back when it was brand new too. That is a good one to watch if you can find it anywhere.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/26/11 reply
Okay I'm totally gonna watch Bubblegum Crisis now! You had me at "cyberpunk."
Emma 2/7/12 reply
It is cyberpunk anime par exclent My Dear Miss Emma, oh yea, there is also Bubblegum Crash contiune to that as well.
Dr Taxil Necrobane 8/14/12 reply
Oh man I watched maybe the first episode of Excel Saga because a friend recommended it...it is screwed up. I'll definitely check out Bubblegum Crisis!
Emma 2/7/12 reply
Ahh, sorry I didn't see this until now! My friend Jenny actually just recommended Lyrical Nanoha to me, so I totally need to watch it. Usagi Drop is the cutest thing ever! Bakuman and T&B I definitely need to watch.
Emma 2/7/12 reply
If you want to watch a good anime loke Azumanga - consider watching Lucky Star, Miname-ke and K-On! :)
Me! 11/23/11 reply
And you should ABSOLUTELY watch Dennou Coil and NieA_7 (NieA under 7).
They are not that fun but these are certainly what you'd call deep :)
Me! 11/23/11 reply
I've heard about Dennou Coil and I really want to watch it! What's NieA_7 about?
Emma 2/7/12 reply
Ahh, I love Lucky Star and Miname-ke! I've hear K-On's good, too -- it's a slice of life about a school music band, right? I should watch it!
Emma 2/7/12 reply
I just tried that.... but it sticks in a spot about the middle of episode 1. oh well.
Ginny Weasley fan 11/22/11 reply
Chapel, I rented you some anime DVDs to watch after your surgery! I have the best parents EVER. Thanks dad! This makes up for your fainting at the dentist. Chobit. From the authors of Sakura. Im so going to love this! Jeez, the heroine is a scantily clad robot. Whats this about her on switch? Sam, what is this rated? CLICK Well, thats an inconvenient spot for an on switch. Sam, did you read ANYTHING about this show before you rented it?
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