A.I. Love You

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A.I. Love You
Ai ga tomaranai cover1.jpg
A.I, Love You Volume 1 Cover
A・Iが止まらない!
(AI Won't Stop!)
Genre
Manga
Written by Ken Akamatsu
Published by Kodansha
English publisher United Kingdom United States Tokyopop
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 6 April 199421 August 1997[citation needed]
Volumes 8
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A.I. Love You (A・I が止まらない! A.I. ga Tomaranai!?) is a Japanese manga series by author Ken Akamatsu. First released in the mid-1990s in Japan, an English translation of the series was published by Tokyopop; the Tokyopop version of the manga is out of print as of August 31, 2009.[1]

The original Japanese title, A・I が止まらない! (A.I. ga Tomaranai!), is a play on words. While it literally means "A.I. Won’t Stop!" the word "A.I." has several meanings. Besides being the acronym for artificial intelligence, it is also the Japanese word for "love" ( ai?) and the Japanese transcription of the English word "I" (アイ ai?). Tokyopop does their best to recreate this pun with their US release of the series in which this case they added "Love You" to create a pun referring to the statement "I Love You" in A.(I. Love You).

Plot[edit]

The story centres on Hitoshi Kōbe, a guy who is neither academically gifted nor good at sports, so he does not do very well at school.

Hitoshi has only one thing going for him - his ability to program computers. In fact, he is so good at this he has created programs that can rewrite themselves - Artificial Intelligence, in other words. So far he has created thirty of these programs, and the latest - whom he names Saati ( The Japanese pronunciation of the English word "Thirty" )- is so advanced that conversation with her is indistinguishable from a normal girl and, thus, would easily pass the Turing test.

However, there is still the barrier of Hitoshi being in the physical world and Saati being a program, until one day a freak lightning strike materializes her into the real world, where she becomes the girlfriend of Hitoshi.

The series then follows their now not so ordinary lives, as well as other A.I.s of Hitoshi's creation. The basic plotline is derivative of the Kōsuke Fujishima manga Oh 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.[2] 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.

Manga[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
01 September 16, 1994[3][4] ISBN 4-06-312056-2 February 3, 2004[5] ISBN 1591826152
Program 1: The Program Goes Haywire
Program 2: Wake Up at Hotel Ryūgūjō
Program 3: Join the Club!
Program 4: Take Me to the Ocean!
Program 5: The Laughing Invader
Program 6: SAYONARA
Program 7: Money Trouble?!
02 November 17, 1994[6][7] ISBN 4-06-312073-2 April 13, 2004[8] ISBN 1591826160
Program 8: Happy (or Unhappy) Birthday
Program 9: The Good Life
Program 10: The Lady Who Causes Storms
Program 11: She's a Real Hottie!
Program 12: The Poolside Kiss
Program 13: Love Triangle
Program 14: Saati vs. Toeni
Program 15: Mountain Happening
Program 16: A Wish Upon a Star
03 March 16, 1995[9][10] ISBN 4-06-312119-4 June 8, 2004[11] ISBN 1591826179
Program 17: Saati's Crisis
Program 18: Death Trap
Program 19: Aiming for A.I.
Program 20: A.I. Memory... Please Come Back!
Program 21: Beware of Sudden Data Collection
Program 22: A Day with Puppy
Program 23: On a Holy Night
Program 24: A Snowy Night in the Mountains
04 July 17, 1995[12][13] ISBN 4-06-312161-5 August 3, 2004[14] ISBN 1591826187
Program 25: Please, Touch Me!
Program 26: The Third Man?!
Program 27: The Gloomy Experience
Program 28: Boy's Day or Girl's Day
Program 29: Her First Errand
Program 30: Love Makes You Think Too Much
Program 31: Child's Play
05 March 16, 1996[15][16] ISBN 4-06-312249-2 October 5, 2004[17] ISBN 1591826195
Special Program The Inevitable Ocean Route to Hawaii!
Program 32: From Cheers to Heartbreak?
Program 33: Hurting Her Little Heart
Program 34: Please, Tell Mee You Love Me!
Program 35: Class is in Session!!
Program 36: It's Been a While... I Miss You
Program 37: Unforgivable Things
06 July 17, 1996[18][19] ISBN 4-06-312296-4 December 7, 2004[20] ISBN 1591826209
Volume 6
Program 38: The Call of the Wild
Program 39: If We Meet in a Dream (part 1)
Program 40: If We Meet in a Dream (part 2)
Special Program Four Lbs Short!!
Program 41: How to Become a World Martial Arts Champion!!
Program 42: My Fair Lady
Program 43: From Cindy
07 February 17, 1997[21][22] ISBN 4-06-312379-0 February 8, 2005[23] ISBN 1591829437
Program 44: Who Wants to be a Beach Queen?
Program 45: The Wheel of Temptation
Program 46: The Last Scene is MINE! (part 1)
Program 47: The Last Scene is MINE! (part 2)
Program 48: The Last Scene is MINE! (part 3)
08 May 16, 1997[24][25] ISBN 4-06-312415-0 April 12, 2005[26] ISBN 1591829445
Program 49: I Love Toeni!
Program 50: Forty's Feelings
Program 51: The Girl with the Inferiority Complex (part 1)
Program 52: The Girl with the Inferiority Complex (part 2)
Program 53: Reality Transformation Panic
Program 54: Take Heart
Program 55: Don't Say Goodbye
09 October 17, 1997[27][28] ISBN 4-06-312470-3

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TOKYOPOP Inc. Out of Print Titles." Tokyopop. 1." Retrieved on September 10, 2009.
  2. ^ Harvell, Jess (2006-10-11). "Boys Life: Sometimes a Giant Robot Isn't Just a Giant Robot in the World of Japanese Comics". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
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  17. ^ "A. I. Love You, Vol. 5 (A.I. Love You) (Paperback)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 17, 2015.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
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  20. ^ "A.I. Love You, Vol. 6 (A.I. Love You) (Paperback)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  21. ^ "A・Iが止まらない 7". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese).  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  22. ^ A・Iが止まらない!(7). 講談社BOOK倶楽部 (in Japanese). Kodansha Ltd. Retrieved December 16, 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  23. ^ "A.I. Love You, Vol 7 (A.I. Love You) (Paperback)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  24. ^ "A・Iが止まらない 8". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese).  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  25. ^ A・Iが止まらない!(8). 講談社BOOK倶楽部 (in Japanese). Kodansha Ltd. Retrieved December 16, 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  26. ^ "A.I. Love You, Volume 8 (Paperback)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  27. ^ "A・Iが止まらない 9". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese).  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  28. ^ A・Iが止まらない!(9). 講談社BOOK倶楽部 (in Japanese). Kodansha Ltd. Retrieved December 16, 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix

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