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Cute, I like the watercolor artstyle. I think It’s A Hard Life is the only other comic I’ve seen use watercolor. It goes a long way towards making this comic look unique.

The main character’s name is ‘Emmie’. I know what you’re all thinking, but this comic came first, so Emmy is actually the offender here, not Emmie.

It’s kinda weird how Emmie and other characters are drawn in a chibi, moe-exaggerated style sometimes and other times they look more detailed. Not saying that can’t work, but I’m not sure I like it here. It contrasts with the attempted realism/groundedness of the setting.

Emmie makes me stressed just reading about her. She’s loud and hyperactive in the worst way, and despite her seemingly good-hearted intentions, she feels like kind of a shallow person, with wanting to ‘be an adult’ etc.

Emmie is so upbeat and innocent that she seems genuinely autistic - talking about how ‘books smell and feel nice’, getting excited over minor responsibilities to the same extent a kid might, and her overly trusting persona in general. This is not helped by Ch. 1 showing her as a new robot struggling with basic speech and shoveling household objects into her mouth. Early on she gets a job in childcare, and she’s able to get on the level of a kid so effectively that in Ch. 2, a librarian robot actually mistakes her for the genuine article.

I mean, I’ll admit, a story about an autistic robot is something I don’t think I’ve seen before, and it’s not unwelcome, but I don’t think that’s what the author was going for here.

I think my biggest problem is that her personality feels fake. Of note is one scene where she meets a scary-looking robot alone in a hallway, and her response is to scream at the top of her lungs and run around - not away from the robot like someone who’s actually scared would do, but literally around him. That is fake. It’s an act. She’s playing up her emotions and exaggerating them as much as she possibly can because… what, she feels she won’t get attention otherwise? Not a very compelling motivation.

The setting is pretty interesting. It seems almost like a fading utopia - almost no crime, everyone’s friendly, but there’s a sense that humanity is declining. In her interview with the Jin-Lans, Emmie notices that they have both a toddler and an infant, and thinks ‘a baby too! that’s rare to see’ - that has some rather grim implications. It kinda reminds me of the anime ‘Humanity is Declining’, where everything seems pretty idyllic, but there’s a certain fatalism to the whole thing, like humans are slowly but peacefully going extinct.

The scene where she intimidates the punks felt like a bad power fantasy. Like there’s a repressed desire for violence or need to have people fear her the author has pent up, or a desire to feel like a hero/martyr, but she needs to overcome evil to do so, so she invents a form of evil that looks intimidating but cannot defeat the self-insert. I guess it’s not an unbelievable situation per se, but the punks felt like things whose only purpose was to be defeated by the MC in a flashy manner, rather than actual humans.

I think Morio is actually the most interesting character. Calm, empathetic, and good with both kids and adults. He feels like a lonely soul who gets along with people but has trouble forming deeper connections. His confession that dying scares him and that his work caring for the elderly and infirm helps him deal with it was honestly kind of moving.

I liked the final chapter the best. Very touching end to the whole series and I think it encapsulated the comic’s themes really well.

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