Hideki Motosuwa
Hideki motosuwa
Hideki as he appears in Chobits
Series: Chobits
English Name: Hideki Motosuwa
Gender: Male
Age: 19
Birthday: -
Other names: -
Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Current status: Alive
Powers: -
First Appearance: Manga: Chapter 1
Anime: Episode 1
Last appearance:
English voice actor: Crispin Freeman
Japanese voice actor: Tomokazu Sugita
Korean voice actor: {{{koreanvoice}}}

Hideki Motosuwa (本須和秀樹 Motosuwa Hideki) is a 19-year-old (18 in the anime) repeat student (ronin) attempting to get into a university by studying at Seki cram school, which his parents have sent him to. They have also severed his allowance, which means he has to work at Yorokonde (My Pleasure), an izakaya, to make ends meet. 


Hideki is a pretty simple character, he is friendly, down to earth, basically the nice boy next door. But not to be underestimated, Hideki is also a selfless person with a big heart. He always has sound relationship advice for his friends, but he himself has actually never been kissed. Despite his shortcomings and occasional moments of awkwardness with the bustling environment of Tokyo, he is a genuinely kind and honest person, whose habit of thinking of others' well-being before his own can cause many problems. When a friend is in trouble, especially Chi, he is always there to help.

He could best be described as "a fish out of water". Living in the country his entire life, Hideki has trouble adjusting to his new life in Tokyo. Due to this, he is prone to outbursts of confusion and frustration. Also, because of the time spent by himself on his family's farm (which, in the anime, is revealed to be in Hokkaidō), Hideki has a habit of thinking out loud and talking to himself. This leads to some very entertaining moments between himself and the women he meets.

Like many young men, Hideki has an active libido, possessing many pornographic magazines which he refers to as "okazu" ("side dish"). (In the English manga translation, Chi refers to one of the magazines as a "tasty side dish". When he moves to Tokyo, Hideki desires a persocom so that he can finally surf the internet for pornography. It should be stated however that he isn't the only character who thinks this way. In fact Shinbo himself proudly admits that Plum (Sumomo in the anime) is also equipped to perform these tasks when he first meets Hideki.


Hideki and Chi


Hideki is a repeat student attempting to get into university by studying at Seki cram school. He works at My Pleasure, an izakaya. One night, while walking home from work, he finds a persocom apparently abandoned in a pile of trash. He takes her home and searches for her activation switch (which is located in her "private area"). After activating her, the only word she could speak was "Chii". Because of this, he gave her the name Chii.

Through the course of the story, a number of people take interest in Chii, some with the intent to use her as a kind of sex toy, others because they believe she may be one of the legendary "Chobits", which purportedly can go beyond the programming possible for most of the persocoms.  However, Hideki also helps his friends to find a clearer understanding of their relationships with either humans or persocoms in their lives.  Due to this, Hideki comes to be viewed as a deeper person that his initial impression might relay.

Hideki finally talks with Chitose Hibara, the landlady of his apartment, and learns that Chii had previously belonged to her and her now-dead husband, "Icchan" Mihara, who helped create the Angelic Layer game before he created the persocoms.  Chii had previously been Elda, and had also had a "sister" known as Freya.  When Freya's emotional development led to her shutting down, Chitose chose to re-set Elda, although she also partially hoped to one day regain her daughter and restore her memories of her past life.  It was seeing how happy Chii was with Hideki that helped her decide to not interfere.

When Chii decided that Hideki was "the someone just for her", she asked whether Hideki knew who was his special someone.  At first, Hideki hesitated, fearful due to the events happening around them which he believed were connected to Chii.  But he decided to be honest, and told Chii that she was his special someone too.  It was at this point that Freya emerged from within Chii, and confronted Hideki, explaining that if Hideki and Chii consummated their love, due to the placement of Chi's "re-set" switch, Chii would be automatically re-set and thus lose all her memories of being Chii and loving Hideki.  Due to this, Hideki agreed to not act on this part of their love, due to loving Chii.

In an extra 27th episode included on the Chobits anime DVD, it is shown that Hideki is finally admitted to college after studying for a year at the prep school.

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