- A.I. Love You
name = A.I. Love You
caption = A.I, Love You Volume 1 Cover
ja_name = A・Iが止まらない!
ja_name_trans = AI Won't Stop!
Science Fiction, RomanceInfobox animanga/Manga
publisher = flagicon|Japan
Grupo Editorial VID
16 September 1994
17 October 1997
volumes = flagicon|Japan 9
flagicon|USA 8Nihongo|"A.I. Love You"|A・I が止まらない!|A.I. ga Tomaranai! is a
Japanese mangaseries by author Ken Akamatsu. [Ann manga|id=2582. Accessed 2006-09-29.] First released in the mid- in Japan, an English translation of the series is published by Tokyopop; the first volume came out in North America in February 2004.
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
acronymfor artificial intelligence, it is also the Japanese word for Nihongo|"love"|愛|ai and the Japanese transcription of the English word nihongo|"I"|アイ|ai. Tokyopop does their best to recreate this punwith their US release of the series.
The story centres around 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
lightningstrike 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 Fujishimamanga " 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". 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.
:Hitoshi is a freshman high-school student (in 1994) at Menjō (綿城) High School who underachieves at school both physically and academically. One of his few strengths is his ability to program, and create artificial intelligences, and he eventually created programs Twenty and Thirty - programs so real that conversations with them are indistinguishable from conversation with normal girls.
:Through a series of freak lightning accidents, both programs are transferred to the real world, and become a greater part of the life of Hitoshi.
:Saati is the thirtieth A.I. program Hitoshi created, and is the first program that Hitoshi really liked.
:Through a freak lightning accident she is transferred to the real world, and becomes Hitoshi's live-in girlfriend. In the real world she takes the family name nihongo|"Namba"|難波, which is properly pronounced "nanpa" ("whirlpool"). In Japanese naming order her name, "Namba Saati", is based on the
Engrishpronunciation of "Number Thirty" ("Nanbā Sāti").
:A kind girl, size data 82-58-85 cm (32¾"-23"-34") with thick eyebrows ( A trait Akamatsu admitted to liking on women, citing
Sae Isshikias an example), and a bit naive, which does lead to frequent problems with Hitoshi. The most notable of which is that when she cooks meals she has the tendency to make them look "exactly" like the picture, regardless of the taste (having no taste buds), using everything from paint to colored markers until she receives a program upgrade that allows her to taste.
:Hitoshi based her appearance on his mother.
:Toeni (or "Toni" in the
Tokyopoptranslation) is Hitoshi's A.I. Program No. 20 ("Nanbā Tōenī" "Number Twenty"). He based her face on Kimika Aso, the breasts on Reiko Satou, her butt on Ai Iijima, and her legs on Chisato Moritaka, giving her the measurements of 86-59-88 cm (34½"-23½"-35"). However, despite the fact she worked, she teased him a little too much, and though the teasing was good-natured he couldn't handle it in addition to the pressures of school, so he stored her away.
:Due to another freak lightning accident Toeni is also brought into the real world, where she too stays with Hitoshi just like Saati ( Who refers to Toni as "onee-sama", the Japanese term for "big sister").
:Forty is Hitoshi's A.I. Program No. 40 ("Nanbā Fōti" "Number Forty"), and the first he brought to life on purpose (sort of). Created using both C "and" Assembly Language, he/she is more powerful than Saati and Toeni combined. Saati and Toeni sneaked a before-it-was-ready look at this new A.I., agreed on an age, twelve, and then argued about the gender and personality and pressed too many buttons at once. The end result was an A.I. that had two modes: a male personality and a female personality within a female body. When Forty-kun, the boy, said "girl", he became Forty-chan, the girl; when Forty-chan said "boy", she became Forty-kun. While each has presumably heard of the other's existence there are only two instances shown in which Forty-chan has some consciousness of Forty-kun; mostly each is blithely unaware of the other.
:Forty-kun describes himself as a hard-line conservative who is not interested in Hitoshi's porn-based hobbies, an anal-retentive neat-freak, a self-righteous good boy, with a taste for the nicer things in life - Saati's personality choice. Forty-chan describes herself as sensual party girl with a taste for the wild side of things, even going so far as to seduce Hitoshi by using a Hyper Program Option to give herself a more mature body - Toeni's personality choice. Saati wanted a nice little sister, and Toeni wanted a naughty little brother; they both got exactly what they wanted in one form.
:Forty-kun got it into his head that he wanted to go to school, so he was enrolled in class 1-C in what looks like Jr. High and, convenient for the manga-ka, located in the same building as Hitoshi and Saati's High School.
:Ken Akamatsu has said that Forty-chan became a character model for Kaolla Su from "
:Kimika, the smartest and prettiest girl in school, is adored by Hitoshi to the point where he makes Toeni, who is almost identical in physical appearance to Kimika apart from looking about five years older and having much larger breasts. She never gives Hitoshi any consideration, playing a trick on him at the beginning of the series, she also serves as the antagonist to the group in Volume 1, and in two chapters of volume 2.
:Math and homeroom teacher of Hitoshi Kōbe. He is seen in the first chapter being severe towards Hitoshi and appears several more times in much the same role. His name is mentioned in the fourth chapter. A character named Nitta-sensei, looking like an older version of this character, appears in "Mahō Sensei Negima".
:A boy who single-handedly guards Kujūkuri Beach from litterbugs. To avoid getting hurt any more by Makoto's booby traps, Hitoshi and Saati help him collect every soft drink can buried in the sand (in and out of the water) - 138,652 in total - which Makoto cashes in to build a special watchtower to guard the beach better.
:A skilled computer programmer/hacker who spent some time in his past in the USA producing operating systems. He was the main antagonist of Volume 3. He spends much of his time producing
computer virusesincluding the Peter4 Trojan horse virus which infected Saati and the spider virus. He has been involved in criminal enterprises such as pyramid schemes. More recently he has become obsessed with the "reality module" by which A.I. programs can come to life, and used to bring a fire-breathing dragon (he named Xenobia) to life. The handle "Billy-G" is a take-off on Bill Gates.
;A.I. Program No. 31:Billy-G's version of Saati created from a back-up file when he captured her in Volume 3. She appears in Volume 8.
:A school newspaper reporter in Hitoshi's high school who wears glasses to read because she is far-sighted. Actually she's a pretty girl without them. She became suspicious of Hitoshi and Saati when she just missed seeing Saati come out of a computer screen. Sensing that it is a big scoop she spied on them both in school and at their residence. She dropped her story on them when she was saved from an underwear thief by Hitoshi, Saati, and Toeni. She is seen in two other chapters too.
:Hitoshi's paternal cousin who lives in Aomori; she refers to Hitoshi as "onii-san" ("big brother"). She is an excellent skier and helps her father to run a hot-springs resort. Growing up she was very much a tomboy and she and Hitoshi would play often such as 'Doctors and Nurses', in which case she took on the Doctor role. She used to have a crush on Hitoshi since he wanted to marry her when they grew up - even having a sense of rivalry with Saati - but now sees Hitoshi and Saati as the resort's "honeymoon couple".
:She is based on Ken Akamatsu's actual cousin, Kikuko.
;A.I. Program No. 29:Saati's previous incarnation until a bug in her linguistics program caused her to be shut down, 80% of Twenty-Nine's programming went into making Saati. When Toni accidentally materialized her, Twenty-Nine, easily mistaken for Saati, went on a minor crime rampage until found attempting to expose herself to a group of middle-aged men. She attempted to pass herself off as Saati until Toeni and Hitoshi picked the real one; like all programs except Saati, she had zero modesty while Saati had modesty to spare.
:Twenty-Nine is currently stored away on a 5¼-inch floppy disk with all the previously errant programs.
;A.I. Program No. 28:An in-joke character, recognizable as a parody of
:Forty-kun's homeroom teacher and the object of his first crush. Considered popular and gorgeous by most of the male students, she is: 26 years old; single; 88-57-87; 5'2"; 105 lbs; her favorites foods are tofu burgers, shave ice, and hard-boiled eggs; her favorite flower is the rose; and she's terrified of spiders.
:Everyone, Forty-kun especially, was crushed when they discovered she was secretly engaged to Ken'ichi Nakamura ("NAKAMURA Ken'ichi") the P.E. teacher. The custom, still prevalent in the mid-1990s, was that a woman leaves the work-force when she marries. Thus Takemoto-sensei put off her marriage, put off her resignation and kept her engagement-to-marry secret until the last day of the school term. Forty-chan managed to bid farewell to Forty-kun's first love for him.
:A library representative in Hitoshi's high school who is referred to as the "Madonna of the Library"; her shy and quiet nature compliment her 90-cm (36") D-cup bust. Not very good at computers, she tricks Hitoshi and Saati into infecting the school database with a virus she mocked up. When Saati defeats the virus, which plumped up the measurement data of every girl in school to D-cups, Yūko admits she is really a 78-cm (31") A-cup who padded twelve centimeters (5") to her chest to gain the attention of boys, and needed to overwrite her official measurement data to avoid being found out.
:Three girls from class 2-D whose names are identifiable inside the school's system when Saati and Hitoshi accidentally implant, then remove, Yūko's
breast-enlargementvirus. Misato is 164 cm (5'5½") and 50 kg (110 lbs); Aki is 168 cm (5'7") and 53 kg (117 lbs); and Ryōko is 156 cm (5'2½") and 50 kg (110 lbs).
:A widow living with her child's family in
Nerima, Sayo once worked as a first-grade teacher at Jinjō Elementary School in Naganosince 1926, but it was closed down in 1945 before she could hand out her last class' graduation diplomas. When she learned that the school was scheduled to be demolished, she started an online diary in order to find her last students or allow them to find her. Unfortunately, she died in February 1996 before she could do so; fortunately, Hitoshi came across it one month later while looking for more explicit online diaries.
:Her diary address accidentally downloaded onto a floppy disk that Hitoshi gave to Saati to backup her memory, Saati became "possessed" by Sayo's "ghost". They discovered the identity of Saati's "previous life", Sayo's granddaughter ( Her name is unmentioned in the manga ), the school, the diplomas, and the students, now grandparents themselves. Sayo, bearing an uncanny resemblance to Saati, thanked Saati for putting her spirit to rest before she was purged from Saati's memories.
:Another ghost named Sayo appears in Ken's later work, "Mahō Sensei Negima".
:The fraudulent owner/operator of the Yamazaki Dieters' Spa Resort in
Izuthat Toyotomi Hideyoshiallegedly visited during the Muramachi period. When Saati, Toeni, and Hitoshi found they had put on weight, Chitose took their money for ridiculously half-brained weight-loss plans, and ran.
:The president of Namako computer game company that employs Hitoshi and the girls when Toeni spends all their money (again). Hitoshi becomes a programmer for their latest game, "Fighting Dolls '96", while the girls are dressed up as the three female characters. When Toeni accidentally deletes the game's unsaved data, putting Hitoshi into a severe work/schedule bind, she comes up with a plan for them to enter the computer to "become" the characters for a trade show. The good news is that nobody, including Namako himself, noticed anything unusual; the bad news is Hitoshi still had to rewrite "all" the data that was erased, except better to match what was presented at the trade show.
:Cynthia (or "Cindy") is a Japanese-American teen idol who ran away from home to her mother's homeland because of her dysfunctional relationship with her father, the
CEOof IBN. She was attempting to buy the most expensive PC in a computer store in Akihabara( ¥3,128,000 ) when Hitoshi recommended a simpler model. Choosing Hitoshi as her computing teacher, Cindy flirts with him in front of Saati to the point of an " ecchi" tug-of-war that knocks him out cold. When they learn that Cindy wants to overcome her acute technophobiain order to write a combined apology/birthday e-mail, both of them help her finish the job, with Saati becoming the "computer fairy" in order to find her father's e-mail address. Fans have speculated that she may be related to Sarah McDougal in " Love Hina".
:Three students from Hitoshi's class seen during rehearsals for their school festival play, "
The Little Mermaid", in Volume 7. Their surnames are identified by name-tags on their gym clothes, Nakanishi and Yamaguchi are the boys' surnames, Mizuki is the girl's. Hitoshi went to the homes of Tooru Nakanishi and of Yamaguchi on Christmas Eve 1995 in Volume 5.
:Hitoshi's self-proclaimed "beautifully developed and big-breasted little sister". Younger than him by two years, she is loud and energetic, and has a few psychological problems. Like Hitoshi she is a talented programmer and has developed her own A.I. program, named "Ma-kun", whom she wears around her neck inside a "
tamagotchi". Ma-kun has a very calm, cool and collected personality. It is indirectly implied that Toeni and he continue on to have a relationship after the conclusion of the series as she is seen wearing him around her neck in the final chapter, and in the epilogue.
;A.I. Program No. Zero:Zero is an A.I. program and the antagonist of Volume 8.
Hitoshi's A.I. programs come with various options in terms of configuration and function. They have a much more profound effect in the real world.
*Default Program Option: Hitoshi invoked this on his laptop, early Christmas morning 1995, to give Saati a present of earrings. It might be considered an extension of Program Option No. 4. It is not clear which program has this option.
*Program Option No. 1: This one allows Saati to read the contents of a
floppy diskjust by holding it in her hands, as well create memory backups onto floppies. Forty's Hyper Program Option allowed him/her to "read" Toeni memories while she was passed out drunk in order to find out why (why she gets drunk wasn't the matter, but this time she fondled a tanuki's crotch in public and vomited down Hitoshi's shirt).
*Program Option No. 2: This one grants the program "maximum power", such as generating an electric shock field or a bolt of lightning. Saati once assumed control of Shibuya's entire electric grid in order to lead Hitoshi to a
love hotel. Saati can also manipulate electromagnetic fields in order to magnetize metal objects, including the iron content of beach sand; Toeni once used this to animate the sand on Kujūkuri Beach into arms to grab at Saati, and projected "maximum power" into Saati to generate "maximum power overload".
*Program Option No. 3: This one magnifies the program's sensory perception. Saati once magnified her hearing to search for Hitoshi's heartbeat, and Toeni granted herself X-ray vision to see through Saati's bathing suit to find a secret message hidden within to attempt to achieve an easy victory in a contest.
*Program Option No. 4: This one is the appearance modifier, and can be used to create clothing and accessories for the programs to wear just from scanning a picture of it. Saati used it to manufacture money for Hitoshi to pay the bills, and a giant bra to smother Yūko Watanabe's virus. Forty's Hyper Program Option allows him/her to materialise objects in the real world, such as a giant
Hinamatsuridisplay in the backyard complete with animated dolls with their own artificial intelligence, alter other people's clothing, and even customise his/her own body; Forty-chan used it to give herself a more mature body in an attempt to seduce Hitoshi.
*Program Option No. 8: Saati used this in Volume 1, Chapter 1, to perform vector simulation of a soccer game to find the spot where Hitoshi should be to score a goal. In Volume 2, Chapter 16, she used it to become an ersatz sky sensor and track the apparent motion of
Jupiterfor an astronomy photo contest.
*Program Option No. 9: For his first test at school Forty-kun invoked Hyper Program Option No. 9 to access the National Military Satellite System and National Defense Database to complete a test in school. While the Program Option number wasn't stated, Saati once accessed satellite navigation system to find Hitoshi's location.
There are nine programs options altogether; they shall be written in as they are confirmed.
5 June 1978- Hitoshi's birthday, given that Hitoshi was 12 in 1990, and that Hitoshi turned 16 on 5 June 1994.
1980- Yayoi's birth-year, given that she is two years younger than Hitoshi (year of the monkey).
1990- the year when a twelve-year-old Hitoshi started creating his first A.I. program. While the actual year is not stated, references within indicate that it took three years to go from A.I. Program No. 1 to A.I. Program No. 20, who (as stated below) was first created (then sealed away) in 1993.
6 April 1994- Saati Namba's birthdate (year of the dog); the date a freak lightning strike on Hitoshi Kōbe's home brought Thirty into the real world. Given she was "born" sixteen years old, her personal records may state her birth-year as 1978(years of the horse).
5 June 1994- Hitoshi Kōbe's birthday. While the year of his birth is not stated, references within indicate that he had his sixteenth birthday after Saati's date of birth; therefore, he was most likely born in 1978(year of the horse).
1994- when Hitoshi "finally" realized he forgot to program Saati with a senses of taste and smell and updated her.
5 July 1994- Toeni Namba's birthdate (year of the dog); the date a "second" freak lightning strike on HItoshi's home brought Twenty into the real world. Given she was "born" twenty-one years old, her personal records may state her birth-year as 1973(year of the ox).
14 July 1993- the date of Hitoshi's last conversation with Toeni until her "birthday"; Toeni was only "born" twenty-one years old in 1994 because her program was first activated the year before when she was "twenty" years old (a pun on her name).
25 December 1994- Saati's first Christmas.
21 March 1995- Forty Namba's birthdate (year of the pig); the date Saati and Toeni attempted to determine Forty's characteristics and Forty came out to tell them off. Given that he/she was "born" twelve years old, his/her personal records may state his/her birth-year as 1983(also the year of the pig).
21 April 1995- the day when the student's measurements were taken. Later, they were later modified by Yūko Watanabe's breast-enlargement virus that Hitoshi and Saati unwittingly deposited into the school's server. (This occurred sometime between August and December 1995.)
20 July 1995- Forty-kun's first day of school; bumped into Misako Takemoto, homeroom teacher of class 1-C (Forty-kun's class), at 9:10 am (Hitoshi and Saati now in sophomore class 2-C). Given Forty-kun's age and the apparent age of his classmates it is probable that Forty-kun is enrolled in Junior High School, which is housed in the same building as Hitoshi and Saati's High School.
1969- the approximate year when 26-year-old Takemoto-sensei was born (year of the rooster).
1995- the month shown on the "A.I. Think So!" calendar when "Satou" (Saati dressed as a boy) tries to cheer up Toeni by being taken out on a date. (NOTE: "A.I. Think So!" is the official English translation of "A.I. ga Tomaranai", as is shown in the bonus section of Volume 5.) Saati humiliates her in public by proving that A.I. Programs are easily intoxicated, but Toeni does appreciate the gesture in the end.
1995- when Hitoshi gets caught with one of Toeni's bras and is forced to wear "Perversion Sensory Underwear" (a.k.a. the "Tally-Wacker Whacker"), which has a miniature Buddhist monk that hits his genitals with a harisen when Hitoshi thinks about sex. After a specified number of thoughts (and hits) a proton bomb embedded in the monk's body explodes.
25 December 1995- Saati's second Christmas.
25 March 1945- the day when Sayo Ishihara's students graduated from Jinjou Elementary School, according to Junko Iwanami's diploma.
15 March 1996- the day Saati handed out their graduation diplomas on Sayo-sensei's behalf - 50 years later (Hitoshi and Saati now in senior year of high school, Forty-kun in sophomore).
2 November 1996- the Saati attempted to end her existence by dropping her memory disks into the river.
15 February 1998(?) - the day Hitoshi isolated the "Spider" virus from his computer ; Yayoi used it that night to unintentionally reassemble Program No. 0 into an A.I. virus.
16 February- "Final Battle": Saati vs. "Spider Zero"!!
8 Aprilto 3 March 1994- duration of time saved onto Saati's first memory disk.
25 Decemberto 20 January 1994- when everyone scared Toeni and Forty with a black cat monster in Aomori
9 Octoberto 1 November 1996- Saati's last memory disk made the day before her attempted suicide
;Volume 1: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?!"
;Volume 2: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"
;Volume 3: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"
;Volume 4: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"
;Volume 5: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"
;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"
;Volume 7: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)"
;Volume 8: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"
An epilogue to the story exists but appears to only be available on CD in Japanese in Japan. [http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/software/B00005ODZQ epilogue]
References From Ken Akamatsu's Other Works
* Ep 14 of the Love Hina anime has Keitaro working on drawing the AI Love You manga
* The Christmas movie of Love Hina has Shinobu and Kitsune selling copies of AI Love You manga for money
* Vol 9 of the Negima manga deals with the concept of the AI in Chachamaru and references a brother/sister (obviously Hitoshi and Yayoi) team that engineered artificial intelligence capable of being independent from emotion at MIT
* Cynthia McDougal and Sarah McDougal from Love Hina are possibly estranged sisters
* [http://www.ailove.net/ A.I. Love Network] - Ken Akamatsu site. jp icon
* [http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/manga.php?id=2582 "A.I. Love You"] at Anime News Network.
* [http://www.tokyopop.com/product/1196/AILoveYou/1.html "A.I. Love You" Volume 1] at Tokyopop.
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