A.I. Love You is a manga writtten by Ken Akamatsu released in April 1994 and finished in August of 1997.
Summary of the manga A.I. Love You:
Hitoshi Kôbe lives “alone” in his parent’s house who went living in the U.S. with his sister. He is not really alone because, as a computer geek, he talks everyday on his computer with an artificial intelligence that he built himself. But on a stormy night, when Hitoshi decides to go out to buy floppy disks, a lightning hits his house and “Saati”, or program n°30, materializes in the real world. Thus began Hitoshi’s new life…
My opinion on the manga A.I. Love You:
You can see by the drawings that Ken Akamatsu is starting, but it is already well-drawn, do not worry about that. I honestly think that the story is a bit shaky, and that is probably why it only lasted eight volumes. The beginning is nice because the idea is original, but it quickly runs out of steam. Actually, you feel like he is inventing ideas as he goes and has no idea what to do from one chapter to another. This lack of consistency transpiring all along the manga, it is hard to keep reading past a certain point. Still, I very much like his description of the internet and in A.I. Love You, you can really feel the “geek-side” of Ken Akamatsu. If you are not a fan of him or not particularly interested in his work, this manga is probably not for you. If you are though, it is nice to read what he did before Love Hina and it helps you understand him and his construction as a skillful author. For the curious ones, know that he also wrote Itsudatte My Santa ! between A.I. Love you and Love Hina.