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KiraRin's avatar By KiraRin on Aug 31, 2009

Story

I’m slowly starting to understand why so many people detest ecchi anime, and DearS is an example of just how low a typically fun genre can stoop. Now, I’m as far from a raging feminist as you can get, but I was still shocked to find that this horrendous trash was written by a pair of women. With the fairer-sex portrayed as either clueless sex objects or raging nymphomaniacs ready to rip off their clothes, the male protagonists are always feckless guys who click their fingers and can choose whichever beauty he wants for the night. Thankfully, not all ecchi is this dire.

Using the “unique premise”, the story consists of a top-heavy beauty arriving on Earth, devoting herself to a complete loser and moving in to become his housewife and lover. DearS runs with recycled off-cuts of many other ecchi shows, adding its own lousy spin. With fan-service that makes you cringe, there is at least one scene in every episode that will have you shaking your head in disbelief and wondering why you should bother continuing this tripe. From a teacher with home-made erotica as a classroom aid, to a sleazy bishounen who uses coffee to seduce his “koneko-chan”, the perversion is freaky – and not in a good way.

Jumping from the blossoming romance between two clueless lovebirds to the plans of those trying to hinder their relationship, the story includes too many characters with neglected motives thrown into the mix. Instead of using what they have, the writers rely on tried and tested quips from successful ecchi shows, such as risky sleeping arrangements and rivalry between two beautifully buxom babes. The show can’t decide if it wants to be a bondage dream or a fun-filled harem, setting itself up to be both but never fully committing to either.

The awkward scenes between the horny schoolboy and reject slave-girl-cum-alien barely manage to even raise a smile. DearS fails to exploit the humour in this potentially adorable situation, instead ending up falling flat on its face with a nonsensical plot that opens numerous avenues and inevitably explores none. I know storylines are not usually the focus of a kinky minded show, but it’s nice to actually have closure when there is attempted narration to accompany the curvaceous cleavage and plethora of panty shots.


Animation

On the plus side, you could distinguish male and female. The downsides will take much longer to list. For an anime series but 5 years old, DearS is worse than substandard. Suffering from lousy lip-synching, poorly proportioned faces and an inability to blend characters with backgrounds, the artists are sadly more interested in some mediocre costume transformation scenes and drawing boobies. The impossibly proportioned aliens have saucer shaped eyes, a very pert derriere and an overspill of cleavage all poured into an impossibly fitted spacesuit – another thing that makes me believe the writers are living in their own insular world.


Sound

Taking its cue from DearS’s repulsive portrayal of women, the opening track is full of trashy lyrics likie “I am your slave”, sung by what sounds like a pair twelve-year-old J-pop idols. Aiming for cute, and coming off as irritatingly vile, I value my quick fast-forward finger that prevents the band, UNDER17, from lamenting their submissive bile. The closing track is also performed by the same annoyingly perky childish-sounding duet and did not impress me enough for a second playing.


Characters

Populating my entire top-five list of “characters you want to kill”, none of the brazenly stereotyped cast found a place in my heart. Takeya flip-flops between stealing porn for his randy male friends and giving females the cold shoulder as he struggles with his immature emotions. Giving out signals to both alien bed buddy and best-friend Neneko, his naivety switches to idiocy as he breaks the hearts of those closest to him. Hardly worth even mentioning, Ren is a hollow shell who unquestioningly obeys her Goshujin-sama. If her personality developed even a smidgen throughout the show, she may be considered a passable character, but she unfortunately stagnates and remains unchanged throughout.

The only character with any humorous potential was the sexually aggressive teacher, Yoshimine-sensei. Completely skipping good taste, the harlot frequently strips down to practically non-existent underwear and lewdly gropes her own breasticles. Comedy gold plummets into the realms of deviant fantasy as she attempts to seduce her horrified students into punishing her for being a bad girl. And this is even before the pointless and mindless loli cat-girl prowls onto the screen, adding to the already astronomic list of atrocious characters.


Overall

No, just no. I can’t think of any section of the anime community that DearS would appeal to. With a cringingly flimsy and stereotyped plotline, the ugly animation and characters you would rather choke than befriend will give even fans of ecchi a hard time. Both the fan-service and comedy are misplaced from the get-go, leaving an overall feeling of exasperated frustration. Instead of even attempting this two bagger*, try Chobits, Girls Bravo or even Ah! My Goddess for the same story that unfolds in a successful ecchi romp. Perhaps changing the title to “DearGodWhy” would be a step in the right direction....

* A chick so ugly that you put a bag over your head just in case hers falls off – urbandictionary.com

3/10 story
2/10 animation
2/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall
dragonslayer1516's avatar By dragonslayer1516 on Sep 21, 2014

this was a good anime more to my likeing but if i had to say anything bad about it it would have to b that i didnt like that the DearS thought of themselvs as inveior even though thats how it was souposed to b but i still didnt like it but other that i liked it

9/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall
Galadriel's avatar By Galadriel on Oct 31, 2009

DearS

Plot: "On a day that seemed ordinary, a spaceship crash landed in Tokyo bay, filled to the brim with beautiful aliens that would come to be known as DearS. Since that day, though all of Japan seems to have gone DearS-crazy, one high school boy named Takeya it still not impressed by the phenomenon. But things change for Takeya when he finds a lone DearS girl on the side of the road, who forces herself into his apartment, and his life! Now, he must brave a plethora of complications, misunderstandings, and embarassments, when all he wants to do is be left alone!" (not my work, this is the site synopsis)

Story: Uhm lol in terms of story i dont realy have much to write nor to tell about this anime show. Typical for anime with loads of fan-service as main attraction, story and character development are quite weak and almost non-existant in certain cases, however this show it does have a lil bit of it, which it exploits in the end to the fullest. The so called "story" is centered on a high school student named Takeya. One day when he was returning home he found a DearS (a alien who landed on earth) alone and naked! He takes her home and while time passes she became his room mate, she interfered in his life and the most funiest thing she calls Takeya, Master! (the heck what a lucky guy). However Takeya isnt so impressed by the DearS phenomenon and he acts in a cold way with Ran (this is the name that he gave it to her). Takeya's only wish was to live a happy and peaceful life but the sudden appearence of Ran turned his life upside down because until then he had some bad conceptions about them rejecting them throughfuly. However things won't be as happy as it sounds, accomodating and civilizing a stray alien is indeed difficult and especially one that was supposed to be disposed since it could not perform the common tasks that a normal DearS should've been able to do. As the story goes on more DearS appear and one of them is Myu a transfered student. Myu ends up with Takeya as well but what makes her different than Ran is that she can perform the tasks that Ran can't in other words she could be concidered the perfect choice for Takeya. However his uninterested nature in aliens and his personality makes him ignorant without knowing that in the end both aliens will end up around him! But the question is, if Ran was supposed to be disposed because she could not perform the common tasks that she was supposed to, how did she end up free in Takeya's hands? This anime doesnt have a basic story to begin and nor to end with, its heavily centered on Fan Service things in other words an astonishing ecchi aspect. Don't expect too much from it, other than perverted moments, comedy moments and very few melodrama, encountered around the ending of this show

Animation and Sound: In terms of animation this anime is kinda mediocre.I dun like the character design but i dont dislike them also.The point is that i expected alot better. In terms of sound this anime also is kinda mediocre.The opening is realy dissapointing and also the ending.Though some background sounds/songs realy fit the anime environment.

Characters: Since i am a big fan of ecchi animes and i love pure and well placed Fan Service aspects, i need to say that all the characters were great related to this aspects that i mentioned.They are not so well developed though but here we can speak about a character developemnt since there were more and more characters that got involoved and had a influence around the ending.All i can say is that they were hell funny.

Overall: As i said before i am a big ecchi fan and i alaways appreciate Fan Service stuff.If you just think that this anime is well developed in story then it isnt your lucky day but if you realy want to laugh i highly recommend this one because its criminal at some points! Also what i love at this anime is that there is a "perverted character" in this case a female character! which damn reminds me of Chizuru from Kanokon.Ow and why i rated the overall lower is because i could only find this damn anime in dubbed! and i hate dubbed animes! It would deserve an 8 but because of the dubbed shit i mark it 7.5.

~Enjoy and cya around~

5/10 story
5.5/10 animation
4.5/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
7.5/10 overall
RagnarokCo's avatar By RagnarokCo on Nov 9, 2009

I had high hopes for this anime, with the premise of it being a cute, funny ecchi anime that I could enjoy watching. However this did not turn out to be the case. From the first episode it shows it's true colors with ridiculous ecchi scenes that made even my jaw drop. The main point I want to stress is my dissappointment in the writers of this anime. They had a "decently" original idea that had a Chobits-feel to it and could have made it into a very enjoyable anime. What they DID do unfotunately is make a very poor plot with sub-decent characters and no ending to speak of. If you think this would be up your alley I suggest you keep looking.

4/10 story
6/10 animation
4/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
5/10 overall
ParanoiaAgent86's avatar By ParanoiaAgent86 on Nov 2, 2014

Basically a rip-off of Chobits. Here's a hint, folks: if you're gonna rip something off, rip off somethng REALLY good. On the plus side, the nding of this is at least comprehensible, not an insane muddle of nonsense as a writer tries to scramble out of the corner he (or she) has painted himself into. Full review here at Anime Academy: http://theanimeacademy.wordpress.com/the-stacks/the-stacks-d/dears/

7/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
7/10 overall