DearS - Reviews

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KiraRin's avatar
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
ThatAnimeSnob's avatar
May 10, 2012

This anime is remembered by most as “The Chobits” clone. Which is not the full truth, as in reality it is the hybrid clone of Chobits AND an old American sci-fi series called Alien Nation. Take the plot of the first and the setting of the second and PRESTO, this pops up.

For those not familiar with what I’m talking about, it’s about alien slaves crash-landing on Earth and seeking acceptance in human society, while one of them is found naked by a male teenager, who immediately takes her in his home. The premise is not bad actually; we get plenty of openings for something great to come out from this.
-The aliens having a hard time integrating into society
-The aliens facing racial persecution
-Having a romance bloom between the alien girl and the human boy
-Having that mystery of the alien queen revealing something major about the spaceship
-Having the alien masters coming to Earth in order to take back their ship and slaves.
-Sex, sex, and some sex more.
-Heck, the story was even implying that the aliens were created to LOVE being slaves and yearn for the affection of their masters, creating a sort of addiction to obedience and emotional support, of which a hundred different aspect of this issue could be looked upon.

And yet we get practically squat as usual, since such anime simply don’t give a rat’s ass about the story. They just try to hook you with an interesting idea before firing away the same repetitive jokes and erotic situations, copy-pasted from the book of clichés. It is really sad how such a great premise gets trashed because such anime assume that progress is death. Seriously, harems and ecchis are afraid to offer progress because they aim to trap the viewer in a frozen state of wooziness and NOT to tell a story which may make him feel uneasy or dissatisfied with how things turned out, like OOH HE DIDN’T CHOSE MY FAVORITE GIRL or OOH SHE IS NOT VIRGIN ANYMORE; SHE IS A SLUT and other affiliated notions of progress-phobicness. For that reason, all those openings I was referring to above NEVER HAPPEN.

What we have here is practically storyless episodes with a vague excuse for cute girls to surround a dorky male and for silly reasons to undress and hit each other in retaliation. Heck, it is a show where girls are created to be gorgeous and obedient, wearing slave collars and in constant need to be ordered around by someone, not minding any mistreatment like being let to sleep only in a closet. And that is pretty much all of it. One could of course be satisfied with all that and claim I am being weird for demanding something that the genre is doing as it should. Well, that’s the thing, I have seen many harems and ecchis and they are all copy-pasting the same stuff. So it is not weird to expect each one of them to have something unique in order to like them. For example, why would I like this show?
-The premise is identical to older shows like Chobits and Alien Nation or has been done again later in other titles like Bombshells in the Sky and District 9; all of which seem far more interesting.
-The erotic comedy is nothing much; in fact it is rather low-toned.
-The cast and the story are completely lacking development; thus easily become boring.
-The ending is not resolving anything important and it clearly is not solid as the alien queen is not looked upon at all.
-For a show where the girls are running around in skimpy clothes and beg to do your every bidding, there is no sex going on at all. And don’t tell me that is not what I should be thinking while watching this.

The only good thing I can find in this anime is the animation, which is quite good in terms of liveliness and coloring. The animation studio which made it is a minor one called Daume, whose most famous works include Le Portrait de Petite Cossette, Minami-ke, and Shiki. Fan service aside (which is mostly boobs, tight clothes, cosplaying, and slave collars than nude or underwear) it is still nice to look at if your expectations ain’t too high. The sound part is hard to judge because there are too much high-pinch and stupid pop songs going around to properly appreciating the work voice actors gave to it. I guess it is also ok if you like such stuff. The opening song is ear-catchy if you can tolerate the munchkins that sing it.

Bottom line, this is not a good anime. It is not even average… Ok, it is shit.

3/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
3.5/10 overall
Kingofthekickasses's avatar
Jul 31, 2016

I can understand why alot of people didn't like this anime but sadly i actually enjoyed watching it. Sure the story and concenpt of it was not anything special but after that it wasn't complete garbage. I watched it over a couple times and i don't see nothing wrong with it besides it being almost a complete knock off of other anime with the same genre. But sadly i don't hate it and won't hate it because of it. 

7/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.5/10 overall
Galadriel's avatar
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
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dragonslayer1516's avatar
Sep 22, 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
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