Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|DearS - 1st Contact Series Box|
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Geneon Entertainment Release Date: 08/02/2005
A Highly Underrated Series
Archmage Ryokosha | 08/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I admit there is nothing groundbreaking within this series it nonetheless has an infectious quality to it which drew me in from the first moment and left me loving this anime. There is much to love about this anime even within what others have said is lack of originality, so much so that I think it becomes a very comfortable anime to watch, and one that will leave you wanting more by the time you finish this first disc.
Others have compared DearS, and rightly so, to a Chobits meets Girls Bravo type of plot mix. It is very much filled with ideas found within both of those anime, however it is also within these very similarities that the characters of DearS start to shine and take on lives of their own, making them unique within a commonplace set of ideas.
It cannot be understated that it is the writing itself which allows this characters to be brought so to life and create such a wonderful feeling that you will love this anime from start to finish on this first disc and be left wanting more, the mark of a great performance.
So while I cannot deny there is nothing groundbreaking and much of the plot might seem familiar, I can say that in spite of this DearS has an irresistible charm all of it's own that makes this anime a worthy entry in anyone's collection."
Entertaining anime series with fan service
eau | USA | 10/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"An alien exchange student themed show in which a high school student Ikuhara Takeya met a girl from an alien species called DearS who crashed their spaceship in Tokyo Bay a year ago. This theme is the perfect setup for romance, comedy and fan service. You can tell it has tons of fan service just from the reversible cover of the DVD. Nevertheness, this show is quite entertaining.
The volume 1 of DearS is plagued with an authoring mistake - the English language track is mono. Geneon has set up an exchange program with the Right Stuff International Inc. You just have to send the defective disc in and they will replace it with a corrected one."
Lots of Fan Service, Little Entertainment
B. Ackley | Douglasville, GA | 07/29/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I really wanted to like DearS, I really did. The cute,crisp character designs, the vivid colors and the strange and comical premise all made this 13 episode series seem a very promising show.
Comparison to Chobits is inevitable as the concept of nice, slightly pervy nice guy meets naive childlike but beautiful girl is almost identical. While Chobits had its smart androidlike Persocoms, DearS has its er, DearS- an alien race crash landed in Japan and learning about the culture through homestay.
Main character Takeya is a struggling student who works at a video store and one day meets Ren, a DearS who is commited to serving him and only him. We quickly learn there is more to Ren than her being a simple alien. Ren is a devoted slave to Takeya and the first disc deals with Takeya getting into lots of awkwards situations with a usually naked or semi-naked Ren.
There were lots of funny things that happened and for many people they will enjoy this show. For me, despite the humorous situations there wasn't anything here that made me wanna commit to continue buying this show. Despite its gorgeous look and the humorous opening theme song "I wanna be your slave" I couldnt spend money on this show already owning CHobits. For those looking for something similar to Chobits or just a fun fluffy harem style anime DearS is a good show. For other fans who are looking for something different DearS may be a bit of Deja Vu.
Cute, but not very original
Edward Swing | Laurel, MD USA | 04/28/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Here we have a story where a teenage boy finds a beautiful female, who is mostly a blank slate. The girl therefore decides to live with and serve the boy, subjecting him to various awkward situations. Since the girl is also incredibly beautiful, sexual innuendos (and fan service) abound.
Chobits, er I mean Steel Angel Kurumi..., Elfen Lied..., no wait... DearS - that's it, is a tale where Takeya finds Ren, a DearS. The DearS are aliens, who apparently crashed on earth about a year before the series starts. The DearS are evidently bred/conditioned/engineered to be a slave race, though this isn't immediately obvious. The DearS are (of course) all incredibly beautiful, and have superhuman abilities.
The plot is pretty typical for this genre of anime. Ren joins Takeya at school (inciting classmates' jealosy), a rival DearS also shows up, Takeya's female childhood friend helps Takeya deal with Ren's naivety, etc. There's even a young catgirl DearS making a token appearance.
Ren spends most of the first disc without a good grasp of clothing, giving the show its chunk of (mostly teasing) Fan Service. One of the teachers is also overly fond of sexual innuendo, much to the annoyance of her students.
One of the few distinguishing traits of this series is that Takeya ISN'T attracted to Ren. In fact he finds her annoying, and suspects the DearS to be an alien invasion. Of course, most of the rest of the school treat Ren like a celebrity.
In short, the first disc is similar to quite a few other series out there. I haven't found a lot of original ideas in this series, and the characters seem recycled. I picked up the first disc, but I'll probably rent or wait for the boxed set to see the rest of the show."