Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Please Teacher - Anime Legends Complete Collection|
Actors: Yousuke Kuroda, Bridget Hoffman, Dave Wittenberg, Melissa Fahn, Michelle Ruff
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
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Wow, what a ride
Eric P. Fretheim | Dallas, TX, USA | 09/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First let me make something clear: in order to like this series, there are a few things you have to accept. Such as, teenage boys have eyes, and find girls physically attractive. And, that this story pretty obviously must have grown out of the memory of a high school boy fantasizing about his teacher. And, Japanese writers sometimes are a little unrealistic with initial story setup, so just grit your teeth if the part where they get married seems a little contrived. It's the rest of the story you want to see.
If you can get past these, you are going to experience one of the sweeter, and better written, love stories you will ever come across. It starts out a romantic comedy, pretty standard "magical girlfriend" fare along the same lines as "Oh, My Goddess" , and just as you are getting used to that, a much more complex and mature tale sneaks up from behind you and grabs hold.
A couple notes: I am a parent, and became interested in Anime again from watching DVDs first before deciding whether my children should watch them. I am not uptight about occasional nudity (a la Ranma 1/2) or "suggested" sex, but I do try to keep them away from situations where the sexual content is clear, or is central to understanding the story. For this reason, two warnings:
1) If you are more restrictive than I describe, you probably don't want your kids to see this.
2) In any case, don't let your younger kids watch the last episode. It is actually an "add-on" OAV that wasn't part of the original TV series, and it isn't necessary for getting plot resolution. At one point, a high-school couple are clearly having a romantic get-away in a "love hotel", and another couple are clearly in a "bondage, S&M" situation, and another couple are clearly in a situation that would be statutory rape in the U.S. A little too much information for pre-high-school children, even in my liberal opinion."
A true credit to the anime genre
trashcanman | Hanford, CA United States | 01/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've long held the opinion that no matter what sort of film or television shows you enjoy, there is an anime out there for you. This is one of those series that proves my point. I am far from being a fan of typical romantic comedy fare as that particular genre of entertainment is beyond stale and redundant here in America, but I have found that anime has so much more to offer than just sex, violence, fantastic sci-fi, and over-the-top slapstick humor. There are some damn fine, truly romantic and touching stories in the anime genre, and this is one of them. While "Love Hina" and other romantic-comedy anime series' have tempered their softer side with outrageous humor and outlandish characters to make their stories more, well, more anime-ish, "Please Teacher" shows remarkable restraint and -in spite of the teacher from outer space angle- keeps the sci-fi very light, the humor low-key and character-based, and takes a subtler approach to most of the characters that really helps to bring each of them to life. The engrossing story features many plot twists that you would never expect since so many series are content to run in place for fear of upsetting their fanbases *cough*RanmaInuyasha*cough*. One of the aspects of this series that really adds depth to the plot is the main character's unique "disease". When Kei becomes sad, he enters a comatose state of suspended animation -sometimes for years at a time- where he goes into his own mind to escape from the sadness he finds in his life. Through his experiences with his friends and, of course, his new teacher who through a bizarre set of circumstances he's forced to "marry" (Ms. Kazami, possibly the most charming anime girl ever) he learns that there is no happiness without sadness for contrast, and that even if he stands still the universe will keep moving without him. These sorts of ideas and the way they are presented as integral parts of the story are what separate true classics from the throwaway entertainment crop. It also doesn't hurt that the characters in the story are truly likeable. Ms. Kazami's trademark phrase is hardly catchy ("This is priority one") but her delivery of the line (in Japanese, anyways) makes it a pleasure to hear over and over, and don't get me started on her chocolate candystick habit. These sorts of minor nuances make the difference between the characters you enjoy and the characters you truly feel for. The series ran for a far-too-short 12 episodes, but we are treated to a joyous epilogue that turns out to be the funniest episode of the whole series and really left me feeling happy that I'd given this show a try. If you enjoyed "Love Hina", "Ah! My Goddess", or "Chobits", if you are looking for an anime that's both inspirational and humorous, if you've seen enough of the giant robots, killer ninjas, and obnoxious slapstick humor that pervades more typical anime, or if you just want to enjoy a sweet, romantic story with some feeling and depth, then this is exactly what you are looking for."
An Opinion: Enjoyable, Funny and Amazing
Niko | 05/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For these series I have to say that it is truly very enjoyable. To make the long story short, it is about the relation of a young boy who falls in love with his female teacher and `vies versa' and the problems that they encounter. Additionally, it is getting very funny when they try to keep their relation as a secret.
Well, thing is that:
a) The teacher is an alien
b) Her mother had a relationship with his father
c) The alien nation will try at some point do stop the relationship and their relationship will be tested
d) The teacher's mother in contrast to the teacher, is very corny and not shy at all
e) The teacher has a little sister that resembles the little sister of the series called `Oh my Goddess' (if I remember the title correctly)
f) Having watched both shows, the present one and `Oh my Goddess', I can safely conclude that both shows have many similarities - referring to the basis of the storyline - but still both of them are unique in their own way
g) It is a teenage comedy and how teenagers act and react when they encounter their first love situation, how life is in school etc.
h) At some points the series imply sex and are a little bit nude (but still, over 12 year old children can watch the shows)
i) However (Spoiler Included!!!): In one of the last episodes the series show something like a soft sex scene between teacher and the young student (Personally, I would have no problem with that but it is up to parents to decide).
j) Overall, it is a very enjoyable and funny series, interesting, a mix of romance and drama. Personally, I liked the series a lot and that is why I can recommend the shows beyond any doubt.
k) With this price you get all the shows and it is cheaper than buying them separately.
As a `footnote', I preferred to write my review in a bullet-like style so that the reader will get easily a good general picture of the shows without giving too much away. I hope that I could help you.
Great Anime that deserves a second look.
E. Pabalinas | Greater Seattle Area, WA | 01/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a big fan of the Tenchi Muyo and Love Hina series, I was recommended to check this anime out by a friend. While those would be the best series for the romantic comedy genre, I would have to say that Please Teacher is well done too.
The animation is pretty well done, considering most mainstream animes that we see here in network TV in seem to be rushed and having fairly badly done artwork. The characters grown on you as the series progresses. You learn to feel for each one and sometimes get disgusted as some for foolish decisions that they've made. Others have critized the plot of the anime, but if you really look it over, it's actually a wonderful story. Certain plot elements seem to make so sense at first, but as the story progresses, they begin to fit into the mold of the story. There aren't as many funny parts as other anime of the same genre, but the overall story did hit me emotionally in some manner. Considering this is a romantic comedy anime, the plot isn't suppose to be completely fluid.
Seeing some negative reviews about this anime may scare some people, but please give this series a chance. I know I did and I really enjoyed it. My only real complaint about the series is that it's too short. I really wish the series had the standard 24-30 that most collections do. It seems that by the end, there could have been more stories to be told and that the characters had more room to grow. I loved the series that I wish that it could have been longer and I hope to see a second series in the future."