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DearS - 1st Contact (Vol. 1) (2005)

Taliesin Jaffe , Karen Strassman  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Taliesin Jaffe, Karen Strassman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2005
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008191V0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,049 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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DearS Series. Volume 1 First Contact

Based on the manga by Peach Pit, the 2004 broadcast series DearS is a fan-service program in the tradition of Chobits and Steel Angel Kurumi. DearS, a race of voluptuous aliens whose spaceship crashed into Tokyo Bay, have become Japanese citizens. They're about to start living with ordinary families, when alien Ren appears and attaches herself to Takeya, a nerdy high school student. Ren declares that Takeya is her Master and she lives only to please him. Predictable contretemps ensue, with Ren failing to grasp the concept of wearing clothes and arousing the dark suspicions of Takeya's nosy neighbor Neneko. The appearance of DearS exchange student Miu and the arrival of the horribly cute cat-girl Nia, who's out to capture Ren, add to the complications, if not the fun. Virtually every joke and story element in DearS has been used many times before. (Rated 16 and older: nudity, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Underrated Series August 10, 2005
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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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining anime series with fan service October 20, 2005
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aliens Exchange Students? September 5, 2005
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DearS is a show that through me for a loop. I read the first chapter in a manga sampler, and the review for it made it sound like "Alien Nation". A spaceship of alien slaves crash lands on Earth and the country they landed in "Japan" adopts them in to their society. The country sets up an exchange program, where Families take care of these beautiful alien visitors as they go to school to learn more about our Planet. The aliens are given the name DearS, which means "beloved friend", and one high-school student Named Takeya ends up taking care of a girl named Rin. This story sounds innocent enough right. Wrong!

In the first episode we find out Takeya's teacher is a Nymph and more or less forces her students to read the Erotica she wrights out loud in class. She also acts inappropriately in class as they're reading. Rin, who arrived 1 year after the other DearS, has no understanding of anything. Our languages, our cultures, when and when not to wear clothing (Your not suppose to wear your school uniform in the Shower.) is naked in most of the show.

Whether you like shows like this or not, its got a certain charm in a "Girls Bravo" sort of way. I'd recommend this show to any "Girls Bravo" fans and not to Parents who want to buy their kids a Cartoon.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but not very original April 27, 2006
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Series Deserving More Publicity October 6, 2010
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At first look, I thought it would be a series I would just put down after a single episode. Though what really caught me off guard, was how quickly the series hooked me in. Be that many anime series have striking similarities, this one still managed to keep its own level of individuality, in an extremely enteraining fashion. I won't get into too many details over it so I do not spoil it for those who have not seen it yet. What I can say, is that viewers should expect plenty of good laughs and levels of intrigue with this series. Suspenseful? Not so much, but I would not call it predicatble. Some events or actions kind of have the feeling like they hit you on the face with a toy hammer. What you can also notice is animation consistancy and the amount of detail the animators went into every shot. Voice acting for both Japanese and the English voices were very exceptional, and really emphasized on expression, which for me personally, is VERY important to keep in mind. This series, though not as well known as some of the hot-shot series out there, then, and now, still ranks as one of my all-time favorites. The only complaint is that it was only a 13 episode series, would it have been better if a little bit longer? that I cannot be for certain, but I am happy with how it all turned out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So cute!
This is a very cute anime, so glad I could find it on DVD and I hope to get the rest soon!!
Published 6 months ago by C. Krumm
5.0 out of 5 stars yay
the manga didn't disappoint and neither did the anime....I love this its a wonderful story great art just like the manga
Published 14 months ago by Roselia
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story line.
At first I actually didn't know what to think, I thought eh this is another anime that has the exact story line but with different characters. Read more
Published 18 months ago by alex willmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great anime, and DVD!
I don't watch too much anime to know if this is "original" like the other reviewers say it is, but this was one of the first mangas I ever read. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rhett
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, one of the worst goddess type anime
The story is your typical loser guy meets goddess. The premise of the story starts out very exciting then it just became a very very shallow story about DearS being nothing but a... Read more
Published on March 25, 2007 by Kevin Ho
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my Dear!!!!
I haven't seen this yet but from what have heared i must say they shouldn't have named it dears they should have named it the perfect wives cause that's what they could be.
Published on July 8, 2006 by Sephiroth
5.0 out of 5 stars +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
A UFO boarded by members of the DearS species (an alien species with human appearance) makes an emergency landing on Earth. Read more
Published on August 22, 2005 by Ronnie Clay
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Fan Service, Little Entertainment
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... Read more
Published on July 28, 2005 by B. Ackley
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