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DearS - 1st Contact (Vol. 1)
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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.
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.
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.
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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This is a very cute anime, so glad I could find it on DVD and I hope to get the rest soon!!Published 21 months ago by C. Krumm
the manga didn't disappoint and neither did the anime....I love this its a wonderful story great art just like the mangaPublished on August 15, 2013 by Roselia
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 morePublished on April 22, 2013 by alex willmore
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 morePublished on November 14, 2012 by Rhett
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 morePublished on March 25, 2007 by Kevin Ho
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