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Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy Collection (2000)

Yasufumi Hayashi , Kisa Iinuma  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yasufumi Hayashi, Kisa Iinuma, Sumi Shimamoto, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Yji Ueda
  • Writers: Kazuhisa Sakaguchi, Ryta Yamaguchi
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2000
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z4SP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,537 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy Collection" on IMDb

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A variation on the science-nerd-meets-cute-girl theme popular in anime, Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy suffers from a cultural gap. What Japanese audiences accept as a humorously exaggerated depiction of a teenager head over heels in love may strike Americans as sexual harassment, misogyny, and stalking. Computer genius Techno Reijiro has been raised in a fallout shelter by his eccentric scientist-grandfather. He's had no contact with human society, which is fine with him. But when a security camera shows him Hitomi Matsuzawa, it's love at first sight. Techno is so maladroit in his pursuit of Hitomi, he makes Tenchi look suave. He insists on calling her Daisy and tries to impress her with high-tech inventions that function perfectly, but still manage to backfire. He wants to protect her from danger, but all the threats come from the android Noe Anii, who is out to assassinate Techno. Comic supporting characters include bubble-brained teacher Miss Rarako and alienated student X Yamakawa, whom Techno cruelly tricks. Naturally it all ends happily, with Hitomi falling for Techno, despite his romantic ineptitude. Many of Techno's actions--clinging to Hitomi when she tells him to stop, posting documents that he "owns" her in their classroom, tying her up and dragging her home for a tête-à-tête--are more likely to offend U.S. audiences than amuse them. When Hitomi slaps Techno at the end of episode 5 and tells him to keep away from her, American viewers are more likely to sympathize with her than with the bewildered Techno. In Japanese only, with English subtitles. Unrated; despite minimal violence, the (mis)treatment of the heroine and her acquiescence make the set unsuitable for children. --Charles Solomon

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Surrounded only by his inventions, Techno doesn't really interact with other people much. However, one day, a girl attempts to "break into" his fortress. This hapless passerby, a girl named Hitomi, becomes the object of his affection. Techno decides to name her "Daisy," and begins planning to make her his, but can Annie and Yamakawa X protect Hitomi or will the science nerd Techno win Hitomi's heart? Don't leave me Alone Daisy promises outrageous adventures and non-stop laughs. *Based on the Manga/Comic by Noriko Nagano (Character Designer - Ranma 1/2 TV Series) *Premium DVD Collection All 13 Episodes in one 2-Disc Set!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars This cartoon is unfairly judged. July 17, 2001
This cartoon is not fairly judged, detractors are just too quick to call Techno abusive. If you are this judgmental, you will not enjoy this great cartoon. You must set aside your feelings about Techno's actions and put yourself in his shoes.
Techno is not the womanizer / molester that others make him out to be. He just has -never- had contact with human society. Techno was born in his grandfathers fallout shelter, who subsequently raised him, and told him never to leave. Sequestered in the shelter Techno grew up with science as his lifestyle. As a result, he has only a scientific state of mind. So the comedy and "abuse" come from his total lack of any social skills. All of Techno's actions and treatment of Daisy (or X Yamakawa, for that matter) go to show just how much science dominates his life.
At the end of episode 5, as Mr. Solomon points out, Daisy slaps Techno for very obvious reasons. At this point, yes, you definitely should feel more pity for Daisy than Techno because what Techno has done thus far is horrible! But the cartoon would be meaningless without Techno's so-called "abuse". You can compare Melvin from the U.S. released movie "As Good as it Gets" to Techno and you will see what I'm talking about. Neither Melvin nor Techno are seeking to abuse or harm or mistreat their women, they're just love sick and don't know how to get their affection.
Haunted Junction, which I think is made by the same people, is much less "controversial" while still keeping great humor and a similar plot. Although you may say you want a normal life or a normal job or a normal boyfriend, you wouldn't actually ever want it. You are sure to enjoy Haunted Junction, even if you are turned off by Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Strangest Anime Series Ever? December 16, 2000
Bandai continues their wonderful pattern of making their less popular series available in one complete the "Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy" DVD Collection. As DVDs go, this one is pretty no frills, but when you consider that in dollar per episode count, it's one of the best deals in anime, it's worth it.
The series itself is one of the most surreal anime series I have ever seen. It presents itself as a typical shojo anime series, but the undercurrents can be dark, edgy or just plain bizarre. Lighthearted jokes frequently have deep, awkward meanings and what would otherwise be serious themes are presented as essentially flippant.
That said, there's something very compelling about the series. Much as with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt in "As Good As It Gets", we see the main characters move together in spite of the fact that the main male character has very serious personality issues. A large part of the fascination with the series is over whether or not the heroine (Hitomi, or 'Daisy' as Tekno, the male lead insists on calling her) will ever (or will want to) see past the male lead's flaws.
I, for one, recommend it. I've never seen another series quite like it given both it's flaws and it's strengths. Oh, and one more thing: I guarantee you that by the end of the third episode, the ending theme with be stuck in your head for a week.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A short review from another female viewer. November 9, 2001
I watched most of this series in one sitting -dealing with older fansubs some time ago. Originally, I thought the same way the other female reviewer felt.However, I decided to give it a chance and watch it -I was happily surprised. It really isnt that bad of a show. Yes, what Techno puts her through is extremely horrible, however as another reviewer pointed out, you have to look at it from his view too. Here is this poor kid who has no idea whatsoever on how to act in society -he only comes out because he sees "Daisy" and falls for her. If you like watching stuff that has a wacky main character (hey, hes more real than some other main mail characters w/ all his wierdness...) then try it out. Maybe the vhs version so that you dont have to shell out too much for the dvd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very clever comedy December 5, 2001
A comedy about a a science nerd vs. his newly aquired love interest he affectionatly named Daisy, the main character hasn't even seen the outside of his lab for years, before he accidently sees Daisy on the computer monitor, from there the story unfolds... The series from the very beginning had me and my friends cracking up, I would rate this 6/5 stars if I could. It has some running gags that never grow old, and make you wonder what's going to happen next. My only complaint is it's only 12 episodes long, it could of easily be lengthened to twice that many and still not be tired. A definite must watch for any comedy anime fan.
I definetly suggest this anime, one of the all-time bests.
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