Happy Lesson: Teachers' Pet Collection
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(Nov 22, 2005)
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In fact, "Happy Lesson" excels by having a different take in this genre. It successfully gives a nice twist of having most of the girls both older then the main character while being both his "mothers" and his teachers. So unlike many of the other anime in this genre most of the women are out of the main characters reach in reality and the story does not so much revolve around who he will end up with as the others in this genre do tend to focus upon.
Overall, the story is fast paced and funny, and does build to a nice ending, it is one not to be missed if you are a fan of the harem anime, or someone just looking for a very light and funny anime series.
Before I actually start let me say you can wipe any and all perverted thoughts from your head. Each mom, though completely obsessed and insane, keep a firm mother son relationship with Chitose. There is your typical hot springs peep show episode but other then that it is mostly clean, not one hundred percent though. The plot is basically about the day to day life of Chitose and his insane mother and sisters. Most episodes gives one of the mothers or his sisters the center stage explaining why exactly she part is his life and/or her background as well as take them to different locals. From the mountains to a deserted island. The fact that all of them beside Chitose and the class pres. are insane means plenty of side splitting humor. Yes side splitting, one episode I literally had to pause the show to get myself to calm down. Outside the humor there are a few generally touching parts of the series.
The music is light and whimsical. The animation is top notch and zainy as only true Japanese anime can be. The story though thin is interesting. Make no mistake this is a comedy, there is naughty stuff, no philosophy, not thought prevoking stuff. You pop this show in sit back and enjoy, try not laugh to hard, that simple. I highly recommend this series to anyone that just wants a good time.
The animation isn't bad and the music adds a little bit of a lighthearted mood. It took me a couple episodes to get used to the voice actors. I wasn't familiar with most of them. There not too bad. It's a series you can watch more than once. I would compare it to Tenchi Muyo, or Magikano. Tenchi is definitely better, but Happy Lesson is definitely better than Magikano. I really enjoyed this anime and I think it's worth the money.
OVA 1 is a rehash of episode 1 - at a glance I couldn't see the difference.
OVA 2 is the obligatory Beach Trip (the cast even take the micky of this fact themselves)
OVA 3 is fill-in info some of which is slightly at odds with the televised episodes.
The only additional material in Mama Mia are some poor production sketches on the disc and a 2 sided 'poster' of less than A4 size.
I watched the whole thing through in 3 nights which may have spoilt it for me (see my thoughts below). Perhaps 1 episode a week may work better for you.
The story. We are thrown in the middle of the story. How Chitoses' situation arose is slowly revealed over the course of the series. Each character gets an episode based on them. So it's a bit confusing at the start and took some time to get used to the style. The animation drifts (spasms actually) from 'normal' to 'crazy / cartoony' as situations dictate.
What did I specifically not like? Chitose (as another reviewer pointed out) does actually have a spine, yet he has let 5 teachers gatecrash his house, take a bedroom each leaving him to sleep on the sofa! All of which destroyed his desire for a quiet life. He does raise the issue, but nothing changes. He won't actually share a bed with any of the girls (oops, women) because they are a) his teachers and b) his surrogate mothers.
Another point: Who, at 17 in high school, had teachers in their early 20s? Not me, matey.
No, this series seems half baked and just as fulfilling no matter which aspect is considered: character depth, scenarios, story direction etc. When you're 1/2 way through and wondering 'Why, What & Where to?' that's when it gets 3 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The humor in Happy Lesson always makes me laugh more than most anime. I am also intrigued by the twist it has on the harim story line.Published on June 26, 2011 by I did good
the plot isnt super strong it makes sense over all not bad to watch it make a ok add on to ya collection. Read morePublished on October 3, 2010 by Sean D. Cannova
I don't see what some of the others are complaining about . Sure it's an unrealistic situation , but isn't that why we watch shows like this in the first place? Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by Rick Dooley Sr.
I have seen better anime before, but overall can't give it a bad review, just not one of my favorites.Published on May 19, 2010 by Ronald Wilkes
happy lesson is a show about a guy who's pretty female teachers all decide to be his mother. it is a cute show that has its moments. there is not much to it other than that. Read morePublished on October 12, 2008 by mimosa
There are two different things I'd like to comment on, Happy Lesson the anime and Happy Lesson as it was released by ADV. Read morePublished on January 21, 2008 by Jason C. Ditz
Happy Lesson just made me after the series was over, Happy!
This is one of the most funniest, wacky, animes I've ever seen! Read more
I love this anime very much. I watched with my husband. He loves it too. It is always so cute what the people are doing daily. Everyone will love to see from the start to the end.Published on March 15, 2007 by もりみずめ
The story follows a boy named Chitose Hitotose, who had recently just come out of the orphanage. He was left the family house and was living alone until 5 teachers found out. Read morePublished on March 7, 2007 by Hajime Takai