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Happy Lesson: Teachers' Pet Collection (2005)

Iku Suzuki  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Iku Suzuki
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, 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: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 425 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B8I9W2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,984 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

What teenage boy wouldn’t want to be around beautiful women? Chitose, what’s who! He’s been adopted by his high school teachers, who actually move in with him. But their good looks are overshadowed by their near-psychotic maternal zeal!

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent series November 1, 2005
Story wise the genre "Happy Lesson" is based in, is nothing new that is true. The story is of course similar with the idea of one lonely `loser guy' suddenly finding himself living with many beautiful women. As has been mentioned this can be found in many other anime, but "Happy Lesson" does have a different take in this genre.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mothers Mahem September 30, 2006
Happy Lesson is a story about Chitose, an orphan who inherits his parents huge house and quickly finds himself with five completely insane mothers, who are also his high school teachers. In his own words, his life is over. You have the childish and playful art teacher mom, the does she even have a brain bear woman gym teacher mom, the overly traditional Japanese priestess school nurse mom, the mad scientist, did I mention mad, science teacher mom and the study till you drop home room mom. Add to that his rock star older sister and sweet little sister, and the class president with a big crush and you get the picture.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Lesson Indeed October 15, 2012
By KevinB
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Happy Lesson is a story about an orphan named Chitose. 5 of his teachers learn he is an orphan and decide to live with him and be his surrogate mothers. Incidentally all of his mothers are hot, and a little bit crazy. That's pretty much the story in a nutshell. It's all very simple and entertaining.

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.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAPPY LESSONS October 11, 2006
Well I first came across this anime in my anime club and I had to watch the rest of it. Many people have told you what it was about. So I am just going to give you a reference Tenchi. This anine reminded me of Tenchi Muyo. Exccept Cheetose has a backbone. Make Tenchi a high school student, make his harem his teachers and the animes can be very similiar. In fact, I had a friend watch this animne who was a huge Tenchi fan and he loved it. If you like a really funny anime, add this one to your collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent series, a poor release January 21, 2008
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There are two different things I'd like to comment on, Happy Lesson the anime and Happy Lesson as it was released by ADV.

The anime is perfectly serviceable, but nothing more. The characters come in two flavors: one dimensional caricatures with a single personality trait, and vanilla characters with absolutely no personality. The idea of a shinto priestess school nurse trying to exorcise the bad luck from the hapless main character is great, and I quite enjoyed it the first time, when Urusei Yatsura did it. The second time around wasn't nearly so much fun, and its not hard to understand why: Yayoi-sensei is no Sakura, and Chitose is no Ataru Moroboshi. Most of the enjoyment derived from the story comes in spotting which more famous and more interesting character was reimagined for the show, and which generic misadventure Chitose is going to find himself in next. I'd like to think these were homages done for the sake of parody, but more often than not they come off as flagrant ripoffs done by writers trying to meet a deadline by replacing story with formula.

The only place the anime really shines is in the animation itself. The changes of animation style really work nicely to move the story along, and while its maybe not the most beautiful anime in the world, they certain managed to make the girls look interesting, if nothing else. In fact at times I wonder if they made this show on some sort of bet: to see if they could produce a passable character driven drama anime with no interesting characters to drive the story along. The answer is yes, but just barely.

As for the ADV release, the "Teachers' Pet Collection", that's not so good. The English Language voice acting, though surprisingly available in 5.1 surround sound, is positively atrocious. Seriously, guys...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars funnier than most
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
3.0 out of 5 stars up to you on buying
the plot isnt super strong it makes sense over all not bad to watch it make a ok add on to ya collection. Read more
Published on October 3, 2010 by Sean D. Cannova
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Lesson - gotta love it.
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 more
Published on July 8, 2010 by Rick Dooley Sr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent anime.
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
5.0 out of 5 stars a cute show in its own way
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 more
Published on October 12, 2008 by mimosa
3.0 out of 5 stars Keep looking
Right. Consumer alert: if you get the Teachers Pet Collection you do NOT require the Mama Mia OVA disc. Read more
Published on October 21, 2007 by Geoff H
5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky, Sweet Fun!
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
Published on June 14, 2007 by Music and Anime Fan 12
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutie chracters and wonderful story
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 
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Indeed
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 more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Hajime Takai
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