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Happy Lesson: Teachers' Pet Collection

4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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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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  • Directors: Iku Suzuki
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • 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: #213,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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Right. Consumer alert: if you get the Teachers Pet Collection you do NOT require the Mama Mia OVA disc. The product description does not make it clear that this set has all 14 episodes + the 3 OVA.
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.
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