Judge Mitchell Hattaway once found a naked alien in his bed, but it was Mac from Mac and Me. And he left McNugget crumbs in the sheets.
One year ago an alien spacecraft crashed into Tokyo Bay. Unable to return home, the aliens, given the name DearS by their Japanese benefactors, were granted citizenship and slowly integrated into society. The DearS are loved by most of their human hosts, but high school student Takeya hates them with a passion (he thinks they're actually a race of planet-conquering lizards out to brainwash humanity). Well, wouldn't you know it, Takeya soon finds himself sharing an apartment with one.
The first four episodes of this anime series are included on this release; here's a rundown:
• Episode One: "I Want to Nibble Sweetly"
• Episode Two: "Was it Too Small?"
• Episode Three: "Ball! Ball!"
• Episode Four: "Wipe Your Mouth"
I hate, hate, hate, hate this series. It's boring, unfunny, repetitive, and overly familiar. There's not a single original idea in DearS. Teenage guy who freaks out at the sight and touch of an alien female who lives to serve him? Seen it. Teenage guy's levelheaded female friend who is probably in love with him? Seen it. Teenage guy's friends who resent his luck at having a beautiful, voluptuous girl living with him? Seen it. Female alien who doesn't understand why it's improper to walk around in various stages of undress? Seen it. Female alien who is fascinated by the most common of human foods? Seen it. Annoying cat girl? Seen it. A plot that contains more idiotic misunderstandings than an entire season of Three's Company? Seen it. I kept hoping I would have a heart attack, or that maybe a meteorite would hit my house—anything that would spare me from having to sit through these four episodes. No such luck.
I have to give Geneon credit on the technical end of things. The transfer is borderline flawless (I noticed some shimmer in a shot or two), with bright, vivid, bold colors. The series is dialogue-heavy, so the stereo soundtrack options won't give your system a workout, but they do exactly what is required of them. The English dub, which is rife with actors who sound as if they've been sucking helium, is slightly more dynamic that its Japanese counterpart, with marginally better channel separation and a little more heft. Extras include clean opening animation, a rather worthless art gallery (it consists of nine drawings, most of which are carried over from the disc's cover and insert artwork), and previews for other Geneon releases.
I sat through it, but by no means should you do the same. Steer clear of DearS.
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