Kusanagi Kei, a high-school student living with his aunt and uncle, has an encounter with a female alien. This alien is revealed to be a new teacher at his school. Later, he is forced to marry this alien to preserve her secrets. From there, various romantically-inclined problems crop up repeatedly.
This is an interesting series to review. First because I think a lot of people are going to read the summery of this show and dismiss it right away without even giving it a try and that is really a shame. As far as romances go this is one of the more satisfying series I have watched.
Let’s face it that for a large number of people the student teacher romance that is the core of this show is probably going to offend or at the least make people feel a little uncomfortable. With so many high profile real life cases, this sort of thing doesn’t feel like the innocent school crush that I think almost everyone (boy or girl) had for a teacher at their school at some point in their life. To be honest I felt a little uncomfortable at times with it. Even though they do point out that Kei is 18 and do to an illness that caused him to miss 3 years of school he was held back. So legally at least no laws are being broken I suppose.
The premise of the story is, well to put it bluntly, one of the silliest if not the silliest I have ever seen in an anime (and that’s saying something really). But what develops out of this turns into a very touching romance as both develop their love and feelings for one another. The supporting characters also have romances of their own and it was refreshing to see a show in which all the female characters were not in love with the same guy. The whole alien aspect of the show and Mizuho's really reason for being on earth is really just a small subplot of the series and the story is pretty much totally focused on the romantic elements. Which is great! Also you might think a show like this would be pretty echii but it really isn’t, which was a pleasant surprise for me. Sure there is fan service but it’s pretty tame for the most part. There are a lot of adult themes as well so this isn’t a show for kids.
The show does a great job in developing all its characters. The two leads and the main supporting characters all get fleshed out very nicely and by the end of the series I really felt they changed and grew. This is really a strong point of the show. However a couple things did annoy me that forced me to knock down the rating I gave it a little. One, Kei constantly refers to Mizuho as Sensei, even when they are alone and intimate. I expected him to grow in this way but with few exceptions he almost never refers to her by her name. I know that may sound like a silly thing to some but I think it’s important. In addition it constantly reminds you of the whole indecency of the relationship I talked about above. Also Kei is also kind of an annoying wussy.
The acting is pretty good, Kei's voice actor is not that great. He kind of reinforces the whole weakling aspect of his character that got on my nerves as the show went on. The music shines though, with KOTOKO and Mami Kawada doing the songs pretty much saves my view of the overall sound. The art is great too, especially Mizuho and her mother. I love Mizuho's school hairstyle and dress! Again Kei suffers here as well as sometimes he almost looks like a girl.
I think I could have gone higher in my rating on this show, but really some of the discomfort I felt about the story takes away from my overall enjoyment of this series. But don’t get me wrong this was a great show! If you even like romance anime even a little you should watch this. read more
Well there is an alternative title to this Anime, and Onegai Teacher is the English title, it’s actually Onegai Teichiya. I would actually rate this into my top 5 best watch Animes but since my favourite Animes to watch are romance ones, some of you probably won\'t agree me then but if you are a lover of romantic Animes like me, then you should have a watch of this. This series starts of with a 15 year old boy named Kei Kusanagi who is a normal boy that encountered an UFO as he was relaxing near the lake, that UFO appeared to be their new Japanese teacher; Mizuho Kazami. Those two end up falling in love together. Each episode brings some laughs as well as some really touching scenes, and some that might be for older viewer, if you know what I mean ;). I don\'t want to release all the info or else I\'ll put you off or spoil it for you, so that’s all I am going to write but if you really into romance, then this anime could be for you. In my opinion, I found this Anime very touching similar to "Kimi Ga Nozumu Eien", if you liked that Anime, then you should give \'Onegai Teacher\' a shot and you\'ll probably enjoy it. There is also are part 2 for this Anime called Onegai Twins, you should give it a watch as well, it will be explained in the other review, please read it. Hopefully this has provided you with a good look at what the Anime is like. Please have a good watch, all you Anime people out there.
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Onegai Teacher is an alright show with some interesting ideas and some good characters, but it's wrapped in a completely ridiculous scenario.
The premise behind the events in Onegai Teacher is pretty absurd. Oh, the alien side of things is OK, if fairly standard. There's nothing much to either endorse or complain about that. But I could not suspend my disbelief for any decent amount of time over Kei's illness, it was just soo silly. I don't like the 'mystery illness' plot device as a whole because it always seems so very contrived, and Kei's illness has convenience and contrivity coming out the wahzoo. Even though we get a faily bare bones explanation of what the disease is, what sort of stress brings on a standstill is applied pretty inconsistantly.
Fourtunately the show sidelines the illness for the first half of the show and concentrates on the characters. Aside from episode 4 being oh so very convenient, this part of the show is alright. But when we get to the reason behind the illness, it's difficult to take seriously. The conclusion to this is done via the introduction of a new character we only saw previously in a couple 1 second flashbacks. Because we know so little about this character and the relationship between Kei, this part of the plot loses a lot of impact. However, that part of the story does have a sound basis so it's not too bad. If the illness itself wasn't so absurd that part of the story would have been much better.
Where the show does shine is the characters. The relationship between Kei and Mizuho starts off quite timidly and grows at a steady pace, and even though the Hyosuke and Kaede thing comes out of nowhere the show runs with it and makes does a good job of it. The group of friends work quite well together. The only characters that didn't come off well were Ichigo and Mahou. Ichigo was just too flat and emotionless to be convincing, and I didn't like Mahou at all. I assume she was supposed to be a character like Skuld from Oh! My Goddess, but instead of coming off as someone who adores her sister, she looks like a vindictive, possesive bitch.
There's nothing much to say about the animation and artwork. They both do their jobs well, if not standout. Thought character designs do a good job of making each character look quite unique, and the artwork is quite colouful. The music compliments the show, but it's pretty standard stuff. The OP and ED are alright, but again, nothing particuarly great abou them.
The dub work was good overall. Bridget Hoffman does a fantasitic job as Mizuho Kazami, she portrays her timid earnestness very well. Ichigo's voice was far too deadpan, even for her character and Kei did sound a little too weedy, but the others did a good job overall.
The underpinnings of Onegai Teacher are too silly to take seriously, but it's got some good characters in it and some amusing jokes so it's not all bad. More a reccomnedation for fans of the romance genre.read more
Onegai Teacher is a love story about a forbidden relationship between a teacher and her student. Their relationship starts out as a cover up, but grows into something much deeper and meaningful. There is a fair share of comedic moments, twists, and misunderstandings, but this story is essentially about their marriage: its highs and lows, happy and sad moments, fights and makeups.
It is a very short series, only 12 episodes long, so there is no elaborate plot. The alien aspect does not even play that big of a role. They are merely devices used to create obstacles in their marriage. Sometimes these obstacles can be annoying since they seem to drag the series out in the middle and stunt the relationship development. However, they do a really great job of giving you a lot of ooh and ahh moments where you are overwhelmed with the amount of cuteness as well as suspenseful moments when you just want to scream at the tv.
Art and Sound
When it comes to reviewing art and sound, I admit I am not the best judge. I tend to think of the two elements as enhancers rather than essentials. However, I will say that I never felt like the art or sound clashed with the story. It seemed like they fit well and created a believable world. There were a lot of attractive characters in this anime and very little fan service. The OP was pretty good too, it kind of reminded me of Air (others will probably disagree).
I won't lie, I watch anime for the characters. Everything else takes a backseat for me. I have to feel like I can relate to the characters and that they could be real people that I would hang out with. Onegai Teacher's characters were the real selling point for me. If I could describe them in one word, I would say they are all adorable. The main characters are two people whose relationship you really want to watch develop as it can be described as an honest, caring exchange between two people who are trying to get to know each other and discover feelings within themselves that they struggle to come to grips with. The director does a great job of putting you into the heads of the characters and if you are empathetic enough, you can really feel what the characters are feeling. I think the best part for me was that I felt like their relationship was realistic as both of them weren't shy enough to be obnoxious but weren't falling for each other easily either. It was clearly a mutual exchange of feelings that came about gradually.
The other characters were also a great supporting cast. The "other girl" was very cute and if the two main characters weren't married then you wouldn't mind Kei getting together with her. I don't want to spoil the show, but let's just say that love is all around in this series.
This anime really serves its purpose well. It is easy watching and leaves you with good feelings after almost ever episode. I smiled a lot while I watched it and I have to say that the little alien dolls were so cute that they made me laugh every time. If you are someone who is looking for a good romance and likes to laugh, cry, and empathize with characters then you will love Onegai Teacher. Also, if you are one of those people who has ever had a crush on a teacher (who hasn't) then you will probably also like this show.
I started watching this show because I heard some people referring to it after an episode of Gurren Lagann and I thought it sounded like good fun. In the end, the series is short, but it is oh so sweet. Highly recommended.
This isn't Roswell and they aren't little green men, but anime is full of aliens who have come down from the stars above. Some are benevolent while others are malicious, and all will make the human race question their role in the universe.
Ano Natsu is going to give you a mashup of film, romance, and the otherworldly, then throw in some philosophy and psychological stuff to juice your brain. If that doesn't tell you already, let's see what makes this original anime special.