Synonyms: Happy Lesson
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 2002 to Jun 30, 2002
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.891 (scored by 6589 users)
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comedy harem romance
SynopsisHitotose Chitose was always alone and untrusting of people but when 5 female teachers appear and started living together with him in his family's house as his mothers, things started to change and pick up, together with Hazuki-nee and Minazuki (his 2 sisters) everyday is a lesson.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Happy Lesson
Alternative version: Happy☆Lesson
Sequel: Happy☆Lesson: Advance
Side story: Happy☆Lesson: Hoka Hoka★Kanna to Futari Kiri
Characters & Voice Actors
So check this out Happy Lesson is comedy anime but wasnt on my scale for the best anime i've seen but then again theres worse. Basicly the plot is based on 5 teachers who live with an orphan and all try to become his mother and try to make him a better student through different methods. So nothing new right. Seen this in countless anime where a male character lives or are surronded with a bunch of female characters ex. Love Hina.
Main characters are Chitose, the orpahn who moves in the house of his deceased parents. He trys to hide his feelings about his "mothers" but every now and then they leak.
Mutsuki Ichimonji his homeroom teacher and usually cleans and cooks around the house. Shes pressures Chitose to study. At home she wears a maid outfit.
Kisaragi Ninomai (personal favorite) she is the science teacher. She seems like shes emotionless but loves her son Chitose alot. You see that she experiments alot on Chitose.
Yayoi Sanzenin is the nurse and priestess but the school doesnt know about that. She has a calm demeanor unless she senses danger and then puts her sword skills to work.
Uzuki Shitenno is the art teacher and is small. She is for the most part is happy and cheerful. Shes usually wears wings because shes into cosplay.
Satsuki Gokajo is the p.e teacher and is serious about her workouts. Shes loud and agressive but can be sweet.
And those are the characters you will mostly encounter with the exceptions towards later episodes you will be introduced to Chitose adopted sisters, Minazuki his younger sis and Hazuki his older sis who is a famous singer. You also will be seeing the class rep Fumitsuki who has a crush on Chitose and becomes curious about Chitoses life outside school. Also Kanna Kisaragi childhood friend and develops a crush on him.
As far as originality it doesnt set the bar but then agian not many anime do. You will follow Chitoses struggles with dealing with so many moms. The shenanigins that happen when living with moms who are so different from one another. How each ones method for making him a better student work out. The only thing that bothered me were the endings of each episode. They had a very "after school special" feeling to them. Like really cheesy. For the most part this occurs with every episode. In the end it wasnt on my OMG I gotta watch this list but If you got nothing to do and time to kill watch a couple episodes, you might like it. read more
Watching 'Happy Lesson' was the most peculiar experience for me as far as anime watching goes. I hated and enjoyed this anime at the same time and up until now I didn't even know something like that was possible. This anime is every cliched joke, every cardboard cut-out character and every predictable plot point that has been done to death by a 100 animes before it - jammed into a 13 episode series. I knew very well that being a harem and a romcom I wasn't going to see anything profound, but never in my wildest dreams, would I have expected it to be this bad. Yet ridiculously, like a 5 year old at a sweet-stall, I enjoyed it.
The story... no wait there is no story here. It's just a single male character with 5 young, infantile looking women and lots and I mean lots of cliched jokes and of course sexual innuendo. The women in question turn out to be the male lead's teachers and mothers at the same. To show you just how much the "story" sucks in this cliche-fest series I can tell you that even that single, most basic plot point that was established in episode 1 was not properly explained or in fact even covered at all. It's something along the lines of "Hey do you want me to be your mom?" - "Yeh, whatever".
The male lead is a no dimensional character. In fact, his only parameter is to be smothered with affection by countless equally no dimensional female characters. I mean, I'm gonna square with you guys here - there is no need for me to go into detail with the story or the characters because they're so banal they might have as well been invented by a cactus. It's just an episode after an episode of cliche jokes, sexual innuendo, fanservice, fake drama. In that order.
That said, I did enjoy this series and indeed if you look at the breakdown of individual scores I gave this anime you'll see an 8 next to enjoyment. It's because it's so gobsmackingly bad that it crosses the barrier and goes straight into unintentional comedy. Two minuses are a positive and that's exactly what happened in here. I know very well that this anime isn't meant to be serious or that the makers never aspired to create a masterpiece out of it but it's even crap for an average harem romcom. And no, it's not a slice of life anime. Nothing presented here has anything to do with real life. So in a way you know it's bad but you can't help but to laugh at the poor writing. The ending is a testament to that. It starts out dramatically trying to be realistic and there's a build up of tension between the characters as they face an insurmountable problem, but then you're slapped in the face with a deus ex machina solution. Teenagers solving problems with a submarine and an electrical bazooka? How is that slice of life?
That brings me to reason number 2 why I actually enjoyed it. As bad as it is, 'Happy Lesson' has a decent opening, a surprisingly good OST and a catchy ending which just makes everything more absurd and inadvertently - hilarious.
With all that in mind, I am rating it fairly. The story is poor and so are the characters, art is good, the sound is very good and I laughed my ass off. I'd say that's a 5. Moreover I will watch the second season and grab the OST because ironically, the entertainment value here is really really high. read more
Both involve one guy trying to get by in life while having multiple girls who live with him interfering in some way, very funny and humorous, also has fan service
both series featured girls wielding swords (motoko aoyama and yayoi sanzenin), and childish characters (kaolla su and uzuki shitteno), and have 5 girls and one guy under one roof
Both were tagged as Harem and romance.
Both lead male characters got into the harem by accident.
Both harems often give their male characters a headache or other bodily sufferings that they received throughout the season of the anime they belong to. .
Both lead male characters are not doing very well with their studies (not making it to "Tokyo University" also qualifies).
Both lead male characters has one female member of his harem whom they feared the most.
In one anime it is the harem who came to the lead male character, while in the other anime it is the lead male character who came to the harem.......by accident.
One male character (Keitaro Urashima) is a hopeless romantic (not until Naru declared her love for him) , an accidental (and unlucky) perv and a wuss, while the other one, Chitose Hitotose is a bad ass and a laid back loner.
Though both animes have a "Harem" tag, in "Love Hina" Keitaro is a (reluctant) lolicon* co'z he's older than the women in his harem (according to info there is a 2 year age difference between Naru and Kietaro), while in "Happy Lesson," the harem was mostly a bunch of sotacon* ladies who have the heart (or hots) to help Chitose.
*it maybe a bit off but, I just like using the terms.
In "Love Hina" Keitaro Urashima ended up with Naru Narusegawa (which is obvious), while in "Happy Lesson" though Chitose may have kissed Mutsuki Ichimomji ,the story it still left unanswered as to who Chitose really likews among the 5 women who were in wedding gowns (final OVA).
Opening Theme"Telescope" by Sleepin' Johnny Fish
Ending Theme"Yume no Miyako TOKYO LIFE" by Akiko Nakagawa
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