One year ago, a UFO containing 150 aliens crash-landed off the shores of Kasai. Because no one could fix their ship, the Japanese Government decided to bestow upon them the designation "DearS" and make them into Japanese citizens, teaching them the language, customs, and culture of Japan. However, in order for them to become more familiar with human society, a home-stay program has been enacted to allow them to mingle with other humans.
One misty morning, a truck carrying a capsule that housed one of these aliens ends up dropping it into the riverbank, releasing her from her confinement. She is eventually found by a high school student named Takeya Ikuhara, who saves her from being hit by a truck and takes pity on her, despite being extremely distrustful of their race and wanting nothing to do with them. Upon being named Ren, she imprints upon him as her "Master" and serves as his personal "Slave," leaving him with a "DearS" who wants to remain with him no matter what and bringing his ordinary, alien-free days to an end.
DearS is a combination of a failed Chobits clone (lacking any of the warmth that made that series so endearing) and, depending on your gender, offensive pro-slave rubbish. It's also uneventful, lacking a story and instead containing the same perverted nonsense you've seen before already until the episode count reaches 12-13.
To start with, the premise is beyond dumb. A UFO crashes into Japan, 150 aliens - who happen to be submissive hotties - emerge, and they're welcomed by the world. Because humans are, as we all know, kind and understanding creatures by nature, no attempts were made to capture and experiment on the aliens. It's the sort of plot element that would only work in a hentai. Or Melody of Oblivion.
...Oh, yes, hentai material. Have I covered the part where DearS all wear dog collars and are happy to be slaves, doing whatever their master wants, including sex? It's like sitting through the wet dream of a pre-pubescent retard. I'm sure most female viewers would find it slightly offensive to see females wearing dog collars and being happy to get in the kitchen when told - a great fan pleasing idea.
As for the characters, Ren (the Chi of DearS) is blank, having zero personality. She also looks bad because of the crappy art - not at all fap worthy. And Takeya, the lucky lead, is a complete arsehole, never being a man and always being a complete fuck to Ren. He even tells her to go home and cook his food, also ordering her to clean his room. He lacks any likability. The only character with any depth whatsoever in this mess is the pink-haired DearS, whose name I've already forgot.
On the plus side, DearS is easy to watch. It's so simple and stupid that it's possible to watch it for four hours, miss lines of dialogue and still understand what's going on. If you happen to be brain-dead or are looking for something that's easy to watch, despite being dull, DearS is for you. I only managed to sit through it all because I wasn't required to use my brain and could just chill.
Alongside Melody of Oblivion, DearS has made for a great start to going through my DVD backlog. I can't wait to have a look at Petite Princess Yucie and A Little Snow Fairy Sugar. By the end of watching all the wonderful series I've collected on DVD, my mental state might reach the stage where life will seem too painful...
Overall, I suggest avoiding DearS unless A) your dream woman wears a dog collar and stays in the kitchen or B) you're an idiot who paid money for the series because it's an OOP Geneon title. Stick to Chobits and avoid this poor attempt at copying it.read more
It's a cute little short series animé, similar to Chobits from what I've seen of Chobits, but hey, if you like that sort of thing, DearS does it pretty well. Some of the fanservicey stuff in this is SO over-the-top it's past the point of annoying and more towards the point of amusing, because I don't think they took themselves completely seriously.
So, who should watch this? If you want a relatively light-hearted plot with some situational comedy, sort of your typical high school thing and a fair bit of cuteness and a mild bit of seriousness, this isn't a bad choice. If you're up for something with lots of depth, void of the typical animé tropes, you probably won't like it.
The one thing that irritated me a little is that it ended a little abruptly. Something a lot of animé tends to do, though.
Overall, it's worth trying if you're looking for something light and don't have a lot of time to invest, since it's a relatively short series at only 12 episodes. I find it's good to watch something silly and cute like this especially if you're watching some other heavier stuff. (Aristotle says: "Balance is good!")read more
DearS is one of the worst anime I've ever seen. It's not just that nothing about it works, it's that everything about it is a perfect example of what NOT to do.
The art is absolute ass. A lot of characters' eyes are randomly different sizes. And their limbs and faces keep changing shape; I'm not even talking about the parts where the character models are deformed for comedy, I mean this happens all the time. And even if they didn't they overuse the deformed model jokes to save their obviously low budget. They say having a low budget can lead to innovation, and that's true. Look at Gainax or Kino's Journey. Not here. They totally gave up and submitted to their lack of money. And they try to save the budget at moments that aren't even supposed to be funny, so the show just ends up looking totally inconsistent. Nothing moves right either, the animation is about as rigid as something you'd make on PowerPoint. The music is this harsh, synth-sounding crap that's painful to listen to and is way too loud. The voice acting is garbage. The dub of Mad Bull 34 is more convincing.
Also, do you like slavery? The busty females in this show are obsessed with being slaves. That's apparently what they were born to do. Obviously there's a lot wrong with that on a lot of levels, especially considering how skimpy they dress. And check this: The main girl starts out not knowing how to do anything, including put on clothes. Then she suddenly learns how to talk just by absorbing a bunch of knowledge. She's introduced stupid and naked, and the only place the show allows her to go from there is to become a slave. By the way, there are lines here and there about how progressive Japanese are for accepting the aliens. Classy.
I lost count of the number of times they used the joke that the main girl would tell someone she's the main character's slave and the person she tells freaks the fuck out (as well they should). Apparently they thought if it wasn't funny the first time (it wasn't) it'll be funny the next ten times. The same goes for the joke when the female lead fucks something up because she's an idiot and MC tells her off, and everyone gets pissed at him.
The MC also has a little sister character. She's 13 years old and she constantly shouts. I don't know if she's supposed to be funny, but she serves no other purpose I can think of. She's not funny, though.
Why is it OK for these girls to be slaves? Because they want to? Doesn't that just make this some twisted fantasy? But even if you're into that, I imagine you wouldn't want to see it in such low quality as this show presents it.
Also, there are so many scenes that plainly make no sense. The characters will just come to some conclusion or accept some development they should by all means object to for no reason.
The transitions are awkward and random. It keeps cutting away to these random fucking people doing nothing in particular for a few seconds before going to the next scene. There is no logic whatsoever to how DearS moves from one scene to the next.
The MC does quite literally nothing throughout the entire show other than be a dick to everyone he meets. No one has a problem with this, not even the girls who take the brunt of his loathsome personality.
And another thing: There are two male DearS in the show. They're portrayed as being of normal intelligence. All the female DearS are portrayed as being dumb. Lovely.
This show is not tripe, it's worse than tripe. Strips of cow stomach are more valuable than any film stock this vile show is printed on.read more
DearS is proof, that reading reviews before jumping into a series is a good habit to have. DearS is pretty much generally regarded as "that awful Chobits ripoff" so I went into it with pretty low expectations. I wasn't disappointed.
So, a space ship crash-lands just off the coast of Japan, with 150 humanoid aliens on board. Oh, and they all look like super hot high-schoolers with supernatural abilities and a weirdly submissive nature. (Yep, this means EXACTLY what you think.) The ship is FUBAR, so they are stuck on Earth, but that's no problem, since the humans welcome them with open arms, naturally. I mean, smoking hot aliens with inexplicable intelligence and magical powers (and a history of abuse and slavery...oops, spoilers) cannot possibly be dangerous, right? RIGHT?
Anyway, the story opens with our protagonist, Ikuhara Takeya, an exceptionally generic high-school student with the intellect and personality of a brick. One transport accident later he finds one of the female DearS, naked (of course), utterly oblivious of everything, who immediately makes out with him....and then Chobits happens. That's the best I can describe the series. Ren, our titular alien super-bimbo, is a blatant ripoff of Chi, down to the same hair style, and Takeya is just a more stupid and arrogant version of Hideki. There is one thing being an endearingly clueless farmboy, but Takeya takes the "oblivious asshole" trope to a new level of annoying...
Eh, on second thought, it's pretty pointless to describe the story and the characters. DearS is basically a dumbed down version of Chobits with it's heart ripped out and replaced with incredibly generic archetypes and a giant plothole for a story. What the series does have, is a disgusting amount of almost-hentai ecchi fanservice, that drowns everything else out. If the series had any endearing qualities or profound meaning, it's been lost somewhere between the nymphomaniac homeroom teacher who makes their students read porn out loud, and the magical sex-slaves from space. But even the ecchi is so corny and low-brow, that it's way more tiresome than fun.
In the last few episodes the series does try to cobble together a sequel bait by dropping some character development and semi-coherent story bits, but it's too little, too late. There was much potential in the setting, and with some rework it could've been turned into something interesting, but sadly, it's was not to be. The art style didn't age well either and the sound/music is just forgettable background noise.
There is literally nothing remarkable about DearS. It's just some mediocre ecchi fap-fuel with busty alien slave girls and bad slapstick comedy. There are some fun moments and interesting bits throughout the series, and it's only 13 episodes long, so if you can look past all it's faults, DearS could be a good choice for a boring afternoon, if you have nothing else to watch, but that's about it. If you haven't already seen it, you'd be better off watching Chobits instead.read more