Aside from the constant stream of anime I attempt to keep up with every season, I also have a single completed anime that I keep on the back-burner to fill in for when I'm going in-between season. This time around I've had that anime sitting around for nearly a full year, only watching an episode when I really had nothing else to watch. Perhaps it was because the anime was not great, with a significant amount of facepalming and head shaking. Perhaps it was because the animation hadn't aged very well, and looked very dated for only being fourteen years old. Or maybe it was because my time is becoming more precious, and I have far less time to waste on things like a subpar anime. Whatever the reasons may be, DearS was that anime.
The story revolves around a guy by the name of Takeya, who is a high school student that hates aliens. Unluckily for him an alien ship crash lands in the waters not too far off from Japan, the inhabitants of this ship being beautiful, buxom women, and good looking men. Humanity immediately accepts the aliens and within a year a large majority of the aliens are naturalized as Japanese citizens, which of course was probably only possible because the aliens were friendly, attractive, and their landing was a public thing that governments of the world couldn't hide. Things don't get much better for Takeya though, as his school has been selected to host one of these naturalized aliens.
It's during this time that we start to see hints that this alien society might not be the perfectly perfect and beautiful guests they act like, as we see that leaders in their society are at odds with one another and seem to be keeping a number of aliens in cryostasis because they are "damaged". Takeya's luck just keeps getting better because he ends up meeting one such "defective unit" by the name of Ren, and is forced to be her master as she forms a contract with him. From here Takeya houses, feeds, and clothes Ren much to his annoyance. Ren attempts to pay Takeya back with some sexy-time, but the guy, aside from being an asshole to most the women in this series, has no dick and continually pushes Ren away. He never goes as far as hitting her, but he does berate her verbally all the time; just to really hit home how much of an ass Takeya is.
Now you might be thinking "Oh, maybe he has some reason for acting this way?" And you'd be right. See back when he was a kid, his childhood friend Neneko had him watch a bunch of scary alien movies with her that traumatized him. Does this excuse his behavior though? Fuck no. He has no other reasons to be a dick to women, except for maybe the fact his father remarried to a woman he himself wanted to date. This marriage brings Takeya a little sister who is seemingly nice unless Takeya is involved in something perverse, at which point she will berate and beat up her older brother with reckless abandon. You know, maybe this is why Takeya has no dick; he doesn't like being his little sister's punching bag. Still doesn't redeem him of his terrible personality, but it's something I guess.
Back at school the hosted alien named Miu shows up, exemplifying what DearS are suppose to be like. Subservient, perfect in every way, and basically made for sex and security. She ends up sharing the spotlight with Ren however, who has been accepted as a student by the principle. While hijinks ensue between Ren, Takeya, Miu, and Neneko, we see the rumblings of danger as the dominatrix alien that is standing in as the leader of the DearS orders the capturing of Ren who will be returned to cryostasis as to not sully the good name of DearS. I'm not sure why the actual leader alien, who we see in stasis a few time, wasn't awoken, but it the dominatrix alien alluded to also not understanding why she hadn't regained consciousness. This plot device made me think they were aiming for a second season, as the very final scene in the anime was this leader awakening with a smile. Is she good? Is she bad? You'll have to read the manga to find out.
When all is said and done, the anime got pretty stupid towards the end. As Ren is hunted down to be refrozen, Takeya acts like a dickhead and attempts to ignore the thing called a subconsciousness that is telling him to cut the shit and grow a pair. However it's not until he learns that Ren is going to be iced that suddenly he decides to turn a new leaf, going as far as to fight one of the security aliens to rescue Ren. Where did this sudden rush of feelings come from? I honestly can't say, as I can tell you with some certainty that Takeya didn't actually feel anything for Ren for most of the anime. He treats he like shit! He's abusive! I can't hammer down how much I didn't like Takeya, which is why this anime just never meant anything more to me than a way to waste time.
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction
Animation: What might have been acceptable quality in 2004, is now anything but. Like going from a wedge of blue cheese, to just a moldy wedge of cheese. I'm pretty sure the studio, Daume, is also defunct now. This was a studio responsible for Shiki, Minami-ke, and Please Teacher! They've not animated anything since 2010, which is why I'm assuming they're sunk. Though perhaps they still exist by doing smaller bit stuff, since as far as I can tell they still have employees.
Voice Acting: I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this was probably not one of Kishō Taniyama's favorite roles to have played, an actor who has also voiced Koichi Shido from High School of the Dead and Stiyl Magnus from A Certain Magical Index. Not because he didn't do a good job, but because he had to play an unlikable asshat who was mean to hot alien waifus. Then again, he did play Koichi, and that guy had a bangbus full of students in the zombie apocalypse.
Favorite Character: Might surprise you that I had one, given how much I didn't care for this anime. But this was actually a pretty easy choice, as I found myself really enjoying anything Mitsuka-sensei was in. An English teacher at Takeya's school, Mitsuka-sensei is also a major exhibitionist who enjoys flirting with her students. She is often stripping in the scenes she is in, wearing all sorts of erotic undergarments. While mostly there to inject humor, I think she was the most likable character of the series. I mean, we learn that aside from being a teacher she is also a porn actress! God damn man! Someone sign me up for that class!
DearS gets a 4.0 out of 10