Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dears Manga/Anime "Video Included"


Book Description: Story & Art by Peach-Pit

  Exactly one year prior to the beginning of DearS, humanity made unprecedented contact with extraterrestrial life. Forced to crash land into Tokyo Bay when, en route to their home planet of Thanatos, their spacecraft breaks down, 150 humanoid aliens are naturalized into Japanese society and affectionately nicknamed "DearS"; a portmanteau of the words "Dear" and "Friends".
  Takeya Ikuhara is a temperamental seventeen-year-old Japanese student attending the fictitious Koharu High School with a strong prejudice against the DearS. Due to a childhood scare, he believes that the aliens are fake, worthless beings that have generated nationwide overhype.
  On his way home from school he discovers a homeless DearS who, after fainting and much to his annoyance, he feeds and shelters in his apartment. The girl, who he nicknames Ren, is infantile and friendly, and grows obsequious and dependent upon Takeya, a responsibility he tries to disassociate himself from. Her oblivious tenacity keeps her around, however, and over time, realizing Ren's genuine care and empathy for him, Takeya has a change of heart. Unfortunately, because Ren is deemed defective, DearS headquarters orders her arrested.

DearS (ディアーズ Diāz) is a manga series co-written and illustrated by Banri Sendo and Shibuko Ebara, credited under their pen name Peach-Pit. It was serialized monthly by Media Works in their magazine Dengeki Comic Gao! from March 2002 to December 17, 2005 and was later published into a ten volume set by the company. The manga was licensed and translated into English by Tokyopop. A 13-episode anime was adapted by MSJ and a PlayStation 2 video game was produced by MediaWorks.
Personal View:

 This was one of my most favorite Manga and Anime series growing up. Even now I enjoy going back and rewatching the Anime series. It's very entertaining, and funny. You can watch all the episodes on YouTube, I will gladly list a few below so you can check it out. Sadly though this series is now longer in print. Or available on DVD. If you'd like to buy it, you'll have to go online. Hopefully you'll enjoy this just as much as I did. I listed below the sites where you can read the Manga series, and find more information about it. 

Read Online: *Note - Online version is different from American version
More Information:


Here are all the episodes in the Anime series that I know of. Please Enjoy.

Episode One: I Want to Nibble Sweetly
Original Airdate: July 10, 2004
Crossing over a bridge, an unidentified box truck overturns at the sight of a stray cat in the road, spilling a human capsule from its cargo (which shows Exposition). On his way back from school, Takeya encounters and rescues a mysterious Dears from being run over by a delivery truck. After proclaiming servility to him, and then shortly fainting, he takes her to his apartment where she is washed, clothed, fed melonpan and given the name Ren. Meanwhile back at the bridge, Rubi and Khi discover the lost capsule.

Episode Two: Was It Too Small?
Original Airdate: July 17, 2004
After a nightmarish and erratic morning, Neneko mistakenly discovers Ren during an unexpected visit, and examining the situation, assigns Takeya the job of teaching her Japanese. He indifferently teaches her nothing and eventually falls asleep, during which time Ren telepathically learns all the material and gains the ability to speak the language, though in a slightly broken manner. In this more fluent condition, Neneko and Takeya bring Ren to a mall to shop for new clothes. Elsewhere, Miu finishes up her admission to Koharu High with Khi.

Episode Three: Ball! Ball!
Original Airdate: July 24, 2004
Miu acquaints with her assigned homestay, an elderly couple she warmheartedly calls her grandparents. Meanwhile, after being scolded by Takeya for her nakedness, Ren decides to clean the apartment by defenestrating his furniture and trash; Neneko empathetically awarding her yesterdays shopping change in return. Xaki instructs Nia to apprehend Ren. The following morning Ren visits the market, and drawn by the scent of melonpan, buys a bag of it; Nia botching her capture and leaving absentmindedly. Ren affectionately visits Takeya at school, causing an uproar that settles when she is believed to be a substitute for Miu. Tired and confused, Takeya and Ren retreat home.

Episode Four: Wipe Your Mouth
Original Airdate: July 31, 2004
Ren begins her first day of school and assimilates quite nicely; she is well respected and admired by everyone. When Miu arrives, only to learn of her replacement, she charges Ren; refusing to coincide with her as the student diplomat. In response, the school holds three duels: a 100 yard dash, a liberal arts test and a cookoff. While Miu effectively wins 3-1, she mournfully forfeits the last challenge. Nevertheless, the principle asks both girls to stay; Miu vowing to watch Ren attentively.

Episode Five: Partners?
Original Airdate: August 7, 2004
Detached and confused about Ren, Takeya grows increasingly rash towards her. Miu helps to explain the situation and supervises her after class. That night, Khi visits Miu to collect information on Ren while, back at the apartment, uncontrollably aroused by her body, and sensing this, Ren straddles a distraught Takeya.

Episode Six: I Am So Frustrated!
Original Airdate: August 14, 2004
Takeya stops Ren from sexually advancing, calling it too soon. Slightly awkward from this, he distances himself from her for most of the day. Miu invites herself to reform Ren by showing her to cook and gaily decorating the apartment. As Takeya throws out the flashy new room additions, he is hastily tackled by his stepsister, Natsuki Ikuhara.

Episode Seven: Pervert
Original Airdate: August 21, 2004
Takeya, Natsuki, Neneko and Ren spend time walking around an amusement park, then return home. When Natsuki misunderstands Ren and Takeya's cohabitation, she becomes aggressively jealous toward Ren and tries to drive her off. Both girls eventually makeup, but not before Harumi arrives to ferociously pickup her daughter. At an airport, relations patched, Neneko, Takeya and Ren bid goodbye to Harumi and Natsuki as they depart to catch a flight. Miu summons Khi and tells him she has plans to drop out of school.

Episode Eight: M... My Ball
Original Airdate: August 28, 2004
In a flashback a man lies on a floor grossly hemorrhaging as Miu desperately tries but fails to stop it. Back in school, Miu, still feeling inferior to and jealous of Ren, challenges her to another contest; a Dears game called Palaga. During the game, Miu and Takeya fall into a water well, and unable to immediately leave, sit and talk about the Dears enslavement and Miu's past; the man from the previous sequence being her ex-master who was gunned down. Overcoming her past, and discovering the well is in the back of her homestay, Miu flies them both out; Takeya met by an overjoyed Ren.

Episode Nine: It Hurt A Little
Original Airdate: September 4, 2004
Walking back from school with Ren and Neneko, it is revealed that Takeya's fear of aliens stems from watching science-fiction horror films as a child. That afternoon, Neneko has Ren and Miu model a costume wardrobe she has; politely refusing to model any herself. Takeya's sharp opinion to this offends Neneko who leaves; Takeya unapologetic. The following day, although Neneko seems casual and unhurt, Takeya has a guilty conscience, and by the end of the day, apologizes for his rudeness.

Episode Ten: Is It A Golden Ball?
Original Airdate: OVA
While browsing the market, Miu participates in a lottery and, unknowingly rigged for her, wins the top prize; four tickets to a newly opening bathhouse. She invites Takeya, Ren and Neneko who all agree to go; Nia following. During the stay, when separated into unisexual baths, Ren goes searching for Takeya; Nia flying through a high window and passing out from the fall. With Yoshimine distracting the commotion, the group escapes the building. Seen aboard an incoming flight is Harumi and Natsuki.

Episode Eleven: Lets Have an Orgy!
Original Airdate: September 11, 2004
Natsuki and Harumi visit Takeya and Ren at the apartment. At school that morning, Yoshimine announces that students who have failed three or more classes must spend all of the following week being tutored. In response, Neneko, Ren, Miu and Hikoro go to Takeya's apartment to study together; misunderstood by Yoshimine as an orgy. Takeya leaves to get the group snacks, meeting Nia who he talks with. As Natsuki finds her brother, misinformed by Yoshimine, the market draws attention to a stranded kitten atop a power line pole; retrieved by Nia and saved by Natsuki. Both girls return with Takeya to the apartment where Khi visits to retrieve Nia.
Episode Twelve: Do You Want To Experience It?
Original Airdate: September 18, 2004
During school, Khi visits Miu to inform her that Ren's confirmation ceremony is to be annulled. After two embarrassing incidents, Takeya distances himself from her; being asked by Yoshimine to fetch class textbooks. Ren goes to collect the material but goes into the wrong room; meeting Hirofumi. Talking out her sexual interests, Hirofumi feels led on and embraces Ren; interrupted by Takeya who finds her. Coming back from work to Khi and Miu, he is informed that Ren is to be recalled. As Takeya sits in shock, Xaki locates Ren in the market.
Episode Thirteen: Furthermore It Was Hot
Original Airdate: OVA
 "Available on YouTube"

In the apartment, Khi explains to Takeya in detail the reason for the recall. Back at the market, Xaki gives chase to Ren but is dissuaded when a mob of storekeepers come to her aid. As Ren returns and settles home, confused and indecisive, Takeya divorces ownership of her; Khi scheduling to pick her up the next day. At school, as Ren gives her farewells, she eludes Khi and is pursued by Xaki once more. Upset at this, the entire school assembles to help; Yoshihime motorcycling Takeya to Ren. Following a scuffle with Xaki, Takeya emphatically changes his mind and makes it his final decision to be Ren's master.  

Overall Rating: HARD 5 Stars                                                  
The graphics, and artwork 
Plus storyline

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