Onegai Teacher

Title:Onegai Teacher
Please Teacher
Please! Teacher
Keywords: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Notables: HOSHI Souichiro
INOUE Kikuko
IWATA Mitsuo
Kotoko (I'VE Music)
OHARA Sayaka
Production - GENCO, Inc.
R1 License - Right Stuf Intl
Kusanagi Kei is a boy with a rare disease that is known only to him. He goes into long periods of unconsiousness that cause him to "lose time." So even though he is actually 18, physically, he is only 15 and a 1st-year high school student. No one but his doctor uncle (and aunt) know this secret, who are also his guardians. One evening while relaxing on the lake shore, he witnesses a UFO land. He sees a beautiful female alien and immediately flees the scene. The next day, Kei's class is a buzz with the arrival of a new teacher. To Kei's surprise, it is the female alien. The two talk in private and share their secrets. However, circumstances quickly force Kei-kun and Mizuho-sensei to get married or their secrets be revealed.

Now, Kei and Mizuho must overcome issues of age, maturity, student-teacher relationship, and keeping their secrets safe. At the same time, they must come to know each other, trust each other, and love each other as husband and wife while keeping this a secret from the school. Can they succeed?
[12 TV episodes.]

1:30min English Language Trailer - ANN Video
[edit] The ↗Onegai franchise:

Onegai Teacher (original series) Onegai Twins (spinoff/sequel)
Episode Details 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Buy 7 8 8 7 8 8 Dreamer [series:514#2279]
Some would consider this type of story a "taboo". I myself is open to many things... including this so-called "taboo".

Art, Animation and Character Design
The art and animation was about average. Actually, it seemed a bit lower than your average. The animation was somewhat choppy at times but not really noticeable. Mizuho (sensei), is uber cute! I wouldn't mind having a teacher like her.. lol.

The OP was not of my tastes. It was a pop-like piece that wasn't really inspiring or worth noting. The rest of the music throughout the series is sorta... ugly. The ED is a bit more bearable as it's a softer pop piece.

Series and Episode Series
As mentioned above, the plot can be a taboo to some, so immediately, it won't be an anime for everyone. However, if you can get over that fact, then you might enjoy this. It's a tale about the relationship between a teacher and a student.... and pretty good too. Some of our characters are great and not over bearing. Of course, you have some cliche moments.... such as in episode 1 where kei "trips" over a speck of dust and falls all over Mizuho. I love how our anime characters in various plots tend to trip over those darn gigantic specks of dust or nail heads that happens to be a 1/3 of an inch poking out of the floor boards.... I'm being facetious! But back to this anime, there's plenty of laughs and fun moments with all our characters as well.

Overall, it's a good anime. It's one of those that makes you smile at the end of the series and make you feel all nice and warm inside. Good buy!

Last updated Tuesday, February 24 2009. Created Tuesday, February 24 2009.
Buy Xenoknight [series:514#2967]
review coming after I rewatch the anime...

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Last updated Friday, December 05 2008. Created Friday, December 05 2008.
Rent 8 8 8 7 8 8 Ggultra2764 [series:514#1552]
Teacher-student pairings are nothing new for me to see in anime. But in the case of Onegai Teacher, the chemistry between Kei and Mizuho was interesting enough for me to make it worth a look. In some ways, Onegai Teacher reminded me of Ai Yori Aoshi. Like Aoi and Kaoru, Kei and Mizuho have to keep their relationship secret from teachers and other students, especially Kei's circle of friends. The friends are a cliched bunch in personality featuring such personalities like the girl with a crush, the supportive best friend, and the wild, brash attention-seeker.

But unlike AYA, Onegai Teacher is more down-to-earth with its focus on Kei and Mizuho's relationship as well as Kei's circle of friends. The friends don't get in the way of the couple's development as often as what I seen of the harem in Ai Yori Aoshi. In addition, the friends aren't as obnoxious as the AYA harem as they do have likeable personalities that you can associate with, especially as you see their growth throughout the series.

Onegai Teacher features a believable focus on the challenges of marriage through Kei and Mizuho. Both are uncertain over how to approach it and have different expectations for what they want out of it, especially with the difference in years of understanding how such pressures should be handled by the two of them. But as time goes on, the two gradually begin to feel an attraction to each other and seriously consider wanting such a relationship. It also believably explores the ramifications of relationships involving some in Kei's circle of friends such as unrequited love and the uncertainty of relationships after a one-night sexual stand.

Now for my gripes for the series. Some of the interruptions in Kei and Mizuho's developing relationship can be quite irritating, especially with the whole "keep relationship a secret" storyline. Maho and Hatsuho's involvements in the relationship in the middle of the series felt over-the-top and a waste of time for me. Then, there was the handling of the final two episodes. The second-to-last episode makes the series appear to have reached an ideal conclusion. But, the final episode turns around and creates a deus ex machina to make things happy in the end.

Despite these issues, Onegai Teacher makes for a solid watch due to its believable focus on the challenges of relationships and marriage.

Last updated Friday, November 28 2008. Created Friday, November 28 2008.
Watch 7 7 5 6 4 3 Devil Doll [series:514#752]
[Score: 52%]
"Therefore test, who wants to bind himself forever, Whether heart will find right heart. The elation is short, the remorse is long." (From Friedrich Schiller's "Song of the Bell"). I wish the makers of this anime had read this work of literature before trying to show marriage as silly fun, and then trying to build a drama on this "fun"-dament.
Too many secrets, and too many blatant and stupid lies for keeping those secrets. After two episodes four secrets have already been revealed, and contrary to previous statements this didn't have any significant consequences (other than this weird marriage story, something that can only cause lots of additional problems). What's more, the uncle's intervention was uncalled for (and forced Kei to reveal the secret about his age for backing up this lie!), and caused the whole "secret marriage problem" even though there was no real threat (Mizuho got her school job within a day, so why should she be afraid of losing if?). The whole "keep the secrets" business is ridiculous: How difficult can it actually be to keep some secret from people who insist on being blithering idiots? The whole comedy isn't funny, it's just embarrassing, creating ever more ruckus by the leads making implausible excuses and ever more lies and everyone else believing this nonsense without hesitation.

I also didn't like some of the Art and Animation elements of episode 1 - some of the faces, and some of the slow-motion scenes handling Kei's illness. The Music is average at best, with low-key songs for OP/ED, but the vocals of the OP and the final ED songs are both horribly off tune.

Characters: Kei's buddies from school began as the usual stereotypes, with the little "wise guy" girl being the only really funny character so far, but all of them showed growth during the series, and in the end the shy girl and the loudmouth guy show the most credible and interesting development. The uncle is mere comedic relief material, his wife appears more reasonable but has almost no influence on the events. And when I just believed it couldn't get any worse they added Maho (Skuld) and Hatsuho (Urd) to the show in episode 6 - as if there hadn't been enough ruckus already...
The one thing that kept me watching is the leads. Whether their problems are relevant or not, both Kei and Mizuho try to cooperate and make the best of their situation. Both leads being likeable allowed me to continue watching this show despite its abysmal Story. Mizuho could have been an interesting character in an interesting situation... then again, how can she credibly educate human kids when knowing so little about their society as referring to a manual about sexual attraction in episode 1, only to be falling in love with this stripling in episode 3 already? Kei, hesitating as for what to make of this situation, is the more credible lead in this respect but his decision in episode 9 is so illogical that it flawed the whole idea of the drama arc.

So in the end this series hardly escaped an "Avoid" rating but gets an exceptionally high position on my "most overrated animes" list.

Last updated Wednesday, July 09 2008. Created Saturday, September 29 2007.
Buy Forbin [series:514#1573]
Anime Type
Story Line12 Episodes

What the heck! I forgot to review this? OMG! A story about a loser guy who gets the girl of his dreams and I forgot to review it?

Where else can a guy who loses all his friends, starts over in a new school, and gets married to the brand new hot teacher who also happens to be a space alien. It's a keeper on my shelf!

It's not really a high school show (even though it takes place in a high school) because there are no Festivals, Trips, or pretty much any other students other than Kei and his friends so I'll remove High school as one of the keywords.

Twins is more of a high school as that does feature a school trip, a sports festival, and more than faceless students.

Every episode is important, none are filler.

Last updated Wednesday, October 19 2005. Created Wednesday, October 19 2005.
Buy 10 10 9 9 9 masami satomei [series:514#1839]
Well, I dont really like listing a long storyline description on my reviews (since if you are bothering to read this, you probably have a nice idea of what the shows about) so I'll get straight to the point
I love this show with a passion. Its very romantic and gives you a nice warm feeling inside...
I really dont like subtitles, so Im a bit biased and leniant towards voice acting, but I really liked the job they did on this. They did an especially good job with Mizuho...that voice actress is perfect for the job b/c she's really good at doing the "akward" voice.
I also like the themes (end theme is very calming...but beware...if you enjoy the show as much as I did, you may become sad when that final song rolls. Great show, 13 episodes, about 33 bucks at best buy, go out and get it now.
I'm a guy by the way, and Im sortof a romantic, but I think everyone would like this show

Last updated Friday, March 04 2005. Created Friday, February 11 2005.
Rent 10 10 10 5 6 Curi [series:514#1429]
Here we go:
If you like aliens and spaceships, you're going to want more of that. If you like romance and hooking up, you're going to want less of aliens and spaceships. It's just that simple.
This is a cute, harmless soap opera along the lines of Bewitched, where a kid marries an alien teacher. I'm not saying it's the most original premise in the world, but it is entertaining to see his high school friends hook up, and how the marriage plays out. Personally, I really got involved with these characters. You can turn your brain off to watch this, but that won't make it any less enjoyable.
Plus, the art and animation are breathtaking.

Last updated Saturday, June 12 2004. Created Saturday, June 12 2004.
Buy - C.A.R. - [series:514#1289]

(Review from unknown user...)

What could be better than hot alien chicks, shy insecure boys, a love heptagon it seems and an intresting plot to say the least? Nothing! And Onegai Teacher proves it. The anime released by Bandai Visual has recently been liscened in the US. The story revolves around a 15 year old boy named Kei. He meets a new teacher, Mizuho-sensei and immedieatly notices something odd about her. She moves in next door to him (cooincidence!?) and its there he finds out she's actually an alien. Kei damages her system control, which is acutally a cute little something, and so he feels bad for that. When they accidently get locked in a closet, the principal and Kei's gaurdians find them. Kei reveals to the Principal he's actually 18 and has a mysterious disease that caused him to be asleep for 3 years. In addition to that, to save Mizuho Sensei's job (she's from the Gingamen galaxy and is here to make sure teachers are guiding thier students right) he says that they are married! So they do get married! Madness, mayhem and cuteness, this show is definetly a spin on a good thing.

Last updated Thursday, March 25 2004. Created Thursday, March 25 2004.
Buy 9 8 9 9 8 Siegismund Nazarov [series:514#1293]
I found this one to be fairly good. But if there was one thing, it lacked continuity. The time between episodes tend to accelerate tremendously. It felt as if I was being rather rushed through the series.
Despite this, it had a good meaning behind it. The motive is rather optimistic, but then again, that is what animes are for.
Basically, a frail boy-man sits on Earth in despair because of his illness which alienated him from the normal flow of life.
But a new hope enters into his life and he struggles amidst the confusion and dilemmas to retain that hope, which is Mizuho. Expect really big ups and downs fairly quickly.
The music is very well adjusted to the scenario and serves as a powerful adjunct to the feel of the emotional situation.
I am somewhat disappointed that this series has ended. The background provided could have eluded to a more interesting sequel involving space and the home planet of Mizuho Sensei.
I still feel as if I have missed something even though I have watched the series many times over.
I must admit this anime is rather strange. I have never watched a lovestory anime before. I think Tenchi Muyo is a lovestory anime but that point is rather diffused nicely by the fights and humor.
This anime pretty much concentrates hard on the love part. Somewhat unsettling to be broached of such subject from anime. But if you are well accustomed to such things, I give one and a half thumbs up for this anime.
Now I shall conclude by adding some extradisciplinary comments. It seems to me as if Mizuho Sensei suffers from some sort of a neuropsychiatric ailments as she portrays numerously varying attitudes through out the series. It ranges from self-confident business woman type of attitude to elementary school girl attitude.
I know women tend to be tempermental but I seriously think this is pushing the borders of normality.
Ah, anyway, it is a good anime.

Last updated Thursday, March 25 2004. Created Thursday, March 25 2004.
Buy 8 8 8 9 8 Peter Hentai [series:514#758]
I really liked this series which surprised me. Having said that, it isn't going to be for everyone. Kei is a 1st-year high school student who looks 15 even though he's really 18 due to a disease he has. Through a set of unbelievable circumstances, he ends up having to marry Mizuho-sensei. Not only is she his homeroom teacher, but she's also an alien.

Getting past the bizarre setup, I actually liked how married life is shown. It isn't all sex, but a lot of hard work. Their marriage is made even harder by the fact that they got married so quickly and they have to keep it a secret. One reviewer mentions Kei's constantly calling Mizuho "sensei" got on his nerves. I agree with that as it got on mine as well. Yet despite all of the problems, I actually found myself watching it a second time. That's when I knew I had to buy it, which I will do shortly. I hope that Onegai Teacher OAV is included in the DVD set.

Last updated Tuesday, June 24 2003. Created Tuesday, June 24 2003.
Watch [series:514#802]
Onegai Teacher is a pretty good anime, but it falls short from being anything more. If you're not expecting a masterpiece, it can be quite entertaining really. There's a good amount of humor and some fun characters to follow. The story is rather weak, but it's good enough.
The relationship between Mizuho and Kei just never seems to click. It never seems to stop being awkward, and that's really ashame. I just can't agree with some of the "choices" made in the series, and I know anyone in that position would not choose the path in this series. It feels stretched with no explanation of why. Mizuho makes even less sense in this fashion. I'm being quite vague, but I don't want to spoil things.
Frankly I think they just tried way too hard. Just when you think things might finally get on track, they're jerked back again and without warning, things take a sharp left turn. It barrows far too much from series like Ah! My Goddess and does a rather poor job at it. Even the name bugs me... Onegai Teacher? Couldn't they at least call it "Onegai Sensei"?
This isn't a series I'd recommend, as hard as that is for me to say about any anime. If you've watched all the other recent releases and you need something new, go for it. Otherwise, skip it. It's not horrible, in fact I had a rather good time watching it. But there's just better animes out there to choose from.
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Last updated Tuesday, June 24 2003. Created Tuesday, June 24 2003.
Watch 7 7 6 6 5 6 Sesen Kelader [series:514#471]
I've watched many animes, seldom a seires could be so bad that I stop watching it before finishing it. Onegai teacher is one unfortunately falling in this category. It's fine to have a teacher and a student being a couple. It's fine to having silly jokes. But it's not to fine to add in something stupid and uncanny to make the series having enough episodes to be put on TV. The first half of Ongegai teacher is acceptable, yet later the story has an uncanny turn and become idiotic.
This story had its chance to become a at least a moderate anime series, yet it let the chance pass away.

Last updated Saturday, April 26 2003. Created Saturday, April 26 2003.
Rent 9 8 9 8 9 Alexander [series:514#416]
a series like all those other type of "shy guy, surround by cute girl" series. you get the point..
just a good series about a boy who meets and alien, who is his teacher. and both have to marry each other for a complicated reason.. umm.. it' s an ok series

Last updated Sunday, March 30 2003. Created Sunday, March 30 2003.
Rent 8 7 8 9 8 Busty Pink [series:514#539]
Onegai teacher is a romantic story for the 12 yrs old. I say that because only guys that age would be too shy to make a move towards such a beautiful teacher. The art, music, plot is good.
A few things bring me down tho. I would have liked to be explained
what is this vortex with the black hole at the beginning of the story?
Much more material could have been
done with this excellent background setting. I would have liked to see more
of the flying saucer and cool technology the teacher came on earth with. But all of that is forsaken for hidding kei's couple from his friends.
Good but, left wanting more.
love xxx

Last updated Thursday, March 13 2003. Created Thursday, March 13 2003.
Rent 9 9 7 8 9 AstroNerdBoy [series:514#436]

On the surface, this show doesn't seem like much. In fact, the creators of this series are trying to play into the fantasy of a young teenage boy hooking up with a hot teacher. But if you watch this expecting some sort of fantasy series (complete with Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher"), think again! This series works only because it seriously looks at marriage (and relationships) and the joys and troubles that come with it. And the supporting cast is very likeable and that helps too.

The first two episodes set up the story and the premise is pretty bad. The method used to bring Kei and Mizuho-sensei together is a HUGE stretch. But once they are married, things are really good. Like many romantic-comedy anime titles, this one uses some of the same things we've seen before in Oh My Goddess, Love Hina, or even Hand Maid May. Kei is part Keitaro (Love Hina) and part Saotome (Hand Maid May). Mizuho reminded me a lot of Belldandy from Oh My Goddess (and her seiyuu is the same). Also there's Marie who runs Mizuho's ship. She reminded me so much of Sumomo from Chobits except he has no lines. So you get the picture on how it borrowed from various other items.

As I said earlier, the difference comes from how it looks at romance and in particular, how two people have to get to know each other in marriage. Good intentions aside, Kei quickly learns that being married isn't all it is cracked up to be, especially when that marriage has to remain a secret. To complicate matters further, a classmate of his has a major crush on him, and their mutual friends are trying to get them together. Mizuho for her part takes her wedding vows more seriously than Kei simply due to the fact that she's more mature about things. Despite it all, she wants her marriage to Kei to work.

There were some bad items aside from the intro two episodes. Throughout the series, Kei continues to call Mizuho "Sensei" rather than her name. This annoyed me a great deal, especially after they'd been living together for a few months. I guess the writers wanted to remind the audience that emotionally, Kei was still 15 despite the fact that his age is actually 18. The predictable way their attempts at some intamacy kept getting interupted was a tad annoying as well. However, all said and done, I really enjoyed watching this series. The ending was a good one in that as I watched the closing credits, glimpses of their life together show more good and bad times.

Bottom line: Low on comedy and a lot of stuff we've seen in other series. However, the serious look at married life is what makes this well worth a rent.

Last updated Saturday, September 29 2007. Created Friday, February 21 2003.

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