Anime Review: Onegai Ticha! (Please Teacher!)

US DVD cover to the first volume of "Please Teacher"
US DVD cover to the first volume of "Please Teacher" | Source

Writer's Note: While the Japanese name of the series is "Onegai Ticha!" and the official English name is "Please Teacher!", most north american fans (yours truly included) refer to it as "Onegai Teacher!"

"Onegai Teacher!" is a sci-fi/slice of life shonen romance about a young boy named Kei who suffers from a rare and unknown illness that puts his body in statis when he gets too depressed (referred to as standstills throughout the series), and his attempts at a normal high school life despite having been in a standstill for three years, including friends, family, dating, and general coming of age stuff. There's also a series of unfortunate events involving his teacher, Kazami-sensei. Oh yeah, and Kazami-sensei is an alien. An absolutely beautiful alien. Goodbye, normal high school life.



The Plot (may contain spoilers of unimportant events)

Kei Kusanagi is a seemingly normal fifteen year old boy, going to high school in a small prefect. He lives with his uncle, a physician, and his aunt. But he holds his own secrets: He suffers from an unnamed illness that causes "standstills," a near-death form of stasis that leaves him unconscious for varying lengths of time, whenever he's depressed. When in a standstill, there is no breathing, his pulse is undetectable, he doesn't age at all, physically or mentally. When he was younger, he was in a standstill that lasted three years. Despite looking and acting like a fifteen year old, Kei is actually eighteen. He moved out of his parents' place to live with his uncle in order to get a fresh start in life.

One day, while relaxing outside, he sees a whirlpool in Lake Kizaki and a woman materializes in front of him. This of course would cause anyone to panic, and so of course, Kei does. After some hilarious hijinks, it is revealed that this beautiful woman, Mizuho-sensei is an alien, as well as his new homeroom teacher. In an attempt to ensure Kei's confidence of her extra-stellar origins, she brings him to a spot where they can talk about these matters alone. They get caught by the principle, and so in order to avoid blowing her cover as an alien, he admits he's an adult (legally) and marries Mizuho sensei.

Are you following so far? Basically, Kei fulfills every boy's high school fantasy by marrying an alien and his beautiful high school teacher.

Being married does interfere with a normal high school life.
Being married does interfere with a normal high school life. | Source

The Themes

Predominantly, this is a coming of age tale for not just Kei, but all his friends as the grow from being young teenagers turning into young adults. Kei's requirement to keep his illness and his marriage a secret may pose some challenges for him, but it is also through these experiences that his friends grow too: two of his best friends Hyosuke and Kaede struggle with falling in love and their first sexual encounter; Ichigo learns that there are somethings beyond her control; Koishi, who had been pining after Kei since before the series begins, has to learn to move on since she can't be in a relationship with Kei (for reasons obvious to the viewer, but not to her); and even our heroes Kei and his wife Mizuno-sensei learn about what it means to be in a relationship, including trust, jealousy, and even slowly falling in love with one another.

It isn't easy. It's awkward for them, sometimes they may even hate each other, but over the course of twelve episodes, you really do watch them grow up.

Noteworthy and the Verdict

Just something I noticed, but it's clear that this story takes place in the future. I'm not entirely sure how far in the future exactly, since there's not any high-tech gadgets in the show we don't have here (except for the alien technology) but the Wikipedia article states that Kazami is twenty-four years old. If we assume that's in Earth years, then the series takes place between 2033-34, as it states that there was a manned mission to Mars that year (the story was written in 2001-02), and that Kazami's father was part of that crew. It's very rare to see a series take place thirty years in the future with virtually no major technological changes, but it was pretty refreshing too. Especially since we're supposed to be living like the Jetsons' right now, I guess this will leave future readers much less alienated.

Overall, I found "Onegai Teacher!" quite entertaining, although it appears to be a story that is getting familiar by now to regular anime viewers, the whole "Male Hero dates an alien/magical girl/time traveler/deity" story. At twelve episodes and one Original Video Animation (released later the same year), "Onegai Teacher!" is short enough that you don't get sick of it, and long enough that it tells a story worth telling.

For fanservice content, It lies somewhere between Haruhi Suzumiya and Love Hina. The fanservice can get pretty explicit at some points, but it isn't full of it. If you're not a sensitive parent, I recommend this for ages 12+. There is some swearing, and lots of cleavage. But it's not so much that it distracts you from the story if you're truly engaged. Also, some mild sexual conversations occur. This is a coming-of-age tale, after all.

Onegai Teacher at Amazon.com!

Onegai Teacher Book 1
Onegai Teacher Book 1

Volume One of the Manga series, based on the anime.

 
Onegai Teacher Novel
Onegai Teacher Novel

The "light novel" inspired by the famous TV series.

 
Please Teacher! Complete Collection
Please Teacher! Complete Collection

The complete collection. Sure, it's only 13 episodes, but it costs 30 bucks for one disc of three episodes, so it's still well worth it to get the box set.

 

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Kexul 3 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

nice review man! I'm big fan of the show, but I've not been able to track down the DVDs. I'm glad you chose to review it!


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Bubblegum Senpai 3 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

Thanks Kexul! Long time no see! I'm glad you enjoyed my review. I saw the first four episodes on DVD out here a few years back. I'm still trying to find the rest, plus "Onegai Twins!"


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Kexul 3 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

i 'had' owned Onegai twins. I liked teacher better. I stupidly sold the complete set and now regret it since Bandai stopped, now its really expensive. I'm tryling to be more active on here now that I've got more free time. i just need ideas lol


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Bubblegum Senpai 3 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

ideas? I just make it up as I go along... For now I'm working on a comprison between Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Chuunibya demo Koi ga Shitai!


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Kexul 3 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

i haven't heard of that last one. What's it about?


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Bubblegum Senpai 3 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

it's pretty much the opposite of haruhi suzumiya. A guy wanting to live a normal high school life accidentally befriends a girl who is in reality also very normal, but in her own mind has supernatural powers.


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Kexul 3 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

sounds neat. I may need to give it a try. still trying to decide what to write next. I've not watched or read as much in my absence so I need to rewatch or read things to have a good hub put out. all i can think of at the moment are reviews


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Bubblegum Senpai 3 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

I'm getting more into reviews. I avoided it early on, but if it's something a lot of the western world might not be as familiar with, than I have no problems reviewing it. I just follow my "No Naruto, Bleach, DBZ and Yu-Gi-Oh" rule.


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Kexul 3 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

yeah. I'm thinking about rereading all of my volumes of Psyren (all 10) and reviewing them


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Bubblegum Senpai 3 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

Sounds fun! I look forward to it! Rachel said she'd be coming back too, so it looks like we'll all need to keep our game up!


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Kexul 3 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

i liked her stuff, but i don't think she followed me at all. she seemed cool though


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Bubblegum Senpai 3 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

we still talk anime every now and then. Also, Ponies, but I'm not as big into ponies as I was a year ago. I'm focusing on my anime.


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Kexul 3 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

same here on ponies


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Bubblegum Senpai 3 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

I still enjoy the show, and Braeburn's VA is coming to town for a con this weekend (Also: same VA as Sesshomaru from "InuYasha") But anime is a higher priority. I just find it's a better community in general.


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Kexul 3 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

same here


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Bubblegum Senpai 3 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

You watching anything for the current season? or just playing catch up?


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Kexul 3 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

nothing that i know of right now. I got pretty far behind i normally only watch dub but the newest shows i watched were Kuroko no Basuke and SAO. I kinda want to try Pet Girl


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Bubblegum Senpai 3 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

By Pet Girl, I assume you mean The Pet Girl of Sakurasao? I personally quite enjoyed it. And the new Yuyushiki episode comes out today on Crunchyroll, so I need to make sure I don't miss that ^_^. I recommend "Hataraku Maou-Sama" (English: The Devil is a Part Timer)as well. Episode 6 comes out this Friday on FUNimation, but like "Yuyushiki," it's only available subbed currently.


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Kexul 3 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

yeah i just shortened the title to pet girl lol. I'm lazy some days. I may have to check some more out. I don't really want to pay for crunchyroll at the moment but when Kuroko no basuke season 2 comes out i will be. It was fantastical!


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Bubblegum Senpai 3 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

lol. I can't get Crunchyroll or FUNimation here, so I click on a few ads to support the cause and then download the episodes off another site. *shhh... no one must know*


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Kexul 3 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

your secret is safe with me lol

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