Onegai Teacher

Kei Kusanagi is no stranger to keeping secrets; thanks to a medical condition that causes him to ‘stand still’ in time, he is an 18 year old in the body of someone three years younger- a fact that none of his friends are aware of. Still, his life becomes that much more complex when he learns that his sexy new teacher Mizuho is an alien! Worse yet, this revelation triggers a series of events that results in him having to marry her in order to help her keep both her secret and her job. Now Kei must conceal his marriage and his teacher’s true identity, but with ‘standstills’ still an issue whenever he gets stressed, life is going to be anything but easy.

At first glance, Onegai Teacher is just another entry in the not inconsiderable genre of harem shows, featuring an unremarkable lead surrounded by beautiful women, some of whom just happen to be aliens. Fortunately, there is more to it than that- it may not be the most remarkable series to ever be animated, but it still has enough personality to differentiate it from the crowd.

Where other series are happy to maintain a status quo and play it for cheap quotes, Onegai Teacher is actually brave enough to advance the relationships between the characters. Where Kei and Mizuho’s relationship starts out as a marriage of convenience, over the course of the series it develops into something more, forcing them both to overcome insecurities and grow into each other. And this sort of progression isn’t just limited to the main characters; many of the supporting personalities have their own issues to work through- everything from illness to unrequited feelings.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Onegai Teacher is a procession of seriousness- there are plenty of lighter moments and anime staples such as the universal beach episode to lighten everything up. Whilst some of this inevitably strays into the realms of anime cliché, overall the series manages to be entertaining rather than tired.

Visually, Onegai Teacher is always pleasing on the eye, with solid production values and beautiful character designs- in fact, it was an artbook that helped cement my desire to watch the series in the first place. Background music is standard fare, and not particularly memorable in the long term.

Final Thoughts

Although not worthy of the top ranks, Onegai Teacher is nonetheless a solid series that manages to avoid being another clichéd harem series by actually letting its characters grow and develop over the course of the series. If you want light entertainment that stretches itself a little beyond the standard model, then this is the series to go for.

Tier: Bronze+

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3 Responses to Onegai Teacher

  1. manga says:

    I don´t remember how long time ago I watched this. But I did enjoy it, had to start watching it two times though for me to watch every ep.

    Sometimes misstakes were made and you´d feel sorry for them all. Then the misstakes gets resolved and you´re way happy with it. That they managed to put so much into so few eps is quite good. Please correct me if my memory fails me but this show was 12 eps + 1 OVA ep right?

    They progress pretty much in this show, which isn´t usual in the harem genre. But this time around they really made progress.

    Now all that is left is the “adult ending” OVA and Onegai Twins 🙂

    Nice to see that you´re typing posts Karura.

  2. animemiz says:

    I agree with some points of what manga said.. I enjoyed this series a lot more that Onegai Twins, when I watched it… although at times with Mizuho’s family being around, thar reminded me a teensy bit of Ah My Goddess… still I felt that the relationship between Kei and Mizuho doesn’t cut it out to being a harem romance… tho…

  3. 0rion says:

    Man, it’s been years since I’ve thought about that series.

    I pretty much agree with your thoughts on the show. It’s not spectacular by any means, but it’s a good, fun, well animated series that manages to go beyond the usual tropes. The whole “moving forward” theme was developed pretty well, as well, even if it is a bit trite.

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