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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A+
- Packaging Rating: A+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Other
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Happy Lesson
Happy Lesson the TV Vol. #01
March 28, 2003
What They SayThe Review!
Happy Lesson has always been confused for another Love Hina clone... but I have good news folks! It is absoluately nothing like it. Don't be turned off by the rumors, for you might be missing a great series!
First I'll start with the video quality of this disc. Like most region 2 anime DVDs out there, the video quality of Happy Lesson the TV DVD Vol #01 is simply incredible. All the artwork is crisp, sharp, and truely beautiful. All the transfers are perfect too, showing not even the slightest flaw. It makes many region 1 anime DVDs look almost funny.
The audio presented in this disc is also good. All the sound has a very accurate, clean transfer. Nothing to complain about here.
This volume of Happy Lesson the TV contains a character postcard of Mutsuki Ichimonji and a character CD of Minazuki Rokumatsuri, as well as the actual DVD disc. The front and back cover artwork is very well done, providing a nice combination of screen captures, voice actor listings, chapter stops, and episode summaries on the back and a pretty picture of Mutsuki Ichimonji on the front cover. The volume number is clearly labeled several times on the box. (Can't get much better that this!)
The menus could have been much better though. There are three options on the main title screen: Play All, Chapters, and Extras. None of these sections is animated or contain background music. I was fairly disappointed at how basic they were, but otherwise everything seemed okay.
The extras section contains a non-credit opening, a special "cast room" interview with Yayoi Sanzein's voice actor (who also played other famous roles such as Belldandy from Ah My Goddess and Mizuho from Onegai Teacher), a mini parody episode with all the Happy Lesson characters running around chibi-fied in kinky space outfits, and a large Happy Lesson product information section. I enjoyed all of these and watched each one at least several times.
The content of this DVD is excellent. You get a nice (but unfortunately short) idea of what the Happy Lesson TV series is like as well as have a lot of fun with the off-the-wall characters. This is the first DVD out of seven and contains two episodes. From these two episodes, you are shown high school student Hitotose Chitose, a boy who has lost his parents and starts to live alone in his large, lonely house. People begin to tease him because of this, causing him to become overly aggressive and violent. One day one of his concerned schoolteachers decides to live with him as a ?mother,? taking care of him like a true female guardian would do. The only thing is... four other teachers had the same idea! So, Hitotose gains five new ?mothers? in a single day.
The first episode shows you how chaotic and hilarious Hitotose's new life is at home when he needs to pick a "mother" for his parent-teacher conference. This is probably one of the funniest and most entertaining episodes in the whole series. The second episodes is mostly about Mutsuki, Hitotose's language arts teacher and his "mother" who does most of the cooking/cleaning around the house. You get to see how much of a kind and gentle person she really is and also what happens when two cheap real estate try to get Hitotose to sell his house.
Overall, I'd mostly recommend this DVD to anime fans who enjoy light-hearted comedy series with lots of girls. If you enjoyed Mahoromatic, Ah My Goddess, or even I My Me Strawberry Eggs, then maybe Happy Lesson is the anime for you.
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