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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Bandai Visual
  • MSRP: ¥5500
  • Running time: 50
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Please Teacher

Onegai Teacher #3

By Paul Grisham     August 03, 2002
Release Date: June 25, 2002

Onegai Teacher #3
© Bandai Visual

What They Say

The Review!
Kei and Mizuho attempt to consummate their marriage, while another couple rediscovers each other, and start to realize that love sometimes just isn?t enough to make things work. Mizuho receives a pair of special visitors, surprised, and more than a little distraught, to learn of Mizuho?s new husband.

Audio & Video:
The show continues to look and sound great. This is a brand-spanking new show, and even though it was originally a TV series, the technical production values are quite nice. The show settles into a much more dialogue-driven show than the hijinks the previous volume, so a slightly under-performing stereo mix doesn?t detract from the show. The show actually looks a little better than previous volumes this time around, thought it might just be reflecting a warmer color palette and some improved animation, than any technical aspect of the DVD production.

Unlike volume 1?s Memories Special, this is a pretty standard keepcase release utilizing the attractive aero post style from the first volume. This time around, we get the beautiful and tall Kaede on the front, hiding coyly behind a large pillow. The set also comes with another production booklet full of interesting information, and first press editions come with a photo postcard of Mizuho in a luscious green bikini for the Memories binder.

Menus are identical to the previous volume, and share all the strengths and weaknesses with that release. Although R2 releases seem to have excellent audio and video technical quality, I haven?t been able to figure out why they always seem to come up short with regard to menus.

The only real extra on the disc is a music video set to the full-length version of the ending song. It?s a good song, and it?s fun to hear it along with some of the highlights from the first few episodes, but it?s not something I expect to have a lot of replay value.

(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

It took me a little while to warm up to Onegai Teacher, but the show is finally on good footing with this pair of episodes. In the first, Kei and Mizuho have taken a belated honeymoon vacation to Okinawa in order to grow closer and consummate their relationship (though they aren?t quite sure they?re ready for the consummating part.) The episode starts off with a deliciously inspired throwaway gag involving a young girl and her dreams which had me rolling on the floor, but quickly focuses in our interstellar lovers. For the first time he can remember, Kei is actually enjoying himself. Away from those they must hide their secrets from, Kei and Mizuho can just relax and be themselves.

Unfortunately, through a peculiar coincidence, it turns out that the school?s shop teacher has taken some of the students, particularly, Kei?s friends and classmates, out to the same hotel for a field trip to help him build his homemade airplane. Kei and Mizuho concoct a string of lies to explain their presence, and eventually find all their plans ruined. As Kei?s friend, Hyosuke says, students should stay with students, and teachers should stay with students, so they drag Kei away from Mizuho to do student vacation stuff. Of course, that means drinking games, and thanks to a little meddling from matchmaker Ichigo, the episode ends in a raucous comedy of errors where everyone winds up drunk, groping around in the dark, and in bed with the wrong person.

Desperate to get some fresh air and breathing room, Kei and Koishi wind up spending some real quality time together. Determined not to let her feelings for Kei go unnoticed, she tries to talk directly to Kei about her feelings for him. Kei, of course, doesn?t want to hurt Koishi, nor does he intend to lead her on, but he can?t exactly explain why he can?t return those feelings. The scene in which all of this pays off is so incredibly well directed and written, that you could hardly believe that this is the same creative team that delivered up such a contrived mess as the series? first episode. Things get even better in the next episode, when the teens have to deal with the fallout of their behavior at Okinawa. Hyosuke and Kaede are forced to deal with their feelings for each other, feelings that they have kept bottled up inside because they are deeply afraid of the eventual day when love is not enough and they must separate forever.

All of this is paralleled in Mizuho?s personal life, when her mother and sister swing by Earth for a visit. In a lovely in-joke, Mizuho?s mother and sister bear an uncanny resemblance to Urd and Skuld, sisters to Belldandy, one of Kikuko Inoue?s most popular acting roles. While Mizuho?s mother is happy for her daughter, approving of her human husband (after all, she married an Earthman years ago), her sister is entirely convinced that Kei is unworthy of her older sister?s affections. She believes that Kei will only hurt her sister, and challenges Kei to be more honest with his feelings for Mizuho.

If you were expecting this to be a typical teen romantic comedy at the outset, full of indecisive teens sulking around wondering if the boy/girl of their dreams likes them back, looking for the perfect moment to ?confess?, or a standard four-girls-one-boy fantasy, you would probably have been justified. Instead, much to my surprise, Onegai Teacher has developed into something a lot more interesting ? a somewhat dramatic and slowly-paced series about people denying their own feelings because the situation is inconvenient or imperfect, and because they are afraid of opening up to another person, but learning that there is as much joy to be found in loving as pain.

Thanks to the fantastic writing and clever direction in this pair of episodes, the show is quickly making up for some of its early mistakes, yielding a show with enough gentle beauty and honesty to be given a chance to entertain you. This Shooting Star is ascendant!

Japanese Language,Sora no Mori de Music Video (Full Size), Production Booklet,First Press Special Bonus Feature: Memories Diary Postcard

Review Equipment
Panasonic Panablack TV, Codefree Panasonic RP56 DVD player, Sony ProLogic receiver, Yamaha and Pioneer speakers, Monster cable. (Secondary equipment, Pioneer 105s DVD-ROM, ATi Rage Fury Pro, ViewSonic A90f, PowerDVD 3.0)


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