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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Please Teacher

Please Teacher Vol. #3:The Honeymoon's Over

By Chris Beveridge     August 25, 2003
Release Date: September 02, 2003


Please Teacher Vol. #3:The Honeymoon's Over
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
Our favorite newlyweds are finally able to settle into a daily routine, but they still have their trials. One night, Kei’s love for Mizuho is tested when Koishi asks him to meet her in an attempt to profess her love, but at the same time, Kei must fight feelings of jealousy when Matagu asks Ms. Kazami for help with his homework! Attempts by Ichigo to set-up Kei and Koishi have been futile, but what happens if Kei does go out with Koishi - Can he really make everyone happy?

The Review!
The series takes an interesting twist along the way and deals more directly with the lead relationship while also providing some excellent backdrop with the secondary relationships.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The show has a good stereo mix to it with a solid use of dialogue across the forward soundstage. There’s a bit of nice depth to it and some well placed directionality. The music comes across very good as well with no noticeable dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally airing in early 2001 on satellite, Please Teacher features yet another one of the many pristine and simply gorgeous looking transfers that have been coming over lately. The colors are very rich looking, particularly when it comes to the sky blues or Mizuho’s hair coloring. Cross coloration is completely absent during regular playback here as well as aliasing during panning sequences. This was an extremely pleasant transfer to watch.

Packaging:
This release uses the fifth Japanese cover (without the mail aspect to it, as each DVD was treated as a letter”) which provides a great shot of Herikawa by the water in a nicely form fitting and slightly skimpy outfit, combined with the solid smile. Volume numbering appears on both the front cover and the spine, and Bandai goes the additional distance of listing the episode numbers and titles on the back cover. The back cover is nicely laid out as part of a school notebook with a smattering of images in different layouts. There’s a decent summary of the premise and a good listing of the discs features and extras as well as the basic production staff. The cover for this release is also reversible. The reverse side has the another Japanese cover with Ichigo laying down and talking on the phone. The back cover is the same, but the front and the spine both have the original Japanese logo on it, a really nice plus. The insert replicates the art from the English front cover and opens up to a two panel fold-out mini poster of the entire gang together, while one of the reverse side panels lists the full production and cast lists.

Menu:
The menus here are nice and simple with the image of Mizuho set against a chalkboard and the chalky text selections to do the usual bits and pieces. The end song plays throughout the main menu here while submenus are typically quiet. Access times are nice and fast and the basic layout is pretty standard.

Extras:
There continues to be a good selection of extras with this series. The first one here is the 2nd music clip, which takes some music from the show (inspired music perhaps?) and does up a nice seven minute music video for it. A textless opening sequences is also included again, entitled as the “non-effect” version. The only difference I can find with it is in certain areas, it doesn’t have the slight swaying motion of the camera. It’s most noticeable when Mizuho goes down the pier, as there’s no swaying at all. It’s definitely a minor difference. The second ending sequence gets its own textless version this time around as well. The design gallery has a nice set of twenty-seven images that has both color and sketch pieces of artwork.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the third volume of the series, things are moving into the direction of the final arc and setting up the changes that the relationship will have to deal with to see if it can survive or not. While this is the main part, there’s a lot of small incidental parts being tweaked and looked at as well, particularly revelations regarding Ichigo.

One area that gets nicely covered is the “girls talk” aspect, which has Misumi talking about how Hyousuke really is when he’s not in a group and trying to be all things to all people. The discussion starts turning into more of the other two though, particularly Ichigo and her apparent lack of desire to be interested in anyone. To counter their chat, there’s the more bravado form conversation between the guys with Hyousuke getting properly ribbed about things. It’s the simple stuff, but it’s nicely done and helps make the characters more real.

With our primary relationship though, they go through something of a tense spell when Kei tells Mizuho about Minoru’s intent to ask her out. She plays it pretty jokingly but not enough that it doesn’t start causing some tension, which has her making snarky comments back at Kei, which of course only feeds on his own fears. Add into that a call from Herikawa who wants to talk to him late at night and Mizuho finds herself denying jealous feelings. Of course, she gets to play things right back at him when Minoru calls her up to talk to her about his studies. The way the two of them go back and forth is fairly childish, but it’s also a surprising (and unfortunate) real thing that happens in the best of relationships.

All of this is just the building blocks that Kei eventually works with when he later comes into contact with Ichigo. Ichigo has herself so invested in the happiness of others as opposed to herself that it can cause problems. She’s been pushing so much, yet with subtlety, for Herikawa and Kei to get together that it almost pains her when Herikawa tells her about how Kei’s basically rejected her as he’s in love with someone else. When Ichigo and Kei end up with each other, she ends up revealing something about herself to him that’s actually fairly surprising and changes the entire dynamic.

With the change, Kei finds himself now more invested in keeping Ichigo happy and involved than anything else. So much so that he finds he can’t bring himself to deal with Mizuho properly and starts coming up with reasons why they should be apart. The start of the break-up between the two provides some really heart rending sequences, especially from Ichigo as she reveals things to Herikawa about it. But Kei finds himself in the worst place yet feeling positive about his end goals, but not really realizing the damage he’s causing. While he’s physically eighteen to be sure, much of his problems stem from being younger mentally.

This disc has the episodes that are the tip of the iceberg for the big emotional upheaval that comes in the final arc. It all starts here slowly and then gets faster and faster, providing teases and subtle hints about what’s to come. I like the revelations made but I didn’t like how it was handle at times, but I’m also glad to see some of my favorite scenes from the manga become animated and come to life here. If I had any real complaint, it’s that the series goes by much too fast.

Please Teacher continues to be a fun show for me with its likeable characters, straightforward romantic plot and the nice twist about the entire “standstill” disease. Add in some gorgeous character designs and a pretty flawless transfer and I’m a very happy fan.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Music Clip #2,Textless Opening (non-effect ver.),Textless Ending (ver.2),Design Gallery

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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