DearS (ディアーズ, Diāzu) is a Japanese manga series co-written and illustrated by Banri Sendo and Shibuko Ebara, credited under their pen name Peach-Pit. It was serialized monthly by MediaWorks in their magazine Dengeki Comic Gao! from March 2002 to December 17, 2005 and was later published into a ten volume set by the company. The manga was licensed and translated into English by Tokyopop. A 13-episode anime was adapted by MSJ and a PlayStation 2 video game was produced by MediaWorks.
Cover art of first Tokyopop manga featuring Ren.
|Genre||Romantic comedy, science fiction|
|Magazine||Dengeki Comic Gao!|
|Original run||March 2002 – December 17, 2005|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Iku Suzuki|
|Produced by||Hisanori Kunisaki|
|Written by||Takao Yoshioka|
|Music by||Tomoki Hasegawa|
|Original network||Chiba TV|
|Original run||July 10, 2004 – September 26, 2004|
|Episodes||13 + OVA|
|Released||June 24, 2004|
Exactly one year prior to the beginning of DearS, humanity made unprecedented contact with extraterrestrial life. Forced to crash land into Tokyo Bay when, en route to their home planet of Thanatos, their spacecraft breaks down, 150 humanoid aliens are naturalized into Japanese society and affectionately nicknamed "DearS"; a portmanteau of the words "Dear" and "Friends".
Takeya Ikuhara is a temperamental seventeen-year-old Japanese student attending the fictitious Koharu High School with a strong prejudice against the DearS. Due to a childhood scare, he believes that the aliens are fake, worthless beings that have generated nationwide overhype and are secretly plotting to take control of Earth.
On his way home from school he discovers a homeless DearS who, after fainting and much to his annoyance, he feeds and shelters in his apartment. The girl, who he nicknames Ren, is infantile and friendly, and grows obsequious and dependent upon Takeya, a responsibility he tries to disassociate himself from. Her oblivious tenacity keeps her around, however, and over time, realizing Ren's genuine care and empathy for him, Takeya has a change of heart. Unfortunately, because Ren is deemed defective, DearS headquarters orders her arrest.
DearS began as a manga series co-written and illustrated by Banri Sendo and Shibuko Ebara, credited under their pen name Peach-Pit, which was serialized in MediaWorks' Dengeki Comic Gao! manga magazine from March 2002 to December 17, 2005. The manga was compiled into ten tankōbon volumes released by MediaWorks in Japan. The series was later translated into English and German by Tokyopop, French by Semic Comics and Italian by Flashbook Editore.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||March 2002||ISBN 978-4-8402-2086-6||January 11, 2005||ISBN 978-1-59532-308-8|
|2||September 27, 2002||ISBN 978-4-8402-2206-8||April 12, 2005||ISBN 978-1-59532-309-5|
|3||March 2003||ISBN 978-4-8402-2343-0||July 12, 2005||ISBN 978-1-59532-310-1|
|4||September 27, 2003||ISBN 978-4-8402-2478-9||October 11, 2005||ISBN 978-1-59532-311-8|
|5||March 27, 2004||ISBN 978-4-8402-2651-6||January 10, 2006||ISBN 978-1-59532-797-0|
|6||August 27, 2004||ISBN 978-4-8402-2797-1||April 11, 2006||ISBN 978-1-59532-798-7|
|7||March 26, 2005||ISBN 978-4-8402-3011-7||July 3, 2006||ISBN 978-1-59816-185-4|
|8||December 17, 2005||ISBN 978-4-8402-3289-0||November 7, 2006||ISBN 978-1-59816-861-7|
DearS was adapted into a twelve episode television and single original video animation anime by MSJ with co-production by Bandai Visual, Geneon Entertainment, Lantis and TeaM DearS. The series was directed by Iku Suzuki. The series was broadcast on Chiba TV, TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama, Tokyo MX TV, TV Santerebi, TV Aichi and TVQ Kyushu from July 10 to September 26, 2004. Four DVD compilation volumes were released from August 2, 2005 to February 21, 2006. The anime's opening theme is "Love Slave" (ラブスレイブ) by Under17 and the ending theme is "Happy Cosmos" by Poppins. The anime has been re-licensed by Discotek Media.
A visual novel video game was developed and published by MediaWorks for the PlayStation 2. It was released on June 24, 2004. It received a C rating by the Computer Entertainment Rating Organization.
- "DearS game" (in Japanese). Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan: MediaWorks, Inc. Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
- "DearS manga" (in Japanese). Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan: MediaWorks. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
- "DearS" (in French). Nantes, France: Groupe Tournon. Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2008.
- "DearS" (in Italian). Bologna, Italy: Flashbook Editore. Archived from the original on June 25, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2008.
- Clements & McCarthy 2014
- "DearS アニメ情報" (in Japanese). Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan: MediaWorks, Inc. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
- "DearS". gamesfaqs.com. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
- "DearS(ディアーズ)" (in Japanese). psmk2.net. Retrieved November 27, 2009.
- Book references
- Clements, Jonathan; McCarthy, Helen (2014). The Anime Encyclopedia, 3rd Revised Edition: A Century of Japanese Animation. Stone Bridge Press. 1200. ISBN 9781611729092.