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.[1]

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Cover art of first Tokyopop manga featuring Ren.
GenreRomantic comedy, science fiction
Written byPeach-Pit
Published byMediaWorks
English publisher
MagazineDengeki Comic Gao!
Original runMarch 2002December 17, 2005
Volumes8 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byIku Suzuki
Produced byHisanori Kunisaki
Nobuhiro Osawa
Takayasu Hatano
Written byTakao Yoshioka
Music byTomoki Hasegawa
Licensed by
Original networkChiba TV
Original run July 10, 2004 September 26, 2004
Episodes13 + OVA (List of episodes)
GenreVisual novel
PlatformPlayStation 2
ReleasedJune 24, 2004
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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.[2] The series was later translated into English and German by Tokyopop, French by Semic Comics[3] and Italian by Flashbook Editore.[4]

Volume listEdit

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 March 2002ISBN 978-4-8402-2086-6January 11, 2005ISBN 978-1-59532-308-8
  • Chapters 1–6
2 September 27, 2002ISBN 978-4-8402-2206-8April 12, 2005ISBN 978-1-59532-309-5
  • Chapters 7–12
3 March 2003ISBN 978-4-8402-2343-0July 12, 2005ISBN 978-1-59532-310-1
  • Chapters 13–18
4 September 27, 2003ISBN 978-4-8402-2478-9October 11, 2005ISBN 978-1-59532-311-8
  • Chapters 19–23
  • Extra Contact
  • Spring Contact
  • Character Gallery
5 March 27, 2004ISBN 978-4-8402-2651-6January 10, 2006ISBN 978-1-59532-797-0
  • Chapters 24–28
  • Setting Data Collection
6 August 27, 2004ISBN 978-4-8402-2797-1April 11, 2006ISBN 978-1-59532-798-7
  • Chapters 29–33
7 March 26, 2005ISBN 978-4-8402-3011-7July 3, 2006ISBN 978-1-59816-185-4
  • Chapters 34–39
8 December 17, 2005ISBN 978-4-8402-3289-0November 7, 2006ISBN 978-1-59816-861-7
  • Chapters 40–46
  • Later Contact


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.[5] The series was broadcast on Chiba TV, TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama, Tokyo MX TV, TV Santerebi, TV Aichi and TVQ Kyushu[6] 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.

Video gameEdit

A visual novel video game was developed and published by MediaWorks for the PlayStation 2. It was released on June 24, 2004.[7] It received a C rating by the Computer Entertainment Rating Organization.[8]


  1. ^ "DearS game" (in Japanese). Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan: MediaWorks, Inc. Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "DearS manga" (in Japanese). Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan: MediaWorks. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "DearS" (in French). Nantes, France: Groupe Tournon. Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2008.
  4. ^ "DearS" (in Italian). Bologna, Italy: Flashbook Editore. Archived from the original on June 25, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2008.
  5. ^ Clements & McCarthy 2014
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "DearS". Retrieved May 27, 2009.
  8. ^ "DearS(ディアーズ)" (in Japanese). Retrieved November 27, 2009.
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