Anime Discovery the Third/The Kakurega Project Sidestory – Please Teacher & Please Twins

NOTICE: Please note that this is continuing the storyline done by myself and Angel Otaku and the title that we both reviewed is both Please Teacher and Please Twins!

Kusanagi Kei, a high-school student living with his aunt and uncle, has an encounter with a female alien. This alien is revealed to be a new teacher at his school. Later, he is forced to marry this alien to preserve her secrets. From there, various romantically-inclined problems crop up repeatedly.

Despite the show’s only interesting element having an alien element added in although that gets thrown into the backseat for a couple of times, it’s a dull anime with completely bland characters that has been featured on so many anime that it’s not even funny and speaking of not being funny, some of the jokes are either too forced in and it sometimes depends on awkward situations that would make the male protagonist Kei seem like a pervert.

Everything about it is either cliché, not that interesting, and sometimes feels a little weird but fortunately not much. There is the student/teacher (or the young man/older woman) relationship of Kei & Mizuho, which wasn’t cringe worthy but a bit jarring to most as they try to spend time but always get cock-blocked. I actually liked Mizuho as a character as to me, she has somewhat of a warming presence and then there’s her family, who I can’t stand at first, mostly the little sister character who keeps putting down Kei because of him “not being man enough for her older sister” and the mother who basically wants to fuck the guy.

The animation and art style is okay but bland as it may look pretty but it’s just there and that’s all I feeling about that. The music is no better as it’s very generic and skip worthy once you get into the series halfway and the voice acting for the dub by Bandai/Bang Zoom! Is off, even though I didn’t mind Bridget Hoffman’s voice as the teacher Mizuho, considering compared to the others, she was the best thing about the dub.

But if I were to give it a rating, it would be a VANILLA – 5.5/10 as it wasn’t something that I hated but it wasn’t worth buying. Just rent it if you’re lucky to find it.

 

Now, onto Please Twins……….

 

Maiku Kamishiro’s past has always been somewhat of a mystery to him. The only clue he has to who is family might be is an old photograph showing two young children, a boy and a girl, playing in a small pool outside of a blue house. In an attempt to find his family, he moves to this blue house and begins working as a programmer. He’s living a comfortable life until the day two very different girls show up at his door, both in possession of the same photograph, and both claiming to be his twin. With no way to prove who is a relative and who is a stranger, Maiku allows both girls to move in with him until they know for sure.

And after watching all of 13 episodes of this, I got to say that……this is blander than the first outing.

This has the same problems as Please Teacher but it gets more irritating to an umpteenth level as the story of “Who is the real sister and which girl is this guy going to screw (and that includes the guy, too)?” I’m at the point of just not bothering or giving a fuck about the harem genre in anime as a whole. Sure, it’s nice to have a swarm of girls falling in love with you and cater to your every whim but it doesn’t help if all the characters comes off as either annoying, clingy, indecisive, mischievous, or just plain unfunny.

And speaking of characters, everybody in here is pretty much a stereotype. Maiku Kamishiro is the typical guy who is lonely and jaded because of him being abandoned in an earlier age, he is sometimes a dick to most people even if he has a good reason to be one and for some reason, every girl seems to have a crush on the guy, and that includes Kousei, the “gay” guy who people assumed that him and Maiku (or in the dub “Mike) are secretly seeing each other and yes, they do the whole “jumping to conclusions without knowing the whole truth”, which I should reiterate, if you didn’t know, but I hated that trope and always will. Then the “sisters” Miina & Karen; Miina is the red-head cheerful and energetic girl who can be a bit pushy sometimes while Karen is the sweet soft-spoken girl who sometimes make these cat noises and refers Maiku as “Mr. Maiku” and they both wind up staying at his place, although the whole keeping them a secret from his school subplot was just thrown out the window. There’s also another girl, Tsubaki (or as Maiku refer her as “Senpai”), the student body council member who is also one of the girls that has a crush on Maiku and yeah, that’s all it really is about her. The other characters include some of the cast of the previous series (Mizuho, Ichigo, Marie, etc.) and they don’t really do much aside from making hasty conclusions in awkward situations.

The animation was by Daume, whose only works that they contributed besides Please Teacher are Le Portrait de Petit Cossette & Shiki and yes, it’s bright but bland and there’s nothing remarkable to say about that and also the same can be said about the music. I listen to the opening and ending the first and second episodes and after that, I just kept skipping them because it holds no interest in me whatsoever.

And finally, the dub by Bandai/Bang Zoom! And this one was very off and I mean, painfully off especially the roles of Miina & Karen comes off as the voice actresses Kari Wahlgren & Lara Jill Miller were forcing themselves to be too cute that it gets annoying for a while; Johnny Yong Bosch was very stoic as Maiku and Crispin Freeman was actually entertaining as Kousei but the character was still annoying and I can already picture the Freeman/Yong-Bosch shipping on this….then again, that might already happened as far as I know.

 

FINAL VERDICT: Yeah…….this is a dull show. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone of you and if you interested in watching the Please franchise, just watch Please Teacher and leave it at that.

So what rating does Please Twins get?

LOW Not Feeling This – 2/10

 

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format.

PLEASE TEACHER & PLEASE TWINS – animation by DAUME / distributed by BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT

 

THE MIND OF THE HYBRID ONE – my Tumblr page.

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