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DearS Volume 1

April 20, 2009

The old cliche is that pictures are worth a thousand words; The cover of DearS volume 1, is the epitome of the cliche. One look at the tight rubber suit-like clothing, gratuitous bosoms, and the giant dog collar around the girl’s neck, and you get a pretty good idea about what this manga is about.

By: Peach-Pit
Publisher: Tokyopop
Age Rating: Teen (13+)
Genre: Comedy
Price: $9.99

We start of with this loner, kind of losery guy named Takeya, and he lives by himself in an apartment. Everyone is obsessed with DearS, these  aliens that crash landed on Earth one year ago. They’re beautiful, strange, and, well, actually, they’re slaves. Great plot, right? It doesn’t get any better, I assure you.

Takeya, in his own way, comes across one of these DearS and in saving her life, she becomes his slave forever. Of course, you don’t get that at the beginning of the book, but later on, it becomes readily apparent..

What isn’t apparent is why anyone would read this drivel. There is not a speck of plot to it; just a girl in a skin-tight plastic suit walking around and buying groceries in an apron. It’s like 7 different fantasies all rolled into one! And honestly, that’s what you’re basically getting from this manga, a well illustrated fantasy.  Every woman in the series is either buxom babe or a throwaway character.

Let me say for the record that Peach-Pit has done a good job with the art. It flows well and it is pretty. But with a lack of likable characters, a plot line, or any substance beyond drawing girls with huge breasts, this manga is not worth the paper its printed on.

About the author

Alex is a comics critic and writer at the blog Sequential State. His previous writing has included work for Manga Village and for the now defunct Manga Widget.

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