Don’t Leave Me Alone Daisy!
Released By: Bandai
“Don’t Leave Me Alone Daisy” promises outrageous adventures and non-stop laughs,” yeah, we’ll see about that.
A 13 episode anime told over two discs, this anime is about a recluse teenage scientist named Reijiro Techno who spends almost all of his time in his secret underground laboratory/nuclear shelter and prefers to never interact with people. Though one day, a girl named Hitomi loses her hat in a gust of wind and it lands in his front yard. Naturally he gets an intruder warning from his super advanced computer but when he sees the girl, he is suddenly filled with a deep need to know her and be with her forever. So he does what any brilliant teenage scientist recluse would do, he creates a robotic double of her and names her Daisy.
He’ll deal with plenty of obstacles though including X Yamakawa, his rival and class rebel, a mysterious girl who seems bent on protecting Hitomi from Techno and the fact that the robot that he’s practiced all of his social interactions with is nothing like the real girl. That’s not gonna stop Techno though, if Hitomi is nothing like Daisy he’ll just have to make her like Daisy whether she likes it or not. So now the question is, can the scientist win the real girl over and learn how to function in social settings within 13 episodes or will he fail miserably?
The Good And The Bad
Originally airing in the mid 90′s the animation is about what you’d expect and it hasn’t aged that well. It’s not terrible but it is exactly what I figured it would be with plenty of cross coloration. What’s interesting is that in many scenes the animation looked really crisp and sharp showing almost zero signs of aging but then just moments later another scene would appear on my screen that looked terrible because of dull colors or fuzzy borders.
I really didn’t know what I was getting into when I first read about this anime but within a couple of episodes I had a really good idea. The story itself had some nice potential to be something fun but soon it just becam a reach and leaned on borrowed ideas and concepts to make it unoriginal making the episodes quickly become very repetitive. The story really just failed to suspend any disbelief that I had going into the anime and everytime I saw something the rediculous, it just got worse and worse for me.
I think the only character that I really liked was the idiot homeroom teacher Miss Rarako who never ceased to provide some nice laughs (and fan service didn’t hurt either though).
The biggest issue I had though was that because the anime got so repetitive in it’s story, it really failed to keep my attention. Everytime I tried to watch this anime, I found my attention waining. There were certainly scenes that made me start paying attention and some episodes were vastly more entertaining than others but other than that, I really had problems keeping my attention strictly focused on what was in front of me.
The opening theme really grows on you after about a half dozen episodes and the background music was quite interesting in most places but none of it struck me as particularly interesting. It always fit the scene which was a plus but there was nothing parituclarly memorable about anything in the soundtrack that I could hear.
Dub vs. Sub
With no dub track on this release I paid as close of attention to the Japense cast as I could and found few flaws with the performances. I really did think that the actors did a great job with sticking with the characters and making them into something that the audience could at least try to like. I did notice major issues with audio synch up during episodes five and six though and also noticed a few minor typos in the subtitles. The biggest annoyance though came with multiple mistakes with subtitles being mistimed or not showing up at all.
13 episodes and somewhere around 5 hours of my life have been taken away by watching this anime. It’s certainly never going to gain classic status nor is it ever going to gain cult classic status. It’ll be lucky if it ever gains ‘status’ in general. This is not a title that I will recommend, nor will I be seeking this one out anytime in the future. It wasn’t terrible but it was far from good.
Final Grade: 69% – D