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[-[[caption-width-right:277:There are aliens among us, and they're ''hot''.]]-]

[[NextSundayAD In the not-too-distant future]], humanity is minding its own business when a huge alien spacecraft suddenly makes a crash-landing in Tokyo Bay. Its passengers look [[HumanAliens very much like humans]], with a few key differences: The vast majority of them are [[CuteMonsterGirl incredibly beautiful young females]], and they all wear [[SlaveCollar large, distinctive collars]] around their necks. While they appear to "come in peace", their nature and origins are a mystery they don't seem eager to reveal. Lacking the knowledge to repair their ship, they decide to integrate into human society through a government-funded "home stay" program, picking up human languages and customs with surprising speed. Their eternally friendly, helpful, and accommodating nature earns them the nickname "[=DearS=]".

One year later, OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Takeya Ikuhara is still suspicious of the alien "invaders", though most of his friends are infatuated with them. Walking home one afternoon, Takeya notices a girl huddled under a blanket at the side of the road, on the verge of collapsing from hunger. Taking pity on her, he carries the strange girl back to his apartment, only to discover that she is one of the very aliens he so distrusts. But "Ren", as Takeya nicknames her, is no ordinary [=DearS=]: She seems completely oblivious to even the most fundamental human customs (e.g. [[InnocentFanserviceGirl wearing clothes]]), and she eagerly explains to anyone who will listen that Takeya is now her "master", and she is his "slave".

As more and more characters (both human and alien) take an interest in Ren and her "master", it looks increasingly unlikely that Takeya will ever get his life back to normal. It's up to him to figure out just why Ren is so different from the other [=DearS=], and make a tough decision on whether he even wants Ren in his life at all.

So in short, ''Series/AlienNation'' as a romance manga with Newcomers wanting to be slaves.

Based on the manga by Creator/PeachPit and adapted into an anime, licensed by Creator/{{Geneon}} and relicensed by Creator/DiscotekMedia.

Crunchyroll is streaming the anime in both dubbed and subbed formats, which is [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/dears viewable here]] for people living in the US and Canada.

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!!Tropes in ''[=DearS=]'' include:

* AboveTheInfluence: Ren explicitly offers to have sex with Takeya when he starts to feel turned on by her presence. Yet, because she's an alien and (primarily) because he feels that Ren isn't really doing it out of love, he politely (for him, anyway) declines.
* AdaptationDistillation: A TwelveEpisodeAnime wasn't enough for the full story of the manga, but the romantic comedy elements worked just fine.
* AnAesop: The story has a really unsubtle moral that boils down to "love only happens if you aren't trying so hard for it to happen."
* AnimeHair: Ren and Miu, Miu's being especially noticeable in her bath scenes. That much hair should not be possible. Could be justified in that they're not human and they're genetically created for beauty. Something in their genes could be for 'impossible hair'.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Natsuki.
* ArtShift: All over the place in the manga. Even the main characters often become little more than stick figures in scenes where they don't feature prominently, and sometimes even when they do feature prominently find themselves turning to stick-figures in lieu of suffering a FaceFault.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Nia, nya. Her attention wanders quite a bit, but her curiosity is often rewarded with food just for how cute she is.
** China shows this a bit at times, but ''not'' quite to Nia's level.
* BabiesEverAfter: In the final chapter we learn that not only does this occur, it was always supposed to be that way because [[spoiler:Ren is [[TheChosenOne The Gate]], and was the only Dears from the ship with the ability to reproduce]].
* BabyFactory: PlayedForLaughs in the final chapter when Ren finds out she's fertile and immediately declares she will devote her life to making babies from now on.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: Ren and Miu kiss in the OP. In the series, not so much.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Just ''look'' at Ren and Mitsuka. Really. Look.
* BigEater: All the [=DearS=].
* BlandNameProduct: A coffeeshop by the name of "Star'''p'''ucks" is introuduced to Takeya's town in the story. Some translators have replaced this with the popular chain "Star'''b'''ucks."
* BlankSlate: Ren, who learns (slowly) about the world as the series goes on.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Mitsuka-sensei. This little tidbit, said during one of her (ahem) "''displays''", sums it up the best.
--> '''Takeya''': (dryly) "It's amazing she hasn't gotten fired yet."
--> '''Hikoro''': (equally dry) "It's amazing she got the job to begin with."
* ButtMonkey: Takeya suffers quite a lot of misfortune over the series.
* TheCasanova: The minor character Hirofuni recurs often enough to provide a contrast to Takeya, always with a girl who can't resist having 'coffee' with him. Though he attempts to seduce Ren, and later gracefully concedes, he winds up the [[StalkerWithACrush focus of Xaki's attention]].
* CatGirl: Nia, who [[VerbalTic ends every sentence with "-ni"]].
* CatSmile: The [=DearS=] girls seem to display them from time to time, although Nia seems to have a permanent one.
* TheChewToy: Takeya again.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Neneko is the Unlucky one.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Miu, who seems a little bit jealous that Ren already has a master despite being "defective". Takeya's sister Natsuki also doesn't like it when she first finds out about his "relationship" with Ren.
* ClosetSublet: Ren takes to staying in Takeya's closet, since sleeping there was, technically, the first order given to her. She even has a bed set up there.
** Any other [=DearS=] that temporarily stays with Takeya usually sleeps in the bottom half under Ren.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: The [=DearS'=] [[PowerCrystal forehead crystals]] contain a powerful "gravity manipulation device", allowing for effortless [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]] and {{flight}} (though these are only used when absolutely necessary). Presumably this is also the source of the [=DearS=]' [[HealingHands healing powers]]. The [[SlaveCollar collar]] also stores the entire {{latex space suit}} when not needed.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Nia. She claims to be hunting for Ren, but then almost immediately forgets about it for various reasons.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Ren is subjected to this, by her fellow [=DearS=] no less, after she's captured and taken by force from Takeya's home [[BlatantLies while they tell her that he abandoned her.]] [[KarmaHoudini The torturer gets no punishment for it, aside from a gentle scolding.]]
* ComicSutra: In episode 9.5, Miu heads over to Takeya's house to check in on Ren, only to find her "Watching porn to study Takeya's preferences in the earthling ways of sex."
-->'''Ren:''' ''Holy cow, that looks pretty complicated...''
-->'''Miu:''' '''''IS SHE SPINNING!?'''''
* CompressedAdaptation: The anime more or less takes a chainsaw to the sci-fi plot and turns it into a straight romantic comedy.
* ContinuityCameo: China pops up in the last episode of the anime to say hi on a TV screen.
* CypherLanguage: [=DearS=] language (a substitution cypher for hiragana) is used for [[http://rickadams.org/thumbnails/dears1.jpg episode titles]] and at various other times. Example: Ren's [[http://rickadams.org/thumbnails/renrenren.jpg serial number]] in episode 1.
* DancingTheme: The ED. All the main girls in the cast are doing very simple dancing, but it qualifies since that's ALL that they're doing.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Two of them. One is of the concept of a slave race, which [[spoiler:the [=DearS=] set themselves up to be, and the reasons why are rather disturbing.]] The other, somewhat less serious one is Mitsuka-sensei, a deconstruction of the HotForTeacher trope. She is, objectively speaking, good looking, but in both the anime and manga she takes hitting on her own students so far ''even the hormone addled males'' find her to be FetishRetardant.
* DepravedBisexual: Mitsuka-sensei. Her depravity is called out a ''lot'', and she flirts with just about anything that moves.
* DesignatedLoveInterest: Ren, though most of the time Takeya considers her more of an annoyance than a love interest [[{{Jerkass}} and has no problem stating as much when asked]].
* DistractedByTheSexy: Takeya when he first encounters Ren, who is completely naked except for a thin blanket. He also gets uncomfortable when he sees her breasts.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: The odd capitalization of "[=DearS=]" is explained as the way the race combined two words to make their name, but then there's the SlaveCollar around the S in the logo, the two capitalized letters being [[{{BDSM}} D & S]], and the DearS themselves being a SlaveRace.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Takeya's sister Natsuki cannot stand it when she finds out that Ren and Takeya are living together. While she's implying using physical force or wrestling moves on Ren, she actually does it to Takeya instead. Apparently Natsuki learned it from their mother, who also punishes her similarly from time to time.
* DoYouWantToCopulate: When Ren [[MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat senses Takeya's sexual desire]], she points it out to him and says she will be his partner.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Mitsuka-sensei in chapter 23.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: The ambiguous wording of some of Ren's statements in episodes 5 and 6 can be taken to imply that she tried to boink Takeya while they were [[SleepCute sleeping together]].
* DynamicEntry: Natsuki does this to Ren, and is on the receiving end of this by her mother as well.
* {{Ecchi}}: Very much so. The HotSpringsEpisode in particular ''really'' skirts the {{Hentai}} line. It was banned from airing on Japanese TV, although it's tame compared to the actual nudity found in modern anime series.
* EndangeredSpecies: Turns out the [=DearS=] on earth may be the last of their kind, owing to the gigantic space war that swept up their previous host race.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Ren. Subtext plus SkinshipGrope with Neneko, subtext plus opening-credits kiss with Miu, and explicitly the case with Mitsuka-sensei. ("I don't care if you're a girl, that body was made for love!") Also, she gets several fangirls at school who constantly urge her to leave Takeya and hang out with them instead.
* {{Expy}}:
** Mitsuka-sensei acts a lot like Shikijo-sensei from ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'', even sharing the same [[WendeeLee English voice actress]].
** Miu sure looks a lot like [[Anime/FullMoonOSagashite Meroko]], minus the green eyes - The hair is spot on!
* {{Fanservice}}: Aplenty.
* FirstKiss: Ren uses one on Takeya to confirm their master-slave relationship in the first episode.
* ForeignLanguageTitle
* {{Gainaxing}}: Bouncing all over the place.
* GameBreakingInjury: After being tortured by her fellow [=DearS=], Ren loses the ability to osmose knowledge of her surroundings, reading, writing, spoken language, cooking, etc., and has to be retaught, from kindergardner level up, step by step.
* GeckoEnding: The anime overtook the manga, so it has a different ending.
* GenkiGirl: Natsuki.
* GratuitousEnglish: The opening song in the anime. Mitsuka-sensei also often has her class read her erotic writings in class for her English lessons.
* GreenEyedMonster: Miu gets extremely upset when she finds out that Ren was mistaken as the [=DearS=] transfer student to their school instead of her. She also seems to hate how despite Ren being "defective", she somehow already managed to herself get a master in Takeya.
* HappinessInSlavery: Unbeknownst to humanity at large, the [=DearS=] are a genetically engineered "[[PlanetOfHats slave race]]". By design, they are uncomfortable with making their own decisions, and derive happiness solely from satisfying the needs of their masters, a task to which they are selflessly dedicated. They hide their true nature to avoid angering their new human "masters", since they have determined that most humans abhor the concept of slavery.
** The manga expands on the situation and adds an extra complication: [=DearS=] don't just want to be pleasing, they are symbiotes who literally need to be loved to live.
* HaremEnding: Takeya gets ''all'' the female [=DearS=] who ever took any kind of liking to him. Admittedly this is [[OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace primarily to create the next generation of DearS]] and [[UnwantedHarem something Takeya did ''not'' ask for]].
* HaremNanny: Neneko. Unlike most [[HaremNanny Harem Nannies]], however, she is very much a potetial love interest, and while she's the most mature of the cast, she's not above a bit of {{Tsundere}} behavior from time to time.
* HealingHands: As Miu explains, it's more a transferring of life force.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Just look at the picture. In-canon, Ren and Miu just get teasing subtext, but the [[BaitAndSwitchCredits opening credits]] feature a noncanonical {{fanservice}} shot where they ''kiss''.
** The manga throws in a little male-male subtext, too, first with the effeminate [=DearS=] Khi telling Takeya he'll happily accept any order from him (and tearing up when he gives an almost-order). Later there's the burly [=DearS=] Xaki who stays stuck like glue to school heart-throb Hiro. When asked why, Xaki only responds by murmuring "The Gift", referring to the legend of a [=DearS=] who chose their own Master. [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove Y'know, love.]]
* HotForStudent: Subverted: Mitsuka-sensei acts in defiance of school rules and decency in her constant attempts to come on to her students, but they find her annoying and embarrassing, frequently wondering aloud how on earth she manages to keep her job.
* HotSpringsEpisode: The unaired "Episode 9.5", included in the DVD release.
* HumanAliens: The [=DearS=], most of whom could be mistaken for unusually good-looking humans were it not for their collars. In a flashback provided by Miu, the unnamed alien race that created the [=DearS=] also appears to be outwardly identical to humans.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: They all have "Ball" in them somewhere.
* IKissYourHand: Ren does it to Takeya when she's being [[{{Moe}} cute]].
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Nia. She's supposed to capture Ren, but OncePerEpisode she goes out and [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny completely forgets just what the hell she's doing,]] often to chase after a DeliciousDistraction.
* InnocentCohabitation: Once Ren figures out that Takeya isn't into her, their relationship becomes this. {{Lampshaded}} when Neneko suggests that Takeya clarify the situation, and then realizes that [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments he has absolutely no idea what she's talking about]].
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Ren, though she eventually comes to understand the concept of "dressing appropriately".
* {{Irony}}: The one person who originally wants nothing to do with the [=DearS=][[spoiler:, [[UnwantedHarem obtains a harem full of them]] when leaving for space at the end of the manga.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Takeya wants nothing to do with the [=DearS=], but he's still too nice of a guy to actually dismiss them, and actually comes to Ren's aid several times, despite finding her extremely {{Dandere}} personality annoying.
* KarmaHoudini: None of the people who are shown on-screen abusing [=DearS=] receive any real punishment. Especially not [[spoiler: Takeya's own father]] who makes Takeya look like an absolute saint by comparison, and only saw the [=DearS=] as nothing more than test subjects for all forms of experimentation, including implied vivisection.
* {{Landlady}}: Neneko Izumi
* LapPillow: Ren insists on serving as a "knee pillow" for Takaya in the manga, which is less than pleasant since she takes it literally. When Takaya relents and lets her do so, but convinces her he's supposed to lay his head a bit higher up, Ren asks why it isn't called "thigh pillow".
* LargeHam: Miu in the anime tends to speak in this manner when talking to Ren.
* LatexSpaceSuit: All [=DearS=] have one, and they leave little to the imagination ([[MrFanservice this includes the male "Biters"]]).
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Mostly the show behaves normally, ignoring the viewer. But the over-the-top FanService HotSpringsEpisode skirts the edge when they discuss who else to bring.
-->'''Miu:''' 'Since it is a bath house, a woman would be better than a man.'
-->'''Ren:''' 'A woman would be better?'
-->'''Miu:''' 'Of course,' ''turns to look directly at the viewer.''
-->'''Ren:''' 'Is that so?' ''moves in front, also looking at the viewer.''
-->'''Takeya, [[ArtShift Art Shifted]]:''' 'Um, who are you talking to?'
* LethalChef: Ren's cooking was so bad that any humans who ate it cried ''tears of blood''. Apparently, however, other [=DearS=] (or, at the very least, Miu) find it to be heavenly. Ren's cooking does improve... sort of.
* LikesOlderWomen: Takeya, or at least he's mercilessly teased about being one after Ren blurts out the contents of his PornStash to his classroom.
* LostInTranslation: The final page of the English manga includes a sentence ("Now, let us depart for the front, Takeya") that is so seemingly out of place (due to the word "front") that one scanlation group included a full paragraph note on that sentence and what it may have actually meant in the original Japanese.
* LoveableSexManiac: Mitsuka-sensei
* MagicalGirlfriend: Ren.
* ManChild: Let's face it, Takeya couldn't even ''survive'' without Neneko and Ren's help, and not just because the rent's good. One might say that the whole series displays him being dragged kicking and screaming into adulthood. He's actually better than his own father in this regard.
* {{Meganekko}}: Neneko.
* MomentKiller: God''damn'', Natsuki has some sense of timing.
* MyHeroZero: In the [=DearS=]' language, "Ren" means "zero" or "nothing". It's the first digit of Ren's [[YouAreNumberSix identification number]], because that's how the [=DearS=] indicate "defective units".
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: [=DearS=] can sense emotion from their masters, including any desires they might have.
* NewTransferStudent: Ren and Miu. The fact that Ren joins the school and ends up stealing the spotlight on the day that everyone knew Miu was going to join causes Miu to demand a competition where the loser must leave the school. In the end, they both stay.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Miu in the anime.
* {{Ojou}}: Miu, again. Refined speech patterns? Check. Frilly and girlishly princess-like decor and clothing? Check. Although when you take [[DarkAndTroubledPast certain factors]] into account, you realize that she's [[BrokenBird compensating for something]]...
* OnceAnEpisode: In the anime, Hirofuni is seen from time to time each episode seducing a girl, even though he has no relevancy for most of the show.
* OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace: Technically it starts off as "Only You Can Unlock My Race's Ability To Reproduce Through ThePowerOfLove", but nobody tells Takeya that until they're on a spaceship containing only the now-fertile female [=DearS=] and Takeya.
* {{Otaku}}: Neneko has shades of this, as shown in Ep. 9.
* OverlyLongName: Ren's full name is Ren Ren Ren Nagusaran Rensia Rurunnren Nakora, and Miu's full name is Sia Nostal Ren Naguregyug Thanast Useim Ruki Miu. {{Justified|Trope}} due to YouAreNumberSix (see below).
* PetTheDog: Mitsuka, at one point in the manga, takes a brief break from her usual pervy ways to fashion a swimsuit (a decent one, at that) for the youngest [=DearS=] so she can have fun swimming like everyone else.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Mitsuka-sensei simply ''cannot'' keep her clothes on in front of her students... or cameras. [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Meanwhile, Ren just doesn't get that she needs to wear clothing.]]
* {{Polyamory}}: By default, [[spoiler: Takeya literally ends up with all the [=DearS=] who decided to return to space.]]
* PornStash: Takeya works at a video rental store, which allows him to secretly swipe the latest adult releases, "renting them out" to his friends. A more typical example happens when Ren finds one of these videos beneath the kitchen sink and proceeds to watch it for "research" on Earth sex.
* ThePowerOfLove: Near the end of the manga it's revealed that [=DearS=] literally need to be loved in order to live.
* PromotionToParent: Neneko is in charge of being Takeya's mom, never mind that she's his age ''and'' a potential LoveInterest.
* RealityEnsues: In chapter 34, Ren gets her hair caught in the pool drain and almost drowns. This happens so frequently to people that have hair far shorter than hers that it's a well documented pool-hazard.
* ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot: Ren and Miu's contest. Ren loses the first two contests by the rules, but nobody cares. (Miu conceded on the CookingDuel...or something. [[spoiler: Ren won the ball game.]])
* SexSlave: Ren wants to be one. Takeya isn't into it.
* ShoutOut:
** "I bet underneath that pretty smile [[Series/{{V}} there's a lizard's face!]]"
** During the Dollfest chapter, Neneko has two dolls on display that look a lot like Shinku and Suigintou from Anime/RozenMaiden.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Mitsuka-sensei is this in spades, and even the horny male teenagers in her class are turned off by her (despite being very attractive aesthetically) because of how far she takes this trope. It also might have something to do with Mitsuka being what Japan calls a ChristmasCake, meaning over the age of 25, and thus automatically unappealing because they are "unmarriable". The series on occasion pokes fun of the concept.
* SlaveCollar: All [=DearS=] have one.
* SomeCallMeTim: One look at OverlyLongName tells you why they're called "Ren" and "Miu" for short.
* SpitTake: Takeya, [[spoiler:especially in episode 3 when Ren goes to his school to bring food for him.]]
* StayWithTheAliens
* TakeAThirdOption: After Ren is mistaken for the NewTransferStudent, Miu demands that she be kicked out. However, the Principal decides that both girls can attend.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Ren, to demonstrate her childishness.
* TooHotForTV: Episode 9.5 was only on DVD.
* {{Tsundere}}: Neneko, though she's a lot more subtle about it than most; she prefers to yank Takeya's chain (mainly by making him do stuff for Ren) instead of directly attacking or insulting him.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Ren and melon bread.
* UnwantedHarem: Three girls all want Takeya, though a couple of them CannotSpitItOut.
** BalancedHarem: In the manga, while the main focus is on Ren, all of the girls have a shot at him. [[spoiler: Most of them get him.]]
** SupportingHarem: In the anime, due to AdaptationDistillation and CompressedAdaptation, the series ends as a Takeya/Ren show.
* VerbalTic: Nia the CatGirl. Sometimes the only thing she says is "Ni!". "Nya" in the dub.
* WhamEpisode: Chapters 41 and 42 are just one big wham after another.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: When they first come to earth, its believed the [=DearS=] are incapable of feeling love or knowing what it is. [[spoiler:Later, when Ren and Miu fall in love with Takeya, its revealed that Ren changed the [=DearS=] so they could feel love.]]
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Mostly PlayedForLaughs with Takeya's seemingly harsh treatment of Ren by female classmates.
** Takeya calls out Natsuki on this after she tries to get Ren kicked out of his apartment, as well as his school.
* YouAreNumberSix: The [=DearS=]' {{Overly Long Name}}s are actually identification numbers, expressed in their native language. Few [=DearS=] seem to have true "names" that aren't shortened versions of their numbers.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: [[spoiler:Takeya's Dad]], one of the scientists studying [=DearS=], repeatedly refers to them as "parasites" because they require love in order to live. However, since they have to be voluntarily given that love rather than forcibly extracting it, they would be ''symbiotes'', or at worst ''scavengers''.
** This may be a case of LostInTranslation, owing to some other peculiar bits of phrasing throughout the manga.

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