I've long held the opinion that no matter what sort of film or television shows you enjoy, there is an anime out there for you. This is one of those series that proves my point. I am far from being a fan of typical romantic comedy fare as that particular genre of entertainment is beyond stale and redundant here in America, but I have found that anime has so much more to offer than just sex, violence, fantastic sci-fi, and over-the-top slapstick humor. There are some damn fine, truly romantic and touching stories in the anime genre, and this is one of them. While "Love Hina" and other romantic-comedy anime series' have tempered their softer side with outrageous humor and outlandish characters to make their stories more, well, more anime-ish, "Please Teacher" shows remarkable restraint and -in spite of the teacher from outer space angle- keeps the sci-fi very light, the humor low-key and character-based, and takes a subtler approach to most of the characters that really helps to bring each of them to life. The engrossing story features many plot twists that you would never expect since so many series are content to run in place for fear of upsetting their fanbases *cough*RanmaInuyasha*cough*. One of the aspects of this series that really adds depth to the plot is the main character's unique "disease". When Kei becomes sad, he enters a comatose state of suspended animation -sometimes for years at a time- where he goes into his own mind to escape from the sadness he finds in his life. Through his experiences with his friends and, of course, his new teacher who through a bizarre set of circumstances he's forced to "marry" (Ms. Kazami, possibly the most charming anime girl ever) he learns that there is no happiness without sadness for contrast, and that even if he stands still the universe will keep moving without him. These sorts of ideas and the way they are presented as integral parts of the story are what separate true classics from the throwaway entertainment crop. It also doesn't hurt that the characters in the story are truly likeable. Ms. Kazami's trademark phrase is hardly catchy ("This is priority one") but her delivery of the line (in Japanese, anyways) makes it a pleasure to hear over and over, and don't get me started on her chocolate candystick habit. These sorts of minor nuances make the difference between the characters you enjoy and the characters you truly feel for. The series ran for a far-too-short 12 episodes, but we are treated to a joyous epilogue that turns out to be the funniest episode of the whole series and really left me feeling happy that I'd given this show a try. If you enjoyed "Love Hina", "Ah! My Goddess", or "Chobits", if you are looking for an anime that's both inspirational and humorous, if you've seen enough of the giant robots, killer ninjas, and obnoxious slapstick humor that pervades more typical anime, or if you just want to enjoy a sweet, romantic story with some feeling and depth, then this is exactly what you are looking for.