Daa!Daa!Daa! episode 59 is out, thanks to AnimeONE, and watching it just reminded me of how much I like the series so I might as well do a quick review. Daa!Daa!Daa! is mainly a comedy series with a little romance and drama thrown in, with an entertaining cast of characters. While it aired in the late 90s and the animation's nothing to write home about, I think it's a solid entry in its genre.
Daa!Daa!Daa! starts off with our heroine, Miyu, a typical junior high school student, moving to a new home because her parents are heading off to America to follow their childhood dreams and work for NASA. She's going to be staying at a temple with a friend of her parents who's a monk, and his son Kanata. But soon the monk gets a call that he can go to India to train, which is HIS childhood dream--and so Kanata's father bails too, leaving Miyu and Kanata alone. They're not alone for long though, as a UFO promptly crashes into the temple, bringing a baby, Ruu, and his talking cat-like "sitter-pet" Wanya, who takes care of him. Wanya explains that he was out for a walk with Ruu on their home planet, far from Earth, when they got sucked into a wormhole and found themselves at the temple. They've sent an SOS signal, and Ruu's parents are coming to get him back, but since it'll take at least a year for them to get there, Wanya pleads with Miyu and Kanata to let them stay at the temple until then. Of course, they agree, and the four start living together, with complications from alien visitors, the fact Ruu has ESP and can fly (making him even more of a handful than a normal baby), and the danger of their classmates finding out what's going on.
Daa!Daa!Daa! has a great cast, and with 78 episodes to work with, there's lots of time to get to know them and their quirks. Miyu and Kanata's relationship is a lot of fun to watch, because you know they're going to end up together, but they both can't admit it and spend a lot of time exchanging barbs. Ruu mostly just floats around, says "Daa!", and causes trouble, but he even gets a love interest (of sorts), with Momoka-chan, who's a couple years older, becoming determined she'll be his wife someday. Wanya's fun to watch too, as he constantly declares he's a "capable sitter-pet" but in reality manages to misplace Ruu with a frequency that would make Child Protective Services cringe. The side characters are interesting too, especially Christine, the girl in class who's obsessed with Kanata and turns into a walking Weapon of Mass Destruction when she sees Miyu get too close to him.
There's not a whole lot of ongoing plot, since most of the series is episodic, with Miyu and Kanata having to deal with whatever chaos is coming their way that day, and there's a heavier emphasis on comedy than on drama (although when it does do drama, it does it very well). The slowly developing romance between Miyu and Kanata is good though, and provides enough to keep suckers for romance series like me watching. While it aired in the late 90s and the animation is pretty simple, don't let that scare you off--it's much better than Cabbage Love, and while the character designs are nothing amazing, at least the animators can draw on-model consistently.
Daa!Daa!Daa! has been fansubbed for years, literally--I originally saw the first episode on VHS back in '99 or '00, in the Dark Ages when VHS tapes sent through the mail was the main way people got fansubs. Recently the pace has slowed down, with AnimeONE fansubbing just seven episodes over the last three years. Even though at that pace we won't see the last episode until 2015, I can't complain--I have to thank God/Buddha/Haruhi that AnimeONE picked up and started subbing this, because otherwise I never would have been able to watch and enjoy most of the series.
While it's not for everyone, if you like comedy/romance series and aren't put off by a baby going 'Daa!' every couple minutes, I'd highly recommend giving Daa!Daa!Daa! a try.