Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Daa! Daa! Daa!

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.

19 comments:

NightAngel said...

I've read quite a few Daa Daa daa chapters and qatched a few episodes and I have to say I love.
It's cute, funny and has a seemingly good story. Though what makes it worth is the characters.

Hung said...

Daa Daa Daa is just one big "hide the baby" episode. In this case, however, it's a good hide the baby episode.

suguru said...

nightangel: You're right, the characters really make the series. Here's hoping we get to see more of it subbed.

hung: lol...that's a good way to describe it...

tj han said...

It's actually my favourite shoujou anime, alongside Ouran.

The concept may not be fresh, but this shy middle schooler love is just soo lovely. Then again, middle schoolers with babies in anime are good, but middle schoolers with babies in real life are monsters.

suguru said...

Daa!Daa!Daa!, Hime-chan, and CCS are probably my top shoujo series...in Daa!Daa!Daa! as unrealistic as parts of the story are, the relationship between Miyu and Kanata is pretty realistic and a lot of fun to watch.

haruhi kurosaki said...

Daa! Daa! Daa! is really cute!! I agree with all of you. Especially the romance between the two main characters, Miyu and Kanata, is very interesting. this was aired in the phil i think year 2003? i always miss watching the last episode because im in school!! Keep watching this anime everyone!!! Daa! Daa! Daa!

Aravind said...

Daa!Daa!Daa! is a great anime to cheer up. I just wish Kanata and Miyu started dating already. How come AnimeOne didn't sub from episode 60 and above.

Joey said...

yea, i've seen eps up to 59, but i can't find 60 + with subs. >_<

yea, daa! daa! daa! is a rly funny, cute and totally random anime, and i luv kanata!!!!!!!!! XD

suguru said...

I wish the subs would get through to the end, ep 78, but it seems to be stalled, I haven't seen anything past ep 59 either. I love this series, but it's the type that normally doesn't get subbed at all, so I'm close to giving up hope that I'll ever see the ending, unfortunately...

*JP said...

i luv daa daa daa > <

waiting for the rest to be subbed...

lets hope

T_____T

i really wanna see the ending...

i remember watching the series when i was a kid...

i ended up luvin' it so much...

and now, found it again and got totally addicted > <

... T_______T dying for 60-78,, ooh i wish i could translate japanese >_____<"

happyflower said...

.. this is my fave anime since i was a kid! ♥

.. i have watched the series and read the manga online.. i remember watching it when i was a kid.. i enjoy it xo much.. ♥ .. i l♥ve it .. T_T ... oh memories! i want ot recall ep 60- 78 but it seems i cant,, :( do u know where i can watch 60-78?? tnx .. ☺ ♥ ..

suguru said...

Unfortunately, I've never seen those last episodes, it looks like the fansubbers stopped at ep 59. Here's hoping someday we'll get to see the rest subbed, though...

Anonymous said...

i dont care about the subs...just give me JAP! and ill watch it...where can i find it just raw? PLZ PLZ TELL ME!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

why did they stop subbing it can someone plz tell me i wanna no i dont care wat it is i just wanna no like if they r uploading something else or if something happenned like it got boring or even if they just dunno how to translate i dont care plz tell me that way im might have an idea on y its taking so long and if they have the % of how long it might take plz tell me

Anonymous said...

=(, are they ever going to release the rest of Daa!Daa!Daa! 60-78, alot of people are waiting for it =(, it is a good show, i hope someone can sub it!, is there any problems? :S, i just want to know the reason, i been waiting for a long time :(.

Secretbear said...

i love Daa! Daa! Daa! too! i watched it from crunchyroll but the episodes 60 and up weren't there. i was so disappointed. i've looked everywhere in the net but i couldn't find any subbed episode 60 and above. but there's a group that's currently doing the dubbing, Sunflower Subs, and they have started on the project. only they are taking too long because they have other projects and they have a limited staff.

suguru said...

That's good news...hopefully we can look forward to more episodes too, I'd love to get to see the ending.

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Anonymous said...

ep64-78http://www.nyaatorrents.org/?page=torrentinfo&tid=73109