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Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 09/20/2002

Reijiro Techno had spent the most part of his life in a nuclear shelter. His grandfather thought the world was a dangerous place, so he decided to raise Reijiro in isolation. One day, Reijiro spies upon a teenage girl named Hitomi out on his front yard. Reijiro becomes obssessed and names Hitomi "Daisy". And so Reijiro stalks Hitomi around, trying his best to make her his... much to Hitomi's horror. Is love a possibility? More importantly, will Reijiro ever fit into society?
After watching the first five episodes of Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy, I was right about ready to write it off as another anime mistake. A bad buy, even at $35 for the whole 12-episode DVD set. I was annoyed by Reijiro's persistent and bizarre attempts at love, which ranged anywhere from abducting Daisy... uh, Hitomi from her bedroom with a giant spider to outfitting Hitomi with an anti-people necklace that would give anyone who touches her the shock of his/her life. Yes, Reijiro was a very sad case indeed... and Hitomi even sadder for eventually getting hooked on his antics. I was hoping for a miracle by the time I reached the sixth episode, or anything that would turn the series around for that matter.
Fortunately for me, Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy picks up incessantly as we get closer and closer to the last episode. We get to understand why Reijiro does the things he does (as if growing up in isolation wasn't enough) and why Hitomi feels the way she does. Several characters are also packed in for comic relief. There's the ditzy teacher Ms. Rarako (something like a pretty version of Tenchi Muyo's Mihoshi), who manages to pop up whenever you least expect; Annie, the back-to-society android Reijiro's grandfather created to help him blend in; and X, Reijiro and Hitomi's unfortunate classmate who always ends up as the guinea pig. As far as I know, Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy is supposed to be some sort of romantic comedy... but things are just too damned weird to be considered funny!
The art and animation are somewhat above average at best. Character designs are reminiscent of "Ranma 1/2", with Hitomi bearing a striking resemblance to Nabiki Tendo. But then this is probably because the same guy who did the character designs for the Ranma animated features, Atsuko Nakajima, worked on Daisy as well. I should also mention that there's no English dubbed version for this series.
Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy is one extremely strange trip. Although I had a hard time getting enthused, I thought it was worth something when I finally conquered the series. It's not for everyone though.
The DVD set contains all twelve episodes. Extras include a few Bandai trailers.

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Review Title:
Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy
Alternative Titles:
Misutenaide Daisy
240 Minutes
General Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Suitable For:
Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
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