For an anime, the quality of Dear Boys is very low and it is very noticeable in its animations. The story is interesting because the team is made-up of only 5 players.
Dear Boys is an anime about five high school basketball players and how they struggle to become the best basketball team in the country. The story started when Kazuhiko Aikawa transferred from Tendoji to Mizuho High School where he reignited the desire and passion of the four remaining basketball team members to play the game again after being suspended for a year.
(Dear Boys, Aikawa dunking over Narita players)
The quality of the anime is not very good. Most of the animations look awkward and the dynamics of the game is out of sync. For example, the animation of Aikawa’s jumpshot looks ridiculous and the trajectory and angle of the ball as it travels to the hoop looks way off the mark yet it still goes in.
As for the story, it’s not perfect but it is somewhat interesting because you have a basketball team made up of only five players. If anyone of them gets fouled-out then they won’t be able to replace the fouled-out player. They’ll have to play with only four players and I don’t think they will be able to win any game with just four players on the court.
Unfortunately, in their championship game with East Honmoku, they were forced to play with only four players in the last seconds of the game because Fujiwara fouled-out. It was a very tough last seconds for Mizuho and Aikawa did everything he can to keep his team in the game but the handicap was too great to overcome. In the end, East Honmoku won against Mizuho by only one point.
Dear Boys has only one season and that first season has 26 episodes. I was able to watch all 26 episodes in less than a day. It’s an okay basketball anime specially if you have nothing else to watch but if you are looking for quality then you won’t find it in Dear Boys.