Mania Grade: D
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: N/A
- Packaging Rating: C+
- Menus Rating: B-
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Anime 18
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 115
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Adventure Kid
By Chris Beveridge
June 29, 2002
Release Date: July 10, 2001
What They Say
© Anime 18
When 19-year-old game whiz Norikazu finds a World War II-era computer outside his home, he gets more than he bargained. He unwittingly releases the encoded spirit of the machine’s creator: Masago.
But Masago sees Midori, Norikazu’s 19-year-old lover, as a perfect replacement for his long dead wife and seeks revenge for her betrayal with a sadistic army officer years earlier. Now only Norikazu’s love for her can save them both from a hellish existence in Misago’s computer generated world.
But there are others who also want to steal Midori away from Norikazu and Norikazu away from Midori. Between a mad scientist, the King of Hell and… jealous friends, the two lovers must confront incredible powers that could kill them both at any moment!The Review!
I like hentai, and my past reviews of hentai show that I'm pretty much in favor of good hentai, but will get some enjoyment out of even mediocre hentai.
But I don't like bad hentai. And while I generally like Toshio Maeda's stuff, I have to wonder how much cash he owed someone to come up with this. At least he wasn't responsible for the anime itself. Maybe the manga is better.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The disc sounded fairly decent for the most part, being a simple stereo mix OVA soundtrack from 1993. There's not a lot of directionality, but there were a few good uses for it throughout the three episodes. Dialogue was clean and no noticeable distortions.Video:
The video suffers in a couple of ways here. The first is that it's a fairly low budget 1993 OVA. The animation itself is fairly minimal in style, and there's a small amount of rainbows throughout the show. The other aspect that really hurts it is that for "visual artistic style" they used a lighting style that's similar to solarizing your images on your PC, where things just get really bright through sections, almost like a weather forecast. This proves to show an immense amount of blockiness. Add in regular artifacting, some color banding and just low quality animation, and you've got yourself something that hurts the eyes.Packaging:
You can basically take the cover art as a good indication of what to expect (even though that particular scene doesn't occur in the show). It's pretty low quality artwork, but does give a fair idea of being a naughty show. The angel wings look may catch some off-guard. The back cover has a fairly nice piece of artwork and gives a brief summary of the show and lists all the features available. The reverse side has a couple of black and white pictures as well as the chapter listings and cast list; but note that it's English cast only. This is yet another title where there's no Japanese cast listing (unknown whether by request or general omission) anywhere in the show or on the packaging.Menus:
The menus are again typical of CPM, listings down one side, animation playing before the menu load and in the background while you make selections. And like recent discs, they annoy us by playing parts of the English dub throughout it as opposed to just the soundtrack itself. Access times are nice and fast, and the layout is pretty straightforward.Extras:
There's a small selection of extras included both on the video side and the DVD-ROM side. The video side extras, such as the trivia, are interesting if somewhat repetitive of the correct answer animation (and again, dub only, but that's expected to be honest). The art gallery had a few interesting images in it, but mostly shots from the show itself. The meet the character section gives a little bit about the characters while playing part of their role on a smaller window (in, you guessed it, dub format).Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
I'll say it right up front, I have hardly anything positive to say about this show. It's exceptionally rare that with any show, my wife and I openly mock the dialogue during the first five minutes, and then continue on for the remainder of the first episode. She lasted two episodes total, and I stuck it out to the end. In the end, we probably should have cut our losses after the first five minutes.
The show centers around Norikazu, the song of some sort of wealthy man who we don't see after the first fifteen minutes or so with him and his floozy girlfriend getting it on. Norikazu and his "girlfriend" are called into the front yard where the area is being dug up for some unknown reason. The construction folks have dug up some mysterious big old device from some old long gone research laboratory that existed here many many years ago. Norikazu, a computer and game whiz, works up some little floppy disk magic (DOS I bet!) and ends up unknowingly reactivating the equipment.
What he eventually learns is that the equipment housed the dead spirit of the man who died in the research lab all those years ago, and is now seeking revenge on various people for his death. There's also a side-trip into hell, when he sends Norikazu and his girlfriend Midori there. There's time travel and a deadly real life battle inside a computer game that he and his friends get into as well.
When the kids are sucked into the computer game, the first thing that flashed into our minds was "Tron X". There is some semblance of a potentially interesting story here, but it's marred by a lot of things. First and foremost is the godawful script that the actors are saddled with. It's just one inane thing said after another. Another poor part is some terrible voice acting, notably for Midori, the girlfriend of Norikazu.
She's being hung upside down, her clothes are half torn, and the evil colonel has his mechanical digits doing the tentacle thing. I've heard people protest about a random fly more realistically than this actress. She's so deadpan and one note, it's so bad. No emotion at all. She eventually does get a slight bit better in later episodes, but she's completely lost to us from the start.
There's a lot of influences from other sources, with the time travel to 1945, to the whole Dr. Strangelove moment with Hiroshima. There's also the almost outright theft of Brad Fidel's main theme from Terminator 2. Tie all this in with the poor animation and the extensively bad lighting style used, and you've got something that only English voice actors could breathe life into.
Avoid at all costs, unless you love to MST3K anime.
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