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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: JapanAnime
  • MSRP: 24.99
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: After Class Lesson

After Class Lesson Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     February 14, 2006
Release Date: January 31, 2006


After Class Lesson Vol. #2
© JapanAnime


What They Say
The school's idol, Akairi Mizuno, is now The Squid's personal toy. However, his ambitions don't end there. Now he's after two new girls: the very bright and energetic Shizune Fujuwara, and Rei Hika, the school's elite tennis player.

Meanwhile, The Squid's first victim, Ayumi Tenkawa, does everything to support her love, but at the same time a dark and gloomy emotion begins to build up inside her.

The Review!
Gaining traction with the female body in the school. Shibui adds more women to his new tribe while one of them starts to have some ideas about what Shibui should really be doing.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. It's the only language track included here as once again there's no dub for a new adult release. The track is a fairly standard stereo mix with a bit of directionality across the two channels that sounds decent if not terribly immersive. Dialogue is mostly center channel based but it comes across clean and clear and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2004, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Similar to several of the better produced series out there, the source material here looks good with lots of bright vivid colors and some decent animation that doesn't show too many shortcuts. The colors generally look good and solid though there are some areas where you can see the color gradient but it is a fairly small issue all told and most likely not noticeable on most setups. A few of the mid range shots have a bit of aliasing going on around some of the characters, but this tends to stem more from the reds used as the background going up against the maroon in the characters school uniforms. Generally, this is a good looking transfer with only a few very small areas that will stand out for some.

Packaging:
The front cover goes for a brighter and cleaner approach wit hthis volume as it features Shizune in bondage with various blurbs around the cover for both the shows content, the bonus material found on it and the PSP/iPod capability. Add in the company logo, the not for children warning and, well, the title of the show and you've got a very busy cover here even if it does have a lot of open space still. The back cover provides a row worth of small shots from the show along the bottom just above the technical grid. Production information isn't listed at all which gives more space for the larger picture and the summary up above. The reverse side cover artwork has the same artwork but instead of her underwear covering her entirely it's got Shibui's hand pulling them close. The reverse side back cover is the same but the shots used from the show feature nudity now.

Menu:
Changing from the first volume as well, the menu here uses the layout of the front cover from the reverse side and has plenty of open space. The menu selections are done up in a computer style window that's easy to navigate and quick to load. Worth mentioning here since it's less of an extra in my mind but a piece of navigation is that they also include the sex scenes only filter so you get just that when selected. With no languages on here besides Japanese, the player picked up the right subtitle track per our presets with ease.

Extras:
The only included video extra here is an image gallery done in slideshow format. Also included is a PSP version of the movie which you can find via the DVD-ROM side of playback.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In its first installment, After Class Lesson played out a fairly tame and light version of domination of a couple of girls by a creepy teacher who had managed to get into his thirties without having any kind of physical relationship. Once her got a taste of Ayumi though he went full force and started using her to get to other girls. But along the way, Ayumi found that she wanted him for herself as her own family had essentially abandoned her and she felt the closest to him after all that's happened so far.

Shibui's made his next target, having now dominated both Ayumi and Mizuno, someone a bit younger who has been one of the few girls that's been relatively nice to him. The spunky young cheerleader named Shizune is an easy catch as Ayumi leads her up to the rooftop where Shibui is having his time with Mizuno. Shizune manages to fight back a bit but eventually succumbs to the plans that the trio have in store for her as Ayumi gets the camera out to film it. This particular encounter is a downgrade on the series as it starts off with a tampon moment which just made us cringe in general and then it moves on to her being filled up with liquid while Shibui takes her from underneath. The first volume was mostly clean kinds of sex with the mild bondage but this one just goes in areas we rather wish it didn't.

The domination of Shizune brings something new into light though and that's that she has a sister in the same school but the two aren't allowed to admit that publicly due to issues with their parents and social status. That works in Shibui's favor since the other girl is the beautiful blonde Rei who is on the tennis team. With the knowledge they have, they're able to approach her easily enough, all four of them, on the tennis court no less where Rei is practicing. Having spiked her water with a drug to make her more compliant, Shibui is able to take advantage of her and even gets to use her tennis racket to his advantage. Or rather, to her advantage since she certainly seems to enjoy its placement as the scene continues.

There's still an interesting smaller storyline running through the episodes that deals with what Ayumi is going through as her background has her finding a closer bond to Shibui than she really lets on. Her past isn't visually explored but she provides a brief internal dialogue that explains some of the situations she's in from her point of view and it sets things for her to being really jealous of the girls that Shibui is getting as she wants him for herself. She's still going along with everything he wants but she's turning into the wildcard as the cheerleader who is most likely to snap for some reason.

In Summary:
Keeping to the same style of animation as the first installment and only adding more good looking character designs, particularly with Rei now, After Class Lesson takes a turn for the worse at first with some sexual stuff that's just a turn off. It takes a turn for the better afterwards when Rei is brought into the picture and the group gets things rolling on a tennis court which would certainly hurt someone's knees after awhile. While not quite as enjoyable as the first volume overall, it's definitely working out better than a number of other recent titles we've seen in the adult genre since it's really avoiding the waterworks and violence in general. And for some, that's key both for and against their enjoyment of any title.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Slideshow

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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