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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: C+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: SoftCel Pictures
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Akiko

Akiko

By Chris Beveridge     September 06, 2003
Release Date: August 19, 2003


Akiko
© SoftCel Pictures


What They Say
Young men and women are supposed to be interested in the opposite sex. They�re supposed to be interested in sex, period. But the students at the prestigious Nobel Academy have been exhibiting unusually strong urges lately.

When one of the female scholars spends her entire summer vacation masturbating in her room, her father calls on the Central Genetic Research Institute for help. Special Agent Akiko is assigned to investigate forthwith, and goes "undercover" to discover exactly what possesses the student body...

The Review!
Something unpleasant is happening at Nobel Academy, so a protoplasm human female life form is sent to investigate!

Audio:
Since this disc is available only with the Japanese language track, we went with it and its simple stereo glory. The show sounds pretty much center channel based with dialogue coming through there while music utilizes both speakers to fill the forward soundstage. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no issues with distortions or dropouts during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released to video in 1996, the show is showing both its age and its apparent low budget. The main thing that�s noticeable is the shifty soft backgrounds as well as the aliasing along the characters in the foreground. Colors are decent if fairly dull and cross coloration is very minimal. There�s some bits of dust and dirt on the print in a few areas, but mostly the low budget of the production is what really shows through here.

Packaging:
Going with the idea that the more schoolgirls on the cover the better, we get a shot of a trio of them as well as the title character being stripped by chains. Toss in the headmistress as well and you�ve got a lot of women on the cover. Unfortunately, none of them are attractive really, and with the colors used for the outfits close to blending with the purple and black background, it just doesn�t work well. The back cover provides a few shots from the show and a simple summary of a simple show. The production information is clear, though I continue to wish they�d be a bit more blunt about what languages are on the disc. At least it�s listed this time. The insert has a shot of the same people in different situations, more undressed than the cover, while the reverse side lists the chapter marks and other features.

Menu:
The main menu is a static piece that has two of the women from the show involved with each other set to some instrumental music. With no language setup or selection menu and no real extras, there�s not much to do with the menus but they�re fast to load and easy to navigate.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The show opens with the concerned parents wondering how something like this could happen to their daughter. With dismay, they watch her on her bed masturbating furiously, unable to stop, as she has a need to do it that cannot be denied. With a serious intent, the father calls a local research institute and demands that something be done at the academy she attends as he�s positive that is the root of all of this. The nameless scientists takes in the information and leaves it as is with the father. From there, he gets the process underway to create a plasma being in the form of an attractive woman who will go to the Academy and learn what�s causing all of this. Her code name will be� Akiko!

So enter the young redheaded teacher, starting her first day at the academy and finding all sorts of sexual deviations going on. It�s a co-ed school, sort of, with both genders essentially having their own campus it looks like. It�s not long before she�s made enemies, discovered a few new friends and starts her way towards uncovering the cause of all of this. Most of the girls in the classes find themselves like the one we met at the beginning, unable to control themselves. But another group has apparently mastered is to some degree and appear to be serving willingly, bringing in new people for whatever evil lurks underneath the school.

Not that it matters, since once you do get the gist of why things are happening, you�re not really given the real reason why for any of it. The bulk of the show really does seem to be an excuse to show off as many naked people as possible. But with unappealing character designs and equally unappealing sexual encounters, this title becomes frustrating in ways a hentai series shouldn�t be.

Features
Japanese Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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