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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: Adult Source Media
  • MSRP: 24.99
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Android

Android Vol. #1

By Chris Beveridge     December 05, 2005
Release Date: November 22, 2005


Android Vol. #1
© Adult Source Media


What They Say
This sexy Android is a super spy robot which has 100 times more intelligence with high speed data processing ability much more than humans. During the shipping she was accidently activated without a normal operating circuit. She was confused until she met Kenichi. Using her intelligence, she was inputted into [sex model] by him. Meanwhile, an organization which created the Android was deperately looking for her.

The Review!
When an android spy falls into the handles of a salaryman, the male mind overpowers all other thoughts.z

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The show has the standard stereo mix that you'll find on most adult releases but even this one feels a touch more center channel based with its sound effects and a touch lower and more muted than normal. The mix is still decent overall and there's no issues with it in terms of dropouts and distortions but it doesn't have quite that same feeling of clarity that most tracks have.

Video:
The transfer for this series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Though a more recent release from Green Bunny, the animation style and the kind of grain on the print give it a much older feeling and at first almost felt like it was a traditionally animated show instead of something digital. The mixture of the two gives it a slightly odd feel and the transfer captures that with the way the grain gives the coloring a more natural feel for the dark colors but also plays with numerous fade in and out effects. Colors in general look good as they manage to avoid looking too flashy in most scenes and flesh tones are more muted in general as well. Aliasing and cross coloration are pretty much non-existent. While this doesn't stand out against some other shows of the same vintage, it has a feel to it that really sets it apart a bit.

Packaging:
The front cover has a cute new illustration of Pinky in her towel robe as it's wrapped around her while she plays with her breasts, complete with nipples showing as the racier side of the dual sided cover once again graces the front side. The rest of the cover is accentuated by a decent close-up shot of Pinky's face as she blushes and a background that uses the standard multi-colored binary number layout to provide more color. The back cover has more illustrations and clips from the show that provide plenty of nudity which fills up three-fourths of the area and certainly sells the show with its cute character designs. The remainder of the cover is filled out with the short summary and the discs basics in terms of technical information and features. No insert is included with this release.

Menu:
The menu layout for this release is like several other recent menus from ASM that are really well done with lots of nice animation mixing with the shows animation itself. This one goes for the kind of guts inside an android approach with various monitors playing clips from the show as technical information flies about and the upbeat song plays along. The layout is straightforward and the whole thing is very nicely in theme and appealing. Another nice change that just started with this round of releases is a new setup to the chapter layout which means a new top level menu selection for jumping just to the sex scenes themselves. With the Japanese language being the only thing here and the English subtitles set by default and clearly labeled, our players' presets were pretty moot at this point.

Extras:
The extras section is filled with a number of things but the only things that really count as extras is the image gallery and the bonus feature. The feature this time around is yet another unsubtitled piece that is more a series of stills and audio drama put together focusing on a gymnastics instructor and a very limber young gymnast.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When it comes to sex robots, it really has to have some advanced technology to be able to pull itself off – especially when you consider the bodies that these super sexy android girls have. That's a lot of equipment to put in a small space that has to be extremely light if you expect her to be on top. I'm still waiting for a proper parody to be done where she gets on top and her actual weight crushes him or she spews forth oil and other hot liquid lubricants when she climaxes.

Android, originally known as Super Sexy Android Pinky, is the latest in this genre that plays things very safe. We're introduced to Pinky as she rides in the back of a truck as she and dozens of others are inert and being shipped to their final destination by the government. Intended to be used as super sexy spies that will help the government in a very troubled world, they're entrusted to a pair of rubes that come across a rockslide along their route and nearly tip the truck over. One of the androids gets tossed out though and she walks along blankly until she comes across salaryman Kenichi on his way home from a rough day at work where he spent time watching his attractive female boss play with herself in her office.

When Kenichi and Pinky meet, she ends up becoming imprinted by him and as he manages to bring her home – after all, who wouldn't bring a gorgeous naked woman home – she suddenly turns into a model Japanese wife by making meals (with eyebeam lasers!) and doing whatever it is she can to please her man. It runs through a lot of the standard material here as she at first discovers herself, discovers she likes the taste of her guy and then discovers how much she likes to be taken by her guy. It actually moves into a bit of workplace humor as well as Kenichi tries to balance his busy work life as a salaryman with his life of having a gorgeous sex slave at home. It's not easy, but he's definitely willing to put in the effort for it.

The animation for the show is about average for an adult show so it's not terribly stand out and it doesn't look like some of the best shows running out there now but it's not a terribly bad one either. With its focus a bit more on humor from Kenichi's point of view, it's reflected in his character design as he's a bit shorter than normal, has a slightly goofy look about him and doesn't really project all that well. Pinky makes out pretty decently but that's just easier to do, at least from a male perspective, in creating female characters. Her design is straightforward and fairly average for anime purposes with average sized breasts and clean lines in general. The sex scenes are similar as well with an average feel to them that's accentuated by the humor used in the relationship.

If there's anything to really complain about in terms of the technical side of this release, it's with the subtitles. The English subtitles are for the most part decent but there are several mis-spellings and words that have no proper spacing between them. What was even worse is that early on there were some passages that were five lines on the screen. And at the subtitle font size that Adult Source Media uses, it took up half of the screen. Not being familiar with French or German, we didn't check out much of those subtitles but they're welcome on the release since it widens the area that the title is being released in.

In Summary:
Android has some cute moments to it as you get the main lead male character trying to figure out how to take advantage of his find and Pinky certainly brings a bit to the table with her innocent sexuality and desire to please. The animation isn't much to write home about and the sex is pretty average which makes this a decent introduction kind of title for people new to hentai and not wanting to dip into the hardcore stuff or many of the fetishes. This has a feel that's more akin to older kinds of adult anime shows with its simpler and much more innocent nature.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Photo Gallery,Bonus Episode

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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