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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Kitty Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 144
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Angel of Darkness

Angel Collection

By Erica Friedman     March 05, 2009
Release Date: July 08, 2008


Angel Collection
© Kitty Media

A tough girl with a mysterious past meets the boy she remembers from her childhood and soft-core porn breaks out.

What They Say
Movie One: "I'll Be Your First"
The beautiful Shizuka Himanoki has been saving herself for a boy she met twelve years ago. They made a promise back then, and she's determined to keep it. But when she finally tracks him down, she catches him in the act with another woman. Where can a nineteen-year- old virgin turn for solace?

Movie Two: "Dominatrix of Mystery"
Housuke Atami is dating Shizuka, the hottest girl in school, but it's just a platonic relationship. He and his friend Shinohara channel their frustration into secretly videotaping the girls' locker room. One day, they meet a mysterious girl of striking beauty; around the same time, the school is rocked by rumors of the "ghost" of a former beauty queen student. Shizuka notices a radical change in Housuke's behavior and makes up her mind to follow him.
The Review!
Audio:
Only Japanese 2.0 wth subtitles, which has a lot of background buzz. But since the dialogue is hardly stellar, and the actors chew up the screen with their overacted, underskilled performances, no loss.

Video:
The video appears to have been filmed through a thin layer of cellophane. This series was originally filmed in 1996, probably on videotape. It's nothing that'll stand up to a a high-quality home theater.

Packaging:
A single case box set with the two discs. No physical extras, each DVD bears the image from its original cover.

Menu:
Elevator music and a heart cursor marks this very basic menu. With no dubs or audio options, the Setup tab seemed a little sad.

Extras:
Trailers for other Kitty Media works made up the only Extras. As with all Kitty DVDs, the best things about them are the titles.

Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Shizuka returns to town after 12 years in order to fulfill an oath. Her classroom greeting is written with very complex kanji, which indicates that she is a gang girl. Kousuke is a sex fiend in her class, by which I mean he's a boy. Shizuka is accosted by the local girlgang who see her as a threat. Shizuka prevails in a series of poorly coordinated choreography.

Shizuka asks Kousuke what happened to him - he was much manlier 12 years ago.He eventually remembers that 12 years ago - wait for it - a girl with strawberry patterend underwear tried to kill herself by jumping off a roof (one would presume, after reading this script, but no - it was because a beloved parakeet died.) The fact that Kousuke remembers her underwear makes Shizuka happy, and she asks if he remembers their promise that she would become stronger.

We move into the obligatory teacher torture scene, in which the mean old chemistry teacher,singles out all the dating couples and makes them swear to focus on studying. Shizuka stands up to the teacher and says that no one can control their feelings. Then she zings the teacher by accusing her of never having been in love! 

The high school girl gang asks Shizuka's help fighting another gang, but Shizuka won't do it so, on the day of the big fight, Kousuke greases up his hair and arrives to save the day...and fails. The other gang takes control immediately with their superior hair-pulling and slapping skills. (God I love that stupid old-school Yankee girl look.) 

Kousuke's friend finds Shizuka and they agree that his one good point is that he encourages people who are down to become stronger. Shizuka runs after the gang, takes out the other gang leader and saves the day. Since Shizuka takes responsibility, she is supended. To get revenge, Kousuke and the gang decide to blackmail the teacher.

Late at night, in the lab, the chemistry teacher drinks whiskey out of the hydrochloric acid bottle. Kousuke shows up, teacher attacks Kousuke. Next day, she's a flirty slut, but lets Shizuka off suspension, so it all works out

The gang girls welcome Shizuka back as their leader.

End credits are accompanies by some outtakes from the filming

Disk 2 starts with about 20 minutes of peeping and upskirt shenanigans. Kousuke and peepng photography buff Shinomiya see a "cute" girl that no one in school can identify. A mysetrious boy tells them that she is the ghost of a girl who died at the school, the "girl with the disappearing face."

Atami is caught with Shinomiya's upskirt shots and is "punished" by the chemistry teacher.Shinomiya spreads the rumor that the ghost girl is haunting Atami, so everyone avoids him.

Shizuka, having completely forgotten that she's a tough girl, is worried about Kouske, so she takes him to a spiritualist who's only in it for the sex. They leave, but shortly after, Kousuke disappears, reappears, completely exhausted and out of it, then disappears again.

The ghost girl turns out to be a sex-crazed dominatrix who desires a pervy guy like Atami to fulfill her. The mysterious boy who warned them about the ghost is actually her boyfriend who was trying to get a break, because he was exhausted from her constant needs. Shizuka and Kousuke  tell the boyfriend to teach her what real love means so her unnatural desires will disappear.  Of course, this means that he ties her up. They live happily ever after and the *real*  ghost of a girl who died at the school is placated by Shizuka as an afterthought.

End credits roll accompanied by random scenes of shooting the film.

In summary:
Atami reminded me quite a bit of Ataru from "Urusei Yatsura." He's an utter dork, completely slappable, a jerk and a perv, and yet, no one kills him and the lead girl falls for him. The Amazon listing warns that ** This is an UNCENSORED hentai ** But that's not really true. It's an uncensored softcore story. No genitals were harmed in the making of these movies. Lastly, is there anything worse than adults pretending to act like high school kids? 

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

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