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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: SoftCel Pictures
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Angel of Darkness

Angel of Darkness Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     February 07, 2003
Release Date: January 28, 2003


Angel of Darkness Vol. #2
© SoftCel Pictures


What They Say
Higher education can be hell for young students, but exams and studies are the last things these young women need to worry about. When Hiromi is viciously abused by a gang of malevolent women, she seeks her revenge by luring them into a lair of hideous evil. The dark sanctuary of the demonic Professor Shimazaki, the insatiable monster from the Angel of Darkness I.

Then, a beautiful young chemistry teacher is all that stands between a corrupted nurse and her possessed sex slaves. Can she stop the ultimate in naked evil before the flowers of darkness bring forth their monstrous fruit? The ultimate in sexual horror unfolds in the most nightmarish dark fantasy ever - Angel of Darkness II.

The Review!
The Angel of Darkness series continues with the third and fourth installments on this disc, bringing more tentacle horror hentai to the throngs of fandom.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. This is also the only language track provided here as this release was never dubbed. The track is a pretty decent stereo mix with no issues but nothing to really make it stand out in any way. Dialogue is clean and clear with no distortions or dropouts.

Video:
Originally released back in 1995, the materials for this show have held up pretty well with only a few additional nicks here and there. The transfer in general seems to be a bit soft, but with the color design used for it, it may very well be intentional. Colors are solid but are done in a more real-world style with very little vibrancy to them. There�s some slight grain in a few areas that heighten the soft feeling, but there�s no other real issues such as cross coloration or aliasing.

Packaging:
The cover art here is decent if murky, with the image of three of the secondary characters getting their clothes torn while the dark visage of the master bad guy lurks in the background. The back cover provides a few screenshots of the show and goes into detail about what to expect from the couple of paragraphs of summary. There�s basic production and technical information here and not much else. The insert is another shot of the front cover while the reverse side lists the chapter stops and what previews there are on the disc. The packaging is way off in runtime though, listing sixty minutes when there are two forty-five minute episodes here.

Menu:
The menu is designed around one of the more interesting images from the show where three of the women have just been having fun with the tentacles and are all leaning against each other. The image is static, but moving to the selections ends up highlighting in day-glo green the various nipples, giving it a disturbing yet amusing feel. The menus are quick and easy to navigate as there is little here beyond the show.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
If there�s one thing every school must have, it�s a dark secret basement that has something evil and mystical in it. The campus in Angel of Darkness, episode 3, has just such a thing in it, and it�s a nasty little artifact that young Hiromi discovers after being abused and used.

Hiromi�s a typical college student, but after her teacher took advantage of her, she ended up falling in love with him, but he wanted nothing else to do with her. He�s just moving on to his next conquest. So she follows him around from a distance, longing for him and the day he�ll be hers. But this doesn�t go over well with the other women who want him, so a particular trio of them take her to the school bathroom and abuse her and then blackmail her with the pictures.

Suffice to say, young Hiromi is pretty distressed and out of her element. When she wanders into the mysterious basement, someplace she�s gone before to dream about Kuwamara, she finds that the mysterious black ball there begins to resonate to her touch, and she begins to see the image of a man who promises to give her what she wants if she can free him from the ball. This essentially means being nasty with the appendages he can create, something that allows him to become freer to operate in the real world. Hiromi obliges, and does even more as she brings down victims to try and satisfy her own demand for vengeance, leading to an orgy of blood and pleasure.

The episode is fairly straightforward, with an interesting design for the cast of characters and a simple enough plot. The school certainly allows a variety of outfits to be worn, which is a real plus, and the characters are definitely into things. There�s a nice mix of the soft and passionate with the rough and violent to give the show a slight step up over previous episodes.

The second episode follows up an aspect of the first one in the same school, as one of the teachers ends up working with the doctor who�s possessed by some of the evil that lurks within the school. Things come to a head when the new chemistry teacher comes to the school and she ends up in the nurse�s office after just barely being there and having an accident while doing some gymnastics.

Things here end up going more into a torture/pleasure mode as the doctor and the teacher start handling various students and using them for their own means. The character designs also seem to go down a notch here as well, partially since they moved to dealing more with the adult characters in general and not giving them much flair. Things also go in a much more monster oriented route here with more creative ways of having the bad guys have their way with their victims.

Of the two, the first episode was more enjoyable and more plot oriented, as the second seemed to just be fun for the sake of fun whereas the first was based around vengeance. Overall, with two episodes going for almost ninety minutes, this is a fun series to watch that has its ups and downs with quality. It�s not among the best hentai I�ve seen, but it�s definitely not the worst.

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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