Nearly three years after the previous release – and three years since these episodes came out – the New Testament draws to a close.
What They Say
The master plan slowly unravels as the erotic events come to their inevitable conclusion... but who is the true mastermind behind it all? The answer remains a mystery to most, and it is made even more confusing by a revolving door of villainy. The different sides continue to be drawn together by the bizarre cases happening throughout the city, culminating in the final confrontation on top of an inverted pentagram. The witchcraft at work is overwhelmingly powerful, leading to a five -way orgy of energies that revives the most evil of magical tomes.
Similar to the second volume, this release is a bilingual presentation with both mixes done in stereo encoded at 192kbps. The Japanese mix is straightforward and sounds good, with some better than expected ambience to a few scenes with the background music and the placement. The English track is a standard stereo mix that's mostly center channel based for its dialogue but it does use the forward soundstage in a slightly wide way on a few occasions. The music and occasional sound effects flesh out the stereo channels in general but otherwise this is a fairly straightforward mix. We had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.
Originally released to video in 2006, the transfer for this series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Much like the original series, the source materials here are great looking which results in a very striking and vibrant show. The colors are more varied this time around with a number of outdoor and daylight scenes which look great but the dark interior rooms are just as solid and great looking. The animation is good and fluid for the most part in this show and it comes across clean and clear here with no real problems outside of some very minor aliasing in a few areas where the line work was a bit busy. Please see the content review for some interesting specifics about the video used in the third episode of this series on this volume.
The final cover puts Jody in the center with her crew behind her as she has a few others in front of her in chains, all naked of course expect for some well placed lights, set against the magical symbols in the background with a light and purple hue to it. The artwork is no slouch as the designs are wonderfully detailed and distinctive. The back cover provides a great illustration of Jody and her two subordinates in full outfits which look really sexy while below them is a good series of images from the show. The summary of the premise runs down along the right and the bottom contains the technical grid which covers everything and is accurate in the language listings. No insert is included with this release.
The menu for this release is similar to most adult releases as it uses the character artwork from the back cover, though of just Jody and not the others, and sets that dead center with background from the front cover behind her set to a upbeat bit of instrumental music. The navigation is lined along the bottom which looks a little sparse without the language submenu but it has the gallery to make it up instead. Access times are nice and fast and the layout simple and easy.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The conclusion to the Bible Black: New Testament series comes to a close with the “Third Psalm” release that has the final two episodes. And at this point, I really do hope this is the end, at least with this entire set of characters. After all that has come before this with the original series, the “Only” segment and now this one, this particular cast of characters is played out and it’s gotten so convoluted that I really don’t want to follow it anymore. I found this feeling in the middle of this series that it lacked a cohesive storyline and it was becoming confusing because of characters within characters. This one just goes one step worse by having it all come to a head with everyone getting together for one big sex-off.
The Third Psalm is of course the culmination of everything in this series so a lot of the focus is on tying up the loose ends (ho ho ho) and bringing it all to one big epic sexual battle tour de force. The movements made by Kitami and those of the evil circle have now forced Yamanishi into their plan by having him captured, seduced and then converted to their sexual wanton beast that they now supposedly control. Yaminishi has been the nice guy of the series, the only one that the viewer likely will identify with for the most part, and his turn into the stud of evil isn’t unexpected. Nor is it unexpected that he doesn’t completely comply with what the women have in store for him and he has his way with anyone and everyone he can get his hands on. While all of this is going on, Jody is making her move against Takashiro and Yuge with less than stellar results simply because the two of them are able to fend off her attacks better than she suspected.
Naturally, everything must culminate at the school since that’s where it all began in its own way. All three groups end up there and it turns into chaos as Jody overpowers Kitami in a psychic sense with relative ease and then faces her real foe in Takashiro. With Kitami’s coven of women there and the general mood of the room where it all comes down, it’s a strangely epic sexual battle where you lose track of it all as it’s just a morass of bodies writhing and moving, moaning and groaning in the midst of actual black magic fighting. All under the visual of the Bible Black itself in midair, in chains, waiting to be destroyed. There’s a basic storyline to all of this, which involves using evil to control evil, but it’s so disjointed at times and filled with characters who aren’t what they seem (in quite a few ways, since there’s a fair bit of futanari going on here) that you just shrug at it and enjoy the scenes themselves.
I’m sort of at a loss with Bible Black at this point. I continue to adore the character designs and certainly the creativity of the situations in which the characters are placed. There are things that make me cringe – and cringe hard – but there’s a lot to like about the visuals of the show and a lot of the actual action. Unfortunately, this particular series really dropped the ball when it came to an engaging storyline similar to what the first one had and then the really staggered and problematic release only added a few more nails to the coffin for me. Bible Black was a series that rose above a lot of others because it combined great action with an intriguing storyline and didn’t shy away from anything. Now it’s more about style than substance which in turn to me reduces it to the norms of the genre. I had hoped for and expected more. It’s not bad, but in the end, I just didn’t care what happened over the course of the series.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.