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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Kitty Media
  • MSRP: 29.95
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Bible Black

Bible Black Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     January 17, 2003
Release Date: December 17, 2002


Bible Black Vol. #2
© Kitty Media


What They Say
One of the most graphic adult titles in Kitty Media history returns!
To have all the sex and power he could ever want, Minase made a pact with the demonic university nurse, Miss Kitami. Through their special induction ceremonies, the two converted Shiraki, the most popular girl in school, Miss Takashiro, the art teacher, and the three girls from the school's magic club. Now Kitami has a new plan, to take all these girls and go after Imari, Minase's neighbor and childhood friend. Minase must either help Kitami convert Imari with a ritual orgy or fight the dark lust growing inside of him and protect her.

The Review!
After a very popular first couple of episodes, Second Sacrament picks up where we left off and gets right into the nasty stuff.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Though it’s a very recent show, it follows the simple motto of almost all hentai shows and has just a basic stereo mix that’s pretty much all center channel based. Dialogue is nice and clear through and the music, which is fairly subtitle, is the main user of the left/right channels. We listened to the English track while writing the review and noted no issues there either.

Video:
Avery recent release, the transfer here is just gorgeous with its rich colors. Fleshtones are greatly layered. There’s very little in terms of jaggies during camera panning sequences and gain is non-existent. Unlike the first two episodes on the previous volume, cross coloration is pretty much a non-issue here, which makes this much easier to watch. It’ll be somewhat strong for a few seconds in one scene and then disappear completely for the next.

Packaging:
The artwork for the cover is spot on and looks really good. Taking the traditional schoolgirl image and putting the mysticism symbols around her with the heavy focus on black creates a great picture. The back cover provides several animation shots of the female cast as well as a decent summary of the shows premise. Technical and production information also show up here while the insert shows the chapter listings on one side and boxart adverts on the opposite side.

Menu:
The menus are pretty basic here with just a simple static background using the mystical imagery with the black background in a sort of spastic way. Submenus load quickly and since there’s nothing here besides the show and a few trailers, the layout is simple.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The hook with the first volume of Bible Black was the mix of modern day mysticism and magic combined with devil summoning and a whole lot of sex done to some very striking character designs and simply gorgeous layers of coloring on top of it all.

With Second Sacrament, we’re right back where we left off as Minase is pretty much under the control of Kitami. They’ve captured the snooping teacher and have her pretty much under their power, so much so that the show opens with them filling her up with a couple gallons of water and one of the more icky sex scenes I’ve seen yet. Give me a demon over that any day of the week.

While the first volume had some good sex scenes, it was spaced out with the mystery of what happened all those years ago in the basement during the first summoning and it had some of the usual school issues and just getting to know the characters. A lot of that is pushed to the side here and we get more of the sex and less of the characters. This is partially due to so many of them now being under the mental control of Kitami, as she starts up her plans to use them in a new summoning.

But if you turn away every now and then, you’re likely to miss the small building scenes that deal with that plot. Of course, if you’re not all that interested in the plot you’ll be really pleased with all the sex scenes contained in here, but I think too much of the plot got sacrificed here, and that was something that was a major draw in the first volume, even with a she-male present.

On the plus side, this obviously isn’t the end of the series, so there’s a chance stronger plot episodes are coming up next and I’ll be even more curious to see what things will happen next. Thankfully the actual animation production values continue to be high, as that is definitely one of the biggest draws here.

Features
Japanese Language,English 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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