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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: 29.98
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Bible Black
Bible Black Vol. #4
By Chris Beveridge
September 10, 2004
Release Date: December 16, 2003
Bible Black Vol. #4
What They Say
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The black night of Walpurgis has finally arrived. Will Minase be able to defeat his former mistress before she claims Imari's virginity and takes over her body?The Review!
The Bible Black series comes to its conclusion with the summoning of all that's evil.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:
Originally released in 2003 and coming out here not too long thereafter, the transfer here is just gorgeous with its rich colors. Flesh tones are greatly layered. There’s very little in terms of jaggies during camera panning sequences and gain is non-existent. Cross coloration is pretty much non-existent with this release and the colors overall look good without any noticeable gradient issues with the digital painting.Packaging:
With the flames of hell all around, the central focus of the demon that's holding onto a Imari as her clothes are torn away is wonderfully detailed and just plain attractive. This is a great looking cover and is definitely eye-catching. The back cover provides a few shots from the show itself and a brief summary of the premise. Technical and production information is clearly listed at the bottom. The insert is a pretty simple piece of artwork with Imari wearing tight leather and surrounded by chains that has the chapter listings on one side and box art advertisements on the other.Menu:
Using the flame style from the front cover, the main menu has a close-up of Imari caught up in it and looking like she's really feeling the heat. Underneath the artwork is the list of selections, though it's a bit difficult to know which one you're on since it alternates between red and black and at first it's not completely evident.. With little on the disc, there’s not much to choose from here. Access times are nice and fast and menus load quickly.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The Bible Black series comes to its conclusion with the final two episodes on this volume, though they are cute after the episodes are over and provide a brief little super-deformed version of the female characters saying that they're going to be back for more, somehow. Either way, the series that started it all has finished with eight episodes and that's definitely a good run for a hentai series to be sure. Very few really hit anywhere near that number as well as the frequency with which they got these out both in Japan and the US.
With everything coming to a head, literally and figuratively, there isn't a lot of plot per se to the last two episodes here but rather a rush of serious sex, sacrifice and battle to save the world from the evil of Walpurgis. Minase's role during all of this has been pretty convoluted, from initially being seduced by a fellow student while his best friend Imari longed for him from a distance. Minase even had to go through the, uh, torture, yeah, torture of being stroked off while watching Kitami take Imari in front of him for the first time as they prepped her for the sacrificial rituals. Of course, this leads to the logical conclusion of him shacking up with Takashiro for comfort. Repeated comfort.
But Takashiro at least has something of a plan and needs Minase to help her with figuring out some of the ancient text and spells that may help fend off Kitami's plans to bring evil to this world and to leap into new bodies to help serve and promote it. This leads them to a struggle over the texts all while Shiraki plans her revenge since she was feeling used by Kitami during Imari's rape session. What better way to make yourself feel better than to stab your beloved in the guts and then go down on him while his life's blood drains away. Now that's got to be an erection that you really have to work at to keep going.
Everything comes to a head with the final battle though as each side has staked out its claim and is using whatever resources it can to fight the other off and achieve their goals. Be it violence, sex or a healthy combination of the two, the final plays out better than some of the previous material in the series. There isn't anything truly disgusting in this volume like there was in the Sacred Sacrament volume and that alone is a huge plus. While the combination of sex and violence does go up here again, I'll take that over the scatological stuff almost any day of the week. The sex for this final set of episodes is also rather good, between the raw passion in the Takashiro/Minase combination or the sheer amount of fun that Kitami has when she takes Imari.
One of the weakest parts of this release is the English dubbing. Since I went through a number of hentai OVAs in the past few months, I'm either liking more English dubs for hentai or am being desensitized to the average ones, I took in this release in English while writing the review. The dubbing for this is just plain bad in a lot of cases. Minase is horribly miscast, Imari's character doesn't exude any charm when she's being playful and the background grunt and groaners, particularly for the male characters, sound like they're banging their knees against a table and grunting from that than from making mad monkey love to nubile young women. Hopefully when more of this series surfaces we'll have a better cast working on it.In Summary:
Bible Black is definitely one of the more interesting and disturbing series to get its release over here but now some ten months after its final release, the entire market has really gone through a change with what's considered extreme and a lot of this is starting to feel tame. Or I'm just getting used to it. This is a good series that mixes in some interesting plot, lots of great sex, gorgeous character designs and excellent atmosphere for a lot of it. And it's rare that a hentai series actually inspires cosplay outfits and for this I am eternally thankful. The school uniforms for this series are just smoking and it makes convention going a real pleasure when you see these walking by.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.