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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Adult Source Media
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Bound to Please

Bound To Please Vol. #2

Bound To Please Vol. #2 Hentai Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     November 09, 2010
Release Date: September 21, 2010


Bound To Please Vol. #2
© Adult Source Media

Sometimes being bound once just isn't enough.

What They Say
The Erotic Worlds of Forbidden Lust & Taboo Desires collide in an explosive display of decadence. Bound by tradition & a secret desire to to push their sexual limits, these gorgeous girls feast on their darkest, dirtiest fantasies as they enter a universe of Fetish Play, Devious Domination & Sensuous Submission. Watch, as our parade of submissive sweethearts & Vivacious Vixens get tied up & teased in order to fulfill your dreams and quench your thirsty desires!

The Review!

Audio: 

The audio presentation for this release is done with a single language mix as we get the English track in stereo encoded at 192kbps. With the age and rather general low quality of the actual production itself, the encoding and the mix itself aren’t a surprise nor is the end result. It’s certainly not bad or problematic, but it lacks anything other than throwing the material out the center channel and letting it all hang out there. Dialogue is clean and clear, which is good since many scenes are just stills, and it’s free of problems so you can enjoy the aural experience.

Video:
The transfer for this show is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The sixty minute feature is made up of several different shows so there’s a different look and quality of materials to be had here. There’s a mix of traditionally animated material here and some digital animation material as well so there’s obviously differences between the two. The older material looks decent but it has a rougher feel and the backgrounds tend to be noisier. The newer scenes tend to be a lot cleaner and with few problems overall outside of some mild noise during panning sequences. Some cross coloration creeps in as well but is fairly minimal overall, especially in comparison to the line noise when it comes to the older clips. Colors are generally good and there’s a mostly solid feel to the bulk of it. The disparity in the materials is pretty obvious and a little off-putting at times.

Packaging:
This release plays similar to the previous edition in that we get a cute girl in bondage. The front cover has her all done up in bonds on a chair with her legs wide open, though it avoids going too far, as far as adult releases go, in that she's got on some clothes and the logo covers it. It's a good piece of character artwork and she has the right expression for it as well. The back cover makes it clear what we're in for though with a strip of shots from the show along the top and bottom while the middle has a large piece of a maid in bonds. The summary isn't anything of note since it's just going on a bit about the whole premise of bondage is about. The technical materialf ills out the bottom but it's minimal as compilations tend to go but it does make it clear that it's an hour of dub only material.

Menu:
The menu design is nicely done as it takes the front cover artwork from the hardcore version and places it along the left side. The character artwork is decent here with its soft design and the color mix. The logo along the top is done the same as the covers’ while the background itself is essentially a CG blur of various widgets in shades of purple. Navigation is straightforward and easy to use and submenus load quickly and without problem. With this being a monolingual release, player presets aren’t a problem at all.

Extras:
The only extra included in here is a nearly two minute slideshow (animated) of scenes from the feature to some hard rocking music that makes it all go by very fast, though it is a short loop of music.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The first installment of Bound to Please from Adult Source Media must have gone over well as the company has gone back to the well and brought out more bondage themed material. Compilations are the order of the day at the moment since there's so little material being licensed as the Japanese have clamped down heavily on it and even this one grabs a little from the Critical Mass line of videos, with acknowledgment of course, which was kind of surprising since you don't often see that.

Bound to Please 2 does take a bit to get to the good stuff as it does some thematic pieces first, showing off various characters and brief clips that don't engage in sex but highlights various bondage aspects. It's not a bad thing and it does make the show fit the theme well, but it's not a terribly exciting way to start off the show. When it does get down to business, we get the usual variety of mild bondage material and some of the more hardcore pieces, though nothing for the most part like some of the darkest of the darkest that's come out over the years. At its worst, it's the material that comes from the Critical Mass release that involves military types with young women being interrogated and abused.

But the problem with the compilations continues here much as it has with others. Without context for some of them, there isn't all that much meaning. Dropping right into the good stuff can be useful and is definitely what compilations are all about, but that's where the other problem is; quite a few of these scenes have no payoff. There's a lot of teasing scenes and a number that get into the action, but they either end too quickly or feel shortened from giving you full exposure. When a scene doesn't take you to its conclusion, which admittedly may not have been animated to begin with for its original release (hence the lack of meaning and context), it makes you wonder with each new one if it'll be all that it can be.

In Summary:
Compilations can be pretty hit or miss for a lot of reasons and the anime ones can't quite match live action compilations due to a number of things. This release does have some good material to it but it's few and far between. More of it tends to be unfinished scenes or just the teasing elements that don't get anywhere. When it goes dark, it sets up for a lot of nastiness but doesn't pay off. What it lacks is a significant amount of really good bondage material where the girls are tied up (consensual is even better!) and taken advantage of. There's a good bit of variety here overall with character designs and what it wants to show, but if you're really into bondage hentai, this will whet your appetite but likely won't give you the full experience.

Features
English 2.0 Language, Photo Gallery

Review Equipment

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.

 

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