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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Critical Mass Video
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Can Can Bunny

Can Can Bunny Extra Vol. #1

By Chris Beveridge     September 15, 2006
Release Date: September 26, 2006

Can Can Bunny Extra Vol. #1
© Critical Mass Video

What They Say
Get Lucky with one Gorgeous Goddess! Kenta's totally sexually frustrated and utterly hopeless! Not only is he completely dateless in real life, but he can't even manage to get it on with the girls in his computer dating sim. It doesn't help that he's constantly reminded of his pathetic situation by his roommate having obnoxiously loud sex down the hall. But Kenta is about to get lucky in more ways than one!

Taking pity on his situation, Suwatee, the beautiful Goddess of Happiness, bestows Kenta with the power of seduction. Now everywhere that he goes, his path is strewn with women who are ready and willing to jump in his bed! As the number of his conquests soar, both Suwatee and her voluptuous cousin Shuree are swept up by Kenta's charms. It's down to a match between two lovelorn goddesses and Kenta hasn't got a prayer!

The Review!
The light and fun hentai releases of days gone by continue with Can Can Bunny, a title that doesn't quite do the series justice.

For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its new English language adaptation. The majority of dialogue is through the center channel while the music and some of the louder effects utilize the full soundstage, but this is a pretty typical mix. Dialogue is nice and clear throughout and we had no problems in the form of dropouts or distortions.

Originally released back in 1996, the transfer for the episodes here looks decent but has some minor issues. The main thing that's obvious right from the start is softness to the show and that doesn't help during some of the scenes throughout the show where some of the characters, particularly those with light sea-green hair, tend to look a bit fuzzier around the edges. Cross coloration shows up in a few areas as well as some light aliasing, but it's mainly the softness that causes the problems. The occasional nick and scratch are barely noticeable, though those attuned to jitter during scene changes may be more distracted by this release.

Using the same artwork as the previous US release, this version is very nicely touched up with stronger and deeper colors, a smoother background and overall a much more attractive design. The use of the bunny icon in particular is really cute. The back cover uses a fairly standard design now for adult titles from this company with a few shots from the show at an angle along with a detailed summary of the premise. A bit more artwork is also available here and like the front cover it looks really great. The discs features and technical information is clearly listed as well and it's easy to see exactly what's there. No insert is included with this release.

The menu uses the same artwork as the front cover but it looks much lighter and more vibrant as we get a close-up of Suwatee that just looks gorgeous with its detail and design. The layout is fairly standard with selections along the left and the large logo above it that has the really cute bunny where the volume number is. Access times are nice and fast and our player had no problem with the language presets being picked up as it went with Japanese with full subtitles.

The extras for this volume are decent if a bit short. A round of shots from the show make up the gallery section while a brief series of dub outtakes are also included.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After getting a release from the now defunct SoftCel Pictures back in 2003, Right Stuf has picked up the title and reworked things a bit from what we had before. While the transfer is essentially the same as the previous one though with the original endings intact and credit scrolls on black afterwards, it's punched up a bit with new layouts for the packaging and a brand new English dub. This is a show that was unfortunately never dubbed before and with its more mainstream appeal and lighter approach to the sex it really deserved one.

One of the things I absolutely try to not do when talking about a show is to illustrate how similar it is to any other show. Sometimes though, particularly with hentai, it's almost impossible not to. With only a few brief words, you can sum up an entire release very easily.

Can Can Bunny is essentially Oh My Goddess gone hentai.

Ok, there are differences, but once you work off of the basic formula, you know what you're getting. We're introduced to Kenta, a young hard working man who's just at the end of his rope over never getting lucky. Having heard his friend and neighbor getting lucky again, he stands up in his apartment and demands that the gods give him his due. Poof! Out of thin air appears Suwatee, the goddess of happiness who has come to grant his wish. Kenta doesn't quite believe this at first, but decides to go along with it and his basic wish is to make love to a whole lot of women.

Now, part of this is strange early on, and it's probably my unfamiliarity with the title, but Suwatee initially talks with Kenta as if he should know her, whereas he's acting like it's the first time he's seen her. This comes up a few more times throughout these episodes but isn't explained much. The most we get out of this is that Suwatee is very much in love with Kenta and wants to make love to him, but if she becomes "real" and physical so that he can touch her, she ends up in some seriously bad trouble with the powers above.

But, being the good goddess she is, she gives him what he wants and draws upon seven stars in the sky. The stars end up inside various women who will be drawn to him and will have their way with him. So Kenta begins his journey. It's a rather good one as well, with pretty much all consensual interactions. There's an amusing rivalry between two women that he gets involved in and ends up bedding both, there's an aspiring manga artist that he gets involved with and then an area where things get supernatural and he ends up helping a woman whose family history is haunting them at the hospital where she works as a nurse.

Added into the mix, to make things even more complicated for Suwatee, is her cousin Shuree. Shuree's pretty much the wild child goddess who can to see what Suwatee sees in Kenta or why she's going to all the effort. Of course, she ends up helping out in various areas and even starts to get a little turned on by Kenta as he ends up growing and maturing. But mostly, Shuree ends up being there to help Suwatee deal with the results of her having pulled down the seven stars, something that's going to cause her to be betrothed to some ancient god.

In Summary:
Can Can Bunny was a rather enjoyable show, particularly since I do have a fondness for the Oh My Goddess formula if done well. The animation is decent for the most part, the sex scenes are well done if not overly explicit and the actual encounters are a lot of fun with very good looking women. This is another title that I'd say easily fits in the couples-friendly genre, and those usually garner recommendations from me. Right Stuf's rescuing of this title from obscurity is a good thing and they did a great job in presenting it again here while giving it a bit of an upgrade.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery, Outtakes

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Toshiba HD-A1 Progressive Scan HD DVD player via HDMI -> DVI with upconversion set to 1080i, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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Zigra 4/2/2009 4:58:02 PM

If you were more familiar with Japanese mythology and folklore, you'd understand why Suwatee acts like Kenta should know her. Suwatee identifies herself with Benzaiten, a real Japanese goddess, and one of the seven luck gods in Japanese mythology. In fact, I believe the name "Suwatee" comes from the name "Survati", the original Hindu-Buddhist name of Benzaiten (the goddess is basically an import from India).



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