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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: SoftCel Pictures
  • 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: Lucky 7

By Michael Thomas     May 03, 2003
Release Date: March 25, 2003



The Review!
How do you tell someone that you love them, when it could cause both of you great pain?

::Audio::
When watching the show, I listened to the original Japanese seiyuu (voice actors). SoftCel chose not to dub the OVA. The talking, ambient sounds, and background music made good use of the two, built-in, TV speakers.

::Video::
As usual, Pink Pineapple pulls out all the stops for video quality. Solidly done. Colors are crisp and vibrant, and character designs are pretty and attractive. However, the transfer does have some issues of softness, especially with pastel colors. This softness also leads to some aliasing and artificing as well. SoftCel should have tried to get a better original, or spend a bit more time cleaning up these problems.

::Packaging::
The cover is a pink, with a big spread of Suwati, in all her Luck Goddess regalia, and with just a bit of flirty-naughtiness. Overall, SoftCel chose a really attractive picture to use for the front cover. The back cover has additional "snap-shots" of the other girls in this OVA, as well as DVD credits, and an okay summary of the show. The insert has Suwati in a different pose, but just as pretty, with the reverse having chapter stops and adds for other shows.

::Menus::
Keeping with the pink theme, the menus are also done with a pink background. Overall okay background image, and the menus have quick load times.

::Extras::
There are no extras in this DVD.

::Content:: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Cute demi-goddesses, some divine help, and a boy looking for the perfect romance.

"Can Can Bunny: Lucky 7" is the first 3 episodes of a 6 episode adult-bishoujo OVA based on the love-sim game Can Can Bunny: Extra by F&C (a Japanese game company).

The OVA follows along the primary path of the game. Hence, when the show starts, and our main character, Kenta, doesn't know the luck goddess Suwati but Suwati knows him. This is because she knows him from the PC game... it's an in-game joke for all the people who played it. Anyway, Pink Pineapple, well known as of the best bishoujo anime studios out there, does a very good job of bringing the game to anime.

So, anyway, we're introduced to Kenta, a hardworking, young man who just never seems to have any luck with the ladies. Except a Luck Goddess has fallen for Kenta, and wants to help him out. Enter Suwati (the reserved, girl-next-door), and her more forward sister, Shuree. Suwati takes fragments from 7 stars (that just happen to be from the sacred constellation of the big dipper), and gives these fragments to Kenta, so he can use them to help him meet women. The only thing is, Suwati loves Kenta, and so she keeps one of the fragments for herself, in the hopes that, at some point, she will be able to be with Kenta.

Kenta does start out like a drooling guy with his new star-fragments, but soon you realize just how keen a guy Kenta is. Throughout the first three episodes he meets six other girls who he gives a goodly amount of help too. For example, his dedication at work impresses his female boss, and his saving of a rock-idols daughter wins him the admiration of that girl. It is very well done because; in reality Kenta doesn't need to use the stars. They just give him some confidence in himself he didn't have prior to this event. So, while Kenta is showing off all his pretty darn noble traits, we get a bit of back story about Suwati and Shuree.

We find out that its VERBOTTEN for the goddesses to actually be intimate with Kenta, even though the star fragments would allow them to do so. And Suwati is warned that if she tries something, not only will she forget the event, but she'll completely forget about Kenta totally. And, if she does use them, it'll force her to get married to some old, ugly, dark god. A thought that drives her into a panicked state. And, an event that shows just how much Shuree cares for her sister.

Anyway, Can Can Bunny was a good show to watch. A good mix of light drama and romance, with a plethora of attractive girls. The sexual scenes are all consensual, and none of them are explicit. Pink Pineapple did a great job in translating the game to an OVA, and SoftCel did a great job of translation. Overall highly recommended.




Review Equipment
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable

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