It’s hard being Yoichi, with all the women that seem to want to be with him.
What They Say
When you've got what it takes to seduce a harem's worth of bosomy housewives, then you might as well go all-out!
Cantaloupe Collector arrives with a good bilingual presentation with both the English language and Japanese language tracks in stereo encoded at 192kbps. Like most adult releases, there isn’t all that much going on here with the aural side as it’s primarily dialogue and action effects which are generally center channel based. The mix is about as expected but it is without any issues and that’s what really counts as the stereo channels provide a good sounding show that lets you hear all the dialogue and more when it counts. We didn’t have any problems with either language track during regular playback with regards to dropouts or distortions.
Originally released in 2007, the transfer for this two part OVA series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is enhanced for anamorphic playback. Cantaloupe Collector has a really good look to it with its animation and that translates very well with the transfer here. Colors are very rich looking where appropriate and the dark colors, such as the night time sky when it does show or other darkened areas, they all hold up very well. Gradients are minimal when they are apparent and it’s a clean looking transfer with no visible cross coloration and nothing that stood out in terms of line noise during panning sequences. Cantaloupe Collector is a very appealing transfer with a high bitrate average that lets the quality of the animation show through very well.
Cantaloupe Collector has a really good piece of cover artwork that is almost instantly appealing with bright colors, smiling characters and lots of flesh visible while still not really revealing anything. The cover sets us outside of a building and we get five girls in various states of undress with their tops falling off so that we make sure we’re fully aware of their cantaloupes. The designs are all different, they all look appealing and the colors are really nice and vibrant that draws in the eye. The back cover is quite good as well with a large shot of one of the girls with her lingerie falling around her and several small shots from the show strewn around her as well. The cover is predominately yellow which isn’t a bad choice here as it lets the character artwork stand out well. The summary is very brief and gets the point across without any real problems. The remainder of the cover is given over to the technical information and basic production credits. No inserts are included nor is there a reversible cover.
The menu design for this release is similar to most Kitty releases in that it’s a static piece with a bit of music to it. The artwork used is very similar to what we have on the front cover except it has different girls and a lot more blue sky background to it that is very appealing as it adds to the bouncy happy feeling that permeates this release in general. Colors look really good and inviting here and it all sets the mood just right. The navigation along the left is simple and straightforward and language selection is easy, though you can’t tell what is selected as nothing indicates it. The disc does not read our players’ language presets and defaults to English with sign/song subtitles.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
If there's one thing I've learned over the years from watching hentai it's to not judge a title by its cover – or its title. Cantaloupe Collector is certainly an amusing title and the cover artwork features a small group of very appealing character designs that for me work really well. It has all the ingredients for a show that I might actually like. But what's on the disc itself of course can be vastly different and filled with all manner of things that are twisted and cringe inducing, or the animation doesn't hold a candle to the character designs.
Thankfully, outside of a couple of very brief scenes, Cantaloupe Collector gave me everything I wanted to reaffirm my faith in good hentai being out there still. This show, spread over two episodes, is really little more than a series of vignettes revolving around the same character that lasts maybe seven minutes per scene. They're all connected but there isn't a really serious story here, though it does end with one of the best sight gags ever for this kind of show. Cantaloupe Collector revolves around a salaryman named Yoichi who has a young new wife who he actually gets to deflower at the start of the show after they're married. The two are a bit awkward together but there's nothing really bad about either of them and they come across as fairly normal.
Yoichi's life is apparently filled with intimate encounters though as everywhere he goes there are women that invariably throw themselves at him. At work, one of the women in the office that's married lets him have his way with her, leading to an amusing moment on the copier where her throes of passion are duplicated over and over, literally. Everywhere Yoichi turns, there's another woman who's willing to do just about anything for him. From a quasi-celebrity who has a gift from her husband in the form of a bunny outfit – which leads to very hilarious scenes involving her talking about eating carrots – to a friend of his who insists that every woman has the secret desire to have a man help her urinate.
With the short nature of the scenes, you get to fit in quite a few in each of the episodes that are on here. And since there's very little plot, it's just a smattering of dialogue to get things moving along which keeps it light and fairly fun. Yoichi is involved in each of the scenes except for one where he's an observer to a father/son combination dealing with a widow who isn't exactly receptive to their needs. Two scenes involve some minor urination material, though it's not as bad as a lot of other shows get with it. The only area that will make some people really cringe is the final scene when Yoichi returns to visit his mother only to catch her in the act of enjoying herself and he realizes how lonely she is since dad died. That goes into creepy territory and unless I misread the subtitles, they didn't try to explain it away with him being a son in name only.
Cantaloupe Collector is filled with great designs, good animation that works well for each scene, a variety to the scenes and a number of scenes so there's a lot to like here. Perhaps it was watching really bad hentai before this that made this feel better than it is, but I found Cantaloupe Collector to be a very accessible show to newer fans and something really well done that older fans can experience and enjoy. There isn't a lot of story to be had here and Yoichi is one of the luckiest bastards out there, but he's not a creep guy with huge designs or plans in the work here. He simply lucks into regular encounters with attractive women – and pays for it in the end, though I'm not sure he's really complaining. This was a fun title that I wish there were more like it.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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.