Dragon Pink (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, March 26, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2010
This is one dragon that you’d certainly enjoy training.
What They Say
One of the most well-known erotic action adventures returns! Cat-slave Pink is constantly being taken advantage of in her motley crew of adventurers. Though they have well-honed teamwork, she always seems to be getting the short end of the stick. The group is made up of the usual suspects. A brave swordsman, a powerful elven sorceress, and a bear of a fierce warrior. Together, they brave monsters, demons, and evil magic users, and the fur always flies when Pink is caught in the middle of it all.
Dragon Pink gets released in a bilingual format, something that only happened when Critical Mass got the title so Kitty Media makes out well with this edition. We listened to that in English last time so we went back to the classic Japanese for this one. The mix for it is the same as before with a pair of stereo tracks encoded at 192kbps which has a full sounding center channel feel to it that doesn't have much in terms of directionality. It does sound good though and it gets everything across well, be it the action scenes or the, uh, action scenes. We didn't have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback in either version.
Originally released to video in 1994, the transfer for this three part OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The transfer for this show is like a number of adult shows from this period in that the print looks good but it's showing some of its problems such as the dirt and scratches and the way the paint was layered in some of the backgrounds. Colors for the most part hold up well but there's a lack of vibrancy to them even in the best looking ones. It does have a fairly standard fantasy world color palette to it but combined with its age there's a certain softness and lack of detail to a number of scenes. This is all nit-picking for the most part though since the transfer looks decent and at the level you'd expect of something from this particular vintage and origin. It won't amaze anyone but it gets the job done nicely and mostly problem free.
The latest edition of Dragon Pink is the most modern looking so far as it does its best to make the show look current, but can do only so much with the materials. Still, with the regal kind of framework applied to it and the bright colors of both the logo and the character artwork, it’s a very strong offering and the best the show has ever gotten. The character artwork looks great and your eye is drawn to it more with the black space surrounding it. The colors with the logo may be a touch garish but it’s a great combination of green dragon scales and the pink of the title characters’ name. The back cover uses the same kind of overall framework with a cute-sexy image of Pink along the left while there’s parchment next to her that conveys the basics of the summary. A strip of shots from the show highlights the character designs and some of the naughty nature while the rest is all fairly standard with warnings, production credits and a smooth clean technical grid. No show related inserts are included nor is there a reversible cover.
The menu design for Dragon Pink is pretty par for the course with Kitty Media as they take the image of Pink from the cover and use her against the overall framework we also see form the cover. It’s bright and vibrant here, definitely appealing, with some of the bouncy instrumental music playing along as it loops. The look of it is very clean and the navigation, simple as to be expected, is easy to use and everything loads quickly. The character artwork and the framework from the cover is definitely good and re-using it here ties it together well. As is expected, the disc does not read our players’ language presets and defaults to English language with the slates subtitles selected.
Sadly, none of the extras were brought over to this edition, so there are no art galleries and no dub outtakes.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When it comes to fantasy shows, they're few and far between and even less so when it comes to the adult anime realm, which is really unfortunate since there are so many obvious fetishes to work up and use. Dragon Pink plays up the video game aspect of it as well with cute notes coming up throughout the show as it deals with catgirls, elves and other standard fantasy lore. Back in the day, Dragon Pink was one of my earlier hentai purchases. That was when each episode was on its own volume, and I never got past the first one. I found it cute, but my catgirl fetish hadn't quite kicked in yet. But now it's many years later and I get to revisit a much higher quality version of the show to see what I missed.
Thankfully, the show has aged fairly well. While I made the comment above about it being more ecchi than anything else, that's not entirely accurate. There's still plenty of sex going on through these episodes, and there's some mildly explicit stuff, it's just not as outright detailed as the stuff you get today is. It also gets much more explicit as the episodes progress. Depending on how you’ve viewed adult materials over the course of your lifetime, this will mean it's either nostalgic or annoying. For me, it's nostalgic.
Dragon Pink is an amusing fantasy tale that originated as a manga but plays as if it's a video game. During the opening and eye-catch sequences, it prompts to save to continue or quite the game outright, and during the episode various things will happen to cause the little box to come up with that will talk about hit points, magic spells and the like. It's definitely old-school RPG video game feel. The story itself centers around a group of adventurers who travel around to basically make money. The group is made up of a typical set of characters, but with the usual hentai twists. Pink is the catgirl slave of Santa, Santa being the strong warrior of the group. He's not above using Pink to get the bounty, such as when he ties her up (Japanese style) and hangs her in the woods, waiting for a particular critter to come have its way with her, and then capturing it.
To complement these two, there's Bobo the very big and even stronger warrior who wields the axe and then there's Pierce, the elven magic user of the group who wears a very western-feeling super-hero outfit. Suffice to say, the women are showing off their cleavage all over the place. Pierce is amusing in that she tends to get her abilities boosted up when she has sex, and that seems to be one of Bobo's main uses with the group. Each episode is nicely self-contained as the group goes off to do one adventure or another. And, contrary to the title, I spotted no dragons.
One of the things that keeps Dragon Pink as something a bit more of a standout compared to a lot of hentai that comes out these days is the old formula of having a story to go with the sex. You can easily see them marketing this show without the sex as a simple RPG/comedy OVA series. That gives the show some extra depth and a bit more to the characters as well. Dragon Pink was a pleasant show to spend a late night with, providing both plenty of good hentai sequences and some fun little fantasy adventure moments.
Changing hand yet again and now ending up at Kitty after starting at SoftCel and then on to Critical Mass, Kitty has done a decent job here of essentially porting the core material and changing the wrapping on it. They were able to keep the new dub that was created which is a plus and they’re keeping a good classic on the market. This is another title that I waited a number of years to own initially on DVD and then watched it disappear from the shelves. Seeing it come back (and again) and with a full bilingual presentation is a good thing. It brings new folks into the fun of catgirl slaves and using slingshots to take down fairy girls.
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.
Mania Grade: B-
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 18 and Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Kitty Media
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Pink