Legend of Lyon Flare 2: Into the Erogenous Zone (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A two episode follow-up to a now tame show comes across as a strangely convoluted mess with no real point.

What They Say

Return to the world of Lyon, where the clan of Brastica, led by Queen Flare, now seeks to bring down the Capital City of Crossland. Repeatedly stopped by the heroic, powerful and well-endowed Baron Jeek, Flare's major-domo Desleen is consumed by prowess-envy and concocts a cunning plan to trap the baron and other similarly prominent opposition warriors under the guise of hosting a grand tournament. What Desleen doesn't count on is the female warrior Nerise, who has her own reasons for getting her hands (or whatever) on Jeek's big... er... physique!

Who will rise, who will survive, and who will go down in the biggest mixed gender brawl ever? Let's just say that lots of nudity, crudity and general rudity will ensue as the final two parts of the Lyon Flare saga build to their ultimate climax!

The Review!

Audio
Similar to the release of the first two OVAs, also done by Happy Carrot in early 2009, there’s only the original Japanese language mix here in stereo encoded at a lower 192kbps. There’s not much for the show to work with considering its age, but the full sounding mix comes across nice and clear and the dialogue is very distinct. There’s no real noticeable placement or depth to it but it’s a good presentation of what the show was like when it came out originally. The music is the area where it tends to sound more full in general, but there’s not that huge of a difference between it and the dialogue itself. We didn’t have any issues with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.
 
Video
Originally released in 1999, the transfer for this two part OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The second episode is done as a non-anamorphic widescreen episode so there’s a lot of empty space to be had. The source materials for this are obviously fairly old and from a film source and the transfer here shows off some of the flaws. It’s a pretty standard looking transfer for a show of this age in that there’s a fair bit of softness to it throughout and some basic line noise issues during various panning sequences. Some of the background noise is a little distracting at times but for the most part this is a decent looking transfer for a show that’s over twenty years old. Colors generally remain solid and the character designs come across well.
 
Packaging
The cover to this is certainly eye-catching as it takes three of the women and puts them all front and center behind each other with practically nothing on them. They’ve got some curves, which comes from the time it was created, and certainly looks appealing with the coloring and the overall background as well as the chains thrown into the mix. The logo itself is positively amusing as it’s overly long and rather pointless since it’s a sequel. The back cover is nicely laid out with a good shot of Flare along the top and a set of six shots from the show down the left and right side. The background is made up of a dark stone look that adds to the serious side really well while the central column has the detailed look at what the show is about. The bottom portion is given over to some basic production credits and a solid technical grid.
 
Menu
The menu design is very straightforward as it has a shot of one of the women set to the right with the navigation on the left. She’s set against an old stone wall with a bit of a design to it that gives it an old world feel. The navigation is along the left and is very simple as it has just the episode selection and the DVD credits menu. With this being a monolingual disc, there’s nothing to change so no submenu for that or for chapter stops. The layout is very simple and easy to use and works problem free, even if it doesn’t have a lot of flash to it.
 
Extras
None.
 
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the release of the often requested first couple of episodes of the Legend of Lyon Flare came out last year from Happy Carrot, apparently it did well enough that they sought out the second two episodes. And when they announced it even the most die hard hentai fans were surprised. Not that it was licensed but that it even existed. So low under the radar it flew that most never knew such a thing had been created. The first had something of a reputation to it and was even noteworthy as one of the earliest hentai releases on DVD in Japan, made even more interesting because it used the English subtitles from SoftCel Pictures. 
 
So now, after taking in these two episodes that run roughly thirty five minutes each, I think it’s safe to say that if anyone did know about these episodes they forgot about them on purpose. In watching these two episodes, they definitely feel like they’re a part of what has come before but at the same time disconnected. Perhaps the year or so between releases has not helped, but the stories here do essentially stand alone. We’re taken about the world through the man known as Baron Zeke. As a hotshot in the country of Crosslands, he’s got a serving boy who helps him a fair bit and a widow that wants him badly and does her best to throw herself at him. This is a regular gag in both episodes with poor serving boy Lony being abused and Poraline flirting in a most obvious and predictable way.
 
For the most part, the show is about Zeke going off to do something that involves fighting while various sexual encounters occur around him. The first episode has him going to some massive holy fighting tournament at a citadel in the sky but it’s all a trap to draw him there because they want him for the person that they’re serving, i.e. Flare herself who seems pretty powerful. Zeke is set up against a trio of Death Realm Warriors, though one goes to deal with his somewhat-friend Neris who intends to fight him proper one day, and we get a few decent sword fights out of it with a few implications for what’s at stake for Zeke. It’s all fairly bland fantasy material but it’s structured together in such a way that it’s really very simply put – uninteresting. 
 
The second episode does things in much a similar way as Flare gets herself abducted into a mansion when she tries to help out a young woman being paraded around naked in the town. The woman who controls the mansion manages to acquire Flare through this encounter and puts a creepy crawly in her that gives her pleasure unthinkable but also ruins her for men as she can no longer give birth. Naturally, Zeke and his small entourage end up there to set things right but something about it just doesn’t flow right. The cuts between scenes is alright but the flow of the narrative is uneven as each episode really just doesn’t seem to be clear enough about what it wants to tell. It almost feels as though it’s meandering in terms of the real idea behind each episode.
 
This sequel episode, which seems to be from 1999 going by the copyrights on it, mirrors the original pretty well in terms of designs and overall feel of the animation. I suspect that the copyright date is more of when some new company acquired the show and stamped that onto it rather than when it was created. The show does make out well if you like the traditionally animated material, and I do, but it does suffer in its age because it has mosaics throughout it. And these appear to be the kind of mosaics where there’s nothing underneath it so there was nothing to remove, since it’d be blank spots as the animators knew it would be mosaiced. The sex itself is pretty weak and bland, uninteresting at best, but the designs are certainly appealing.
 
In Summary:
The original two OVA release was something that was considered controversial back when it first came out and it maintained that reputation for years. When we finally got to sit down and watch it after a lot of years between releases, it was really very tame by how things are now. This sequel pair of episodes is more of the same in that there’s really very little to it, both in story, titillation and execution. The two episodes leave you wondering what the point of it all was and that’s never a good feeling to have, especially after shelling out cash for it. There are appealing things to it, mostly in the animation itself and seeing more traditionally animated material, but that can carry it only so far. There’s a fascination with the title since the episodes were so unknown but it appears they were that way for a very good reason.
 
Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

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.



Mania Grade: D-
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: C+
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: C
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 18 and Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Happy Carrot
MSRP: 29.98
Running time: 80
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Legend of Lyon Flare