Sexual Education (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, May 20, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Bringing together an hour’s worth of clips from different shows that are mildly educational related, Sexual Education is fairly remedial material.
What They Say
Show me how to please you". "Teach me the way". 10 Scenes of the steamiest throbbing action. Come watch these girls learn a thing or two about how to truly please a man.
The audio presentation for this release is done with a single language mix as we get the English track in stereo encoded at 192kbps. Wit the show focusing more on the actual grunt grunt action rather than a whole lot of dialogue, the mix is pretty basic and encoding itself isn't a surprise nor is the end result. It’s certainly not bad or problematic, but it lacks anything other than throwing the material out the center channel and letting it all hang out there. Dialogue is clean and clear, which is good since many scenes are just stills, and it’s free of problems so you can enjoy the aural experience.
The transfer for this show is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The sixty minute feature is made up of several different shows so there’s a different look and quality of materials to be had here. There’s a mix of traditionally animated material here and some digital animation material as well so there’s obviously differences between the two. The older material looks decent but it has a rougher feel and the backgrounds tend to be noisier. The newer scenes tend to be a lot cleaner and with few problems overall outside of some mild noise during panning sequences. Some cross coloration creeps in as well but is fairly minimal overall, especially in comparison to the line noise when it comes to the older clips. Colors are generally good and there’s a mostly solid feel to the bulk of it. The disparity in the materials is pretty obvious and a little off-putting at times.
If there’s an area that ASM continues to be consistent on, it’s great looking covers. This one is another of those as it plays up the appealing character designs just right by going with the teacher/student angle though ones that are very top heavy and showing off what they’ve got to each other. It’s almost amusing yet cute how the tie is lost between the student’s breasts like that, though it’s far easier to believe she’d be tipping over. Add in the logo across the bottom with a a good sports style font to it and it’s all tied together very nicely. The back cover takes several of the girls in different states of undress and some graphic material and you’ve got the hard sell back here with what the show is like and the variety to the designs and animation. The summary is non-existent since it’s just buzzing for the show itself while the remainder is given over to the basic technical bits and some logos. The cover is reversible, though it’s only the back cover that’s really any different, as it adds the graphic material in that we get to see the characters breasts fully exposed. I definitely appreciate that the covers are using the soft versions on the exteriors instead of the reverse like they have been for awhile.
The menu design is nicely done as it takes two of the characters from the show with their clothes on, though looking fairly sexual, and places them along the left side. The character artwork is very appealing with its soft design and the color mix. The logo along the top is done the same as the covers’ while the background itself is essentially a CG blur of… circuit boards? In purple? Navigation is straightforward and easy to use and submenus load quickly and without problem. With this being a monolingual release, player presets aren’t a problem at all.
The only extra included in here is a nearly two minute slideshow (animated) of scenes from the feature to some hard rocking music that makes it all go by very fast, though it is a short loop of music.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Clip shows are the bane of my existence when it comes to hentai simply because in general I don’t feel they’re done well. It’s kind of the norm for a lot of live action material and you could simply point to numerous online sites and say that they’re just massive clip shows themselves. With a physical release and with hentai in particular, I want more out of it than just a bunch of clips. That may have been fun to watch when I was in my teens and that’s what you’d get at a comic book convention dealer, but it’s not what I want to shell my money out for these days. Adding insult to injury though is that Adult Source Media keeps making them dub only.
I must say though that Sexual Education isn’t bad. And that’s saying something after the previous paragraph. This show is all loosely based around education situations where we get a variety of student, teacher and age related scenes. There’s a decent opening piece that features too much repetitive animation that involves a tutor taking advantage of the student he’s helping out at home. There’s some of the usual situations you find at a school (college, honest!) that has teachers and students going at it. There’s also a couple of scenes that come from the same show that involves old-school style bondage and domination by persons of authority over students. But there are also a couple of really nice almost wholesome scenes, suchas when two friends go to the girls house after school and she convinces him that she likes him and they have sex. It was… nice.
The varying animation styles in this is pretty much the norm for any clip show as it draws from a wide range of material, though none of it looks familiar. The older traditional animation doesn’t fare too well at times with a murky look and a lack of detail while some of the newer material has a very good look to it with bright colors and a very solid feel to it. The character designs are all over the map though there are some appealing ones while others are just sort of there. The sex scenes themselves vary a fair bit, but outside of some basic bondage and domination material in a couple of them there isn’t anything that strays too far from the norm, at least by my strange standards after over two decades of watching hentai.
I almost feel ashamed for enjoying a clip show. Ok, I do feel ashamed. It’s not a bad clip show but I dislike that it’s dub only (which has reduced its overall content grade). There are a number of good scenes in here overall and the action is generally pretty decent and without anything too far out. The character designs are nice and it essentially does get right to the action. The older material tends to make out the worst both in visuals and in story and action, but it’s made up for by the rest of the show that plays it a little more straight and with generally more appealing characters and scenes. This isn’t bad and certainly helps erase some of the distaste from clip shows like Naughty College Schoolgirls which was just terrible.
English 2.0 Language, Photo Gallery
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: C-
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B-
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C
Age Rating: 18 and Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Adult Source Media
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Sexual Education