Cougar Time (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The older ladies of anime get their time in the sun to good effect in this latest compilation release.
What They Say
These sexy older woman know what they want, and what good sex is all about. With Insatiable appetites, Cougars prowl the concrete jungle ready to prey on large stiff cocks. So when your buddy's mom asks you what time it is, make sure you let her know- It's Cougar Time!
The audio presentation for this release is done with a single language mix as we get the English track in stereo encoded at 256. With the show focusing more on the actual adult 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 and some of the older stuff just doesn’t hold up well in general. Where this release fails though, regardless of whether it’s newer or older animation, is in that there are digital encoding issues here where we get blocks of digital noise – not in the show itself, but like a video break-up, that happens several times across the show. It’s the kind of thing that you can’t imagine really being signed off on if it was seen like that. It was replicated in two different players as well.
Adult Source Media continues to put out some of the best covers in the business and this one is no exception with an attractive slightly older character as her clothes fall off of her. The design is great and appealing and it’s even kept the same for both the hardcore and softcore versions. The back cover either goes for a relly strong series of graphic images with the basic summary of what to expect or it serves as a tease with the softcore version showing us lots of clothed, or mostly clothed, women that are tantalizing you to check them out. The summary is what you’d expect as it’s just trying to talk itself up and the basic technical information covers things as well as can be expected as they do at least make it fairly clear it’s English language only.
The menus for this release are very simple as they’re just standard video pieces that you get with a lot of software packages that have basic colors moving in the background of different styles. The logo plays out on top of it which is cute as the logo looks good and the cougar paw prints are fun as they end up with several across a small area of the screen. The logos in general are solid and the navigation strip covers the basics while submenu navigation is quick and easy with no problems. With this being a monolingual release, player presets are obviously a nonissue overall. The menus here are certainly workable and problem free, they just lack a bit of the polish we saw on ASM releases in the past. Being a compilation, I can’t complain that much though.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Adult Source Media pulls together another compilation release with Cougar Time, a show that takes us to the world of older women going after younger men. The phenomenon has certainly gained a lot of traction over the years with it even being something of a modest primetime TV hit in the US and many women proudly wear the badge of being a cougar as a way to take back the idea that older women aren’t interested in sex and intimacy. In the anime world, particularly with hentai, there are some shows over the years that dabbled lightly in this arena but they tended to focus more on the whole hot mom aspect since it kept the women younger. Honestly, there aren’t all that many older women in hentai that I can think of that have been brought out over here.
Cougar Time brings us clips from numerous shows that Adult Source Media has that involved older women. That being fairly relative though as the older women here are, at best, often what you’d consider to be in their late twenties and early thirties. There are a couple that seem a bit more up there, typically from the older traditional animation period, but largely the women don’t really come across as cougars in the sense that the word has become. This is a problem for anime since so many of the shows focus on the (legally documented) eighteen year olds and over in their college lives so the focus on older women has to be skewed somewhat as well.
The hour long presentation has a decent mix of scenes, some that tend to be a bit more showy than actual adult content, and it mixes across various types as well. Consensual, non consensual, teasing and full on standard hentai material. Some of the scenes are pretty good, such as one involving an older woman who is pretty gentle in taking on a younger man who may be a virgin, but it also goes for the dead zoned girls as there’s the opening sequence with the guy who built a slave gun that turns women into his zombies for him to mess with. Like any compilation, it’s all over the map and what you get out of it can vary depending on your interests. There are some good scenes in here, but honestly, they were good scenes in their own releases and I already saw those.
Cougar Time’s not for hentai fans. Hentai fans have seen the original works and enjoyed those. Cougar Time is for the casual on the shelf kind of buyer or renter who wants a particular theme rather than what a single show may offer. And it’s all about just the scenes as we get a good number of them without all that silly plot and character stuff that does at least bring a pretense of story to most hentai titles. What you get here is just the goods with women that you’d be hard pressed to call cougars in general, but if you can suspend disbelief long enough, it may be what you’re looking for and give you an hour of variety.
English 2.0 Language, Photo Gallery
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Mania Grade: C
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: Adult Source Media
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Cougar Time