Magic Woman M (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, September 29, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, January 08, 2002
What They Say
19-year-old Meru is a sorceress lost in a forest of unsavory characters. But these lustful beasts had better watch out! When Meru attains the state of ultimate ecstasy, she unleashes explosive power from within herself!
This show is so good, I fell asleep during it! Twice!
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Being something of a low budget production in Japan, it's a basic stereo mix with little to really do. Pretty much everything feels center channel based, but it's all pretty clean and clear to hear. We didn't notice any dropouts or distortions.
For a recent show, released in Japan in 1998, there's not a heck of a lot to recommend here. From the transfer perspective, it's pretty accurate in presenting the low quality of the show. There's more grain here in this one show than I've seen in anything else recently. The show also features some rather poor color palette choices, giving it a really bad 80's anime feeling to it. But the grain was just the really big distracting part.
Probably one of the nicer aspects of this release is the cover, which has some nice soft manga style artwork to it and an overall nice looking design, though it does feel somewhat undone in some way. The back cover provides some more artwork and a very brief summary of the show. Features and other specs are pretty clearly listed here as well. The reverse side provides some more animation shots in black and white as well as the chapter selection and cast listings.
A little more animated than usual, this is a pretty decent looking menu with some nice mixing of menu animation and cel animation. Selections are listed along the right and have great access times and move fast between each of the submenus.
Due to one of the extras, I'm not sure I can really grade the overall selection of extras. We get some of the usual array of things, such as a meet the characters section and a little art gallery. Spells and stuff shows off the various spells used in the show. But the audio commentary. Oh lord, the commentary. It's not a feature length commentary, but a separate section where four segments of the show are presented and the characters, uh, comment on it. Such as the ogre talking how once you have an ogre you never go back, but in much more rough fashion. And in the ogres dub voice. It's one of those "I can't believe they did this" kind of moments.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Magic Woman M is a pretty weak tale overall. We're introduced to the supposedly capable 19 year old Meruru, whose out adventuring in the world seeking experience in the ways of magic and life. While out in the world, she stumbles into an area where an ogre has been rampaging and killing. In fact, he had just finished wiping out a small army it seems and has taken the only surviving female warrior back to his lair where he has his way with her. He's also got a stash of women villagers whom he keeps for food.
Meruru, after freeing one of the female warriors elsewhere, searches out the ogre with her. Said ogre comes, overpowers her, and takes her. Takes here there and takes her back to his lair to be taken again. Or used as food.
I think it was around here that I started to nod off. I rewound back and started it up again after I woke up. And oddly enough, just a few more minutes into it and I nodded off again. Trying the same thing a day later produced the same results, though I ended up waking up during parts of the second episode where I saw human sized fish with "members" having their way with our cast of women.
The show a lot of times looks a lot like a high school animation project and high school scripting mentality. The look of the show is pretty far down the list, enough so to make Adventure Kid look good. The scripting even manages to make that show look good. The character designs border on slightly cute, but the actual artwork and animation tends to be poor, especially in the coloring department.
There's a lot of good hentai out there. Unfortunately there's a lot more bad hentai, but gems like this are rare finds indeed. I'd apologize for the briefness of the review, but I hate spending more time talking about a title than I did watching it.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Meet the Characters,Art Gallery,Audio Commentary,Spells & Stuff
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: D
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: C
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 17 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Anime 18
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Magic Woman M