Rei-Rei / Gigolo UK DVD (of 1) (Mania.com)

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What They Say
Rei Rei:

Dead Girls Can’t talk

The evil Doctor Manami has seduced and murdered Ikuko, an innocent schoolgirl. But she has not counted on the intervention of the Goddess of Love, Kaguya. She’s got a body that can wake the dead, and she wrote the rule book of revenge. With the help of Ikuko’s boyfriend, she makes sure that the punishment fits the crime.

The Lover’s Guide

Satoshi isn’t getting anywhere with Mika, but not through lack of trying. It’s just that he’s scared of women. Enter Kaguya, the Prophetess of Passion, who can show Satoshi everything he needs to know about the mysteries of life. For hands on experience, she’s the perfect teacher. Worry no more people of Earth, Kaguya the Goddess of Love is watching.

Gigolo:

Jim is one horny hunk, a twenty-two year old stud with lady-killer looks. When he’s challenged by gorgeous Ai Mizushima to “make me scream with pleasure” – it’s a wager he can’t refuse, especially when the prize will be a spanking new sport car.

The Review!
The first time I can do something back. Most of the times you Americans are already reviewing a title while it is still crawling across the ocean to me. You don’t know what stress you cause every time to a poor Anime fan in Europe J
This is a double feature. But apart from the fact that they are pressed on the same disk they have not very much in common.

It sits just in a standard black DVD box, with no extras at all

The menu system is most minimal, one page to select a movie or chapters, and no other choices.

Rei Rei is subbed, with ugly white-on-black subtitles, which are part of the video and can’t be turned off; it looks like they used the master of the the UK VHS version. The image quality is much better as the video of course, but on a DVD scale it is mediocre. The sound is acceptable stereo.

I don’t think the text on the back of the box does do the movies justice. They forget the anime-type humor and make the movies look like just another porn flick. One of the things that makes hentai films superior to normal porn movies is that there often is a real story line in hentai, and Rei-Rei is no exception.

Agreed, the story isn’t very profound, but it is enjoyable. And they forgot to mention the first movie is famous for its transgendered theme.

Gigolo is dubbed, but with a better image quality. The sound is also decent stereo. The text on the back is also not very good (It seems to me they don’t target otaku’s as their market) It is a kind of crime movie, with gangs fighting each other to the death and a love theme caught in between.

It could be that this is the first anime released in the UK. As such they don’t start with a bang, but it could have been worse.

Features
Rei Rei: Japanese Language & English subtitles,Gigolo: English Language

Review Equipment
Philips DVD 930, Sony KV 32 FX 60 B, Yamaha DSP-A-970



Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B-
Menus Rating: C
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: All
Region: 2 - Europe
Released By: Other
MSRP: £14.46
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Rei-Rei