Rancou Choukyo (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Saturday, June 08, 2002
Release Date: Thursday, May 30, 2002

What They Say
Born into a wealthy family, a young man is overpowered by the brutality of his cruel father. When his inexperienced with sex causes his first date to turn out badly, he ends up walking home alone and depressed. When a beautiful lost girl crosses his path, he soon discovers that she's the new family maid. But the boy knows his father's predatory ways and can only helplessly sit by as his father rapes her later that night.

Overcome with his desire for her, will the boy be overcome by his desire for her and turn into his predatory father or will he be able to confess his feelings for her? Will the girl accept his advances? What will fate bring for the girl and the boy?

The Review!
The domination game is the primary focus here, even though the subtitle for this is Orgy Training. Well, there’s no orgies in here folks and there’s no real training either. Yet another confusing title from Wide Road.

For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. This is a pretty straightforward stereo mix with nothing going to the rear channels and only some minor directionality across the forward soundstage. Dialogue is nice and clear and we noticed no dropouts or distortions on either track.

The transfer for this show is pretty average, with little to fuss about and little to really get excited over. There’s very little cross coloration and only some aliasing in certain areas such as panning and some of the fast camera movements up and down. Colors look nice and solid but lack an overall vibrancy.

The main cover features two of the women you’ll see in the show, the cute schoolgirl and the maid, complete with ugly maid hat. I swear I’ve never seen these kinds of maid hats in anime before, never mind real life. The back cover has a couple of animation shots from the show as well as a couple of paragraphs of what to expect. The discs features and Japanese staff are all clearly listed. As with every NuTech release to date, there’s no insert included.

This is a pretty simple menu with a static piece of animation from the show serving as a way to view the active animation behind it. Selections are pretty standard and the layout is typical NuTech. Access times are nice and fast and the menus load up quickly.

The only extra included here is a minute long video gallery that shows various stills from the episodes to music.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The story focuses around a young man who hates his father. Born into a wealthy family, he’s long since lost his mother to his fathers lusty ways. His mother didn’t like how he kept hiring maids and having his way with them, and presumably others, so she eventually left, leaving her son with him. He’s since grown to hate him and how he takes control of these women. Of course, it doesn’t stop him from getting off on watching him do it.

This leads to a situation where when he’s out on something of a date with a girl from school, he ends up just trying to take advantage of her, believing that she wanted it. His perception of things is getting fairly warped, and when tied with a very low self esteem, only serves to mold him into something similar to his father. It’s definitely a “it runs in the family” kind of problem here.

Things take a turn for him though when he meets a woman on the street whose lost, and he falls instantly in love with her. He helps her out and she goes on her way, but he can’t stop thinking about her. So it’s little surprise when it turns out that she’s the new maid his father has hired. This leads towards confrontation and changes in the family makeup as the son has decided that he’ll save this new woman and maker her his own.

The show has some decent character designs for the women, but nothing really outstanding. The maid outfits are rather hideous however. The animation sometimes shifts between decent and layered CG looking. The story in the end is another one that just didn’t entertain so much as wonder how much was left so we could move on to other things. The show manages to de-personalize everything by the lack of names for everyone, with only other ways for people to refer to each other.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Image Gallery

Review Equipment
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: B
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B-
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
MSRP: 24.95
Running time: 30
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Rancou Choukyo