DNA Hunter Box Set (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, September 03, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2002

What They Say
Featuring the voice talents of Kylie Ireland and Misty Rain!

After losing her fiancee, Youji, to a mountain climbing accident, Mai (Kylie Ireland) is determined to have his baby. With a determination of steel, she approaches his associates in genetic research for help. However, the cost for the project requires an enormous amount of money...

To finance the project, Mai takes a very unique job - a DNA Hunter. It's their job to obtain semen samples for women who desire children by particular men - in any way necessary! (Talk about a job!) But before Mai will be accepted into this elite group, she must first undergo a test: pick a random stranger and obtain his semen.

Can she do it? Will she be able to pass the test? Can she sleep with other men and become a DNA Hunter to keep her dream of having Youji's baby...?

Contains the entire Series!

The Review!
DNA Hunter is a pretty straightforward story about a group of women who retrieve precious DNA from requested targets so that women can have babies with the traits they so desire. Don’t mind that question of legality though.

For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. There's little beyond a basic stereo mixing here with the majority of the sound coming through the center channel. Dialogue is nice and clear and the music and ambient effects make decent use of the left/right channels. There's little here to really do much more than a basic track anyway.

The transfer for this show is very good overall but suffers from one main problem and that’s the cross coloration issue. It’s fairly prominent throughout with some characters such as the red heads, but it also shows up in a variety of other areas. It’s not horrendously bad, but it proves to be pretty distracting at times. Colors themselves are quite good looking with no noticeable bleeding. Aliasing is also quite minimal throughout these three volumes.

Released in three keepcases inside a simple cardboard box, each volume features variations of the three to four girls in different outfits and stages of undress. The covers are for the most part pretty bright in terms of the character artwork and look great. The box set itself contains different images though. The front covers look pretty good, though things are pretty busy looking with the inclusion of the voice actresses pictures and the big uncensored lines and bars. The back covers show off some animation shots from each show and have a good summary of each episode. Features and technical information is nicely listed as well. As with all NuTech releases to date, there is no insert included.

The menu takes a bit to load up as it plays through part of the animation from the show until it gets to the menu itself, which uses part of the animation and does a nice in-show style layout with floating DNA strands and computer screens. Moving about to submenus is nice and fast and the layout is pretty standard for a NuTech release.

The usual array of minor extras show up in this series with each disc featuring the same ones. The video galleries run between one and two minutes, with the anime one providing some nice clean shots and cel work while the voice actress ones give our actresses some decent pictures.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The story of DNA Hunter is that it actually has one, and that there’s some amusing little twists throughout it as well as it progresses through all three of its volumes.

The premise is pretty simple. We’re introduced to a young woman named Mai who has just lost her fiancÚ to an accident while mountain climbing. She’s naturally distraught and doesn’t know what to do, but has the sympathy of her boss. Through her, we flashback to the night before her fiancÚ left and their tender time together. We also get some of their pillow talk afterwards, which involves Youji talking about his work, wherein we learn that he’s part of a group that’s come up with a way for women to have children without going the usual way. The ability to use someone’s hair or saliva from a cigarette is all that’s needed through this method.

Suffice to say, Mai eventually remembers this and goes to the company he worked for to try and find out if it’s something she can do with Youji’s remains. She’s given sympathetic looks and talks, but it comes down to that it’s something they don’t do with humans just yet, and if they did, it would be quite expensive. But the person she talks to directs her to another branch office of the company where someone named Mr. Soda will be able to help her. So still desperate for any lead or hope, she goes off to see him.

Soda makes her an offer that she eventually can’t refuse, and that’s to become a secret part of the company known as DNA Hunters. These women use specially made equipment that allows them to go out and seduce targeted men by their clients, take their semen, and return it to produce children. The idea behind it is that the women who are wanting the semen from these targets want very specific abilities, so the DNA Hunter women go after these notables and acquire it. Mai is offered to partake in this project, and she hopes to make enough money to be able to participate herself and use Youji’s DNA to get a baby for herself to prove their love really existed.

Things go well, and she ends up getting pretty into it as it goes along, but there’s some darker secrets going around inside this project that get revealed, though whether they’re true or not adds to the mystery of it all as the three episodes progress to their conclusion.

This show was pretty decent, with a plot that while unrealistic in a larger sense, is the backbone of many science fiction short stories over the years as well as some bigger ones. Of course, the main aspect of this one is just the sex, but it’s good to see an enjoyable storyline to go along with it and to have characters with motivations and goals. The only real downside is the cross coloration problem and some occasional off-model characters. Otherwise, this was a series I wouldn’t mind seeing more of, especially compared to some of the nastier hentai series out there that seem to keep getting sequels.

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: B+
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: 79.95
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: DNA Hunter