Professor Pain (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, May 23, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2003
What They Say
A perverse professor holds a campus hostage to his twisted desires for terror, torture, and degradation!
It’s a sexual battle royale at a college in Professor Pain, a show that’s not for the weak of heart.
For our primary viewing session, and because we love to hear the Japanese girls moan and scream, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The show features a decent if minimal stereo mix that’s mostly center channel based since it’s pretty much just dialogue. The few sound effects and music bits utilize the stereo channels nicely though there’s no real directionality to it. We noted no dropouts or distortions during regular playback.
Originally released to video back in 1998, Professor Pain features a mostly traditional form of animation with very little noticeable the way of digital effects, especially the kind we’re used to seeing today. The transfer is decent for the most part, with the main issue being some fairly heavy aliasing during camera panning sequences. The animation itself is rather weak in a number of areas, particularly mid range shots, so the lack of detail becomes quite apparent here. Colors are decent and there’s pretty much no cross coloration.
The front cover features a shot of the three main women who get to have fun with the Professor here with the darkened almost ghoul-like visage of him in the background. The designs here are pretty representative of the shows animation, so that’s a plus in my book. The back cover provides a few animation shots and a very brief summary of the shows premise. The discs features and technical information is all nicely laid out here as well. And since this is a CPM release, we get a nice clear keepcase with a black and white reverse side. This area has more animation shots, the chapter listings and the English credits, with the note of there being no information on the Japanese actors. The other side has the production credits for both the Japanese and English companies.
The menu is a pretty basic piece here with animation playing across the background and the discs selections just straight down along the middle while some of the dubbed track plays along. Access times are pretty fast, which is a plus since we just wanted to start the show as quickly as possible.
Extras are naturally pretty minimal with there being a two minute video art gallery that has shots from the show as well as original cover artwork. The usual anime artform video segment also makes an appearance here.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Professor Pain is a story that takes things to one level of extreme, the kind of show where there’s pretty much nothing consensual going on here.
The OVA opens quickly with the local “college” literally exploding, an event we see just after there’s something of a catfight in one of the classes due to one of the girls breasts being way to perky. Once those explosions hit though, everyone stops what they’re doing and begins to panic. They then think they’re in the clear when their teacher shows up, but he’s not quite his normal self as he informs them that in his case is another bomb and that he’s ready to set them off.
As we learn, he’s reached his limits in how the students are behaving and he’s going to teach them a real world lesson. After getting some less than willing but motivated male students to serve as his assistants, he starts by informing them that they’re going to learn some interesting lessons. The first is to take one of the female students and start with basic anatomy lessons, which then turn into a “how girls pee” lesson. And then how they engage in oral activities.
And then they go on to deal with other students, either publicly humiliating them, such as tying one up in ropes and swinging her outside the window or having a general class orgy begin. Of course, with all the explosions the question does come to mind, where’s the police? Well, they and the news media are outside trying to figure out what to do, since they were tipped off by the professor to begin with and given instructions. So to further humiliate the students, much of what’s done is broadcast on both the TV and the internet, untouched and unmosaiced.
As the episodes continue, there’s plenty of moments like this as well as the blossoming of a romance between two characters. We do learn of the reasons behind the professors mad plan, which serves to provide an excuse of sorts for what he’s doing. It’s all quite silly when you get right down to it. With these kinds of situations having no appeal to us, it wasn’t quite a pain to get through but it certainly didn’t achieve its goal of titillating us.
For those who are part of the intended audience of this show, they’ll be pleased for the most part with this disc. There’s little wrong with it technically and even those issues will be minimal to non-existent for a good number of viewers. It’s just not my cup of tea.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: C
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: C+
Extras Rating: C
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Anime 18
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Professor Pain