Moonlight Lady Vol. #2 (of 3) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Sunday, January 11, 2004
Release Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2003



What They Say
When a priestess is brought to the home of her future husband, she finds a war brewing for possession of his soul. A succession of beautiful intruders, masters of sexual and magical techniques, assaults her and her fianc�e at every turn. But she�s not afraid to put up a fight, and show her own skills when it counts.

The Review!
The Expectant Moon Ceremony is getting closer for Suzuna but all she can think about is Hayama now.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The show has a pretty good stereo mix with some nice directional moments but not a terribly busy one. Dialogue was clean and clear throughout and we had no problems during playback with dropouts or distortions. We listened to the English track later on and noted no issues with that either.

Video:
Originally released to video back in 2002 and 2003, Moonlight Lady is a very solid looking show from Pink Pineapple, which means a lot of very vibrant colors and depth to them. The two episodes here come across beautifully for the most part and manage to avoid any serious aliasing issues. There is a fair bit of cross coloration however throughout both episodes, mostly showing up during mid-range shots of the characters but also in a handful of other scenes.

Packaging:
Much like the first cover in style, this volume pulls off a very similar vibe and looks great. Using the spherical moon images to bring in some gorgeous artwork, two of the lead women make their mark on this cover along with Hayama having his head buried in one of them. The back cover provides some shots from the show itself mixed into a collage next to a brief summary of the shows premise. There�s the basic production information for both sides and the usual solid grid of information about the technical specs. The insert uses part of the front covers artwork as a backdrop to the chapter listings on one side while the reverse is just box art advertisements.

Menu:
The main menu uses a mixture of pieces from the front cover to provide a nice looking static menu here, one that�s even free of sound playing during it. With only the show itself and some trailers on the disc, the menu is pretty barren for selections but fast to access and quick to load submenus.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the first volume of Moonlight Lady, we found a show that had some interesting themes and played them out well for the opening episodes of a series. Aided by some absolutely gorgeous character designs, particularly for Suzuna, and a seemingly good budget for the rest of the animation, we had some good hopes for the next set of episodes.

In a sense, we�re not so much as disappointed with the next two episodes but rather somewhat confused or muddled by them. Part of my problem is that I may be paying attention to the plot when I should just be watching the boobies jiggle. With these two episodes, the storyline brings us closer to the Expectant Moon Ceremony that�s only a couple of days away, which means practically no time has past since the previous volume. Over the course of a night, which these episodes seem to cover, we see Suzuna struggle with wanting Hayama and then not wanting him. Accepting him as someone she needs then casting him back.

To make things more complicated for Suzuna, each of them are being tested by different forces as the Ceremony crawls ever closer. Hayama finds himself tempted by others with their own nefarious plans, creating a world within a world to try and seduce him into becoming something more. But there are those that seem to be if not necessarily on Suzuna�s side then at least not out to get her that end up helping along the way. Part of what makes things confusing here is how there seems to be flashbacks to the previous night mixed into someone thinking about the present but also overlapping other sexual scenes, creating a strange progression of images. The continuity of the show doesn�t feel as linear as it did in the first volume.

What continues to excel from the previous volume though is the money scenes here. The encounters between the characters in various locations works out very well here with numerous highly charged erotic scenes. With the very lush and vibrant color palette, particularly with the skin colors, there�s an almost surreal art to watching breasts bounce back and forth� back and forth� over and over� These episodes are about as explicit as the previous volume, so there�s some good material in here and it�s quite enjoyable to watch. With enough characters to provide numerous variation to the scenes while being able to push the plot forward, it doesn�t feel like this is just a repeat of the first volume.

In Summary:
Though the content side of things goes down a notch in the story department, the boobies and booty here still are the main attraction with the theme. The animation looks great and the characters are fun to watch as they perform. Moonlight Lady still isn�t the best hentai out there, but it�s a lot more enjoyable than a lot of what else is released.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Kitty Media
MSRP: 29.95
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Moonlight Lady