Demon Beast Resurrection: Soul Survivor (of 2) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Saturday, November 08, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2003



What They Say
On an island ruled by a beautiful and nefarious priestess, the cult of the Demon Beast is rising. The Beast’s minions capture the lovely Kayo and offer her in erotic sacrifice to their ruler. Her screams ring across dimensions, calling the Demon Beast back from death to rule the Earth in a reign of bloodlust and terror! Contains episodes 3&4.

The Review!
Every time I think they’ve got that demon beat, someone comes along with a weak plot and a couple more episodes are born of everyone’s favorite second-rate tentacle monster demon.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Throughout the 60 minute presentation we didn't notice any dropouts or other distortions that sometimes occur in hentai titles. Dialogue was pretty clean if center-channel based, and the ambient effects and music came across nicely. This isn't a big title for use of directionality, but it makes out pretty well with the front soundstage.

Video:
Originally released in 1995, the source material for this series seems to get weaker and weaker. The two episodes here manage to come off a bit worse than the first volume. The colors look good if a bit dull with not much for vibrancy and aliasing is minimal for the most part. Cross coloration is up significantly more in this volume though, as is some color saturation. There are a number of scenes where you can see flesh tones and other colors bleeding off of the character. Mid range shots of characters make out a bit better in the detail department though, looking less blocky than usual but trading that for a softer and fuzzier look.

Packaging:
The cover art for this release looks pretty decent as the bulk of the background is taken up by the demon beast itself or space background imagery. Within that we’ve got the shot of one of the SF oriented women whose being taken in most fiendish ways by the demon beast. The back cover has a small collage of shots from the show itself as well as a brief summary of the premise. The technical features for the disc and its extras are listed along the back as well. The reverse side has some good-looking black and white artwork and provides information such as chapter stops, English voice actors (as there is apparently no info on the Japanese actors and the production credits.

Menu:
The menu is a cute little piece, something of a break from the traditional menus, where you have the leading lady in a static pose along the left while animation form the show plays in a pane on the right underneath some tactical grids while the end theme plays. The menus selections are nicely laid out and quick to access with no transitional animations slowing it down but it’s a trade-off of sorts since you are subjected to English dialogue.

Extras:
The only extra included is a short two and a half minute video art gallery that showcases some of the better looking parts of the show, images that look better than the transfer itself does for the most part.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As the Demon Beast franchise enters its fifth release, I’m now firmly in the camp crying out, “Why? Why? Why?” With every release it seems like the foul Demon Beast is stopped and humanity is safe, but there’s always another story laying in the wings ready to take flight and bring more second rate tentacle monster action back into play.

The premise this time around tries to use some of what’s come before and builds upon it. Muneto and Kayo are trying to lead normal lives again, or what passes for normal for these two sex-starved people. Muneto’s life is thrown into turmoil though when he receives a letter from Kayo’s cousin Miyuki that came with airline tickets for just him to Hokkaido. After a bit of a flashback to remind us about Miyuki and Muneto being something of forbidden lovers a thousand years prior, Muneto lies to Kayo about who sent him the letter and heads off to Hokkaido to see if he can make sure things are all right with Miyuki. While she and Kayo are indeed cousins, there’s some tension over the relationships.

Upon arriving in cold dark Hokkaido, Muneto is taken on a lengthy drive into the mountains where we find a sealed small city of sorts where Miyuki, more properly known as Lady Miyuki, has taken on the role of the great priestess. She’s gained a sizeable following of men and attractive and willing women who follow her every word and pray for the return of the Demon Beast to the world. Through some less than subtle efforts, such as plying Muneto with hot women, he becomes somewhat beside himself with ecstasy. While he’s out of it, their plan goes for.

And what a simple plan! With Muneto out of the way, they’ve kidnapped Kayo and intend to use her and her sexual wiles as the Great Mother to bring the Demon Beast back from the heavens and into the world. Having their way with her while she’s restrained in the ceremonial chamber, Muneto eventually comes to and tries to figure out what’s going. Thankfully for him, once again the Interplanetry Police Organization is there to help his fat get out of the fire and the buxom and loose Captain O works with him to stop the Lady Miyuki from her plans.

That covers pretty much three fourths of the two episodes and the plot all told takes up maybe ten minutes worth. The rest is filled with various sexual exploits that Muneto gets himself involved in or causes for others to get involved in. With the animation looking as substandard as it is, with the character designs looking as poor as they are and with the transfer being as weak as it is with older and already half baked material, there’s precious little to really get excited about here. This is just another two-part story that’s trying to keep the franchise alive a bit longer and snag a few more hardcore fans into it.

In Summary:
Thankfully, the two episodes are under thirty minutes each and the whole thing is over fairly quickly. I like hentai and I like a variety of hentai, but this continues to be a franchise that just has never won me over. Hopefully this is the end of it and something new can be worked on instead.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery

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: D
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: C
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B-
Extras Rating: B-
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Anime 18
MSRP: 29.98
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Demon Beast Invasion