School of Bondage Vol. #1 (of 3) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2002
What They Say
Upset by his parents failing marriage, Keisuke Shimizu takes it out on various women in his life. He trains these women to be his sex slaves. Starting with his music teacher, Remi Izumi, he moves to his classmates, Orie Yuki, and steals her virginity. The world of Yu, Nariaki Funahori adult comics come to life as an animated series! With a school ground as a backdrop, a sensational carnal adventure unfolds!
School?s like these just aren?t easily found, are they?
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
Originally released in 2002, the transfer here is one of the better ones recently from NuTech. Colors are nice and solid with a number of very vibrant ones, particularly the reds. Cross coloration is non-existent and aliasing is very minimal. With just the one episode here, the average bitrate is very high and it shows in how this episode looks.
The front cover takes the lead character in her gym outfit and has her tied up a bit and using a balancing beam in ways not intended, though this scene does not show up in this episode at all. The back cover provides an array of shots from the show and a basic rundown of the plot. The discs features and Japanese production credits are clearly listed as well. This being a NuTech release, no insert is included.
The main menu is a decent piece that has the lead character in another bondage pose while animation from the show plays behind layered images in the background set to some of the shows instrumental music. Menus load nice and quick and access times are fast. The layout is the standard format for NuTech releases.
The only extra included here is a two 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)
School of Bondage, which is listed as episode one here though at this time no others are currently listed for region 1 release, was a title I wasn?t looking forward to too much since I?m not huge into the bondage anime. Surprisingly, this one comes across much better than expected.
The show focuses around class president Orie, a raven haired young woman who does her best in the position and tries to get the other students to do what?s required and keep the teachers happy. Her main problem these days comes in the form of Keisuke, an altogether not pleasant looking young man who has a serious chip on his soldier. He?s dealing with his parents marriage falling apart, mostly due to both of them continually cheating on each other. His method of dealing with it manifests in non-standard ways. The simplest one is that while he comes to school, he avoids classes altogether, which sets Orie against him.
Orie manages to get one of the teachers, Miss Izumi, to take him aside to deal with him some. Unfortunately, she?s the worst choice possible as Keisuke has her under his control having had a vibrator strap-on stuck in her for the past five days now. His dark side really comes out as he abuses her in ways she loves in one of the empty classrooms.
But for Orie, she can?t let things lie and goes after him again later in the day after he continues to skip classes. He uses his ways to push her into a bet where she?d be his sex slave for three months to prove that love is stronger than just sex, something she agrees to under duress. With that, she becomes the target of his attention and he basically takes it down the paths expected, but not without causing problems by getting Miss Izumi jealous, something that?s bound to come back and haunt him.
With this being only one episode, they manage to sneak in a number of good scenes. The character designs outside of Keisuke are pretty nice, with Orie being a really nice looking one. The bondage element isn?t terribly strong here in the physical sense but more so in the mental one as Keisuke continues to beat Orie into submission once she agrees to the bet. There?s still plenty of material in here that will not go over well with the casual crowd, but not enough physical bondage to really entice that side of things. I?m not sure of the overall appeal of it, but this isn?t as bad as I thought it would be.
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: B
Extras Rating: C
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
Running time: 30
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: School of Masochists