Midnight Sleazy Train Vol. #1 (of 2) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Friday, February 06, 2004
Release Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2003

What They Say
In a crowded train, strangers often end up being too close for comfort. But for some people, being too close is a comfort. When a poor conductor witnesses the train sex phenomenon, he decides to turn it into a business. Every night after the midnight train finishes its route, he turns it into a rolling bordello. Climb aboard, because the train is leaving the station!

The Review!
Midnight Sleazy Train is the first hentai series I�ve seen where a show tackles not only the social and economic issues of the times but provides an actual solution to them instead of simply bemoaning the issue.

Continuing in our quest of enjoying our hentai, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The mix here is a standard stereo mix with the bulk of dialogue and moaninglogues coming through the center channel speaker. The stereo channels make use of the music score and some of the ambient sound effects which gives this a bit more life. Dialogue is solid and clear throughout and we had no issues with dropouts or distortions.

The transfer for this show is very sharp and looks great. It�s a recent transfer (though we could find no copyright date in the show or on the packaging) that comes across beautifully here. The colors are very vibrant without any noticeable over saturation, cross coloration is very minimal and the aliasing is almost non-existent. There�s some digital panning throughout that avoids looking bad which helps make this transfer really shine. Mixed in with the solid animation and character designs and it�s easy to just get into the show.

A darkly shaded cover, the main focus here is given to various women in stages of undress. With a purple haze around them, you get three fully colored women along the bottom with their hair all over while the backdrop image has the undressing of a schoolgirl set to a blue filter. This looks ok but doesn�t really push much of the show itself. The back cover has a few shots from the show itself and a spaced out summary of what the shows premise is about. The discs production credits and features are all pretty clearly listed, and since there isn�t anything here besides the show, it�s pretty simple on the back. The inset lists the chapters for each episode set against an arrivals/departures style set of imagery.

The static menu layout is nicely done with a mix of railroad imagery set to some skin showing here and there. The selections are laid down in a row with some rail imagery used to connect them along. With nothing on the disc but the show and trailers, the menus are quick and easy to navigate through and load fast and problem free.


Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
It�s rare when any kind of show, anime or not, not only tackles a social or economic problem but also provides some sort of solution about it. With Midnight Sleazy Train, it�s left up to the fine minds behind hentai to come up with a solution to two sizeable problems in Japan. The first is that as jobs continue to be hard to find, more and more of the current generation are moving out of the smaller towns and villages to find something in the big cities. So the outlying areas are slowly dying from the lack of people to pick up things when the older generation dies off.

The other problem is the continuing pervertedness that occurs on the Japanese railway system. There have been numerous crackdowns on the way men molest women on the overcrowded trains over the years, and while it continually seems to get better, it�s something that we still hear as a problem and something that continues to be popular in hentai series as well as mainstream shows that do some slice of life material.

The story here involves a railway that heads towards one of those outlying small cities that�s been losing people over the recent years. Times have gotten so bad that things are getting close to where the line will be shut down. This particular line has been run by one family for all that time, and the current generation is running it as a conductor as well as a few friends of his. With the facts coming before them that they�re going to lose their jobs as well as something important to the family, they come up with a brilliant idea. A late night last-run train to the town where they can get perverted men who want to live out some fantasies to take the train and do just that.

All they need are women who would want to do this. So the hunt begins to find women who have rape fantasies and desires who are willing to go along with this in a safe environment. Surprisingly, or not really depending on how you look at it, they find a number of women who are up for it (after testing them out themselves first of course). Before they know it, they�ve got their late night run ready and are set to start bringing more riders and money to the rail in an effort to save it.

The �Sleazy Train� goes off without a hitch and it�s filled with horny men and equally horny women who give off the vibes and pleasure that the men are looking for. The first run is both quite erotic and hilarious, as there is some tentativeness at first and then things just go wild. One particular moment has a young woman in a schoolgirl outfit and glasses getting taken care of from behind and we see her look over at a woman across the way who is being taken care of, only to have them both show recognition since one is the mother and the other is the daughter. �Don�t tell your father,� is all the mother can say. Such a priceless moment.

From there, the series moves forward across its remaining episodes by dealing with all sorts of issues, such as acquiring more willing women for the train ride, dealing with problematic issues along the way as well as figuring out how to deal with the sudden upsurge in ridership that�s causing some of the folks higher above in the company to wonder what�s going on. Of course, they send female investigators to find out what�s going on, so you can imagine what happens to her, as well as other women that the three men who started all of this know.

Though the episodes do move towards some women who aren�t exactly embracing all of this and its not consensual, it turns them into the kind of person who does want it, or unlocks said desire for it. With the bulk of it being consensual, the scenes don�t have as threatening of a feel, though the men still have the same kind of dark look to them. The sex scenes, which are a mix of the full train orgies and one on one scenes, are very well done for the most part with some great animation to them. The character designs for the women are generally very attractive with only a few mediocre ones. There�ve been some Milky shows in the past that have had some less than stellar designs, but this is not one of them.

In Summary:
This show gets huge props just for coming up with a solution to an economic and social crisis that�s going on in Japan and for doing it so well. Of course, it�s not something that I�d expect to see become reality, but if there�s a country that I think would take a stab at it, I�d give then the nod. Midnight Sleazy Train plays on the sleazy aspect of men who want to take advantage of women by pairing them with women who will let them live out those acts. Whether that�s healthy or not, it doesn�t matter here cause the sex is good and fun. And just a bit sleazy.

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: A-
Packaging Rating: C
Menus Rating: C+
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Kitty Media
MSRP: 29.98
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Midnight Sleazy Train