My Sexual Harassment (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Release Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2003



What They Say
Mochizuki is a diligent young office worker with a kinky knack for falling into bed with his co-workers, clients and bosses. Kept under the thumb of his dominating supervisor, Mochizuki tries his best to keep the office running smoothly. Will he ever get to spend some time alone with Fujita, the one man who wants him for something other than his body? Or will he remain a slave to Honma's desires forever?

The Review!
The life of a Japanese computer businessman on the fast track has a lot to deal with when it seems like every man he comes across has the hots for him.

Audio:
As this show hasn�t been dubbed, a real shame I should add since it�d likely sell quite a number more copies in the gay adult marketplace, we only have a basic stereo mix in Japanese for this disc. The track is pretty standard in what to expect without much in the way of noticeable directionality since it�s mostly just dialogue and the occasional scream or two. The track is clear and free of distortions and dropouts during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released way back in 1995, the transfer for the three OVAs here is quite good. There�s some slight cross coloration that creeps into the character art in a number of areas, but it�s very minimal and almost comes across as aliasing at times. The color palette is set in a real world style so there isn�t a lot of vibrancy to work with, but the balance comes across nicely with a solid series of colors that aren�t over saturated.

Packaging:
The front cover lets you know exactly what you�re getting into with a shot of Michozuki getting manhandled by his boss Honma set against the backdrop of Tokyo as well as another potential lover. I�d say its an eye-catching cover on the shelf but you won�t see this one on many shelves to begin with. The back cover has a few shots from the show and a simple summary paragraph of what to expect. The information box lists all you need to know though the running time is off by about twenty minutes too much (disc playback says 110, package says 130 and most online retailers list 90). The insert has a listing of the chapter stops set to the stock index page of a newspaper design while the reverse side showcases a series of other yaoi friendly titles (entitled �Your One Stop Yaoi Shop�).

Menu:
The menu layout uses a few parts of the packaging, such as the newspaper imagery from the insert as the backdrop with the menu selections as well as the shot of the two leads from the front cover on top of that. With no animation or music as well as nothing on the disc but the show and the trailers, this is a very simple menu that works well for what it has. Access times are very fast and moving around is quick as can be.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Well, crap. I can�t go eating corn on the cob anymore thanks to this show.

My Sexual Harassment has been one of those yaoi shows heralded for several years as something that would never be licensed for release in the U.S. as well as being one of the shining examples of good yaoi. Having taken in the three OVAs for this series, I can see why people thought it wouldn�t be licensed for awhile, at least until the entire market changed enough to allow things like this through, as well as why it�s held up as a good piece of yaoi. Mostly because it�s full of some good pieces of ass as well.

The story is fairly straightforward and pretty interchangeable for a lot of areas if one of the genders changed. We�re introduced to a young up and coming systems development businessman named Junya Mochizuki. He�s got the skills to get ahead quite far and the looks and personality to really cap it off. A year after starting at the company he�s in, he�s found himself being seduced by his boss, Mr. Honma. Mochizuki has been long admiring Honma since he started there, professionally and personally, since Honma is not only excellent at his job but he fits the idea of the tall, dark and handsome man perfectly. So when Honma starts feeling him up late at night in the office one time, Mochizuki�s confusion gives way to his curiosity.

What follows over the next several months is a series of encounters between the two, but also with others in the company as the way to get ahead in this particular business and company is to use your body, right up to the president and vice president. Mochizuki isn�t interested in this since he�s just been attracted to Honma, but the situation becomes bigger than himself and he gets very caught up in it, to the point where some blackmail from the vice president gets him into that bed, a bed where things Mochizuki most definitely doesn�t like begin to happen with toys and more. Add in a good friend in the company who also has the hots for you but hates seeing you being used and an attractive woman who doesn�t believe the rumors and thinks he�s straight and tries her best to get him to notice her and you have an interesting cast.

But the show decides to go a bit further than that, but having Honma and Mochizuki eventually get transferred out to Boston, with Honma going to the executive side while Mochizuki moves up in the systems development side. Thinking that he�s free of things for awhile and a chance to really get ahead on his skills alone, Mochizuki finds that there are things even worse than what happened in Japan as his new boss, Niimi, takes advantage of him in a lot more ways than before. With things being taped after he uses chloroform to keep him in his house, Niimi tries a full range of fun on young Mochizuki, causing him to shift hard between pleasure and pain and disgust and attraction.

Naturally, Honma comes to save the day for him, and the two continue their journey upward in the corporate world, but there are prices to be paid along the way. It�s usually Mochizuki paying them, though there is some payback when Niimi gets tricked by Honma over what had happened in Boston. Bottles and corn on the cob are used in fun ways to get a point across while Mochizuki looks on and tries to understand what it is Honma is teaching him. The rules of business are no different in the end, according to Honma, and you have to play things both ways sometimes.

My Sexual Harassment, being from 1995, isn�t as explicit as a lot of shows are these days. This is something I�ve seen in what little yaoi has been brought over or most shows that go male/male. After years of seeing the insides of women from a tentacle eye point of view, these shows just feel so very tame. Even with this one, genitalia is generally absent from the picture or obscured by positioning and so forth. Even when the corn on the cob is used, you don�t really see anything. It just looks like one half of it has a heck of a lot of butter on it.

In Summary:
The arrival of this title hopefully indicates that there will be more yaoi style shows to come over as well as some shounen-ai, as the market seems to be getting more accepting of it, or maybe it�s just getting lost in the shuffle of so many releases these days that it�s easier to sneak them in without much fanfare. My Sexual Harassment is a fun little title that doesn�t really explode the senses and would be considered softcore if it was male/female instead. The lack of explicitness isn�t a bad thing since things left to the imagination are generally much better. Fans of this genre probably already know or have this title in some form or things more hardcore, but hopefully it�ll receive enough sales to merit looking into more titles that can expand this market.

Features
Japanese 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: C
Menus Rating: B-
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Kitty Media
MSRP: 29.95
Running time: 110
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: My Sexual Harassment