Inma Seiden Box Set 2 (of 2) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Release Date: Friday, December 05, 2003



What They Say
The Academy's saviors had rounded up armors dedicating to the heavenly fighters. Yet the time when the armors are handed to the heavenly fighters also marks the world's impending demise. Risk sacrificing the academy followers, the Fire Witch remains adamant in carrying out her mad strategy, but what exactly is her dormant deep relapse within her gravitating toward? Following the Fire Witch's order, Meisa slowly approaches the next predatory prey - Persia. On the other hand, April, trying to find out the truth, had entered a dangerous forbidden zone… To save her friends, will Mao give her a hand? The image of Mao's mom, Rikako, rises before her mind. Ayano was going through what had happened from the beginning to the end, although seeing the disappearance of Kaori by her own eyes, all of these only remind her of the close bond of sisterhood. Growing with distrust toward kaori, yet wanting to find out the truth, Mao had single-handedly ventured into the Fire Witch's territories attempting to calm Kaori's raveling thoughts. The Fire Witch's evil plans continued to proceed, as the world was coming to a dangerous destruction. To stop all this, will the mater of the Arotori, Kaori, the Guardians of the Eurasia, challenge the Fire Witch? Withstanding the Fire Witch's impossible defeat, Kaori had done it just to repent Hitomi's sin in unleashing the forbidden domain, to allow the academy followers to ambush Hitomi. Panting from the academy followers' ambush, Bonno had to endure the humiliation and shame for her fear that the world had not yet been liberated. Though feeling puzzled, she sternly decided to side with Mao, who was at odds with Hitomi, pondering herself as a sister whether to ignore it or intervene the situation by venturing in tot the forbidden ground to save Hitomi ? At last as all the armors were founded up, the Fire Witch's plans have finally broached the final phase. So can the Fire Witch resuscitate her beloved sister? And can Mao and Kaori successfully intercept her evil plan?

The Review!
Bringing the series to a close, the second set of three episodes takes what was learned in the first half and goes for seemingly non-stop sex and violence.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. There's little beyond a basic stereo mixing here with the majority of the sound coming through the center channel. Dialogue is nice and clear and the music and ambient effects make decent use of the left/right channels. There's little here to really do much more than a basic track anyway.

Video:
Though released in 2001, the transfer for these episodes as well as the animation style is better than the first half of the series. For the most part, the show has a real-world color palette to it, so it’s somewhat muted without much vibrancy, until the more demonic side of things pick up. Colors look good and free of macroblocking. Cross coloration is non-existent and aliasing is very minimal. While not flashy, this is a solid release.

Packaging:
Released in three keepcases inside a simple cardboard box, each volume features one of the principal girls from the show being accosted by some form of demon. The box set itself contains different images though. The front covers look pretty good, without having the actresses on them they look less busy than usual, though the logo seems to take up a bit too much space depending on how you look at it. The back covers show off some animation shots from each show and have a good summary of each episode. Features and technical information is nicely listed as well. As with all NuTech releases to date, there is no insert included.

Menu:
The menus are pretty decent, with the shows logo and selections around the outer edge and animation from the show playing inside it. Access times are nice and fast and the layout is pretty standard for NuTech releases.

Extras:
The main anime related extra is the inclusion of a video photo gallery showing various pieces of artwork from the show. This is the same on each of the three discs.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With a year and a half between the release of the first box set and the second box set, it’s become far too easy to forget what’s come before with this series. Jumping into what’s essentially the middle of the show, only a few fractured parts came back to memory while watching it. Nowhere near enough of what was needed though for the show to make any sort of real sense as its plots get more tied to the final tale that’s being told.

With the two families working at opposite ends to try and achieve their goals, along with a fair amount of trickery and lies along the way about who is really doing what and who is really related to whom, there’s numerous sex scenes going on between the girls of the academy or the demons who have been infiltrating it as of late, since it’s been discovered to be resting on the focal point of something dark and evil from the past. The stakes seemingly get high and higher as the episodes progress and the realization of what the ceremony that’s about to be performed will do, but all of that comes across and just bad dialogue to prop up the scenes, particularly since keeping track of who is who is difficult enough.

With the demon rape continuing to be a big part of this series, there are tentacles seemingly everywhere in these episodes. If it’s not one of the schoolgirls who is in control of things going down or dominating one of the other girls, then it’s some long red tentacle that’s got its suckers wrapped around another schoolgirl and showing her something new. The scenes are decent but there’s no real connection to the characters, due to the above-mentioned points, so while some of the character designs are appealing (and many others simply too young looking for my tastes), there isn’t enough of a hook for them to be really interesting and enjoyable to watch.

Looking back, I found that I rather enjoyed the first set of episodes of Inma Seiden with their buildup of the basic plot and characters, but with the long wait between releases (and unfortunately, the lack of time to go and re-watch shows, especially hentai), that’s made this particular release much harder to take in and enjoy. With the focus heavier on the action, both sexual and violent, I’m not sure that I’m really missing all that much in the end however.

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: B+
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
MSRP: 74.85
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Inma Seiden