Xtra Credit Xtreme Series Edition (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Saturday, August 07, 2004
Release Date: Tuesday, July 06, 2004

What They Say
When the new professor arrives, her lesson plan is filled with debased acts and sinful examinations! The only way to get some extra credit is to volunteer for some hands-on learning. It?s Debauchery 101 as this insatiable instructor satisfies her thirst for knowledge with the eager student body.

The Review!
It seems like not only the students gain extra credit in after hours activities, but so do vice principals.

For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. Like most hentai shows, there isn't a lot in the way of very noticeable directionality across the forward soundstage in this stereo mix but overall it sounds good and pretty much problem free. We checked out both language tracks while prepping the review and didn't have any issues with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Originally released in 2002, the transfer for this show looks relatively good overall. Colors are nicely solid and free of any overly noticeable macroblocking. There are some scenes where there's a bit more softness to things than elsewhere but it looks more like a style choice than an authoring issue. Cross coloration and aliasing is mostly non-existent throughout the two episodes but some of the mid-range character shots tend to be less detailed than other scenes, particularly the faces.

With an obscured background of the same character getting it on, the fully colored piece that draws the attention here is very well detailed and uses some great colors to go with the attractive character design. Thankfully her breasts aren't as massive in the show itself as they give indication here since they look like balloons. The back cover provides a closer look from a different angle of the same character and the great detail and coloring in the design really shines through. The shows premise is just a few lines really with the rest of the back cover given over to the usual array of production and technical credits. The reverse side uses one panel to showcase a black and white shot from the show of the lead in bondage along with chapter stops while the other side does the bilingual cast listing and mixed production credits.

The menu layout is well done with a close-up of the character art from the first cover floating across the screen as animation from the show plays behind it but in dark muted colors set to a brief bit of creepy music. The layout looks good and adds some character to the show with its font and overall look. Access times are nice and fast and the layout easy to navigate but our players preset languages were ignored and it defaulted to English language only.

The only included extra is a brief video art gallery showcasing pieces from both episodes.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Xtra Credit takes us back to the classroom where things just aren't like they were at my school. Remembering most of my teachers however convinces me that this is most definitely a good thing. With this particular show, we see an area where the after school lesson plans are devised more by the students than the teachers but everyone makes out in the end.

The story moves very simply as we're initially given to the lovely Professor named Keiko. She's something of the Madonna of the school and the subject of many schoolboy dreams. Her time is close to being over though as a new Professor has just started named Miyuki. Seeing her position being threatened, she brings Miyuki, a nervous and quiet teacher, to her home where she intends to ensure that she'll remain the dominant one by having the boys she gives her private lessons to take Miyuki down a few notches, making her easier to control. One of the boys, Koh, only has interest in Miyuki which suits Keiko's plans for some time until he becomes a bit more trouble than she expected.

Throughout the show we watch as Miyuki becomes more and more subjugated by what she's experiencing as it gets nastier and nastier, from scat to bondage. She even gets the worse thing possible: ugly old guys. Even worse, ugly old guy with warts? there. These scenes are worse than some of the scatological ones since the old guys are just creepy. There's a sequence where the vice principal is having his way with her and his thinned out head with the glasses on just looks like a suckerfish going to town on her breast. Some things just aren't right.

The show goes on with Miyuki becoming more and more desirable by the crowd that's involved in all of this while Keiko's start shines just a bit less. Miyuki ends up becoming involved in some much higher level sessions with faculty and more, leading her into a mental spiral that proves to be her undoing. With the heavy emphasis on domination here, the show plays up the aspects that are key to such things without going too far over my perceived line. The scat is actually fairly well for the most part, though still there, and the bondage isn't too much in general. But it's the mental control aspect where the lead becomes less and less human and more like a breathing doll that gets to be too much in some ways. The character designs for the show are decent for the women but once more the men look awful in a lot of them. Especially the old guys. There are some things I just don't need to see.

In Summary:
Xtra Credit didn't earn much with me beyond an average grade. It's not something that's all that enticing, the sex wasn't all that great and while there are some nice designs on the cover and the basics look good, it didn't hold up throughout the show. Add in gobs and gobs of ugly men throughout it and it's just not worth spending too much time with. And in the end, it's just not worth spending a whole lot of time talking about either. There's far better school/bondage material out there that works much better than this.

Japanese Language,English LAnguage,English Subtitles,Art Gallery

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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: Anime 18
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Xtra Credit