Tokyo Requiem Vol. #1 (of 2) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, August 08, 2005
Release Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2005
What They Say
An underground society lies beneath the surface of Tokyo. This society has kept silent for many years, but now, they are on the move. They are kidnapping the four micos, Hinomico, Mizunomico, Kazenomico and Tsuchinomico, and use their powers to awaken the long forgotten "God". To stop them from awakening this god, a group of government special agents is dispatched to get hold of each mico and protect them before they reach them. Why is the secret society trying to awaken God? Who are these four micos? Who are these special agents? The long forgotten legend is awakening from the depths or darkness.
Four women make up the "micos" that are needed to revive a secret society's dark god are caught in the middle as the forces of evil and the government each try to save them.
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. Unfortunately, this is also the only language track on there as no dub was produced for the release. The Japanese track is a decent sounding stereo mix that doesn't have a whole lot of activity going on in terms of directionality but does have a nice full sounding effect overall. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.
Originally released in 2002, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The transfer for this release overall looks really good. During the episode, there's some occasional aliasing where the lines start losing their smoothness and turn jagged but this is pretty minimal. Colors look good and maintain a solid feel even during the dark blacks and blues, cross coloration is pretty much a non-issue and the show is presented with the original opening and ending. At the end of it, a translated section of credits rolls as well.
This is a good looking release that eliminates the few quibbles I had with their previous releases. The cover art features a shot of the one of the micos girls as the tentacles swarm all around her. It's nicely sexy without showing anything. The back cover takes care of that by providing several shots from the show and plenty of nudity and tentacle action. The summary is fairly short but well done while the bottom half is a much cleaned up and nicely laid out technical section and production information piece. No insert is included with this release.
The main layout utilizes the artwork from the cover in a zoomed in and much brighter manner so that her face is the center. Selections are lined along the left and are quick and easy to navigate while a brief loop of music plays along to the menu. Access times are nice and fast and the layout very simple to navigate as there isn't much here beside the show and the trailers.
The only included extra is a slideshow of artwork from the show.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Tokyo Requiem is another new series from JapanAnime that seems to harken back to shows that haven't been done all that much in recent years with lots of tentacle action as opposed to just overly violent old men and janitors and other such fetishes which have gained popularity. While this is an adult series, it's the type that if you stripped away the sex you'd still actually have a show that you could watch and a plot that you could follow. These are the ones that typically appeal a bit more since it's better than just random sex scenes. At least to me.
The basic premise of Tokyo Requiem is somewhat standard story material. Through viewing both sides of the story, we learn that there are four women who make up what's called the Four Micos (which I'm assuming is a poor Romanization of Mikos). Each of these people are required to be brought together in order to awaken the slumbering god that the evil secret society has long been wanting to revive. There is a mix of who is where but the story for this volume focuses on one of the girls, Homura, a very attractive red haired school girl. She's not exactly a good girl as she does some compensated dating and will go all the way with the guy without stealing his wallet and leaving him high and dry. She's just living her life as she can right now but she gets caught up in things fairly easily.
The secret society at first sends out its agents to try and capture her but things go awry when the government agent, a young man named Avenger shows up and manages to save her. But it's not soon enough as she gets hit with a special magical feather that gets into her body and begins working its magic on her, causing her to basically be in constant heat. It's amusing some of the methods the agent uses to try and fix her after they get on the run and away from the battle scene. We also get to see some of the action going on with one of the other micos girls that was previously captured and how the secret society works them over in private with their tentacled creatures as well as the human types that are just every bit as nasty.
This episode goes by fairly quickly as there's a lot of ground to cover and the story does take up a good portion of it. There are some good sex scenes to be had and they don't feel terribly out of place for the most part and do go with the flow of the story. The character designs for this series are very attractive however, particularly for Homura and the kind of outfit that she gets. Her sex scenes are very nicely done and definitely a good reason to watch the show. The animation level is quite good and avoids a lot of the cheap problems such as repetitive sequences or awkward movement. You can easily see this series being something pitched as a regular series but could only get some funding if they upped the sex level and did it through an adult distributor.
Initially, Tokyo Requiem was going to be last on my list of shows to watch but it ended up in the queue higher than planned and turned out to be much more enjoyable and exciting than I figured it would be. The first episode does a good job of introducing a decent if not terribly complex story that will keep your attention well enough as well as bringing in a number of attractive women for fun and games. Series like this are the reason that I keep watching adult anime since there is plenty of room to do really good stories tied with sex (and violence). While this isn't one of the bets things out there, it's a very welcome change from a lot of the almost video-game like releases we've seen in the last year.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Slideshow
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, 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: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: JapanAnime
Running time: 30
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Tokyo Requiem