Secret Sex Stories Vol. #1 (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, October 20, 2005
Release Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2005
What They Say
So long as there is a man and a woman in the world, a sex story can take place anywhere and anytime. Here we introduce two different sex stories of three very beautiful women.
Having heard about a housewife passing down her late husband's wealth to her daughter, two hoodlums invaded their home. After finding that the women did not have the money with them at the present time, the two men held the women hostage and used them to take care of their own personal sexual needs and desires.
A young woman accepts a job doing modeling poses for an art class. All was going well until the students demanded more out of the situation so exciting sexual encounters ensued.
Going with some short stories that are a bit thin on plot but varied on the situations, Secret Sex Stories is an attempt at an anthology style series.
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 2003, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The materials for this transfer are clean and clear and very well represented. While the animation isn't top notch it's pretty solid throughout and it shows well here with essentially no real problems. There's a bit of blocking in a few scenes with some of the darker colors and blacks but otherwise there are no problems with cross coloration or aliasing. . At the end of it, a translated section of credits rolls as well. The original opening and closing sequences are left in and the episode is followed up by translated credits.
One of the weaker covers from this company, it's still pretty solid and it works well for the kind of show it is with one character highlighted in the center in full color as she's hung by a ribbon with care while she's flanked on each side by another character in shadows. The plug of the runtime and extras isn't all that welcome but the remaining text is amusing and it fits with the style of the series logo. The back provides numerous shots from the show and plenty of up front nudity so you can see what it really looks like. 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 with one hanging from the right and another sitting along the left. Selections are lined through the center and are quick and easy to navigate while a brief loop of music plays along to the menu. Access times are decent considering the minor transitional animations 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)
A number of what you could consider anthology style shows or standalone episode pieces have come out recently that just look at a quick story and are more focused on the sex than anything else and most of those haven't been all that great, mostly due to the really subpar animation – if it can even be called that. Secret Sex Stories ups the ante a bit with better animation and just a hair better storylines, especially considering they run for only half an episode.
The first volume covers two stories and these are definitely the kind that feels more like they've inherited the mantle of the old Cream Lemon material. Each of the stories run about twelve minutes a piece or so and there's no real segue way between the two other than a brief fade to black. The first story is focused around a pair of thieves who have learned of a family that just inherited a good deal of money from the husband passing away. All that's left in the house now is a mother and daughter living alone and supposedly with the money. The two guys have staked out the place for a bit and now that they're sure the women are alone, they break into the place and put them through the paces sexually with bondage and general sexual acts in order to get them to reveal where the stash of cash is. Of course, the women refuse and will do whatever they have to in order to protect "daddy's money" as it's called.
The second story is pretty much just as simple as it deals with an art college where the life figure drawing class is getting frustrating at working only with mannequins. The teacher has managed to change that though with the arrival of an attractive young woman whose agreed to model for them. It all starts off innocent enough, or as innocent as can be when you have a room full of men leering at you, but they start to push the limits by getting her undressed bit by bit and then exposing her completely so they can get a better look in detail at what they're supposed to be drawing. Of course, it goes even further from there as the numerous men start to take advantage of her to relieve some stress from being college students and as much as she resists, she tends to not really resist.
The animation and character designs for both episodes are pretty good but they don't really reach into the above average area. The women are all attractive enough but are basically the standard designs you'd expect for something like this. They have a decent amount of detail to them but it's kept minimal enough to allow for easier animation. The sex scenes themselves are good though they are of course all non-consensual and involve a fair bit of bondage and domination. The scenes themselves are good but again, like the designs, don't reach above the average.
Secret Sex Stories is a nice change of pace from some of the lengthier series that could be done shorter. You get a quick hit of a couple of sex scenes with a decent enough plot to it that holds it together without exactly insulting the viewer and there's enough variety to it since they do two stories as well. With this kind of show, you're not getting a really tight story or top end animation but it's a fun little bit of stuff that can be nicely dark and quick or just amusing and simple without the commitment of several episodes over several volumes. The non-consensual nature will turn off some but will appeal to just as many. These aren't as bad as some shows but there's still that element that makes me a bit indifferent to it instead of fully interested, but as always with shows of this nature, your mileage may vary.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Slideshow Gallery
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: C
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: B-
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: JapanAnime
Running time: 30
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Secret Sex Stories