Taboo Charming Mother Vol. #2 (of 6) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, November 21, 2005
Release Date: Sunday, October 23, 2005
What They Say
As she reaches her climax, Misako's son Kazuhiko opens the door and finds her with her toys. Misako tries everything to cover it up, but her son refuses and instead gives her a deal that she can't refuse: "If you do as I say, I won't tell Dad."
Having no other way out of the situation, Misako agrees. Although she resists the lustful temptation, little by little her body craves more.
Misako finds herself even deeper in the web of eroticism after her step son catches her in the act while on the phone.
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. It's the only language track included here as once again there's no dub for a new adult release. The track is a fairly standard stereo mix with a bit of directionality across the two channels that sounds decent if not terribly immersive. Dialogue is mostly center channel based but it comes across clean and clear and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.
Originally released in 2004, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. As with some of the better produced series out there, the source material here looks good with lots of bright vivid colors and some decent animation that doesn't show too many shortcuts. The colors generally look good and solid though there are some areas where you can see the color gradient but it is a fairly small issue all told and most likely not noticeable on most setups. This is essentially a problem free transfer for the most part with very good looking animation.
Using the original Japanese artwork, the front cover isn't exactly quite as hot as the first one but it's still really good as it shows Misako bent over the sink with her apron around her and what little she's wearing stretched around her. The character design for this continues to be good and the settings they put her in are just right for the show. The back cover has a number of shots that look really good of Misako in various states of pleasure with lots of shadows around the edge. The summary is fairly simple and easy to read though I'm not a fan of all uppercase text. The production and technical information round out the bottom of the cover and is pretty straightforward other than not listing any of the languages here beyond the subtitles.
The main menu is a decent simple piece that has a slightly zoomed in version of the front cover as its static background. The top half puts the series name while the basic navigation is down along the bottom, the whole thing set to a brief loop of instrumental music from the show. Fixing one of the issues from the first volume, the setup/extras section is split out into their own pieces. Access times are nice and fast and with no English language dub on here the player presets are somewhat moot.
The only included extra here is an image gallery done in slideshow format.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The first installment of Taboo Charming Mother brought in something slightly different to the genre with phone sex being part of the control over the lonely housewife. Essentially turning the show into several nice and lengthy masturbation scenes for Misako as she fell under the sway of the mysterious man that seemed to know exactly what she was up to.
The series looks to have something of shocker endings that lead well into the next episode and the first episode ended with Kazuhiko walking in on his mother as she was laid out on the couch with a pair of toys occupying her attention. Kazuhiko was certainly shocked by this but at the same time, seeing his stepmother laying there with the toys still running and squirming about, how could a young man resist. While he's not able to take it all the way, this just makes it all the more erotic as he does everything but actually take her. Misako does her best to resist but considering she was just bringing herself off to the thought of him, she's able to stop herself from only so much and lets him get away with a lot.
Once he has the taste of her though, he spends the next several days working through ways of dominating her. Since he holds sway over her now with the potential blackmail he has her coming to him and pleasuring him but she still won't let him actually go the whole way with her. Kazuhiko is fairly nasty about all of this and he has her servicing him while her husband is downstairs eating breakfast or even in the next room asleep. During one particularly close session, Kazuhiko is underneath her aprons in the kitchen while her husband is on the phone just across the room. She's barely able to control himself as he gets deep inside her and her husband talking to her afterwards as she's squirming is amusing, especially since you get to see all three parties involved.
What's worse for Misako as she tries to ensure her marriage stays alive while giving in to her step sons demands and her own secret desires is that the mysterious man on the phone isn't done with her and he picks up again not long afterwards and sets about to up the ante on her by sending a group of young men to her house during the day so that she can deflower them. Even though she's unable to go all the way with Kazuhiko, these guys overpower her and take her so completely and thoroughly that it's beautifully twisted as it plays out. Having four lust-filled virgin boys at her place that have been told that they can do anything they want to her is both scary but at the same time completely exciting to her that she doesn't know which way to go. And, of course, there is a twist to follow at the end.
Taboo Charming Mother takes on a slight change as it progresses here and the introduction of more people brings the series into new directions which while not unexpected or unwanted, takes away from some of the fun of the first volume where everything was so focused just on Misako and how she dealt with the mysterious pervert and pleasuring herself. Things take an interesting turn across this and while the shock twist ending isn't quite that, it does open up things to make you wonder how other events actually took place. Then again, looking for complete logic in a show like this isn't exactly step one for enjoying it so if you ignore that for now what you have is a very erotic and well done show that's still got gorgeous character designs for Misako and plenty of great sex scenes for her.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
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: A-
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: C+
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: Taboo Charming Mother