Jiburiru Vol. #3 (of 4) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Monday, September 19, 2005
Release Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2005



What They Say
Naoto and Rika continue with their "training" at a park, where Rika learns her new attack for her alter ego, Jiburiru. After calling it a day, Naoto stays behind at the park where Reina, the manager of Meimi's restaraunt, spots Naoto. One thing leads to another and next thing you know, Reina is seducing Naoto, and Naoto is drawn into her! While all this is happening, Rika is ambushed by Asumo and Meimi! How will they get out of this mess? Who knows, but one thing is for sure... this is one sexy Japanese animation!

The Review!
Plans are afoot to steal away Naoto and deprive Rika of what she needs… can Naota be faithful?

Audio:
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.

Video:
Originally released in 2003, 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. There is a small level of fuzziness to it however which is noticeable around the edges of the characters and particularly their hair. It doesn't come across as cross coloration though and it may not be as noticeable depending on your viewing distance. The colors generally look good and solid though there are some areas where you can see the color gradients, especially during the first minute or two of the show with the flashing red light. Thankfully absent from this volume is the JapanAnime bug that was in the lower right corner of the transfer for the second volume. With that removed, things are much better here now.

Packaging:
Using the original Japanese artwork, Otonashi takes the full stage here with her outfit in shreds with most everything still covered up but tantalizing though we do get a nipple shot at the least. With the stark red background to it, this is another really great looking cover. As has been the case lately, covers for adult releases are just looking stunning and outclassing the mainstream releases at every turn. The back cover is a big improvement over the initial releases as well with much easier to see clips from the show, an easier to read summary over one of the larger pictures and a clean and simple technical grid with the basics, though it doesn't list the audio features at all which could lead some to assume it has English when it doesn't. .

Menu:
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. They do combine the extras and setup menu though which I don't care for at all. Access times are nice and fast and with no English language dub on here the player presets are somewhat moot.

Extras:
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)
Jiburiru continues to be an enjoyable series as it has a bit of a creative approach to the entire super-hero aspect of anime in how Rika powers up and gains new powers along the way. Putting in the devil/angel aspect of it as well works nicely and overall we're getting a show that's creative basis is the idea of trying new and dirtier things along the way. It does put the writers into a bind at some point but right now they've got plenty of creativity to work through.

Naoto and Rika are continuing to experiment with different things to gain new powers and understanding, all while Loveriel is nearby watching and making sure it's done right. To add some fun to the event, Naoto has them outside in the park fooling around with other people getting dangerously close to discovering them. This allows for some spice of course but it also adds to the power list of what Rika can do. Naoto continues to be the young stud that he is and he can take her several times in different ways but Rika is quite frankly getting bored with the whole thing. She just wants a normal relationship with him and is hoping that all of this isn't raising the expectations too much.

So when they take a break for the day, Naoto's taking that as time to get ready for a night of fun and experimentation. To his surprise, Reina is there waiting for him and she's looking to get him into her clutches so she asks to speak to him back at his place about Meimi. Since he wants to get to the bottom of what she's going through he's all for it but before he realizes it, being the oblivious young boy he is, she's partially undressed and his dick is out in the air and the festivities begin. He had little intent on being unfaithful to Rika but this is the kind of situation that sort of just overwhelms a young man and while you may not approve of it, it is at least understandable. Reina's plan works even better as she's able to take the power she's absorbing from Naoto and transfer it to Meimi who then uses it on Rika and Loveriel when they arrive to check up on Naoto.

The sex and action all combines together as everyone tries to gain the upper hand and it's a fun sequence as it all plays out. The animation for this show continues to look great though it does have a soft feel to it. The character designs remain solid and the sex itself continues to be both interesting and entertaining as the various characters change up with each other. Reina's getting in on the action of course provides for some older female attention to be lavished upon Naoto here and the amount of action Rika gets is pretty constant. If anything, I just wished Meimi had more going on here but that's sort of a standard desire.

In Summary:
Jiburiru started off as a surprise and continues to be quite enjoyable with its concept and the overall execution of it. The cast isn't growing by leaps and bounds like ones like this tend to do so we're still with the core cast and they're all having a good time in their own way. The designs are still very attractive, the animation good if a bit soft and the sex is definitely good. With only one more episode to go I'm looking forward to seeing how it all climaxes.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Slideshow

Review Equipment
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: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: JapanAnime
MSRP: 24.98
Running time: 30
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Jiburiru