Harumi's Bad Play (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Sunday, August 28, 2005
Release Date: Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Wataru comes home to find a naked girl playing with herself in his room and well golly, guess what happens next!

What They Say
Wataru is a guy next door. One day he saw a little innocent looking girl in his room. Her name is Harumi. She asked Wataru if she could stay with him. She didn't have anywhere to go. Because of her innocence she doesn't know anything about a man's body and even her body. Wataru showed her his member and explained to her it was his pet. She loves playing with it so much without knowing what it really is. Wataru cannot live with the lies he continues to tell her. In a fit of guilt he has way with her without revealing his secret.

The Review!
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. This is also the only language available on this release as no English language version was made for it. The Japanese track is a pretty straightforward stereo mix that that's basically a full sounding piece. Dialogue is decent throughout but it does have a scratchy level to it if it's too high and it gets worse the further into the show you go. If you keep the volume lower than normal it's minimized but it's just a bad sounding track.

Originally released a few years back, the transfer for this series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The animation for the show is much more cartoonish than normal but it's full animated and rather fluid at times but it also has something of an older feel to it at times with its design. It's not a bad transfer but it's one where the actual enjoyment of it will stem from how you feel about the animation. In some ways it may look cheap but it again comes back to the more cartoonish style it has but it does keep to the anime style better than some other recent shows.

The artwork on the cover is just very attractive and not representative of what's inside like other releases it certainly sells it well. Going with very light and soft colors we get a shot of the naked Harumi on her knees going in for some oral pleasure while another show of her from underneath is next to her. The cute part is that the shows title almost feels like a row of building blocks with the varied letter styles. The back cover goes light on the color and has some good looking illustrations of Harumi in various states of undress. The bottom portion has the limited information available regarding the technical aspect and really overplays the running time. No insert is included in this release.

The menu layout is similar to other releases from this studio in that the background is a simple wash of purple light waving about while the foreground has a capture from the animation of Harumi playing with herself from behind while the basic menu selections are lined along the left side. Access times are nice and fast and there's little here beyond the show and a few trailers. Since there are no real selections for language other than turning the subtitles on, the discs defaults mirror our players' defaults.


Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Harumi's Bad Play is the latest in a number of essentially standalone pieces that feel like they could be part of a larger series like Cream Lemon but without that kind of wrapper to give it a sense of continuity. The show literally just opens right up on a sex scene and runs throughout until its quick end which only reinforces the idea of an anthology release or something else that just isn't the kind of standard we're used to for shows.

Just like it explains in the painfully hilarious summary on the back cover, Harumi is an innocent little girl who knows nothing about anything. Supposedly. We're introduced to her as she's naked in a room and playing with herself and she knows enough to get herself off and the right phrasing for doing just that. The situation changes when Wataru walks through the door into the apartment and sees her there and wonders if he's in the right place. It turns out that he is but he has no idea who this girl is and he tries to find out but he's more surprised by the fact that she's naked and just there than anything else.

One thing leads to another and a euphemism or two are used and he gets Harumi interested in checking out his pet. Before you know it, she's going down on him, he's going down on her though she's all embarrassed and shocked by it all and wants him to stop, but you know the kind of show this is where stop doesn't mean stop. By the halfway mark of the show we've finally got penetration going on and these two characters are just going at it in all sorts of positions over and over. Some of its comical where they change the size of the characters a bit and Wataru basically handles her like a doll but then it just gets silly looking when they pull out the whips and use them on her.

Of course, there's a surprise twist as it goes on and Wataru finds out that Harumi is actually some kind of robot and she takes over the session and puts him through his paces, which then leads to another surprise twist. It's all quite goofy and not really in a good goofy kind of way. The character designs for the show are definitely young in appearance and it has a feel of the kind of show that was made probably a decade ago or so. For some reason it really reminds me of Cream Lemon a bit but that's just from being familiar with it as anthology series more than anything else. This isn't a terribly bad looking show for what it is, but it's not the kind of show that I look for when it comes to adult anime.

In Summary:
With the angle towards the lolicon crowd, Harumi's Bad Play will probably play well there but for the more mainstream tastes this will be hard to swallow. With there being no real plot but just sex and a few gags and not even a good audio track to go with it, it won't be something that appeals to the wide range there. If it was released with a couple of other standalone tales of a similar nature that would probably work out better since it would have the variety to it and it wouldn't feel like there wasn't much to it. This is simply over too quick and doesn't have enough in itself to really carry things. Then again, I'm strange in that I like plot with my hentai so this really isn't aimed at me at all.


Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Mania Grade: D
Audio Rating: C-
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: A
Menus Rating: C
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Adult Source Media
MSRP: 24.98
Running time: 30
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Harumi's Bad Play