University Girls Vol. #1 (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Release Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2005



What They Say
These counselors take special interest in the nasty class of 2005. Madoka goes to her counselor for advice on her classes, and the help she is given will take her to a new place of erotic heights. Watch these girls embark on a path of forbidden love.

The Review!
Two girls chat over coffee talking about their sex lives. What more could a guy want?

Audio:
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 does have some minor moments of directionality but it's mostly the music that does a nice job of giving a full feeling performance. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
The transfer for this OVA release is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The materials are very much in good shape as this is very clean and clear and free of problems all around. Colors are bright and vibrant with large sections throughout that maintain a very solid feel. There is a fair bit of aliasing that will be found throughout it though during panning sequences due to its digital nature and the way the camera moves. There isn't a ton of fluid movement in this show but what's here looks decent and doesn't have any serious problems in terms of how the authoring of the disc went.

Packaging:
The front cover has a very nicely redrawn image of the two leads being very into each other and covered in sweat while their minimal clothing slides off around them. The look and style combined with the colors is just great looking in general though such upfront material can certainly turn a lot of people off. The back cover provides more of the two girls getting along with each other and that takes up the majority of the cover but looks good for the same reasons the front cover does. There's a very tiny summary and a few of the basics of the technical side and that's about it. It could be fleshed out more like most other studios releases but it wouldn't really be adding that much, though I'd love it just for consistencies sake. The reverse side cover is basically the same thing but with some very creative cover-ups of the nudity.

Menu:
The menu layout is pretty straightforward with the shot of the two naked girls from the back cover along the right side while the menu selections are along the left side as bouncy music and bouncy circles move around in the background. The navigation selection provides a bit of amusement as the bonus video is labeled Bouns. Since there's only one language on here, our players' presets were pretty much a non issue. Access times are nice and fast overall and the layout is very easy to navigate.

Extras:
A bonus video is included called "My Wife the Schoolgirl," which isn't so much animation but a series of stills, occasionally with a bit of simple movement, that you could say is attached to an audio drama. It's full subtitled though and it runs for just about thirty minutes in length.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Adult Source Media started out well enough by launching with Daikuji and a couple of other interesting titles but the market must really be weak as the recent releases have mostly been these kinds of shows where the animation is like watching a visual novel or almost amateur home-made hentai. As mentioned in Girls Locker Room Lust's review, these feel like some of the old standalone pieces that you used to see in the eighties such as Cream Lemon but with the digital look to them it's sometimes even more painful.

University Girls continues that kind of show so if you've seen them in the past you know what to expect here. The show focuses on two young women, purple haired cutie Madoka and sorta blonde Yooki. Both of them are in college and we see that they're talking with each other about the things that they like after Madoka tries to make a move on one of her college counselors who's hot. She's emphatic to note that she's going after the hot guy, not the ugly guy. This goes badly as when she goes to his office he's already counseling someone else in the ways of making out on a desk. She's horrified and tells this to her friend over coffee but she still makes plans to go back and seduce him herself, which only makes you laugh all the more.

For Yooki, she's amusing in her own way as she likes to be the dominant one and she relates her own tale of a professor that she's been having fun with as something of a dominatrix. This guy is the pushover type and loves the way she steps on his face, wraps her legs around his head and generally beats him senseless. He does get his own pluses out of it with her which she relates as well. This throws off Madoka some since she's not exactly the dominant personality type but she takes up Yooki on her offer and joins her in dominating the professor for a session, which leads to a nice three way and a good bit of fun for everyone with whips and vibrators. And this little bit of a push gives her the confidence to really take on her own counselor and show him what she's worth.

In Summary:
University Girls probably would have been more appealing if it had been better animated and more standard designs. The animation as mentioned is in the cheap category and there are plenty of looped and reused moments that you can see easily, especially right from the first sequence. The plot is paper thin if you can even consider it a plot but it manages to hold together the scenes well enough with the over-coffee concept. Combined with the bonus episode you get close to an hours worth of material here but this isn't the kind of material I think most people are really looking for.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Bonus Episode

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: 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: 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: University Girls