Taboo Charming Mother Vol. #3 (of 6) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Friday, January 06, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2005



What They Say
Misako finds out that all of the pranks were caused by her son, Kazuhiko. She does her best to fight him off, but it's already too late. Misako can no longer go back to an ordinary life. She is now Kazuhiko's slave of lust and passion. The wall of sanity is torn down, but things are just getting heated up for the next level! There is no stopping now.

The Review!
Misako gives in to the lust that's formed within her but Kazuhiko kicks things up another notch for her.

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 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.

Packaging:
Using the original Japanese artwork, the character artwork for this has Misako in her usual outfit but with it draped down around her as she runs her hands underneath the apron and shirt. She's got that haired tied back demure look going on and the reverse side cover uses the same image but eliminates portions of the apron and exposes a breast. 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, especially since it's moved from all uppercase text to normal 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. Overall, the packaging for this release is just about exactly how I like to see it with lots of great artwork, dual sided for more naughtiness and solid layout.

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 left half puts the series name while the basic navigation is down below it, the whole thing set to a brief loop of instrumental music from the show. Unlike the previous volumes, the extras and setup menus have been separated out which is a plus. 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)
The third episode of Taboo Charming Mother manages to raise the stakes a bit after doing some payoff for all that's come before. While the show doesn't have quite the same kind of intensity that the first episode did, it's building along different directions now that there have been revelations about what's really going on.

With Misako knowing exactly what Kazuhiko has been up to all this time now, he's been pushing at her more and more to get what he really wants from her. Their intimate time together so far has certainly given both of them pleasure but Kazuhiko has been getting more insistent about what he really wants and Misako is finding it harder and harder to refuse him. The heat of the moment causes her to finally lose her way though and their relationship becomes something far more than it has been so far. The culmination of their relationship turns actually manages to be as intense as the rest of their relationship but it has that feeling that they've crossed a line and she knows it but cannot deny it.

This plays out a couple of times as Kazuhiko continues to push his dominance over Misako and she can't help but to do what he has her do. One particularly twisted moment that moves the show into a new realm is when her sister Emiko comes over for a visit as she's looking for a place of her own in the area. She's similar in look and build to Misako though she has more of that business professional look to her with a shorter haircut and a sleeveless outfit that gives her a bit more of a confident look. Kazuhiko has a good spot of fun with Misako but playing with her while her sister sits there unaware. The lust and desire that builds within Misako is pretty strong and she's unable to really control herself for too long once he starts. And he certainly likes to start and comes up with a new twist that looks to change the next half of the series.

Taboo Charming Mother makes an obvious and straightforward shift as the pairing of Kazuhiko and Misako move up a level. The sex is also more straightforward this time around which could be something of a disappointment if there wasn't the entire build-up to it from the beginning of the show. A lot of what we had up to know was more personal with Misako and the toys she was working herself over with as well as the simple eroticism of the phone sex moments. Now that it's actually moved to actual one on one sex it's missing part of that appeal but works in other ways.

In Summary:
At the halfway mark of the series, Taboo Charming Mother is playing out rather nicely by having a serious progression of events as it goes along. A lot of series tend to be weak or ending by the third episode since they never think they'll get that far and then simply die out. So far this one is a bit weaker than the first two but it still maintains a strong hold on the viewer since you can't be entirely sure what Kazuhiko has in store next and when he does reveal it, you want to see exactly how it's going to play out. The setup for the next volume certainly inspires confidence that it's only going to get more interesting.

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: A
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: JapanAnime
MSRP: 24.99
Running time: 30
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Taboo Charming Mother