My Private Tutor / Fairy in the Forest (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Release Date: Thursday, December 08, 2005
What They Say
My Private Tutor
Who ever knew college classes could be so fun ? When this college student asked for help she got more than she ever bargained for from her private tutor. She tried to resist at first but gave into the intense pleasure. Forget about class work - let the sexual lesson continue!
Fairy in the Forest
Take a mystical journey to an enchanted forest where this fairy will fulfill your every sexual desire... But will his dark past manifest itself in the form of love or anger and lead them down a dark road ?
A pairing of two very different episodes on one disc from the same animation house, it's school girls and fairy's for all.
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese, which also happens to be the only language on here. The tutor episode does support English, French and German subtitles while the Fairy episode supports only French and English subtitles. The audio track for both episodes is fairly decent though there is some minor distortion during some of the lower dialogue sequences that seems to reverberate a bit. It's fairly minor and goes by quick enough but it's very noticeable if you've got headphones on. Dialogue otherwise is clean and clear throughout and we had no real problems in the long term with it.
Originally released as two separate videos, the transfer for both shows are presented in their original full frame aspect ratio. The style for both of them is generally similar with a very two dimensional feel but the Tutor episode comes across the worse of the two with its overexposed whites and less than clean lines which break up frequently. So much of the episode is white on white on more white that the characters easily dissolve against each other or the backgrounds. The Fairy episode fairs a bit better as it's outdoors, has more colors to it and isn't quite as white. There isn't as much aliasing going on in this episode either which helps its overall look. Both are clean otherwise but the animation isn't the kind that's really helped by a very clean transfer.
Being able to promote two separate movies in one is a definite plus so the front cover gets a corner to corner split with the left side focusing on the Tutor episode, completely with penis in girl action being displayed, while the other corner has upper nudity shots of the women from it. Both are surprisingly heavy on the pink shaded colors and the character designs look good – better than they do in the show itself. The back cover provides another large explicit sex shot of one of the girls going down on another and is covered over with text explaining the two episodes. The remainder of the cover fleshes out the basic technical information. The reverse side front cover has different shots of the girls and avoids any obvious nudity while the back cover uses the same artwork as the original back cover but provides some carefully placed bits of clothing. No insert is included in this release.
The menu layout for this is well done with a selection right at the top to choose the episode you want which then loads a separate standard menu for selections, extras, language and whatnot for that show. Each of them has their own background image that showcases characters from that show and provide quick access to the other episode as well. Access times are nice and fast and the navigation is quick and easy to use. Language setup isn't much of an issue, though it's awkward in how it's laid out here, since you're just selecting whether to turn subtitles on and then which subtitle track you want to use.
The extras are pretty minimal but each show has its own photo gallery showcasing scenes from itself.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
A lot of single episode shows out there would do better if they were paired up with something else so that you'd feel like you were getting a bit more for your money. Looking at the two episodes here, I know I'd probably feel pretty poorly about the release if these were done as singles, not that the two together really elevates it to all that much more, but the gamble is there in that it's worth trying something like this since the potential for at least one of them to be decent is better than by itself.
The first show, My Private Tutor, is a fairly standard piece where a schoolgirl comes home late from practice for her first day with the new tutor, an upperclassman of some sort that her mother has gotten, and she finds she's in for more than she's bargained for. Her mother has errands to run with a friend so she's quickly out of the house, because we know mothers of teenage girls have no issues leaving their daughters there with young attractive men, and the girl finds herself in quite a situation. She needs to do better on her tests so when the tutor has her remove her jacket, show her breasts and take off her panties, she's more afraid of her mother being upset about losing a tutor than being upset about her daughter getting sexed up on a regular basis. She falls into the routine pretty well after the first couple of times and becomes addicted to it, enough so that she starts to bring others in for the fun. It's a standard setup and execution show but the animation itself is weak with so much white on white on white that it all blends together due to poor exposure levels. I also have a hard time taking the female character anywhere near seriously when she has the huge beer-can hair style.
Fairy in the Forest starts off a bit more interesting if only because it features more colors. We're introduced to a young man who just had problems with his girlfriend and ends up wandering through the forest only to find a petite young Lolita type tied up to a tree completely naked. She cries out for his help as there's a mosquito on her so he brushes it away. It then starts sucking the blood from her breast so he swats it away again. When numerous mosquito's show up, he smacks her with a branch which causes welts that obviously turn him on. The whole things causes her to briefly lose consciousness which he takes advantage of by bringing her down and starting to fool around with her. In order to stimulate her a bit more he grabs a piece of wood and starts bringing her off with that. It's all fine and slightly kinky up through that point but then the guy, remembering problems with his girl, does a Charlie Brown running kick at her when she's laying on the ground and kicks the wood further up into her, causing her to fly across the ground a bit in pain.
Sorry folks, not my cup of tea. He gets a bit more mean spirited as they go along and takes her over and over until he's essentially emptied and a husk of himself, which is what he deserves. The guy is just plain mean and abusive as it moves along that while I can understand why it will appeal to some folks, it most definitely doesn't to me and basically made me want to turn it off as soon as that happened.
In a way, it's hard to understand why titles like these keep coming out when there are some studios whose adult works in Japan haven't been touched at all as well as several older titles that would have more appeal. The double episode nature of this volume helped it be more appealing in general since you feel like you're getting more bang for your buck but the content itself for me left a hell of a lot to be desired, particularly when it came to the Fairy in the Forest episode which just had a weird balance with the My Private Tutor episode. If anything, the folks that put these out continue to know exactly how to do the covers and menus though as they help sell them far better than anything else.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,French Subtitles,German Subtitles,Photo Galleries
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.
Mania Grade: D
Audio Rating: B-
Video Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Adult Source Media
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: My Private Tutor / Fairy in the Forest