Taboo Charming Mother Vol. #5 (of 6) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, April 01, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2006
What They Say
Misako was in shock when she saw her stepson Kazuhiko engaging in a sexual act with his sister Emiko. Surprised by this incident, Misako finds herself feeling jealous and begins to devise a plan to win Kazuhiko back. What obstacles will Misako overcome to get the lust she desires?
Jealousy flares for Misako as her desire for Kazuhihko grows which allows him to take her out of the house for a bit of fun.
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.
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.
Using the original Japanese artwork, the design is darker again as Misako is in her apron while in the kitchen but the bottom is darkened up so you can't see what she's doing to herself. The design is really nice and the colors look good for this one. The reverse side doesn't seem to be any more explicit on the front piece but the back cover changes out the images for more revealing pictures. 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.
Giving over to a black background, the menu changes once more from previous ones and looks good if a bit simple. With character artwork on the right and the navigation along the left, it's a decent looking piece but doesn't have some of the oomph of past releases. The layout is very easy to navigate and I like the look of it with the borders and everything else. JapanAnime also continues to use the "sex only" feature, though in the extras section, so that you can skip all that silly plot and dialogue stuff. Access times are nice and fast and with no English language dub on here the player presets are somewhat moot.
The only included video extra here is an image gallery done in slideshow format. A new extra included and tweaked a good bit since first appearing on Desperate Carnal Housewives is the inclusion of a PSP/iPod video version of the episode. A menu section in the extras describes the method by which to get it in clear detail as well.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In its fifth installment, Taboo Charming Mother gets out of the house a bit so Kazuhiko can show her some new tricks. But before they get to that, Misako finds that her jealousy is really flaring over the way her sister Emiko is with Kazuhiko. After the way Emiko had fallen into Kazuhiko's clutches, it's been amusing to watch how she's become more and more interested in being taken by him, almost to the point of being able to push Misako out of it entirely. Misako's realization that she's become completely wrapped around Kazuhiko's finger has left her trying to get as much time with him alone as possible.
Misako is so distraught and needy at one point that she sneaks out of her bedroom and into Kazuhiko's so that she can straddle, suck and tease the sleeping body of her step son while working herself into a tizzy. While she used to live in fear of whoever was on the phone that was tormenting her, she moved to becoming addicted to the mysterious voice and doing whatever they wanted to now being completely devoted to the man behind the voice and wanting to do whatever he wants. Even when her husband is out for the day, she can't stop keeping her hands off of him and starting his day off properly.
While Emiko does make another showing in this volume, the twist is that we actually get out of the house a bit which is something that you realize hasn't happened hardly at all since the series started. Keeping her in some skimpy lingerie but wrapping her in a full length coat and a pair of "mystery star" glasses, Kazuhiko takes her out for a walk in the park in which they walk very close to nearby neighbors that know them so he can prove to her that nobody knows who they really are. Once that happens, it's off to the incredibly clean public restroom where not only does Kazuhiko get to dominate her in his usual style but he also brings in a few homeless old timers to get a show and a bit more. It takes a slightly odd turn with this but it's not surprising that Kazuhiko wants to spread his wings a bit with his control of Misako and to find some way of showing her off.
While Taboo Charming Mother doesn't have quite the same energy as the early episodes did, it's still a rather enjoyable show that manages to keep a small cast still interesting after all this time. The addition of Emiko worked nicely but for the most part it continues to be the heavy relationship between Kazuhiko and Misako that drives this. Misako's downward spiral has been interesting enough to watch but her more recent twist of jealousy just adds the right kind of touch to things. With only one more volume to go I'm expecting a quick and surprising finale to it which may be disappointing but the journey to the end has certainly been fun.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Slideshow
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
Running time: 30
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Taboo Charming Mother