Desperate Carnal Housewives Vol. #2 (of 2) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Release Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006



What They Say
It is time for new enrollments and Shigezo and his partner in crime, Mr. Tomimatsu, pick out three new housewives to attend their special class. Little did they know, this was not an enrollment process for their children...it was an enrollment for themselves! A new stage is about to start and once you get in this school, there is no way out! Welcome to the school of Desperate Carnal Housewives!

The Review!
Working through the already "captured" mothers and now bringing a few more into the mix, the school only gets more and more disturbing as the men find new tortures to use.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. Since there's no dub available, something that would get these shows into a wider market, what we get here is a simple and straightforward stereo mix that's mostly center channel based anyway for the dialogue and sex effects while the minimal music and a couple of action effects make up the usage on the stereo channels. Dialogue is however nice and clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2005, the transfer for this show is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. With it being such a recent release the materials on hand are in very good shape with lots of clean looking animation, bright colors and solid looking designs. For the most part, the transfer here is well authored with colors looking right and no visible aliasing or cross coloration. Some of the colors don't maintain a solid feel though and some areas are much more noticeable than others. There are a few camera tricks, like sections during a pan that look blurred because of the method use, that don't look that great but it's more a source thing than anything else.

Packaging:
The layout for the cover goes for a fairly simple look and less than what was done for the first volume as it focuses now on just one of the new mother's in the show as she's in the tight little uniform and the rope bondage is about to start. This is the same thing on the reverse side cover though on that the full image you can how the part of the shirt around her breasts was modified for more mainstream tastes. The back cover provides for a decent layout with a collage of shots from the show while mixing in the discs features and the basic summary of the premise. The bottom is filled out with the technical grid and the usual legal boilerplate material.

Menu:
The menu layout uses the character artwork from the reverse side cover in a close-up form while the background is swapped out with a soft but bright view of the school and its grounds. It's a much lighter and more inviting design overall with bright colors and appealing fonts. Access times are nice and fast and while the audio language wasn't an issue the subtitles did get picked up properly via the player presets.

Extras:
The only extra on the disc is a slide show gallery of images from the show. As is standard I believe with all JapanAnime releases right now, there's also the included PSP/iPod version which has a txt document on the ROM side with instructions.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After a bit of delay in-between volumes, Desperate Carnal Housewives continues with its special School in which the mothers of several children find themselves going through some serious humiliation. In the first volume we saw a handful of them being subjected to things that their children had caused as well as the teacher who seems to do nothing but comply with the men's orders.

This episode doesn't exactly progress the storyline but it has plenty of sex to it. The petite and highly compliant teacher that the Principal had taken off with him on the school bus provides for some of the opening fun as she learns how to shift gears of the bus through her vaginal muscles. But much as the Principal himself says, since she's so compliant and does everything she's told, there's not much fun to that. At the school, things are taking a stranger turn as we have another mother arriving while one of the assistants is taking down the sign. She's late for the enrollment period but the Principal arrives and gives his wicked grin that brings her into the school so she can be part of all the fun.

Much of this volume is focused around two of the women that are going to be heavily blackmailed. The Principal takes one of them into his office where we learn that she's incredibly connected and wealthy, having led a life of ease without want. Since she can be easily used for gaining money and influence, she's a prime candidate and before you know it she's wearing the tight little uniform and hat while riding a children's bicycle or being moved into the jungle gym where the Principal is able to really get at her from creative angles. Another of the mothers that hadn't been dealt with much in the previous volume gets to "shine" here as she gets tired of waiting and makes a trip to the bathroom and is forced to use a men's urinal because of the way things are taped off. The assistant shows up at this point and causes her to wet herself and the floor which turns into a really stomach churning kind of scatological sex scene. I know people may not find the difference, but to me there's a strong difference between someone having a broom up their crotch and wiping the floor that way and being forced to lean back with your mouth open so some other guy can perform a golden shower for you, then forcing you to clean up the floor with your own mouth.

Ew.

In Summary:
Desperate Carnal Housewives has some interesting and amusing areas to it, particularly when it comes to the humiliation side of things in how they make them wear the uniforms. The scatological stuff just doesn't work for me in the slightest though and that makes almost half of the sex scenes on this volume cringe inducing. Beyond that, the women continue to be attractive, the situations absurd and amusing at the same time and the sex when it doesn't involve bodily fluids. I'm looking forward to seeing more of this show and where it goes but there's a serious hurdle in this volume to my enjoyment.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Image Gallery

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Toshiba HD-A1 Progressive Scan HD DVD player via HDMI -> DVI with upconversion set to 1080i, 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: 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: Desperate Carnal Housewives