Mother Knows Breast (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, August 24, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2006
What They Say
Boobs make the world go 'round! Takeshi is an ordinary college boy from a family that's quite out of the ordinary. His stepsister's been trying to get into his pants for the longest time, but she just can't figure out how to catch his eye. But his stepmother knows best, and she's got the pink mountains Takeshi can't resist climbing.
With Takeshi having fun with his stepmother, his older stepsister and potentially his younger one as well, you have to wonder why he's really stressing.
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its English language adaptation. It and the Japanese track are both your standard stereo mixes for an adult show. It's got a good sounding mix to it in that there is the illusion of some forward soundstage directionality but it's mostly a center channel piece outside of the music and a few effects. What counts in the end is that the dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we didn't have any distortions or dropouts during all the moaning via regular playback.
Originally released in 2005, the transfer for this two part OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The materials for this are in quite good shape and it's free of some of the problems that have been shown up on some recent Kitty releases. The transfer is essentially free of the chroma noise issue that has been prevalent on some shows and there's no problems with cross coloration or aliasing. There is a touch of edge enhancement that's visible in some scenes but it's very minimal and not distracting unless you're freeze framing to find problems. Colors look good and maintain a very solid feel both in foreground and background settings.
Due to this being a checkdisc, we cannot comment on the packaging.
Using the artwork from the main cover, we get an interesting piece that has the lead character with her very thin negligee on as she sprays it with water from the shower head as a bit of music plays along. It's got a very light and bluish background of what I guess you could call a bathroom along with a lot of blue and pink soap bubbles floating around.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Mother Knows Breast is a slightly odd and strange two part OVA series that has an interesting enough premise but feels like it falls through in actually providing some useful context in terms of how it's actually gotten to this point. But at the same time, the sex scenes and the actual overall action and animation in the show is pretty good that you can sort of give it a pass if the story setup is week.
The premise of the show is that we're following around Takeshi, a young man who lives with his stepmother and stepsister. Whether both his parents are dead or not I don't believe is covered as I must have blacked out whenever the talked about how they got into this kind of living arrangement during the two times I watched it. What we do know is that he seems to call his stepmother by a formal family name only but has a good relationship with his stepsister Shinobu. As we find out though, the older stepsister Fumi, had left the house some time earlier under mysterious circumstances in order to find her own life and get away from whatever was bothering her there.
What it turns out to be is that Fumi had caught Takeshi being seduced by his stepmother, Fumi's mother, and couldn't handle it. Takeshi's been wrapped around Mrs. Fujinao's fingers ever since and as much as he tries to resist, he can't get away from her. The problem with her is that she's simply a nympho as she goes after him every night and he can't stop her at all. He's trying to make sure that nobody else gets dragged into it but over the course of time it's just worn him down. To his surprise though, he's learned that Fumi is coming back to the house for at least a visit. When he runs into her out in the city though, the two end up talking about things and we get to see a bit more of the past and how things are in the present between this somewhat twisted family dynamic, but it doesn't take long for this to have a majorly weird twist as a couple of guys perform a home invasion on Fumi's apartment while Takeshi is there and force him to watch them taking his older stepsister that he had just dreamed about seducing in a drunken binge.
Add in that the younger sister is demanding to get closer to Takeshi in order to keep him in the house once she's got the idea that he's leaving because it's going to really screw her up if she ever finds out, it's just a spiral of bad decisions on Takeshi's part that eventually leads him to being part of a foursome family where everyone is getting in on each other. Of course, it's not entirely too weird in a sense as Takeshi isn't actually related by blood to any of them, but how many mother / daughter / daughter situations do you really run into? At least in this instance, the mother is quite well designed and the daughters play up the resemblance only a bit but it's the whole incest taboo that becomes the draw right from the start. You know it's only a matter of time before Takeshi gets to fool around with every female in sight.
The scripting in this could have been a lot better as the setup for it is really hazy in some ways in trying to understand how this family dynamic came together. With the incest taboo being the draw, you'd almost expect them to highlight things more in order to give a bit more reasoning behind the why of each side getting as involved as they do but it's left to a rather minimal approach, unless as I said I blacked out twice during anything substantial. Taking the plot out of the equation, it is just porn after all, what we have is two episodes with three good looking female characters and a male lead who actually has some desire in him and isn't creepy for the most part. It's certainly not a bad way to pass an hour but it's more for the mid range experience crowd I think as it's not well written to introduce new fans and I can see hardcore fans being somewhat bored by this.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray 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: N/A
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Kitty Media
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Mother Knows Best