All Sex Hentai Vol. #1 (of 2) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006
What They Say
The Adult Source Media Erotic Sorority Girl‚€™s Club has decided to band together to produce the most shocking compilation of erotic anime ever released on 1 disc. 2 hours of pure action. We‚€™ve asked some of the voluptuous super heroines & jugmeisters to pick their favorite sex scenes - and we‚€™ve slapped them all together to bring you the hottest babes in anime. Chicks loving Chicks, Busty Babes in Distress and an assortment of gorgeous anime hotties at your disposal giving you MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK than you‚€™ve ever had.
Compiling clips from many of their shows, All-Sex Hentai covers the bases with a wide variety of characters, styles and sexual encounters.
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The clips are done only in Japanese as the original releases were all done the same way and not dubbed and for a compilation piece it's certainly not surprising. The audio track is fairly decent for the most part but it's very dependent on the individual clips as some of them have a bit more noise at higher levels, some are slightly muffled and a couple are a bit lower, but they are all for the most part very easy to understand and free of serious problems. You may want to keep the remote handy to adjust the volume on some clips though.
Comprised of clips from across several years, the transfer for this series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Similar to the audio department, the quality of the transfer is really dependent on the clip itself as each of them come from very different places and different kinds of source quality. The ones with a bit more of a budget tend to look better while others have a soft and fuzzy feel to them. The actual authoring and encoding looks to be done just right but with a lot of the low quality source material, the DVD is just showing off the flaws in it all the more. This isn't the kind of show where you jump up and down looking for pristine quality to begin with but it is for the most part in the realm of acceptable.
The cover artwork, though dark because of the background, is rather nicely done as it brigns in characters and designs from different shows and blends them together well while strengthening the colors into a similar palette. The six women showcased here are all from different series and you can tell it by their designs if you look closely but at first blush you wouldn't know that they came separately. The back cover has a rather cringe inducing shot along the left though and the black text with a yellow border against mostly black backgrounds is really hard to read. There's a small selection of shots from the various characters that look to be illustrations as opposed to actual screenshots so in-show quality is hard to tell. The rest of the cover is fairly standard for ASM in that they list some of the basic technical information and features. The cover is reversible and it's used to clean up some of the characters clothes so that there's a "clean" version for retailers.
The menu is nicely done though it uses some of what you'd expect to be basic backgrounds included in an authoring package as it has various shapes and forms floating in the background of blues in a digital look. Across the center of the screen there's a slow progression of changing shots from the show with the character designs as a bit of instrumental music plays along. The layout is good looking in general though and it's easy to navigate and get around. With only Japanese language here, the default selections were not an issue and the menus performed well.
The only included extra is a five minute long video gallery of still shots from the various clips.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While compilation and clip shows have been popular and heavily released in the mainstream adult work, they've not had much in the way of releases for adult anime, at least in North America. Licensing restrictions alone make it something that most companies wouldn't even bother to think of doing, but with the way ASM has likely managed their contracts and having done a lot of work with one particular publisher, they're able to cobble together a nearly two hour release where they take scenes from many of their already released singles and drop them onto one disc.
Considering how bad many of those single episode/volume releases were on different levels, that makes this release an excellent purchase for the price. You essentially get to sample a ton of shows and in some cases you basically get all of the actual sex scenes from them with just the "fluff" excised. But like any compilation show, you have to take the good with the bad and the weird with the enjoyable. I've had some really mixed luck on their selection of titles in the last year so revisiting some of these wasn't all that much fun. One series that gets clipped heavily in this release, almost to the point where it breaks up all the other clips, is Ninja. That show was already basically a giant clip show so it was easy to just yank pieces over here but they were just awful to watch, especially in how they used horrible 80's video editing techniques to expand a particular part of the scene, making it seem like it was going through a bad loop.
There are some good pieces in here though from their catalog of titles. Some of the more comedic material makes its way in, particularly the one where it seems like the girl is completely undeveloped but there's an actual gag/reason for it that surprised me and made me laugh when I first saw it. One of the more serious shows from early on in their release schedule makes its way here with a lot of extra dialogue and non-sex related animation and there's also a really amusing and somewhat disturbing piece with the girl who becomes a maid but finds herself becoming more of a tool for her master than anything else as he uses her body for furniture and‚€¶ food storage.
What makes this release bad is in how its authored; there's barely a handful of chapter stops to it instead of having a chapter stop at every new scene. To find one that you like, you have to scan through the Ninja included material. There's six chapters to the release overall and they're close to twenty-five minutes each, so depending on how long either the main chapter or the Ninja feature runs, you're doing a fair bit of scanning. Even worse, there's no end-chapter so you can't skip to the end of the disc and backtrack a bit either.
Though I'm ragging heavily on the release for a number of reasons, it is a title that I can recommend because it's something that allows folks to get a feel for a large number ‚€“ not all ‚€“ of titles in the ASM catalog that they wouldn't pick up otherwise. It's a great sampler to see what some of the shows they've been dealing with are like, shows that other companies simply have not bothered with for years or at all in some cases. Some of these are good, but a lot of them show a different kind of layer of releases that come out in Japan that many casual adult anime fans haven't really seen before, often because the single episode shows rarely ever get picked up. If any of the single volume titles ASM has put out before were tempting, this is a great way to get a feel for what they're like.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,French Subtitles,German Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Toshiba 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: D
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: C+
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Adult Source Media
Running time: 120
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: All Sex Hentai