Hills Have Size (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, November 16, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2006
What They Say
Yoji has always been like a brother to his cousin, but all that changes when Yoji witnesses his cousin's wife masturbating one night. Unable to get the image of Kasumi's giant boobs out of his mind, Yoji makes it his mission to satisfy the unfulfilled woman. But Yoji's niece and Kasumi's sister want to get in on the action as well.
Quite possibly one of the most amusing made up titles for an adult series, the Hills Have Size is actually quite a lot of fun.
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its English language adaptation. The two episode series sports a fairly basic stereo mix to it which is seemingly almost entirely driven through as a center channel full mix. Like most "reality" based adult shows, it's mostly a dialogue show outside of the actual sex scenes so there isn't really all that much to deal with in terms of directionality and placement. The mix is good though as it serves the material well and doesn't have any noticeable issues. We didn't have any problems with dropouts or distortions on either language track during regular playback.
Originally released in 2005, the transfer for this OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The episodes look good here for the most part but there are some minor quibbles to be had. The show is done in a real world setting so it has plenty of standard colors to it, the usual backgrounds and designs, and it comes across well but decidedly average. Colors look good but there is some background noise to it that keeps some scenes, generally darker ones, from being too solid. There isn't anything that's a deal killer though and when you add in that there isn't any cross coloration or aliasing it's a pretty smooth transfer.
While the massive mammaries may turn you away from the cover initially, the rest of the artwork is quite good and very detailed as it has the visual of Kasumi laying across her bed while wearing some very fine undergarments. But even the backgrounds, with the pillows, drapes and lampshade, all are very well detailed and colored, giving it an almost high class feel. There was no way around the naked nipples though so instead of digitally painting on an extended bra, they went with the tried and true white starburst to cover them. I'm not sure which is better. The back cover is far less detailed but still decent, awash in the pinkish hues for the coloring. A strip along the top provides a look at the multifaceted Kasumi while another shot has her sister enjoying herself. The summary is brief, and a bit misleading, while the rest of the cover is the standard production credits and technical grid. No insert is included with this release.
Similar to other adult releases, the menu is an exercise in simplicity that conveys the show quickly. The background uses the same pinkish hues and items as the back cover and brings in the image of Kasumi taking a shower, though here she's allowed to have nipples unlike the cover artwork. The logo and navigation section are all done in a way to add a bit of prettiness to it and a brief loop of music plays along to it. There isn't anything here beyond the show and the trailers so the navigation is quick and simple. The disc didn't pick up our player presets though and defaulted to English only.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While many releases are kept to their original names, there are some that still get renamed. As much as it bothers me and I'm sure other people, when I read the title for this one I couldn't help but to smile and then just laugh. The only real connection the title has to the show is that the lead character does have some real big hills to her, but even then they're not exactly a focus within the show either. Whoever came up with this title deserves a little something extra in their paycheck.
Set as a domestic sexy drama, the show focuses around housewife Kasumi. She's married to a guy who doesn't have too much presence in the show but he's not exactly a good guy to begin with. Being someone with a bit of clout around him, he's got at least one mistress that Kasumi knows about and it just hurts her. He's rarely home so Kasumi spends most of her time with her teenage daughter Mio or her sister Harumi. Kasumi is your basic nice girl, a bit shy and introverted, but otherwise someone you wouldn't mind hanging around with. Maybe a bit air-headed as well.
Kasumi's also got some real passions burning underneath and desperately wants to let them out. She tends to spend a good deal of her nights watching adult movies while dressed up in sexy lingerie and bringing herself off. At least she knows what she wants. This is something that her husbands cousin Ryoji learns when he comes to stay at his house. He's a bit infatuated with her, but all three of the women in the house wear skimpy outfits and aren't bad looking at all. Everything gets more complicated though when he accidentally stumbles into her in the bathroom after she's had a shower and they end up in an awkward position. His enthusiasm for her is obvious and though she keeps pushing him away, her needs outweigh her emotions and the two end up getting very involved. Repeatedly, both at the house and during the vacation they all take to the beach afterwards. A situation like this can't last for too long though.
While the summary on the back indicates that there's action to be found with the other two women, that's sadly not the case " at least with Harumi. Mio simply looks too young but you can imagine the fun of playing with the incest taboo here. The show does play up some emotional issues with Kasumi though as her relationship with her husband is certainly strained and it's adding something to how she's viewing her actions. The action itself is quite good since the designs, minus the large boobs, are solid and rather enjoyable. Kasumi is done with a certain amount of fun in that she enjoys sex even though she's not getting it regularly prior to this. Harumi has a nice little scene to herself that makes you want to see her in some more serious action.
When all is said and done, it's apparently good to have a man in the house sometimes as these three women would attest to. The show certainly has enough going on for it that it could do another couple of episodes easily enough to make sense but it also does close out the second episode in a way that you could give it some closure. I certainly wouldn't mind revisiting this series again. The designs are good, the animation solid and the performances enjoyable. It won't attract legions of fans but it's a good straightforward reality fantasy that you can curl up with for an hour.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic DMP-BD10 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: B+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
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: Hills Have Size