Tokyo Requiem Vol. #2 (of 2) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Friday, November 10, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2006



What They Say
Hayato saves Homura and looks for a safe place to hide. On the way, they encounter an assassin sent out by the secret society, the Golden Convergence. Having no way of avoiding the assassin, Hayato takes his chances by hiding Homura in a different realm. But this was by no means the safest place for her...

In the meantime, Fortune, also known as the Mizunomico, is also in great danger! What is to come for the two Micos in danger? Where is the Kazenomico? What dark past does Hayato hold - and what are his relations with the golden convergence?

The Review!
As the society starts to close its grip on the women it needs, Nanbu does his best to keep at least Hinomico safe.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. Unfortunately, this is also the only language track on there as no dub was produced for the release. The Japanese track is a decent sounding stereo mix that doesn't have a whole lot of activity going on in terms of directionality but does have a nice full sounding effect overall. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2002, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The transfer for this release overall looks really good. During the episode, there's some occasional aliasing where the lines start losing their smoothness and turn jagged but this is pretty minimal. Colors look good and maintain a solid feel even during the dark blacks and blues, cross coloration is pretty much a non-issue and the show is presented with the original opening and ending. Unlike the first volume, there is no translated credit scroll at the end.

Packaging:
Even though it mildly plays up the tentacle aspect of the show, this cover manages to not come across as completely hardcore as it has Hinomico being held down and just her underwear showing as her top is being pulled back. It's quite an attractive cover and the detail and design simply looks really slick and vibrant. The back cover is pretty dark for the background and it has a few stills from the show that are free of any nudity, but they're very uninteresting shots. The summary is fairly short but well done while the bottom half is a much cleaned up and nicely laid out technical section and production information piece. No insert is included with this release.

Menu:
The main layout utilizes the artwork from the cover in a zoomed in and much brighter manner so that her face is the center. Selections are lined along the right and are quick and easy to navigate while a brief loop of music plays along to the menu. Access times are nice and fast and the layout very simple to navigate as there isn't much here beside the show and the trailers.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
It's been quite some time between the first and the second volume of this series release and during it, well, it's plenty easy to forget everything that has gone before. Thankfully, there is a brief recap that goes on at the beginning of the episode that reminds you of the basics before it thrusts you back into the action.

The first volume introduced to us some of the elements of the society that is seeking the five women it needs to unleash some nastiness upon the world. They get a bit more time in this volume, as does the supernatural entity that needs the women for its plans to succeed. While the women in general aren't in the best of places when we last saw them, Hinomico has managed to be saved by Nanbu and he's trying to make her aware of the reality of her situation. After the poisoning that she got and the way he had to save her, she's a bit more trusting of him right now. That unfortunately doesn't help much as they're quickly attacked and find themselves in some precarious positions.

For Hinomico, it's actually quite interesting since we get to see her in what you presume is her natural state as the dark lord does his best with his tentacles to get her to reveal her name. Names are almost always regarded as powerful and Hinomico knows this so she suffers through some really intense tentacle action. What's interesting about her is that in the form she's now I, she's a bit more feral looking while also having some reptile like sections of skin, including a lengthy tail. It's an interesting twist on the character and makes for some different action when she's being taken advantage of. For Nanbu, he doesn't get into anything nasty during the attack as he has to face Yamazaki, one of the warriors that the society employs. They have a pretty decent little swordfight sequence in the dead of night that helps give the show a feeling of something a bit more than just sex and more sex.

This episode does provide some good standard sex scenes as well, as Hinomico gets to have a bit more fun in her normal mode later on as she discovers that she can do some healing tricks. Another woman also comes into play through a really amusing and well done mirror sequence. The female cast has a decent population here and though they don't all get full on scenes, there's enough nudity and brief moments throughout that it helps to make this all the more enjoyable. Most of the designs are fairly average though but even then they have a nice bit of flair to them. Hinomico in particular continues to be the most attractive character here and one that you get the most enjoyment out of in watching this.

In Summary:
Tokyo Requiem is a fairly standard plot premise among mainstream anime series so an adult version isn't much of a surprise. In some ways, it's a more honest version of those shows. Where the problem lies for this is that according to the back cover, this is the "grand finale" of the series and it's simply woefully incomplete. There's no ending, no hint of what's to come. What it does though is make me wish the manga would come out here but the market is having a very hard time even thinking of supporting anything like this. Tokyo Requiem has some good things going for it, but between the lengthy release schedule and its incomplete nature, it's not something that will appeal outside of those who just love adult anime and want to see a lot of it. It has potential but simply isn't able to fulfill it.


Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
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: A-
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: N/A
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: Tokyo Requiem