Like Mother Like Daughter (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, April 09, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007
What They Say
Gonzo drops by his adopted son's house only to find his boy's family is a real wreck. His wife Yukiko is constantly masturbating, and his son and daughter are desperate for sex. Shocked, Gonzo decides to take the matter into his own hands; or rather, his own pants. In no time Yukiko and her daughter Rio are learning the meaning of love from Gonzo - and each other!
Frustrated beyond words, Yukiko finds herself falling into an amusing trap that leads to nothing but empowerment and perversity
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. And then just for kicks we gave it another spin in its English language adaptation. Both mixes are traditional stereo pieces that are like just about every other adult show out there. Dialogue is the main thing outside of some simple instrumental music and it all comes across clean and clear. There's really not much to it but it is problem free and sounds good for what it is. We didn't have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.
Originally released in 2005, the transfer for this two part OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The show looks good for the most part and it's generally problem free. With how it is presented but there are a few noticeable things that will be dependent on screen size and proximity. The first is that there is some occasional moments of cross coloration but they're very minor, just like the aliasing. The more noticeable problem, and it depends on the scene, is in that the backgrounds tend to look a bit noise and show a fair amount of movement to them. Colors look good throughout though and most of them maintain a solid feel in the foreground.
The cover artwork for the show is a fun one that has Yukiko on top of Rio while both are looking up. Their designs are decent if average and it has the added fun of having them being covered in plenty of fluid. The logo through the center is nicely done and it has some nice little adornments to it that just makes it all the more hilarious. Colors for it look really good and like most other adult releases it's pretty appealing. The back cover provides a few shots from the show inside some spurts while another piece from the show is done in full color along the bottom. The summary is presented at an angled strip that covers the basics which means it gives away a good deal of the show. Technical information and basic production information rounds the rest of it out and it all looks good and accurate.
The menu design utilizes the shot of Yukiko from the cover and zooms in on her while laying the logo and menu selections around her. A bit of simple instrumental music is added to it which sets the mood for it all but otherwise it's a straightforward piece that gets the job done but doesn't do too much to inspire. Access times are nice and fast but the disc didn't read our players' language presets properly. It defaulted to English language with sign/song subtitles.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
If there's one thing I love about adult titles it has to be the taglines that get dreamt up for the box covers. I'm still surprised I haven't seen one that says "Rape is great, but incest is best" yet. This show, with the already amusing title that it has, has run with "Life's lessons begin at home..." How can you now love that? You know what it's going to be just from the cover and if that tickles your fancy, you're in for a fun if average looking show.
The two episode show revolves around mousy housewife Yukiko. Like most mousy housewives, she's got the glasses and the requisite massive rack. Well, not as massive as some other series but let's be honest, they stand out here. Yukiko isn't having the kind of hard time she wants as her husband hasn't been intimate with her at all. She does find out that he's fooling around on the side on a regular basis but he seems to want to have nothing to do with her. While she's spending all her time upset about this and getting herself off, her daughter is having a grand old time with her boyfriend. It turns out that her boyfriend is actually her step-brother as both their parents are on their second marriage. They're trying to hide their relationship but can't resist knocking socks on a regular basis.
Things start to go in an odd direction though when her father-in-law, who is actually not blood related to her husband, shows up for a visit. He sees the distress she's in and her need for something hard and obliges her by pretending to be a burglar. She ends up enjoying it far more than she anticipated but things get even weirder when she finds out who it is. That's bad enough but her husband finds out and it ends up appealing to him. Before you know it, everyone is doing everyone and loving it. Yukiko gets so into having sex that she's like a different person, completely confident and making sure everyone is pleasured and pleasuring others. With the relationships being as unusual as they are, the whole thing just turns into one big orgy.
The design of the show is decent but essentially average. Character designs look good but there isn't anything that really stands out. Even the token green haired girl just doesn't excite that much. Yukiko herself is decent but far too chest-heavy to fit in with the rest of the designs. Plus, having "grandpa" getting so involved in the action can make for some queasy scenes. There are a lot of things that I can watch when it comes to adult anime shows, but old man peen just isn't my thing. Though lord help me that I hope I'm that active at that age!
Like Mother, Like Daughter is a fun little romp in the world of incest but it feels like it could have been a lot more. The average character designs service the storyline but they don't excite in the way that they should. The presentation overall is good and fans of this particular fetish (I know there are grandpa fetishists out there!) will get a kick out of it. It's a fairly complete show in its two episodes and a decent way to kill an hour if you don't have late night Cinemax in the house.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI -> DVI set to 480p, 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: 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: Like Mother Like Daughter