Boobalicious Vol. #1 (of 2) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2007



What They Say
Due to an accident, Wataru has lost his memories. Now he is in America with Rena, and she has promised his parents that she will take care of him until he recovers. Well, she isn't the only one that wants to help him out! Two boobalicious babes from Japan have followed Wataru to America and they too have vowed to find a way to have his memory recovered. The method: making sure he remembers how much of a boob-lover he once was by using their breasts as tools!

The Review!
When Wataru's memory takes a vacation the only thing that can bring it back is some hands on experience with large breasts.

Audio:
JapanAnime has kept to its usual practice of just one language track with this release but at least they do it properly. Using the same PCM track as the Japanese release, this language track is encoding at 1.5 mbps. The mix is a simple stereo one without too much in the way of placement or directionality but it is very clean and clear throughout. Dialogue is solid and the more involved noises come across just right. We didn't have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2006, the transfer for this OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. With lots of bright colors and outdoor settings, Boobalicious has a very clean look to it that's in very good shape. With a high bitrate in general it's able to avoid most of the usual problems particularly in terms of backgrounds. It has a solid feel throughout with only a few minor instances of aliasing during a pan or some mild motion in a background. Colors look fantastic and color banding is very minimal overall.

Packaging:
The second installment of the series goes for a classy look as it features the three leads in their best outfits for the evening wear portion of the Big Tits Grand Prix. Their designs look good as always even with the emphasis on the boobs, which should be obvious. The back cover sets up a stage appearance with a few shots down the center while having a decent summary along the top, all against a black background. Unfortunately, they again reuse the character artwork from the front cover instead of something new. There are a couple of shots from the show that round things out as well as the usual production information and technical grid. No insert is included nor is the cover reversible.

Menu:
The main menu has a really amusing kind of instrumental music playing to it that just has me laughing when I hear it for a reason I'm not sure of. The actual layout is decent though again it uses the same character artwork from the front cover. Setting them in front of a barn and hanging the first part of the navigation strip from the logo works well though and gives it a real down home kind of feel. Access times are good in moving about but unlike previous JapanAnime releases the menu transitions introducing a fair bit of noise and other bad effects. Usually their menus are pretty seamless which makes this one stand out more.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When you see a title named like this and you see the cover artwork where the characters have such large breasts, it's either going to sing beautifully to its target market or scream horrors for everyone else. Having seen a lot of really bad large breasted adult anime before I had plenty to fear from this release. In checking out a trailer for it on another release however they managed to really pique my curiosity with a couple of things in particular.

Originally released as Milk Junkies Volume 3: Arizona in Japan, the episode revolves around a young man named Wataru. He's had himself a rather big problem in that an event has caused him to lose his memory. He still seems like a normal guy with no problems but he doesn't have much memory about himself or anyone that he knows. He'd been vacationing in the US and we see him at the beach in California with an attractive looking blonde. Wataru and Rena aren't alone though as a pair of large breasted Japanese women are following them. Though only one of them seems to be named, Tomoka and the other know Wataru quite well and have a hard time believing that he's lost his memory. It's only when they realize that Rena is small breasted that they believe his amnesia since he's apparently completely into large breasts.

After a quick montage of the two girls running topless across the beach for no reason, the show picks up with Rena and Wataru back at her ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Rena's responsible for his amnesia and is trying her best to help him out of it and even has his parents permission to do so. She's got an obvious attraction to him but is more focused on trying to keep him relaxed and sparking his memories. This plan doesn't work well however when the two Japanese girls show up in some very highly amusing cowboy outfits and inform Rena that only they can bring back his memory. They intend for some hands on instruction for him so that he can really remember what used to get him going.

The plot is obviously paper thin as one would expect in a standalone OVA but the trappings for it work pretty well. It's obviously different enough from most adult shows out there in its setting and that helps to make it more interesting. What really surprised me about it is just how attractive the character designs are. Each of them have a look that really reminded me of the kind of cheesecake that Adam Hughes draws. Faces are slightly pudgy and soft which is unlike a lot of the more angled and sharper designs that are so prevalent out there. All three of the women come across well even with their breast sizes as they are which was another surprise. Typically the large breasted variety tend to come across badly in that you can't imagine someone being able to actually walk like that. But here they're just slightly over the top which makes it easier to deal with.

Another area that really was appealing was the entire costume design aspect. The outfit one of the Japanese girls wears is ridiculous with the starts covering just her nipples but the cowboy hats and chaps as well as the boots is just priceless. Rena is really nicely done as she wears the stripes and stars across a top that goes with her pink cowboy hat. The one that made me laugh the most as well as being the one that got me more interested in the show because it was in the trailer was the cosplay outfit. When Wataru is off milking the cows, one of the girls sneaks into the row by wearing a surprisingly sexy version of a cow outfit complete with the bell. Moo never sounded so hot before. The obvious gags about milking her aside, it was a surprising spark in the middle of a fairly straightforward show that just made me like it all the more.

In Summary:
With this episode I'm now far more interested in seeing the other Milk Junkies releases that are out there. This episode is quite a bit of fun as it has great looking character designs, some very enjoyable sex scenes and a sense of creativity about it. Even as large as the breasts get sometimes they don't really intrude like some other titles that I've sat through. This release looks great and is just a heck of a lot of fun. With only one episode to the story there isn't a lot to say but it was a great way to pass a bit of time and is a title I'm eager to share with others.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI with upscaling set to 1080p, 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: 24.98
Running time: 30
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Boobalicious