Night Shift Nurses: Experiment Vol. #1 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, May 08, 2007
What They Say
On the verge of death and enduring a serious wound, a man stumbles into a hospital, only to be saved by a sexy nurse named Yu Yagami. He is moved to the special ward where he is interviewed by the beautiful hospital director Reika Goei. There, she asks him to become a test subject for a new virility drug. With no parents, siblings, or a girlfriend in his life, he agrees to becomes a test subject. Immediately, Yu Yagami gets assigned to be his "personal" nurse. But no one had any idea what a sex charged deviant they were going to create, or what would happen next!
A new chapter in the franchise brings us material without the good doctor and ends up being... good?
The first episode in this series is done in both and English and Japanese stereo mix, both of which are encoded at 192 kbps. The Japanese track seems to feel more alive and full but this is likely attributed to the differences in how the English track handles the voice acting. Their performances are much more subdued which results in a milder sounding mix. Both of them are decent across the board though otherwise as dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.
Originally released in 2006, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. With only one episode here and twenty minutes of bonus materials, there is plenty of space for a solid look transfer and this release hits it on just about every note. The bitrate meter tends to stay heavily in the seven mbps range with only a few dips into the sixes during the main program. The higher bitrate lets the shows animation quality shine through nicely as colors are solid without being oversaturated. Cross coloration is absent as is aliasing during most of the panning sequences. Backgrounds maintain a very solid feel to them even with the style and tones used. The visual presentation overall is quite good with a very clean looking release that's generally problem free.
Providing the right amount of sex appeal and skin, the front cover has the simple image of yuu with her nurses uniform falling off of her. The logo conveniently obscures her nether regions so no cover editing had to be done there. Unlike in the show itself though, Yuu is actually wearing a bra. The colors and overall design is simple but it works really well in producing an eye-catching piece. The back cover is intent on showing a bit more nudity and action though as it features a bound Yuu on one side and several near explicit shots from the show along the top. A summary covers the basics and a shot of Reika fills out the background. The production and technical information is par for the course for an ASM release in that it provides most of the needed details but not in a clean and orderly fashion. There's a lot of info here and the layout doesn't make it easy to find. While no insert is included in the release there is a reversible cover. The front cover is the same with the exception of it not having a purple foil along the logo while the back cover provides non-explicit images. It continues to be strange that the explicit version is what's actually sent out while the non-explicit one is reversed.
The menu layout adopts the design of the front cover to nice effect while mixing in a bit of music and navigation to it. The colors here pop just a bit more than the cover and with some of the animation mixed in it just looks good all around. Access times are nice and fast and navigation is straightforward and problem free. ASM releases go the extra mile for the adult anime fan who doesn't want any plot by offering the direct to sex access from the top level as well. The disc did read our players' language presets for the audio but did not for the subtitles, leaving us without any during initial playback.
The only extra included is a photo gallery with stills from the show. Unlike past releases from ASM there is no bonus feature here which doesn't bother me in the slightest. More space to be given over to the main feature itself which means slightly less compression.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the Night Shift Nurses: Kranke episode, it's easy to say that my dread level for Experiment was pretty high. Something about this franchise just makes me cringe, particularly as they do in Kranke by saving the really nasty stuff for the end and giving you a false sense of security over it. Experiment has decided to change things up a bit though in the franchise and I have to admit it was actually a rather good episode. I can safely say I enjoyed some Night Shift Nurses.
Removing the good doctor from the show, at least for now, it instead decides to focus on a new arrived amnesiac patient. Waking up in a hospital bed and being completely bound, he has no clue what's going on or why he's there. The heavyset nurse that's attending him is little help nor is that disturbing mole on her nose. Only when he tries to escape do things change as he runs into an attractive young nurse who is now assigned to take care of him. Yuu informs him that the first order of business is to meet with the Superintendent, a beautiful refined woman who has a great statue in her lavish office of a penis with wings on it. The background comedy in this particular OVA is simply priceless.
The man it turns out was simply unconscious in front of the hospital and pretty badly injured. Nothing about him has come up in various identity searches and he's freaking out because he knows he's a vagrant of some sort and has no money. She decides to offer him a deal that's worth a million yen if he participates in a medical experiment involving a new drug. That drug and its effects are never mentioned but the lure of money is strong and the man who now goes by the name of Sky decides to accept. With Yuu as his personal nurse inside an isolated wing of the hospital, he starts to undergo the routines required for the experiment.
The focus is kept pretty much on Yuu and Sky though some other characters do make their way into it, be it the bratty young nurse or the stern older one. Yuu and Sky manage to get along pretty well but some sexual fun happens along the way, mostly initiated because he has such severe cases of morning wood. Having been homeless and without a woman for so long and combined with the medication he's taking, his sense of control starts to go out the window and it puts Yuu in several awkward positions as he tries to remember what it is that can please a woman.
Amusingly, he goes to this new fangled thing he's never heard of called the Internet for help. God help him as he searches Googl... I mean, GeroGero. That either means SpewSpew depending on the dictionary you want or just "double disgusting." I'm not sure which is more amusing. His attempts at pleasuring her go badly but it really depends on which language you're watching unfortunately. If it's in Japanese, it's clear that she's in pain and trying to get him to stop. The English version decides to change this to something she's enjoying which just doesn't make sense when things start to crack for Sky later on. Considering how mild this is in comparison to Kranke it's really a surprise that they altered it like this.
Experiment features the usual solid production values I've come to expect from the franchise. The character designs are luscious as we get to see Yuu put through all sorts of things. The secondary characters which are likely to get used a bit more in future episodes provide some good potential as well. What worked the most was that even when Sky gets in his seemingly psychotic mode he's still nowhere near as creepy as the doctor from the main franchise has seemed. Some of the camera tricks used to heighten the moments get him close but there isn't the same kind of cruel malevolence to him. In some ways, it's almost comical, such as when he can't take the eel out fast enough because it's so slippery. Unintended comedy everywhere in this show.
Night Shift Nurses: Experiment manages to break the fine tradition I've had of hating nearly every release of this franchise. With a single episode that's now been blown away because this just happened to be fun to watch. It's got great animation, solid character designs and enough of a plot to make me wonder what's really going on. The slight edge of psychological drama helps to ground it a bit more and without the insanity of the good doctor it feels a bit more mellow. Sky isn't a nice and innocent guy but you really want to see what it is that's made him like he is. Each new release of this franchise has always had me dreading it but now I'm very much looking forward to seeing more of Night Shift Nurses: Experiment.
English 2.0 Language, Japanese2.0 Language, English subtitles, French subtitles, German subtitles, Italian subtitles, Spanish subtitles,Photo Gallery
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: C+
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Adult Source Media
Running time: 30
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Night Shift Nurses