Sleazy Family (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, May 16, 2008
Release Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
What They Say
Everyone knows that the family that plays together, stays together. Especially when it's a sleazy family! Masaru walks in on his Aunt Miyuki and catches her in an intimate moment. At first he tries to run away, but Miyuki entices him to stay. When Masaru's step-mom (Miyuki's sister) sees what they're up to, she just has to join in! Meanwhile, over at the hamburger shop, kinky doings are transpiring. The manager likes to administer sexy punishments when his female clerks break the rules. Eventually, Masaru is invited to the party and finds a family affair waiting for him.
Tantalizing with the ideas of family fun, Sleazy Family is actually a fairly tame little romp.
The bilingual presentation for Sleazy Family keeps true to most adult release in that it's fairly straightforward with a pair of stereo mixes encoded at 192kbps. It isn't one that really has that much of a workout to it as it's a pretty center channel based mix that doesn't utilize anything in the way of depth or directionality. With little music to the show, there's only some standard world background noises at times beyond the dialogue and sex sounds, so the mix suits it well enough. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.
Originally released in late 2005, the transfer for this two episode OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The series is one that has a bit more of a digital look to it that's reminiscent of shows from a few years prior but not to the point where it's so layered that it's unnatural. The authoring job runs around in the mid sevens for the bitrate for most of it and that's about what the show needs to maintain a fairly clean look, though it does fall into a fair bit of noise with some of the backgrounds and a bit of aliasing during the panning sequences. Nothing here really stands out in either a good or bad way but rather just fairly competent and generally problem free.
As Kitty generally does, Sleazy Family takes a nod from popular culture by tying itself in satirical fashion to the Brady Bunch. The cover uses the nine panel breakdown and showcases the main cast throughout it, though there is a bit of repetition along the way since the female cast is small with only four characters. They do at least use the popular tagline along the top of "The family that plays together, stays together," which is just ideal. The cover does look very appealing with its attractive character designs and the poses and outfits used for them. The back cover uses a similar layout in the center with shots from the show throughout it while two of the blocks are used for an awkward laid out summary of the show. None of the shots are explicit but there's certainly more than enough implied in them. The bottom is fairly standard with basic production information and the always solid technical grid.
The menu design keeps in theme with what the front cover was but here it uses one shot in that's cut up into the nine blocks which features Miyuki and Saori together. The background and colors works well and it has the logo mixed into the background in several places as well which is cute and adds a bit of the "Addams Family" feel to it. The menu doesn't have much to it for navigation since it's just the show, scenes and languages outside of a few trailers for other shows. The menu does look quite good though even if it does fail on the basic language presets as is the norm for Kitty releases since the sign/song subtitle track is the first English language subtitle track.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sleazy Family leaves me speechless on a few fronts and I'm not sure where to start. Oh, that's a lie. I have to start with the shows creative staff, such as the listing that the series planning was done by Captain Akiyama. How can you not like that kind of name? How can you go wrong with a Captain? The other part that got me laughing - and worried - from the start was the mention in the opening credits, before anything is going on, that tthis is the directors' first work. Hotaru Kawano outdoes Kevin Smith in self importance in this department but it left me just dreading the show that was to follow since you expect little from first time directors like this.
Sleazy Family has an odd episode design to it in that each of the two episodes are broken up into three parts. That's not a bad thing on its own, but they're done with full opening and closing credits for each of them, which basically pads the whole thing out even further than it should be. A fifty minute combined runtime is now padded out to sixty-six minutes because of it. It also adds to that air of self importance that the opening credits gave off, but the worst part is that it's done to break up the action. Each particular scene is essentially an episode unto itself and that just ruins the overall flow of everything. Instead of moving easily from one scene to the next, bam, there's a couple of minutes of credits for you. Thank you Kitty for well placed chapter marks. The downside of course is that on a two episode release, you're skipping out on a big chunk of show - useless show - that you paid for. Or at least I paid for it.
So what is Sleazy Family about? It's a giant tease. With the tagline on the cover and being called Sleazy Family, you expect some good taboo family material to be introduced. And we're certainly teased with it at first when young Masaru is asked by his hot mother to go visit his hot aunt to pick up some stuff she left there. When Masaru arrives at the house, he discovers it locked so he proceeds to peep in the living room window to confirm nobody is home. But surprise, there's Miyuki getting herself all hot and bothered to a porno she's got. Unfortunately for her, she's having nasty thoughts about Masaru at the time and calls out his name, which freaks him out but alerts her to his presence. One thing leads to another and his magical adventure with his aunt begins.
It's fairly tame wish fulfillment material in its own way and Miyuki is a decent teacher, though she does have some amusing moments where she just lays there and instructs him like a teacher. Not content with just one older woman in the action, Masaru's mother Saori shows up eventually since Masaru never returned her calls and she discovers what's going on. It's here that the show falls apart in part of its premise as Saori reveals that she's not his real mother, which means Miyuki's not his real aunt. The taboo part goes out the window at this point even more so because we find out that Masaru reminds Saori of an old flame of hers and she married his father to get to him. There is at least some familial love going on here when the two sisters start going at it with Masaru and each other, but you fully expect them to reveal that they're only sisters by marriage.
The second full episode is laid out in the same way as it's done as three small stories set within the overall episode. This one retains the Sleazy Family name, though it reboots its number to stories one through three. Amusingly, Kitty thinks we're idiots and labels the first episode as episode four with the subtitles, cause we couldn't be sure it was a continuation without it. The related aspect of the two stories takes a bit to be revealed as the show changes venue to a "Hamberger Shop" where we're introduced to Lena, the hot busy young cashier girl. She's getting overtime on the side by servicing the manager who has quite the toy and fetish streak going with her. When she's not taking care of him, Lena is all over her friend Ayaka, the traditional girl with glasses who hates guys but can't help being in love with... you guessed it, Masaru.
Ayaka and Lena's tryst gets discovered and the manager decides he needs to put them both through special training. And unfortunately, this is where the second episode feels its weakest as the sex here just doesn't titillate much. There isn't much attractive about the manager shoving a wad of French Fries into Lena and then putting his member into them. Mysteriously, he's ready for anything apparently and whips out a candle to stick into Ayaka and he even has a pair of blindfolds ready. The sex for the second episode is just unbalanced in this way and it's fairly mediocre at that. The first episode isn't a major winner in comparison to many other shows, but it's the better of the two episodes on this volume. With that one, Masaru gets to deal with older women who know what they're doing, have a certain confidence and even a good bit of style as they bring out some fun lingerie. With the shop girls, it's just wham bam stuff that has things happening that just don't make sense. Even for a porno.
The two series that make up Sleazy Family, Inbo and Inko, really don't have a lot to offer. The opening story is passable at best but it cops out on the real titillation that's promised. The second episode is weak in how it ties to the first story for a bit and it features uninteresting characters and poorly orchestrated sex scenes, scenes that an amateur porn fic writer could probably do better with. Kitty Media has done a good job with the release overall and they've certainly marketed it quite well even if the show doesn't quite follow through on the promise of what we're teased with. But that's half of what porn is all about so it's not too much of a surprise. There isn't much here that was all that engaging, but if there's one to buy it for, it's the first story which at least has some family relations, good character designs and some girl on girl action.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver 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: Sleazy Family