Dyogrammaton Vol. #2 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, February 22, 2008
Release Date: Thursday, January 24, 2008
What They Say
A giant monster bent on destruction emerges in the city of Odaiba. The purpose of this invasion is to destroy Dakt headquarters - as well as the entire city. As the countdown to destruction begins, the sexy Hikari takes to the battlefield to engage in war and then bondage. Will our heroes save the city, or is war just another excuse to get it on with hot girls who have an appetite for sex-struction?!
The best way to deal with a psychological attack is to… re-enact it in real life to overcome it? Well, if it involves lots of sex…
This release features a good bilingual set of tracks which, while basic, does fit the material pretty well. Both the English and Japanese mixes are your standard stereo pieces which are encoded at a rate of 192 kbps. While there is a bit of action to the show in several scenes, it doesn't come across much worse than most TV series we've seen. Dialogue and the sex sounds still make up the bulk of the audio tracks here and they come across well even if they are basic forward soundstage pieces with no depth. 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. The look of this show is reminiscent of some of the first digital anime productions in that it has a very bright and almost plastic-like feel to it when it comes to the character designs. Though not as flat as some of them, there isn't much real depth within the designs due to the colors being strong and vibrant. The bitrate for it is all over the map but the end results are fairly pleasing with solid looking colors throughout the bulk of it and a show that is free from major aliasing. Some cross coloration does show up throughout, mostly during panning sequences, and while it is annoying at times it doesn't detract heavily. Dyogrammaton doesn't have a standout look to it, it's a solid presentation that should please most.
Though not quite as bright as the first volume, this installment still has a lot of vibrant colors with the pinks and reds combined with the flesh tones. The character artwork is certainly appealing and blatant though they avoid anything really explicit here beyond some massive nipples. The logo once again is a real pain to read because of the font but the name itself really doesn't help either. The back cover is fairly traditional as it has a 50/50 split in colors through which one side has a series of stills and the other the very basic summary. The bottom portion has more shots from the show and is rounded out by the standard ASM layout for production and technical information. The reverse side is identical except that it features some non-explicit shots from the show. No insert is included.
The main menu features a shot of Hikari from the back cover of the first volume which looks good with lots of detail and a vibrant color palette. The background for it is a fairly busy piece that has an angled strip of clips from the show as well as a moving background behind that. The music fits in with all of it as well as can be expected as it is fairly upbeat and aggressive. The layout is standard fashion for ASM which includes a straight to sex feature. Access times are fast and the disc correctly read our players' language presets. What's surprising is that when you press play, there is a ninety-second video that plays which is basically a promo for the show itself. No language features are available here and any on-screen text is left untranslated.
The only included extra is a brief set of images in a gallery and the traditional bonus video that's better off ignored.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Dyogrammaton barrels its way through a second installment and throws lots of stuff at the screen without much of it sticking, unless it's meant to be sticky. The first volume offered up some very Evangelion-like material in terms of designs and such and it had some decent lengthy sex scenes but it was rushed and felt a bit weak. With the second volume it becomes all the more apparent that they really don't know what kind of story tell or how to do it as it feels even more like amateur half-hour than before.
The dealings with the Arch Dissolver becomes more complicated here as when the small group of pilots attack it they're subjected to a series of psychological attacks. Kyosuke sees a strange version of himself talking to him but the women in the group, which focuses on the captain, find themselves tied up and being taken by the same white haired Kyosuke. It's edited in a bad way so that there isn't any real good continuity to it and it changes out regularly for the short duration that it runs. Everyone is a bit unhinged by this kind of attack and unsure of how to deal with it once the Arch Dissolver makes it disappearing act once again. It won't show up again for a few hours so everyone gets a bit of downtime, which includes having Kyosuke check in Hikari while she's recovering from her wounds in the hospital wing.
Even knowing that Kyosuke has a relationship with Hikari, the captain is still frustrated by the psychological attack she suffered from the Arch Dissolver. So her plan to deal with it one that isn't a surprise in an adult show in that she's intent on having sex with Kyosuke. The idea being that if she does it for real, it won't impact her when the Arch Dissolver puts it into her head. Kyosuke doesn't fend her off much, which isn't a surprise, and they get down to business in a traditional manner. In an amusing bit of pacing, she performs some decent oral sex on him and then reveals that she's really a virgin. Nothing like having some mad oral skills and then revealing that. It doesn't turn Kyosuke away in the slightest and the scene goes on in a fairly traditional way.
In an even more amusing turn, when Kyosuke returns to the hospital after the next battle to check in on Hikari, she's actually awake this time and aware of things. Bandaged around the head and in a basic smock, he really does tell her that he checked with the doctors and they gave him permission to have sex with her in the bed. She's surprised by it but doesn’t turn him away. I couldn't help but laugh at that, especially since the scene comes at the tail end of the episode and doesn't exactly get far. In fact, I think the end credits sequence ran longer than this particular scene, which is sad considering the episode overall is just barely over twenty-two minutes. It used to be that adult shows would run closer to thirty minutes each but they seem to be getting shorter and shorter as time goes on.
While I had liked certain parts of Dyogrammaton in the first volume, I really came away from this episode underwhelmed. The character designs are coming off a bit more grotesque this time around with the body shapes and the animation design for it. The action scenes with the Arch Dissolver look weaker now and that entire part of the story just doesn't click well. Lack of good characters and an even weaker story that's cribbing from certain mecha shows has me laughing at this more than anything else. Add in some bad scripting and poor situations and you can't help but to roll your eyes. The first episode had some good material for Kyosuke and Hikari to work through but what's done here just doesn't work at all.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,French Subtitles,German Subtitles,Photo Gallery
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: D
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B-
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