Jiburiru Second Coming Vol. #1 (of 2) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Release Date: Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The life of a devil angel isn’t easy, especially when there’s an Eternal Worm eating away at your goodies.

What They Say
After surviving the previous sexual misadventures, life begins to settle down for both Naoto and Rika. However, they aren't given much time for some procreative unwinding as a new menace enters the scene. Rika is called into action once again as Devil Angel Jiburiru but is caught in a tentacular trap and taken prisoner. Desperate measures are taken, and Naoto gives his sister some brotherly love in order to bring forth the power of a new devil angel.

The Review!
Audio:
Kitty Media runs with a pretty standard adult stereo encoding here with the bilingual release getting done at 192kbps. The show isn’t a surprise when it comes to the audio as it features a decent mix overall across the forward soundstage with some moments of directionality here and there. In general however, it’s a rather standard mix for an action adult show as it’s all about the screaming and the booming effects or the shredding of clothes. The release comes across well on both tracks and we didn’t have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2007, the transfer for this OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Kitty Media has given this a very solid run through with the encoding as the bitrate averages in the eights and it helps considering the overall quality of the animation and the amount of motion in it. The end result is a very pleasing transfer with strong colors and no serious impact with noise or cross coloration. Some of the panning sequences introduce a fair bit of judder but these are very few and far between and are entirely source related. The production values of the show are good overall with only a few noticeable corners cut here and there which results in a very good looking show that looks strong even on a larger set.

Packaging:
Bright, cute and angelic, the cover artwork for this release is definitely something that could catch you unawares if it hit a regular retail shelf somehow – which has been known to happen. The artwork features Hikari in Jiburiru Aries mode with her uniform looking great and the highlighted wings and halo. With a brightly color background and some fun little widgets to make it all work together, it’s a very appealing piece, especially with the demonic logo contrasted with the character artwork. The back cover does provide a bit more insight into what the show is really about though with some of its shots from the show, though it isn’t too explicit and only has a handful that are racy at best. The summary runs through the basics while the remainder is fleshed out with the standard warnings and a good technical grid. With lots of shots from the show, it’s a very colorful back cover that certainly showcases the strength of the series with its character designs.

Menu:
Kitty Media utilizes their packaging artwork for their menus so what we get on the cover is what we see here, though it’s more of a close-up shot of Hikari in her transformed mode than a full length shot. The artwork looks more vibrant here with the colors having more pop to them and that adds more life to it. The navigation strip is straightforward and easy to use and with a brief loop of instrumental music, it all comes together in a fairly standard and serviceable fashion that works for the series. Submenus load quickly and like just about every release from Kitty Media, player presets weren’t applied and we had to utilize the menu to get it set up properly.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Following up on the four episode OVA series that was released across 2004 and 2005, Jiburiru: Second Coming is a new supposedly four episode series that takes it to the next level. We say supposed because the fourth episode is as of this writing being held hostage once again it appears, much like what happened with the first series. So at this point, it seems like the end of the series may not see the light of day for a bit longer. That said, revisiting the Jiburiru universe is certainly quite welcome as it’s a fun little show that has some good production values to it and some fun sex.

And it’s even got futanari to it!

Second Coming takes place with the primary characters heading back to school for the new semester in the fall but life won’t be back to the basics. While Naoto and Rika are in young love and sexual bliss, other events are afoot that will throw it off. Namely in the form of Rococo, the new villainess who is intent on having her way with things. She’s being pretty creative in her methods to take down her opponents as she corners Meimi right from the start and begins a process that will separate her Misty May form from her human personality. With that accomplished, she then controls the newly separately Misty May and uses her as she sees fit, which is mostly to gain Rika and to separate the Jiburiru power.

Rika’s not all that interested in having this happen to her, but then again, neither was Meimi either and it got her landed in the hospital. Before the big plan happens however, the show revolves around the basic concept of sex, sex and more sex. Rika and Naoto seem to really enjoy generating the amore that they need and spend a lot of time fooling around in unusual places and getting rather raunchy. There’s a really fun scene of them in the school nurses office which then leads to Misty May coming in to steal her away with a massive Eternal Worm. The nice new twist to this story arc is the introduction of Naoto’s sister, Hikari.

Hikari has been away for awhile so Naoto is surprised when he comes across her in the house all of a sudden, though he does get a nice panty flash. What’s even more surprising is that she’s going to his school as a first year student now and that sets him up for all kinds of issues with his classmates since she’s such a fine young woman. Of course, once Rika is taken away by Misty May, Loveriel enters the picture and her first instinct is to turn Hikari into Jiburiru Aries and to have Hikari and Naoto fool around. They play up the incest angle pretty nicely for a bit before pulling the rug out from under you with a casual turn of phrase later on that changes their relationship. Hikari really gets into things with Naoto though so she’s a good partner for him, one that will likely give Rika a run for her money once she gets a bit more experience.

Jiburiru doesn’t offer any real surprises here but is a fairly natural progression of events from the first series. Add a couple of new girls, put in a bit more danger, throw things up in the air from the previous relationships and let the fun fly. It does retain a lot of what made the first one so much fun in that the sex is exciting since they tend to do things that really stimulate them as required to gain amore, and the character designs are appealing with the good production values applied to it. The sex scenes are pretty varied, though the ones with the Eternal Worm get a bit old since it’s basic tentacle action, but once they bring in more character interactions because of Hikari plus the good Rika and Naoto stuff it all works pretty well.

In Summary:
Jiburiru: Second Coming isn’t exactly more of the same from before but it has plenty of echoes to it while trying to forge some new territory overall. The only uncertainty, as of this writing at least, is to whether the second half will come out in full or not but that’s entirely up to the Japanese. Hopefully with the show being released here in the US it will inspire them to get it out, but I wouldn’t put it past them to hold out on it awhile longer. Which is unfortunate since it’s a good fun show that runs across a lot different things, whether it’s tentacle material, angels, devils, pseudo-incest, urination or futanari. But it does it in a way that doesn’t leave you cringing and wishing you hadn’t just seen that. It’s a rare show that can do that.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
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: B
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
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Jiburiru