Lunatic Night (Mania.com)

By:Michael Thomas
Review Date: Sunday, May 18, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2003



The Review!
An adult parody of some of the most popular anime characters.

::Audio::
When watching the show, I listened to the original Japanese seiyuu (voice actors). I did listen to the English dubbing, but it's poor at best. The talking, ambient sounds, and background music made good use of the two, built-in, TV speakers.

::Video::
Overall, the video is good. The character designs and sets are well done; however, I found the transfer had a lot of problems with pixeling, shimmering, and artificing. Now, Lunatic Night is from 1996-1997, so it is nearly 7 years old. Still, to viewers who are sensitive to this sort of thing, they might find it distracting.

::Packaging::
The DVD itself is a clear-keep case, and the DVD cover is double sided, though the inside is just a black-and-white listing of the voice actors, chapter stops, and production crew. The cover art features the three main characters in various states of undress. The back of the cover features shots from the show, and give a humorous description of the show. The back also has the usual DVD stuff (extras, copyright notes, etc.) The DVD itself is silk-screened. There is no insert.

::Menus::
Menu's load quickly, and easily; and are played over a static image that has a bit of animation to it.

::Extras::
Most of the extras are in the DVD-ROM format. There is a brief gallery of pics, and an original music video for the show. Lastly is Anime18s "Anime Art Form" trailer (which is highly inaccurate, and really needs either to be updated, or dropped altogether.)

::Content:: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
If you ever wanted to see some of your favorite anime heroines in the buff, then Lunatic Night show answers that request.

First of all before you even start the OVA, grab yourself a note card and a pen when you watch this show. And try to see how many other shows this one parodies. There are quite a few. For example, Sailor Moon, Cleopatra DC, Wedding Peach, Kaori Saint Tail, Echo the Dolphin, Robotech, Vampire Princess Miyu, and others. In fact, pretty much any anime made in the 80s and early 90s seems to be fair game for Lunatic Night.

So with that introduction, let me discuss Lunatic Night. In short, it's an adult parody of a lot of popular 80s anime titles. The story itself centers on Kanzaki, a content guy who is satisfied with his life... that is, till his old friend Mutsuki arrives. You see, Mutsuki asks Kanzaki to baby-sit a new pet of his (Kuaru), while he runs some errands. And sexy encounters occur from then on, as Kanzaki realizes that he's the long, lost, ruler of the Tower of Babel.

And the Tower of Babel needs to be reawakened... Of course, the only way to do this is through sexual energies. So, introduce Neptune and Karura, who are more than willing to help Kanzaki remember his past, grow his sexual energies, and make him ruler of the Tower of Babel once more. But... things don't go as planned, and the four of them end up blowing up the world instead.

Enter the next part of the OVA. Now, the tower is fixed (with some giant-sized band-aids), and the four of them are desperately attempting to find survivors, and repopulate the planet. Talk about an allusion to Dr. Strangelove. Anyway, Kanzaki undergoes a... change. So, the girls decide to take him to the legendary land of Laputa, so he can find a cure for his condition. And, more sexual antics ensue, as the rulers of Laputa want to make sure that Kanzaki is worthy of a cure.

Overall though, I found the show to be average at best. With parodies to such titles as Fushigi Yugi, Magic Knights Rayearth, Sailor Moon, Laputa, Cleopatra DC, Tenchi Muyo, Tokyo Babylon, Kaori Saint Tail, and others, I feel that they could have done so much more with the show. For example, I kept thinking about how much more Mel Brooks, one of the best parodists of Hollywood movies, could have done with this show. Instead, it's just an average parody that relies upon the familiarity of the audience with other anime titles.




Review Equipment
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable




Mania Grade: C
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: B-
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Anime 18
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 65
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Lunatic Night