Slave Doll (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, June 23, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Aki is a very sweet, skilled, and sexy maid-android.
When watching the show, I listened to the original Japanese seiyuu (voice actors). There was no English dubbed option. The talking, ambient sounds, and background music made good use of the two, built-in, TV speakers. Solid, but nothing exceptional.
Soft-on-Demand has a solid video transfer. I found no evidence of any problems during my viewings of the DVD.
The packaging Kitty (Media Blasters' adult branch) chose for Slave Doll isn't eye-catching, though it is true to the series. On the front cover Aki, the main character, is in a very, submissive pose, with a frightened facial expression to match. The problem is the dark-purple/navy background and rest of the cover doesn't pull the eye to it. In fact, the picture on the front cover would make most people who want to watch an adult bishoujo just pass on by because "oh, it's another one of those animes", which is a shame, as Slave Doll is a well done show. The back cover contains cells from the OVA, but the description isn't very accurate. There is an insert.
Menus load quickly, and it is easy to see what you have selected, and what you are selecting.
The extras on this disc consist of several, 5-minute mini-movies. I watched these in the original Japanese. Kitty, as far as I can tell, did not dub these extras, and only subtitled them. These mini-movies have additional shorts of Aki talking, while still pictures illustrate what is going on. All in all, these stories are highly sexy, and worth watching. The girl who is the Japanese voice for Aki has a very, erotically charged voice.
::Content:: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Slave Doll is an adult bishoujo (adult pretty-girl anime) series centered around the cosplay fantasies of live-in maids. It tells the story of Aki, an Andmaid (half-android, half-maid.) Slave Doll tells its overall story using various "shorts". A short is a 10 - 15 minute tale where we learn more about Aki, and, at the same time, get a very, erotic bit of adult bishoujo as well. The shorts are appropriately named, and add to the adult feel and theme of the series. For example, in the short "Morning Glory" Aki tells us a sexy story about how she greets her master every morning.
There are three episodes total, and each episode has 4 to 5 various shorts in them. The first episode deals with Aki's background, and shows us how she learned all of her various, sexual functions. The second episode deals with Aki infiltrating a very influential family for the purpose of procuring good sperm from their introverted son. Basically, in the future, mankind has so polluted everything that most people are now sterile. So, various, biotech firms' send in androids in an effort to steal good sperm and eggs. In episode 3 we learn of Aki's fate upon failure of her mission in episode 2.
Overall, the way the entire story is told, I did enjoy it. During each of the 3 episodes, there is just enough hinted at that Aki, at one point, was actually a real girl and still has memories and emotions because of this... but not quite enough that makes you certain of it. This teases with the question of is Aki actually human, android, or more than both. You can also see allusions to classic bishoujo anime such Cream Lemon.
Of all the shorts, "White Dress" I enjoyed the most. This is because the art for Aki's wedding gown, and then magical-girl costume is exactly like that of Hanasaki Momoko from Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach, down to the hair ribbons, and Wonder-Woman-esq. bracelets. It's a bit of a racy treat to see Momoko (a.k.a. Wedding Peach) be in an adult tale.
I really have to say whoever it was that Soft-On-Demand got to play the voice of Aki has one of the most erotic sounding voices that I have ever heard. Unfortunately, Kitty did not translate who the Japanese Seiyuu was who performed her. The way she says "semen" is just too much. Anyway, she is one seiyuu who I look forward to hearing her again. I also enjoyed the character design for Aki. And, I did find it amusing how Soft-on-Demand's mascot is Aki.
Overall Slave Doll is a good set of erotic tales. Recommended for anyone who likes cosplay, maid-fantasies, and android-fantasies.
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable
Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: C+
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: B+
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Kitty Media
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Slave Doll