When Takuya acquires a doll that transforms into any girl he wants, he spends a week in heaven.
What They Say
Takuya, the nerdy kind of guy who works at a convenience store and is into cosplay idols, has led a pretty average life up till now. So according to the inverse correlation between nerdiness and chick magnetism, it's time for his world to be turned upside down. After a package switcheroo with a mysterious man, Takuya finds himself with a sexy android named Seri. Able to assume any shape and determined to please her new master, she transforms into multiple characters right out of a fan boy's wildest dreams.
Cosplay Sex Machine is like most adult releases in that it has a pair of basic stereo mixes encoded at 192kbps. The show has very little in terms of surprises here as it’s all about the meager dialogue and the action sounds that occur between the dialogue sessions. All of that is well conveyed here with a straightforward mix that uses the forward soundstage to decent effect. It’s light on actual placement and depth, but there’s no shortage of good sounds coming out of the speakers that fit the mood. We sampled both language tracks and had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.
Originally released in 2009, the transfer for this series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is enhanced for anamorphic playback. Though not a high quality Vanilla animation, it is a pretty good one that makes use of the added resolution rather nicely as colors have a good bit of pop to them and the layouts and designs aren’t the usual low quality ones. The transfer looks quite good here with no visible cross coloration and only a few hints of line noise during the occasional panning sequence. Colors are solid and the show, mostly bathed in light blues and purples, comes across as a very clean looking release.
Cosplay Sex Machine goes right for the obvious with its cover as it features the pop idol Nuzuna in a slight state of undress with her school uniform falling off of her. Making it all the more appealing is that the show is from above and she’s looking upward with blush to her cheeks as she sits astride the bed. There’s some very nice detail here and the colors are soft by very appealing. The logo is a bit awkward but admittedly cute as it replaces the o’s with cogs and a splash of color to highlight the machine aspect. The back cover uses the cogs concept to good effect with a haphazard line of them across it with shots from the show inside. The overall background has an obscured image of Seri with a good bit of pleasure to her face which is an added bonus here. The summary covers everything pretty well and the majority of the rest of the cover is given over to small production credits and a clean technical grid.
The menu works off of the cover artwork nicely with the main image used from the front cover here, setting Nuzuna off to the right side while the navigation strip is along the left. Everything that makes the cover work is here and it’s in even sharper looking quality as the colors pop a bit more and it looks even more detailed on a large screen. Submenus load quickly and the layout is straightforward and easy to use. As is the case with almost all Kitty Media titles, the disc did not read our players’ language presets and defaulted to English language with the sign/song subtitle track.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Cosplay Sex Machine is the latest show from Vanilla to find its way over here and the two episode show is surprisingly good, at least in comparison to a lot of what Vanilla puts out. The biggest factor in its favor is that it’s actually a complete story and not one that leaves you hanging with no real resolution. Then again, most people aren’t watching this for the plot, though it is nice to have a finished one once in awhile. Even better is that it’s a rare widescreen offering from the studio and that gives it a bit more attention as well.
The show is very simple in its intent but they manage to do things in a way that provides a good deal of diversity and a scary amount of creepiness. Cosplay Sex Machine revolves around Takuya, a young man who works in a convenience store and is your basic horny guy who isn’t involved with anyone. He’s got a huge crush on pop star Nuzuna but otherwise spends his time renting adult videos and dreaming of being with someone. Through an accidental meeting, he runs into another man along a back street and ends up swapping packages that they were each carrying home. As it turns out, the package that the stranger had contains a little piece of gelatin of some sort with a note that once opened, it’ll grow within minutes and last for a week. To his surprise, the little thing quickly turns into an attractive, pliant and willing young woman that seeks only to please Takuya.
Calling herself Seri, she has more to her than just the desire to please. Her ability is to transform into anyone that Takuya wants her to be. Sometimes it doesn’t work well as she needs to work off of a real life model, something that he discovers when he tries to get her to look like a favorite anime character of his. Thankfully, Takuya has a number of attractive people in his life and he uses that and various celebrity photos that he has to have a really enjoyable week of fun and pleasure with her. The variety really works well in favor of the show, but it’s not all good natured fun. Well, it is, but some of it is really creepy. One girl Takuya had a crush on was a next door neighbor when he was younger, so when Seri takes on her form, he can’t accept it because he saw her when he was smaller. The height difference kills it for him. So Seri adjusts her size to be much taller, to the point where she can easily pick up Takuya. It’s just too creepy but even that gets topped later when Takuya reverses it and has Seri take on the size of a doll.
Thankfully, it’s not all about Takuya and Seri as there’s the whole Nuzuna angle, which is amusing because Nuzuna is just the stage name for Suzuna, the young woman that works with Takuya in the convenience store. There’s some interest on Takuya’s part in Suzuna, but when Seri reveals that she and Nuzuna are the same person, it takes on a whole new angle. What’s really amusing is that the revelation eventually leads to a three party event, not entirely of Suzuna’s choosing, where Seri decides she wants to get some hands on experience with another woman. And not just as a woman either as we get some futanari involved with it, though done in an amusing enough manner.
When it comes to the non-dialogue scenes, Cosplay Sex Machine does a pretty good job. The character designs are all appealing and there is some nice variety to it. The three way at the end is particularly good and almost worth the price of admission alone. Vanilla has done up a good looking show with the widescreen format here and a seemingly better budget than usual so the animation flows well and doesn’t seem as cheap or stilted as some of their other shows. The actual content of the adult scenes varies at times, but by and large it’s appealing. It’s also unconventional, such as the aforementioned relative height changes as well as some scatological moments tossed in with some golden showers moments. These aren’t the big dominating moments though as the focus is really kept elsewhere in general and done with a sense of fun and enjoyment.
Cosplay Sex Machine is a nice bit of fun with some good character designs, a good amount of diversity overall and some solid animation. It’s not a top tier piece of hentai by any stretch, but it’s more than I expected from Vanilla given some of their other recent offerings. There’s some nice creativity in here and some disturbing creativity as well, but it’s those kinds of challenges that can be exciting to watch as you never know where it will lead you. With a decent self contained two episode storyline that has a very good ending scene to it, Cosplay Sex Machine left me feeling positive and upbeat about it and admittedly interested in seeing a sequel of some sort.
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.