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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Kitty Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Cougar Trap

Cougar Trap

Not a town, just an apartment complex

By Chris Beveridge     November 17, 2009
Release Date: August 25, 2009


Cougar Trap
© Kitty Media

Boys will be boys and covet women of most any age if they find them attractive, even if it's your friends mom.

What They Say
The terms "desperate" and "housewife" are often seen together these days, and that combination definitely applies to Yoko. Her life with her hard-working husband is a pleasant one for the most part, but the sounds of marital bliss have not been heard from their bedroom lately. She is forced to take matters into her own hands, until the day her son brings home a very handsome friend. Yoko doesn't realize it at first, but the person who just caught her eye also has her caught in a downward spiral of perversion.

The Review!
Audio:
Cougar Trap has a standard bilingual audio presentation to it with a pair of language tracks in stereo encoded at 192kbps. The show doesn't do much all that unusual with what it is as there's really nothing outside of the dialogue itself. There's a bit of minor incidental material here and there but nothing that really stands out. The dialogue side of it comes across well, though there isn't much in the way of directionality. There isn't all that much need for it either because of what it is, but what it does provide it does well as everything comes across clean and clear throughout.

Video:
Originally released in 2008, the transfer for this series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and enhanced for anamorphic playback. The two episodes for this show looks quite good with strong vibrant colors and generally solid animation. The transfer captures the look of the show well and you come away with a good feeling about it, though there is a bit of noise here and there but nothing that's really distracting. Colors are strong, there's some real vibrancy to be found in it and the backgrounds generally remain solid. The lack of cross coloration and minimal line noise really helps to make this look smooth and clean.

Packaging:
The first thing to note is that what's on the cover in no way occurs within the show, which is admittedly something of a shame. The cover artwork is really appealing with some great looking character designs with a lot of detail to them and appealing outfits. The colors, the framing, everything really comes together well here to let you know what you're getting. I particularly liked the way the logo uses an actual cougar tail design within part of it, something that's a bit subtle, The back cover brings in a pair of strips from the show which shows off the actual animation and character designs. There's a really attractive shot of Youko along the left side while the right has a good summary of the basics. The bottom portion rounds things out with production credits and a good technical grid that covers everything in a clean and easy to read format.

Menu:
The menu design is simple and straightforward with a static background but it looks really appealing with the image of Youko from the back cover that's used here. The character artwork is quite striking here with its colors and some of the detail that's more apparent here. The navigation along the right is the standard layout that's easy to use and quick to respond. Submenus load quickly but the language submenu doesn't read our players' language presets and defaults to English language with no subtitles.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The last few years have been amusing in seeing the growing use of the term cougar, though it's obviously being overplayed now when you have a mainstream prime time TV show using the word in its title. Kitty Media isn't afraid to use it though with this title and it fits pretty well as two of the three women in here are older women and mothers at that. The cast is kept small here and there are some really amusing moments in how it deals with the transition of time. But in the end, it all comes down to the situations themselves and how enjoyable they are.

The situation for the Cougar Trap is fairly standard in that the adult men are absent, both physically and emotionally. Youko's husband has no interest in her physically as he hasn't touched her in a year. She spends her days dreaming of her husband having sex with her and enjoying herself to the memory of it all. She eventually starts to fantasize about her son Kazushi in this manner as well, which is found out by a friend Ryouto. Ryouto lives in the same apartment complex with his divorced mother and he knows that Kazushi has a thing for older women, and his mother in particular. Ryouto has tried to set up Kazushi with girls his age, but that hasn't gone over well and Kazushi has basically rebuffed all of them.

Everything changes when Kazushi falls asleep at Ryouto's place and wakes up to find a hot young girl taking advantage of him. He's against it only a little, but when Ryouto's mother Misao arrives home, he's all embarrassed and unsure of what to do. Misao has a plan though as she doesn't want to have to tell his mother what she saw, and that means making him more complicit in something else, which means Kazushi finally gets his time with Ryouto's mother. At the same time, Ryouto decides to put his plan into motion with Youko as he slips into her apartment and lets her in on the fact that he knows what she's up to and who she's been thinking about. A little blackmail on both ends with people who invariably really enjoy the situation in the end.

With only two episodes, there isn't a lot of ground to cover overall, but they have a lot of fun with what's here. The character designs are pretty good, though it's only Misao that really looks older as Youko comes across as a hot twenty-something woman rather than someone in her thirties with a teenage son. The male characters are decent and they avoid looking really creepy for the most part while the young woman that's involved certainly seems like a fun little bottle of energy. The animation is good with a decent fluidity to it and they use some fun camera angles at times to show the action. The animation here isn't top shelf, but it's not a budget production either unless you like a bit more to some of your backgrounds.

In Summary:
The Cougar Trap is a fun little show that does what it sets out to do by having older women with younger men fooling around. There are a few quirks to it and I'm amused that the older men are either absent or they're completely disinterested in the woman they're with. There's a lot to like here, though it goes completely creepy in the epilogue as only hentai can do sometimes, but by and large it's a fun piece of work. Like a lot of hentai, it's a very narrow fetish focus overall but they play it well and give you what you're looking for, especially as all three of the women here are very different in design and approach.

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.

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kurt06 11/17/2009 3:00:41 AM

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