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  • 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: Adult Source Media
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Daiakuji: The Xena Buster

Daiakuji: The Xena Buster Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     January 27, 2005
Release Date: January 18, 2005


Daiakuji: The Xena Buster Vol. #2
© Adult Source Media


What They Say
Returning to Osaka, Akuji's next step was to rebuild his strength and to acquire his new force to get back his home. During his preparation, Wakame Gumi was planning something else, which was to capture Akuji's lover, Minka. Now Ajuji is determined to regain his home, get back his girlfriend, and to punish Ichihashi Ran, the bitch who took over Akuji's home. Part 2 of "Daiakuji" is packed with fucking scenes, bondage scenes and gangbang scenes which are filled with sexual excitement.

The Review!
Building up his Youth Service group, Akuji starts making progress in reclaiming Osaka.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. This is also the only language available on this release as no English language version was made for it. The Japanese track is a pretty straightforward stereo mix that does have some good moments of directionality, more often in the fight scenes than anywhere else, and the music does a nice job of giving a full feeling performance. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released to video in 2004, the transfer for this OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The show is definitely one of the more rich and vibrant looking hentai releases of late. There is a certain lushness to some of the colors used in this palette when combined with the rest of the animation and the backgrounds that really elevates this piece up a fair bit. With a lot of really bold colors in large sections, there's no noticeable blocking going on and that's the major problem that this release could have had but avoids. Cross coloration and aliasing are just about non-existent and overall this is a really sweet looking transfer. The opening and ending sequences are retained in their original Japanese text format, most likely as hentai releases don't usually have clean versions to offer up. They're not translated directly but are done following the show.

Packaging:
Minka takes the front cover this time around in her Chinese-styled dress and hair done up that way doing an action pose and looking all serious. The background is actually pretty bland with just a black and white cross section. The character design is attractive and that works overall but I think the busier first volume still works the best . The back cover has a lot of artwork and shots from the show on it, enough that it takes up about two-thirds of it. The bottom third has a small summary and a list of the discs features. There's a small technical grid along the bottom that's clear on the features and overall it's easy to see exactly what's on the disc between the two sections. There's no insert with this release but the cover is reversible. The reverse side is the same image for the front cover but the back cover has a different series of screenshots used for it while everything else remains the same.

Menu:
The main menu uses a shot of Minka being taken from behind from the show but sets it against a dark brick wall with the menu selections running down the left side. The strong instrumental music plays along to the static imagery and loops for a pretty lengthy amount of time instead of the usual short loop, letting you really get the full song. The layout is decent and there isn't too much here overall. As there was no language choice, the show defaulted easily to our preference for subtitles and we had no problems navigating here.

Extras:
The only extra included is a trailer for the third volume..

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the first volume of this series where they had extra time to go into the plot and setting in some detail, as well as the bonus extra that helped flesh things out, the second installment seems to go by much faster and without quite as much plot since it wants to focus on a bit of sex. Considering it's a hentai release, that's not a bad thing at all but it does slow things down when there's an interesting story to tell alongside of the sex.

A good part of what happens across this volume is retribution for things that happened in the first as those that Akuji is fighting against seek to punish him for it, though not always through him directly. And a lot of that punishment comes from Dekoa, the oversized brute who seems to be a bit short in the intelligence department but makes up for it elsewhere in a number of ways. His initial prey is the young Motoko, formerly a virgin just three days before but now having done more than most women do in their entire lives, she's been chained underground and forced to serve a wide variety of men. Forcing her father to watch her humiliation as well, she brings Dekoa in to really mess with her since his large size carries through in sexual terms as well with his member being probably the width of her waist. It's an unnatural and disturbing scene for her.

Before Akuji learns of this and can do anything, we get to see him doing his rounds and meeting up with the various women that are in his Youth Services as well as getting shot down again by Minka due to his ways in life. The women in the Youth Services prove to be amusing since by meeting them we get to know more of the people who grew up or trained Akuji and see how they now work for him since he's managed to surpass them in many ways. This brings in a number of cute young women who deal with their being in the Services in different ways but it all comes down to the training which Akuji continues to prove is being done right since none of them really threaten him.

Though with the shorter running time, there's still plenty going on here in this volume. Between the sex, the setup and then the action sequence at the end that brings in a new aunt for Akuji to deal with, this volume moves fast except when the sex is supposed to be nice and slow. It does feel like it's lost a little something from the previous volume but that's just due to the shift in focus which will surely change again in the next volume as Akuji's plans start moving his group from defensive to offensive. The sex in here is good for the most part, though some of it is disturbing since it's meant as torture, but it's balanced out well enough with some good material. The character designs continue to be good with some nice minor twists and alterations added to some standard designs.

One nice change from the first volume is that the English subtitles are now properly timed and aren't off by the very tiny bit that they were before, resulting in a much more free flowing release. The loss of the French subtitles have likely not hurt much but getting the English ones corrected has definitely been an improvement.

In Summary:
Daiakuji is proceeding right along and since it has a few volumes to tell its tale it's not trying to rush and cram it all in there at once, unlike a character or two in the show. This volume is given over more to the sex and torture scenes than anything else but we do get some good material and minor plot advancements along the way. The best part is that the pint sized aunt with the multiple rocket launcher finally gets to have a significant appearance and does it in style. Daiakuji's got some interesting material to tell still and hopefully the next volume will strike the balance a bit better for all thngs.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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