Mania Grade: B-
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: C
- 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: 93
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Demon Beast Invasion
Demon Beast Invasion Vol. #1
By Chris Beveridge
July 24, 2002
Release Date: July 25, 2000
Demon Beast Invasion Vol. #1
What They Say
© Anime 18
From the creator of La Blue Girl and Urotsukidoji: legend of the Overfiend! Now on DVD ROM! 100 million years ago, an ecological disaster drove the Demon Beasts from our world. Now they must breed with human females to create a new, hybrid creatures who will clear the way for an invading horde. When 19-year-old Kayo is raped by a possessed lover, it’s up to 19 year old Interplanetary Mutual Observation Agent Muneto to save her from the terrifying creature to which she gives birth: A mutant, lust-driven Demon Beast!The Review!
Ah, more anime 18 fun has arrived on DVD! Demon Beast Invasion brings the first two tapes onto one shiny disc for tentacle fans enjoyment everywhere.
The disc is presented in both English and Japanese language. Both sound decent, though the majority of the audio comes from the center channel. Dialogue was clean and clear throughout. I admit to only spot-checking the English track here and there, as dubbed hentai just doesn't do anything but make me laugh.
The video unfortunately has a few problems. Right from the get go, there were some issues. The opening starts off with deep space scenes, which are full of blacks and deep blues. There was a lot of artifacting going on here. These kinds of sequences, which are in various areas throughout the disc, are all the same level of artifacting. I popped the disc in my Apex player on the 19" uncalibrated set and it almost looked like a VCD. On the main setup, things looked fairly decent other than that. The only other thing that really suffered was outdoor cityscape scenes, which had lots of line noise as it panned and as it stopped. Character animation looked ok as did other parts of it. The show itself, being from 1990, doesn't have a lot of really vibrant animation or really fluid pieces, so it doesn't have a lot of shine to it on DVD. At most, it's just pointed out flaws in the original source material.
The packaging is pretty decent, though the character on the front cover I don't recall seeing anywhere in the show. The back cover gives a brief description of the show, with amusing emphasis on the age of the characters. The back cover also glosses over the achievements of people involved and gives a good summary of the discs features.
The menus follow the pattern of CPM/Anime 18 releases, which means they look decent and work practically flawlessly. Can't go wrong there, though we all love a little flash and style once in awhile.
In terms of extras, they're all on the DVD-ROM side of things and are decent. There's a gallery of images, the script and parts of the manga and their US covers.
So how's the show? Eh. It reminded me a lot of a variant on Men in Black. The demon beasts are basically aliens from another world (that originated on Earth originally no less!) who are trying to change things back to the way they were.
They send out various demons to try and find a woman that can properly breed them so they can repopulate properly. During all this, a mysterious group known as the Interplanetery Mutual Observation are watching all of this and fighting and destroying the beasts. 19 year old Monetu is one of these guys. He ends up meeting with friends from a few years before, and naturally this causes some death and mayhem to happen.
And plenty of tentacle action.
There's a fair amount of it throughout the disc, including some normal action. There's hints of a real storyline behind all of this, but it never really gets all that fleshed out, rather leaving the viewer to just the hentai aspects of it. The various members of the IMO don't get any history brought about to them (which is just as well, they get killed pretty easily) so there's little empathy for really anyone, outside maybe of the women who are getting all these things done to them.
One aspect where the show falls short is character designs. Some of these female characters... well, you'd almost wish this on them! The main character, Kayo, has some pretty inconsistent moments as well, as she varies between very thin and looking like a block of wood with some legs sticking out from underneath.
If you're in desperate need of hentai on DVD, this one will tide you over fairly well, especially since there's so little on the horizon at the moment. If you're not desperate, pull out Overfiend Perfect Collection again.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Toshiba TW40X81 HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster gold plated component cables and Sony speakers.