Mania Grade: C
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: N/A
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C
- Age Rating: 17 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Anime 18
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 90
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Demon Beast Invasion
Demon Beast Invasion Vol. #2
By Chris Beveridge
July 24, 2002
Release Date: August 14, 2001
Demon Beast Invasion Vol. #2
What They Say
© Anime 18
19-year-old Kayo’s demonic offspring lives and plots a diabolical family reunion! The Interplanetary Observation Agency dispatches a trio of beautiful female warriors to slay the invader. But they’re way out of their league, and the demon beats will have their revenge!The Review!
The fun continues from the first release of Demon Beast Invasion, with these two episodes essentially picking up not long after the first ones. The demon's back, the fun-loving kids are back and to add a twist, the alien chicks are here. How can you resist?Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Throughout the 90 minute presentation we didn't notice any dropouts or other distortions that sometimes occur in hentai titles. Dialogue was pretty clean if center-channel based, and the ambient effects and music came across nicely. This isn't a big title for use of directionality, but it makes out pretty well with the front soundstage.Video:
Compared to the first disc, things look much better here. The blacks suffer less macroblocking, colors look a bit fuller though still a fare bit dull and the amount of line shimmering has dropped significantly. These two OVA's were done in 1991, so they're showing their age in the materials themselves as well as the style of animation. This set of episodes is much more passable than the first disc overall though.Packaging:
There must either be a severe lack of good cover artwork for this series or a desperate need to have the same kind of cover across most of CPM's tentacle hentai, as this looks similar to some Urotsukidoji and La Blue Girl covers. The artwork also looks fairly washed out and rather poor. The back cover doesn't really provide anything good for animation shots but does give a bit of information about the show and the talent behind it as well as the features. The reverse side lists the English voice actors as well as the chapter stops, but not Japanese voice actors as they have requested to be nameless once again.Menus:
The menus are fairly typical, with some animation and background noise playing along while the selections are laid over them. Selections are quick to access and everything is laid out logically (though I still dislike selecting a language and having it start the program, especially on these heavily locked discs where you can't skip through menus).Extras:
The video side of the disc has the usual array of extras, some talk about the comic book series, the "anime artform" piece and a little thing with Meet the Characters. We didn't get a chance to check out the DVD-ROM side of things.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The middle portion of the Demon Beast series sets up things for the final act, truth be told. While the first disc did a lot for introducing the demon and the setting, this second disc lets the characters get involved in all kinds of trouble and miscommunications and brings in a new player to the scene.
The show picks up a bit after the events of the first disc, with the school kids now being separated off into other local schools now that theirs is just a heap of rubble. A mysterious looking trio of women in weird science fiction getups are stalking through the building and come across visions of the past invasion as they make their way to the rooftop. Once there, they see what happened during the climactic moments of the second episode.
The three women are revealed to be members of the Interplanetary Observation Agency and to really throw us for a loop, they reveal that Muneto is one of them as well. Yes, poor confused male Muneto whose fallen in love with Kayo, whose demon "son" is bringing about the destruction of everything. Some people take their job way too seriously.
The three women split up to protect various people from the demon, who was though vanquished before but is now just rebuilding his power. He continues to hunt down the friends of Kayo from school, which means more demon tentacle attacks throughout the city. There's one scene that's very reminiscent of Urotsukidoji with the demon laying three of the girls out. The poor girls are still all confused about this, not knowing why their class has become so unlucky.
There's some emotional conflicts set up here and the revelations about this new agency adds a different twist to what would otherwise be your standard tentacle demon anime. Having Muneto revealed be a part of them was also an interesting twist. Demon Beast Invasion still feels pretty weak overall, but does help satiate any tentacle need that a fan may need to tide himself over with until something better comes along.
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