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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: C+
  • 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. #3

By Chris Beveridge     July 24, 2002
Release Date: October 09, 2001


Demon Beast Invasion Vol. #3
© Anime 18


What They Say
The Demon Beast lives! The Demon Beast has multiplied and is taking over gang members’ bodies in Hong Kong. The Mutual Observation Agency is on the case, but the only sure way to cure someone who gives birth to a Demon Beast is to kill them! Will 19 year-old Mutual Observation Agent Muneto be gaining a new ally — or another enemy?

The Review!
You just can't keep a bad demon down. Not only does the Demon Beast return twice, the second time is actually credited to the El Nino affect. I'd say that constitutes a first in anime.

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:
The transfer here is about on par with the second volume in that it's decent and serviceable, but there's a fair amount of grain in a number of scenes and a few of the blue skyline shots show some minor macroblocking and fuzziness going on.. These two OVA's were done in 1994, so they're showing their age in the materials themselves as well as the style of animation.

Packaging:
Another fairly bland cover for this series marks the final volume. While the image of Kayo's fairly decent with her being hung out to dry so to speak, the image of the Demon Beast is very muted with the colors overlapping and giving just a weird meshy image. The back cover provides some really bad looking animation shots though. A brief summary of the show is beaten out by the listing of the features and production information. The reverse side of the cover provides a couple of black and white animation shots and chapter listings as well as the production credits.

Amusingly, neither the English or the Japanese voice actors want their names associated with this product.

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)
After the second volume, we all thought that the Demon Beast was done for and never to be seen again. What our error was is that the last episode on that disc wasn't entitled Final Battle. Unless it's Final Battle, there's more story to tell.

After the results of the previous battle, Japan became sealed to the Demon Beast, which meant that he couldn't get to Kayo. But his evil has now rained down on Hong Kong and the search for its mother continues anew. It quickly takes over the river bandits and the triads in its goal of world domination and then sets up the trap to get Muneto and Kayo to come to Hong Kong. And what better way than as a prize for being the one millionth customer to a carnival park.

So our two leads book off to Hong Kong to see the exotic land and have lots of mad nookie. Of course, since its an elaborate trap to bring Kayo here, the possessed folks come running in with guns a blazing and capture Kayo and the other girl that Muneto ends up saving during one of his walkabouts in the city. One of the IMO agents, "G7", arrives on the scene as well after tracking down the triad and pirates and lends his firepower to the fight to save Kayo and the world.

I'm afraid I gotta spoil something though. They do kill the Beast, but the episode wasn't titled Final Battle. So he gets to come back in the next and last episode, entitled Final Battle.

Final Battle sees our intrepid heroes on a school trip to some island paradise where they... well, just seem to hang out. That is until one of the students turns up dead with his wang not properly attached to him. After hearing the tale of a island monster from centuries ago, Muneto fears that the Demon Beast may be involved somehow but believes him dead (cast members are not supplied with episode titles, so go easy on him). Kayo hears the calling of "mother" and fears the Beast as well.

In an amusing twist, it's the Beast and it's not. After his death, his soul circled the planet until particles of it caught on a meteorite and plummeted to the earth where it plunged into the sea. Thanks to El Nino, enough of the particles collected for his soul to properly reform in a being similar to the legend of this island. And so the Demon Beast takes a new form and lives.

Having just reread that, I can't help but laugh and say that if you've enjoyed the Demon Beast series in the first two volumes, this one doesn't go much further over the top but does bring things to a conclusion. After all, there is a Final Battle.

For a demon hentai, this one's not terribly bad in that it does have something some people may call a story. But there's far better hentai out there to be sure.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Comics,Meet the Characters

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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