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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Anime 18
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Demon Beast Invasion

Demon Beast Resurrection: Purgatory

By Chris Beveridge     September 05, 2003
Release Date: August 26, 2003


Demon Beast Resurrection: Purgatory
© Anime 18


What They Say
From the creators of Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend and La Blue Girl!

From the radioactive emptiness of space is born the Demon Beast! A grotesque, slavering monster that hungers for warm flesh and human blood, the Beast has landed on Earth for its next meal. Meanwhile, Miki is flying high as the leader of a violent biker gang, unaware that fate will soon throw her into the path of the Beast. But deep within Miki sleeps a Beast-slaying power, a power that awakens as the Beast’s victims cry out in agony!

Contains epsiodes 1 & 2.

The Review!
With the original series completed, what else can you do but resurrect it?

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:
Originally released in 1995, Demon Beast Resurrection was the first title of the franchise to shift from the longer 45 minute episodes down to 30 minutes. The two episodes are about the same quality wise as the previous series, which is to say decent. The colors look good if a bit dull with not much for vibrancy, aliasing is minimal for the most part and there wasn’t much in the way of cross coloration. Mid range shots of characters make out a bit better in the detail department though, looking less blocky than usual.

Packaging:
The front cover is a mix of items, with the big primary background image the shot of the new Demon Beast with its tentacles all over while in the lower foreground we have a look at the heroine of the previous series and her compatriots, Ash and the other IMO group. The artwork looks decent, but the women along the bottom feel out of place, almost like an animation shot over some better artwork. The back cover has a small collage of shots from the show itself as well as a brief summary of the premise. The technical features for the disc and its extras are listed along the back as well. The reverse side has some good looking black and white artwork and provides information such as chapter stops, English voice actors (as there is apparently no info on the Japanese actors and the production credits.

Menu:
The menu is a cute little piece, something of a break from the traditional menus, where you have the Beast image from the front cover and an animated piece of one of the IMO group swooping in and shooting at it. Some animation plays along it as well as some music. The menus selections are nicely laid out and quick to access with no transitional animations slowing it down.

Extras:
The extras are pretty minimal here with the usual anime artform piece and a brief artwork gallery. There is one extra called the “Loves and Lives” of the Demon Beast, but it turns out to be little more than a small music video really as opposed to a history or retrospective on the past series, something that would have been useful.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When it comes to tentacle anime in the US, the Demon Beast series always seems like it’s been the less popular younger sibling when compared to La Blue Girl, which always seems like it gets the press and notoriety. Demon Beast keeps trying though and really wants to be popular.

Demon Beast Resurrection brings us back to the same group of characters we knew during the original six episode run. Muneto looks a bit older now, a bit more mature and world weary. Kayo has a similar feel, though she’s still very much dependent on Muneto for everything. We’re brought back into their lives in the midst of a ten day long rainstorm, something that’s got Muneto feeling uneasy about the state of the world.

To back up his feelings of unease, we take a spin out to the nearby moon where the Interplanetry Mutual Observation Agency has their massive satellite structure watching for the rebirth of any Beast on the Earth. The worldwide climactic changes of the past ten days have kept them busy as well, and as their Captain O is informed, it seems like the situation is ripe for the birth of a new Beast indeed, as conditions have been met exactly like before. So she prepares a team to head down to deal with this.

Her plan involves something creative though. Having recovered the Spermia from their greatest warrior Ash after getting her body out of the carcass of the last Beast, she informs Ash’s close friends that if they use this to merge it with a woman on Earth who has a similar Spermia, they’ll effectively be able to revive Ash to help fight again. It’s also fairly convenient that Muneto has already found such a person, mistaking a blue haired woman on a motorcycle for Ash just that same day.

So with their objects, the team heads down to try and revive their fallen comrade as well as to set up for the arrival of a new Beast that just wants to be loved. With this volume being the first half of the series with its two episodes, it’s mostly setup and the arrival of the creature. There’s a surprising amount of flashback early on to the previous series and a heavy focus on Ash herself. From a plot perspective, this one is right up there with Alien 4 in how I see it with a real stretch in plot in trying to bring back a character that was killed.

As for the sex scenes, they’re really just about on par with the rest of the series, when we’re not seeing the same scenes from the past series. While tentacle hentai has never bothered me, the Demon Beast series has always seemed weak in comparison, especially with the Beast always calling out for his mommie. It just felt weird and that hang-up has carried through here. Basically, if you weren’t satisfied with the first six overly long episodes, you’ll be happy to have more of the same here. If you were hoping for something new and possibly creative with a sequel, well, just keep in mind that it is a sequel and you should know better.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery,Music Video

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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