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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: NuTech Digital, Inc.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 25
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Depravity

Depravity Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     December 26, 2003
Release Date: November 21, 2003


Depravity Vol. #2
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
In a dark empty building, Hiriko is being sexually tormented by three students calling themselves Alpha, Bubble, and Jack. They have injected themselves with a powerful sexual stimulant, and they're prepared for a long night of sexual depravity...

Can Hiriko maintain her will? Or will she give in and plunge head first into the world of lust and carnal delerium...?

The Review!
With another episode under its belt, Depravity slowly starts sinking towards that level but ends on an almost comical note, depending on your nature.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The show features a stereo mix that’s pretty much just dialogue outside of some music, so it’s mostly center channel based. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no issues with dropouts or distortions.

Video:
With only one episode on the disc and it being a fairly recent fully digital show, the transfer here looks quite good. There is a fair amount of aliasing though as there are a number of fast motion scenes throughout and some bad panning. Cross coloration can be seen along some edges, but it’s not terribly strong throughout the entire program. Colors look good with lots of vibrant moments and no over saturation.

Packaging:
This volume of the series does an interesting job with the cover art, in using what’s essentially the same layout as the first volume but going with Kiriko being more undressed, but only partially. It’ll be interesting to see if the entire series moves in this direction as well. The back cover provides a number of screenshots and a summary that basically describes the entire episode. The discs features and technical information is all clearly listed. Like other recent NuTech releases, there is no insert included with this package.

Menu:
The main menu is nicely done by expanding on the front cover and moving the teacher to the front of the desk. The blackboard provides a soft green filter for the animation playing behind it along to some of the rhythmic music from the show. Access times are nice and fast and menus load quickly and without any transitional animations.

Extras:
The only extra included is a brief two minute video art gallery that’s made up of stills form the show.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the first episode of Depravity, I started to wonder whether there’d be much of an actual storyline to the show or if it was going to focus on just one particular sequence. With how it’s going, it’s starting look like a one-sequence kind of show but with something of an amusing twist for the third volume.

When we last left school teacher Kiriko, she had just been started in on with the sexual torture by three students whose goal is to do this to as many students and teachers as they can. Kiriko has become something special in their eyes though and they’ve been giving her the serious work out, from the amusing much too tight school out fit with pop-out bosom top to a skirt that’s not more than a blue colored napkin really. Their playtime gets more serious this time around as they move from using just their hands on her to actual penetration as they try to get her to stop resisting the pleasure they think she’s getting.

Mixed into all of this, well, mixed into the screams and denials coming from Kiriko, we get some flashbacks to her past, such as her getting asked out just hours before this entire ordeal started to her last summer as a student where we see just how much of a tease she was on the beach and how loose she actually is. But we also start to get more insight into her mindset and why this particular episode in her life is going to mess her more than anything, as we go further back to high school where she’s asked out on a date only to have three other students have their way with her on the rooftop of the school.

The animation for this episode actually seems to be an improvement over the first with more detail and even better colors, particularly due to things like the beach and school sequences. There are still times however when the animation looks like it was done by someone who has never seen a woman naked before as the perspectives just look really funky. Once that particular piece is over though, the overall look of the show is definitely improved.

In Summary:
With the episodes taking quite a bit of time to come out as well as being hard to find (we got the first one in a box set with two other different titles) this isn’t the easiest series to get into, but it’s surprisingly getting better as it goes along. For those who enjoy the light bondage and torture shows, this one may be worth checking out over the course of time.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Photo Gallery

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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