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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: 79.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Desert Island Story X

Desert Island Story X Box Set

By Chris Beveridge     February 18, 2002
Release Date: November 10, 2001

Desert Island Story X Box Set
© NuTech Digital, Inc.

What They Say
A planned party about aboard Toko's father's yacht turns for the worse when a couple of escaped fugitives seajack them. Without a captain, the yacht is now heading out at full speed into a severe storm while the girls struggle for control with the highjackers!
When the Yacht finally crashes onto the beach of a deserted island, one by one, Toko, Ayaka, Natsuno (Miko Lee), Flora, Yuka (Dayton Rains), and Hitomi have the sexual mark of violence latched on their body and soul. Their loneliness and fear reaches such a peak that they can't even trust one another!

The Review!
A four disc box set, Desert Island Story X is tentacle free and set in the real world, but it's unfortunately based around almost all non-consensual situations. That'll definitely keep a number of people away.

For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Though this is a fairly recent release, the show is a pretty basic stereo mix with most everything being center channel dominated. The only real exception is the music, but even that is pretty much just filling up the entire forward soundstage with no real directionality. But in the end, it's a decent sounding track with no dropouts or distortions.

This is probably one of the weaker transfers I've seen from NuTech since they got serious into their own hentai licensing, but part of it is due to the source material itself. The shows character designs feature a fair amount of tight linework that causes some shimmering during panning sequences and the color design for their hair is just awful half the time, almost glaring in some senses. This drops off somewhat as the series progresses though. The transfer itself maintains decent quality with only some slight color shifting going on during some of the dark night time sky sequences.

The four keepcases for Desert Island Story X in the box have some decent covers, each one featuring a couple of the female cast in various stages of capture. The covers do feel pretty busy though with the large number of characters, the uncensored and adults only logos as well as the inclusion of the voice actresses pictures. The back covers show off some animation shots from each show and have a good summary of each episode. Features and technical information is nicely listed as well. The box set itself features the cover from the third volume while the back does a summation of the three keepcase backings. As with all NuTech releases to date, there is no insert included.

NuTechs' gone and done some fun menus for this release that take a bit to load but also let you skip their animation. The main menu is a part of a sandy beach that has water washing up on it, and each time it washes up it provides more of the menu selections, and in the end culminating in a usable menu that has all the selections, the front end of the boat and some of the characters moving around over it. Once its loaded, and again, it's skippable, moving around the menus is pretty fast with a couple of minor bits of animation playing. Access times are pretty quick and everything is laid out pretty simply.

The usual array of minor extras show up in this series with each disc featuring the same ones. The video galleries run between one and two minutes, with the anime one providing some nice clean shots and cel work while the voice actress ones give our actresses some decent pictures.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Gilligan's Island this isn't.

Ok, I just had to get that out of the way.

The story focuses around a group of young women who are having a party. The party, which doesn't appear to be happening for any particular reason, is being thrown by Toko, the daughter of a big hotel owner. She's throwing it on her pleasure cruiser and has all of her girlfriends there. Well, they all seem like friends except for Natsuno who seems to always hate everything about Toko and constantly calling her spoiled and just another rich kid kind of thing.

Before all of this though, a couple of guys robbed a bank and made off with 300 million yen. They're holed up in a dock warehouse and see this party boat as a perfect opportunity to get away. When the night settles in and most of the girls are pretty relaxed, they make their move and take over the boat, sending it speeding out into the ocean just as a storm hits.

The six girls and the cook who had come on board just minutes before the criminals showed up now find themselves under the power of Ibuki, a classic gangster in a suit character, and Kaneda, a military style garbed punk with an affection for piercings and guns. Kaneda starts taking stock of all the girls when the boat ends up crashing onto the beach of a deserted island. Everyone but one of the girls escapes, and the show then moves into various stages of chase, catch, abuse, flee. And... repeat.

There's a lot of crossing and double crossing going on here and characters change allegiances fairly quickly at times. Some of them have secrets from the past that have them acting certain ways, but most of them are pretty thinly set up that there's little to them. And Natsuno just tended to annoy me at times when she just kept complaining that none of this would have happened if Toko hadn't thrown the party. Yeah, uh huh. Good reasoning.

This kind of show definitely has an audience and it spawned a sequel series. I'm not a big fan of it since I don't much care for the subject matter of it being non-consensual. For those that do, this is a pretty decent release for it.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Video Photo Gallery,Voice Actresses Video Photo Gallery

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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