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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: Adult Source Media
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dyogrammaton

Dyogrammaton Vol. #1

By Chris Beveridge     October 17, 2007
Release Date: September 27, 2007

Dyogrammaton Vol. #1
© Adult Source Media

What They Say
An enormous monster appears and attacks the The City, only to be thwarted by a group of amazingly voluptuous Super Heroines! Explosive action, dynamite sex scenes & Battle Royales take place in this futuristic flight of fantastic proportions that will make you cream in your pants!

The Review!
When young pilots aren't on duty, what else can they do but fool around?

This release features a good bilingual set of tracks which, while basic, does fit the material pretty well. Both the English and Japanese mixes are your standard stereo pieces which are encoded at a rate of 192 kbps. While there is a bit of action to the show in several scenes, it doesn't come across much worse than most TV series we've seen. Dialogue and the sex sounds still make up the bulk of the audio tracks here and they come across well even if they are basic forward soundstage pieces with no depth. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Originally released in 2006, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The look of this show is reminiscent of some of the first digital anime productions in that it has a very bright and almost plastic-like feel to it when it comes to the character designs. Though not as flat as some of them, there isn't much real depth within the designs due to the colors being strong and vibrant. The bitrate for it is all over the map but the end results are fairly pleasing with solid looking colors throughout the bulk of it and a show that is free from major aliasing. Some cross coloration does show up throughout, mostly during panning sequences, and while it is annoying at times it doesn't detract heavily. Dyogrammaton doesn't have a standout look to it, it's a solid presentation that should please most.

The cover art for this is certainly bright and colorful as it features the lead in a skintight costume which accentuates her assets while a giant robot of some sort is floating against the sky behind her. The awful series name combined with the poor font really makes it hard to figure out what it is and is the main detracting point here. The back cover is fairly traditional as it has a 50/50 split in colors through which one side has a series of stills and the other the very basic summary. The bottom portion has more shots from the show and is rounded out by the standard ASM layout for production and technical information. The reverse side is identical except that it features some non-explicit shots from the show. No insert is included.

The main menu features a shot of Hikari from the back cover which looks good with lots of detail and a vibrant color palette. The background for it is a fairly busy piece that has an angled strip of clips from the show as well as a moving background behind that. The music fits in with all of it as well as can be expected as it is fairly upbeat and aggressive. The layout is standard fashion for ASM which includes a straight to sex feature. Access times are fast and the disc correctly read our players' language presets. What's surprising is that when you press play, there is a ninety-second video that plays which is basically a promo for the show itself. No language features are available here and any on-screen text is left untranslated.

The only included extra is a brief set of images in a gallery.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Dyogrammaton, a two episode series from the folks at Discovery, plays up some fairly clichéd material which is to be expected when it comes to the setting and trappings. If you see this and think Evangelion, then the creative staff accomplished their goal. Unlike a lot of adult shows that set up just the characters, we do get a fair bit of action material introduced here as well which serves as a bookend to things. Unfortunately, it tends to interfere with the actual sex material itself.

The show takes place in a near-future Tokyo environment where massive monsters show up on occasion and wreck havoc. A group has been organized to deal with it and they have pilots that rush out and handle the danger when necessary. It's been a few month since the last incident which has left everyone a bit lax in their duties. Only one person is on hand when a new monster shows up and for some reason they're not given the task of stopping it. Everyone else is out of the complex doing their own thing and they'd rather wait for them to come back rather than launch Unit 1. That only makes you want to see Unit 1 all the more to realize what kind of foolishness is going on here and whether it's warranted.

The nearest pilots are Hikari and Kyosuke who just happen to be enjoying some quality time together at a hotel near the train station. They've been together for about a year now, since the incident wherein Hikari had rescued him in the middle of an attack. Since things have been quiet, the two are now taking some quality time together outside of the base and getting it on. Their sex scene, which is interspersed with action footage of the monster fighting against the military, is fairly lengthy and they try quite a few different positions while also taking a break between sessions. It's all good until the military catches up to them though and hauls them back in for action.

There's a second sex scene in the episode which is far too short as it focuses on figuring out who the traitor is that's leaking information to the enemy. This comes in during the last few minutes of the episode and likely could hold an entire episode on its own. With the lengthy first scene and then this one, combined with the various giant monster action moments, the show feels very poorly paced and disjointed. Some shows can work well when they have some good trappings to deal with, by Dyogrammaton really has a hard time struggling with what it wants to do. At the same time, you have to give them some credit for doing something that has a good look to it, as the CG models look great and there are some creative character designs for the monsters and the main cast, even if they are somewhat derivative of traditional action characters.

The sex in general is decent, mostly because you have to enjoy the scene between Hikari and Kyosuke as they're eager and completely consensual. There's a lot of pent up sexual tension that's released as they move from the bathtub to the bed and then play for quite awhile on the bed. There is a rather amusing moment or two in there as well. During one of a couple of sequences where Hikari uses her mouth on Kyosuke, she asks him to climax on her face to which is more than eager to comply with. When he does so, she complains that he got it in her eye. Now, this is awkward enough in and of itself, but when you look at anime characters and see their massive eyes, you just have to wonder how can you not get it in someone's eyes? And if you don't want it there, close them!

In Summary:
Dyogrammaton isn't a bad show but it certainly feels like one that had some good ideas but didn't know how to execute them properly. The character designs are cute and fun, there are some surprisingly solid action sequences with the military and the monster, and the sex is lengthy and decent for the main couple. The pacing is where it's suffering as well as the relatively complete lack of characterization for the two leads. There is some great missed potential when it comes to comedy though, especially when the military breaks in on the two kids in the midst of their third round of sex. Now that's when Kyosuke needed to have a premature moment.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,French Subtitles,German Subtitles,Italian Subtitles,Photo Gallery

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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