Mania Grade: B
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: SoftCel Pictures
- MSRP: 29.98
- Running time: 50
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Elven Bride
By Chris Beveridge
August 15, 2003
Release Date: August 12, 2003
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Mixed marriages are a tricky thing, so when the human Kenji and Milfa, an elf, get married, the course of true love does not run smoothly... especially when it turns out that there�s a certain difference in plumbing that makes it almost impossible for them to consummate their marriage!
First, bold Kenji sets forth on a quest, seeking the ultimate marital aid, one which can be found only in the land of the man-hungry harpies. But how will poor Milfa fare, left to wait in a hostile village full of prejudiced humans and vicious elf abuse?
Then, after her husband trots off on his daily journey, Milfa sets off on a quest of her own! Unfortunately, the only doctor in the entire Kingdom who specializes in Milfa�s problem is more than just lecherous... he�s an incubus! Toss in a rampaging double-headed dragon running amuck, and you have a hilarious swords and sorcery misadventure that explains exactly why young lovers shouldn�t marry on impulse... especially not when one of them�s an imp herself! The Review!
Naked elves. Two words that just cause sales to skyrocket.Audio:
As this show was never dubbed, SoftCel has released it with only the Japanese language track, which is a serviceable stereo mix that�s pretty heavy on the center channel. The track has no issues with dropouts or distortions and played through nice and clear.Video:
Originally released to video back in 1995, Elven Bride�s two episodes look quite good here, though some of the problems of traditional animation carry through. There�s some light cross coloration in various scenes throughout, but typically only during some of the more tight line drawings, such as when the two leads are fully clothed and holding each other. There�s also a fair amount of aliasing during panning sequences, which is distracting during some of the naughty sequences. Otherwise, the colors look good, there�s no bleeding and the print is free from nicks and scratches.Packaging:
One of the nicer looking soft-hentai covers, it has the great image of Milfa in her wedding dress smiling happily with the gree leaves behind her. It�s a striking image with its strong colors and the heavy use of white as well as the yellow for her hair. The back cover provides a nice selection of images from the show and a good summary of the premise. I�m again disappointed at the lack of proper information on the back cover though as no languages or subtitles are listed. The insert has a great shot of Milfa in a sweater with a green bird while the reverse side looks to be a cel shot of her that�s next to advertisements for other shows.Menu:
The main menu is a nice static piece that�s essentially a close-up of Milfa from the front cover set to an instrumental piece of music. Since there�s little on the disc, the menus are simple and easy to navigate. Access times are nice and fast and submenus load quickly.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
If there�s one thing that draws regular fantasy fans out of their normal area it�s the allure of naked elf sex. For some reason, it�s just something that a number of them get fixated on. And I have to thank them since naked elf sex keeps getting made and it�s better visually than naked dwarf sex.
Elven Bride is the story of a newly married couple named Milfa and Kenji. Milfa�s an eighteen-year old elf and she�s just absolutely in love with Kenji. The two are quickly married in the beginning here and it�s off to their house to begin their new lives. Amusingly, the setting of this world is an interesting mix of old world fantasy, the peasants in the street and the market places, buildings and all, as well as modern conveniences, like electric stoves, modern art and fully applianced showers.
Kenji and Milfa are definitely looking forward to their first time together, but they run into some trouble. Apparently elves aren�t smaller just in their height, but in other areas. So Kenji can�t even get past the gate, so to speak. Remembering something, Kenji heads off in his adventurer role to find a harpy so that he can get some mysterious harpy ooze that he can use on her to loosen her up a bit more, thereby being able to consummate their love.
This brings him into contact with a secret race called the Harpians, which has some comical results from their pairing. The second episode tries to bring a bit more humanity to the show as we see Milfa trying to get by in doing her shopping, but finding the townspeople uninterested in selling to her or at a regular price. She�s completely distraught after a trio of kids start throwing rocks at her. It gets even worse when a villager shows up with a massive hydra to scare her and he ends up losing control of it.
Add in Kenji�s grandmother arriving and using her magical powers to transform herself into a seductive young woman who sucks men dry for their spirit power and it gets amusingly complicated; even more so when we find out that the doctor that Milfa�s gone to see is an old drinking buddy of sorts of Kenji�s who tries to take advantage of his patients. The show is pretty nicely done with some good comedy, a couple of nice brief action bits and some very soft sex scenes. There�s very little shown here outside of various women�s breasts and it�s all quiet tame, but cute. It�s definitely a softcore show.
Elven Bride is definitely a show that qualifies as a couples hentai or an easy introduction to the genre, especially for those who don�t intend to go much farther but want something a little naughty. There�s more laughing than anything going on in here and that�s fine by me, though someday there�ll be a nice hardcore naked elf anime. I hope.
Japanese Language,English Subtitles
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