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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Kitty Media
  • MSRP: 29.95
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Enspelled

Enspelled

By Chris Beveridge     June 19, 2007
Release Date: July 03, 2007


Enspelled
© Kitty Media


What They Say
Anastasia was a witch who wanted to give up her powers and live a normal life on earth. She married Genyo, and together they started a normal, happy suburban life together. Of course, Anastasia sometimes can't resist using her magic to help her get through the trials and tribulations of everyday life, and her powerful mother is still a bad witch. But what this really means for Anastasia is that she needs to channel her sperm-powered sex magic to fight off her psychotic lesbian mother and her army of crazed sex slaves and demons!

The Review!
When your wife is a witch who thrives on your semen, life isn't quite as good as it sounds like it should be.

Audio:
Kitty Media hasn't succumbed to monolingual releases yet and offers up a bilingual presentation of this series. Both the English and Japanese tracks are basic stereo mixes encoded at 192 kbps which feature precious little in terms of useful or even noticeable directionality. This isn't much of a surprise though as it is basically a decent sound mix that most adult anime releases have. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2006, the transfer for this two episode OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. With lots of bright yet not terribly vibrant colors and some fluid looking animation, Enspelled comes across well here but not without a few problems. The show exhibits some general background noise in many scenes, both in ones with lots of blues and oranges to them. There's a touch of edge cross coloration going on along some hairlines but it's fairly minimal and very infrequent. Colors in the foreground general remain solid and smooth though and overall it's a decent looking presentation that could have been slightly better.

Packaging:
The cover art for this generated some controversy when it first appeared as Ana's chest was noticeably larger than it was in the show itself. Thankfully this is the only actual alteration that was done as the show itself remains the way it was animated. The cover design showing the two sides of Ana looks good here with colorful outfit for both versions while being set against a magical-like background. A few headshots of her in the throws of ecstasy gives it a bit more oomph but it's easy to imagine this one being mistaken for a kids show at first glance. The back cover continues with the dark blues for the background while also providing a number of titillating shots from the show that aren't explicit. Add in a good naked shot of Ana with an amusing plant ready to pounce and it works well. The summary covers the basics while the technical grid provides quick and easy access to what you can expect in that department. No insert is included nor is there a reversible cover.

Menu:
The main menu utilizes the same artwork as the front cover but not the unmolested version unfortunately. With a shifted and expanded background, the entire piece comes off as much more vibrant and alive than the front cover does. A bit of mild instrumental music is set to the piece as well and it runs about twice as long as most menus do with a total time of one minute. Navigation is quick and simple as there isn't anything here beyond the basics and some trailers. The disc correctly read our players' language presets but since the slates are listed as English for subtitles and come first we didn't get full subtitles.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While not as rare as they were for awhile, romantic sex comedies aren't all that common for release. The darker material and the more real world oriented shows tend to dominate the release calendar but a few lighter ones do make their way in. Enspelled, a two part OVA series that ends with some amount of finality, fits the bill perfectly and has a great nod to a western classic.

The premise for Enspelled is spelled out plainly from the start as it provides an homage to the "Bewitched" opening sequence. Newlyweds Kuro and Ana are having quite the life as it turns out that she's a witch. That's not the real surprise though as the narrator goes on, rather that it's that she absolutely loves cocks. The reason she's particularly hot for Kuro's is that when he climaxes inside of her it provides a recharge of her magical abilities. When he returns home at night from a long day at work as a salaryman, she's anxious to see him and please him since she uses so much of her powers during the day around the house. The downside is that these frequent encounters have removed the bloom from the relationship and he actively looks for reasons to avoid coming home too soon.

Kuro's life does take some amusing turns during all of this such as when Ana overhears his interest in their next door neighbor, Mrs. Batsutani. The at home wife laments that her husband is never around which is a difference in how Kuro is with Ana. The other difference is that unlike the flat chested and relatively inexperienced Ana, Batsutani has some sizeable cleavage and has obviously been fooling around with men longer than Ana has. Ana's magic provides for some interesting adventures in this area but it also tinges it with some macabre elements that just feel weird. It does all fit into the storyline in the long run though as we get an idea of what life is like for those who posses magical abilities.

A lot of this comes from Ana's mother, a five hundred year old witch who has kept Ana as her sex slave for quite some time before she escaped and Kuro found and rescued her. With a strong distaste for men, she's been handling business by herself since Ana left. Even worse is that when she does use either men or women, when she absorbs the magic from their semen and juices that recharges her, it ends up draining them of their life. Kuro it turns out is a real special case for a number of reasons. That makes him quite the prize for Ana's mother and the busty older woman does her best to show him the real way of things.

Over the two episodes that are here, the series does a good job of keeping a balance between the macabre and the sexy comedy. Ana and Kuro are very likeable, especially from the opening sequence but also from how they interact with each other. Their meeting story is cute in its own way as is the way they play with each other in bed. Ana's outgoing nature is something that throws Kuro off at times but he seems to be the kind of character that has grown to handle it and enjoy it, if only it wasn't coming up in what seems like every waking moment.

With so few characters overall in the series, their designs are something that can make or break the show. Ana herself is interesting as she's unlike most other characters due to her very small chest. This is problematic over here for some as her young looks combined with that makes her look a lot younger. At least for some people as I had no problem with it. She's a cute and spunky young woman who looks good here. She does have green hair after all. She also fits well with Kuro who looks like he came out of an interesting mold with his sideburns and chin. Lanky and done in a slightly minimal way, he's set apart nicely from a number of the usual male leads.

The other main women in the series are very different from Ana. Her mother is the classic older woman with the long flowing hair and the appropriate mole on her cheek. Add in that she's well stacked in the cleavage department and that's enough of a difference. Mrs. Batsutani fits into a similar mold as her but without the raw sensuality to her that Ana's mother carries off. A lot of that is due to the fact that Mrs. Batsutani is actually shown wearing clothes at times and doing domestic chores and the like. She does exude plenty of sexuality as her encounter with Kuro goes on though which is a lot of fun. In fact, just about every sex scene in here is a lot of fun for one reason or another which made this a very enjoyable show to watch.

In Summary:
More reminiscent of the romantic sex comedies of the nineties than most other shows out today, Enspelled is one of the few adult releases I've seen where I wish it was far more than the two episodes that were made. It's simple in its premise but it's fun and bouncy while maintaining a good positive attitude. Even with the more macabre moments it manages to inject just the right kind of humor and keep the focus on the characters. The opening sequence alone when the characters get introduced is worth the price of admission. This is good clean fun that simply was a lot of fun to watch. So much so that we've already watched it three times in different language configurations. Easily recommended.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 480p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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