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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • 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: 120
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Five Card

Five Card Box Set

By Chris Beveridge     June 30, 2002
Release Date: June 04, 2002


Five Card Box Set
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
Featuring the voices of adult film stars Tabitha Stevens and Inari Vaches.

Daina Nariyuki, a sexy, young, English teacher, is planning to charm his way into four of his cute students, Lisa (Inari Vachs), Fumiko, Naoki, and Mimiko. However, Onikuma, the school dean, is already one step ahead of him with his own sinister plan...

What is Onikuma up to? What will Daina do? Will he get his girls? Will he also end up with his pretty new assistant, Mayu (Tabitha Stevens)? Follow the titillating adventure of Daina, and his sexy girls!

Contains the entire series!

The Review!


Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Things here are your basic stereo mix with most of the track seeming like it’s coming through the center channel outside of the music. Dialogue is nice and clear and we noticed no dropouts or distortions on either language track.

Video:
Being a rather recent show, and using the usual array of CG style tools available to them, this show looks very fresh and vibrant. Colors look great, with a mixture of softness in certain areas for effect and sharp vividness elsewhere. Cross coloration appears almost non-existent, with only some areas of minor aliasing being the only real issue. And that’s practically a non-issue for the most part.

Packaging:
Each of the keepcases is nicely presented once you get past the standard inclusion of the Totally Uncensored and the adults-only warning. Each of the keepcase covers features an assortment of the five women from the series but in ways that could easily be pushing them for a regular romantic comedy series, and not something in the hentai realm. The inclusion of the voice actresses occurs again here, but they’re done up fairly well by including them in the “card” format that’s themed for the set. The back covers give good summaries of things as well as laying out all the technical information and what's included. The only thing not listed is the running times on each disc. The box uses a great full cast shot of the girls on the front while on the back there’s the combined summaries and a number of character shots done up as cards. This set contains no inserts.

Menu:
A fairly basic set of menus, the main menu has a number of cards spreading out across it while music plays. Each of the cards contains animation playing in it from the series. Access times are nice and fast and everything is laid out nicely.

Extras:
Two sets of the voice actresses video photo galleries are included here while the actual anime-related extra is a video image gallery with stills from the show.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Much like a lot of hentai, Five Card goes to where the action supposedly is; your local college. Well, depending on the episode you watch, the Academy is referred to as either a college of a high school, so there’s some confusion there, both in the dub and the subtitles. But you get the premise, it’s back to school time!

The shows central character is 25 year old Daina, an attractive young man whose the schools English teacher. He’s pretty light hearted, has a good sense of humor and some amount of style to him. So it’s precious little surprise that there are four students who are very much attracted to him, and he has his plans to be with all of them. He hasn’t touched any of them yet however, so he says to recent hire and former college schoolmate Mayu. Mayu’s been hired on at the Academy and works as his assistant now.

Mayu’s a pretty interesting character, since she’s got a wit about her and tries to give Daina some grief over the girls who like him and the things they do, such as making him lunches and so forth. The two of them never had a relationship in college though they were friends. But you know that Daina’s definitely interested in her, and she becomes the fifth girl he wants to fool around with.

But things aren’t all right at this academy, as the school dean (or principal, depending on the episode) named Onikuma has his own devilish plans in motion. Using the abandoned former school building on campus, which has been declared something of a historical site so it can’t be torn down, Onikuma runs his secret rooms there where he brings various girls to, tapes them or photographs them doing various deeds, and “farms them out” to various people who he deals with, such as members of the local PTA and other organizations that would normally report this kind of thing. Onikuma’s got it all covered.

As the episodes progress, Onikuma begins to acquire each of the schoolgirls that have an affection for Daina, and brings them to his twisted visions using aphrodisiacs and other toys. Eventually he gets them to start bringing the other girls deeper into his circle, as the drugs and such begin to soften their minds. Onikuma really does have it all worked out. What he doesn’t have is a sense of style, since he only seems to wear a gym coach’s outfit.

The show is pretty standard fare for the most part, though there’s some slight exceptions to it. Daina is portrayed as the potential savior, while other shows in a similar vein, such as Shusaku, has one of the girls trying to break free from their circle of entrapment. Mayu herself brings an interesting bit of story to the fore, with her medical condition causing an amusing setup for Daina when they eventually get together after getting drunk.

The animation for the most part is fairly decent with only an occasional scene that looks bad or like 2D CG out of a computer game. The show is definitely nothing bad to look at and the character designs pretty nice all told. It’s not a show that’s going to gain a huge amount of attention, but I don’t think it’s as bad as I heard some of the early comments on it indicated. With no demons or tentacles, this one will have an audience to be sure.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Voice Actress Galleries,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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