Mania Grade: B
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: B+
- 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 Michael Thomas
June 05, 2003
Release Date: June 04, 2002
Five Card is an adult, bishoujo, school anime.
When watching the show, I listened to the original Japanese seiyuu (voice actors). I did listen to the NuTech dubbing as well. Both are good quality; however, the overall Japanese seiyuu cast did a better job. The talking, ambient sounds, and background music made good use of the two, built-in, TV speakers.
Video is solid throughout the show. Colors are crisp, and animations have no problems. The CG animation and cel animation blends well.
The packaging for the DVD is well done, but not eye-catching. The two DVDs are presented in a slip-box. The front of the DVD cover contains poster-like artwork. The back cover of the DVD uses scenes from the OVA, and contains brief descriptions of the shows. The back cover also has the usual DVD text of copyrights and production notes. There is no insert, but there is a questionnaire included.
Menus are easy to navigate and load quickly.
For extras there are several picture galleries of the show and of the American adult voice actresses. On the reverse of the DVDs are trailers for many of NuTech's releases
::Content:: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
How would you save five, good-hearted, girls from a lecherous principle?
The Five Card OVA is a 2-part anime, based on adult bishoujo game of the same name. The OVA is centered on the young, handsome, new, male teacher Diana. Diana teaches English at school. He is a dedicated teacher, with a jovial personality. But, in his spare time, he daydreams about four of his students, and his coworker Mayu.
However, Diana's romancing of his favorite girls isn't that easy. You see, these same, five women are lusted over by the school principle Onikuma. 'Onikuma' can be translated as 'deamon-bear', though I would have to check the actual kanji used. Anyway, Onikuma does look like a bear. He's large, hulking, and very brutal. Thus, while Diana wins the girls hearts through his own personality, Onikuma uses his brute strength to coerce them. As the show progresses, Onikuma captures the girls one by one, brainwashes them, and forces them to perform for him. As the girls are brainwashed, they bring other girls into Onikuma's circle.
Luckily, Diana is no pushover. Diana knows that something is going on at the school, and begins to investigate what's happening. When he finds out, he heals the broken hearts and minds of the girls that Onikuma has taken. It is a bit standard, yes; however, I felt it was well presented. The conversations during these scenes that the girls have with Diana speak volumes of him as well as them. Mayu, Diana's coworker, is no slouch either, and is able to trap and capture Onikuma.
I enjoyed how all the girls, especially Mayu, were characterized in the show. Each one is given enough screen time so you can see her motivations and her dreams. I thought Mayu was presented the best, as she can be a very good femme fatal if cornered.
Overall Five Card is a good OVA. The art, especially how the eyes are drawn, reminds me a lot of Satoshi Urushihara (Plastic Little, Legend of Lemnear). Thus, the character designs for the girls are very pretty, and all the girls get enough screen time to have a bit of a personality. I did get the impression that the characters would have more development had I played the game though. The show does balance drama, suspense, and comedy well. I recommend Five Card to anyone who enjoys adult anime.
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable