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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Adult Source Media
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Forbidden Love

Forbidden Love Vol. #1

By Chris Beveridge     May 26, 2005
Release Date: May 17, 2005


Forbidden Love Vol. #1
© Adult Source Media


What They Say
My name is Mayuka and, although I look like any college schoolgirl, I'm really a princess from another planet! With the help of my dear Yoshizumi, we are on a quest to restore earth's most powerful weapon to help save our mother. Unfortunately my weapons were taken away and I'm left helpless and defenceless!

What will happen to me? Watch and find out how I use my own resources to save the day!

The Review!
A fleeing alien princess arrives on Earth to revive the ultimate weapon, a weapon that needs sex.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. This is also the only language available on this release as no English language version was made for it. The Japanese track is a pretty straightforward stereo mix that does have some minor moments of directionality but it's mostly the music that does a nice job of giving a full feeling performance. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2002, the transfer for this series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. With a lot of really bold colors in large sections, there's no noticeable blocking going on and that's the major problem that this release could have had but avoids, especially in the starry black nights. Cross coloration and aliasing are just about non-existent and overall this is a really sweet looking transfer. The opening and ending sequences are retained in their original Japanese text format, most likely as hentai releases don't usually have clean versions to offer up..

Packaging:
As loli looking as the cover is this time around I can't help but find it very cute and attractive as it has all the girls just looking very excited and happy in their various outfits which is nicely complemented by the pinkish blue background. The back cover provides a great looking piece of several of them in bed but still clothed and looking all innocent and yet seductive at the same time. The summary covers the bulk of the show since it's only thirty minutes while the bottom covers the technical and production information. No insert is included in this release.

Menu:
The menu layout is similar to other releases from this studio in that the background is a simple wash of colors like red and oranges. Along the right side is a close-up of one of the characters and the basic menu selections are lined along the left side. Access times are nice and fast and there's little here beyond the show and a few trailers. Since there are no real selections for language other than turning the subtitles on, the discs defaults mirror our players' defaults.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Forbidden Love looks like a lolicon fest right from the cover but the animation itself turns out a bit different but still similar to what we see, just not quite as refined. It's definitely going for the younger market though but they end up pulling it off nicely with some good looking character designs, a pair of good sex scenes that are definitely couples-friendly and a cute enough plot that makes you want more episodes.

The premise is very simple in that it deals with a young woman named Mayuka who is a princess from a far away planet. She's come to Earth in search of the ancient powerful weapon that was hidden there ages ago because it was too powerful to be used at the time. The reason she needs it is that the royal family is being assaulted by the new government that took over and is looking to make a clean sweep of things and start fresh. Mayuka's mother sends her away to do this while she holds down the castle so to speak.

Mayuka arrives on Earth in an awkward fashion since she ends up crashing into the top of an apartment building due to her being involved in watching a couple of people getting it on. She ends up stumbling out of her ship and in front of Yoshizumi, the young man she was just watching having sex with Iori. Yoshizumi ends up with Mayuka dangling in front of him and he gets a hold of her gun which is something a bit different in that it's a personality changer of sorts. Depending on the setting level, it can make people believe they're something else. Yoshizumi ensures that he doesn't get improperly taken down by Mayuka by putting her through it and making himself become her big brother.

Things become a bit more familial in nature after that and the arrival of the ultimate weapon of course turns out to be a robotic-like girl. The cast grows a bit as we get friends of friends through Iori and there's some minor background that comes into play because Yoshizumi seems to be such a playboy of sorts that all the women are interested in him. He ends up learning the story of what Mayuka's really there for and become involved in trying to trigger the ultimate weapon in the way she needs to be triggered, with sex, sex and more sex.

This is the kind of show where I hope there's more episodes coming since it's a bit more in the traditional nature of adult anime shows from the early 90's that were comedic in nature but had a good enough plot around it as well and some really fun acting to it. The character designs are all highly attractive and you want to see them all get under the sheets but only a couple of them do, which gives hope to there being more. The sex scenes themselves are very well done and smoothly animated, though they don't get into a huge amount of detail or into any strange fetishes. In the end, they were a lot of fun to watch and quite nicely erotic.

In Summary:
Forbidden Love looked like a lolicon fest from the start but it actually turns out to be a great little title that's definitely got some good animation to it, an amusing plot and two quite good clean sex scenes that are very enjoyable. It's the kind of show where when you see the first episode you hope that there's more to come. I do still wish that it had been given a dub though since it's the kind of title that I think the right kind of actors could have had a lot of fun with. Those that buy adult titles have their own qualifiers for what they'll get, but this is one that I'm glad I got and recommend if you like something a bit old school in style combined with slick new animation and designs. A real winner from Green Bunny for a first episode.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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