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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: D
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Adult Source Media
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Forbidden Love

Forbidden Love Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     October 05, 2005
Release Date: September 15, 2005


Forbidden Love Vol. #2
© Adult Source Media


What They Say
In an attempt to save my mother's Kingdom back on my home planet, I'm here on planet Earth to awaken the ultimate weapon our people hid here years ago. Our weapon was made in the form of a girl and its powers can only be activated by sex! My brother, Yoshizumi, is willing to activate it - with our help! Different sisters cause different drama! Can we save my planet from overthrow ? Watch and see!

The Review!
Enjoying hiding out on Earth, Mayuka runs into some trouble with Yoshizumi and then has to deal with an even bigger problem.

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 2003, 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. Where the problem lays here is in just how much interlacing is going on. It's heavily apparent when the scene shifts up and down fast but it doesn't appear during slow pans. It can be seen during some left to right pans as well but it's again dependent on the speed. It's hard to tell whether this is in the source itself or the authoring side..

Packaging:
This cover doesn't look quite as Lolita looking as the first volume did though the characters are still the same and all wearing cute outfits and generally have happy and smiling expressions, something that's actually a rarity with adult releases. 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:
A change from previous menus, the layout for this one has a shot of the big bath that the girls use with a window to the outside and it changes images of who is in it, whether there's any water or not all set to a bit of jazzy music. The selections are lined along the right side, though when selected with white are a bit hard to see. 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:
A bonus video is included called Cute Boy Hunter which isn't so much animation but a series of stills that you could say is attached to an audio drama. It's full subtitled though and the top level menu for it calls it a "Sex Tutor – Cut Boy Hunter" and it runs for just about twenty minutes in length.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After a fun and well animated first episode from Green Bunny, I was certainly happy to hear that there was a second episode. While it's not quite as good as the first episode was it's still a lot of fun and has much the same charms. The main issue here is that the characters are swapped out a bit for the action and those that made the first volume so good don't get quite the same attention this time around. Then again, if I wanted more of the same I'd just rewatch what I already had.

The opening thrust of this volume revolves around a hospital incident for one of the girls that's blown off pretty quickly in favor of dealing with the fact that Akiho is no longer going to be here as she's expended all her energy and is now being returned to what she was, which was essentially nothingness. This really strikes to the core of Yoshizumi as he really had the hots for her so he's in a complete funk over it. While he sits about masturbating to pictures of her since she really got involved in his life, Mayuka and Fuyuno try to figure out how to make him happy as they sit in her spaceship. Fuyuno comes up with the best idea after seeing some of the books under his bed and decides to seduce him. Yoshizumi proves he's not too fickle as he starts to fall hard for Fuyuno pretty fast.

Mayuka's feelings about Yoshizumi are still a bit weird since she wanted him as a big brother but she's not sure how she feels about Fuyuno doing him. She ends up with an amusing dream where she's walking downstairs by Yoshizumi's bedroom and looks in to see her mother have wild sex with Yoshizumi. That only freaks her out more until she realizes she's laying naked in her ship and her mother is on the screen in front of her calling her name out trying to wake her up. Mayuka's feelings lead her to trying to let Yoshizumi down easy as she learns that her mother has recaptured the throne and is heading back home, but she feels she owes him more than just some kind words, if you know what I mean.

The sex in these episodes is pretty on par with the previous volume so depending on how you feel about the young looking character designs will determine how you really feel about the sex here. Mayuka's the only one that really made me cringe a few times but the others were pretty decent and they make up the bulk of the sex anyway. The shows animation continues to be pretty good and about what I'd expect from a lower end Green Bunny series but the interlacing issue really caused problems at time. The other thing that surprised me was during the epilogue of the episode, the audio is very off for the dialogue only. Sound effects are spot on which makes me think it's a source issue and not an authoring issue. The subtitles are placed to when the characters should be talking so you can see the disconnect between the two pretty easily.

In Summary:
The series seemingly concludes here though it does so in an open enough manner that many more amusing situations may follow but what we get is the completion of the first storyline that the series opened with. There are some technical hurdles on this release to overcome but the content itself is a good bit of fun with some good looking character designs and some good sex scenes. Fuyuno finally getting some made this release worthwhile for me and having the twenty minute "sex tutor" extra gives this release a bit more of a leg to stand on.

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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