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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B
- 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: Foxy Nudes
By Chris Beveridge
February 02, 2007
Release Date: March 13, 2007
What They Say
© Kitty Media
Etsuko Yamanobe is one foxy newscaster, and the top anchorwoman on Tokyo Flower Television. Desperate to coax some hot ratings out of a limp sweeps week, Etsuko gets herself a front-row seat to an unfolding hostage crisis. But even though Damesuke flipped when he was laid off, taking his boss's college-girl daughter hostage, he's too much of a wimp to follow through. That's where Etsuko comes in. She forces Damesuke to engage in all manner of graphic sex acts with Mayumi on national TV. But in the name of ratings, will she get in on the act herself?The Review!
Working her body and contacts for some sweetheart contracts, Etsuko is able to really raise more than the ratings at her TV network.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. We also listened to it in English afterwards and both tracks are your basic stereo mix that's common among adult releases. With this being a dialogue driven piece that has plenty of moaning to it, there isn't a lot to work with in terms of directionality. The music track is the only area where it gives a really full sense but even that is minimal with the kind of soundtrack used here. Dialogue is the prime thing to be had here and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback of either track.Video:
Originally released in 2005, the transfer for this two episode OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Being a recent show the source materials are in excellent shape and generally come across as quite solid and good looking. Some scenes have a bit of fuzziness to them around the edges but it varies from monitor to monitor who noticeable it is. Colors are solid with only a bit of noise to them, cross coloration is almost completely absent and there's hardly any noticeable aliasing. Packaging:
Playing up the parodies nicely with the title Fox
y Nudes, the front cover is light on actual heavy sex as it just does an upskirt shot of Etsuko as she rides her motorcycle. The backdrop of the city works well from this angle as does the flame red motorcycle that she's riding. It's almost a fairly tame cover considering what's actually inside. The back cover provides a bit more to look at with an almost goddess-like image of Etsuko among the cherry blossom petals with her mic. A few shots from the show are also included as well as some promotional artwork of Etsuko. The summary covers the basics of what to expect from the basic plot while the rest of the cover is filled out with the minor production information and the accurate technical grid. No insert or reversible cover is included here.Menu:
The menu design does work but it feels like it's rather weak here in terms of quality. Using the promotional artwork from the back cover, Etsuko has the multi-colored bars used for color testing over her while the logo is along the upper left with a "Special Report" subtitle. The navigation strip is along the right with snapshots from the show but the text looks rather poor and blocky, some of which is intentional but some of it doesn't look like it should be. Like most of the adult titles from Kitty there isn't really anything here besides the show and a few trailers so it's a bit simple but effective as it gets the job done. The disc unfortunately did not correctly read our players' language presets and defaulted to English language with sign/song subtitles.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Foxy Nudes pokes a bit of fun at the world of TV journalism as it has its lead anchor of the Tokyo Flower network doing whatever it takes to get a story. Across the two episodes from which it tells its tale, it would feed conspiracy theories for many if not for the fact that few people look as good as Etsuko does and could get away with it. Looking at US TV "journalists," how many do you think could pull this off? And could you imagine the FCC fines?
Etsuko's position as the sexy lead anchor who always gets her story the way she wants is the central focus of the show. The incident through which we see it involves a man who has just been fired from the company he's worked for who is ripe for getting even. To do so, he's kidnapped the company president's daughter and has her hostage in his apartment. He's doing the usual riff of threatening violence and getting his information through the news reports on the TV. Of course, he's watching Etsuko and she's telling him to wait for her to cover the story personally. All while rubbing her panties on national television.
Where the show takes an odd turn is that there is a series of contracts that various organizations have with each other, deals within deals. Etsuko's first stop before seeing the kidnapper is to meet with the head of a prominent security organization and take him to bed as part of their negotiations on how she wants the scene to go do for her broadcast. One of the companies underlings, an attractive woman, stumbles into the negotiations and is shocked to see how things play out. But she's also able to take advantage of this and use it to gain position and prominence within the security company.
Etsuko's not happy with just setting up how she wants the actual confrontation to go down however. Her next stop is at the scene of the incident itself and she pushes the kidnapper into realizing that he's not going to make the right kind of splash with this event that he could make. At the same time, she's giving the hostage, an attractive young woman, the story on how things will be in that Tokyo Flower has the exclusive contract to cover her story and will provide a ghostwriter for her book which will earn a tidy sum. All she has to do " willingly or unwillingly " is to let her kidnapper have his way with her repeatedly on national television. Suffice to say she's not too into this but the kidnapper sees this as his only chance to really get things right. Before you know it, the situation is being sent out across numerous digital devices to a very eager audience.
There's a real level of cynicism throughout this in how it portrays just about everything but that's really a huge part of its appeal. There aren't any really good guys here or anyone trying to do the right thing. Other than the hostage who really doesn't get into any of it willingly, everyone is out for themselves in the best way possible and doing whatever it takes to get there. Admittedly, the best way to look at this show is as nothing more than a really hilarious comedy because of how it portrays so many things in this kind of culture. Etsuko's not so subtle manipulations of her audience who lap it all up lovingly is just very spot on.
The shows animation and character designs are decent and work well for what it's doing but it isn't stellar looking. The women all look good across the board though I found Etsuko to be the weakest of them all. The hostage has a quasi-kogal kind of look going on while the security company subordinate has that kind of restrained hotness to her under her uniform. The men in the show are unfortunately a fair bit older than the women but they're apparently in good health considering how they keep up. As should be obvious, there is a fair bit of non-consensual sex but also a bit of scatological as well. Normally this is a complete turn off but they do it in a much more amusing way this time around, particularly with Etsuko's commentary.In Summary:
Foxy Nudes is the kind of title that you can have something of a love/hate relationship with. It's brash and unorthodox as well as very cynical but it also has some good sex scenes and made me laugh. It's almost the kind of title where you don't want to admit to liking it but at the same time want to show it to other people to see if they have the same kind of reaction. The show plays it so straight when it's so obviously silly that it just clicks rather well. It's a good looking show and is essentially problem free so it's an easy enough recommendation from that sense but I suspect it's something more for the "experienced" adult anime fan rather than someone new to the genre.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic DMP-BD10 Blu-ray player via HDMI -> DVI with upconversion set to 1080i, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.