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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: Adult Source Media
- MSRP: 24.99
- Running time: 30
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Girls Locker Room Lust
Girls Locker Room Lust Vol. #1
By Chris Beveridge
October 18, 2005
Release Date: October 04, 2005
Girls Locker Room Lust Vol. #1
What They Say
© Adult Source Media
Under the uniforms of this girls volleyball team is ripe juicy fruit ready to be picked, and they're ready to get into action. Now that's what we call team sports!The Review!
Girls Locker Room takes you into the place where the truth is revealed about what they do when nobody is watching.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:
The transfer for this OVA release is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The materials are very much in good shape as this is very clean and clear and free of problems all around. Colors are bright and vibrant with large sections throughout that maintain a very solid feel. There's some aliasing that will be found throughout it though during panning sequences due to its digital nature and the way the camera moves. There isn't a ton of fluid movement in this show but what's here looks decent and doesn't have any serious problems in terms of how the authoring of the disc went.Packaging:
The front cover has a setup of the three main girls from the show together in various states of dress, though the full on nudity cover has most of that removed so you can just see pretty much everything. The designs look good in the way that most of the covers put out by Adult Source Media tend to look with some minor detail but very good looking colors. The back cover has the same kind of deal with the character designs redrawn in the smoother style with great coloring and that takes up most of the cover. There's a very tiny summary and a few of the basics of the technical side and that's about it. It could be fleshed out more like most other studios releases but it wouldn't really be adding that much, though I'd love it just for consistencies sake. The reverse side cover is basically the same thing but with some very creative cover-ups of the nudity.Menu:
The menu layout is pretty straightforward with the shot of the two naked girls from the cover along the left while the menu selections are along the right as bouncy music and bouncy circles move around in the background. The navigation selection provides a bit of amusement as the bonus video is labeled Bouns. Since there's only one language on here, our players' presets were pretty much a non issue. Access times are nice and fast overall and the layout is very easy to navigate.Extras:
A bonus video is included which isn't so much animation but a series of stills, occasionally with a bit of simple movement, that you could say is attached to an audio drama. It's full subtitled though and it runs for just about thirty minutes in length.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Every now and then I find myself pining for some of the old Cream Lemon shows since I'd seen a number of episodes way back in the day and would love to see them again and actually know what they were saying. With Girls Locker Room Lust, what we get here is what I've realized is the modern incarnation of Cream Lemon in that it's basic backgrounds, basic characters designs and very simple to no setups that lead into sex scenes. And instead of simple pencil rough animation of old Cream Lemon, they've upgraded to MS Paint or maybe a very low-end tablet.
For this show, it focuses around some after school activities that start off by involving a bit of volleyball practice. Cutie Madoka isn't doing as good as she should be for the team so Yoko is putting her through some extra training. Madoka's so weak at this though that the balls just keep getting harder and harder when thrown at her and she's just laying on the ground taking the abuse. What perfect opportunity for Yoko to then comfort her and the two of them start fooling around and enjoying the pleasure of another woman. While Madoka is getting things going here, we find out that her boyfriend, Noboru, has been sought after by Yuuna, a fellow classmate with a real crush on him. She's been caught playing with herself in the bathroom but she's finally gone and confessed to Noboru and being as hard up as he is after a particularly unsatisfying sexual experience, he takes her up on it.
There isn't any real plot here beyond typical school age who is doing who kind of silliness that holds it all together but that isn't really the point of it either. It's all about the nookie and showing it off, from girl on girl, masturbation and straight standard material. The school setting adds to the allure just as it does in having it happen in the gym or in the bathroom stalls. The only downside is that the animation quality of all of it is really just beyond minimal. When the first scene opens up of the school itself, it really reminded me of something out of MS Paint for a minute but then I remembered how some of the old Cream Lemon stuff looked like in the mid eighties. Not that that comparison really changes anything but it does sort of explain the kind of show that they're trying to do here and why it's probably like that. This is the shallow end of the adult anime pool.In Summary:
All told, there's close to an hours worth of material here between the main show and the bonus video that involves some basic school and school sports material, from volleyball to gymnastics pieces. It's more animated than Boys Over Flowers but it doesn't have the same kind of depth or life to it. I remember finding this kind of material interesting twenty odd years ago but these days I'm looking for a bit more to my adult anime.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Bonus Episode
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.