Mania Grade: B-
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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: Gold Throbber
By Chris Beveridge
September 22, 2006
Release Date: August 24, 2006
What They Say
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Yuji is a young businessman with a penchant for groping women on the train. Unfortunately, he's really bad at it! Enter the dashing hero, Kazuo, the man with the Golden Touch. Touched by Yuji's plight, Kazuo takes him under his wing and teaches him to score with any woman, anywhere, anyhow!The Review!
Not only is he a god, but he's got the golden touch.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The more shows we see from the Vanilla Series line the more we recognize the overuse of a lot of their music and sound effects and Gold Throbber is little different. The stereo mix for this release is decent but doesn't really have anything that lets it stand out from the rest of the average audio presentations. Dialogue and action effects are loud and clear and the continuous sounds of the train are well used but it's a very stereotypical mix overall. We didn't have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback of either language track.Video:
Originally released to video in 2005, the transfer for this two episode OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The source materials for this look decent overall but it's something of a slightly lower budget in some places where they cut corners. The actual character designs and most of the backgrounds look good and for the most part maintain a solid feel, but there is some mosquito noise to it in areas and some of the items tend to look less than sharp. During the second episode for example, when Kazuo opens his Perversion Diary, the pages look very bad inside with lots of jaggies. Beyond that, the transfer looks fairly standard and handles colors well while avoiding cross coloration or much in the way of aliasing. It won't be a standout show to look at but it shouldn't make you cringe during every step of it. Unless you step-frame through all of your porn.Packaging:
Going with the obvious gold themed logo, Gold Throbber's front cover looks decent with its use of one of the women being taken advantage of in the train. I think they would have made out better by having the wider variety of women in the show make up the cover rather than just to one player however. The design looks good and they're obviously going for the schoolgirl appeal so it works but I think it could have been better. The back cover expands on this a bit more but with women who are basically one-off scenes if that but it pushes the variety a bit. The summary covers all the basics you really need to know and the little technical information that's needed is covered in the grid as well. No insert is included with this release nor is there a reversible cover, something that's really becoming a strong feature from other companies.Menu:
The menu layout is simple as it essentially replicates the front cover but with the design shifted around a bit to accommodate the menu selections. The artwork gets zoomed in a bit and the logo shifts to the bottom while the side is where the selections are laid out using the same font as the cover text. There's a brief bit of instrumental music playing along to it as well but this is overall a functional and least-effort kind of layout. Access times are nice and fast however and I was glad to see that the players' language presets were used.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Gold Throbber is another in a long line of shows from the Vanilla Series that involves trains. Kitty has seemingly released a lot of these in the last year or two and I have to admit that they're still finding some mildly creative ways of dealing with the premise. Gold Throbber takes it to an amusing area where it introduces to us a God of Perversion who rides the rails.
The story centers around a fairly young businessman named Yuji who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. While taking the train home to his wife and baby daughter, the guy standing near him is harassing another woman and she's cringing about the entire thing. When she does turn around to face her accuser however, she ends up charging Yuji with it. Everyone else seems to be behind her when it comes to this and even though he's innocent he now finds himself in jail for six months for the crime he didn't commit. Yuji can't believe it's happening and before he knows it, the six months are over and he's back out in the real world but with nothing to his name and no prospects.
Enter the silver tongued and smooth Kazuo, a man who introduces himself as the God of Perversion. Under him, he has a group of disciples that ride the rails and stimulate as many women as they can and generally have a good time. Kazuo himself is truly gifted as his hand emanates a golden aura when he uses it, allowing him to not even touch the women but still stimulate her highly. Taking Yuji under his wing, he shows him that there's a group of women that are fighting back against them and that he ended up being framed for his crime. With Yuji's help, he's intent on fighting back against these women, one that he has a very long term relationship with, and making sure they're all quite happy. Yuji goes through a couple of trials before the real fun begins but along the way there is simply a ton of sex on trains happening here.
It's amusing this time around since they make the sex scenes so overt that you can't help but laugh since nobody seems to notice. When you realize that things are being massaged by Kazuo's presence as the God of Perversion it makes sense and allows for the livelier fun to take place. Some of the scenes for it are brief since there are a number of disciples messing with women on the train, but others work out longer as Yuji and the others start taking down the women who are after them. It turns into a kind of weird but still amusing battlefield metaphor along the way as each side takes up the challenge to finish the other off once and for all. Of course, it's all sexual in nature for the battle so it fits in with the theme of the show.
The character designs for the show don't exactly stand out overall but there is a nice level of diversity here since there are a number of women that get involved in this. The main designs for the lead characters are obviously better but sometimes it's the ones that you only see for a couple of seconds that are the most interesting since they don't use the standard designs. The men are decent though Kazuo of course looks a bit like a puffy gay pirate in some ways but there isn't anything terribly surprising about the designs at all here. Combined with some decent sex scenes and some mildly creative uses of sex on trains, this was more fun than I expected it to be.In Summary:
Gold Throbber brings an amusing twist to the entire sex on trains concept as it brings in a God of Perversion. Through this device, they're able to do some creative moments with the acts on the trains since people aren't really paying attention or seeing what's going on. The two episode storyline plays out fairly quickly here and it does at least end with a resolution, something a lot of shows tend to not do well, and for the most part it was a decent and enjoyable show to watch for what it is. With a complete lack of scatological material, I think it's more mainstream friendly and couples friendly than a lot of other shows but since so much of it is non-consensual there will be plenty that will want to avoid it. If the train material appeals though, then this is one to check out.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Samsung BD-P1000 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.