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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: Critical Mass Video
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: G-Taste

G-Taste: Heat Wave

By Chris Beveridge     July 12, 2007
Release Date: July 31, 2007

G-Taste: Heat Wave
© Critical Mass Video

What They Say
Lick your lips, and take a taste...

It's time for dessert with a sweet helping of G-taste! First, we get a glimpse into the life of Sayaka, a beautiful teacher whose luscious body aches for satisfaction " she's just not getting enough! And poor Sayaka doesn't even know what's wrong, until Doctor Fubuki steps in to give her a woman-to-woman examination...

Then we have Misuzu: a kind, quiet girl who just happens to look ravishing in a swimsuit. When she's around a certain guy she likes, she just can't control herself.. she'll bare all and do anything, but she still can't get her man. It's up to Sayaka to step in and show her how to put her natural assets to good use!

The Review!
Providing more tales to titillate just like the first installment, Heat Wave goes for more of the same with the usual twists.

Critical Mass has given the release of this disc a significant bump up in the audio department by creating a dub for the series. Both language tracks are done in a standard stereo mix encoded at 192 kbps that covers the bases while not sounding out of place. The show doesn't exactly have much to offer aurally but the dialogue is clean and clear throughout. Outside of the dialogue we really only get some nice instrumental music during the episodes and while it doesn't enhance the episodes it doesn't exactly stand out. We didn't have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Originally released on video back in 1999, the transfer for these two OVAs are presented in their original full frame aspect ratio. The transfer here simply look very sharp, nicely detailed and filled with good colors. Some of the colors are a bit soft in places, but it again appears to be intentional, especially as there are many areas of very vibrant colors. Cross coloration is pretty much non-existent, but there's a fair amount of aliasing during the camera panning motions. There is some blocking to be found in a few areas that's strong, such as in some deep shaded blues, but in general it looks decent, and maybe a few hairs better than the original release.

G-Taste's character designs are ones that are fascinating to look at even if only because of how different they are from the rest of anime most of the time. This volume features another beautifully done piece that has a great kind of style to it with plenty of detail and a real sense of sensuality to it. The color scheme mirrors the first volume as well in that it has a very soft and calming feeling to it. The back cover is a bit more colorful as it shows off various shots from the show and some larger imagery to highlight the naughty factor. The summary covers both of the episodes and the discs extras are very clearly listed. The technical grid runs down all the basics in a quick and easy to read format as well. No insert is included nor is there a reversible cover.

Using the same artwork and design elements as the front cover, it features the character artwork off to the left while the navigation strip is along the right. Similar to the first volume, it's much more apparent in the menu that the background is a close-up of a pair of nicely detailed panties. A bit of music plays along to this menu which is quick to load and very easy to navigate. The disc correctly read our players' language presets and played accordingly.

Much like the first volume, there's a surprising amount of extras here. There's an original trailer for the series itself, and there's also a really nice original artwork section. That one contains static images of things like full size character standees, postcard artwork and the pocket calendar. The character profiles are brief pieces that highlight two of characters from these episodes. What's nicely added is a 5 minute alternate angle section to the second episode.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After finally experiencing some G-Taste, and the strangeness of the series itself as it's definitely more of an almost softcore show than anything else, I was a bit leery of the second volume as I figured they'd keep up with the same bag of tricks.

Well, they do to some extent, but it felt less overwhelming since there were only two episodes to go through. If there had been a third, I'm not sure I could have made it through there. When it comes to minimal to no plot, this is the kind of show that needs to be referenced.

The first episode takes us onto campus where we follow twenty four year old Sayaka Mizukoshi, a professor teaching at this particular school. For the students, she's a shining light of purity and the kind of woman you just don't see anymore. She's gorgeous, but she has the pure and near-saint like quality about her that keeps men from being a bother. But she has a bad side that nobody sees, as when her students are studying hard, her body gets very hot and she has to find ways to deal with it. She manages fairly well until the school doctor catches on and then starts using some unusual treatments to try and cure her, as well as exploring the depths of the problem.

The second episode deals with Misuzu Kawamura, a young woman on the school swim team who thought nothing strange of showing her brother how she looked in her swimsuit. Well, not just the swimsuit, but the swimsuit in various ways not normally worn. In doing so, she really starts to get into it and eventually her body takes over for her, and next thing she knows she's bringing herself off with the small strip of bathing suit that slides between her legs. While this is going on, we also get back to Sayaka from the first episode, and she's now placing three cell phones on vibrate in appropriate places around her body. This eventually ties in with Misuzu as she ends up with one of the phone numbers...

Ok, so, this is all just strange softcore like hentai. Plot is definitely minimal, dialogue is nonsensical and some of the character designs are so top heavy that you think they'd need a crane to help them walk around at times. Yet, well, it seems to work in some respects. For better or for worse, I'll admit that. It's not a show that I'd recommend much unless you're already a fan of the series and the particular style that they use, but there is just something about it all. Keep the expectations low is the best way to look at it.

In Summary:
G-Taste has received a good bump up overall with its release through Critical Mass Video. With updated translations, a new dub and some far better cover artwork and overall design, it has a certain kind of class and elegance to it. The show continues to really not be my cup of tea though I am fascinated by the character designs and the overall premise for it. Fans of the series may not find enough worth upgrading over but if you like your material dubbed or you never grabbed it before, this is the release to get.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Art gallery, Character profiles,Pencil test animations

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 480p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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