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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: AV Box
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Heritage From Father

Heritage From Father Vol. #3

By Chris Beveridge     April 20, 2005
Release Date: August 31, 2004


Heritage From Father Vol. #3
© AV Box


What They Say
Zheng-Li found the demand of his can not obtain so easily. And after Zuo-dai and Zheng-Li's horrible death, the survivor finally found the secret of the castle.

What has he housekeeper told Zian?

And the relation between Xian and Xiao-Xi is what? Will Xian and the secretary be the lovers?

We all expect the outcome coming.

The Review!
Secrets are revealed within the mansion and relations become much more strained because of it.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese which is also the only language available on this release. The stereo mix is fairly typical of most adult anime releases in that while it is in stereo it's either got a full sound to it that doesn't have much distinction or that it feels very center channel based which is mostly for the dialogue. The Japanese track here sounds good if unexceptional since there isn't all that much to it out of the ordinary. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released to video in 2004, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. This is one great looking transfer that looks essentially flawless all the way through. It's free of some of the usual digital problems like color gradient being visible and the saturation is just right. Colors look great here with a lot of depth to them. Add in that it's free of cross coloration and the lack of dot crawl exhibited on another AV Box release and you get a really great looking transfer here.

Packaging:
Using the Japanese artwork with the lead character in very little of her maid uniform left on her, she has an almost sad look to her face as she blushes in the midst of the pinks and purples while laying out on the bed. What looks to be the original logo is used as well. The back cover mixes a few strips of shots from the show with some taglines about it and then provides a summary of the story and the shows production staff and then all the technical information for it.

Menu:
The menu layout comes in two sections for this release; the first lets you choose which language you want for your subtitles and then provides a menu in that language for you. The secondary menu is a standard piece that's nicely done with the background being a blue hazy piece with blood splattered about and the original logo done in layers set to some music from the series. The menu selections are layered on top of the water piece and are nice and solid and easy to navigate. With only one language here and the previous menu setting the subtitles, access times are nice and fast and presets matter little at this point.

Extras:
The only included extras are a series of character sketches and an art gallery with scenes from the show.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Jumping into this show with the third volume means I'm missing some key material to it but like a lot of adult anime releases, there's usually enough flashback in each episode to provide some amount of catch-up to figure out what's going on. So it didn't take long before I was able to piece together some of the plot from the previous two episodes and go forward with this one.

Another great looking title from Green Bunny, the AV Box presentation of Heritage from Father is equally as great looking though it suffers from the same problems that SeeIn did in that the subtitles often make no sense and they make some strange choices for names. The summary on the back cover lists the characters with Chinese names while the subtitle script for the English subtitles here provides English names, such as Susan for the head maid. This is pretty disconcerting when you hear their actual names and provides for some bad continuity among the product itself.

The house master continues to do things to his whims so that he can attract the one that wants to kill him to the house. Having claimed it as his now that the previous master is dead, he's dealing with what's left of the staff and having his way with them but for the most part has something of a fatalistic point of view about things. This distinct lack of care is strong in his voice and as he lays about, often while being serviced, but he is mostly going through the motions while trying to find the key that he needs to the safe and for the other person to show himself.

For Susan, she spends most of her time trying to come to grips with the revelations she's found out about having discovered the key and a photograph. That the previous master was really her father, someone she had serviced herself, and that her new master is her brother, she has no idea how to handle this and is usually just left deep in reflection in some really beautiful scenes and backgrounds in this mansion set in the snowy mountains. We get to see some of her time with the previous master as well as how things go with the current one once she comes clean about their relationship but it still doesn't change much between them. With the servants having their own agenda as well, it seems like knowing who is related to who hasn't changed much of anything here.

With only one episode, there aren't that many sex scenes to it and the first couple of minutes are mostly just recaps of the previous episodes to show who is doing what to whom. The character designs are very attractive here and combined with the great looking transfer it's very easy to enjoy how they look. The actual sex scenes are well done and nicely detailed as well as avoiding some of the nastier material that's been more common recently so it earns a few other points there. But overall, with the mix of the plot, the show has a very somber and slow moving feel to it that doesn't really get things going in a positive way. It almost feels like it's crawling from one scene to the next while providing some dialogue and mystery in between with the story itself.

In Summary:
While there isn't a lot of sex here, this is the part of the story that takes a lot of the plot and really gets it all out into the open and puts the ties in place and makes things obvious. When we do get some sex, it's pretty decent and done with some very attractive character designs but it isn't enough to carry the single episode itself. This is almost like the kind of show where you fast forward through the plot to get to the good stuff and then realize you compressed thirty minutes into about five minutes. As gorgeous as the transfer is and the show itself, it's definitely hard to recommend unless you've been enthralled by the first two episodes.

Features
Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Chinese Subtitles,Character Sketches,Art Gallery

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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