Gifted with a device to hypnotize people, Shinta proves to be very, very male.
What They Say
Shinta continues to add to his hypnotic harem, but when his latest target, the sexy Midori, comes on to him, he's not sure what to do. Does she actually have the hots for him or is it some sort of trick?
Hypnolove has a pretty standard presentation for its audio side with a pair of tracks in stereo encoded at 192kbps. The show is what you’d expect to get from an adult release in that it’s all about the dialogue and expression thereof, so it’s center channel based for the forward soundstage. It does sound quite good as it goes through the episode, but it’s the kind of show that really isn’t going to dazzle in the slightest. It has a solid sound to it that’s free of problems and we had no dropouts or distortions during regular playback.
Originally released in 2009, the transfer for this show is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is enhanced for anamorphic playback. The episode really has some good looking colors to it, very vibrant and strong without being oversaturated or bright to the point of distraction. There’s some slight noise in a few areas but it’s very small and not terribly noticeable overall. Cross coloration is a non-issue but there is some mild jaggies to be found within the animation itself, notably with Midori’s hair. Beyond that however, this is a good looking show that will generally please with its visuals and transfer.
How can you go wrong with a cover that has three attractive young women in their uniforms, or at least partial uniforms, looking like they just got caught with their hand in the cookie jar? Well, you can’t and this cover is spot on as it has the trio with blushes and just right expressions with some very teasing areas of skin showing. The characters look good and the colors are very appealing, only adding to it with some very good shading. The logo is nicely designed and kept to the bottom so the focus isn’t taken away from the selling point of the artwork itself. The back cover has a fairly traditional Critical Mass layout with several shots from the show spread out, a bit bigger than most other companies do them, and a brief summary of the premise for this episode. The rest is given over to some basic production information and a technical grid. It’s worth noting that the grid is in large error here as it says it’s sixty minutes when it’s really thirty minutes, making you think you’re getting two episodes instead of one. No show related inserts re included with this release nor is there a reversible cover.
The menus for Hypnolove take from both the front and back covers to make a decent looking piece. The background uses the hypnosis visual from the background of the back cover and on top of that brings in the front cover artwork to a smaller box on top of it. That looks a bit softer and less defined than the actual cover artwork which is a little disappointing. The navigation is along the right and it uses a cute piece for the navigation icon as you move up and down. Submenus load quickly and the entire piece is simple but quick and easy to use while also being fitting for the show itself. The release gets a bonus for actually showing what the language selections are set for even after they’re changed.
The only extra, outside of the trailer made for the show, is a brief art gallery.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Hypnolove: Love Trance is the opening salvo in a new short series from Black Rainbow that has some decent production values about it. The first episode sets up things fairly nicely as it showcases a young man who deals with the world in a twisted way, but one that you honestly suspect a lot of men would do at this age, especially if they’re as maligned as he is and hurt by so many others. In that sense, this serves as a sexual revenge show, but it ties in some emotions to it as well in this first episode that are a bit unexpected. That doesn’t give it any extra heart, but it’s a nice touch.
The series revolves around Shinta, a young man whose life has just become more complicated. Into his school and his classroom has come a very attractive redheaded girl named Midori. Midori is the essence of a good sweet girl that’s all smiles but not overpoweringly so that you want to smack some reality into her. She ends up sitting next to Shinta and proceeds to slowly get closer to him by walking home with him part of the way and eventually making more overt requests of him as she’s fallen in love with him. While this song and dance routine goes back and forth between the two of them, Shinta shows a stronger side of himself with other women as he’s used a hypnosis device on them to make them his willing sex slaves upon hearing a key command phrase. Whether it’s a fellow student in the hall after hours or the new acting principle that he helped to get into that position, he has no compunction about taking them when he wants to. And he does so quite thoroughly with very good results since the settings are slightly different than the norm.
While Shinta has his fun elsewhere, he does get a lot closer to Midori as well. Midori isn’t overly earnest, but she comes across as interested in him and pursues him in a way that doesn’t make her annoying. There are cute and almost sweet moments as she reaches out to him, but it gets really obvious where she wants it to go when she invites him over when her parents are away. But this is just the precursor to the larger mystery of what’s going on as we get a clear picture of the device that Shinta has been granted to test to hypnotize others and use them. He hasn’t used it on Midori at all, though he was obviously interested in doing so until she pursued him on her own, and that has thrown his thoughts out of balance as to what he should do. But as the veil of mystery is pulled away, it turns out that he’s not the only manipulator in the game and it’s amusing to watch how he reverts when the truth starts filtering out.
The story for Hypnolove is pretty fun but what sells it a bit more is that the character animation is pretty good as well. The designs are certainly appealing and none of them are disproportionate for their age, at least in comparison to some shows that go pretty far over the top as a norm. Each of the characters stands out on their own and don’t seem like any of the other characters with a slight change. The animation for it is about average, maybe a bit more, with a decent sense of fluidity and movement to it. There aren’t any really noticeable repeated animation moments either which makes each of the scenes all the more enjoyable as well.
The biggest thing I can say about Hypnolove is that when I realized there wasn’t a second episode on the disc because of the error on the package runtime, it told me I enjoyed the first one enough to want to see more and was disappointed that it wasn’t there. This is a fun little show that plays with the hypnosis angle nicely, adds in some revenge sex to it and a bit of a mystery as well as a little heart. There aren’t too many shows that dabble in this particular area but when they do they tend to be a bit more cruel and evil, which this one does touch upon at times. It certainly stakes out its ground and plays it well, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. This is a good release overall though and easy to recommend to those in the mid range of their hentai experience. Newer viewers will probably like it while long time viewers may find it to be a touch simple and almost naïve, but fun and well executed.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English 2.0 Language, English Subtitles, Art Gallery
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.