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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: 29.98
- Running time: 45
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Imma Youjo
Imma Youjo: The Erotic Temptress Vol. #1
By Chris Beveridge
September 07, 2007
Release Date: August 28, 2007
Imma Youjo: The Erotic Temptress Vol. #1
What They Say
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Maya: unspeakably beautiful, her body drives men insane with desire. Wherever she goes, chaos erupts just for a chance to touch her sensuous body and experience true ecstasy...
In this first volume, Maya becomes the latest plaything for the lord of a sinister town where nothing is quite what it seems.The Review!
When Maya finds herself in a strange new city, she ends up deeper in trouble than she ever thought she could be.Audio:
The original release of this series was monolingual so this one gets a nice bump up by including a new English language adaptation. Both tracks are your basic stereo mixes encoded at 192 kbps so there isn't exactly a lot to work with here. Both tracks are decent sounding forward soundstage mixes which come across as clean and clear but we're not exactly talking much in terms of directionality and placement. The full sounding mix gets the job done and is free from dropouts and distortions during regular playback.Video:
Originally released in 1994, the transfer for this release is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Seeing this show back when it first came to DVD, it was like a revelation in comparison to the darker and murkier VHS copy I had. Now some seven years later, things aren't quite the same but this is still a solid release of material that's fairly old with a tiny budget. The bitrate for the forty-five minute feature is routinely in the sevens with peaks going higher and overall it looks good but still has issues. The source material is what it is which means there's some noisy backgrounds at times and some cross coloration as well. These elements don't overwhelm the show thankfully but in combination with some speckling and a few more visible areas from the cel based animation itself, it feels out of place in comparison to so many digital shows put out these days.Packaging:
Utilizing the same artwork as the original release, a few key changes have been made. The warning borders have been removed entirely which helps the overall layout and the edges in general have been darkened up to give it a more sinister feel. The design here really provides something a bit more classic looking and not quite as rough and raw as the previous versions. The heavy blacks around the edges and the logo go a long way towards making this look good. The back cover uses a lot of black space as well with a few shots mixed in around it and a simple summary in white text. The discs features are minimal and to my surprises there aren't any production credits to be found which leaves a big gap along the bottom. The technical grid gets everything else across clearly and cleanly. No insert is included nor is there a reversible cover.Menu:
The static menu design takes its cues from the cover art and brings it here with the addition of a navigation strip along the bottom. Tied to a bit of music, the overall effect is decent enough as the character artwork looks nicely detailed here with some great colors. Access times are nice and fast and the layout is simple and easy to navigate. As seems to be the case with just about every Critical Mass title, the disc correctly read our players' language presets and played accordingly.Extras:
The extras for this first volume aren't all that surprising in that there isn't much here. The inclusion of the original US trailer and a preview for the second volume is pretty standard but I was glad to see some mildly amusing outtakes from the new dub that run about thirty seconds. Someday, someone will let folks just run wild with a second alternate dub track for some adult show and just have fun with it.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
At the time that Imma Youjo came out on DVD, there wasn't all that much adult material out there though it was really starting to hit more regularly. Seven years later, well, you can see just how much makes it out there each month. One of the things that Critical Mass has been doing with the number of titles from years ago that they're bringing back is to create a new English language dub for it. With this series being one that never had a dub, it makes out quite good by this and gives the show a new life and a new audience.
Imma Youjo:The Erotic Temptress opens with a once peaceful town that is now thrown into violence and general naughtiness. A young woman stands off to the side, smiling. She's also the only one wearing clothes while this madness goes on. She turns and heads off, while the male lead, Chaos, tells how the town changed once she showed up.
Flash forward some time later, and Maya has entered a sizeable city that has a massive tower at the center. The street thugs end up taking her down in more ways than one, but they end up dead through mysterious means. Maya awakens to find herself inside the tower, now apparently a prostitute for the owner. And as luck would have it, Chaos is her first and seemingly only customer. The show then explores the mysteries of the tower and why the town is as calm as it appears to be for the most part. There's the introduction of a couple of bad villain types and their harem of naked women as well. There's the usual fair share of violence, bit of blood and plenty of moaning and groping throughout.
The character designs for this episode are quite good, though certainly dated in their own way. Maya has something of a universal appeal in her design though sometimes she's a bit off model. When it comes to the sex scenes itself the quality tends to go up a bit as does the consistency so all is good there. This episode has a good number of men running around and they all have that rugged look with muscled bodies, not the usual teenage stringbean types that we see in most shows these days. Overall this show has a good look to it but it really lacks a cohesive feel to pull it all together. The set dressings are nice but it still feels as if it's missing something.In Summary:
While I had enjoyed this show years ago when I first saw it and had a much more limited exposure to adult anime material, this new viewing left me a fair bit colder to the material. There is a certain charm to it, much as there is with a lot of Pink Pineapple's work from the mid nineties and earlier, but the show just doesn't really click all that well for me anymore. It's setting and story progression just don't flow well together and things just happen for the sake of happening at times. There is definitely appeal here for the classic character designs and cel based animation, but it's a real toss-up depending on what you like in terms of sex and story for whether this will work or not.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,English Outtakes
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.