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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: 29.95
- 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. #2
By Chris Beveridge
September 28, 2007
Release Date: September 25, 2007
Imma Youjo: The Erotic Temptress Vol. #2
What They Say
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Maya: unspeakably beautiful, her body drives men insane with desire. To touch her sensuous curves is to experience true ecstasy...
In a futuristic world, amazing robotic love dolls, capable of fulfilling men's wildest sexual fantasies, have become the norm in brothels. But robotics designer Ichiro seeks to create the perfect woman in both body and soul: an android beautiful beyond compare with the ability to learn, think, and love. Unfortunately, when you build perfection, everyone wants a piece of it...The Review!
Shifting gears to a new story, the second episode of this series proves to be one of the more enjoyable ones.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 third volume is pretty standard but I was glad to see some mildly amusing outtakes from the new dub that run about briefly. 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.
I have to admit, I was really impressed with this episode. While it does borrow heavily from other movies, it's woven in such a way that it's a lot of fun to watch, has characters you can actually care about and the adult scenes are well done. All without tentacles!
The first thing that's learned is that each disc in this series features a different "Maya" character. They're not interlocked, though maybe something of a "Maya throughout time/incarnations". You can pick up any of the discs and not be dependent on seeing the others. The storyline this time around focuses on a Blade Runnerish world and a man whose creating top of the line android prostitutes for one of the clubs that offers them. And with his androids, the club is becoming one of the, if not the, best one around.
Ichiro ends up creating his masterpiece in Maya though, using some illegal materials that the club owner secured for him as payment for the previous android. Ichiro decides to torch his place and heads off into the distant countryside so he can give Maya a chance to become something beyond a typical sexaroid.
The relationship that develops between the two is done quite well and without being forced at all. It really is a relationship as opposed to just easily set up sexual encounters, which adds to the drama as Ichiro and Maya are eventually found out. Things take a couple of wide turns at this point, but illustrate the one thing that's set in all of the Imma Youjo discs; things never stay the same once Maya enters the picture.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 it doesn't hold up quite as well as some other older shows. This episode flows better than the first and even with the turns it takes towards the end, it's the first half that works the best and makes it enjoyable. 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,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.