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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. #3

By Chris Beveridge     October 28, 2007
Release Date: October 30, 2007

Imma Youjo: The Erotic Temptress Vol. #3
© Critical Mass Video

What They Say
Maya's Unspeakably beautiful, her body drives men insane with desire. To touch her sensuous curves is to experience true ecstasy¦

Two mercenaries, Jyurota and Shinbei, set out over the mountains in search of a new employer, but instead, they end up rescuing a gorgeous damsel in distress named Maya. Lured by the promise of good food and better company, they follow her to an enormous palace where they meet Maya's master: the beautiful, raven-haired princess Akina. Lacking male companionship for so long, Maya and Akina both seem hungry for the men, but something doesn't seem right. How are these two women managing to survive all by themselves in a harsh world?

The Review!
Women and spiders, living together, having sex… what has the world come to?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ah, the good old days of feudal Japan. Where a wandering warrior could stumble across an exiled princesses castle and find himself being easily seduced by her. Never mind that whole spider demon thing though! Imma Youjo goes back in time with a tale of two women living in the deep forest on a mountain side. Maya's the servant girl who was abandonded in the forest many years ago who works for the exiled daughter of a noble's mistress named Akina. Maya gets rescued by two warriors who are trying to cross the mountain before nightfall after hearing the tales of men being devoured alive by something.

Shinbei is automatically attracted to Akina once he meets her, and in his own amusing way does his best to make a good impression and seduce her. Akina though is already ready to be seduced and makes a few of the first moves. Jyurota falls pretty hard for Maya, and each couple manages to pair off fairly easily and enjoy themselves... at least until the spider demon makes its presence known and the dying starts.

The animation style is pretty similar to the past episodes, though the character design for Maya is slightly different, at least in hair color and little bits here and there. Akina seems to actually get more screen time than Maya, but everyone makes out in the end. Oh man, that is just too bad of a pun. I apologize. While not my favorite of the series, the third episode of Imma Youjo 3 pretty good stuff. No tentacles, unless you count a spider leg or two.

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. The story for this episode is a bit more familiar in theme as opposed to the science fiction pieces seen previously. It does go in an odd direction with the spider-sex but sometimes you just have to go with the flow. 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

Review Equipment
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.


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