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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Critical Mass Video
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 45
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Imma Youjo
Imma Youjo Vol. #2
By Chris Beveridge
September 29, 2003
Release Date: October 31, 2000
Imma Youjo Vol. #2
What They Say
© Critical Mass Video
Throughout history, an elemental force roams the world, bringing death and destruction. Upon seeing her, men and women willingly bring down their societies for just a few moments of contact with her body. She exists only to destroy and legends precede her appearances. She's as evil as she is innocent, as retiring as she is seductive, and as beautiful as she is terrifying. She is--Maya. Warning: Contains graphic violence and sexual situations; absolutely not for viewers under 18 years of age.
Hers is a tragic destiny: even she is powerless to stop the destruction that she brings. Not a demoness. Not a witch. She is far more powerful than either. She is a force of nature who possesses a horrible sexual talent to utterly destroy everything she comes in contact with. Many have tried to if not stop her at least slow her down and escape, but how does one slow a Hurricane or Earthquake? And Maya is more powerful than either�and more seductive than anyone ever seen!
There are craftsmen in this world and then there�s Ichiro: what comes out of his workshop is unique and highly sought after. His client list includes the richest and most powerful (sometimes also the most dangerous) members of society. In fact, you might thing (and may do) that his mechanical women are better than human�they�re always willing and contain a number of enhancements that no flesh and blood creature could ever have.
Although people say his creations are truly magnificent, Ichiro doesn�t agree. He won�t be satisfied until he creates something special, even for him. He wants the perfect fusion of mechanical and biological women to call his own�but surely this is an impossible.The Review!
Take a little Blade Runner, mix in some cool concepts from Strange Days, do it in anime style and get the women folk naked. Imma Youjo 2 fills the bill nicely in just such a way.
As with the first disc, the only audio included is the Japanese track. Dialogue is clean and undistorted throughout as well as the high notes achieved by the women in their moments of passion. There's hardly anything in the way of directionality here, though the ambient music makes decent use of the left/right speakers.
For the most part, a pretty solid transfer with no problems beyond a few rainbows here and there and the occasional jaggie. Blacks looked solid and the areas that are intentionally soft look good without breaking up.
While not as strongly noticeable as it was with Cool Devices, Imma Youjo definitely lets the consumer know it's not for kids! Once you get past the warnings, you've got a fairly dark but well done front cover that's not really that big on titillation but more on danger with Maya running away with her clothes in tatters. The back cover gives a series synopsis as well as an episode synopsis and a few shots of the animation. No insert is provided.
These are pretty well done menus. There's music playing in the background and the main page has a pretty decent amount of animation playing throughout it. Selections are accessed quickly.
The only extra included is a brief video photo gallery that seems to cover the entire series as opposed to just this episode.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
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 illustrates the one thing that's set in all of the Imma Youjo discs; things never stay the same once Maya enters the picture.
Of the five discs in this series, this is by far my favorite one. It's the most human of all five and the most accessible to non-hentai fans.
Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Photo Gallery
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