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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. #4
By Chris Beveridge
September 29, 2003
Release Date: October 31, 2001
Imma Youjo Vol. #4
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!
If you happen to be a woman in this brutal age of witch hunters, your life can be a short and unpleasant one. Worse, if you are suspected of witchcraft, you death can be slow and horrible preceded by torture and interrogation. And, worst of all, it�s very difficult to prove that you are not a witch�
Some of the king�s many investigators take perverse pleasure in their work and are not above torturing and abusing innocent women for their own amusement. Since they have the blessing of the crown, they are beyond reproach�and their methods do seem to be effective. Still, it�s obvious to some that these people�men and women�are a rather ignoble lot and should be stopped. Who, however, could do that?The Review!
Another trip into the past, this time to the darker days of the European countryside when witches were burned at the stake. You think they'd find better things to do with stakes in hentai though.
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 covers just this episode.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Taking an even bigger leap in character design, Maya in this dark ages European setting is a slightly curly haired blonde. And she's also a he!
Well, not really, but Maya's pretending to be a man in order to break a curse an old gypsy woman claims is on her. Her adopted father is an important count, close to death, and she's highly regarded in the military since she's managed to hide her gender so well for so long.
Things are close to changing though when one of the more sadistic counts, Count Pickingel, is in a big witch hunt mode under the authority of the king. He's grabbing up as many women as he can from various villages, torturing them until they confess, and then burning them at the stake. He's also got the King's right hand woman alongside (and above, and beneath) him, helping his path stay clear.
Of course, Mayatola (male Maya) is eventually found out, especially since she was interfering with the plans for the witch hunts, and is classified as a witch herself for deceiving people for so long. Things take a few odd twists after this, but nothing too out of the ordinary.
The one thing that sorta set me to not liking this episode is the design for Maya (semi-ick) and the torture episodes in the dungeon. Not my cup of tea. Otherwise, there are some pretty good moments, especially with the servant girl and the King's woman, Isobel.
Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Photo Gallery
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.