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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. #5

By Chris Beveridge     September 29, 2003
Release Date: October 31, 2000

Imma Youjo Vol. #5
© Critical Mass Video

What They Say
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�s an often told saying that if it looks too good to be true then it probably is, and nowhere is that more true than here. When a job for a maid opens up in a luxurious mansion where the pay is wonderful and the duties light, only a fool would turn it down. Once in place though, women find that the job description might have been lacking a few points: they wind up the center of women unwanted attention! In efforts to outdo their peers, some members of a hyper-rich, elite clique representing the movers and shakers demonstrate their powers over everyone else�particularly mostly unwilling (and always young) women! For, in this rarefied group, nothing is prized so much as a slave who gives their life and body to their Master�and besides, it�s good theatre.

The Review!
A more modern tale here revolving around the drudgery of being a maid in a big mansion with hardly anything to do. Well, until she GOES BEHIND THE DOOR THEY TELL HER NOT TO GO BEHIND! Silly girl.

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)
Much like the fourth disc, something about this one just doesn't do much for me. Maya, now a nice raven black haired girl, takes the great job of being a maid in a really big mansion that doesn't have much going on inside.
Well, at least in the mansion proper. In one of the dark rooms off of the wine cellar however, the houses owner is building his collection. This collection, one of those kinds that the rich play at, is women who will do anything sexually for their master. Often the collections are sold off to others who aren't able to "create" such things, giving the owners both money and prestige as well as a chance to create yet another collection.

Naturally, Maya and the other maid end up becoming part of the collection and used to help raise their masters prestige. The other maid, Tomoka, doesn't go over all that well though, causing quite a stir among the social circle that the rich folks run in. Maya's performance however manages to excel both for the master and the masters son.

This episode didn't do a whole heck of a lot for us. While I really loved the Maya character design, the whole S&M stuff just doesn't make good hentai at times, and this definitely qualified for several parts of it. It's not a complete loss as there are a number of decent sequences, but it's not a standout favorite.

Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Photo Gallery

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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