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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Kitty Media
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Immoral Sisters

Immoral Sisters III - Blossoming

By Chris Beveridge     February 28, 2006
Release Date: February 16, 2006


Immoral Sisters III - Blossoming
© Kitty Media


What They Say
Katori is attracted to an enigmatic new student at her University named Koshiro. She remembers his face from when he saved her younger sister from a band of rapists in the past. However, rumors abound that Koshiro is sleeping with his teachers, and has some kind of hidden agenda against the school and her mother. When Koshiro's plan goes into motion, Katori, her sister, and her mother will all be in on the action.

The Review!
Continuing in name only, Immoral Sisters journey's down the path that only those close together can enjoy.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its English language adaptation. The stereo mix is fairly standard for this kind of release where other than the music, very little of it really uses the stereo channels in any really effective way. Incidental sounds and dialogue are primarily center channel based and comes across clearly. We didn't have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback of either language track.

Video:
Originally released to video in 2004, the transfer for this two OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Similar to the two previous series, the animation quality is pretty good here but not quite as good as those overall. The transfer isn't flawless and nor are the masters in a sense as there's a constant amount of cross coloration and chroma noise going on here that affects nearly every scene. Many of the backgrounds simply seem alive with movement while anything that's red, such as the title of the book we see early on, shimmers strongly. The character designs have a mixed amount of cross coloration going on from where it'll look just a little fuzzy to full blown rainbows along them.

Packaging:
Using one of the promotional pieces for the second episode, the front cover is angled slightly and features a lengthwise shot of the two sisters in embrace with their clothes slowly falling down from them. It's just erotic enough without revealing too much but still hitting the mood just right. The back cover goes back to the normal layout and provides a couple of shots of the various women from the show in different states underneath the brief summary of the shows premise. The rest of the cover is filled out with the production and technical information. No insert is included with this release.

Menu:
Using some of the artwork from the back cover in line form, the static menu is definitely interesting to look at here with its mixture of whites and pinks.. It's all set to a brief loop of the instrumental song from the show and the menu navigation is pretty straightforward and simple. Access times are nice and fast and the disc correctly read our players' language presets and played accordingly.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The latest in the series to use the name Immoral Sisters, the third series feels the weakest so far but mostly because it doesn't have a sense of real urgency or danger to it, something that the first series had in spades. While it misses that, it does have plenty of good material about a pair of sisters who get caught up in a young mans lust and a young professors lusts.

The story doesn't have any true center I don't think but enough of it revolves around Shouichi, a student at the academy where this takes place. He used to be part of the swim team and a decent student but lately he's quit the team and his grades are slipping. A lot of this is attributed to the affair he recently started up with Professor Morisawa, an attractive young female professor who has plenty of fun with him. Shouichi's running into some trouble now though due to his grades getting so low so he works with Morisawa to steal the test questions from the principal office while he's away for a few days. It goes flawlessly until one of the former swim team members, Kotono, catches him in the act.

This actually works in Shouichi's favor in a strange way. Not long ago he rescued Kotono's sister from a group of rapist students but neither of them really said anything about it. Her sister, Suzuyo, has been pining in a way for Shouichi since and the two of them are aware of this to some level. So using Professor Morisawa's help, he's able to lure Kotono into a place where she can be taken advantage of by the principal in which case he has dirt on her now to keep her from going to the principal with what he's done. It all starts spiraling there as there's a plot about the principal's financial dealings that comes into play as the two sisters mother is actually on the board of the academy and she's come down to the school to find out exactly what's going on.

The plot for all of this is fairly straightforward but it takes a little bit for it to get going to the point where the show has a sense of danger and urgency to it. The first episode is decent and the cast is introduced but it just feels like it's lacking something. When it hits the second episode though, things go far less well for the women in the show as they're dominated from every which way and their mother is brought in to be dealt with as well. It turns into quite the family affair as Shouichi has his way with everyone in the principal's private dungeon. There are a few agendas working through the storyline from different characters though they all for the most part break down pretty fast as it turns into the only thing that can resolve it all is sex, sex and more sex.

The character designs for the show are pretty good in general, though they are marred a bit by the cross coloration that shows through here, with the sisters in particular coming across quite good. The professor has an interesting look to her but in general all of them have slightly rounder than normal faces to them which accents them a bit. The mother brings some classic and traditional feel to the show since she strolls about in her full kimono outfit with her hair up but they show her nasty side just as well when they strip her down. One of the things that makes the Immoral Sisters stories what they are is having the family members either working each other over or forced to watch and this show doesn't avoid that at all in the second episode.

In Summary:
While the weakest of the series so far, Immoral Sisters does play to what has made the series fun and that's family members doing the naughty under coercion. Though there are some flaws with the video that can detract, the show does manage to hit the high points in the story and action that I expected. There's also the added bonus that the English language adaptation follows fairly closely with hardly any significant deviance or "dated" remarks. This isn't the best of the series but it's certainly a worthy entry in the genre.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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