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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Kitty Media
  • MSRP: 24.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Immoral Sisters

Immoral Sisters

Immoral Sisters DVD Review

By Chris Beveridge     February 08, 2010
Release Date: March 02, 2010


Immoral Sisters
© Kitty Media

Blackmail is the name of the game as a father and son compete to prove who has the bigger pair.

What They Say
At one time, Yukie was an ordinary housewife. But a fateful traffic accident has put her into debt, as she must pay a significant settlement to a CEO's son. Unable to settle things financially, she must offer her body in exchange. The tawdry arrangement eventually involves more and more members of her family until practically every single member is sucked into it. Will the women of the family be able to find the strength to break out of the cycle of exploitation, or will they give in to the lust and embrace it?

The Review!
Audio:
This release retains the original bilingual tracks that were found on the NuTech release back in 2002. The English and Japanese languages are presented in stereo and encoded at the standard 192kbps. Being a standard hentai series based in the real world, there's little here beyond the usual sounds, which means little in the way of directionality in either the forward soundstage or anything going to the rears. Dialogue is nice and clear however and the music sounds good, filling up the entire area.

Video:
Originally released in 2000 and 2001, the transfer for this three part OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The original NuTech releases were done a single episode per disc with a high bitrate and Kitty Media matches that but with a single disc for it all. Colors are beautiful, cross coloration non-existant, backgrounds perfectly solid and no hints of macroblocking at all. The quality of the source materials is shown off well here and even a decade later the animation stands out just as strongly as it did back then, holding its own with new shows released recently. Kitty has good materials to work with here and the end result is spot on beautiful.

Packaging:
This release uses the same character artwork as the original but with a very different background. While the original was appealing in that it was all pink and girly, which provided a stark reminder of what the show was going to be contrasted with, this one has the two sisters in front of a forest scene with leaves falling around them. The logo is done sideways which feels a bit off with the artwork being normal but I liked the inclusion of the rose petals falling off of the flower itself. The dark colors are definitely more appropriate for the background here and it gives it a much more foreboding feeling. The back cover has another good coupling shot of the two sisters along the left where they have wide eyed innocent looks but that’s contrasted as well by the small strip of very dirty yet clean shots from the show. The summary breaks down the premise well and mixes in a good dark feeling to it as well. The rest of the cover is given over the standard production information and a solid technical grid that lists everything clearly.

Menus:
The menus are fairly standard fair for Kitty though they get a little extra nod this time around for giving the fans of the previous release a little love. The character artwork from the front cover is used but it’s set against the pink backdrop that we had with the cover of the NuTech edition which I do like as I think each brings something different to the show. The navigation is the basic breakdown on the left side with the usual selections as there are no extras to be had here but it’s all serviceable and quick and easy to use. Submenus load fast and the layout is easy to navigate, though as is the usual for a Kitty release it doesn’t read our players’ language presets.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Originally  released by NuTech Entertainment back in 2002 as three single volumes in a paper thin box, Kitty Media spent the years later acquiring all the sequels to it. They’ve now managed to land the original – and the best of them from my recollection – with the first Immoral Sisters OVA series. The show has held up far better than expected considering it came out a decade ago in Japan and even stands well against many adult productions out today. The show was the kind of series that was extremely common, at least among licensing companies, back in 2002 when it came out here with its dark nature and the blackmailing.

The story doesn't exactly have a main focus for characters, though you could consider the daughters to be them. We're introduced to Taketo, a roguish young man whose desire for cute blonde named Yumi is denied because she ends up going to work for his father. His father has plans for her as a private secretary, but you know that he's just going to twist her nicely to his own desires. Taketo knows this as well and vows to outdo him, to show him what he can do and earn his respect.

So Taketo engineers a car accident to happen between him and a housewife named Yukie. Yukie's husband is out of the country on business for an extended length of time, so she's unable to pay the 200,000 yen that Taketo claims for damages. To settle out of court, she agrees to do anything Taketo asks. And so Taketo begins his conquest of her and to bring her to his ways.

It's also around this time that Taketo's father, who’s apparently also the school chairman in addition to the owner/president of Nogawa Industries, begins to take advantage of Yukie's two daughters by having his private secretary warm them up much as he did to her years ago. Through various setups, Yumi gets each of the daughters into the chairman’s hands. The girls find out what's happened to their mother in the agreement that she signed, so they end up participating to try and lessen things on her.

There are a number of sequences throughout the three episodes and a number of them work quite well. You get some of your usual fetishes taken care of nicely here but without some of the nastier aspects seen in a previous release called Blackmail. It's also worthwhile to watch the entire ending sequence with the various pictures and panning around the group on the bed as it's beautifully drawn and very stylistically done.

In Summary:
Immoral Sisters was a show where I found myself starting to enjoy it more for what the adults were doing more than the sisters, since the mother had a lot more going for her in just about all departments. All these years later, the release really does look just as fantastic as it did before and Kitty has put together a solid release that looks great and deserves more exposure. I’m sure we’ll probably see a full series compilation at some point with the two labeled sequels that they have, but this release has long deserved a re-release after the loss of NuTech and Kitty has given the fans what they should have had the first time around. Though it’s got a lot of non-consensual material in it, it’s one of the few shows from this realm that I really do heartily recommend if you’re looking for something beyond the vanilla but also a good title for older fans to rediscover and enjoy.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

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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