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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • 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: Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

By Chris Beveridge     November 07, 2005
Release Date: November 29, 2005


Internal Medicine
© Kitty Media


What They Say
Makoto has studied his whole life to become a doctor. He's looking for revenge, on the doctor of a failed operation who has a scalpel scar across his left hand. After finally being assigned to the right hospital, Makoto finds that the entire staff is involved in something suspicious. He decides to sleep his way to the truth, squeezing a confession out of one nurse after another until he makes his way to the top!

The Review!
With a hidden agenda, Doctor Sugiara finally arrives at the hospital where his nemesis resides.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The series has a fairly standard stereo mix where the dialogue is very much center channel based with little really filling the stereo channels while the music and ambient sound effects are the ones that work those channels nicely. There's a lot of dialogue in this show so the center channel gets a good workout. Dialogue is clean and clear and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2004, the transfer for this OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The source materials for this show are in fantastic shape with a crisp clean transfer. The colors are full and vibrant with a smooth look throughout that has practically no real noise or break-up throughout it. Each of the episodes are left in their original form and logo as well as the end credits while being followed at the end of the second set of episodes with a translated credit scroll. The transfer is free of pretty much any of the usual problems as it doesn't have any noticeable aliasing or cross coloration, leaving you to just enjoy the visuals.

Packaging:
The front cover artwork is an interesting piece as it has one of the nurses in a state of ecstasy as she bends in a nearly inhuman manner, but it's the way it's done with a pinkish purple filter and the full black background combined with the small logo strip along the bottom that gives it a really interesting feel, one that really stands out strongly. The back cover mixes a string of different shots of the girls across one end to the other that look great with lots of detail and colors to them set against a white background. The summary is very minimal with the rest of the space taken up with production information and the technical grid. No insert is included in this release.

Menu:
The layout for the menu takes the character elements from the front cover with a close-up of her face " complete with the string of... saliva " while the navigation strip uses the thin style of the logo from the front cover set to a bit of techno-style music. It's a very simple but effective menu with a great look that sets the mood perfectly for the show. Access times are nice and fast and the disc did not read our players language presets correctly as the first subtitle track is sign/song and not the full track.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Internal Medicine is the latest in a long line of the varied adult medical anime field. Unlike a lot of them though this is the kind that can serve as a bridge from the more basic and standard fare to some of the nastier fare out there as it does quite hit the scatological material but in the immortal words of the kids from South Park, it's a sticky situation.

The two episode show is focused around the relatively young doctor Sugiara who has been working his way through the medical profession at different places with a hidden agenda. Through flashbacks interspersed throughout the show, we learn of how as a young boy he and his mother learned of his sister's death when she had gone in for some simple electrolysis but ended up dying on the table. Sugiara didn't know the doctor's name (nor apparently could ask his mother) but he remembered the double-handed handshake and became a doctor so he could track down the guy and make him pay for what he did. After all this time, he's now landed in a new hospital where the director has just introduced him and given him a double handshake, revealing exactly who he is.

With a patient in the past that died in such a strange manner, it's not surprising that the doctor had other issues along the way before he moved up to the position of director and basically became hands-off with patients for the most part. He's ended up with people that have kept his secrets and have their own, such as one of the other doctor's in the hospital who has his way with some of the nurses and a group of nurses who are actually the director's own daughters. When Sugiara uses his less than honest means to start figuring out how power is held in the hospital, he starts making his plans to take down each of the daughters one by one and making them his sex slaves so that he can have the leverage he needs against the director and exact his revenge.

The plot for the show is obviously paper thin and there were probably hundreds of different ways that Sugiara could have figured out who his sister's doctor was without becoming a doctor himself but the end result is that we do get a nice fun little adult medical show here. The shows sex scenes are of the standard explicit nature but they bring in some of the medical stuff such as opening the girls a bit wider at times. Unlike some of the hardcore medical shows, there isn't any real scatological material in here but Sugiara has a real fascination with the back ends of the girls, hence the sticky situation we talked about earlier. As he makes his way through the various sisters, he comes up with different methods of dominating them but he always gets something inside of them where they least want it.

With this not being a top tier adult title, you can imagine that the English language adaptation is less than accurate in a few ways. While the main storyline remains intact, the bulk of the rest of the dialogue is very liberally adjusted to make it more... well, comical is the only thing I can imagine because the thought of people becoming even more aroused by the script writers idea of "dirty talk" almost makes me laugh even more. During one scene where one of the nurses is being taken from behind, Sugiara in the Japanese version is either saying very little or just grunting, but in the English adaptation he's saying things such as "You're a train and I'm going to ride you! Choo Choo!" When he flips her over onto her back and resumes his business, his phrase is "Now we're going uphill!" This isn't even the tip of the tip to the kinds of changes that are the norm for the secondary level titles that get dubbed and the changes could fill volumes of awful dialogue.

In Summary:
Internal Medicine is a pretty solid mid range adult title that has some good looking character designs, solid animation, good sex scenes and paper thin plot that allows you to watch it without any serious commitment. It runs between the hardcore medical stuff and the more tame material out there so that those who've gotten a foothold into adult anime don't get completely shocked when going up to the really nasty stuff out there. This is an easy one to recommend for an hour of decent fun with cute girls getting their medical check-ups.

Features
Japanese Language,English 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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