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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Kitty Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Jiburiru

Jiburiru Second Coming Vol. #2

The fun comes to a conclusion

By Chris Beveridge     September 03, 2009
Release Date: June 23, 2009


Jiburiru Second Coming Vol. #2
© Kitty Media

The battle against Rococo and her Eternal Worm comes to a climax, repeatedly.

What They Say
With the last close encounter with their enemy ending with a very satisfied demon, Naoto and Hikari are now even more determined to rescue the first devil angel. Unfortunately, every minute wasted is more time that poor Rika is sexually tortured by Rococo and the faithful tentacles at her command. Will the heroic couple be able to rescue their friend and lover before she is twisted into something that is more devil than angel? Their heavenly companion Luvriel may have something that can help out, and it looks like some loving is the only thing that can save the world again.

The Review!
Audio:
Kitty Media runs with a pretty standard adult stereo encoding here with the bilingual release getting done at 192kbps. The show isn’t a surprise when it comes to the audio as it features a decent mix overall across the forward soundstage with some moments of directionality here and there. In general however, it’s a rather standard mix for an action adult show as it’s all about the screaming and the booming effects or the shredding of clothes. The release comes across well on both tracks and we didn’t have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2007, the transfer for this OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Kitty Media has given this a very solid run through with the encoding as the bitrate averages in the eights and it helps considering the overall quality of the animation and the amount of motion in it. The end result is a very pleasing transfer with strong colors and no serious impact with noise or cross coloration. Some of the panning sequences introduce a fair bit of judder but these are very few and far between and are entirely source related. The production values of the show are good overall with only a few noticeable corners cut here and there which results in a very good looking show that looks strong even on a larger set.

Packaging:
The second installment mirrors the first in that it’s bright and cute, very appealing even if it does push the innocence just a bit too much. The central focus is on the two girls in their transformed modes, hugging each other with hands interlocked and big smiles on their faces. It’s very cute but also really very sexy. Lots of bright colors are around them and a very upbeat feeling that’s only given a bit of an inversion by the logo with its hellish flames in it. The back cover does provide a bit more insight into what the show is really about though with some of its shots from the show, though it isn’t too explicit and only has a handful that are racy at best. The summary runs through the basics while the remainder is fleshed out with the standard warnings and a good technical grid. With lots of shots from the show, it’s a very colorful back cover that certainly showcases the strength of the series with its character designs.

Menu:
Kitty Media utilizes their packaging artwork for their menus so what we get on the cover is what we see here, though it’s more of a close-up shot of the two girls in their transformed mode than a full length shot. The artwork looks more vibrant here with the colors having more pop to them and that adds more life to it. The navigation strip is straightforward and easy to use and with a brief loop of instrumental music, it all comes together in a fairly standard and serviceable fashion that works for the series. Submenus load quickly and like just about every release from Kitty Media, player presets weren’t applied and we had to utilize the menu to get it set up properly.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In some ways, Jiburiru is a show that I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy because there’s only so much you can do with something like this. We’ve seen tentacles plenty of time and we’ve seen cute young girls caught up in the big demonic situation as well. Jiburiru doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, but they manage to execute it really well with good pacing, plenty of fun scenes and some really striking animation. In the end, just like in the real world material, it all comes down to whether those involved are appealing. And in Jiburiru, the characters are all appealing as is their costume design and portrayal.

The second half of Jiburiru: Second Coming works off of what came before by having Rococo working her evil deeds in order to take down Aries and all those that are friends of hers. Her Eternal Worm is growing by leaps and bounds within the school building and she’s got Rika fully under her control there, working her over pretty hard in both episodes by taking her to new levels of pleasure that she loves to experience but hates herself for experiencing. The scenes are set as the lead-in for each episode and the bulk of the culmination for the second episode when everyone else heads off to attack her there after discovering what’s happening at the school. The tentacles of the Eternal Worm aren’t anything new, but they perform admirably with those that fall sway to its tentacly nature.

Where a good chunk of the show deals in is the relationships that Nao has with the women in his life. His relationship with Hikari is obviously a little problematic since their half brother and sister and Hikari finds herself only wanting to be with Nao over and over. Luv-chan has her little moments of encouragement for her in trying to mate since it helps increase the Amore level and the scenes between the two are really nicely done. One of them involves a threesome with Luv-chan helping out some, though she doesn’t get too terribly involved overall as Nao doesn’t really do anything straightforward with her, rather she helps to excite Hikari over all of it even more. At the same time, Hikari and Nao have some fairly tender scenes as well which is really nice as it adds to their connection just right and makes the relationship feel a bit more natural. Nao of course will still do anything that moves.

The cast overall makes a number of good appearances to different levels, such as Rika having a good scene against her nemesis while dealing with the tentacles and Meimei gets in on things too when she gives herself to Hikari in order to stave off destruction. All of it is very nicely done and each of the scenes with all of the characters has a lot of appeal. Though there are obviously non-consensual scenes because of the nature of tentacles (you don’t see too many consensual-tentacle scenes!), the bulk of it is all people who want to get into it and then do so without too much inhibition once it’s underway. That alone is appealing since a willingness to engage in this kind of activity compared to those who want nothing to do with it and are taken against their will gets old after awhile. There’s something far more fun when all the participants are willing and engaged in the situation. Tentacles excepted.

In Summary:
The first series proved to be a lot of fun and Kitty Media did well in snapping up the second series as it’s just as much fun. With great character designs, fun costumes and some very solid animation, Jiburiru: Second Coming hits just about everything right. Tentacles will keep some away, but they’re so few and far between these days that they’re actually refreshing to see. The consensual scenes are spot on and the character are actively and happily engaged in the majority of the activities here which are very strong and appealing. Though it took nearly a year between releases, it’s worthwhile and one that’s definitely worth spending the time to hunt up.

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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