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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: F
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: JapanAnime
  • MSRP: 24.99
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Jiburiru

Jiburiru Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     July 29, 2005
Release Date: June 21, 2005


Jiburiru Vol. #2
© JapanAnime


What They Say


The Review!
Asumo begins his next plan to defeat Jiburiru after he puts his own little sex powered player through some discipline.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. It's the only language track included here as once again there's no dub for a new adult release. The track is a fairly standard stereo mix with a bit of directionality across the two channels that sounds decent if not terribly immersive. Dialogue is mostly center channel based but it comes across clean and clear and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2003, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. As with some of the better produced series out there, the source material here looks good with lots of bright vivid colors and some decent animation that doesn't show too many shortcuts. There is a small level of fuzziness to it however which is noticeable around the edges of the characters and particularly their hair. It doesn't come across as cross coloration though and it may not be as noticeable depending on your viewing distance. The colors generally look good and solid though there are some areas where you can see the color gradients, especially during the first minute or two of the show with the flashing red light. What I may have missed on the first volume or wasn't quite as visible, but this transfer has branding throughout the entire program with the 'JapanAnime' logo in the very extreme bottom right corner. Due to this, I consider the video edited all the way through, hence the grading. This is completely unacceptable in this day and age.

Packaging:
Using the original Japanese artwork, we get a really slick looking detailed piece of Rika transformed and on her knees as one of the tentacle creatures wraps around her. With the white background and the striking colors and nice line work, this is a fantastic looking piece. I don't like how they list the discs features along the bottom since it just isn't necessary. The back cover has a series of nine circular screenshots from the show with the summary done up in the middle that's awkward to read. In fact, nowhere on the release does it list what languages are available on the release which is a big miss.

Menu:
The main menu is a decent simple piece that has a slightly zoomed in version of the back cover as its static background. The top half puts the series name while the basic navigation is down along the bottom, the whole thing set to a brief loop of instrumental music from the show. They do combine the extras and setup menu though which I don't care for at all. Access times are nice and fast and with no English language dub on here the player presets are somewhat moot.

Extras:
The only included extra here is an image gallery done in slideshow format.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Much like the first volume of the series, this release ends up suffering from much the same problems that we noted there and over in Sex Warrior Pudding's Final Chapter release. While there are some visual problems with that level of fuzziness – as well as the seeming overexposure/brightness issue that's showing up in a lot of series these days – the subtitles once again look like they were done by someone whose never seen a subtitle track before. Honestly, I have to say that if I was responsible for this release and sat down and watched the show with subtitles, I'd be embarrassed to have my name associated with it at all. The extra spaces, improper punctuation usage and the overall layout of them is just terrible. The dialogue is at least easy to understand and doesn't border into Engrish territory but they're still close to that level.

After the introductions and encounters in the first volume, everyone is spending some down time trying to recuperate and plan for what's to happen next. On the bad guys side, Asumo is putting Otonashi through some punishment routines by having a number of guys take her in ways she doesn’t want since she can't do this to her when she's in her Misty May form. Otonashi takes it all in though and while she's not exactly enjoying it, she's enjoying it. For Rika and Naoto, things are going a bit differently. Naoto is up to performing for her as much as he can since she needs him for the transformation sequence, but she's actually a bit miffed at him since he's not doing all the kinky stuff that she needs to get the special attacks. He defends it by saying he still wants a normal relationship in addition to everything else and is just trying to make love to her once in awhile. What a change...

Amusingly, everyone takes some time off from the sex and they all end up going to the movies, even Otonashi ends up in the group which is a bit awkward though Rika and Naoto have no clue that she's really Misty May. This ends up leading to Asumo kicking off a new attack though and even Loveriel gets sucked into things and the tentacle action gets down on her in surprising ways. With Rika captured and Naoto being subjected to advances from Misty May, everyone's on the side they don't want to be on and are struggling to get out of it… well, as best as they can since even when this is going on they're still enjoying their situation on some base levels.

The quality of the release is pretty much on part with the first volume in terms of the animation, designs and execution. The comedy is a bit less though since it's more focused on a few other things but it's still there and has a bit of a bite to it. The character designs remain the same though Rika and Jiburiru gets more action this time around and it's nicely done.

In Summary:
Falling into the lighter realm of tentacle adult anime, Jiburiru still comes across as a fun little show with some really nice designs, good execution and just the right amount of humor to almost let it wink at itself but not quite. Unfortunately, much like the first volume, there's just too many technical issues overall that culminate in a difficult to enjoy release and one that we certainly cannot recommend to others, especially due to the branding logo.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Slideshow

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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