Mania Grade: B
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: F
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B-
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Amorz
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 36
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen Letterbox
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Kininaru Kimochi
By Chris Beveridge
November 22, 2006
Release Date: October 30, 2006
What They Say
Rikako Sawada was here for an interview, Not knowing that she was getting fucked! She was changed into an elevator girl uniform. As she waited in the elevator, a man stepped in. Right after the door closed, the man started molesting Rikako. What will happen to her? Will she get the job?
Episode 2: (Wife In The Box)
The elevator stops suddenly. Trapped inside, a housewife and a salary-man. Inside, the man was seducing the housewife. He would picture her naked body, and imagine fucking her. Surprised at first, the housewife would gradually scream in delight. Will the two be all right in the closed elevator?
Episode 3: (Pervert Brassiere)
When the cursed bra is worn, she would be molested. However, the curious Yoko would trade it for her bra. Not knowing what would happen to her after. Inside the company elevator on her way home, The molesting would take place. Is it the magic power of the curse or the power of lewd and lust?The Review!
Three tales of sex in an elevator populate this release and each instance manages to be quite different and engaging in its own way.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its English language adaptation. The mix for the release is standard for an adult release in that it is mostly dialogue but the music here manages to stand out a bit more as part of a very solid mix, especially during the more crucial scenes. Most of the dialogue and ambient sounds come across well but are generally full sounding. We didn't have any problems on either language track with distortions or dropouts during regular playback.Video:
Originally released to video in 2006, the transfer for this series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio, though most sequences are done in 1.85:1 widescreen letterbox. The transfer overall looks to be in good shape but there are areas where the colors and backgrounds don't maintain a solid feel. During the second episode for example, the pan across the building at night shows a lot of movement in the dark grays and blues. There is a general softness to a lot of the show as well but that probably helps to hide a few of the issues and lets the large area of color look good and solid. We did have one significant issue though. Around 25 seconds in, there's a significant amount of problems for about a second where multicolored blocks display in the break-up of the image. It's easily repeatable on this disc, but may be specific to this disc. The black levels don't look too good though, you can notice in the letterbox area the rows and noise in it. One area that apparently doesn't bother most people as it does me, the show does have the company logo bug in the lower right corner. It is thankfully muted more on this release because it shows up in the letterbox section, but it's a case of once you know it's there your eye may be drawn to it.Packaging:
With three separate stories on here, the front cover does a decent job of merging them all together into one visual, one that has a bit of nudity on it no less. Most covers tend to tease or avoid showing anything specific. The character designs look good here and the colors bright and appealing, but the sideways episode title listings on the front of it leave a bit to be desired. The back cover is more straightforward as it provides the cover artwork to the original three releases and then a strip of shots from that episode and a summary to the right of it. The bottom portion of the cover lists out the disc technical information in the grid and uses some of the same design elements as the Japanese releases do. No insert is included nor is the cover reversible.Menu:
The design for the menu for this release goes for the extremely simple as it provides just the episode selection with a picture and subtitle for each one, the play all selection and the setup section. The background is just shades of purple and all of it is set to a bit of instrumental music from the series. Even as simple as it is, the menu is easy to navigate and access times are nice and fast. The disc didn't properly read our player presets and defaulted to English language with English subtitles. Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Kininaru Kimochi is an interesting release in that it was originally three shorts that were released on separate discs in Japan. Thankfully, these are all combined into one release here since ten to twelve minute episodes just wouldn't fly even for those who buy the adult releases.
The individual stories here are all simple, giving the show more of a vignette feel than anything else. They provide a quick setup for the story and then go right into the action. The first story centers around a young woman named Sawada who has started work as an elevator girl for a big business. It turns out that the people who are in control of the company utilize the elevator as a "secret room" which can be locked up. Selecting elevator girls, they send them off to work and step in themselves so they can take advantage of them without any fear.
The second episode is elevator based as well but done in a different manner. It revolves around a housewife and a salaryman who end up getting stuck in the elevator. The guy is fairly forthcoming in his sexual desires as he talks about them and it leads to her getting rather aroused by all of it. It doesn't take too long before he can barely hold back and starts to have his way with her. The elevator is also the focus in the third episode in which a pair of girls, one supposedly wearing a cursed bra, enter an elevator filled with nothing but men in black. With such a tightly packed elevator, the men in black don't take long to get down to serious business with them.
The designs for the show are very appealing as the animation and overall quality is something that's higher than a lot of the cheaper shows that have been coming out lately. Each of the women are well designed and manage to avoid anything that's too generic looking. The sex scenes are also pretty good and manage to have that short burst of intensity to them since the episodes on average are about twelve minutes long. A portion of those episodes are given over to a series of stills at the end with a lot of Japanese text that is unfortunately not translated. I'd suspect that they were credits but since they all run together I can't be sure what it is.In Summary:
Kininaru Kimochi is a fun little piece but one that won't appeal to a lot of people because of its heavy rape nature. The women in here are completely taken advantage of, regardless of how much they seem to enjoy it, and that doesn't appeal to some. The show is very well animated for the most part but the disc could be a good deal better when it comes to the video quality. This is a title that I would have liked to have seen get a much better release since it has some very good looking animation. And while it won't bother most people, it bothers me to no end that there is a company logo bug in the lower right corner.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic DMP-BD10 Blu-ray player via HDMI -> DVI with upconversion set to 1080i, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.