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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: Kisaku the Letch
Kisaku the Letch Vol. #2
By Chris Beveridge
May 12, 2005
Release Date: March 15, 2005
Kisaku the Letch Vol. #2
What They Say
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Kisaku, professional letch and all-purpose pervert, is ready for a second round of blackmailing the local women into performing lurid sex acts. This time he's on the prowl at the beach, the hot springs, the hotels, the nurse's office and the playboy club. And, while quality is preferable over quantity, Kisaku has some plans for both.The Review!
Kisaku continues to add more and more slaves to his growing list of them though they don't all play as well as he'd like.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The show has a pretty standard adult fare stereo mix to it with most of the show being dialogue so that's fairly center channel based as it is, though the music and some of the ambient effects and squoosh sounds come from the left or right channels. We listened to both tracks on this release and dialogue on both of them is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.Video:
Originally released to video back in 2002, the transfer for the two OVAs on this release is clean and clear and problem free. These essentially look to be a direct port of the Japanese release sans the mosaic (in the show itself; the episode preview which is really just an advertisement as well keeps the mosaics) and looks great throughout. Colors are solid without being too saturated or bleeding, cross coloration and aliasing is non-existent and there are no gradient issues with the wide bands of color used throughout. This is a very eye-pleasing transfer from the start to finish, which retains the original Japanese credits and provides a translated batch afterwards.Packaging:
Kisaku's image is threatening in this release with how he appears on the side and takes up so much space and overlooks a few of his slaves as they lay in bondage. Much like the show itself, the cover has some good looking strong colors and a layout that works well for teasing and keeping things hidden just right and making you want more. The back cover goes with the blue and orange coloring style and drops in a number of other photographs as well as some separate illustration work of one of the girls. The shows summary is minimal but that's standard for a show like this and the discs production and technical information is all clearly listed and easy to find.Menu:
The menu layout uses the top image from the front cover of Kisaku and his girl for the static image and puts a blue band down the right side where the series logo is as well as the selections for it, all set to some pulse-pounding instrumental music that's occasionally interrupted by some camera flash sounds. The menu layout is very simple and fairly standard for Kitty releases these days; it looks good but doesn't have anything special to it. Access times are nice and fast and the menus easy to navigate. The disc also correctly read our players' language presets and played without issue.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the minor introductions out of the way and the continuity set from the previous incarnations of the show, Kisaku continues on his merry way in the second volume here as he happily adds more and more women to his list of conquests. His little rules get sprinkled throughout the show and they're pretty comical but do show his mindset. When he sets out to conquer a woman, he intends to do it so that she has no question left in her mind about who is in charge.
Kisaku gets some interesting new conquests this time around. One of them is a woman in an apartment complex whom he comes across and just can't not have. He's surprisingly quick about capturing her and before she knows it she's being hung outside on her balcony with a blindfold on for the world to see while he has his way with her. Though he doesn't take her completely, he's started his conquest of her and shifts the play into the bedroom where he dominates her completely. What's even more amusing is that after he leaves and her husband comes home, she's been dominated so much already that she can't bring herself to tell him about it. Late at night, she wakes up to go to the bathroom only to find Kisaku waiting there for her and he continues his methods of ensuring her loyalty to him.
The bored housewife is a fun little addition to his group of slaves but she turns up in odd places since she's become his so well. When Kisaku and his girlfriend are out on the beach after she insists on it, he's surprised to find that their little getaway is timed to the housewife's own getaway with her husband. Kisaku gets to continue his control of her there and though it's short there's a great scene of the two of them on the beach together. Kisaku also gets another slave lined up while out there on the hot sands with a cute little number that's friends with his girlfriend.
Using a couple of young girls of his, Kisaku lures the cute girl on the beach into his lair so that he can drug her and then have his way with her. She's definitely an attractive character and with the help of the other girls he's able to do everything he wants to her. What's priceless about this domination is that it doesn't take all that much for her to want to follow all his commands but also that she really falls for him. While the dubbed version talks about her wanting to have a baby with him, the subtitled version goes on about her wanting to marry him and keep him to herself even though she knows he'll just screw around. She's a great addition to the list and her different approach to this decidedly less than good looking guy is very amusing.
Kisaku's conquests continue to extend here as he gets some of the younger girls into his bed such as the pair of kogals (hey, they do have all over tans!) and then deals with the woman from the school who continues to give him so much grief. When he finds out that she did a brief stint as an adult video actress and he's got the tape for it. This lets him manage to capture her just nicely, as well as her date that evening, and it turns into quite the wild little party with enemas for everyone... With a mixture of different girls from this episode to the previous, the diversity is nice. And like the first volume of the series, the shows animation is rather good and the sex scenes throughout are among the more hardcore material though there is some minor scat in a couple of them.
And most amusingly of all, at the end of the volume there's a warning that rape is illegal. Just in case you forgot.In Summary:
Kisaku's definitely been the more enjoyable of the series from where it came from since it's not as focused on the scat as Shusaku was nor as bad as Isaku was. With cleaner looking animation and a bigger diversity with the number girls, Kisaku has much more to play with and his hunting grounds are all over the place instead of kept to just one school location. Though he's not a pretty guy by any stretch of the imagination, he's got something that lets him win these women over and he uses it as much as possible. Though not my favorite adult series, this volume has helped raise it up a bit more and I'm looking forward to more episodes.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.