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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: 29.95
- 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. #3
By Chris Beveridge
May 13, 2005
Release Date: May 10, 2005
Kisaku the Letch Vol. #3
What They Say
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Oh, the purity of love! Kisaku has gained an admirer, but how can he stay with one woman when there is so much fresh meat around? He's on the prowl, and the annual university physical examinations after a partial examination after a partial opportunity. But Kisaku now has a rival named Sata. His sadistic tortures might win him an even bigger following than Kisaku and his varied perversions.The Review!
Bringing the series to a close, the final two episodes of Kisaku shows just what happens when you let your sex slave harem get too large and start to lose control of them. Or what happens when you let another man partake of your harem.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:
Putting him into the background a bit but in such a way that we get the women in the foreground and helpless, both Kisaku and Sada show their affection for Shouko in very different ways on this cover. 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 purple 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)
Kisaku hits its final two episodes here which is something few series really seem to do anymore, at least that get brought over here, in that it ran as long as it did. Most seem to peter out at two or maybe three episodes but the 'saku and Elf properties seem to sell enough to warrant a few extra episodes. These two close things out in an amusing manner though who knows if that epilogue after the second episode is real or not?
While other women move in and out of this volume, the focus is most definitely on Shouko. We get her early on when she does flirty stuff with Yuri, who eventually succumbs to a stalker and a rather long length of beads later on that even had my eyes going wide. Shouko's still the epitome of the rich girl who gets what she wants and uses herself as needed to ensure it happens. Her flirty stuff and very open way of speaking, at least around friends and non-family members, has her coming off as very experienced and knowledgeable about what she wants but at the same time sets her up for a fall. While Kisaku is out there adding more and more young women to his list of slaves, Sada ends up moving in on his territory a bit and gets his hands on Shouko.
Sada's not exactly a character I like in this series due to his particular fetishes and his facial expressions. With the help of the kogal that he helped claim with Kisaku in the last volume, he sets up a little trap for Shouko and captures her nicely. She's almost saved when her boyfriend arrives on the scene but he's knocked out of the picture before he really knows what hits him. Shouko then finds herself subjected to Sada's whims. His whims are in the enema style stuff so we get a fair bit of scatological moments here that just plain turn me off from the scenes in general, especially as Shouko tries to fight it but Sada's control is pretty strong and he has his way with her in far too many disturbing ways.
With so many slaves that aren't fully converted as they should be since Kisaku has spent time getting new ones, it's not surprising that one of them finds an opportunity to get back at him and with Sada messing with one of his favorite girls, this turns out to be perfect. The series has had something of a comedy bent to it from the start " much more so in the dub than in the Japanese " that the way it finishes out wasn't a surprise but I doubt that it's truly final.In Summary:
While not my favorite kind of material in general and the last disc is the weakest of the series, the show still had quite a bit of personality and style about it that it separated itself nicely from its predecessors and stands out against a lot of other shows on the market. The mixture of the really attractive character designs, the simplistic plot and the way they gave it an almost light sitcom kind of feel with the way Kisaku thinks and does things gave it a slight edge that worked. It definitely ended at the right time though as much more would have had the plot and characters so weighted that it would have collapsed. Fans of this kind of show will definitely enjoy it and it's not a bad one to try out if you're curious about this type of genre.
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.