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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: C
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Kitty Media
- MSRP: 39.95
- Running time: 140
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Best of Kitty
Best of Kitty Vol. #3
By Chris Beveridge
July 05, 2002
Release Date: June 25, 2002
Best of Kitty Vol. #3
What They Say
© Kitty Media
Her name is Rei. Her code name: CHIMERA. The dark wasteland of the underworld is her home. People call her many things, but she is always known as an angel of death. Where Rei treads, she leaves nothing but death and grief. An expert marksman, a silent assassin, and more woman than meets the eye, but her dark secret will soon be exposed.
By the year 2114, the world is still a very dangerous place. Although technology brought some remarkable advances to our world, those same developments are often used for vicious and deadly crimes. Sihouettes - the highly advanced robots that can be controlled by your thoughts, even at a distance.
Considered to be one of the most significant breakthroughs of their time, their purpose has been twisted to serve those who only seek money and power. But our heroines, Rika and Sandy, will soon put a stop to that!
My Fair Masseuse
Times are hard for Moko, a sexually starved young woman eager to please men any way possible. She just wants a job that brings her pleasure and some money. So, driven by her passion to serve mankind, and encouraged by her friend, our heroine, Moko sets off to become the best masseuse ever!
Little does she realize that in her efforts to help her clientele relax, she would end up fulfilling many of their sexual fantasies as well. The job does have some drawbacks: avoiding an annoying peeping tom who believes he must save Moko from this life of debauchery, helping the elderly and even getting involved in a threesome just to spice up some couple's sex life. Are these drawbacks or does Moko have her hands full for once in her life?
But, ever cheerful, our gal Moko meets every challenge, with her perky attitude, and her perky breasts. So for a massage like you've never had before, come meet...My Fair Masseuse. The Review!Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to these shows in their original language of Japanese. Throughout all three programs, we were treated to your basic stereo mixes where the majority of the sound is coming through the center channel. Only the music in a few areas really took advantage of the stereo mix. Otherwise, this is a serviceable soundtrack with no dropouts or distortions that we could find.Video:
The transfer for these shows are pretty decent, though nothing mindblowing. My Fair Masseuse looked good but had some noticeable cross coloration and some brightness fluctuations in the anime itself, as opposed to the transfer. Sexorcist looked fairly ok with the exception of more cross coloration and grain as well as color banding than I�d care for, but that may just be age at this point. Packaging:
Designed similar to the two releases, the front cover features a nice format for showing pieces of each show and look appealing. The back cover mixes animation from each of the shows together in one string and then gives a brief summary of each of the episodes. Production information for all the episodes are also included here as well as the grid of disc features along the bottom. The insert has a shot of the Kitty mascot and lists the chapter stops for each of the shows.Menu:
The basic menu here is a nice shot of the Kitty mascot with the basic setup and play features. When you go into play, it prompts you to select the show you want as opposed to selecting on the main page. The menus are minimal with no animation or music but they do look slick.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With this release, there�s three separate tales to be told.
The first is something that I like seeing, the comedy hentai. Entitled My Fair Masseuse, we follow the life of Moko, a young woman who works as a masseuse and really loves her job. She�s always viewed it as a public service, but lately she�s learning that she does it because she just really loves sex. Since this is something apparently rare among women, her customers are among the most satisfied since they both really get into it and enjoy it. This show is broken down into little vignettes, such as the guy whose �stalking� her, believing she�s being forced into this life to Funaki, the chauffeur who nearly hits Moko and ends up getting invited to her parlor for a good time.
The show features some decent looking animation, but tends to focus on the comical such as super deformed moments and other cute visual bits. The graphic scenes are done quite well though, so the show is really all over the map. It�s cute, it�s funny and in the end, it�s a nice little show.
Sexorcist, on the other hand, bored me completely. I could feel my eyes just rolling around looking for anything better to see. It�s a science fiction show that takes place a number of years ahead where people have robots called Silhouettes, wherein you can control them from remote devices you wear. Part of the plot revolves around a new kind of Silhouette that can pass on the experiences better or something. But with completely unattractive designs for both the robots and the humans, and more b-movie plot than action, this one was just weak.
The longest of the three, clocking in just about 10 minutes under an hour, is Chimera. Though a 1997 release, the animation look and style is much closer to an 80�s manga to anime conversion. While the show does have its own visual style, I just couldn�t get into it in the slightest. The story revolves around a woman who becomes an assassin in the underworld of Hong Kong. She�s got things from her past that force her forward to do what she does. But less than twenty minutes in, the plot gets all twisty and the lead character turns into a hermaphrodite. This lets all kinds of action occur as the story goes forward, but I�d been tuning out fairly well before that, that it all turns into a blur.
Out of the three stories, only My Fair Masseuse played out well in story and animation. Sexorcist was one of those �what were they thinking in using robots like that? Kind of shows and Chimera just failed on several levels. It�s even worse if you listen to the dub. I do recommend My Fair Masseuse, but only if you can get the disc for a few bucks. The other 100 minutes of content just isn�t worth it.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.