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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
  • MSRP: 39.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Koihime

Koihime Box Set

By Chris Beveridge     October 24, 2001
Release Date: October 24, 2001


Koihime Box Set
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
Featuring the voices of adult film stars Kobe Tai & Houston. Musashi, returns to his home town for a summer vacation. While there, he meets four amazing girls, Nami (played by Kobe Tai), Anzu, Suzaku (played by Houston) and Mayuki. Recalling little from his childhood, he does not remember the girls but they remember him. Musashi is taken with the advances of Nami and spends a sweet and heavenly night with her. Anzu discovers what has happened between them and desires Musashi as well. Musashi is torn between the lustful advances of these four mysterious girls from his childhood...

The Review!
The two episode Koihime series is presented across two discs and while that part is annoying, the quality of the transfers and the quite good story certainly go a long way towards making it worthwhile.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The show is pretty much vocal-driven, with plenty of talking and other vocalizations, both of which come across nice and clear. There's a fair amount of ambient effects with things like the rain and thunder coming across quite well. The music is nice if a bit subtle throughout, but the show in general provides a nice solid soundtrack.

Video:
Originally released in 2000, this show boasts some great looking production values. The animation is crisp and vibrant with a lot of attention paid to shading, which translates gorgeously here. The only problems we had with the transfer occur on the second disc where there's a fair bit of cross-coloration associated with one character (the flying Tengu clan chief, who has a lot of tightly drawn lines on his outfit and hair). Outside of that, this is a beautiful transfer. Looking at the daytime sky backgrounds with the lush blues, it looks fantastic on our gear. There's a lot of bits devoted to each episode on each of the discs, with each one running about 2.5 gig each.

Packaging:
Each of the keepcases is nicely presented once you get past the standard inclusion of the Totally Uncensored and the adults-only warning. Each features some nice character artwork on the front cover, though things get obscured by the addition of the voice actresses pictures. The back covers give good summaries of things as well as laying out all the technical information and what's included. The only thing not listed is the running times on each disc. The box itself uses the cover art from the second volume on the front while the back is a combination of the backs of each of the keepcases. This set contains no inserts.

Menus:
NuTech's menu's continue to look good and work great with a nice mix of the shows animation and music forming a layered look. This time around the thunder and lightning from the show is used here to give a slightly eerie feel to the menus. Access times are nice and fast and everything is laid out nicely.

Extras:
Two sets of the voice actresses video photo galleries are included here (and being a Kobe Tai fan, I can't complain) while the actual anime-related extra is a video image gallery with stills from the show.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
To make things easy for those who prefer one type over the other, the encounters in these two episodes are all consensual.

Koihime is centered around a young man in college named Musashi whose come back to the remote and fairly well hidden village where his grandmother lives. He hasn't been here in fifteen years, but has decided to take a vacation for some reason and visit. Before we see him make the journey there though, we get a small flashback to his younger days when he stayed there. We see him and four young girls all letting each other prick their skin and lick the others blood as some kind of game/ritual. This is something kids do, but this time it has some more serious consequences.

Once back in this village, it seems like it's from another time almost. The villagers are all agricultural related, the buildings are old but well lived and the feel is definitely from a time long ago. Musashi spends some time with his quite surprised grandmother, but it's not long before three of the four girls end up coming across him. During the second meeting, the quite attractive Nami offers herself up to him as it's been a dream of hers for ages. Unfortunately, Musashi can't seem to remember any of these girls from his time spent here, but hey, he's a college guy being propositioned by hot women.

As he makes his way among the women and with the local village chief, the mystery of his forgotten memories and his dealings with the various girls becomes known. It's not a terribly difficult to guess one after the first half of the first episode, but it's a pleasant enough show. The characters are all well designed and animated, the plot is simple but nice and the characters are all quite fun to watch. If anything, this show suffers from being too short as when it ends (and it ends with some nice finality), you wish there was more.

This is an easy set to recommend for hentai fans who want something with good characters and no violence, tentacles or other related things that have given hentai a bad stigma. I'd almost say this is the good kind of hentai guys can watch with their girlfriends. At least more so than things like Urotsukidoji. Even with it being two discs, there are places where you can find these titles discounted by half, making it a good purchase. Very recommended.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Voice Actors Photo Galleries,Art Gallery

Review Equipment
oshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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