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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Anime 18
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: La Blue Girl

La Blue Girl Returns Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     November 14, 2002
Release Date: November 12, 2002


La Blue Girl Returns Vol. #2
© Anime 18


What They Say
From erotic masterminds Toshio Maeda (Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend, Demon Warrior Koji, Demon Beast Invasion) and Rusher Ikeda (Venus 5, Twin Angels)!
Sex ninja Miko Mido thrashes the forces of evil with her sensual martial arts, but one thing she’s never been able to catch is a man of her own. Her new squeeze just might be Mister Right… or he may be in league with the lascivious forces of darkness. Just goes to show, supernatural sex fiends are pesky, but men are definitely evil. And hell has no fury like a sex ninja scorned!

The Review!
Though it’s been some time since the release of the first volume, as the fourth episode was being finished up in Japan, La Blue Girl Returns is definitely worth the wait. There’s just something about this series that I really find appealing.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The show continues to have a decent stereo mix though it’s far improved over the original release. The music and sound effects make better use of the forward soundstage with things feeling less like they’re center channel based. Dialogue is clean and clear on all three tracks and we noted no dropouts or distortions.

Video:
Much like the first volume, the transfer for these two episodes is fantastic. The colors are very vibrant and vivid, practically leaping off of the screen at times without being over saturated. The only visual problem we found with the transfer comes from the cross coloration that shows up in a few areas, such as characters hair on occasion or some of the more detailed areas like the lenses of glasses. It’s not rampant throughout but somewhat specific. Other than that, this is just a gorgeous looking release.

Packaging:
Going back to the classic style cover art, we get a great image of Miko being swallowed up by the red tentacles while wearing very little and in the background we get a soft image of a new character to the series. The back cover provides a few more bits of artwork, mostly of the demons themselves, and goes into a brief summary of the show and lists the discs features nice and clearly. The reverse side of the cover has some sexy artwork of Miko and Kanako engaged with each other while listing the discs chapters and the English cast listings (as no Japanese voice actor listings are available). There’s also the basic production credits here as well.

Menu:
I have to admit, the menus this time around really made me laugh. Going with the red tentacle imagery, those slide around the edge of the screen and the series logo, while muted in the background is Kanako’s image. The sliding tentacle forms a circle and some animation of one of the girls moaning plays there briefly. When you go to one of the submenus, the tentacle faces down and spurts out the new menu image. It’s just so perfectly done for this kind of series I couldn’t help but laugh and think fondly of it. Access times are nice and fast moving about and the layout for submenus is nicely done.

Extras:
There’s not much new here, and sadly no continuing commentary from the last volume. We do get about a minute worth of a video gallery of the La Blue Girl comic series and a two minute sketch gallery of black and white artwork for various pieces of the show. The storyboards to animation feature returns here again though, with it’s highly amusing pointer feature providing some good laughs for the setup.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Every time I see that little green bunny pop up prior to a show, I know I’m generally going to be entertained. La Blue Girl Returns has been no exception to that apparent rule.

After the previous volume, where the Mahoroba was the main threat that was trying to take over the Shikima world, Miko’s father has sent her and the other two girls on a specific mission to discover the passageway to the Shikima Brain so they can secure it and make sure they’re never threatened again. Of course, such a thing is rather difficult to do for anyone, even a sex ninja woman. But thanks to the modern thinking of Fubuki, they’re going to get on the internet and discover the information they need!

Since none of them have any clue what to do with a computer, outside of Nin-Nin who makes excellent use of the mouse, Miko gets the aid of Maho, the brother of a friend of hers at University. He offers to help easily enough, and after getting them and their site running, the two end up getting rather hot for each other, but have to slow up as Yaku and Fubuki arrive back. After seeing him off, the girls set up their stuff and end up with a response surprisingly quickly. Apparently a relative of the Miroku clan is in their very city!

This introduces a new character to the group, the pink haired Kanako, a young woman whose in nursing training that has learned some of the carnal arts from her grandmother, and was told that someday she would be called by the Miko clan to perform duties for them. That day has come in her mind when she discovered the keywords, and upon entering the room, practically takes Miko right then and there. Unfortunately, it was cut short! Kanako’s introduction is naturally well timed, as not long afterwards an incident happens where tentacles come flying out of the computer monitor and send Fubuki into a hallucinatory dream.

Wouldn’t you know it? Kanako is interning with a doctor who specializes in this! From here, things start to really build as the women all end up getting into the same hallucinatory dream, and discover a clan that works to protect the very existence of the Shikima Brain, and now that Miko and the others are looking for it, they must be eliminated. Throw in some past lives, past loves and a whole lot of tentacle sex in great full color glory, and this is a really fun couple of episodes. There’s some underlying subplots here and there about another race of demons trying to gain passage to the Shikima Brain as well as some amusing moments of Maho’s sister getting things going with Miko, but the main thrust tends to be the relationship between Maho and Miko in the past and how it’s affecting things now.

Much like I enjoyed the first volume, this one was a lot of fun, just without the gorgeous butterfly style designs. The level of visual quality in these OVA’s is amazing and while it’s hentai, it’s got a fun enough plot to follow along with, especially since they’ve managed to keep some kind of continuity going for so many years now with as few episodes as there are of this series. I can’t wait for more and hope they have some interesting things in mind to revisit it again in the future.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Storyboards,La Blue Girl Graphic Novel Preview

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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