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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Kitty Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Last Train to Gropesville

Last Train to Gropesville

By Chris Beveridge     April 23, 2009
Release Date: February 24, 2009


Last Train to Gropesville
© Kitty Media

After being convicted of a crime he says he didn’t commit, Kouichi returns to exact his revenge on the women involved.

What They Say
On her morning commute, a young woman witnesses a guy molesting a woman on the train. Though she does not try to stop him or call for help, she does do something about it: she pleasures herself. She soon gets caught up in the pervert's world, becoming a willing victim and a recruiter for his dirty games. She then ups the ante, luring her hot friends into the trap. All aboard!

The Review!
Audio:
The Last Train from Gropesville gets a good bilingual mix for its release with both language tracks being a standard stereo mix encoded at192kbps. Kitty Media continues to get dubs for its adult releases, this time from Swirl, and that side of the show pretty much mirrors the Japanese side when it comes to the technical presentation. It’s a dialogue driven show with nothing really here outside of the music to give it any life, so the standard stereo mix serves the material well. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback of either language track.

Video:
Originally released in 2007, the transfer for this two part OVA series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is enhanced for anamorphic playback. The show has a lot of very vibrant colors to it with the character animation and almost harkens back a touch to the overly digital shows rom years ago. The colors are quite varied and done in a real world style for the backgrounds. The transfer captures this quite well as there’s really little issue here outside of some background noise in a few scenes and a touch of cross coloration for an instant or two. This release doesn’t feel like some other shows with a very polished feel, but it has a strong look to it and the transfer brings that out well.

Packaging:

This cover does look a bit more like the visual novel games than an anime release in some ways because of the character design and the style used. The only character here is Kanon as she’s all tied up and hanging in chains as her outfits is being pulled away from her and she has that weak and slightly scared look to her. The logo done sideways and uses the electronic format that you do see in trains and subways which looks fun and nicely done though a bit awkward at first. The back cover is a fair bit simpler as it’s mostly made up of stills from the show that let the women stand out as well as the guy. The summary is very small but that’s understandable considering the actual plot. The production credits round out the bottom along with a very good technical grid that’s very clean and clear. No show related inserts are included nor is there a reversible cover.

Menu:
The menu design takes the character artwork from the front cover and puts it to one side. The artwork looks more vibrant and detailed here than on the cover and it certainly sets the mood for the show. The navigation strip is along the side and it has the basics that you’d expect since there isn’t anything on the disc besides the show and some trailers for other series. Submenus load quickly and it’s easy to navigate but unfortunately the release did not read our players’ language presets and defaulted to English with sign/song subtitles.

Extras:
None.

Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
One of the more popular subgenres of the hentai world is that of the train fantasy where so many wonderful things happen. The Last Train to Gropesville obviously deals with the train and they deal with some fairly predictable material there. With the two episodes here, there is an underlying story to what’s going on but it isn’t until the last ten minutes or so that it starts to really come out. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as it means that the bulk of the show is about the sex and the situations. Without that little bit of back story though, it isn’t given anything bigger to hang onto in order to tell the story. You’re left wondering – maybe even hoping – that there’s a real reason behind all of this.

The story for this revolves around a slightly older gentleman named Kouichi who is out to have revenge. Revenge isn’t what everyone realizes he’s out for at first though as he’s taking advantage of an attractive young lawyer woman who he has an issue with. Tormenting and teasing her on the train in public view is humiliation to be sure but she can’t fight back against him since if she does, everyone will know what’s going on and really see her. All of this catches the eye of young Kanon and she can’t help but to watch. She’s getting turned on by the situation and the realization that Kouichi knows that she’s watching all of this happen. When she finds herself on the train with him later on, she knows that she knows him from somewhere and she can’t help but to give in to him as he ravages her there for her first time on this empty train. The entire situation turns her into a very willing subject as she starts talking about making atonement and repayment to him for past sins.

It’s from here that things go from bad to worse as Kouichi uses Kanon in order to get to her two older sisters, Nao and Kyoko. He uses his time with Kanon to get Nao to follow them and he takes her down quick in an elevator with a very willing Kanon. This leads to Nao being tied up in a secret room where he bends her to his will and puts his plans into motion for bringing Kyoko under his control as well. And once he has Kyoko, he has everything he wants for his revenge as we start to get the back story on why he’s so angry and wanting revenge on the trio and the lawyer. Even that section doesn’t get all that much coverage and it adds to the general feeling of unease about parts of the show. The women all give in to Kouichi so easily that it lacks that kind of real threat about it to make it believable. That they are so willing and eager afterwards only makes it all the less interesting since the connection isn’t there. Some show spend a lot of time showing the domination of the female characters by the male, but here it’s just skimmed over.

The sex in the show is pretty much as you’d expect where it’s fairly graphic and non-consensual. The women aren’t terribly abused here as you might see in some other shows, but they’re tied up and held down repeatedly and there’s ample use of toys and devices on them. There’s only one male in the show and the four women and he works his way through all of them, though he also makes sure the women work each other over as well. The toys are well used from time to time and the girl on girl aspects are fun as well, though it all comes down to it having a similar problem (for me) in that the women seem like they’re mindwiped once they’ve been turned to his side. There’s just little appeal in seeing zombie women doing someone’s bidding. Especially when said someone has a far too-red member in hand.

The character designs for the show do have that feeling, at least to me from when I got into the adult anime world more thoroughly, of those that were popular when the video game adaptations were becoming prominent during the traditional to digital transition. They’ve very polished in a way but lack that kind of realness about them. They don’t exactly feel like they’re within the world that they inhabit but rather are gliding on top of it. The designs are certainly appealing looking and they hit all the right marks, but when you combine that with the zombie aspect of their personalities as it goes on they aren’t exactly characters to connect with or really enjoy. They’re simply toys to be used. Well designed and good looking toys at least.

In Summary:
The Last Train to Gropesville is about what I expected from a show of this nature, though it doesn’t take place entirely on a train which breaks tradition a little bit. It’s got some good looking character designs and some enjoyable sex scenes, but it lacks good characters and people that you want to watch in these kinds of situations. This is one of those shows where it is sort of just there, especially after you watch something that does titillate and interest you a lot more. There’s nothing terribly wrong with it, it accomplishes what it sets out to do in a genre that it wanted to be in with no surprises, but that’s the problem. It’s just one more thing that we’ve seen before in different shows without much difference.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment

Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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