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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Kitty Media
- MSRP: 19.95
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Legend of the Pervert
Legend of the Pervert
By Chris Beveridge
April 10, 2007
Release Date: April 24, 2007
Legend of the Pervert
What They Say
© Kitty Media
Some days it's hard to get into work early, especially for Hakushiki: his strict female boss masturbates hot and heavy every morning when she thinks the office is still empty. Luckily, Hakushiki has some plans to make office time more productive. Akao is a bit effeminate, and all the women pick on him. Usually this means putting him through the wringer and forcing him to engage in every sex act imaginable!
Stories like these happen every day, and these are only the beginning.The Review!
A pair of standalone stories make up this rather well done show about the fun that sex can be.Audio:
Kitty Media continues to provide dual language adult releases much to the fans benefit and this show is no exception. The two language tracks on this release are fairly standard in terms of what they offer in the stereo mix but even the music is fairly light in its impact. Most of it is just basic piano pieces that are softer than instrumentals in other series. Both tracks are pretty good with what it's presenting but there isn't anything that really stands out here. We didn't have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.Video:
The transfer for this two episode series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. What isn't original though are the edits in it. The first episode is missing about six or seven minutes due to one of the segments being cut. Outside of that however, the transfer for these episodes is in very good shape with lots of bold vibrant colors and clean line work. Backgrounds maintain a good solid feel with minimal noise while cross coloration and aliasing are pretty non-existent. Packaging:
The front cover has an odd feel to it in its design because of the lighting but there is a certain attractiveness to it. The central image is from the first episode with the two characters getting into the mood of things. Behind them is a wall of shots from both episodes of the various characters involved done in a some sort of grayscale. The lighting on the main characters gives it an overly soft feel but the woman has an interesting design not often seen. The back cover is basic with just a number of shots from the show along either side while a summary of the premises is down the middle. The usual boilerplate is included as well as the production information and technical grid. Due to this show being edited, the boilerplate is obviously wrong but it's easy to see how it made it on there. Hopefully if there are any future releases of this the packaging will be updated. No insert is included nor is there a reversible cover.Menu:
The menu design takes the layout of the front cover and rearranges it slightly here while adding a bit of music. The foreground character artwork looks a lot better here though it still has that soft feeling because of the lighting. The backgrounds are naturally soft in their look since they're supposed to be slightly obscured but they do look good in the overall design. The navigation strip is quick and easy to use though it was unusual to see the Play selection not at the top or bottom. The language selection section was also a nice change in that it had separate selections for the subtitles, making it easy to do English with English subtitles. Access times are nice and fast and while the disc did read our language preset correctly it grabbed the first subtitle track which was signs and songs.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Legend of the Pervert is a rather surprisingly fun little show that has two standalone stories which are pretty enjoyable. But it also has the problem in that an entire scene has been cut from the first episode which is a dealbreaker for a great many people for obvious reasons.
The first episode revolves around a young salaryman named Akagane who finds himself getting tortured at work by an attractive woman named Namami. With her being his boss, she's taking out some of her frustrations on him which means he has to put in a lot of extra time. Akagane's actually lucked out with her though because he caught her in the office early that morning getting herself off. He lets that slip and she tries to trick him into a bad situation to deal with it but it turns into something a lot more interesting, erotic and entertaining as it plays out. Nanami is a great looking character in that she doesn't look like most others in how her hair design is done. Something as simple as that can set a show apart easily. Even better is that while the show does get a bit crude towards the end, the two really work well together, particularly in the English language adaptation.
The second episode doesn't fair quite as well but is still a good bit of fun. It revolves around a young man named Hifumi who is rather effeminate looking. He's not decidedly feminine but he has some of the structure and could be mistaken at first glance. This has led him to some less than fun sexual encounters in the past with women who have taken advantage of him. He ends up in a rather good public sexual encounter at a restaurant with his apparent girlfriend but this ends up leading him to a couple of redheaded girls that put him through the wringer even more. But not until he gets reprimanded about perversity in general from the harsher of the two of them. This episode is weaker than the first but the girls are all pretty attractive and even Hifumi manages to have some foot. If you've got a thing for foot fetishes though, this is a winner.
The big issue for this release, which it will be forever known for now, is that the first episode is edited. While Akagane and Nanami are the central characters in it, there is an additional storyline as well. That one revolves around his younger brother Suzu who has himself a girl he's interested in. With that scene cut I can't say what it's like first hand but there are screenshots available on the Japanese production company's site which you can view. The characters look like they just stepped out of Kodomo no Omocha in terms of their age so it's little surprise that they're cut. Even worse, Suzu's genitalia looks like it came off of a horse in how huge he is. As one person commented, by the time he's of legal age he'll need a third leg on his pants in order to walk.
I am by no means a fan of edited or cut shows and for the most part I agree with the premise of, if you have to cut it for release, don't license it in the first place. Even still though, this show proved to be so much fun and very enjoyable that I'd hate to think of missing it. The scene that was cut doesn't change the impact of the show at all and having seen some stills from the cut scene it'd turn the whole thing into a combination of an even bigger comedy because of his penis size. The two episodes on this volume have great looking character designs, great looking animation and fun stories with great consensual sex scenes. The scene that was cut would feel very out of place here I think.In Summary:
With a title like Legend of the Pervert, I was expecting something like another entry in the Kisaku series of titles. Instead I got a show that was funny, sexy and very well animated. The first story is the one that works the best I think but in watching the second one a couple more times it ended up being just as enjoyable in the long run for different reasons. This is a really fun show that is easy to recommend even with the edit. Kitty Media won't take the chance on releasing it uncut for obvious reasons when you see the stills and it's a case of what's done is done. Hopefully in the future though they'll be more cautious about the shows that they license. At least they mitigated the cut by pricing the show ten bucks lower than normal.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
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