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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: D+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Love is the Number of Keys

Love is the Number of Keys

By Luis Cruz     July 26, 2003
Release Date: December 31, 2002

Love is the Number of Keys
© NuTech Digital, Inc.

What They Say
Jyun Amanuma is on his own for the first time. His father transferred overseas for his job, so he moves into an apartment as the apartment manager.

One day, he witnessess his tenant having hot sex. The apartment owner tells him that this is a sex service apartment complex! Every night all the rooms in the apartments come alive with lustful action! Jyun joins in on the fun! Watch his torrid escapades with Sumire, the owner, Marina, the waitress, Miki, the nurse, and more sexy beauties!

The Review!
While his father is working overseas, Amanuma Jyun decides to stay in Japan and continue his studies. His father has gotten him an apartment, and Jyun ends up becoming the assistant manager. Little does he know just how fun the job will be… What follows is twenty-eight minutes of good, wholesome fun.

For my primary viewing session, I listened to the Japanese audio; it is a simple stereo mix with the focus on the center channel due to the nature of the content. Spot-checking the English dub revealed a good dub; the English actor for Jyun sounds nearly identical to his Japanese counterpart. The dialogue felt as natural as the original Japanese dialogue for the most part. Both tracks contained no noticeable problems providing a good audio experience.

The best part of the audio was the music. Light jazz played throughout the show; it was not the cheesy, ‘70s porno jazz but sounded like something you would hear in a waiting room. It fit well with the content and made the overall experience more enjoyable.

This title received a great transfer; colors are bright, and there are no noticeable defects. Subtitles were yellow and were appropriately sized to be readable without detracting from the action. Most of the Japanese text, including the opening title and ending credits, was not subtitled with a few exceptions.

The animation itself is no better than what you would get from an adult PC game. That does not mean it is horrible; it looks good for what it is and provides a good viewing experience. However, it does not stack up against the animation in recent mainstream releases.

The front cover is very simple; Sumire, the apartment manager, holds a key and reclines against a pink door clad only in black lingerie. The title is just to the right of her; the only other items on the front are the standard NuTech warning bar at the top and the "Totally Uncensored" bar at the bottom.

Keeping with the simplistic approach, the back cover contains the requisite synopsis surrounded by screenshots. The warning bar is present at the top while the NuTech URL is at the bottom. A listing of the staff and a listing of the DVD features round out the back cover. There was no insert inside the case.

The menu is as simple as the packaging allowing one to get setup and into the film quickly. After a brief animation of a key opening a door, the main menu loads up; all of the menus are done in nearly the same style. While the light jazz from the show plays in the background, animated clips from the show play around the menu options. Either a static image or a series of rotating images also grace the menu. It can be a little busy at times, but the overall effect looks great.

The only real extra is a slideshow of twenty images while the jazz music plays in the background. Other than that, you have a screen that tells you about NuTech’s web site.

Content:(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Jyun’s father has moved overseas as part of his job; Jyun decided it would be better for him to stay in Japan and continue his studies. While his father manages to secure Jyun an apartment, Jyun becomes the assistant manager of the complex.

One night, Jyun delivers a package to an apartment and overhears a couple having sex. His curiosity overwhelms him, and he decides to watch as well. Sumire, the manager, surprises him when he returns to the manager’s office and tells him that he must know the apartment complex’s secret.

The complex is really a sex service apartment complex; each of the women living there has a regular job during the day. At night, they entertain men and fulfill whatever fantasy they have. Sumire only collects rent but has needs herself. Jyun has no problem with this as he willingly fulfills her sexual desire.

The remaining three chapters has Jyun coupling with four of the tenants and with Sumire one last time. As Jyun ponders the thought that he might be falling in love with Sumire, the picture fades to black and states "To be continued".

Love Is the Number of Keys is a delightful but short title. There are no heavy fetish scenes, no tentacles, and no forced sex; all of the scenes involve what most people would consider "normal, healthy" sex. It is cute and sentimental in places as Jyun embodies the shy, young male. The only drawback to this title is its length.

With a running time of twenty-eight minutes, the sex scenes are short but sweet. While the setup for each scene is stereotypical, it fares better in setting up the action than a lot of live action titles, adult or otherwise, do; part of this is due to the voice actors with a decent dose of simple but effective writing.

I can see why NuTech decided to bundle this title in a box set with two unrelated titles; it is too short to really sell on its own. If a sequel were ever made, NuTech would be wise to license it as well. Despite its length, Love is… is enjoyable and definitely qualifies as a potential "couples" title.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Photo Gallery

Review Equipment
Mitsubishi 27" TV, Pioneer DVL-919, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Bose Acoustimass-6 speakers, generic S-Video and audio cable.


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