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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • 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: 65
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Lunatic Night

Lunatic Night

By Chris Beveridge     February 09, 2003
Release Date: January 14, 2003


Lunatic Night
© Anime 18


What They Say
This is the story of the lost king of Atlantis, and the magical sex servants who love him!

The Review!
Mine eyes have seen the horror, the horror that is Tower of Babel hentai! Just when I thought that the entire concept couldn’t be run into the ground more badly after an OVA and TV series, some hentai producer has to really rub it in.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in English. Both tracks are done up in a decent stereo mix, though the majority of the dialogue is center channel based and the music and effects make up the stereo channels. Dialogue was clean and clear, though the English track felt a bit louder than the Japanese one. Throughout both tracks, we didn’t notice any dropouts or distortions.

Video:
The transfer for this show looks good if unexceptional for the most part. Originally released in the mid 90’s, it came in at the time before Green Bunny made the transition to computer assisted shows so it has a bit of a rougher look but also typical of the character designs they used at the time. Colors are good, with lots of brights mixing with the darks. Cross coloration is fairly non-existent and only a few areas of aliasing were slightly bothersome.

Packaging:
The front cover is pretty heavy in the dark colors except for where the three female characters are since they’re exposing a lot of flesh. Unfortunately, it looks like a screen capture and fairly rough and grainy when looked at closely, especially in comparison with the crisp and shiny logo and text elsewhere on the cover. The back cover provides a number of animation shots and a simple summary of the shows premise. The discs features and technical information are all clearly listed while the black and white reverse side of the cover has some more simple artwork, cast listings, chapter stops and production credits.

Menu:
The main menu is a decent piece with a globe in the top center that has animation playing throughout it while the selections are lined up below. On either side, after a small amount of time, a head in a cage drops down calling out the names of the female characters. There are no transitional animations, so moving about the menus is nice and fast and the access times are solid.

Extras:
There are a couple of minor extras included here. The first is a video art gallery that runs about two and a half minutes and has some nice cel images and other artwork. There’s also a music video for the show, an original creation I’m guessing as it’s set to music from the New Invisibles. There’s also the usual “anime art form” extra found on most Anime 18 releases.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In a sense, this is a both an amusing and a horrid show. After being exposed to two variants on the old tale of the Babel Tower and he who will be reincarnated to take it over again in other regular series, being exposed to the same kind of bad storytelling in yet another form knocked me out from the start. But after finishing both episodes, I do have to give this version the nod in the humor part because there’s a lot of funny material in it, whether it’s trying to be funny or not.

The story is simple, we meet young Kanzaki, a relatively happy guy whose friend Mutsuki has just stopped by to visit. Mutsuki’s asked Kanzaki to watch a pet of his while he attends to something. Kaznaki tries to refuse, citing rules in his apartment complex, but when the pet turns out to be an attractive blonde with a tail and ears, he can’t help but to take her in for his friend. And, of course, she’s completely horny and willing to do anything Kanzaki asks.

All this leads into the revelations that Kanzaki is the reincarnation of the past master of the Tower, and that Kuaru is trying to re-awaken him by sex. This leads them off to the Tower itself, where they meet up with Neptune, another of the nubile sexy female servants that he has under his command. They’re all eager to bed him in an effort to get him to remember his past. Situations go all over the place, and next thing you know Neptune is using the Tower to destroy all humanity while Kanzaki has been transformed into a cyborg of sorts.

To continue to return his memories, Kuaru comes up with the idea to go to Laputa where he can get the Silver Mask that will help. Laputa’s an odd place in itself, as the men from there have transformed over time from the big hulking sexual predator types into small bouncing day-glo green penises that hop all over the place. The women use them as substitutes, but haven’t really missed man l that much. So Kanzaki must undergo a number of trials as laid out by the queen ruler, and if he passes they’ll unlock his memories and he can go forward.

The show is really designed as a comedy and it does have a lot of hilarious moments. The trials, for example, really go in strange directions, such as having a huge amazon woman take Kanzaki inside of herself, and he can’t fall out as she walks otherwise he’ll die. Neptune’s excitement over destroying the world is infectious as is the way that they try to go and repopulate it later on. Unfortunately, and this is just for me likely, I’ve been so burned by Tower of Babel stories already that I flinch during a lot of this. Seeing as many accurate areas as have, it really scares me that they were as attentive as they were in its production.

If you’re looking for a comical hentai, this one will pretty much fit the bill.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Music Video,Art Gallery

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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