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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: Adult Source Media
- MSRP: 29.95
- Running time: 60 + 30
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Maid In Heaven
Maid In Heaven Vol. #2
By Chris Beveridge
August 31, 2006
Release Date: August 23, 2006
Maid In Heaven Vol. #2
What They Say
© Adult Source Media
He lives in a single room apartment in the big city. He has a grandeur dream of having his own personal maid with big tits. One day, his longtime friend Nagisa, came back to him as a maid.
Now what ? As her master, he would train her to satisfy his every desire. Now their sexual exploits will take them all over town; in the room, at the park, on the streets, and using a variety of toys, they will do it all! Horny ? Perverted ? What will Nagisa be tomorrow ?The Review!
Having been under her masters training for a bit now, Nagisa finds that she must be the only one who can do this and goes in whole hog.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. Picking a language for this release is actually fairly difficult as there are four stereo mixes on here. The original Japanese release had two audio tracks to it. One where we get the overall shows dialogue between the characters but also a second track which was the maid's thoughts as she does the things she does. The English version provides the dual tracks as well and all four of them come across well for what they are. Each of the tracks are clean and clear and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions on any of them during regular playback.Video:
Originally released in 2006, Maid in Heaven is the second anime series encoded in HD for North American distribution. Two discs are included in the release; the HD disc which most players won't read (such as our Samsung) or it will just churn through the menus if the player can recognize a data disc (such as our Ilo DVD Recorder). Playing this disc back on our Dell XPS system gave us some great looking results but our monitor isn't calibrated for movie/film playback but rather gaming so there was some fuzziness in the backgrounds but the character animation looked fantastic. The package also includes the SD disc which is the same as their other releases and reads fine in all our players. The transfer for this release is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is enhanced for anamorphic playback. Green Bunny hasn't done many of these as they don't have a new opening sequence for them and instead windowbox their original logo sequence. The quality of the transfer is solid overall with great colors and a clean presentation.Packaging:
Similar in style to the first volume, it has a great looking shot of Nagisa on her back in her full maid uniform but with her breasts exposed. She's got a bit of a blush going and the red theme overall really works great here with the very attractive artwork and design. It's a really good looking cover that goes with the less is more approach that works. The back cover continues the red theme from the front cover and provides a number of small shots from the show and a good summary of the relationship. The discs technical information and basic features are all clearly listed along the bottom as well. If ASM continues to do more dubs I hope that they'll start adopting a more standard technical grid though. The reverse side of the cover is essentially the same for the most part but it covers up Nagisa's breasts on the main cover and the back cover goes for non nude shots from the show.Menu:
The menu layout is a decent as it has two distinct areas to it; the top level navigation, with a fair number of selections due to the Intimate Thoughts section, is along the right with a really nice looking star filled background with glitter. The left side brings in various clips from the show as well as the cover artwork and rotates them out to the bouncy music and vocals. The navigation is fairly thick as there are a lot of options available from the top page, such as the straight to the sex segment as well as playing the show via Nagisa's thoughts so it's a bit busier than normal but not unexpected considering the features available. Access times are nice and fast and the disc did correctly read our players' language presets and played accordingly.Extras:
The only extra included on the disc for the show itself is the photo gallery. There is also a bonus video that are often included that has subtitles. Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The second and final volume in this Green Bunny series close out the show well enough but is the kind of episode that feels a bit anti-climactic after the lead-up in the first volume. It's also a bit off-putting to have a new show from Green Bunny just a couple of weeks after learning of the companies demise in Japan and knowing we won't see much more from them after the last decade or so of interesting and solid releases.
Maid in Heaven's second installment follows much of what we saw in the first where Nagisa is now with her new master, the one she's wanted to be with and do so much for. The difference between the first and second installment is that we lack that bit of innocence and introduction to all of it so it goes much quicker to the sex and Nagisa is much more in tune to her master's wishes now. The hesitancy she had at first when he realized that he could do whatever he wanted to her is now gone and she's mostly eager to get into it, though she feigns some nervousness here and there initially in this episode. Her master isn't one to back down though and he puts her through a number of very kinky experiences, from being tied up more with numerous toys in her to eventually taking her out to an overpass to show off her naked body to everyone as he takes her.
With it being over six months since we saw the first episode, I don't remember exactly how dirty the scenes had gotten but this one gets pretty strong with its bondage themes that then goes into a fair bit of anal play and sadly some scatological material as well. It hits exhibitionism up nicely and Nagisa is quite willing and even eager to put on a collar in order to be taken out for her walks now. Add it all together with the maid uniform and her attractive character design and you can see a lot of viewers seeing their own desires being taken out on her and her simply loving all of it. Often these shows swing between the woman eventually getting revenge for what's done to her or falling for her torturer, but with Nagisa having gone into it willingly and eagerly even with some reservations, the bond between the two really is strong here. But it's a bond that a lot of people will find positively creepy at the minimum.
The animation for the episode is quite good and on par with what we had in the first one. There is a good level of fluid animation to a number of the scenes but the show also is the kind that takes the sex a bit slow, so it doesn't require a lot of really big movements. It's more focused on the individual areas and playing with those in a more relaxed manner and doing some panning sequences to draw it out while still bringing it all to climax. There aren't any really big gorgeous moments that are replayed over and over to simulate a longer scene. In Summary:
Maid in Heaven is an amusing show on certain levels, especially if you watch a lot of regular series that involve a leading female character that claims to be devoted to her guy. Most guys watching those shows wouldn't be anywhere near as restrained as the male leads are and would more than likely do something (unless they're anime fans?). Maid in Heaven puts the same situation to the test with someone who takes the docile woman at her word and does whatever he wants to her in order to make her understand that she is his. It'll appeal to some more than others and the show is best viewed with both episodes in short order. The wait between volumes and the small loss of innocence from the first episode brought this one down a touch for us but it was still good to see it all brought to conclusion.
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