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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: 32.99
  • Running time: 180
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Maiden

Maiden Collection

By Alex Roberts     August 27, 2008
Release Date: July 29, 2008


Maiden Collection
© Kitty Media
The Maiden Collection brings together Maiden Diaries and its sequel, Maiden of Deliverance, into a release that really is not for the faint of heart.

What They Say
The Maiden Diary
Foster, a fallen revolutionary, is taken in by a railroad tycoon named Dred Burton. Now, training high class prostitutes for Burton, Foster tries to piece together his shattered past and lost love. One by one, girls are added to his household. Leese, Aya, Ren and Clair all must submit to Foster's training, and serve Dred's strange ambitions.

Maiden of Deliverance
The Baron Dred is dead, and his sex-empire has fallen. Foster is looking forward to a peaceful life with Claire and a chance to forget his past. Then, the mansion is rebuilt. There's a new boss in town, and she's just as bad as the Baron was. The old business starts up again, with the Maids being forced into even more bizarre and humiliating situations than ever before. Will Foster and Clair ever escape the world of sex and power they have unwittingly created?

The Review!
Audio:
For this viewing, I listened to the English 2.0 dub. A Japanese 2.0 track is also available. The sound comes through nice and clear, with no distortions or dropouts. The mix is pretty standard, as there is no directionality, but overall it sounds pretty nice.

Video:
The video for this release is also fairly well done. The colors come through nice and bold, and the lining is pretty crisp. Both have a good design, and the animation is really nice too. Maiden of Deliverance has a better frame-rate and design that its predecessor, Maiden Diaries, but both are well done.

Packaging:
This collection comes in a standard size Amaray case, with a slot for each disc on each side of the case. The front cover has the title Maiden Collection across the middle, with pictures of the girls and titles of the two discs on either side of it. The back of the case is split as well, with the summary and screen shots for Maiden Diaries along the top and Maiden of Deliverance on the bottom.

Menu:
The menus for both titles have a nice design and are easy to use. Maiden Diaries wastes no time in presenting its subject matter as the background image is an upskirt shot of a maid who has her left leg propped up as if standing on a stool. The leg acts as a sort of border to the selections that are placed in the blank area under the leg. For Maiden of Deliverance, the menu is a little more straight forward, as there is a picture of Claire in the background, with the title to the right and selections displayed along the bottom. For both, the selections are easy to see and follow, with the highlighted selection indicated by objects to the side, rather than highlighting the text.

Extras:
There is nothing in the way of extras for either disc except for some other Kitty Media trailers.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The release of Maiden Collection by Kitty Media brings together two previous releases: Maiden Diaries and the follow-up Maiden of Deliverance. Both are a series of OVAs, with Maiden Diaries running five episodes, and Maiden of Deliverance being two. Consistent with earlier releases, though, Maiden Diaries is still missing the second episode on this release due to questionable content concerning a younger character. Despite this forethought, Maiden Collection is still a release that pushes the boundaries of taste and standards, but for some viewers that's precisely the reason to watch it.

Maiden Diaries is about an elderly rich businessman named Drade Burton who is continually looking for new ways to make more money. As such, he has in his employ a bevy of young, attractive maids whose job is not only to keep his mansion clean, but to “service” and business guests Drade might be entertaining. For this purpose, Drade hires Foster, a disgraced former secret service agent who specializes in sexual deviances.

His first charge is a young woman named Claire, who is quickly revealed as Drade’s own daughter. While foster’s methods are rough, in time, Claire and Foster develop feelings for one another, and Foster begins to try and find ways out of their current situation, though all seems hopeless. When more innocent young girls are brought into Drade’s service, Foster’s need to protect them intensifies.

Maiden of Deliverance takes place roughly a year after Foster and the girls gain their freedom. As Drade’s only child, Claire inherits the Burton estate, and begins to rebuild the mansion with an air of kindness and civility that was never present in Drade’s time. However, business soon sees the Burton Empire, and therefore also the estate, taken over by the Wellecaster Company, and is put under the control of the youngest daughter, Carol.

With her fierce desire to succeed, Carol Wellecaster quickly becomes a worse master than Drade ever was, and when she discovers Foster’s previous work, she forces him to rebuild Drade’s service, this time with an entire new cast of young, innocent maids. While Foster goes along with Carol’s initial plans, he does move faster to thwart her when he can as he has no desire to see his lover or their charges become sex slaves all over again.

As one can probably guess from the plot synopsis, there is a general lack of anything even remotely resembling virtuousness when it comes to the sex in these shows. Foster’s training methods are brutal, involving all manner of torture, and the clients’ wishes of the maids make Foster’s techniques seem positively tame. In fact, Foster even points out during a particularly harsh training session that he would be doing no favors if he were nice to the girls. Rape, bondage, S&M, and gang bangs are the order of the day, with each visit more depraved than the last. What this means is that Maiden Collection is not a title for people wanting some innocent fun with their porn. It is a pretty hardcore title that asks for a pretty hardcore audience.

In Summary:
Maiden Collection is definitely not a title for everybody in the hentai crowd. Essentially, it comes down to a matter of taste. If you are into rape/bondage porn, then it certainly would be a decent pick up as there is plenty of sex and even has a pretty decent story befitting the theme. For somebody not into that sort of thing however, I would find something else to watch as it could be considered fairly offensive.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Magnavox 37MF337B 37” LCD HDTV, Memorex MVD2042 Progressive Scan w/ DD/DTS (Component Connection), Durabrand HT3916 5.1 Surround Sound System

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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ChrisBeveridge 8/27/2008 5:39:43 AM
These were difficult shows to get through when I first saw it. I just couldn't bring myself to revisit it again even after all these years.
Hectotane 8/27/2008 8:47:29 AM
Currently; there's adult anime that feature chicks with grossly mutated breasts and computer-generated maggots crawling all over them. And that's a title from "Milky Label." The "Maiden of..." series; despite all the bondage, torture, and the usual "lets put the women in their place" atmosphere; is still a good show to watch because of the sex, the maid outfits, and the historic references. After Bible Black and Discipline, I recommend this for every hentai fan to have in their collection.
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