Mania Grade: D
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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: 29.95
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Maiden
Maiden of Deliverance
By Chris Beveridge
November 18, 2004
Release Date: October 26, 2004
Maiden of Deliverance
What They Say
© Kitty Media
The Baron is dead, but there's a new boss in town and SHE'S just as bad as he was. The Maids are being forced into even more bizarre and debaucherous situations than ever before. How far will things go? When will the pleasurable tortures end?The Review!
Maids! Training! Bitch-slapping! Humilation! It's just another day on the job for Foster as he manages the maids for upstart Carol Wellacuster.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The stereo mix is pretty basic with there being very little to the show beyond the dialogue and "action effects" of the sex scenes. The music is fairly muted throughout and doesn't play a huge role beyond slightly increasing the tension in a few scenes. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with either language during regular playback.Video:
The transfer for this show is done in its original full frame format and looks quite good here. The few minor problems with the original episodes are pretty much non-existent here, especially that layered cartoony look some of the scenes had to it. Cross coloration is virtually non-existent, aliasing is pretty minimal and there isn't much in the way of noticeable grain. The colors look good and maintain a solid feel. There aren't a lot of really vibrant pieces here as the show is intent on keeping a dour gloomy feel to it, but the few areas where it does shine through come across well, particularly some of the flesh tones and Carol's red outfits.Packaging:
Giving the cover to just one of the maids, Clair takes center stage with a thoughtful looking pose set against a window with feathers blowing in around her. It's a very lightly colored and almost ethereal piece that doesn't give much to indicate that darker side inside the actual show, but it looks really good and has some nice detail to it. The back cover provides a few shots from the show but nothing really showy as well as a full shot of Carol in her proper dress. The summary is pretty minimal but gives up the essence of the plot well enough. The discs features and basic production information are all clearly listed. The insert is another shot of the window from the front cover but without Clair and it lists the chapter stops. The reverse side just has the boxart adverts for other releases.Menu:
The menu layout is pretty typical for hentai releases from Kitty with a slightly rearrange use of the cover artwork to fit in both the logo and the menu selections, which are cute in that they use a red feather as the cursor. A bit of the soft instrumental music plays along to it and it's otherwise a decent if simple menu that's functional and works and looks well. Access times are nice and fast and the layout easy to navigate. The disc also correctly read our players language presets and played accordingly.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Three years after the release of Maiden Complete
, a show that's obviously not complete since they cut out an entire episode, two more episodes are finally out and the shows premise continues to be much the same as we saw there.
Since maids in bondage can obviously still sell on some level, the franchise here is revisited once more. A wealthy business magnate, the head of the Wellacuster family, has decided that he's going to try and take over a railroad from a competing family. His children for the most part have ascended into the business world and are doing good by him, but his youngest girl, Carol, has yet to enter that world and she's eager to prove herself. Using this, he sends her off to the familiar mansion, a mansion that had burned down in flames when last we saw it but has been fully rebuilt. Her goal is to work towards the acquisition of the rail line while taking care of business in that household.
Her arrival sets off a flurry of concern and activity, causing most of the maids to wonder what's going on. Foster is still there of course and is able to keep things calm and collected but it's difficult to do with Carol's brash style. She's brought with her a friend named Liz, an attractive young blonde girl who is an indentured servant to her family due to her own family problems. But Liz becomes a problem right from the start when Foster gives her a pleasant smile and it manages to set Carol on fire since she can't even get that from him. Knowing Foster's real skills, she sets him to the task of taking Liz down to the sub basement that survived the fire and to give her the bondage training and rape her right there.
And so begins the spiral of most of the maids (except for that "really really really really young looking one") ending up on Carol's bad side and being taken down there for a work over either by Foster or by the guests she brings to the household to entertain in order to gain their railroad or support in gaining it. There's some relationship material that crops up based on the potential budding romance between Foster and Clair, one of the long time maids there that's seen a lot since Fosters arrival, and a few other bits relevant to the original series, but it's all just window dressing and doesn't really have much to do with anything other than to give it the illusion of having some heart.
Much like the original series, this is an exercise in monotony and repetition. Carol of course has her undoing, Foster has his comeuppance and the maids are generally just screwed. One of the pluses to writing hentai reviews is that there's usually some amount of good natured joking that you can do with the plots and the way the show plays out, but with a series like this one it's just got so little life to it that there isn't much to really say. I don't particularly enjoy this kind of material since it's generally just depressing. The characters are either suffering or enjoying watching others suffer and there isn't a focus beyond that. The character designs are decent enough but just like in the original, you lose track of who is who because they're never given all that much of a personality. The dub gives them a bit more than the original if only because they put some light accents on a couple of the characters.In Summary:
Maiden of Deliverance isn't awful or even really bad, it's just uninteresting and mediocre at best and repetitive in general. Though this follow-up does give some closure to the series, it's done in such a way that more can easily be made of course. Where there's a maid, there's a way. Maiden of Deliverance will probably work for a lot of people, particularly if they enjoyed the original series, but that one bored me to tears and this one reminded me why.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.