Mania Grade: C
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: C+
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Critical Mass Video
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 45
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Mail Order Maiden 28
Mail Order Maiden 28
By Chris Beveridge
September 29, 2003
Release Date: June 05, 2001
Mail Order Maiden 28
What They Say
© Critical Mass Video
Ever wonder how the cretins of this world typically get the nice girls? Aiwa certainly falls into that catagory: he spends his days endlessly obsessing over a girl named Kozue whom he can never have and runs every chance encounter with her through his mind. Oh yes, he�s got it bad...
To put his mind a little more at ease, Aiwa ordered a little something special to brighten up those long nights, but it took so long to arrive that he totally forgot about it! Now, true to form, the company has messed up his order and sent him, well something...different. But just how different he�s about to find out!
When Aiwa opens his box from the company, he finds out that technology is a little better than he bargained for, and Aiwa�s in for the surprise of his life. Inside is Satomi who is just about exactly what every man is looking for: loyal, pure-hearted, cheerful ... and utterly insatiable.
It doesn�t take long for Aiwa to learn just how perfect his new little friend is, and how his life is no longer entirely his own. But even as perfect as she is, Aiwa�s still dreaming of Kozue. Of course, he�s not above a little (or even a lot!) of practice until the day he can finally score with the girl of his dreams...
Now, all he�s got to do is to find the off button before Kozue comes over again.... The Review!
Ah, the eternal theme of robotic girlfriends in anime. Someday somebody will write a thesis on this!Audio:
For our primary review session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The show is pretty much, um, dialogue, so there's not a lot of real use for the left/right channels outside of a few bits of music here and there. The dialogue for both tracks comes through pretty clearly, with the English track being a bit louder than the Japanese one.Video:
While the transfer for the show appears to be fairly decent, it suffers from the OVA being of lower quality. There are a number of very soft looking sequences throughout the show and a couple of rainbows that make some of the edges look indistinct. The only other problem I noticed was that every now and then, you're see a glitch line of some sort flash at various places throughout. It seemed to move and basically be all over. I'm not really sure how to even describe it. But it was apparent both on our Skyworth player and our Apex player.
Curiously, our Apex player refused to play the disc at all, stating an Invalid Entry upon load, but it did let me select the menu and then jump into the actual show itself.Packaging:
Man, talk about skewing a cover with a young looking character! I normally don't mind buying ecchi or hentai titles, but even ones like this make me a bit uneasy. The design and layout works nice though and is pretty eye-catching once you remove that big 17+ warning sticker. The back cover gives a few animation shots and a good sized summary of the show. There's no insert included in this package.Menus:
The menus are simple static pages with a bit of music playing over it, but suffers from the same odd problem as Buttobi CPU's disc did. When you move the cursor up and down over the selections, the music repeats and there's a brief lag in the movement. It's not the end of the world, but it's just unusual.Extras:
There's a brief video image gallery that shows a few shots of the show itself as well as a closer look at the cover artwork.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Mail Order Maiden 28 is one of those hentai/ecchi shows that make you wonder just a little bit more about how such things get greenlit. While the show itself isn't bad bad, it's pretty mediocre and doesn't have all that much of a story to it. And before anyone gives you that "hentai doesn't have stories" garbage, just give 'em a swift kick and move on. Those who watch enough of these shows know that there's some really good ones out there that do have stories.
This one however is pretty minimal. We've got Aiwa, whose madly in love (well, mostly lust) with Kozue. He constantly dreams about her doing all kinds of things to him and does everything he can to go out on a date with her and spend time with her. Aiwa's just a bit of an undersexed guy who just acts out a bit too much.
His life gets a lot more troublesome though when something he ordered finally arrives. He had ordered a sex doll months ago, but it only now just arrived. Ah, the perfect thing to practice with he thinks! Unfortunately, the company sent him the wrong model, and this one comes to life on him. He ends up deciding after a few minutes of surprise that this really works to his advantage and they end up going at it for the rest of the night.
As the show goes on, we get the usual and predictable moments of Kozue running into Aiwa's robot girl who he names Satomi. Satomi tries her simple best to do anything for Aiwa and follows every order she's given. So you can easily imagine how things go wrong for Aiwa when he tries to keep dating Kozue. At one point during the show, Aiwa, somewhat despondent, states that he's a loser. That basically does sum him up pretty well.
There's just not a lot here really, with some of the animation even reused for some of the show. It had a couple of chuckles here and there, but these were offset by other things that just had us rolling our eyes. And to cap it off, it's one of the few US released shows that has a bunch of guys relieving themselves on Satomi, since Aiwa basically told her to have that happen.
Taking all that into consideration and the somewhat younger looking skew that character designs take, Mail Order Maiden 28 was something that in the end we just didn't get into all that much. Maybe we were spoiled by watching Buttobi CPU right before it.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Video Image Gallery
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.