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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Anime 18
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Midnight Panther

Midnight Panther

By Julian Yuri Tacher     February 16, 2002
Release Date: November 16, 1999

The Review!
Wow. It's sadly amazing that Anime is coming along well enough that there are starting to be more and more cookie cutter series out there. Let me just talk tech stuff first:

Audio: Decent audio, 2 channel as usual, gets the job done, very clean al around. Just didn't like some of the voices is all.

Video: Very nice and clean video, can't complain. there are a lot of very strong colors all over the place, but they manage not to bleed, giving this DVD a very bright look.

Menu: It's a menu. You click, it goes. Has a few extras, but nothing really worth mentioning IMO.


Now. Let's continue. Why C for content? Well, it's a hentai title. but that's not all. It has a story that spans both chapters, so that doesn't lower the score. My problem with it is the incredible lack of character show in any of the cases. Our main character, Lou, is a strong girl, who is part of a group of assassins/performers. She is the one that gets assigned the brute jobs of killing monsters to make poison. Then there is Sonya, the one that has sex with her victims before killing them, and finally Kei. She looks cute, she talks smack to Lou about not knowing how to love men, yet we never see her do anything other than get naked, transform into a leopard/cheetah, and kill the guys. So where she learned about sex, god knows.

The story goes on to sort of explain how Lou was almost killed by her brother (who thinks she was a man when she was a kid) and how an old lady saved her. We see that (apparently) he wanted to take over his father's throne, and so kills his parents to do so, YET in all of Lou's memories of him, he's nice as sugar pie. However, as a part of her salvation, her skin somehow got tanned and she is resistant to poison, as well as being very strong. Now she finds out her brother has been targeted for assassination, and she wants the job. They get to the castle, Sonya and Kei distract the King's guards, and Lou gets in. She kills him and the show is over. Now sadly, this is just boring to me. We see a sex scene with Sonya that lasts longer than the end. There is no sense of anything having happened really. I mean, you can watch this DVD, and when it ends, you wont feel any inclination to watch it again as it is so plain and simple that there is nothing to see again. The babes are cute, they do a stupid dance when performing and that's about it.

I appreciate Hentai, but as long as it's good hentai. I know this is a sadly missing thing, but this title just doesn't fit in there for me. it is an entirely forgettable title, unless your REALLY hard up for some pretty looking stuff. Otherwise, avoid it.

Review Equipment
Sony XBR 36" TV, Sony STR-DB930 receiver, Wharfedale Modus 8 speakers all around, JVC THX Subwoofer, Klipsch center channel, Pioneer 606D DVD, region and macrovision hacked.


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