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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A-
- 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: Midnight Sleazy Train
Midnight Sleazy Train Vol. #2
By Chris Beveridge
December 14, 2005
Release Date: October 11, 2005
What They Say
Track two is now boarding!
Some towns have legends of haunted houses or underground communities in the sewers. But in Takumi's town, the ultimate urban legend is the Midnight Sleazy Train. Desperate for a spot on the train, Takumi waits by the
station after hours. But he finds that you can't just buy a ticket. Only by bringing the perfect female guest can you ensure permission to come aboard.The Review!
The train continues to run but new blood and sacrifices are needed in order to keep the thrill going.Audio:
Continuing in our quest of enjoying our hentai, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The mix here is a standard stereo mix with the bulk of dialogue and moaninglogues coming through the center channel speaker. The stereo channels make use of the music score and some of the ambient sound effects which gives this a bit more life. Dialogue is solid and clear throughout and we had no issues with dropouts or distortions.Video:
Originally released in 2004, the transfer for this series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The transfer for this show is very sharp and looks great. It's a recent transfer that comes across beautifully here. The colors are very vibrant without any noticeable over saturation, cross coloration is very minimal and the aliasing is almost non-existent. There's some digital panning throughout that avoids looking bad which helps make this transfer really shine. Mixed in with the solid animation and character designs and it's easy to just get into the show.Packaging:
Though the cover is overly busy because of it, I adore how this piece came out overall with the image of one of the women laying back with her legs up but having her skin covered with the overlays of rail displays. Even better is the small logo in the top corner with the passengers groping. The back cover has a few shots from the show itself and a spaced out summary of what the shows premise is about. The discs production credits and features are all pretty clearly listed, and since there isn't anything here besides the show, it's pretty simple on the back. No insert is included with this release unlike the first volume. Menu:
The static menu layout is nicely done with the front cover artwork being used again here and looking a bit sharper and more vibrant than the print version. The selections are laid down in a row with some rail imagery used to connect them along. With nothing on the disc but the show and trailers, the menus are quick and easy to navigate through and load fast and problem free. Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The first series for Midnight Sleazy Train was a real surprise as it turned out to be a lot of fun with how it presented itself and in being something of an economic reform idea at the same time. The creation of the Sleazy Train, a train that runs after hours for men to board and have their way with pliant women, still runs nightly though the man who started it is not part of what this second series is about though he does get a bit of a nod at one point.
This second series comprised of three episodes plays up the legend of the midnight train where such unspeakable things occur. We follow a young man named Takumi who is desperate to find this train and to see what it's about and become a part of it. He's turned away constantly and told such a thing doesn't exist but on one night he manages to stay aboard one of the trains later than its normal operations by falling asleep that he ends up in one of the cars that's used to pick up the men and take them to their version of nirvana. Takumi is shocked when he finds out that it's a girl from the school he works at that's being used but he can't bring himself to participate in it since she's being worked over by so many other people.
This gives him the in that he needed with the old guy that seems to know what's going on as he gets told that he can join the other men provided he brings them a proper sacrificial lamb of his own for the others to enjoy. Takumi's already one of those that's an expert at getting away with taking advantage of women on the train and he's got a nice collection of amateur porn at home that shows some people getting pretty far with it so he's sure he can find the right person to bring to be his sacrifice. This leads him to a few different people that he tries to have his own way with first and then moving them on to be his offering on the train. He has one big goal in mind with one of the women he works with, Kyoko, who is already under the sway of her own boss, a gorgeous white haired woman who has dominated her completely.
These episodes take some amusing twists along the way and it mixes in a really good number of attractive and diverse women throughout it while trying to get Takumi his proper place on the train. The character designs are very attractive and the sex scenes for them are very well done with a mixture of straight sex, toys and non-consensual moments on board the trains themselves. What really was interesting about this show is the kind of animation style that's used with the coloring that makes it almost look like some soft painted watercolor piece at times. There's a softness to a lot of the sex scenes that's intentional that gives it a very alluring and erotic feel that heightens the mood considerably. This is applied to the character designs as well and it simply works beautifully here.In Summary:
With the original series being interesting, you never know how a sequel series will go especially if you take out the lead characters and bring in someone new. This series doesn't have the exact same feel as the first since it starts off as a known quantity but I think in some ways it ends up being a far better show, particularly due to some of the changes in the coloring style and the character designs. This title is an easy one to pick up if you enjoyed the first for the concept and how it played out. There isn't quite as much humor in this one but it makes up for it with some great sex scenes and gorgeous character designs. Definitely recommended.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.