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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Mija: Beautiful Demon

Mija: Beautiful Demon Vol. #1

By Chris Beveridge     June 07, 2002
Release Date: May 22, 2002


Mija: Beautiful Demon Vol. #1
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
When a pentagram appears in the school grounds of St. Moses Academy, the lust demon Mija is unleashed into the world to resurrect the dark paradise on earth once more. Her role is to covert humans to her debauchery... to reveal the hidden lusts and carnal pleasures to her human converts.

Sara Tadeshina is sent by a high priest to St. Moses Academy as an undercover substitute teacher to start an investigation. Given only cryptic clues to guide her quest, she tries does her best to uncover the truths behind a rising mystery.

Meanwhile, Mayu, a young student, is dragged into Mija’s realm. Under Mija’s spell, she learns the pleasures of the flesh. Unable to contain herself, she willingly returns to Mija’s lascivious den for more and more.

But Kotaro, who is secretly nursing feelings for Mayu, notices the disturbing change in her behaviour. He bravely follows Mayu into Mija’s den to try to save his love, but will Sara be in time to save both Mayu and Kotaro? Will she be able to defeat Mija and her converts?

The Review!
Mija’s an interesting little one-shot OVA hentai that sets things up easily enough for a recurring set of stories, though you can pretty much guess how each episode would run since it shifts into the tentacle-of-the-week kind of plot.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. This is a pretty straightforward stereo mix with nothing going to the rear channels and only some minor directionality across the forward soundstage. Dialogue is nice and clear and we noticed no dropouts or distortions on either track.

Video:
Being a very recent release, the look of this show is near flawless. With its use of the digital paint palette, the colors are rich and vibrant, giving fleshtones a real sense of depth to them. Cross coloration and aliasing are non-existent and with only one episode maxed out in bitrate, looks fantastic here.

Packaging:
Using a close up shot of Mija for the front over, you get a good look at the villainess for the show and the nice character design that she is. Hey, she’s got green hair, so she won me over. The back cover gives a full summary of what’s in the story and setting as well as a few animation shots. Some production information and the discs features are also listed here. As with all NuTech releases to date, there’s no insert in this release.

Menu:
The menu plays through a brief snowy sequence before it settles into the pentagram form with the discs selections and title with some of the music from the show playing. Menus are quick to load afterwards and moving around is quick and easy. The layout is the same as other NuTech discs, so you know what to expect if you’ve seen their releases before.

Extras:
The only extra included here is a minute long video gallery that shows various stills from the episodes to music.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The story of Mija is fairly straightforward. Mija, an apparently exiled demon, has returned to Earth and has settled on the Saint Moses Academy as her place to start, as there is something powerful about the place in its form. The Academy was built to double as a shelter for the surrounding area awhile back, so it’s very large and has an interesting design.

Mija’s return hasn’t gone unnoticed though, as we find ourselves introduced to the very attractive Sara Tadeshina. She’s been called in to a massive underground location where servants of God work to keep the world safe in his name. The holy man she meets there instructs her to go to Saint Moses and use her soul to find out what’s wrong there. Somewhat grudgingly, she agrees and heads off to do the work that she’s been commanded to do.

Mija’s been working several people over at the Academy, where she opens up their desires so they overwhelm, giving abilities to some of the boys so they can control the women that they want and bring more energy to the surface. Things change somewhat when Mayu, the typical young attractive student, falls into her dimension accidentally. Mija conquers her with her ability to please both sexes, and begins to bring her over totally.

Mayu has some folks watching out for her though, notably her wannabe boyfriend Kotaru. There’s also Sara as she investigates the oddities of the school and eventually comes across a secret entrance to Mija’s realm. Things culminate in a giant fest of fun before the bad guys get taken out. In this sense, it’s like a typical monster of the week series, where the lead-up is the interesting part but the finale is the same episode after episode.

There’s other potential plots offered up with other students here, but since it’s only one episode, it doesn’t go far into exploring them. The majority of the character designs for this are really nice with great colors, but secondary background characters get the short end of the stick and don’t look too distinct. Though a bit average in the end, Mija is a show that has some possibilities but likely won’t be followed up.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Image Gallery

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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