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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: JapanAnime
  • MSRP: 24.99
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Mistreated Bride

Mistreated Bride Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     October 24, 2006
Release Date: September 19, 2006


Mistreated Bride Vol. #2
© JapanAnime


What They Say
Mitsuko no longer lives the same life she did before. Now her days are filled with forbidden lust and sexual cravings for her step-father and step-brother. But that's not the only secret within the Takayanagi residence. Mitsuko's step-father's wife, Sumie, is also involved in a dark and forbidden lust that no one has ever known about... or do they?

The Review!
Mitsuko's life continues to be a hard one but one that she's slowly coming to get used to and almost desire.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese and it's also the only language available here. The stereo mix for it is essentially what you expect from an adult release in that it's clean and problem free during regular playback. The stereo mix itself doesn't have much in the way of noticeable directionality which is pretty normal and overall it sounds like a standard full forward soundstage presentation.

Video:
Originally released to video in 2005, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The materials for this show are very similar to most other releases from JapanAnime in that it's a very clean looking print that's free of the usual troubles such as cross coloration and aliasing. There's a touch of blocking going on in a few backgrounds but nothing terribly distracting or really problematic. The show isn't quite up to some other recent releases in terms of fluid animation quality but it comes across well with its fairly pale and shadowed settings that use a real world color palette. The character animation is where things look the best in general and holds up well across the episode.

Packaging:
Using another image that's not in the show but definitely sells the concept in general, Mitsuko is in her skimpy bridal lingerie with her hands shackled up over her as she looks on with a bit of fear and excitement. The background isn't much of anything noticeable but they do a shadowed close-up of her face as well just to highlight her expression. The back cover provides a few shots from the show that are clean and without any real nudity while providing a summary of the premise in between them. The bottom is filled out with the basic legal jargon and the technical grid. Unlike the first volume, there is no reversible cover here showing off a racier version.

Menu:
A bit better than the previous menu, this one uses the main artwork from the front cover and does up some dark areas above and below to create a mild faux letterbox feel while letting the character artwork and lighter colors from it provide the focus. The same background as the cover is used as well with the navigation lined along the right side of it as a bit of mild instrumental music plays to it. The only downside to the menus is that since so much of it is locked in the pre-load section, it takes a bit to actually get to it. Access times are nice and fast and the disc correctly read our players' language presets and played accordingly.

Extras:
There are no extras included in this volume like the first, though there is the sex-only feature accessible through here. For those that like their hentai on the go, the inclusion of a PSP/iPod video version of the episode is here. A menu section in the extras describes the method by which to get it in clear detail as well.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The second chapter of Mistreated Bride brings us back to the lovely Mitsuko and the way she lovingly serves her family after having moved in with the in-laws. While her husband is away at work constantly and her daughter is at school, Mitsuko takes care of everything around the house for her mother-in-law that needs to be done. And that has turned into servicing both her father in law as well as her brother in law. What Mitsuko didn't know however is just how much more twisted this little family actually is.

It's been a couple of months since things have changed when Mitsuko and her family have moved in and now she's really taking care of Kouji. He's been terribly aggressive with her, to the point where his elderly father has seemingly taken a back seat. While his father has had his way with Mitsuko for awhile now, Kouji takes it several steps further by really giving it to her frequently and doing it in ways that toys with her, almost exposing them on occasion and really making sure that not only is she his at this point but that she can't be without him. As their relationship progresses, Mitsuko starts to move towards the point where she needs Kouji and dreams of him when she can't have him. This is made even stronger by the fact that her own husband essentially ignores her existence and when she does service her father in law, she's not able to bring him about to climax like she could easily do before.

While the show focuses fairly heavily on Mitsuko and Kouji this time around, it does provide a twist of finally letting us see what her mother in law is truly like when the gardening folks come by to trim some of the hedges. Her method of paying them is quite good and she really plays up the old lady aspect of it when seducing them. Of course, Mitsuko and Kouji are surprised but as we caught a glimpse before, Kouji's been involved in a little bit of incest there with his mother, at least in his dreams, and seeing her like this while trapped in a closet with Mitsuko is almost more than he can bear. Of course, not all mothers look like Kouji's does but she is the epitome of the traditional Japanese older woman who has a lot of fire brimming below the surface waiting to explode. And explode she does.

In Summary:
The first installment of this series didn't really do much for me and I really didn't like the old guy aspect since that was just, well, ew, no thank you. This episode manages to bring it back to a bit more of an interesting place and the focus on Kouji and Mitsuko works much better. The problem that remains though is that Mitsuko's breasts continue to be disturbing to look at and Kouji in general is simply disturbing. Mistreated Bride is still a fairly ugly show in its story and the way it's playing out, but this one manages to become a bit more interesting and less creepy. It's definitely not for all tastes though and is fairly rough for mine.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic DMP-BD10 Blu-ray player via HDMI -> DVI with upconversion set to 1080i, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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