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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: C+
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 35
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: My Life As...

My Life As...

By Chris Beveridge     April 04, 2002
Release Date: March 29, 2002


My Life As...
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
It's been six months since Yasunari ran away from home. Saved from the streets by Fumi and Rino (Aurora Snow), he ends up living with them as their pet (yes i said pet). Along with his friend Chie (Brittany Andrews), he is introduced to a new world of S&M and Group sex. To top it off, Yasunari publishes his new sexual experience in a magazine, which ends up in the hands of his brother, Tomoyasu whose been desperately searching for him...

Tomoyasu is seriously upset after finding that his brother is enjoying his new life. When a new tutor, Serina, arrives unexpectedly, he takes out his anger and frustration of his broken home on Serina by forcing himself on her. Unknown to Tomoyasu, Serina is the friend of Yasunari's three masters!

A fun adventure revolving around the two brothers and the women of their lives!

The Review!
Originally mislabeled as “My Life as a Stage Chicken”, this title is a source of comedy for people who will never buy it. For those that do buy it, it’s definitely not a comedy and not that good at being good hentai either.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Though a recent release, the show features a basic stereo mix but even that feels mostly like a center channel show. There’s little music to the show that rises above a really low level and most of the dialogue and other sounds are pretty much coming through the center channel.

Video:
The transfer for this release overall is very good, but suffers from the animation itself not really looking all that good. There’s no cross coloration and only a few instance of some line shimmering in the program. The shows colors are a bit flat feeling as is the animation itself, which feels only a few steps above some of the more basic hentai video games out there, but still leaps beyond something like Pure Love.

Packaging:
One of the things we really liked about this release when we first saw it was that it was using the original Japanese artwork which had some interesting looking designs. And of course a green haired girl which is practically a given for me. Unfortunately these characters don’t show up in this episode at all, but still make for a nice looking cover after you get past the voice actresses pictures. The back cover features more artwork that doesn’t come from the show but a few that do, giving this release a really odd feel. Presumably future volumes will feature these characters. As with all NuTech releases, there are no inserts in this volume.

Menus:
The main menu is done up in an amateur magazine style where the pages move to go to new submenus. The animation for the menu itself works out nicely, but they use bits from the show in the pictures and these show a ton of shimmering which is thankfully not in the program itself. This makes the menus look really poorly done, especially compared to most of NuTech’s other menus. Access times are solid and the layout in general works well and is pretty similar to most of their other releases.

Extras:
Two sets of the voice actresses video photo galleries are included here while the actual anime-related extra is a video image gallery with stills from the show.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With only one episode on this disc, there’s not a whole lot to say on it. The show follows a simple story of Yusanari, the male lead of the show who was living with his father after his parents divorced. After living with him for awhile and his tendency to get mad and violent, Yusanari finally ran away from home and started living on the streets. This didn’t go on for too long though as he was rescued by two college girls who took him into their home. He also ended up with a job and works with a woman whose good friends with the two girls he lives with.

Fumi and Rino aren’t your average kind of girls though, and their friend Chie is a bit shy about it, but she plays the same games. They all end up using Yusanari as an S&M tool, going so far as to take pictures of him and sending it in to a magazine with his story, which actually works as something cathartic for him and let him become more “free” to enjoy his status as their slave.

And as luck would have it, now that he’s published (with infamous black bars appropriately placed on the picture), someone from his family ends up with it by chance. His younger brother is given a copy from a friend and he quickly realizes that it’s his missing brother that’s in there and that he recognizes the area where the pictures were taken. He decides to head off and find him, though he realizes it’s fairly futile and can’t even be sure that it’s really his brother.

As mentioned above, the show features some fairly lackluster character designs and animation. The characters often feel very flat, which is something you don’t really want to feel when watching hentai. It’s not an attempt to be more “real-life” style in the animation, but a design choice that also feels somewhat cheap. The characters are ok in themselves, but the show doesn’t place a whole heck of a lot on plot or anything and moves from scene to scene with paper thin transitions to carry it along.

It’s certainly not the worst hentai I’ve seen and just about everything is consensual in one way or another, but it’s just not all that involving. Hopefully if more volumes are forthcoming and they continue this storyline, things progress some in both story and animation.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Voice Actresses Photo Gallery,Anime Photo 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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