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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Adult Source Media
  • MSRP: 24.99
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Night When Evil Falls

Night When Evil Falls Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     February 19, 2008
Release Date: February 05, 2008


Night When Evil Falls Vol. #2
© Adult Source Media


What They Say
fter chasing the evil Gilva into the human world, Sheliss, the Underworld princess, and the demon killer Akane Kido move in on their enemy's hide-out, but are defeated by the aquatic magician Meduna. Sheliss' dress is ripped off during a heated battle and slimy tentacles penetrate her every orifice. The magician turns her clit into a cock and she takes Gilva's virginity as their tight little pussies are acing to be pinned down and forced open. Her strong will is erased by milky white pleasures, and rationality fades away from her eyes...

The Review!
The story takes a backseat as Sheliss’ backside becomes the main focus of the show.

Audio:
Adult Source Media continues to provide bilingual audio tracks with their releases and this one is no exception. Both mixes are pretty standard fare with stereo layouts encoded at 192 kbps. It's a simple forward soundstage design which is heavier on dialogue than anything else, but that's where it counts and the girls all sound good here. Some of the music when used gives a more full feeling and there are a few action effects that come across nicely as well. Overall though, it's nothing unusual for an adult release. In listening to both language tracks, we didn't have any issues with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2006, the transfer for this OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. With much of this episode taking place in the night and in other dark places, there's a fair amount of murkiness to a number of scenes. The heavy use of dark blues isn't as problematic as it could be as only a few scenes show much in the way of noise and break-up in that area. Colors in general remain pretty solid, though with flashes of noise here and there, and look pretty pleasing overall. Cross coloration and line noise is pretty much absent from regular playback which gives the show a smooth and appealing look. While it's not a standout OVA in its production values, it's a solid looking piece that is generally problem free.

Packaging:
If there's an area where ASM continues to excel it's in picking the right artwork to use for the cover and tying it to a good looking logo design. Sheliss is again the center focus here and we see her being taken in multiple ways by the special tentacles that heighten everything. It has a nice rear end shot of her with lots of detail and colors as her panties are torn asunder. The back cover is quite explicit as it features numerous scenes from the show with the tentacles in action as well as a separate fully clothed piece of artwork of Sheliss herself. The summary runs through the basics of what you could call the plot and the bottom is rounded out with the standard layout that covers the discs features and technical information. The reverse side cover artwork for the back provides non-explicit shots from the show while the front cover version of it is identical except for the very small removal of the pink of what little part of her nipples show. Heaven save us from the nipple!

Menu:
The menu design for the release definitely works the simple approach as it has a digital vortex swirling around and we see a brief bit of the opening sequence inside of it. It's kept from showing any nudity but the tentacles do get to show off a bit. On the top layer section of the menu, a floating piece of character artwork for Sheliss is along the left while the right side features the static navigation menu. All of it is tied together with some unremarkable gothic/evil instrumental music. The navigation is simple and effective and they do include the useful straight to the sex feature once again. The disc correctly read our players' language presets and played accordingly.

Extras:
The only real extra here is a brief slideshow of various scenes from the show which look really nice. A bonus episode is included as well though once again it's strangely provided without subtitles and really isn't worth watching anyway. I'd much rather see ASM drop these and just punch up the video bitrates to the max and let it fly with that.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The Night When Evil Falls started off nicely enough in its first volume that it set up a simple story that would provide for some sex scenes. Tentacle monster anime isn’t as common as it used to be so there’s a certain nostalgia for it when it’s done at least competently. The middle episode of the three part series continues on what we saw in the first volume in a logical way but decides that it doesn’t want to deal with too much plot right now.

It just wants to give us lots of sex. Hurray for animators that know what they’re doing!

There are only two sex scenes across this twenty-seven minute episode but I’m very happy to say that both of them are quite good. Almost surprisingly so in fact. The first half of the episode brings us back to Sheliss and Meduna as Meduna has Sheliss completely under her thrall in the water sex torture arena. Meduna is intent on making Sheliss completely lose herself by doing what she thinks would completely embarrass the demoness and shame her. It’s an interesting approach for dealing with one’s deadly enemies and it leads to a really great lengthy sex scene in which Sheliss is taken by tentacles and given a very amusing and surprisingly erotic enema. The variation on the tentacles is also a plus as they’re liquid and heightening her feelings which in turns makes them work more.

The other main sex scene is one that involves Sheliss making her attempt on Gilva who has Akane in his grasp. Gilva is still weakened by everything that’s happened but he has Meduna and Miti at his side to help. Amusingly, he’s upset with Meduna over what she’s done with Sheliss since it’s only served to make her mad. Even still, he’s got quite a bit of power and after subjugating Akane and using her as bait, he’s able to lure Sheliss into an obvious trap easily enough. And that trap brings out an interesting sex scene as he uses his magic powers to give her a penis that he’s able to control. Futanari material typically hasn’t been interesting in the past but the way it’s used here is rather good as Sheliss is forced to be toyed with by Meduna now and then to have her and Akane work each other over. There’s some resistance in their faces over it but the pleasure and control that’s been lost pushes both of them over the edge.

In Summary:
There are a few bits of plot that get brought in between the two main scenes and at the end, which includes massive destruction of a city done in poor animation form, but that’s really neither here nor there in the long run. Where this show succeeds is in providing some really solid erotic animation that uses the imagination aspect really well. There’s a certain creativity to this in the kind of tentacles used, their effect and the visuals overall. Some of it doesn’t work so well, such as Meduna’s tentacle monster pet, but others hit a home run including a great enema scene and some dickgirl material that just clicks well. While there are a few weak moments in the animation here and there, overall this is the highlight of this three part show so far.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,French Subtitles,German Subtitles,Slideshow,Bonus Episode

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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