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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: B-
- Extras Rating: C
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Adult Source Media
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 30
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Night Shift Nurses
Night Shift Nurses: Experiment Vol. #2
By Chris Beveridge
September 05, 2007
Release Date: September 04, 2007
Night Shift Nurses: Experiment Vol. #2
What They Say
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Asked by the beautiful hospital director Reiko Goei to become a tester for a new drug, Sora agrees to "muff" dive right in. He then moves to a special ward where he meets Yu Yagami, the delicious head nurse of the testing unit. Bored and alone, he decides to snoop around on the hospital computer where he stumbles upon information on the lustful, sex addicted nurse, Hiyori Kisaragi.
Sora edges towards a friendship with Hiyori, however to his surprise; Hiyori has something much more pornographic in mind than just being friends. "For my experiment, I want you to play with me!" says Hiyori. But experiments can sometimes lead to so much more. The Review!
With Yuu out of the ward for a bit that leaves room for Sky to play... this time with young Hiyori.Audio:
The first episode in this series is done in both and English and Japanese stereo mix, both of which are encoded at 192 kbps. The Japanese track seems to feel more alive and full but this is likely attributed to the differences in how the English track handles the voice acting. Their performances are much more subdued which results in a milder sounding mix. Both of them are decent across the board though otherwise as dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.Video:
Originally released in 2006, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. With only one episode here and twenty minutes of bonus materials, there is plenty of space for a solid look transfer and this release hits it on just about every note. The bitrate meter tends to stay heavily in the seven mbps range with only a few dips into the sixes during the main program. The higher bitrate lets the shows animation quality shine through nicely as colors are solid without being oversaturated. Cross coloration is absent as is aliasing during most of the panning sequences. Backgrounds maintain a very solid feel to them even with the style and tones used. The visual presentation overall is quite good with a very clean looking release that's generally problem free. The only actual issue with the video side is that at 9:41, there is a brief video glitch through the center that's there for a blink and you miss it moment.Packaging:
Hiyori takes the cover for the second installment and follows the first quite well in how it portrays sexual innocence and a nurses uniform. With plenty of soft girlish colors and a simple background, all attention is on the character art which works just right. On the back cover, it provides a couple of shots of Hiyori in different forms from the show with nudity as well as a strip of explicit shots along the top. A summary covers the basics and a shot of Hiyori in demon dominatrix mode fills out the background. The production and technical information is par for the course for an ASM release in that it provides most of the needed details but not in a clean and orderly fashion. There's a lot of info here and the layout doesn't make it easy to find. While no insert is included in the release there is a reversible cover. The front cover is the same with the exception of it not having a blue foil along the logo while the back cover provides non-explicit images. It continues to be strange that the explicit version is what's actually sent out while the non-explicit one is reversed. Menu:
The menu layout adopts the design of the front cover to nice effect while mixing in a bit of music and navigation to it. The colors here pop just a bit more than the cover and with some of the animation mixed in it just looks good all around. Access times are nice and fast and navigation is straightforward and problem free. ASM releases go the extra mile for the adult anime fan who doesn't want any plot by offering the direct to sex access from the top level as well. The disc did read our players' language presets for the audio but did not for the subtitles, leaving us without any during initial playback.Extras:
The only extra included is a photo gallery with stills from the show. The first volume didn't include a bonus video but this one does with a twenty-eight minute weird feature. After seeing these for a couple of years now, they still pretty much give me the creeps. I'd much rather see the audio and video quality bumped up (PCM Japanese please!) in place of this..Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The Night Shift Nurses spin-off continues on with its second Experiment volume and changes things up a bit over the first. While the opening episode focused on the introduction of Sky and his situation as well as his lusting for Yuu, Yuu isn't in this volume more than a few seconds really which has left poor bewildered Sky in search of more female attention. Thankfully he's in a place where the women may not be common they are certainly accessible.
The thirty minute episode brings us three full length sex scenes and a pair of shorter scenes. The combination of these scenes provides for a rather solid experience as it runs across several themes and hits up a lot of rather entertaining material. One of the things that has made Experiment more enjoyable is that it introduces some comedic elements to it. The episode focuses around Hiyori, the eighteen year old genius researcher that's working in the special ward. She's fascinated at the moment by the concept of the orgasm and the way that it's apparently three hundred times more intense for a woman than it is for a man. She's going through a lot of intense research, one item of which is when she puts on some classic Night Shift Nurses DVDs. Using the character designs from the original franchise, they actually make some humor with it as they do an over the top feces explosion sequence.
With Hiyori as the main girl that Sky can get close with this time and her obvious interest in sex, it doesn't take long before she invites him to her room to deflower her. She's not clinical about it but she's up front about what she likes, what she wants and how he can do it. Sky's a bit awkward in this after the way Yuu was but the pair get their groove on quite nicely. Hiyori is quite intent with her research as she wants to get Sky to climax as powerfully as he can though she is concerned that his body can't hold up like a woman's body would. Through three full on sex scenes between the two of them, Sky and Hiyori have a lot of great material that really lets this episode stand out.
Even as well done as it is, there are plenty of moments that will make some queasy and some feel nostalgic for the original franchise. The first aspect is that Hiyori is definitely young looking, no matter how much they try and reinforce that she's eighteen years old. Her room is quite childish and her appearance just reaffirms it. That said, once she's naked she isn't flat chested which helps push the idea out a bit. Some of the angles they choose for her during the sex scenes don't help much but she's more often portrayed as a petite young woman in the sex scenes more than anything else. The nostalgic side which can also make you queasy is that they introduce the eels at one point, though it's done for comic effect towards the end of one scene. The other that's more full on in its nature is when they have Hiyori provide some facial golden showers for Sky. Ew, ew and more ew. Kudos to those who enjoy it though.
What surprised me the most about this episode was the comical effects mixed into all of it. Hiyori really takes advantage of this as she goes into a dominatrix mode in order to please Sky for her research. It's actually done in a magical girl style for a bit as she waves around the whip, has the uniform come onto her in bits and pieces and then ends it with the proper pose. The outfit works wonderfully as it's bright and colorful but still dominating with all the right accents. Hiyori masters this mode well and throughout the scene where she's using the whip and playing the dominatrix she commands a certain kind of cute presence that Sky completely falls for when he realizes that he really does like it.In Summary:
I still feel really wrong in enjoying this variation of Night Shift Nurses but the comedic elements really bring it to a whole new level. It's easy to see why those who are hardcore fanatics of the hardcore material will shy away from this since it twists so many of the basics into a lighter mode. For me however, it makes it a lot more accessible as well as keeping it in a light that doesn't feel positively creepy or disgusting. This is Night Shift Nurses for the mainstream while Kranke and the rest is for the hardcore crowd. I'm still not sure I can openly recommend this series but for those wanting to sample some of the elements that make up the franchise, this is certainly one very good way to do it.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,French Subtitles,German Subtitles,Italian Subtitles,Photo Gallery
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Sony PlayStation 3 Blu-ray player via HDMI -> DVI set to 480p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.