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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: 24.99
- 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. #3
By Chris Beveridge
February 27, 2008
Release Date: February 19, 2008
Night Shift Nurses: Experiment Vol. #3
What They Say
© Adult Source Media
Experiment #3 will leave you at the edge of your seat!!!
The third installment of the Night Shift Nurses: Experiment series brings the action to a whole new level. Head nurse Seion Yuunagi, Yu Yagami, Rieka Goei and and Sora lead this cast that are about to make things get real hot. With Sora falling over and being carried to the sick room, the controversy begins as Yu Yagami knows the real reason of his collapse. Seion then plans to sacrafice him, however, Rieka has other plans because she believes him to be the ideal test subject. So the experiment begins, and it's about to lead to a whole lot more...The Review!
The Experiments come to an abrupt end with no real closure and a surprisingly minimal amount of… sex.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:
Yunagi takes the cover for the final volume with a great shot of her laying on the hospital bed in her uniform with it come off of her as she fondles herself. There are plenty of soft girlish colors and a simple background, so all the attention is on the character art which works just right. On the back cover, it provides a great shot of Yuu with her uniform falling off of her as well as a strip of explicit shots along the left. 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 pink 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 the second one did and this one does as well 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 Experiment spin-off comes to a close with this volume and it's actually quite a disappointment in a few different ways. The main one is that there's no real sense of conclusion to it and nothing has been made to finish it since 2006. With it now being nearly two years later it's pretty much obvious that they aren't going to finish it, so you hope that what we get finishes it off with a bang in the sex department at least. Yet even that comes across as surprisingly weak considering how good the first two volumes have been.
After the seizures that's Sky's been having, never mind the body warping that was going on for a bit as well, having him put in isolation for treatment isn't all that much of a surprise. Yuu's hoping that he's alright after what she's seen but she still can't quite figure out her own feelings towards him. Yunagi is intent on making sure the experiments go well but the superintendent doesn't seem to want to change his medication levels and will let things go on as they have been. The other nurses are going about their normal business and everything seems to just slowly move forward without any real sense of purpose. There is a good bit of plot that gets brought up here with Sky's treatment and how they want to handle it with the people "upstairs," but when it dominates the episode you start to have a feeling of "whatever" about all of it.
When it comes to the sex, it's a rather small component and surprisingly tame. The opening scene is rather good but it doesn't go far enough as we have the superintendent putting on a strap on so that she can defile Yunagi for a bit without actually de-virginizing her. Having Yunagi taken on the desk from behind while the superintendent informs her that her virginity is being saved for Sky provides for quite the good scene. What's disappointing is that for approximately the next eighteen minutes there's barely any sex or hint of sex at all. Instead we get lots of plot before Sky has another seizure and runs off to the basement where Yunagi finds him. That does lead to a decent scene where he's out of control and taking her by force, though she wants it, while others watch. But it feels incomplete and rushed instead of something lengthier and more detailed that I've come to expect from the show.In Summary:
Night Shift Nurses: Experiment was a real surprise at first as I had such a distaste for the franchise overall and I ended up really liking the first two volumes. It even got me to like the other spin-off that Adult Source Media has been releasing. I had high hopes for this third and final volume but I really came away very disappointed by it. The minimal amount of sex combined with a heavy dose of pointless plot since there's no conclusion really gives one little reason to watch this. Experiment has a really good situation to work with and some interesting characters, especially without that one particular doctor from the main franchise, but they really seemed to lack proper direction with this episode which likely resulted in the project being canned unfortunately. Even if you're a fan of the first two, this one is hard to recommend unless you want to see about eight minutes of sex scenes with Yunagi.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,French Subtitles,German Subtitles,Italian Subtitles
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