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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 Shift Nurses
Night Shift Nurses Karte 10.5
By Chris Beveridge
June 20, 2008
Release Date: June 17, 2008
Night Shift Nurses Karte 10.5
What They Say
© Adult Source Media
Dr. Hirasaka takes it to another level in this Director's Cut edition of Night Shift Nurses: Karte 10.5. Watch his madness in peak form as he embarks on some of his most intense experiments yet. No nurses are safe when the Doctor lets loose, and they're about to get it hard, long and out of control. It is a rise to new heights, because the Doctor is about to take his pink 'n' wet Rx groupies on a ride they will never forget!The Review!
Proving once again how to do a clip show, Karte 10.5 ratchets up the intensity of pure naughty Night Shift Nurses sex.Audio:
The bilingual presentation for this series is fairly standard with a pair of stereo tracks encoded at 192 kbps. The English 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 outgoing which results in a louder 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 2003, 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 five and six mbps range with only a few dips below that during the main program. The shows animation quality shines through nicely as colors are solid without being oversaturated or having much in the way of noise. 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.Packaging:
Fitting in with their Night Shift Nurses: Experiment
and Night Shift Nurses: Kranke
releases, Night Shift Nirses: Karte uses the same foil style with its front cover to give the logo a bit of extra notice. Unlike the first cover however, there's just a single piece of character artwork here as Hikaru does a kick to the air that shows off her nice legs and panties to the viewer as she's at a train station. It's not quite as erotic as the first cover, but it works well enough in letting you get an idea of what to expect. The explicit back cover is solid as well as it uses an white background to let the animation scenes stand out strongly. Only one segment from the show is used throughout and it pushes the basic sexual level pretty nicely with only a hint of how twisted it really is. The summary gives you an idea of what to expect without outright calling it a clip show and the discs features and basic technical specs are clearly listed, though there isn't any sort of proper technical grid. The reverse side cover for the front isn't any less explicit since it's just showing butts while the reverse side back cover uses non nude shots from the show with a little bit of bondage thrown in to tease.Menu:
The menu layout is pretty nice as it takes the character artwork from the front cover and puts it on the right side with some real vibrancy to it. Amusingly though, the menu suffers a bit from cut/paste syndrome as it lists this as Karte 5.5 instead of 10.5. The left side has a patient's chart which has the navigation strip going down it, all of which is set to some basic lights playing in the background and some instrumental music that runs the standard thirty second loop. 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. I don't know anyone who considers the bonus videos an extra.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As the series continued on, we get another clip show that simply does things right in how a clip show should be done. Utilizing the idea of one of the characters viewing clips of Hirasaka's exploits on a laptop, we're treated to just the sex. Which makes the straight to the sex feature of the release kind of amusing since it's filled with nothing but sex. Dirty, filthy sex with lots of scatological elements thrown in. Or about. Or up in the air. Frankly, it's all over the place. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Ren's going through the series of images reveals to her juts exactly what's been going on with Hirasaka when she's not around. Not that she didn't know he was performing experiments elsewhere, but the reality of it is certainly different. And she can't look away, either as she finds just how far up the chain of command he's gone by going after the director and the superintendent. Some of the scenes are shorter than others, notably the superintendent, but they all share some basic commonalities in that it's just as cruel as anything else we've seen. The series prides itself on its perversity and as we mentioned when looking at the first volume of this, there is a certain beauty to it as well. The animation always has a certain high level of quality to it and a fluidity that makes the fluids and poop simply flow in a way that's creepy and almost lifelike.
When it comes to the sex itself, this one is definitely filled with far more fecal matter than before, or at least it seems that way. It's more overt, more blatant. Hirasaka is intent on his strange experiments with the women and he enjoys filling them up with things in order to get things out of them. We've seen the marbles and the eggs before and he revisits that again with more eggs here, including some chocolate eggs he's specially made. There is nothing like watching melted chocolate ooze out of a woman onto a pile of her own poop on the floor. And no, I can't believe I got to write something like that.In Summary:
Being a clip show, there really isn't all that much to say about it. The framing of the episode is pretty solid and they do a good job of taking some of the "best" of the sex scenes and putting them all together in a way that makes it engaging and fun to watch. There are still plenty of times where the material is simply hard to stomach and that keeps it from being truly enjoyable. This series is one that really has some beautiful animation and character designs to it which helps it become something even more than just a series of depraved scenes. That kind of strange twisted beauty is alluring and repelling at the same time, the kind of material that you simply can't look away from. And for some, it's a badge of honor just to be able to say you survived it. Adult Source Media could probably market a series of t-shirts around a statement like that. If you're not interested in finding the old original releases and just want to see the down and dirty material, this is the best way to do it.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,French Subtitles,German Subtitles,Photo Gallery
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.