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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: C+
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Adult Source Media
- MSRP: 24.98
- 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: Kranke Vol. #1
By Chris Beveridge
March 20, 2007
Release Date: March 15, 2007
Night Shift Nurses: Kranke Vol. #1
What They Say
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Hikaru Kodama, a degraded nurse, falls into a deviant trap and becomes a sex slave. In a secret area of the hospital she undergoes an erotic experiment. Hikaru shows the true nature of her ferocity. She proceeds to go on a splurge of sexually infused romps that turn her submissive, docile demeanor into a one-woman sex machine!The Review!
Dr. Hirasaka is back and this time around he's using Hikaru's body as a blender.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 2005, 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.Packaging:
With a bit of silver foil applied to the logo, the cover for this release is highly appealing. The central image is that of Hikaru in her uniform looking over someone while the background has some equipment and lights. It's a very simple design and layout, but Hikaru's pose and the way they've brought in her uniform really works well. It's enticing and alluring without being explicit. The back cover on the other hand goes for the gusto with a lot of very explicit visuals from the show surrounding the small summary paragraph about the show. The discs features and technical information is spread out along the bottom which continues to make me wish that they'd adopt a technical grid format, particularly since some of it is duplicated information. Everything is covered there though so they do get credit for that. No insert is included nor is there a reversible cover with a clean back side.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. A bonus feature, about twenty minutes, is included with the hard subtitled material that's populated ASM releases for ages now. At this point, having seen every ASM release, I wish that these would disappear or at least bring in some new material.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Ah, Night Shift Nurses, how I thought I may get away with never seeing any of you again. Having had a lengthy review career with these titles, they've left me scarred and battered in many ways. Suffice to say, it's a running joke with a core of truth in that I can't look at eggs in the same way again. Sadly, now I have to add honey and yogurt to the list as well.
Night Shift Nurses brings us back to the hospital where the positively perverted Dr. Hirasaka works. He's continuing his various "experiments" with the nurses he's able to bring under his perverted control. For all sorts of reasons, they're unable to fight back or escape his grasp and often end up liking what he does to them. Hirasaka is the personification of the creepy looking doctor and this episode does nothing to take that effect away. This time around his focus is almost entirely on the lovely nurse Hikaru Kodama. She's been under his control for a bit due to the way he's blackmailed her over the fact her (obviously adopted) younger sister is a patient there.
Hikaru's forced into a number of twisted acts that totally disgust her but eventually end up being things that wasn't quite as bad as she thought it would be. The opening has her involved in some nice hanging rope bondage that involves a fair bit of puking during it. Another has Hirasaka taking her in her sisters hospital room while she's slightly drugged out. The worst though is when Hikaru is forced into a similar situation later on; the sex itself isn't bad as anal material isn't exactly a new thing to this series, but what's involved is. She's at first surprised that he's not getting a batch of eggs again but she's even more surprised when he fills her up with honey and yogurt. The mix earlier on with honey, blood and semen was bad enough but you'd think yogurt would be more than enough.
Oh no. Not only does she explode out the rear with everything above, he then catches a big chunk of it in a bowl, forces a funnel in her mouth and makes her swallow everything that just came out of her backside. I was practically crying at this point to make it stop, begging for the show to be over. Up until that scene I had wondered if the people behind this series had mellowed a bit as nothing felt as over the top disturbing as some of the earlier episodes in the franchise. But with that one sequence they managed to outdo the eggs. As Hikaru complains to Hirasaka early on, "My ass isn't a blender." Well, after that scene, my stomach certainly felt like it was one.In Summary:
Night Shift Nurses certainly has its appeal and its legion of followers. Even though it's not a favorite of mine by far, I have to admit that it's a title that I want to show to as many people as possible. In some ways, I don't think I should be the only one who has to see it. In another way, I'm fascinated to see whether people are either completely repulsed by it or end up taking notes for their own personal pleasure. Adult Source Media's release of Kranke is spot on here with how the disc comes across and bringing this franchise back for more will certainly bring them some new customers. I'm just afraid of how the crew behind Night Shift Nurses will try to top themselves after this.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English SubtitlesFrench subtitles, German subtitles, Italian subtitles, Spanish subtitles,Art 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.