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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: 24.99
  • 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: Kranke Vol. #3

By Chris Beveridge     December 12, 2007
Release Date: November 27, 2007


Night Shift Nurses: Kranke Vol. #3
© Adult Source Media


What They Say
I want to experiment ...

Is this a dream ? Could the doctor really want to marry me after all the years of sexual deviance ?

Hikaru has dived into a life of hedonistic sex games which have culminated in the day every girl dreams of - her wedding day. Now the blushing bride and her perverted doctor husband look forward to slower paced days. But that doesn't last for long. In no time these perverts are up to their old ways. Sexual fetishes that give the term "Honeymoon" a new demented meaning. A new town leaves all kinds of new places to experiment...

The Review!
With Hirasaka and Ren now a happily married couple living out in the countryside, their relationship progress to the next level: sex with fish.

Audio:
The final 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 six mbps range with only a few dips into the fives and lower 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 blue foil applied to the logo, the cover for this release is solid but not quite as good as some of the earlier ones. The main image is that of Ren as the good doctor is getting to her from behind but the angle and the somewhat flat feeling of Ren's face really doesn't work well. The detail is minimal and the colors are simple due to the basic background. The back cover on the other hand goes for a bright look as it has Ren in a very detailed pose in her wedding dress set against a white background. The summary covers the basics of what to expect but not the details and it gives us a few sample images from the show to get worked up over. Shifting a bit from previous releases, there's a minor technical grid here in a clean format that runs through the basics as well as a features section that details the language options and basic features. While no insert is included, we do get a reversible cover this time. The back cover is the same as the other side but the other front cover is a clean shot that features Ren against the lake in her bathing suit looking unsure of what's about to happen.

Menu:
The menu layout adopts a part of the back cover with Ren in her wedding dress while also taking a close-up of her face from the reverse side cover. It's in that part with her eye that we get clips playing through from the show, all of which is set to some minor instrumental music. 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 show related extra included in the release is a brief photo gallery.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The final episode the Kranke spin-off for Night Shift Nurses does the unimaginable. It takes our favorite nurse, Ren, and moves her out of the night shift. In fact, it takes us out of the standard hospital setting entirely since she and the good doctor are now married and have a small private practice in a small town. With much of what made the original series so distinctive with its heavy medical gear and dominating backgrounds and settings, Kranke takes quite the detour.

The shift to this locale isn't bad as these two characters are certainly interesting to see in this new light. Hisakawa as a simple country doctor actually works in the context of the show, even more so than what we saw in the city because he's taking care of mostly old folks with basic problems. He still hits the city on occasion for conferences and other meetings, but the focus is more on him being something of a family man now. The married life seemingly suits the pair as they're quite devoted to each other, enough so that Ren continues on with the experiments that he likes to perform. One of them includes a new kind of cream that's designed to excite the pheromones and make everything far more exciting. That actually works better than expected and she's completely burning up with a need for sex and for some liquid relief.

The Kranke series does still play with some of what's considered the hallmark of the franchise, and that's the poop factor. To my surprise, years of watching this franchise as well as the infamous online video Two Girls and a Cup, I'm not quite as scarred by this kind of material as I used to be. So having Ren, in the lake, with poop exploding out of her rear really doesn't make me cringe at all anymore. It did make me laugh when the fish come by and one of them proceeds to wiggle between her legs to her surprise. What turned me away completely was that, upon seeing that the fish were dying in the poop due to the pheromones, Hisakawa decides to have a taste of it himself. Even worse, he takes some of the dead fish home that have consumed her excretions and proceeds to cook it up for dinner. It's not that it goes too far, it just goes too wrong for even my now weird tastes and interests.

In Summary:
Night Shift Nurses: Kranke was an amusing series at times that tried to carry on with what the original franchise did. It succeeded at times but it also took some surprising turns, which is what this volume is essentially all about. It was quite interesting to see the two characters out in the world with lots of bright colors and beautiful settings, but at the same time it doesn't feel quite like a proper Night Shift Nurses episode. There's still the poop though and the awkward situations with weird moments. If it's not eggs, it must be fish… Either way, this spin-off isn't quite what the original was but that's both good and bad. Depending on your tastes and interests, this is either high on your list or nowhere near your list. For me, it's an amusing passing distraction, especially in comparison to the more interesting Experiment series.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,English Subtitles,French Subtitles,German Subtitles,Image Gallery

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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