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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: C
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C+
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Anime 18
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 72
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Night Shift Nurses
Night Shift Nurses
By Chris Beveridge
September 29, 2003
Release Date: May 14, 2002
Night Shift Nurses
What They Say
© Anime 18
If you’re feeling down, the night shift nurses will perk you up! A new doctor is coming to train these novices to really open up to their patients. Training is intense, but the nurses will do their duty to get to the bottom of any ailment, and rectify the situation with tender loving care. Patients are hard to please, but in the end, the lovely staff will rise to the occasion. You'll shake, sweat, and suffer from a racing heart for the hottest hospital helpers you've ever seen!The Review!
The latest entry in the Anime 18 series is one that, while it looks really nice and will appeal to those with certain tastes, is a title that I’ll in no way recommend.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Though a recent show, it features a pretty basic sound stereo mix with little in the way of directionality across the forward soundstage. There was no noticeable dropouts or distortions during playback though.Video:
This is a frustrating looking transfer, because for a good percentage of the time, it looks great, with good looking clean animation. What causes the trouble is when the camera pans, the aliasing really kicks in and the cross coloration gets very strong. These scenes are very shifty looking and just look bad in general. But in a regular scene, things look great.Packaging:
Giving an idea of what’s inside, a simple but good looking pair of women in nurses outfits take up the center stage with the evil eye of the villain in the background. The back cover shows off a piece of animation and the physics behind ropes and pulleys. There’s a simple summary of the show and a basic listing of the discs features. As this comes in a clear keepcase, the reverse side is a black and white piece that shows the beginnings of a more explicit scene as well as the chapter selections. The cast listings are here as well and in a rare treat, both languages are accounted for. Menu:
This disc features the usual kind of menu we see on CPM discs, with some animation from the show playing and a simple but nice and effective set of menu selections. Access times are nice and fast and the layout is solid.Extras:
There’s only a few extras included here. The first is a video art gallery showcasing several scenes from the show while the other is the trailer for this show. Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Going by the cover, this is “the most shocking erotic anime ever!”.
Someone should insert “that you’ll never see” into it, since approximately 20 minutes of it has been cut, or effectively a whole episode, due to various legal issues in the US. That alone makes this an impossible to recommend disc, though the premise of the show as it starts off is interesting.
We get introduced to Dr. Harasaka, a doctor who hasn’t been practicing for almost ten years. We see some flashbacks to some sort of experiment that he was doing back in University Medical that led to him simply up and leaving. Details are very sketchy though, but we learn more. Harasaka has been called up to perform for a months contract at a local hospital, so he’s headed off there to meet his new boss and to find out what the job is. He’s surprised about being called up, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to meet the rent.
Harasaka is definitely oversexed, as once he’s at the hospital, he’s imagining every woman he sees as being his willing slave. Very vivid sequences in fact, causing him to separate from reality at times. After an encounter with one of the women nurses who works in gynecology, Harasaka’s specialty, he’s finally introduced to the chief medical office who runs the hospital.
And yep, it’s the woman who was the subject of his experiments oh so many years ago. Harasaka effectively freaks, fearing some reprisal or revenge, but learns that she’s called him in due to his special skills from their last time together. She informs him that he’s going to head a secret department of sorts, one that caters to the very rich patient, one where he’ll be training the nurses to become willing slaves for their use. Suffice to say, he’s intrigued and easily hooked.
The show then moves forward with him getting candidates from his boss and working them over in his own special way, usually getting something on them to blackmail them from the start and then turn them his way. The scenes are definitely explicit with nothing held back, at least in what we’re allowed to see here. These types of shows aren’t my cup of tea, so it held limited appeal as he progressed.
As mentioned at the beginning, there’s no way I can recommend this based on the massive edits. The animation is slick looking and the acting in general is on par for what you’d expect from hentai, but knowing that there’s so much missing, and supposedly central to the plot… well, you get the picture.
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