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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Adult Source Media
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Ninja

Ninja Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     June 14, 2005
Release Date: June 07, 2005


Ninja Vol. #2
© Adult Source Media


What They Say
The evil hands spread over the Ninja Girl Institution. It's up to Reiko Shinjo to protect the institution. With her advanced lusty ninja moves, she will torture evil with her pussy! Her beauty attracts bad guys and the art of lusty ninja will torture many bad cocks. Behold the horny techniques of Reiko, as this sexy head mistress will destroy and pleasure the lurking evil!

The Review!
After an episode that showcased the group, the Ninja series goes completely out to lunch.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. This is also the only language available on this release as no English language version was made for it. The Japanese track is a pretty straightforward stereo mix that does have some minor moments of directionality but it's mostly the music that does a nice job of giving a full feeling performance. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released a few years back, the transfer for this series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The animation for the show is much more cartoonish than normal but it's full animated and rather fluid at times but it also has something of an older feel to it at times with its design. It isn't traditionally animated but it has some of that flair to it while being more cartoonish. It's filled with lots of simple vibrant colors that look good but it does suffer from some aliasing and jagged lines, especially during panning sequences. It's not a bad transfer but it's one where the actual enjoyment of it will stem from how you feel about the animation. In some ways it may look cheap but it again comes back to the more cartoonish style it has.

Packaging:
The artwork on the cover is just very attractive and not representative of what's inside but boy does it sell itself well here. The front cover has a shot of Reiko in bondage ropes taken from behind while some off camera guy has his hands on her buttocks and is squeezing and pounding hard there. The back cover provides a great looking illustration of the three girls looking on and their hair flowing around them. The summary covers the bulk of the show since it's only twenty minutes while the bottom covers the technical and production information. No insert is included in this release.

Menu:
The menu layout is similar to other releases from this studio in that the background is a simple wash of colors like red and oranges. Along the right side is a close-up of the character artwork from the front cover in bondage and the basic menu selections are lined along the left side. Access times are nice and fast and there's little here beyond the show and a few trailers. Since there's no real selections for language other than turning the subtitles on, the discs defaults mirror our players defaults.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While the first episode of Ninja didn't exactly set things ablaze around here, it had some cute moments and it certainly had some fun little designs even if they were fairly cartoonish in nature. It even had something of a plot to it, something that goes completely out the window with this second episode. I've found in the past that even when we're just looking at a single episode, there's often enough to talk about with it. For the second episode of Ninja, I feel like I'm stretching on just the opening paragraph.

There is no real plot to this episode, which clocks in just under twenty minutes in length compared to the first episode which was closer to thirty. While that episode had us introduced to the various women in the ninja group, the second episode focuses entirely on the leader, Reiko, as she deals with a series of decidedly ugly villainous men who try to conquer and abuse her before killing her. There's no setup, it just goes right into the first guy who tries to take her down, which he almost does before she remembers some wacky weird ninja sex move that she then uses on him. For instance, there's a bald guy with whom she lands her ass on and starts spinning around as it starts to suck his head entirely into her as something along the lines of "return to mommy" move.

Uh, yeah, ok.

In Summary:
The moves are all fairly similar and once one scene is over, bang, we're in another and there is no continuity between them in any way. This is like a best of episode with scenes just thrown together. With the lack of any kind of coherent plot, a fairly average or below lead female character and a bunch of ass ugly men, there isn't a whole lot to root for here.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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