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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: 24.98
  • Running time: 19
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Ninja

Ninja Vol. #3

By Chris Beveridge     August 02, 2005
Release Date: July 26, 2005

Ninja Vol. #3
© Adult Source Media

What They Say
Behold the lusty world of the female ninja, or in Japanese, Kunoichi. Shinobu will use her whole body, from her breast to the pussy, her sexual super moves will both pleasure and destroy her enemies! This lusty female ninja will blow your mind with her dynamic sex moves and will arouse all your sexual desires...

The Review!
The Ninja series continues and once again acts as a "best of" showcase rather than an actual episode of something.

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.

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.

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 as she's leaning back against the image of a dark room surrounded by flames. The back cover goes light on the color and has soft pink leaves falling across it while there are images from the show filling up most of the cover underneath the minimal summary. The bottom portion has the limited information available regarding the technical aspect and really overplays the running time. No insert is included in this release.

The menu layout is similar to other releases from this studio in that the background is a simple wash of light purple that has very soft pink leaves flowing down along it. 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.


Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The Ninja series is something that's confusing since it feels like we're getting a "Best of" show instead of an actual series. The first episode was actually fairly decent in its own bad way but the second episode barely hit the twenty minute mark before ending its showcase of numerous standalone scenes featuring the lead ninja girl. Unfortunately, third episode is essentially more of the same.

Watching it, there are a few sex scenes that are done with various ninja girl techniques being used after she's first abused and overpowered by the villain of the moment. Once a particular scene ends, it moves on to the next and then it all ends just before the twenty minute mark again. What's fascinating to watch with each of the scenes is to see just how far they can stretch a minimal amount of footage. You see this in real porn as well with the repeated scenes and slowed down material, but with these scenes it's like they had thirty seconds of footage and manages to reuse it to a five minute scene where they do similar tricks, including reversing the direction its playing. It's all very comical and amusing until you remember you paid money for this.

In Summary:
There isn't a lot to say about Ninja since it's just a compilation of scenes. This can work for real porn but it doesn't really seem to work for anime as well. It's an interesting exercise in reusing footage and getting your money's worth on the production side, but I can't imagine anyone really enjoying this or it having any replay value. If there's an actual full series for this property I'd much rather see that than what this and the previous volume have been like, especially for the price and the running time.

Japanese Language,English Subtitles

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


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