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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • 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: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Ninja

Ninja Vol. #5

By Chris Beveridge     November 17, 2005
Release Date: November 01, 2005

Ninja Vol. #5
© Adult Source Media

What They Say
What is the mystery behind the hidden past of Shinjyo Reiko? How did Mashiba Aya, who was killed by the parasite bug, reappear again? Trouble after trouble comes to Yatsurugi Shinobu. The drama in the institute has finally come full circle.

The Review!
Mashiba returns for another series of seemingly disconnected adventures as she looks for someone who can make her climax.

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 fairly attractive and not representative of what's inside but boy does it sell itself well here. The front cover has a shot of Mashiba being taken from behind by a Buddha statue while in the foreground you get an attractive shot of her fully dressed and holding her sword. The back provides a few pieces of Mashiba getting taken in various ways and some of the things she faces in the same style as the front cover. 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 gold colors that almost feels like a sunburst of sorts coming from the center. Along the right side is a close-up of the character artwork from the front and back cover that rotates in and out while 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.

A bonus video is included and is another "chapter" of the standalone MS Paint style kind we've seen on other recent releases from ASM. Unlike the Arisa release, this one does have subtitles..

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The fifth installment of the Ninja series carries on the tradition of the previous volumes with Mashiba fighting her way through a series of varied villains who have generally only one thing on their mind, defeating Mashiba in a sexual manner. Naturally, they get close to succeeding but in the end, the bad guys can never really win.

The main theme of this set of sexual scenes that keeps things so very loosely connected is that Mashiba has been waiting for so very long to actually climax. She ends up in a couple of series of encounters where she's instantly on her ass and playing with herself so that she can bring herself off. Before that can happen though some villain either comes in or is already there and tries to take her down knowing that the only way he can really defeat her is if she's weakened by climaxing. Like many men, these ugly looking specimens of humanity simply fail to please her before they finish out themselves, leaving poor Mashiba to pull off some incredibly hokey ninja sex move that crushes her opponents completely.

That's what we get several times over across the twenty minutes that this release runs. The only thing that even made this set of episodes amusing was that one of the guys she ends up having sex with is in the shape of a Dharma doll and they have sex in his kitchen. She ends up playing with herself in order to get him aroused so that he'll give her what she needs so now we have this human sized Dharma doll with a dick that explodes out of it and bounces up and down on the floor behind her so it can take her from behind. The only thing that would have been more hilarious would be seeing a Weeble "wobble" into her repeatedly in the same manner. .

In Summary:
Ninja continues to be a series that I'd really like to know its full origins and what kind of market in Japan actually really likes this and gets into it. We've seen a wide variety of adult anime come over to the US in the last twenty years and even with some of the most disturbing things out there, this series manages to be the one that I can't figure out what kind of audience there is for it. I know it's not me even though I keep hoping that each volume will get closer to being more like the first one was.

Japanese 2.0 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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