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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Anime 18
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Nurse Me!

Nurse Me! Xtreme Series Edition

By Chris Beveridge     August 20, 2004
Release Date: August 24, 2004


Nurse Me! Xtreme Series Edition
© Anime 18


What They Say
When nurse-in-training Yumi reports for duty, she's confronted with an erotic lesson plan that leaves nothing to the imagination! Depraved doctors, naughty nurses, and perverted patients each lend a helping hand to her erotic education. By the time the nursing staff is finished, Yumi will be pushed to the brink of ecstasy - and sanity!

The Review!
It's nurse training time again and the nurses at this hospital undergo some very extensive courses in pleasing not only the patients but their supervisors.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The show has a fairly decent stereo mix though like most hentai shows it's only the music and some of the sound effects that use the stereo channels while the bulk of dialogue is center channel based. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout here and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback of either language track.

Video:
Originally released to video in 2002 and 2003, Nurse Me is presented in its original widescreen letterbox aspect ratio of 1.85:1. There are very few adult releases that are widescreen so when they do come along it's interesting to see the visual differences. The transfer for this show looks great with lots of very vibrant colors throughout and a wide range of flesh tones that come across very nicely. There's a general softness to the transfer that gives things a more surreal feel at times and adds to the nature of the show. Interestingly, they seem to have a lot of fun by adding in some "handicam" realism to the camera work by having it shift during some of the sex scenes. It's a nice change of pace from the usual smooth shots. Cross coloration is just about non-existent and aliasing is extremely minimal. This is a good looking transfer in general and one of the better stylized hentai ones I've seen recently.

Packaging:
With a title like Nurse Me, you damn well better show some nurses on the cover and this release does just that with three of them in various stages of undress, all blushing and all with plenty of detail and a nice sense of style to it. This is a good eye-catching cover and hits the right notes for those with the love of nurses. The back cover has a really nice shot of the lead nurse next to a summary of the shows premise and the basic features of the disc. The reverse side cover has a full panel bondage style shot of Yumi while the other panel has the chapter listing, bilingual cast list and a mix of the production information. The chapter listings are fairly useless in their own way since they don't tell you where the individual episodes start and end.

Menu:
The menu is a static shot of a nurses station for the background while the two lead nurses are in the foreground. The artwork for both of them is simply lusciously drawn and detailed, but the menu just plain feels odd since there isn't any music to it. The layout is standard material with the usual selections. Access times are nice and fast and the disc played with our language presets without any issue.

Extras:
The only included extra is a brief art gallery video piece showing stills from the show.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Nurse Me, part of the "Xtreme Series" from Anime 18, is another in a long line of nurse and hospital related anime series. After as many shows as there are out there, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of new ways to go with the concept so whenever a new one comes along it's just a matter of figuring out which angle they're going to play with.

Nurse Me goes with the idea that some of the higher-ups in the hospital system, such as one Dr. Miura and one of the head nurses, Etsuko, have decided to not only train various nurses to service them when they feel the need but to also take care of a certain number of patients in need, particularly the ones where some form of a malpractice suit may be placed against the hospital. Want that to go away? Get that cute young nurse to give you a blowjob lickety-split. All is forgiven and the hospital is saved thousands in legal fees.

The hard part comes down to getting the nurses to actually go along with it. Some of them are into it and they end up working the others over. The three episodes for this series keeps its focus on a relatively new nurse named Yumi. She's long desired to be a nurse based on some interaction with one in her younger days and is now aspiring as a trainee to be just that. But her time at this hospital goes horribly awry once she stumbles in on a fellow nurse who was getting it one with a patient only to be nearly raped by another patient who couldn't control himself over it.

This eventually leads to Yumi being taken to Dr. Miura who reads her the riot act of sorts and insists that she succumbs to his will. Using his medicinal background, he manages to apply something to her skin in select areas that causes her to heat up and unable to restrain herself. With her writhing as much as she is, he's able to de-flower her against her will pretty quickly and uses it to start bending her to his will. With her fairly broken in some ways, the head nurse uses Yumi afterwards to start pleasing a variety of other patients, from giving them blowjobs to masturbating in front of them and going all out. The patients are the usual variety from the attractive young stud to the disturbing.

Disturbing here is the older gentleman who has a series of small metal balls implanted into his penis that's almost shaped like the big dipper. And they glow in the dark. God help me. I'm finding hentai funnier than regular anime these days with things like this and some of the amusing English "naughty phrases" that get used. Much like corn, twinkies are going off of my list of edible foods.

The animation and design of this show is really neat in general. The letterbox style gives it an interesting feel by itself, but a lot of scenes are tinged with some stained glass style artwork, showcasing scenes from the show with the characters or just general multicolored backdrops. It's used to give the scene something of a more cultish feel in some ways and it's effective in taking you out of the scene and making it feel like it's much more. The character animation is good throughout, though there are a few noticeable shortcuts in some areas, but in general it's a very good quality production. The character designs are fantastic and these are in general all good looking female characters. The men as usual don't make out quite as good.

One truly disturbing aspect of this show is that there is a single enema scene in the first episode. It's the usual fill her up and let her loose after a bit kind of deal, but this one disturbed me twice. The first time was just from the event itself since these scenes make me want to vomit. The second time, I had forgotten about it and I had the disc playing while wearing my headphones and writing the review. So when that scene came along, I didn't see the visual but heard it in glorious stereo. I cannot express how disturbing those couple of moments were until I realized exactly what I was listening to. Stereo scat.

In Summary:
Definitely earning its place in the Xtreme Series, Nurse Me is a high quality title in terms of animation and presentation while the story is somewhat lackluster. There isn't much in the way of anything new brought to the table but I did like the voiceover that was done since it added a bit more comedy to things than there would be otherwise. For good hardcore material, this is definitely one to check out for a variety of reasons. Just don't listen to the soundtrack by itself with headphones.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 RP-82 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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