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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B-
- Packaging Rating: C+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: 16 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Central Park Media
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 180
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Ping Pong Club
Ping Pong Club Vol. #5: Rots in Hell
By Chris Beveridge
December 20, 2001
Release Date: December 11, 2001
Ping Pong Club Vol. #5: Rots in Hell
What They Say
© Central Park Media
A criminal mastermind is loose in the ping pong club! Lunches and club dues are missing — who is the culprit? Watch in horror as Maeno uncovers the team’s deepest, darkest secrets and incriminating photos come to light! If only someone cared! The Review!Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. While not an old show, things here are very much dialogue based with it being comedy oriented. Dialogue is mostly through the center channel and comes across without any noticeable distortions or dropouts. It's a fairly typical soundtrack.Video:
Things look a slight bit better here than the last disc with less of a soft feeling and less of the fuzziness we saw. The shows style itself remains the same though with it's budget look and decidedly odd designs that intentionally keep it from looking flashy. There's little cross coloration though it does pop up in a few scenes, but other than that there's little problem with how things look.Packaging:
With this second release, I'm getting convinced there's no such thing as good cover art for this series. Only the truly bizarre looking, though it does work with the show and does give it a South Park feel that they seem to be trying for. The back cover lists the various features pretty clearly and provides a shot summary of some of the episodes included. The reverse side of the cover provides some black and white pictures as well as chapter listings and the bilingual cast listings for the main characters.Menus:
The menu system is fairly typical CPM, with a hard piece of animation/menu selections being themed, this time with the ping pong images, while some animation plays through the window. Selections are nice and fast and moving around is laid out pretty well.Extras:
Extras this time around are pretty short, with a simple Meet the Club/character bios section and a couple pages of text on the history of ping pong, which is actually rather interesting. The show itself features a new opening with this disc, but no creditless version appears here.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Much like the previous volume, there's three hours worth of Ping Pong Club madness in here. And it's not a term to be used lightly. A lot of this stuff is just nuts to see done. Even near-graphic mouse couplings.
Things continue in their trend of insanity, stories that are just plain hard to talk about, especially since watching all 3 hours in one sitting, things begin to blur. There are some standouts though. One in particular features the three main guys deciding to do an inspection of the purity of other members by doing a random sleepover, of which Kinoshita becomes the first victim. They all follow him home even after he tries to lose them, and spend the night. They're the rudest guests ever, arriving before anyone else gets home and rifiling through everything. They even dress up in Kinoshita's older sisters underwear and discover condoms in his parents room.
They also have an amusing segment where they force an all-male bath to happen and the guys plan a peeping session with the sister. Kinoshita's fully aware of what they're planning, and it's amusing to watch it play out. Especially when we learn about Tanaka's family history and their special ability of Panty Master being handed down from generation to generation.
Another amusing segment has a TV show talking about how hard life was in the past for people and how the modern man in Japan has it easy and it's good that it's that way. Maeno, Tanaka and Izawa all decide to prove that they're above and beyond what's expected these days and begin a series of trials. Unfortunately, these trials all involve each of them doing something stupid with Kyoko, such as hitting her dead on on the head. And from there, it only gets worse.
There's a ton of content here and if you're a fan of twisted humor, it's pretty easy to recommend these episodes. It's apparently doing well and there's a good number of fans of it out there. I definitely find myself laughing a lot throughout the episodes, which makes my wife worry to be honest. But I can't help it, it's gross and silly and I like it.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Meet the Club,History of Ping-Pong
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.