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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.98/49.98
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Please Twins

Please Twins Vol. #1 (also w/LE box)

By Chris Beveridge     November 22, 2004
Release Date: November 23, 2004


Please Twins Vol. #1 (also w/LE box)
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
Maiku Kamishiro grew up in an orphanage with no history of his family or of his past. Left with only a childhood picture of himself and another person in front of a house, he believes that the other person in the picture is his long lost twin sister.

Upon discovering his old home, two young girls show up on his doorstep one day both claiming to be his long lost sister. Maiku's life is about to be turned upside down and with two pretty girls living under the same roof as him.

How will Maiku be able to keep his mind on school and work while trying to figure out which one of these girls is his sister and which one is the love of his life?

The Review!
A sequel of sorts to Please Teacher, Please Twins takes a spin in the same realm as that series and brings new characters into play.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The show has a good stereo mix to it with a solid use of dialogue across the forward soundstage. There’s a bit of nice depth to it and some well placed directionality. The music comes across very good as well with no noticeable dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally airing in 2003, the transfer for this series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Much like Please Teacher, the show is filled with a lot of real-life settings and the colors to fill it well. What makes it shine though is the colors used in the outdoor settings with all the greens and blues and then the sunrise/sunset scenes are just so lush and beautiful here that it goes up a few extra notches. The green fields in particular that captivated me in Please Teacher are once against present here. The transfer in general manages to make out very well as there's no noticeable cross coloration and the colors used avoid the gradation problem. Aliasing is very minimal, especially with the limited amount of movement throughout here, and in general this is a very pleasing transfer.

Packaging:
Using the cover artwork from the first Japanese DVD release but with a different background, we get good shot of the main trio of characters close together with a blue sky background while they stand in some awfully deep grass. Volume numbering appears only on the spine, and Bandai goes the additional distance of listing the episode numbers and titles on the back cover. The back cover is nicely laid out as an operating system window with numerous pictures and brief bits of summary, features and production information in small bits throughout it. Unlike Please Teacher, we don't get reversible covers here. The insert replicates the art from the English front cover and opens up to a two panel piece that has a variety of full color character shots of Maiku. The last panel on the insert has the full production credits and a bilingual cast list, though it goes in more detail with the Japanese cast. Also included in the keepcase are two postcards, both the same, with the trio in their bathing suits along the dock of the lake. It's very cute and hints just right at sexy without being too much.

With this being a limited edition release that means the packaging is a bit more than the average disc plus box. Done up in a hard box, it’s very green, giving a nod to the Perch treats that are used in the show along with the Pochy. One side has a full piece of artwork that's the basis of one of the Japanese DVD covers with the trio together and a look at each eye along the top. The other panel has a set of four photographs hanging with a look at the various characters that interact in the show. The spine mimics the Please Teacher release with a shot of the Perch treats along it.

Inside the box there are some good items to be had. First, we get the soundtrack to the show that has 33 tracks on it and includes the TV sized versions of the opening and ending songs. In addition to that three more postcards are included. What really surprised me that's included is a photo album book. While it's not a big thing, it's a nice paper album with Please Twins artwork on the front and Marie on the back that has a number of empty sleeves inside for all the postcards to go. This is a great idea and I'm surprised it took so long for someone to do it. Most people tend to just leave them in the keepcase or not even think about putting them somewhere but this provides a place to put them and show them off without having to keep dragging the keepcases out. I hope to see more of these in the future across the board.

Menu:
The menus used for this release are among the more animated ones to come out of Bandai lately. The center of the menu has a trio of panels with each of the characters in one and they move and swoop around each other, rotating in other pictures or creating a triptych image with all of them. It doesn't go on too long as the looping is fairly brief but it's set to a well enough piece of music that it won't drive you insane if you let it play for awhile. Access times are nice and fast and the menus load quickly. Unfortunately, the disc did not read our players language presets on two different players and default to English language with no subtitles.

Extras:
The extras for this release are reminiscent of Please Teacher a lot. The bulk of the extras for the first volume are the four image vocal pieces which are basically music videos for the show with the vocal songs that make appearances throughout it. They're nicely done and add a good feel to the program since they're the "music of" kind of pieces. In addition to these, there's a promo clip that showcases the show from prior to its release as well as a promotional commercial for the series.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
For a variety of reasons, we rather enjoyed Please Teacher. A lot of it came down to the style of the show and its pacing. A lot of it also came down to just really liking the Mizuho character. What Please Teacher did however was tell a fairly complete story so there wasn't exactly a lot of obvious room for a sequel. Please Twins does something that I like with some series and I think is going to work well here. It takes the events of the first series as its basis and launches into a different story with different characters that are tangentially connected to the original characters.

Taking place in the same community, we're introduced to high school student Maiku Kamishiro. He's been there for two months now and isn't quite like most of the other students. Having lost his parents at an early age, he's managed to prove himself in his teens enough so that he's secured a prime programming contract job with a company that allows him to live on his own. His choice of residence though is surprising as it's someplace he saw on TV some time prior. When the community that had all the UFO buzz about it was being broadcast about, one of the backgrounds was of a house that he has a picture of. The picture is something from a time he can't remember but it has him and a little girl together in a pool in front of that house. All that he can figure is that he grew up there and something happened to send him into the orphanages.

But with his programming job and the fact that he doesn't have to be at the office, he went and bought the place and has spent the past two months getting it into a living condition. Between work and school, he's not a terribly social person but he's managed to become one of the more popular people due to his looks and his friendship with the other really popular and attractive male in the school. Maiku's focus for the most part though is just to finish out his schooling and work on his programming job to ensure he has the money he needs to keep the house and live his life. Of course, this can't last long in an anime series.

Before Maiku knows it, two young women are winging their way into his life. Each of them have seen the images on TV about the house and both of them have a copy of the same picture that Maiku does. As they come to his house separately, each believes that they may be the girl in the picture, which means they're his twin sister. But one of them isn't which means they're a stranger. All three of them though have the same unique eye-color and all are fairly foreign in their appearance which also ties them together. For Maiku, his life of trying to just get by becomes incredibly complicated as before he really realizes it, both of them have moved in with him. To his advantage though, he's able to put them to work in the house with the cleaning and cooking as well as getting real jobs to help supplement their living.

It doesn't always work out easy though since the girls also get into trouble when Maiku's class vice president finds out, especially since she sees the girls as competition for Maiku's affections when she's the one who wants her. There's enough potential for trouble for Maiku with the girls living with him so while they come up with a reasonable cover about their relationship, he's also forced to put them in school and get them into the swing of things. Much like Please Teacher, the characters get into this routine of being together and slowly starting to unravel the things about themselves that make up who they are to each other. And there's plenty of moments where it's taken the wrong way and others react in an over the top manner that only causes more confusion.

What I really liked about the series is the way it's letting some of the characters from the other series play in here as well but without feeling like they're being brought on just for continuity or to hype things up. Mizuho gets some good little parts here and there that helps further things along and Ichigo gets to play up her role as class president and is manipulating some things for her own amusement. The way she seems to know all is also continually amusing. But my favorite crossover character has to be Marie and the way she's become something of a town regular as she shows up all over the place at different times in her near drunken style. There is something simply charming about this character.

In Summary:
Please Twins feels very much in the same vein as Please Teacher so it's easy to say that if you liked one you'll like the other. The relationship is obviously different and the alien aspect of Mizuho doesn't come into play, but the style of the writing is the same and many of the small charms, the quiet moments and such are here much as they were in Please Teacher and that's made a connection for me that I like. From the look of the show to the music, everything here works well and the story that's put forward progresses in its own unbelievable way but manages to be fun and amusing and filled with plenty of accidental nudity. The themes of slowing down from Please Teacher make their appearance here as well in an interesting way and I'm looking forward to seeing how this series explores some of the same themes and other themes as it progresses.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Image Vocals,Promotional Clip,Promotional Commercial,LE: Artbox,LE: Album

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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