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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
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Please Twins

Please Twins Vol. #4

By Chris Beveridge     April 12, 2005
Release Date: May 10, 2005


Please Twins Vol. #4
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
Love Alliance Rule #1: One will not make any advances toward Maiku until they know who the real sister is. But Karen has discovered who is really related to Maiku and now she can express her true feelings to Maiku. But when the truth is revealed, will the real sister still fulfill Rule #3 and support the other girl’s relationship with Maiku? In the end, the only rule that will really matter is Rule #5: They will always stay by Maiku’s side.

The Review!
Bringing the series to a close and avoiding a cop-out of "Tenchi-itis," Please Twins brings more smiles and humor as it winds down its tale.

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 Japanese DVD release but with a different background, the final cover for the series ends with how things start to get as both girls get really possessive about Maiku and he's thrown off balance by the sudden shifts in attention as well as the type. 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. The insert replicates the art from the front cover and opens up to a two panel piece that has a variety of full color character shots of the "boys and girls" who made up the secondary characters in the series. 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 is a postcard, this time of just about everyone out enjoying the cherry blossom trees. These have been really detailed and great looking illustrations and this last one really sends it off nicely.

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 are similar to the previous volume so if you liked that you've got more of it here. There's three more image vocal pieces which I do enjoy watching and listening to and we also get a textless version of the ending to episode twelve to round things out.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With two episodes and one OVA follow-up episode, Please Twins comes to its conclusion at just the right time and without fluffing the series up with last minute twists and turns, surprise revelations or anything out of the ordinary that would essentially ruin the mood and atmosphere of the piece. It's surprising to some extent but Please Twins got treated right, though some will certainly find issue with the OVA episode to some degree.

From how things ended in the previous volume, we knew that Karen had found something in the house across the way and that they had all been looking at the picture wrong from the start, not taking in the detail of it being across the street and all. Her discovery brings her to a journal whose text is kept from us but it seems to settle things in her mind easily enough. She doesn't follow the rules of her Love Alliance with Miina though and ends up keeping the information to herself as she grapples with the revelation that she doesn't share in any form and begins to pull back from everyone. With this small shift in her personality it's done just right so that the viewer can't tell for sure which way it's going either up until Karen finally reveals the truth to Maiku after sneaking him out for their first date.

Maiku does his best to understand things up until this point since both he and Miina are confused about it, though it was amusing that everyone wondered if it was just her time of the month but the guys are all clueless as was Haruko. Once things do get revealed to all three of them though, it shifts the balance again and Miina now finds herself grappling with the reality of it and trying to figure out what her place will really be in the scheme of things, so much so that she actually leaves the house for some time and refuses to speak to either of them by "pleading the fifth" as the papers she places all around indicate. Though they had all been decent about talking to each other before the truth, the reality of things has turned them into typical teenagers who make everything in their heads much bigger than it is and continue to build upon it by not getting it out into the open.

Similar to the end of Please Teacher, the final episode is an OVA that lets them go a bit more wild with fanservice and mess with the characters more. This time they end up in a camping environment by the lake where Maiku was initially setup so he could get some work done over the summer vacation to ease for the rest of the year but eventually everyone comes down to camp out and have fun. This means lots of water antics in skimpy clothes – the Gainax bounce is alive and well in this production I'm happy to say – and plenty of bloody noses for Shidou, especially when Mizuho arrives in a very skimpy two-piece. Even better is Ichigo who sneaks cameras into everyone's tents so she can watch them as they all "make summer memories." She's definitely the most perverted of the group which explains why I like her so much..

In Summary:
The end to Please Twins does a great job of not turning this into a harem show or some other completely unrealistic piece. Though there's always the issue of three teenagers living by themselves, the show has played things straight for the most part and kept from having too much filler material or overly angsty periods where people wallow in self-pity over their situation. The revelations of the truth come pretty quickly going by the actual timeline of the show and they avoid any sort of silliness like bringing the mother into play or something equally unsuitable. The show does a really good job of showing that you can love more than one person and that it's not wrong to do so. While it does resolve into a standard relationship, the potential that they showed for something more interesting definitely earned this series some points. Beautiful animation, simple and elegant music as well as an interesting story with good characters, Please Twins ends on the up note and leaves me with a very big smile and fond memories.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Vocal Clips,Episode Twelve Textless Ending

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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