Mania Grade: B-
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B-
- Packaging Rating: C
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C+
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: All Region DVD
- Released By: Anime 18
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 61
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Private Psycho Lesson
Private Psycho Lesson
By Chris Beveridge
July 31, 2004
Release Date: March 09, 2004
Private Psycho Lesson
What They Say
© Anime 18
Sara is a brilliant psychotherapist who uses her enormous breasts and sex appeal to ease her patients' pain. Everyone's happy, except for her jealous rival Erika, who will stop at nothing to destroy her busty nemesis! The Review!
One of the worst looking covers with balloon like breasted characters combined with a title that just inspires eye-rolling turns out to be one of the more comical and enjoyable titles around.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The two episodes have a very basic stereo mix with most everything seemingly through the center channel, especially for dialogue and some of the ambient effects. The music does give the track a fuller sound but there's little in the way of directionality for the rest of the shows audio mix. In checking out both language tracks, we didn't notice any dropouts or distortions during regular playback.Video:
Originally released to video back in 1996, the transfer for the two OVAs here is decent but it definitely shows its age in a few areas. The main issue you'll find with the transfer is the amount of aliasing during a number of the panning shots which lets the lines look like. Cross coloration shows up in a few areas but it's not distracting in general. With this being one of the few traditionally animated hentai releases I've seen recently, there's some amount of nostalgia for the look and feel of shows like this. The transfer in general looks good but is a product of its time when compared to more recent and much cleaner shows.Packaging:
Set against a background of trees and a fence, two completely different character designs are laid out that don't mesh at all, one of them with the largest breasts you've seen in awhile completely distracting from the other one. The character artwork is a real mix here and in the end it really doesn't work well, especially since the initial look at the cover simply turned me off from wanting to watch it. The back cover provides another character shot that doesn't mesh well with the background but at least isn't competing with another design. There's a very brief summary and listing of the discs features; the quotes from others take up more of the cover than the features and summary. The discs technical features round out the rest of the cover. The reverse side of the cover does things differently than normal with the right side featuring a full panel piece of character artwork while the left side does the chapter listings, bilingual cast list and a mix of production credits.Menu:
With a nice mix of animation and menu design, the layout for this looks good with a white letterbox feel that has two sections of animation clips playing throughout the center to a brief music clip. Selections are multicolored and laid out well around the shows logo, giving the whole thing a more interesting and professional feel than some of their standard titles. Access times are nice and fast and the navigation easy to use though the disc did not adhere to our players preset language settings and defaulted to just English dialogue with no subtitles.Extras:
The only included extra is a brief video art gallery showcasing pieces from the show.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the initial glance at the cover art and having seen it online, this title was pretty low in our to-watch pile. But after getting it out and starting it up, it was surprising to find out that the story is by one of my favorites, U-Jin. Why that didn't make it onto the cover is beyond me since that's a selling point. Once you know that he's behind it, the character designs suddenly fall into place, especially as the lead character of Sara is a direct port of Mieko from his Sakura Diaries show.
That alone makes this worthwhile!
The fact that it's a U-Jin story means that there's going to be an interesting if offbeat story to it. As it turns out, the story of Sara is definitely that as she's something of a psychotherapist for young women in the school (college) age realm. What makes her such an excellent therapist is that she's able to really get into their subconscious and tackle their inner demons. She does this by using a special hypnotic technique. A technique that essentially has her two massive breasts rotating independently in front of the patient that ends up hypnotizing them. From there, she's able to join them in their subconscious where she can see how their personalities are defined against their problems and try to insert herself into it and resolve it.
For example, the opening episode deals with a young woman who is prostituting herself out to older men, something that will tarnish the reputation of the school she's in if it becomes public knowledge. Sara and her helper Tamine take on the situation in their attack helicopter by following her around and getting the evidence they need. Upon confronting her, Sara is overwhelmed by young Yuri's sexual charisma and falls sway to her. It's through this rather enjoyable encounter that she starts to get to the root of the girls problem, especially her latent hate of women with large breasts since she tries to kill Sara, and the two of them slowly work out the problem before Yuri even realizes she's being involved in therapy.
The second episode tackles Sara dealing with an old friend and former classmate who has her own class where she's using her hypnosis techniques for her own purposes. This episode is rather fun as well, but overall a lot of my enjoyment of this show comes from the character designs. U-Jin's always been one of my favorites, even when he does overly voluptuous designs like Sara is at times here. But it's Sara core design that continues to appeal a lot due to its, er, similarities to the Mieko design. While the show loses some of its detail since it is a few years older now and they weren't expecting to show as much as clearly as this format allows, it all looks good if a bit simple in some areas. The show is simply just fun to watch and amusing as hell when the boobies start rotating in hypnotic fashion.In Summary:
Suffering from poor marketing, Private Psycho Lesson is one of the few older and more traditionally done hentai releases with a mix of comedy and sex that works really well. The English version plays up the comedy a bit more than the Japanese version does but not so much that it feels like a completely different version. The show has some good sex scenes to it that are fun to watch and quite the turn-on with the various designs used. This is surprisingly fun and unfortunately short.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery
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