Mania Grade: D+
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: N/A
- Packaging Rating: C-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Anime 18
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Pure Love
By Chris Beveridge
September 29, 2003
Release Date: June 12, 2001
What They Say
© Anime 18
Lust and adventure lurk in a secret garden of delights. One man will penetrate its depths – will its jealous inhabitants ensnare him forever?The Review!
Somewhere, someone on the internet is going to see this show and proclaim its style to be the future of anime. That person needs to be stopped. This style of anime, hentai or none, is bad for us all.Audio:
For our primary review, we listened to this title in its non-original language of English, due to the fact that while Japanese language was included here, it was provided without subtitles (but is also the last time CPM will be doing this, according to representatives). So we watched it in English. And while I won't comment about the dubbing, I will say that even in Japanese nothing could save this show. The dialogue, which is what most of this show is outside of some moaning and screams, is mostly center channel based and is pretty clean and trouble free. A sampling of the Japanese track shows that to be problem free as well.Video:
With this being a CG based show, I had expected better, but I had forgotten that it was hentai, so it wasn't. While we did like how the CG style was used in Mystery of the Necronomicon, the CG style used here is one that doesn't interact well with DVD authoring. There were a large number of rainbows throughout and camera panning sequences produced a lot of shimmering, way past the point of distraction. Static scenes looked decent for the most part outside of the rainbows though.Packaging:
The front cover really does give an indication of what the show looks like, and I must give credit for the proper warning it gives. Add in to the fact that the character on the cover doesn't get anywhere near close to that revealed in the show itself. The back cover provides a decent shot of one of the other characters and a two line show description. I'll try to do more than that in my show description later on. The reverse side of the clear keepcase provides some sketchy looking black and white artwork and provides some chapter selections and cast listings.Menus:
The menu system here is pretty straightforward looking, with a lot of selections angling down over the animation presented while the music plays. Access time between the menus is solid and the layout works much as most CPM releases do.Extras:
There's two real extras provided here, the first being a meet the ladies section that goes over each of the women and gives a brief bit on them as well as their "technical" information. The other one, which I've seen to nice results on other CPM discs, is the storyboards to animation display, showing what was conceived and how it turned out.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Imagine if you will, a group of inexperienced scriptwriters penning a tale that makes little real sense, has far too many characters and is tied to a group of animators whose apparent main experience is with the freebie Windows Paint application that comes installed on all Windows based PC's. Imagine if you will that the term animation is used here to mean "drag this cel across the screen, it gives the impression of the character moving!".
It's really the worst style of cg animation out there. All those that railed against Blue Submarine do not know the true meaning of bad cg anime until you watch this title. And lucky for you, you probably won't ever watch this. To see animation and CG truly not blend, you must look here. A simple 80's Tandy Color Computer game background makes up a lot of the show, and you see the characters walking on top of them, not within the CG world itself. The characters walk along outside shops that look like they belong in another realm instead of next to the characters.
Frankly, I've seen better CG and animation mixes on Teletubbies and Sesame Street.
So what's the show about? Hiro's an adventurous lad whose discovered a book that tells him about a secret cave that will lead him to more adventures. He convinces his female friend to help translate the book and to eventually help find the cavern that's on the palace grounds. Others are already within this cave, looking for an herb that will help the Queen's daughter be free of a disease that causes her to turn into a sleepwalking nympomanic.. There's also a girl in town who finds herself falling for Hiro but can't bring herself to tell him. Hiro's female friend, Puni, has feelings for Hiro but as with all heroes, Hiro's just a dense kid.
During their discoveries, we see a lot of poorly drawn characters performing uninspired acts with each other. Or rather, at each other. There's just no real connection with any of the characters, especially with as large as a cast as there is (eleven main characters really). And when you consider that the interactions between the characters look as well done as the characters interacting with the world they inhabit, well, not much to work with there.
What I found surprising was that the lead role of Hiro was done by a favorite of mine, Kappei Yamaguchi, who I had listened to the night before in Kiki's Delivery Service as Tombo and a few weeks before as Daisuke in Giant Robo. Oh Kappei, what happened?
If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm obviously not recommending this disc. The show is just contrived, the characters have no life to them, the world has no life to it and even with the two episodes here, nothing in the many stories running through it are brought anywhere near completion. Go buy Demon Warrior Koji instead and get something worth your money. Pure Love is anything but.
English Language,Japanese Language,Storyboards,Meet the ladies,Anime artform
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.