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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Critical Mass Video
  • MSRP: 24.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Rei-Rei

Rei-Rei: Missionary of Love

By Chris Beveridge     May 11, 2006
Release Date: May 30, 2006

What They Say
Who needs a TV for entertainment when you can use the entire human world as your playground? The voluptuous Celestial Maiden Kaguya has an extremely perverse sense of humor, a propensity for baring her breasts, and an absolute love of the human race - an absolute love of meddling with them, that is!

Ask for her help and there's no telling what she might do. From foiling a perfect murder planned for a lesbian lover to turning young men into the women of their dreams, she absolutely delights in giving people their hearts' desires and then letting them deal with the consequences!

But don't let her wicked sense of humor fool you, this divine beauty and her man-servant Pipi are on a mission to end human suffering. And Kaguya will do absolutely anything it takes to accomplish her mission - even if it means sacrificing her own heavenly body for the cause!

The Review!
Originally released by SoftCel as one of their first releases on the market, it's now kept in circulation after being picked up by Critical Mass.

For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The audio track here is a basic stereo mix that sounds decent if unexceptional. The English track is essentially the same as it uses the dub that ADV created back in the 90's and much like the Japanese track it has something of a slightly muffled and flat level to it. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we noticed no dropouts or other distortions during regular playback.

Originally released back in 1993, the transfer for this show is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. For the most part, the transfer looks good, though the show has a lot of intentionally soft areas, giving it a less than stellar looking presentation. There are a few nicks and scratches throughout, but nothing that's horribly bothersome. Colors look good, with a few vibrant moments here and there. Cross coloration is very minimal as well as aliasing.

Changing up the artwork for the cover after all these years, the new look moves away from the tentacle nature of the original and gives us a somewhat goddess/sorceress shot of Kaguya where they have a newly created version of the bridge from within the show as a background. The mixture of the two works well enough since the "cg" nature of the background is softened and blended with the layout of the package overall with its new logo and emboldened subtitle. The back cover uses the similar border design and keeps to the purple hues as it provides a lengthy summary of the premise and a few shots from the show. Kaguya gets a nice shot alongside all of it along with the discs features and a good looking technical grid that covers the basics in an easy to read form. No insert is included with this release.

The menu layout reworks materials from the front cover in a nice and fairly mellow piece with a bit of instrumental music playing along where Kaguya is along the right side and the selections along the left, all using the border style from the cover to close it all in. Access times are nice and fast and moving about is problem free. The disc also correctly read our players' language presets and played accordingly..

There are a few minor extras included with this release in the form of galleries. Broken down into different sections such as characters, scenes, storyboards and actual scene development, they're designed so you can step through them and check out the details.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Rei Rei is one of the lighter hentai shows that were coming out in the early 90's that had a good comedic spin to all the action and generally didn't get anywhere near as explicit as they are today. To some extent, they're almost softcore in how they feel, but definitely more than you get from regular anime shows.

Rei Rei also seems to be part of a larger cultural theme, as the lead character of Kaguya lives inbetween the moon and Earth and deals with human sorrow. As the sorrow grows, the moon gets further and further away. But with each incident she handles and causes the grief to end, she brings it back ever so slightly. Whether this is related in any way to the previous instances of Princess Kaguya legends in other series I've seen, I'm not sure, since there doesn't seem to be a common bond beyond the name.

Kaguya, having decided that it's time to visit Earth again, returns to her birthplace of Japan to look for those in sorrow and pain that she can help. She strikes gold pretty quickly when she finds Tanaka, a young man whose pining hard for Ikuko. He's all set to take her out for her birthday, but she shoots him down hard and cold, almost brutal really, and goes off to another date for her birthday. While Tanaka is distraught, we follow Kaguya and Ikuko to see where she goes.

Her destination is surprisingly that of a doctor, one she's apparently known for some time. Manami, it turns out, has been the one that has schooled Ikuko in the ways of love since she was younger and has kept her on as a plaything of sorts. While Ikuko continues to be deeply in love with Manami, to the point of forsaking all men, Manami on the other hand is tired of Ikuko and how she continually interferes with her life and her work. So she's used this opportunity to come up with a way of getting rid of Ikuko once and for all.

Her plan goes into motion, and with Kaguya showing Tanaka the secrets behind it as we see Ikuko end up dying from an (planned) allergic reaction, we get to see the extent to which Tanaka will go to prove his love for Ikuko and deal with Manami and her boyfriend. Tanaka does go quite far and I was definitely laughing at the situations he ended up in, as well as how much he enjoyed it.

The second episode brings us into contact with a young man whose having women trouble himself, so much so that he can barely handle the sight of a naked woman before pretty much exploding. In one amusing sequence, Kaguya brings him into her bosom and he gets the best expression on his face. And then promptly dies.

In Summary:
These episodes are cute and fluffy in the end, providing a decent mix of comedy and light sex. More comedy ensues if you listen to the dub track, particularly the great "death�? gurgle of Ikuko when she eats the wrong food in the first episode. Rei Rei is a simple and amusing little show and is definitely good for those who like the kind of shows that were made for hentai back in the early 90's. It's unfortunate that few hentai these days are made in this kind of way. I hate to see titles go out of print since there's always someone who wants to check something out and discover older titles that are harder to find so I'm definitely glad to see Critical Mass picking up the old Softcel catalog pieces and putting a bit more of a shine on them.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Character Sketches, Scene Sketches, Storyboards, Scene Development

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Toshiba HD-A1 Progressive Scan HD DVD player via HDMI -> DVI with upconversion set to 1080i, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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