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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 28
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: School of Masochists

School of Bondage Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     January 25, 2004
Release Date: January 18, 2004


School of Bondage Vol. #2
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
Orie Yuki has been lured into Keisuke Shimizu's house. She is flabbergasted at the site of his mother's orgy. Reimi Izumi, who has been suspicious of her master, Keisuke, finds out about his relationship with Orie through her friend, Korin. Full of jealousy, she not only goes after Orie, but also involves Korin!! Based on the popular comic by Nariaki Funabori! Can you keep your eyes on the action!?

The Review!
The bondage and domination fun continues at school with Orie becoming even more deeply caught up in Keisuke’s desires.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. This is a pretty straightforward stereo mix with nothing going to the rear channels and only some minor directionality across the forward soundstage. Dialogue is nice and clear and we noticed no dropouts or distortions on either track.

Video:
Originally released in 2003, the transfer here is one of the better ones recently from NuTech. Colors are nice and solid with a number of very vibrant ones, particularly the reds in the school girls uniforms. Cross coloration is non-existent and aliasing is very minimal. With just the one episode here, the average bitrate is very high and it shows in how this episode looks.

Packaging:
The front cover brings us an enticing shot of the two lead school girls in their uniforms, or at least most of their uniforms, as they’re in a minor state of ecstasy while set against the backdrop of a classroom. Like the first volume, this scene doesn’t actually show up in the show, but I’m not complaining since the character art is quite nice here. The back cover provides an array of shots from the show and a basic rundown of the plot. The discs features and Japanese production credits are clearly listed as well. This being a NuTech release, no insert is included.

Menu:
The main menu is a decent piece that has the character art from the main menu along one side while the Japanese logo is along the left. The center area plays clips from the episode itself set to some of the creepy instrumental music. Menus load nice and quick and access times are fast. The layout is the standard format for NuTech releases.

Extras:
The only extra included here is a minute and a half long video gallery that shows various stills from the episodes to music.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The School of Bondage series continues on its merry way, for Keisuke at least, as he brings his new plaything home for some more fun and games.

After having his way with Orie at school and setting the beginning of his mental domination of her, he’s set to take her home on the train. This brings about one of the long standing perversions that come from Japan with the men groping women during the train ride and the women usually accepting it. While that’s continually changing and being cracked down upon in real life, Keisuke gets away with it quite well here and has his hands all under her skirt as the train races along. The moment gets worse though when Korin shows up and starts talking them up. Keisuke doesn’t stop though and Orie ends up with a very red face that she tries to explain away with a fever.

Keisuke takes advantage of this though and takes her to his house at the next stop, with Korin sneaking behind them to see just how lucky her friend is going to get. But her sneaking leads her down a darker path we don’t see until the end of the episode. Inside Keisuke’s house, we learn what makes him tick as we see what his mother enjoys. Showing Orie through a crack of the doorway into the darkness, she’s in there with a half dozen men who are all doing whatever they want to her and she’s just lapping it all up. Orie can’t believe what she’s seeing, but it doesn’t matter for long as Keisuke goes right into his “all women are bitches” mode and begins to go right at her with a vibrating egg and some fun with fingers.

All of this continues to overwhelm Orie, who we later see at home by herself in bed but unable to stop playing with herself. Though she hates what Keisuke is doing, something inside of her is enjoying every moment of it and pushing her mental defenses further and further down. While all of this is going on, we see Keisuke dealing with his other pet, Miss Izumi. As he’s become rather enticed with his new plaything, he’s decided to push her aside and focus solely on Orie for now. This goes over like a lead balloon for Izumi, and through her anger we see some of her past, from where she was dominated in college by her professor and to when she first met Keisuke and found herself wanting him nearly on the spot. All of this leads to an eventual confrontation when Izumi decides to take matters into her own hands.

While the first episode wasn’t the best thing in the world, this episode does a rather nice job on building on things without repeating the same thing over and over. With some actual background being put into place for a couple of the character and some reasoning behind what Keisuke does, the show adds a touch of depth from where there was none. In addition, the actual sex scenes are pretty well done and plenty explicit. With only one episode though, there isn’t a whole lot to comment on though, but this one at least has more forward movement for the characters going on than the first one.

In Summary:
School of Bondage started off as a fairly ordinary show but has developed some interesting aspects in the second episode that helps the show move beyond the typical “single location, multiple sex scene” formula. There’s some good elements in here from the character designs to the actual sex scenes, leaving me looking forward to the next installment.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, 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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