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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: School of Masochists

School of Bondage Vol. #3

By Chris Beveridge     May 22, 2004
Release Date: May 15, 2004


School of Bondage Vol. #3
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
Orie Yuki is trapped in the science lab. Her best friend, Korin is completely controlled by her sexual desires, thanks to the work of Remi.

The Review!
Bringing the series to its conclusion, Keisuke deals with his former pet and his new ones in one fell swoop.

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 bit rate is very high and it shows in how this episode looks.

Packaging:
The front cover for the final volume really highlights the fun and games in this episode as we've got Orie in the center in a rather explicit shot all told with Korin and Remi having their way with her. Unlike the first two volumes, this shot does make it into the show. 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 right side plays clips from the episode itself set to some of the creepy instrumental music while the selections list over it. 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 reaches its conclusion with this third episode. The show had really started pushing things rather well in the last episode as Keisuke began to mentally conquer Orie even more, but it started moving in surprising directions once he rejected Remi and she decided that she'd show him just how nasty she could get.

And nasty indeed she can get, as she took Orie's friend Korin and began to really ride her roughshod with an oversized vibrating dildo that's a couple of feet long while also clipping her nipples and tying her up some. Korin's been going at this and other forms for so long now that her will is completely broken by Remi and she just wants more and more of it. She's so far gone mentally at this point that she's not even a shadow of her former self. For the glasses fetish fans though, she does keep them on the entire time so you can stay happy in that regard.

When Keisuke arrives in the science lab where he's found Remi to be holding his precious Orie, he's surprised to find just how far Remi has gone with her attempts to win him back. His expressions change frequently while he takes all of this in, but it's his realization of just how cool it is that Remi did what she did that he takes her back as his pet and proceeds to "dig in" to Orie with both Korin and Remi getting into. Orie is taken over and over so many times and so completely that she's broken just as badly, if not worse, than Korin is. It only continues to spiral downward as it goes on and Keisuke uses his position and family influence over the principle and other teachers, leading him to a new position of power within the school over time.

This last episode manages to hold up well for the most part with the animation, but some of the visual tricks used to push the collapse of Orie's mind don't really work all that well since they were minimally done and just made the character artwork look bad. There's a bit more repetition of animation here as well as the combination mode of repetition while zooming in and out of different areas to help drag things out a bit more, but since the sex scenes overall are pretty decent if nasty, it's not too bad of a thing. The plot itself is once more just a small paper thin trapping to allow the lead character to do things to the girls that he couldn't do otherwise, or do through some more traditional stories. Keisuke continues to be a very unlikable character and, depending on your nature, you only feel sorry for the younger girls here more than anything else.

In Summary:
School of Bondage had some neat moments in the first two volumes, including a moderately good spike upwards in the second volume, but the third volume's payoff is entirely through more of the nasty stuff and more of the hardcore control bondage material that just doesn't appeal to me all that much. The designs are good and the animation manages well all things considered, so it balances out in the end. The show is definitely and obviously aimed at the bondage crowd, so if you have no interest in that you'll likely not care for this much. But if you want to try and expand your horizons, this one will do just that.

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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