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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: AV Box
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: See In

See In Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     June 13, 2005
Release Date: June 14, 2004


See In Vol. #2
© AV Box


What They Say
Amazingly, it turns out that the only real reason Yumi enrolled at the Underocean school was because of the fact that Kyoya was there. Unfortunately, after Miyu's death... Kyoya's attentions have already turned to Shinjun, another young teacher at the school.

The Review!
In a sea of hentai, there's bad hentai, oh so bad hentai. Sadly, this one actually takes place in the sea.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese which is also the only language available on this release. The stereo mix is fairly typical of most adult anime releases in that while it is in stereo it's either got a full sound to it that doesn't have much distinction or that it feels very center channel based which is mostly for the dialogue. The Japanese track here sounds good if unexceptional since there isn't all that much to it out of the ordinary. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released to video in 2004, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. With it being a digital production and featuring numerous aquatic environments, it had the potential to look really sweet but they took a number of shortcuts and the materials themselves don't hold up well. A lot of the show has some well done water animation to it but when combined with the character animation it has that "walking on" feel to it. The colors look good throughout and they're nicely vibrant and solid. Where the transfer has some problems is that there's cross coloration visible throughout a lot of it and it's very heavy on the dot crawl around the edges of the characters. It eases up in a few scenes which look really good but when it comes back it's very noticeable and distracting.

Packaging:
Using a really nice shot of Yuei in her swimsuit for her job, in one-piece form, it's set with her leaning back and just glistening in the sun. The design is attractive and the colors really stand out nicely here with plenty of detail in both the character and background artwork. What looks to be the original logo is used as well. The back cover mixes a few strips of shots from the show with some taglines about it and then provides a summary of the story and the shows production staff and then all the technical information for it.

Menu:
The menu layout comes in two sections for this release; the first lets you choose which language you want for your subtitles and then provides a menu in that language for you. The secondary menu is a standard piece that's nicely done with the background being water with light reflections throughout it as clips from the show play behind that. The menu selections are layered on top of the water piece and are nice and solid and easy to navigate. With only one language here and the previous menu setting the subtitles, access times are nice and fast and presets matter little at this point.

Extras:
The only included extras are a series of character sketches and an art gallery with scenes from the show.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After checking out the first volume of See In, for some reason I ended up not listening to my own advice and I ended up picking up the second volume on sale. When you have bad hentai, it's so easy to mock it and have fun with it. But then there's truly awful hentai where you're practically bored to tears and there's nothing to really mock with it. It's just plain awful and uninspiring. The first See In had a neat hook or two but it's all tossed aside here and made worse by the technical issues.

The plot revolves around one of the girls whose sister was boinking one of the teachers in the previous volume. She died however and he can't do anything but remember her. Yui has been in love with this teacher probably as long as her sister was before she died so she does the sisterly thing and pursues him, because obviously boinking his dead girlfriends sister will make him forget all about her. He manages to resist for some time since he still considers her a child and doesn't see her in that way, though he keeps waking up to dreams of his girlfriend only to find it fade into Yui instead. This slowly wears him down over time and her continued work at the center, where she often swims naked with the dolphins, works him down as well. When danger sets in and the two are completely trapped deep under the water, it's time to get down to what you really want..

This episode, unlike the first one, is just so mind numbingly slow and dull that even the neat design of the world and the good characters designs can save it. Where the release has its problems is with the subtitles. The first main problem is that all the names are changed. Kyoya becomes Jim, Yumi becomes Amy and Miyu becomes Mizi. It's listed correctly in the summary in English on the back but they changed it all here. The subtitles are also a bit iffy at times since the characters are talking but what they're saying doesn't really seem to mean anything. The words are strung together fine but it's just nonsense it seems. The timing was a bit off initially as well but that got better the further into the show it got.

In Summary:
The original episodes of SeeIn was an interesting little OVA episode as the premise has some nice ideas to it but the execution of this episode feels like it was done out of order early on and with some confusing subtitles it doesn't seem to gel until you're more than halfway into the show itself. Technically, the release is just barely in the decent range due to the dot crawl and subtitle issues. A cleaned up release probably wouldn't have scored much higher but at least this hasn't scared me away from other releases from the company unlike one or two other titles from someone else.

Features
Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Chinese Subtitles,Character Gallery

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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