Mania Grade: B+
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Kitty Media
- MSRP: 29.98
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
By Chris Beveridge
December 04, 2006
Release Date: November 10, 2006
What They Say
Hikaru has been pining for the girl next door, Mioto. But she's going out with his friend Hakuro, and he ends up watching the two have sex through a peephole every day. Hikaru has also been sleeping with Akimi, and she walks in on him spying one day. She'll keep his secret, but on one condition.
Akimi's always had a thing for Mioto's boyfriend, and she wants his help to arrange for a little partner swap. But soon he'll find that the whole thing was a plan between Akimi and Hakuro to get Mioto and Hikaru involved in a four-way orgyThe Review!
With younger looking designs and playing at the entire incest fetish, Sex Exchange works some of the fringe tastes.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its English language adaptation. Both this track and the Japanese track are your standard adult mixes which have little in the way of noticeable directionality or placement. Outside of the music, there's hardly anything besides dialogue and the requisite squishie sounds. Neither track has anything that's really exceptional here but they both do a good job of representing the source material. In listening to both languages, we didn't have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.Video:
Originally released in 2005, the transfer for the two OVA episodes included here are presented in their original full frame aspect ratio. While the animation quality for this is slightly towards the lower end of the spectrum, the transfer itself looks pretty solid and problem free. Colors look solid and vibrant, flesh tones in particular hold up well without any noticeably blockiness. There's a touch of softness in a few areas and some of the panning sequences are a bit stilted but most of this appears to be the way the show was made. It's not low budget but it doesn't have the smoothness of some of the higher budget shows.Packaging:
The cover artwork will let anyone with a fetish for green haired girls know exactly what they're getting into as it features a shot of the trio from the second episode and headshots of most of the girls along the bottom. It's got lots of flesh showing but manages to not be all that revealing or even too tantalizing. The colors used for the background tend to blend in a bit as they're soft and in the same range as the flesh tones so there isn't as much that's striking here outside of the hair. The back cover is a bit milder and more orange tinted as it has a group of headshots along the top of the non-green haired characters and a few shots from the show. The summary only covers the first episode and provides a decent sized image from it. The rest of the cover is rounded out with the usual minimal production credits and the always solid technical box. No insert or reverse cover is included.Menu:
The menus are standard for Kitty titles as they use the cover artwork and rework the background a bit to make it all work out alongside the navigation. Add in a bit of the instrumental music from the show and you have what it takes, especially since there's nothing here besides some trailer for other shows. The navigation is sold if minimal and access times are nice and fast. The disc also correctly read our players' language presets and played accordingly.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sex Exchange brings a pair of standalone OVAs from the Vanilla line-up with similar themes. The incest fetish is one that's been prevalent in most forms of adult entertainment at one time or another and shows up somewhat regularly in a number of adult anime shows. Usually there's a bit of a twist involved in order to make it a bit more acceptable, but sometimes they just go for it anyway.
The first episode decides to play coy with it by having the four characters involved do a quick small bodied intro stating that none of the siblings involved are actually related by blood " regardless of how much they look alike. The premise is simple enough as we have the brother and sister pair of Hikaru and Mioto. Mioto is currently having a lot of sex with her boyfriend Hakuro and loving it. Hikaru can't help but watch through a peephole and get off by it. Hakuro's sister, the loli-gothish Akimi, decides that she wants Hikaru's help in breaking them up but ends up getting involved with Hikaru. Then everyone gets to have fun with each other since it's all just sex and nobody is getting hurt since nobody is really related by blood. There's no depth here and the plot is paper thin. The character designs are a bit young looking though since they're pushing a school angle but they look decent and it's one of those really clean looking shows.
The second standalone story is one that goes for a bit more reality to it with two sisters, Izuru and Kokone. Izuru brings her boyfriend Ayu home on a regular basis and they are just like bunnies that go at it constantly. This drives Kokone insane as she's just trying to get her homework done and study for tests so she doesn't fail at her classes. But listening to her sister only manages to get her excited and distracted. Her attempts at complaining only lead to her getting involved with the pair and it all goes downhill... and down from there. Similar to the previous episode, it's decent animation but nothing exceptional which is something of a given with most Vanilla shows. They do hit up my own particular tastes with a pair of cute looking green haired girls however.In Summary:
Sex Exchange isn't an exceptional title but it is a decent fun little show providing you don't mind the entire incest aspect of it, real or not. There isn't much of a plot to either of the episodes that are on here but they do focus on the sex and give you plenty of it. The animation isn't much to write home about but it's competent and keeps to the younger looking designs. A plus to this is that at least the characters breasts aren't bigger than small moons. There is plenty to find appealing here but the basic fetish will be the stumbling block for many.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic DMP-BD10 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.