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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Kitty Media
- MSRP: 29.95
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Sex Taxi
Sex Taxi Vol. #2
By Chris Beveridge
December 07, 2004
Release Date: November 30, 2004
What They Say
As the night falls, new opportunities arrise. The sex taxi continues its malevolent stalking as it roams the night in search of new fares. The mysterious driver collects more unsuspecting women and adds them to his growing harem of sex slaves. Can the lovely ladies trapped by the sex taxi endure the humiliation and torture of its perverted clientele, or will they succumb to carnal pleasures of fetish and torture?The Review!
Going down town takes on new meanings as the Sex Taxi continues to tour the city.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its English language format. The show is almost entirely dialogue based other than the sounds of the car coming and going and the music so there's not exactly a lot to really go by here for directionality. The track is nice and clear though and we had no problems with it in regards to dropouts or distortions during regular playback.Video:
Originally released in 2002 and 2003, the second set of two OVAs in the series are presented here in their original full frame format. The transfer in general looks beautiful with its lush colors and fluid animation sequences but some problems do crop up. During several panning sequences you can see some rather visible cross coloration getting into the tight line work and some aliasing occurs during similar pans up and down. Barring that, which isn't all that distracting from the bulk of the show, the transfer looks really good and is a pleaser in general.Packaging:
Going heavily with the taxi theme, we get Yuki in the back seat of the taxi wearing her cheerleaders outfit while the taxi driver, covered by the logo, gets down to business between her legs. Much like the first volume, the artwork looks really good here, especially with the colors. The logo used for it also works really well with the heavy pink emphasis mixed in the black and white checkerboard standard. The back cover is very heavy on the yellow with a summary and a few pictures across it while a black and white checkerboard along the left brings in various character facial shots. The discs features and technical information is all nice and clearly listed. The insert takes the layout of the back cover and adds in the logo from the front as well as the chapter stops.Menu:
The menu uses a variant of the front cover by taking Satsuki and putting an actual taxi around her so she's a bit more obscured by the frosty window. The selections are lined up along the window at an angle and some of the instrumental music from the end sequence plays along to it. Access times are nice and fast and the layout easy to navigate. The disc also properly read our players presets for language.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the first volume of Sex Taxi, we were surprised at how much of a fun title it was based on the kinds of sex and the general idea behind it. Typically it's not material we're terribly keen on but the execution of it here in addition to the great character designs made it work better than the average stuff.
With two more episodes, the plot doesn't really change much but there are some small movements with some of the characters that are roaming about the show that indicate that the next volume may bring this to a conclusion as the number of missing girls is only increasing and the police are going to start really paying attention. Each of the episodes here opens with an unrelated sex scene, at least so far I'd say, that shows just what kind of things can go on in a taxi cab since nobody pays attention to the driver. It's a nice prologue that sets each episode well as you get right into some of the basic sex from the start and then it shifts into the actual plot of the episode.
Each episode focuses on one new girl but the girls he's got trapped are kept in play as well. The first episode here brings in a new girl named Misaki who on the swim team and is trying to secure a place in the upcoming competitions. Her boyfriend is convinced of a few ways to do that which are a bit underhanded, such as photographing the coach of one her opponents with the swimmer to indicate some sort of tryst. Misaki and her boyfriend are pretty hot and heavy and fool around quite a lot, but with the Driver hearing of the plan he makes his own plans to take advantage of it. While Misaki has doubts about what she's going to do, the Driver takes advantage of it and her. Misaki's character is really quite attractive, and it's not just the green hair!
The other episode has him focusing on a cheerleader, Yuki, who as he learns is tied up into some nasty problems with her parents having faulted on a loan or some such. In order to help them make money, she's been taking pictures of her teammates naked in the changing rooms and auctioning them on the internet and meeting the guys to give them the pictures, which brings her into contact with the Driver since he takes her to one of these meetings. This gives him plenty of leverage when he figures out the details and starts taking her for another ride and she falls into his grasp as well.
The girls from the first two episodes aren't forgotten either. In fact, not only does the Driver take the twins out for a drive and lets them be part of an orgy in a park, he brings Satsuki into the room where Rena and Sena are kept, letting them all figure out that he's been working over other girls and not just them. This turns into one of the best scenes of the series so far as the Driver lays down the rules as always and has the twins taking Satsuki against her will. Once they're all ready and excited, he gets into the action himself with all three lined up against a low table. All three of the girls designs here are very attractive and detailed and I'll say that the actresses did a great job in both languages. A lot of recent hentai releases have really gotten better with the performances and have become less wooden and more emphatic, resulting in far better performances. Sex Taxi 2 includes a couple of really good performances.In Summary:
Though there's a very short scat scene that's extremely tame compared to what we've seen elsewhere and there's a de-virgining going on in another scene, the sex throughout here is quite good, the characters are well detailed and animated and the plot keeps things rolling along at a good pace. Though it's a dark show by its nature, it isn't so incredibly oppressive or violent that you get the creepy feeling watching it. It isn't sunshine and lollipops mind you but what we have here is some good hentai.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.