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: JapanX
- MSRP: 29.98
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Sex Warrior Pudding
Sex Warrior Pudding Vol. #1-2
By Chris Beveridge
July 13, 2005
Release Date: March 19, 2005
Sex Warrior Pudding Vol. #1-2
What They Say
Our hero, Shuta, loves to play bishojo games more than anything. Well, due to his father's last wishes, this hormone ranging young boy is now working as the manager of the diner restaurant, ALamode. Lucky for him, the love of his life, Pudding Nishimura, works at this place, however. . . Unexpected, as a manager, he gets to have sex with his assistant manager and the other cute waitresses that works here, willing or unwillingly! Well, this may sound like a man's paradise, however, ALamode is more than just a restaurant; it's a Global Defense Agency! That's right, the waitresses of this restaurant fight for the good of mankind!The Review!
When Shuta inherits a restaurant from his father, he learns that it really holds an amazing secret that will change his life.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. It's the only language track included here as once again there's no dub for a new adult release. The track is a fairly standard stereo mix with a bit of directionality across the two channels that sounds decent if not terribly immersive. Dialogue is mostly center channel based but it comes across clean and clear and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.Video:
Originally released in 2003, the transfer for these two OVAs are presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. As with some of the better produced series out there, the source material here looks good with lots of bright vivid colors and some decent animation that doesn't show too many shortcuts. There is a small level of fuzziness to it however which is noticeable around the edges of the characters and particularly their hair. It doesn't come across as cross coloration though and it may not be as noticeable depending on your viewing distance. The colors generally look good and solid though there are some areas where you can see the color gradients, especially during the first minute or two of the show with the flashing red light.Packaging:
The front cover gives way to a copious amount of waitresses, some of them showing off more than you'd hope for and some quite blunt as it must be cold in this illustration. The designs for the characters are mostly very appealing and they look good here in various states of undress and self-exploration. The back cover has a number of shots from the show all over as well as severa larger pictures that are very explicit. A nicely laid out technical grid that contains most of the important information is along the bottom and a small listing elsewhere of the discs basic features.Menu:
The main menu is a decent simple piece that has a slightly zoomed in version of the front cover as its static background. The top half puts in both the company name and the series name while the basic navigation is down along the bottom, the whole thing set to a brief loop of instrumental music from the show. Each episode is selectable from the top and subtitle selection is available here as well, crowding the menu a bit. Access times are nice and fast and with no English language dub on here the player presets are somewhat moot.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Watching this series has been a bit awkward in style as we've seen the final chapter before the first two episodes that lay out what the series is about. Thankfully, that third episode made it all clear so going into this one there really wasn't all that much of a surprise but it was much more fleshed out than the small recap and exposition we got was.
We're introduced to Shuta, the male lead of the series who suddenly finds himself inheriting the manager position at the A Lamode restaurant that his father owned. Learning about this from a hologram version of his father, he realizes that he was up to a number of creative inventive things under the cover of the restaurant and has decided to pursue these much more seriously and has left the job of manager to his son. Shuta's unsure about all of this but is somewhat mollified by the fact that he's getting help from the assistant manager, a slightly more mature woman who really seems to know how she handles herself.
Amusingly, she's one of the more sexual creatures in the shop as she insists that part of the perk of being the assistant manager is getting to have the manager whenever she wants. Shuta's sexual education really takes off just from her alone but as things go along he finds himself becoming attracted to one of the waitresses named Pudding. The big thing he learns along the way is that all of the waitresses are actually part of something bigger, something called the Global Defense Agency and that the waitresses use the good vibes and smiles from customers as a way to power themselves up to deal with the threats out there.
The threats come in the form of something from the ruler of the Livi-doll underworld kingdom. Using his powers and inventions to turn the minds of women into his pawns, he sets them out there into the world to take down Shuta and the other waitresses so that they can work on their plans for global conquest. Their personal battles are almost always sexual in nature and many of their minions go with the tact of trying to seduce Shuta to their side first. In one highly amusing plan, they set up a restaurant across the street from A Lamode and steal away all their customers so they have no smiles from which to power up by. How do they keep everyone happy? An investigation shows that the Livi-doll girls are seducing every customer that walks in the door.
Now that's a meal.
The draw to Sex Warrior Pudding is the women in sexy fetish outfits doing silly things and lots of sexual things. These two episodes provide this in spades with a fun story that's not taken too seriously but done well enough that you enjoy watching it play out instead of just fast forward to "the good parts" of it. The character designs are pretty much all attractive on some level, particularly that of the assistant manager, and the scenes are all fun and nicely explicit. The waitress outfits play up that fetish really well and there's plenty of diversity if you don't care for one of the characters.In Summary:
Simply put, this is a fun little show with a lot of appeal, good character designs and some hot sex. There's a story behind it that moves things along but it doesn't dominate completely and allows for plenty of things to happen. The wide range of characters also works to the shows advantage since it tantalizes you with the ones that get a bit of screen time while letting the main characters really screw around all over the place. Sex Warrior Pudding is just good fun all around.
Japanese Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.