Mania Grade: B
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C+
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: All Region DVD
- Released By: JapanAnime
- MSRP: 24.99
- Running time: 30
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Sex Warrior Pudding
Sex Warrior Pudding Vol. #3
By Chris Beveridge
July 29, 2005
Release Date: June 21, 2005
Sex Warrior Pudding Vol. #3
What They Say
Sex Warrior Pudding and friends continue their fight against the evil Lividoll Kingdom. In another normal day at the Alamode, Pudding spots Harue and Shuta (the manager) making loveThe Review!
Waitresses who battle evil for justice! Each with their own colored uniforms and specific stereotype, this one aims to please on the simplest of levels.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 this OVA is 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 cover is nicely done with an illustration of the three women who get themselves into a good deal of sexual fun in this volume, including the mother/daughter pair that look more like twins. The artwork is a bit off when it comes to Harue but the other two look good and the release does provide both the Japanese logo and the English translation to it. I don't like how they list the discs features along the bottom since it just isn't necessary. The back cover has a string of shots from the show down both sides while larger ones are in the center that contain the very hard to read summary in the middle. The shows voice cast is listed at the bottom as well as a nicely laid out technical grid that contains most of the important information but forgets to list the languages inside. In fact, nowhere on the release does it list what languages are available on the release which is a big miss.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. The loop is one of the best I've heard I think as it's barely even noticeable unless you're watching the counter and really paying attention. They do combine the extras and setup menu though which I don't care for at all. Access times are nice and fast and with no English language dub on here the player presets are somewhat moot.Extras:
The only included extra here is an image gallery done in slideshow format.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the first two episodes were released under another label, JapanAnime finishes out the series with the Final Chapter episode of the franchise. And unfortunately, like a lot of the new adult labels that have sprung up lately, there are some minor problems with it. In addition to the transfer issue listed previously, the subtitles again are some of the most unprofessional I've seen. There are extra spaces in various words, some very obvious misspellings, and completely poor use of ellipses. Even worse, there's at least one scene where there's five or six lines of subtitles on the screen.
As for the show itself, having not seen the first two episodes, it's easy enough to get into as we learn that Shuta, the manager of a restaurant, is trying to avoid being like the enemy LiviDoll creature that seems to just take advantage of women for its own sexual pleasure. Shuta has a nasty dream about the experience but is fine once he gets back to work at the restaurant where all his girls wear different colored uniforms and fit the basics stereotypes of just about every anime female character out there. For this episode, he comes up with a new delightful pudding dish for the customers when he has Harue dip her breasts into one of the mixes so he can create a mold of them and create pudding breasts. It's amusing watching him lick them after he gets done taking Harue from behind after she finished her work.
Pudding sees this happen as she walks by and is determined that she's going to be the one who will get Shuta as her boyfriend. So she invites Shuta to her house for a dinner before the big festival that's happening so he's all excited about the possibility of being closer to her. What really messes him up though is when he meets Pudding's mother, named Milk, who other than a slightly different hairstyle looks exactly like Pudding. In fact, I had them reversed at first when I saw them. They all get along well but Shuta gets surprised when he takes a bath that Pudding comes in behind him and gives him a great wash down and then starts to play with him a bit before inviting him back to her bedroom.
It's easy to see the setup in that it's actually Milk whose trying to help out her daughter, but it's a great scene and has some amusing moments to it. Milk is obviously just as hot as her daughter and she's needing sex so she gets into it quite a bit. The revelation later to Pudding that it happened turns her into Black Pudding which means she's in domination mode, which puts Shuta in a really awkward but certainly enjoyable position. There's a fair bit of Pudding sex in this episode and it all looks quite good and is a lot of fun to watch. It's an attractive If somewhat standard design but it's nicely done and fun to watch.In Summary:
The subtitles provide more eye-rolling moments than what happens in the show itself so between that and the slightly fuzzy transfer and lack of a dub, this is going for a very small segment of the market. Which is very unfortunate since if this had made it to a more established company it would have all been on one disc with a fun dub and earned a much wider audience. And it deserves a wider audience since it's so much fun and well done, even if it does subject you to the uniform fetish some more. This has the makings of a solid release but is mired in a number of issues that will keep it in the hands of only those who know what it is and seek it out.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Slideshow
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.