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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: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sexual Pursuit

Sexual Pursuit

By Chris Beveridge     May 15, 2008
Release Date: May 06, 2008


Sexual Pursuit
© Kitty Media


What They Say
Yuji just got himself a new board game and he can't wait to play. What Yuji doesn't know is that the game possesses secret powers - sexual powers, to be precise. He and his stepmother decide to give it a try. The game requires drawing cards from a deck that have sexual instructions on them. Though it starts out innocently enough, Yuji soon experiences sexual feelings for his opponent. As the game progresses and the sexual tension escalates, it culminates in a sexual free-for-all with his stepmother and stepsister.

The Review!
One of the crudest phrases I've ever heard in life was years ago with, "Rape is great but incest is best." It's amazing how much adult anime revolves around these two basic ideas.

Audio:
Like most adult releases, the bilingual presentation for Sexual Pursuit is fairly straightforward with a pair of stereo mixes encoded at 192kbps. And just like most adult shows, it isn't one that really has that much of a workout to it as it's a pretty center channel based mix that doesn't utilize anything in the way of depth or directionality. With little music to the show, there's only some basic train background noise at times beyond the dialogue and sex sounds themselves so the mix suits it well enough. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in late 2007, the transfer for this two episode OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Kitty has done a good job with this release as the bitrate pretty much sits in the mid sevens and peaks into the high eights throughout. The result is a release that is minimal on noise and generally free of issues outside of some light aliasing during various panning sequences. Colors are bold and solid and there's little to really find fault with. It's not a standout piece of work with the animation so it doesn't really shine, but it's a very solid release with no noticeable issues to it.

Packaging:
Practically begging for a lawsuit, the cover art for this is priceless as it features the two women of the series surrounded by a series of cards floating by done in the classic Trivial Pursuit style. The text on the cards, from what can be read, fits in theme with the show as well and even the logo utilizes the proper playing piece for the X in Sexual. The character artwork is very detailed and gorgeous as well which only makes this a strong looking title on any shelf. The back cover plays up the same elements a bit more with the cards floating around and the basic board layout as well which is done up with shots from the show that don't show any full nudity but with plenty of obscured bits. The summary covers the basics of the plot, what little there is, in a cute enough way. The remainder is given over to the standard production credits and the technical grid which covers everything in detail.

Menu:
The menu design takes its cue from the Trivial Pursuit game quite bluntly and not the actual game board from the show itself. The main strip down the center with the multiple colors actually contains the navigation elements which work really well alongside the pulse pounding music that runs through the minute long loop. The menu doesn't have much to it for navigation since it's just the show, scenes and languages outside of a few trailers for other shows. The menu does look quite good though even if it does fail on the basic language presets as is the norm for Kitty releases since the sign/song subtitle track is the first English language subtitle track.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sexual Pursuit, originally known as Soukan Yuugi or Adultery Game, is a two part OVA series with a very simple premise: A board game makes people have sex. Now there's a franchise that any company can take to the bank. The show starts off quite strongly, even with a little bit of scat thrown in, but ends up falling apart in the second half by actually avoiding use of the board game for the majority of it. A sin!

The show revolves primarily around three characters. We're introduced to the somewhat shy and quiet Yuji who has a bit of a mother complex going on, though one that's more geared towards just general affection than anything else truly serious. He comes home one day with a special board game that he was given by a stranger on the street who was promoting it as something that everyone should try. Dice games are quite outdated at this point in time so it's sort of frowned upon in general, and even his slightly older stepmother finds it to be that way. When she sees him with it, she doesn't have any real desire to play but gives in to his request and sits down to play with him. It's all quite simple as you roll the dice, move the spaces and draw a card if you land on a red square on your journey to the end of the path. Where it goes amiss is that the cards all contain various levels of sexual things to do, from embracing someone, kissing someone or performing oral sex on them. They don't realize this until they actually start playing the game and are a bit aghast by it. Aoi more so than Yuji since he can't read most of the writing on the cards.

What makes all of this a problem is that one the cards are drawn, or the game even started, the players are compelled to see it through to the end. Aoi tries to resist the kissing part of it while enjoying the embrace. When she takes a card to strip, she's able to verbally say she doesn't want him to watch, but she is compelled to undress. It all goes downhill quickly from there and before you know it the two of them are going at it for the bulk of the episode. Yuji lucks out by getting a card that deals with "continual ejaculation" which keeps his performance up quite well for a first timer who is doing his stepmom.

The second episode unfortunately is a lot weaker overall than the first episode which plays up the relationship between Aoi and Yuji quite well while putting them through awkward sexual situations that both come to enjoy a lot. The third character in the show is Yuji's sister Yuri, a very attractive slightly older blonde in a sailor suit who picks on her brother constantly. She's not necessarily mean about it, but she's established some dominance considering how weak he is. She finds herself having dreams about her brother and her mother, which is basically her seeing what happened in their game, which has her angry and confused but also incredibly aroused. She doesn't know how to deal with these feelings and is even more angry when she discovers the adult game and confronts him about it. The cards only play into their encounter a little as she's forced to masturbate in front of him. After that it's all consensual on their part, at least partially since she forces him to wear her bra and panties.

The first episode runs through some good situations for Aoi and Yuji as he loses his virginity to her, has his first real kiss and experiences a boob job. There is a bit of scat introduced into it early on as Yuji can't help himself and has to urinate in the heat of the moment. The scat also shows up in the second episode where Yuri gets herself off in the shower and does the same there. The first episode has a much better scene overall as it lasts throughout the bulk of the episode. The second episode unfortunately plays recap for the first few minutes by having Yuri see what happened in the first episode via a dream sequence. Some of it is pure recap while others has her seeing what happened from a different point of view. The lack of the game usage in the second episode is a real downer since it could have made their pairing a lot more intense instead of the weak scene that it became.

In Summary:
Sexual Pursuit is a lot of fun overall even if things do sputter in the second episode. The show has a fun concept that sadly isn't used all that much since it can put a fun spin on things, both consensual and non consensual. The show overall has some good animation to it but nothing that stands out as too strong or memorable. It's a bit better than competent and its visual design overall is fairly standard but it all fits in with the setting of the show. Sexual Pursuit isn't a real standout show but it's one that you get in and find yourself enjoying more than you would have expected and coming away feeling good about. While it may not be up to the needs of the hardcore adult anime fan who needs the boundaries pushed, this is one that's good for relatively new viewers and those who are making their way around the block and is an easy recommendation.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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