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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: B-
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: All Region DVD
- Released By: JapanAnime
- MSRP: 24.98
- Running time: 30
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Sexy Magical Girl
Sexy Magical Girl Vol. #2
By Chris Beveridge
October 19, 2005
Release Date: September 29, 2005
Sexy Magical Girl Vol. #2
What They Say
Freak incidents are rampant and the serial rapes continue to plague this suburb. Akitoshi experiences this first-hand and finds out that all these are being caused by the Yuragi, an existence that should not be. He also finds out the true identity of Ai... a magical warrior that was sent to fight off the Yuragi. Akitoshi continues to pursue Ai even after she states her warning, "If you come near me, I will kill you."The Review!
Ai continues to live the dual life as she hunts down the Yuragi but Akitoshi's involvement only makes it more difficult.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. Unfortunately, this is also the only language track on there as no dub was produced for the release. The Japanese track is a decent sounding stereo mix that doesn't have a whole lot of activity going on in terms of directionality but does have a nice full sounding effect overall. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout 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. The transfer for this release eliminates the issues we had with the first volume and basically leaves us with a very clean and smooth looking piece of work other than a few minor things here and there. During the episode, there's some occasional aliasing where the lines start losing their smoothness and turn jagged. Colors look good and maintain a solid feel even during the dark blacks and blues, cross coloration is pretty much a non-issue and the show is presented with the original opening and ending. At the end of it, a translated section of credits rolls as well.Packaging:
Hitting another home run in terms of cover art, JapanAnime nails this one beautifully as it has the circle with sigils glowing bluish white against the black background while a tentacle covered Ai has her clothes torn apart as she's raised up into the air. This is the kind of detailed and vibrant piece of work that you want to have as a full size poster to put up it looks so good. The back provides numerous shots from the show and plenty of nudity and tentacle action. The summary is fairly short but well done while the bottom half is a much cleaned up and nicely laid out technical section and production information piece. No insert is included with this release.Menu:
The main layout utilizes the artwork from the cover in a zoomed in and much brighter manner so that her face is the center. Selections are lined along the left and are quick and easy to navigate while a brief loop of music plays along to the menu. Access times are decent considering the minor transitional animations and the layout very simple to navigate as there isn't much here beside the show and the trailers.Extras:
The only included extra is a slideshow of artwork from the show.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After a fun and energetic first volume, Sexy Magical Girl continues along with Akitoshi trying to figure out exactly what's going on and doing what men do best when they find someone they're really interested in – ignore every warning she makes about getting involved with her. Ai's trying to keep herself as distanced from people as possible but horny young men are a force to be reckoned with.
Part of Milky's Red label, Sexy Magical Girl in its second episode moves along nicely as we return to Akitoshi once more as he's found himself home after the wild incidents of the first volume. Everything has him confused as to what happened and whether it's even been real or not. He's trying to put it all in perspective and his mind keeps returning to the beauty that is Ai but also to the horrors that he's scene. All of this haunts him as he tries to get back into the routine of school and life but with Ai not there, though her desk is empty, he knows that she must be real. His disconnectedness gets him trouble though as he seems to be daydreaming in class and the teacher, Harumi, insists that he stay after school.
Ai's doing her best to try and stop him from getting further involved though, especially after Mikage becomes somewhat enthralled to the Yuragi and he's surprised to find her in the classroom after hours when he's hiding out from Yua. This leads to a strange and almost surreal experience since Mikage just doesn't seem right but she's far too attractive to not squeeze another sex scene out of. When things catch up to Akitoshi about him staying after school for Harumi, he ends up blowing that off when he sees Ai leaving the area and presumably heading home, so he takes off to follow her. It's through these moments that he starts to see her more than she's presented of herself as she smiles at some toys and can actually seem happy. But her time to be happy is very short as another of the Yuragi is about to strike and this time, with Akitoshi close by, it changes how everything goes.
This episode is quite a bit of fun and a bit smoother than the first one since it doesn't have quite as many introductions to do or include the mysterious arrival of Ai. The flashbacks are thankfully brief though and we're focused more on new sex scenes, which are really well done for the most part. Mikage and Akitoshi work well, though I'll plead that I'm a sucker for a green haired girl. When Ai gets herself in trouble with the tentacle demon towards the end, that provides for some good fun as well. What surprised and amused me is the teacher doing the masturbation scene and using hot dogs for her fun. Hmm, I wonder if they were tofu-dogs… The animation quality for this continues to be solid, the character designs very attractive and the show in general just a lot of fun. It's the kind that makes you want another episode right away when you're done.In Summary:
Sexy Magical Girl is indeed quite sexy and this episode is a solid follow-up to the first and it really makes me want the third episode now. With the video issues cleaned up and a gorgeous piece of cover art combined with a fun story and solid sex scenes, this is just a winning episode all around. Essentially, if you like the first one you'll like this one. It's good to see some tentacle action make it back into the scene and this series does it up nicely. Recommended if you like material from this genre.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Slideshow
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