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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • 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. #3

By Chris Beveridge     January 09, 2006
Release Date: November 30, 2005


Sexy Magical Girl Vol. #3
© JapanAnime


What They Say
It's been days since Ai has disappeared and no one remembers her existence... except for Akitoshi. During these peaceful days, Akitoshi finds himself day dreaming about Ai every single moment.

One day, Akitoshi loses consciousness and Meg, a being from Ai's world, warns Akitoshi that danger lurks ahead... And that the ones he cares for will be in grave danger. Later that night, Akitoshi receives a call from Yue's mom and learns that Yue hasn't come back home yet.

Worried about Yue, Akitoshi heads out to search for Yue... But he has no idea that the Yuragi is behind this!

The Review!
Everything seems to go back to normal after Ai is gone but some unfinished business lurks beneath the surface.

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 2004, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The transfer for this release gives 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 minor blocking going on during one or two of the fast paced action scenes such as when the tentacles fly fast but it's more apparent on our lower end player and TV than the higher end setup. 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:
Not quite to the level of the first two covers which had some decidedly vibrant areas to them, this cover is a darker piece that has Ai in her minimal outfit being completely accosted by the mechanical like tentacles and unable to stop it. There's some good detail here and it's definitely an appealing cover to tentacle fans. 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 out and much brighter manner so that we see more of her body. Selections are lined along the right 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)
The first two volumes of Sexy Magical Girl Ai brought out a fairly complete storyline that ended with everyone other than Akitoshi forgetting about Ai and all that had happened during her time there at the school. Akitoshi's still finding himself missing her though and having that feeling of something not being right, particularly when he starts having flashes that something is wrong with those that are the closest to him and even seeing the image of Ai in the form of other people.

Hints that things are going on come at a time when everyone is supposedly back to normal and Akitoshi is able to have simple times at school such as lunch on the roof with Yua and Torou. When everything starts flashing at him about there being something wrong under the surface, he misses for the most part that Torou asks him about taking Yua out for a date. His concern between what's going on in his head as well as their friend Chie being sick has him terribly distracted. When he finds out later that night that Yua has returned from her date and Torou has no idea where she could be since they left each other fine, they head off to the park to search for her. But Yua has found herself in a far different situation as Chie has come across her and her cold was a cover for a change she's gone through as she's now possessed by the Yuragi.

The arrival of this presence again in a couple of forms attracts most of the core cast to the area but not before Chie gets to completely dominate Yua so there is some rather good girl on girl tentacle action going on. Akitoshi's attempts to stop it don't work well though and he's sadly forced to watch such things happen while trying to figure out how there could be any of these presence left based on what's happened before. There are a few obvious twists that come along after this and it leads to the obvious return of Ai, since we see her on the cover and the series is about her. The show doesn't exactly offer too much when it comes to suspense about what's going to happen since it's all obviously foreshadowed by people having evil red eyes at times so you know who is being worked over and who isn't.

While the story is fairly weak and easily telegraphed in advance, the animation and actual action scenes are very well done and fun to watch. Yua and Chie's scenes together, a fair bit Lolita like at times, are still a lot of fun as Chie works Yua over with the tentacles. When Torou gets into the swing of things and takes on Ai and gives her the major work over that essentially is the main scene of the episode, it's very well done with great animation and some interesting twists to the way the mechanical-like tentacles get things done. The episode is a bit of a mixed bag overall depending on what you're looking for but the sex itself scores well here as does the animation.

In Summary:
The third installment of the series has a bit of an awkward time getting underway since the lead character is out of the show until the last scene kicks off but it does provide some good material overall. The story is weak as it's so easy to tell who the bad guys are from the start but in terms of actual action and animation it's a solid entry in the series. Sexy Magical Girl definitely fills the tentacle and magical girl niche nicely with solid production values and character designs but I had hoped that after a good first two episodes that the next set of episodes would keep up the same level but it's fallen off a bit here. It's still quite enjoyable overall though if you've liked the first two episodes.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Slideshow

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI set at 480p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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