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: Kitty Media
- MSRP: 29.95
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Shusaku
Shusaku the Letch: Liberty
By Chris Beveridge
October 03, 2005
Release Date: July 12, 2005
Shusaku the Letch: Liberty
What They Say
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Just when you thought that no one could drive harder, move faster and hang lower than Kisaku, here comes the continued adventures of the original Letch. Thanks to Shusaku's position at an all girls' school, his story is packed with more girls, more perversion and twice the lesbianism that Kisaku could ever handle.The Review!
Spinning off for a quick finale to bring one last girl under his sway, Shusaku the Letch gets what's coming to him.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The show has a pretty standard adult fare stereo mix to it with most of the show being dialogue so that's fairly center channel based as it is, though the music and some of the ambient effects and squoosh sounds come from the left or right channels. We listened to both tracks on this release and dialogue on both of them is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.Video:
Originally released to video back in 2002, the transfer for the two OVAs on this release is clean and clear and problem free. This essentially looks to be a direct port of the Japanese release sans the mosaic and looks great throughout. Colors are solid without being too saturated or bleeding, cross coloration and aliasing is non-existent and there are no gradient issues with the wide bands of color used throughout. This is a very eye-pleasing transfer from the start to finish which retains the original Japanese credits and provides a translated batch afterwards.Packaging:
While our favorite nasty man isn't a strong presence here, he is there in the background but all eyes are on the brightly illustrated scantily clad women in the foreground who are undressing the lead in order to take her against her will. The back cover goes with a mix of soft reds and a few shots from the show itself while still keeping it as clean as can be. The shows summary is minimal but that's standard for a show like this and the discs production and technical information is all clearly listed and easy to find.Menu:
The menu layout uses the entire front cover image for the static background and puts the series logo along there right side where they also put all the selections for it, all set to some very minimal and creepy instrumental music. The menu layout is very simple and fairly standard for Kitty releases these days; it looks good but doesn't have anything special to it. Access times are nice and fast and the menus easy to navigate. The disc also correctly read our players' language presets and played without issue.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As different as Kisaku was from what we've seen before in the various Shusaku series, nobody really compares to Shusaku himself. With this final two part OVA storyline we get into the final conquest that he's been angling after with Takabe finally falling prey to him before we learn the real secret of exactly what's going on here.
Everything revolves around Takabe here as she's trying to figure out what's going on with whoever is on the other side of the computer screen that seems to be controlling everything. She gets slowed down a bit from the usual things such as her various friends which are coming on a bit stronger than usual but what ends up really messing with her is the cold looking principal who pulls her to the side for a talk and ends up tying her up in one of the storage rooms. You have to wonder what student would let herself actually be taken advantage of like this but it becomes clearer later on. Before long, Takabe finds herself being verbally abused by her and eventually being subjected to the whims of this woman who decides she needs to shave her before taking her.
But it's not just the adults here who want Takabe but pretty much the entire female student body that we've seen. Takabe is after all the unreachable goal many of them believe that they want so they do what they can to get her, which is ably aided by Shusaku's manipulations and control of them. Setting things up, he has Takabe eventually stripped down and tied onto a bed where a couple of the other girls are there in their swimsuits and ready to take her as well as pleasuring themselves. These girls are so confused beyond words now and having them this young giving each other enema's is just weird by itself but it manages to work within the context of the show.
This female three way leads into more devious things to come though as Shusaku himself gets into the picture and starts his domination of Takabe who thinks she's finally learning the secret of who all is watching them. In the seemingly abandoned school church building, he's strung up all the other women along there to the rafters and they've all got vibrators going on and unable to stop them. Takabe's stunned expressions don't cover what that must really look like but she finds herself now being taken on by Shusaku himself who puts his nasty self all over her. But even that doesn't go as planned and we get the revelation about who is behind the screen and the real nature of the school. It's actually not really surprising in a way and it's a story type that's certainly been done before even in adult material but it feels like a strange but right ending for the Shusaku family stories.
Similar to previous installments, though not quite as digital looking as the second Shusaku release, the character designs are strong here with a good bit of detail and overall appealing natures. The animation is good throughout and there isn't much really in the way of repeated animation other than the usual obvious areas that are almost always there. The colors look great but manage to not be as vibrant as when they first went digital so this has a much more normal look and feel to it. This is a pretty decent conclusion to the series though it's the kind of show that I'm not sure could have a really top notch ending to begin with.In Summary:
With the number of releases from this Elf series, Liberty seemingly brings it to a close or at least to a point where a particular storyline has now closed and the way of the world and what it all means is at long last revealed. It makes sense and is the kind of thing that makes it easy to pull all the various releases together even with their discrepancies. I'm not sure it's all that accessible to anyone coming into it for the first time though and would recommend checking out the various other titles first or just sticking with Kisaku himself.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.