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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Anime 18
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sin Sorority

Sin Sorority Xtreme Series Edition

By Chris Beveridge     May 23, 2004
Release Date: May 11, 2004


Sin Sorority Xtreme Series Edition
© Anime 18


What They Say
Chicks will do chicks!

A plucky coed dreams of new friends and college glory days. Her dream becomes a raunchy reality when she?s inducted into an erotic sorority. To become a member, she performs outrageous acts of debauchery as her sexy sisters instruct her in the arts of lust!

The Review!
Ah, the fun that goes on at the elite private academies where the children are our future!

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The show has a decent stereo mix though the bulk of the dialogue and other vocal sounds are very much center channel based. The usual keyboard style instrumental pieces make good use of the stereo channels themselves and fill the stage pretty well. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems during regular playback. We spot checked the English language track in a few places and noticed nothing out of the ordinary there.

Video:
Originally released to video back in 2002, the materials for the transfer here are just gorgeous looking. With no changes made to the print essentially (as we have untranslated openings and ending sequences with translated credits tacked on to the last episode), this is a very clean looking print filled with a lot of lush colors in both the foreground and background. Character animation is very fluid here and looks great with the detail and range of pinks and blues while the backgrounds that are filled with flowers looks fantastic. Cross coloration and aliasing are both very minimal here and the various colors maintain a very solid feel.

Packaging:
The latest release under the "Xtreme Series" banner, the front cover goes for straight character artwork on the front with the student government president in her red leather goodness. She's the harsh character design in the series and it translates here pretty well, particularly with the amusing subtext of "Chicks will do chicks". Ah, gotta love good copy. The back cover provides another bondage style shot, this time of our plucky heroine who finds herself in trouble here and looks rather depressed. The summary is minimal but covers the basics while the discs features and basic technical information are easy to read. They list an art gallery but it's not actually on the volume, only the trailer and artform segments are. The reverse side cover provides a full panel headshot of Yurika in black and white while the other side lists the chapters for each episode and the English credits. Of course, nothing can be found about the Japanese cast. The rest of the information is filled out with the usual amuzing English production credit names like Elmer Fudge, Tara Misu and Sho Nuff.

Menu:
The menu layout is surprisingly soft but works well with the character artwork from the back cover against a pink cloudy style backdrop with some of the instrumental music playing along to it. The menus look nice and simple and it works well instead of providing the usual clips of the bump and grind all over the place. Access times are nice and fast and the menus are very easy to navigate.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sin Sorority brings all the fun back to the campus lifestyle with a hentai twist. We're introduced to the newest transfer student to arrive in the very highly thought of private academy, Asuna. She's bright eyed and hopeful for the future but she's already figuring she's going to have a hard time fitting in with the elite that roam around here. Academies like this are no different than regular schools and have some serious cliques and power groups that roam around, only these are often backed by real money and influence.

Asuna's back luck kicks in right from the start and she ends up bumping into another girl and falling down. As it turns out, the rather harsh looking young woman is actually Yurika, the student body president. Asuna apologizes for the accident which Yurika does grant her a pass on but she insists that she be called mistress. This likely would have been the end of it if Asuna had not then bumped into and knocked down Katsumi, one of the very popular heartthrob boys on the campus. He's all smiles about it, since Asuna is pretty attractive in that shy way, and helps up and along her way. Yurika really doesn't like how this could go but writes it off as a chance meeting. See? She's fairly nice?

Later on when Yurika is playing with one of her female playthings in one of the vast hidden areas inside the park that's on the campus, Asuna ends up coming across them and watches from a hidden area. Yurika actually notices this and decides that she's really going to mess with this girl. Her initial damage is to make her a part of the student body government which sets her apart from everyone else. Since she's new, most of the regular kids don't like that she's suddenly jumped in popularity. For those that have been vying for Yurika's attention and power themselves, they take it upon themselves to properly discipline Asuna and show her where her true standing is in the world here. But once more, Katsumi saves the day for Asuna while Yurika watches from a distance, forcing her to make certain that Asuna falls to her whims.

And her whims turn pretty nasty as Asuna is whisked away to one of the dark chambers in the school and is forced to have sex with some mysterious men under Yurika's control. Yurika also gets to have her way with her while wearing the bondage clothes and the detachable penis. Asuna's school life continues to spiral downwards from here as she's taken repeatedly, sent off to classes with a chastity belt on but with an active vibrator raging inside her and more. Her friends can't figure out what's going on and it all just keeps getting worse and worse for here.

The show has some really great character designs once you discount the harsh design of Yurika. I tend to not care for that much so it's not a surprise. The majority of the rest of the girls character designs are very pleasing on the eyes and they're pretty well animated throughout. The men fill some of the typical academy style ideals of the suited young men stereotype but they're not the main course here. Lesbianism is rampant here, so there's probably a course taught somewhere. The show does provide some of the more "extreme" moments though, such as a brief scat sequence and a couple of instances of virgins being de-virgined, so there's a few bloody messes here and there that are somewhat cringe inducing depending on how desensitized to it you are. But overall, for a show that goes the bondage/control route, it's pretty decent and not too over the top with its nasty factor.

In Summary:
Sin Sorority fits the bill in the Xtreme Series collection pretty well, though somewhat on the light side. With two episodes of fun that that unfortunately don't finish out the story, some really good fluid animation and great character designs, this was certainly a fun way to pass an hour for the most part. There are a fair amount of the usual clichés and the like, but it's competently done and manages to sneak in a surprise or two along the way. If you're into the extreme stuff, this one will probably seem a bit light but it'll probably bring a smile to your face. Maybe the next set of episodes will be really deserving of the Xtreme banner.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, 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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