Mania Grade: D+
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- Audio Rating: C
- Video Rating: C
- Packaging Rating: C
- Menus Rating: C
- Extras Rating: C+
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Kitty Media
- MSRP: 29.95
- Running time: 90
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Slave Doll
By Derek Guder
May 13, 2004
Release Date: March 25, 2003
What They Say
© Kitty Media
Aki is an Andromaid, half android, half maid. Created to infiltrate the house of Kenichi, she disguises herself as an ordinary housekeeper. Her mission is to capture a sample of Kenichi's superior sperm, but she ends up with more than she bargained for. Will her android heart find love after comforting her sad new master?The Review!
If the title alone doesn't get your motor running, there's not much else here that'll turn your crank. Unless you really want to learn how to talk dirty in Japanese.Audio:
In the hopes that I would find something to actually interest myself in the show, my initial viewing was in English. Through the course of writing this review, I had it playing in the background in Japanese and went through it all again.
Neither tracks suffered from any particular technical problems, but nor were they really noteworthy at all. Both were stereo mixes, but I didn't notice any real directionality at all. Of course, all of the "action" was right in the center of the screen anyway, so there wasn't much call for it either. The English track is a little odd in that the dialogue is usually very quiet compared to the music or sound effects, noticeably lower than the original Japanese.
The Japanese audio is not really exceptional, though I'm certain I've heard the male lead for episode 2 in a number of other shows. He's delivery is not quite the spineless loser voice that you'd expect from a show like this. Everyone else is pretty average.
In English, however, the show is almost an entirely different beast. There are the usual simple changes to the script for no reason, but dialogue is also added to scenes or characters that were otherwise silent in the Japanese. A few internal thoughts are changed to vocal lines and a few characters even swap some of their dialogue. Do not expect a faithful reproduction in the English version.
Furthermore, "fuck" is tossed in liberally, apparently in an effort to make it sound more "adult" or "sexy" or something. Since none of the English voice actors could give a convincing performance to save their lives, it really just ends up making things sound even worse. Did I mention the bad acting? During some scenes, it reaches such a "so bad it's good" point that it becomes main attraction. This isn't quite on the level of something like Four Play
, but it comes pretty darn close, especially when the English script has lines like "he drinks from my breasts and from my clothes."Video:
The video is just what you'd expect from pretty cheaply-made hentai. Not particularly attractive, detailed or fluid and a bit on the soft side, though I can't tell if that's due to age, cheap animation production or something else. Considering the (low) quality of the animation itself and simplicity of the color scheme, it's probably safe to assume this is due to the original video itself, especially since a few scenes are clearly made even blurrier. I guess it's to emphasize the pleasure the characters are experiencing or something.Packaging:
The box is very simple. There are a few screenshots on the back and the cover gets a picture of Aki in her maid outfit. Maybe it's just me, but the look on her face shows nothing so much as despairing horror at what she'll had to endure on the DVD within. I can't say that I find that particularly attractive.
The description on the back of the box isn't quite accurate, however. Beyond the typo of "Andmaid" instead of "Andromaid", the summary applies only really applies to the second episode. The first and third have no over-arcing plot. They're just shorts that dive right into some sort of sexual antics and are only vaguely connected.Menu:
The menus are all about as simple as the box is, though they respond quickly. There's no animation or flair, just a bunch of options you can select.
The Extras Menu has a number of hidden extras that are pretty easy to find, though. Clicking left on the first extra or either right or left on the Main Menu link will bring you to the list of hidden extras that appear on top of Aki. It's quite apparent when you access them because a note congratulating you will appear at the top of the window and the selection icon glows green, away from any menu entry.Extras:
The extras are among the most entertaining and boring part of the release. There is a bunch of little audio plays or recordings of Aki telling a story or talking dirty with still images as backgrounds. Some of the pictures are new, but the majority of screen shots from the show itself which may or may not actually be appropriate for what she's talking about (the picture of her giving a blowjob to a dick-chick while talking about performing fellatio on her master puts all the previous references of "master" in the other skits and the show into question, for example).
It's great to have a bunch of extras, and they are all pretty amusing in theory (Aki teaches you how to masturbate, or she talks dirty about how she wants to be your "semen lavatory"). In practice, however, they had me laughing when I first started them, but they are pretty much limited to Aki saying stuff like "dick", "I like your penis" or "I want to your semen" again and again. If you just want to hear a girl say dirty words for a few minutes, these should be right up your alley.
On the other hand, they're also useful if you want to learn a dozen different ways to say "dick" or "penis" in Japanese.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Right from the start, Slave Doll
makes sure that we know that Aki is not only an android, but if she were a real girl, she'd be 19 years old. So not only is she a robot, which makes it okay to abuse her any way we want, but she is also not a minor, so it's okay anyway. Of course, she lives only sexually pleasure her master. I mean, why else would a woman exist in hentai, right?
The first episode is an assortment of little shorts detailing her sexual exploits and acts of humiliation. She'll either go to her master and engage in lots of oral sex or masturbate after becoming aroused for no reason. The one rather out of place sequence is when she's brought to the basement to be punished. It looks like it'll be half-hearted S&M until she gets her nipples pierced and bells dangled from them. Then it's time for group sex in the new short.
The second episode actually has a continuing plot, the one the box cover refers to. She's supposed to collect a lonely boy's "superior semen" and proceeds to seduce him. Not that she has to do much to get the high school kid wrapped around her finger or anything. Having fallen in love with him (as all sexrobots seem to do � you'd think they'd fix that in all the low-budget hentai and porno that get made with that premise), she does anything he wants but refuses to actually have sex with him so that she can stay with him longer. More than a little frustrated, he brings his friends over to gang-bang her as revenge. This only ends up re-affirming their love (I have no idea how, honestly) but she still has to leave him and return to her semen-stealing duties. This leaves him a broken shell of a man (or a boy?) and collects wooden marionettes and dolls. In his slavering insanity, having sex with them is just the same as Aki, since she was an android � although he was never actually aware of that.
The final episode has a bit of an increase in both animation quality and absurdity. The first sequence has Aki dressing like Wedding Peach to service an entire congregation in a sick mockery of communion, but the "best" short plays around a bit with the fact that she's supposed to be an android by having her get an "upgrade." She attaches a penis and, with the help of another enormously-breasted andromaid who puts some cartridge into Aki's new penis like a catheter, learns of all the superior pleasures available only to men. This is also the only sequence to have actual penetration instead of oral sex or masturbation.In Summary:
I wasn't really expecting much of anything out of Slave Doll
. Neither maids nor the master/servant relationship really do anything for me at all. Not only that, but the sex was rote and unimaginative and both the character designs and animation were a bit sub-par. If I'm going to bother with cartoon porn, it should at least be pretty to look at.
Even blasphemy and parody weren't really enough to give show any real spice or character. Just like all of the extras, the show is at merely amusing at first and it rapidly becomes boring with shallow and repetitive attempts to titillate the audience.
The only possible appeal here is the atrocious English dub, but since any real dialogue is limited to the middle third of the show at most and it's not consistently so-bad-it's-good, there are better ways to spend your money for a cheap laugh.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Panasonic CT27SX12AF 27" flat-screen TV; Koss KD365 DVD player; Onkyo TX-SR501 receiver; RCA 6-piece home theater speaker package; Component video and optical audio connections