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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Anime 18
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 80
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sprite: Between Two Worlds

Sprite: Between Two Worlds

By Chris Beveridge     September 29, 2003
Release Date: February 13, 2001


Sprite: Between Two Worlds
© Anime 18


What They Say
Lately, shy Manami has been flirting outrageously and sparking vicious catfights! Afterwards, she remembers nothing. Can it be that another personality seethes beneath her own — a wild woman who'll do anything to find trouble?

The Review!
Ah, some hentai-lite at last! No tentacles, no demons and practically all consensual relationships. This should make a good number of people happy. Add in the cute girls and you've got a winner.

Audio:
For our primary review, we listened to this in its original language of Japanese. Released in 1997, the two OVA's are a pretty basic stereo mix. Beyond the music, there's not a lot of use for the audio here beyond dialogue as there's very few effects sounds that really require directionality. Dialogue throughout is pretty clean and clear. Yes Virginia, you can hear every moan and scream without any problems.

Video:
The two OVA's definitely look the part of a low budget production but with some good values thrown in. The video itself has a bit of grain throughout, which is accentuated by what appears to be an intentional softness to the look of the show. There's a number of jaggies throughout which were really distracting in a number of places. Colors are pretty much done in pastel, a lot of whites and very soft in general. There are a few areas with some very vibrant colors though which look very good. I just wouldn't expect a lot from the show itself as most hentai-lite shows tend to not boast high budgets and have a minimalist look about them.

Packaging:
You can get a feel for the colors of the show by the cover art used. The soft pinks, whites and reds are pretty much indicative of the color scheme in the show as well as the soft nature to it. The reverse side has a nice revealing picture and a couple of others along with the brief summary of it. Like most other CPM releases, this is in a clear keepcase and the interior gets the chapter listings along with a few cast listings and black and white pictures.

Menus:
If you've bought any CPM release in the past two years, you know what to expect here. Selections are fast and the menu layout is pretty straightforward. A bit of English voiceover runs during the main menu.

Extras:
The only extra on the standalone side is the meet the cast section, which most people tend to not look at anyway.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The premise of this show is very straightforward. A young girl, Manami, has a split personality. Her alter ego, Nami, only comes awake when her cousin Toru calls her by her Nami name. And when she's Nami, Manami doesn't recall anything at all.

Toru hasn't seen Nami in what seems to be years, but he's now living with her and her parents as his mother is recovering from an illness and requires quiet time. And in the intervening years, Manami's turned into a hot little number. There's a whole lot of ogling and talking going on about her at school (college mind you, college! College is mentioned repeatedly that they're in college, cause college is a school. But not a school like kids go to, cause it's a college. College women are legal after all).

There's one girl at school, er, college however that really doesn't like Manami. Chiaki's convinced that the boy she was after is now seeing Manami, and seeing Manami with her cousin ("Yeah, we believe that!") makes it only worse. She vows revenge! She and two friends corner Manami outside of the college and proceed to pin her against the wall and start undressing her. Toru's been watching all of this from the tree and lunges into action! After he bungles, his utterance of the name Nami frees up the alter ego, which proceeds to kick some serious ass.

As time goes on, and Chiaki continues her plots to destroy Manami, Toru and Manami/Nami begin to unravel how everything became the way it is. The resolution proves to be rather interesting amusing, but there's very little to this show overall, even with a running time of 80 minutes. Of course, a lot of the time is filled with various sexual acts and come ons, so it all balances out pretty well.

The show does feel like it's a few parts of a larger manga especially with how it jumps around in a few places. But the show does set out to do what it intends, and that's to provide some ecchi material in a cute and fun way. There's hardly anything degrading in here and the complete lack of tentacles and demons really helps. It's just unfortunate that the plot is paper thin. But if all you're looking for is nekkid men and women, look no further. And the dub's not half bad either. Too bad there were no voice recording sessions included!

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Meet the Cast

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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