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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: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Study-A-Broad

Study-a-Broad

By Chris Beveridge     July 02, 2008
Release Date: June 03, 2008


Study-a-Broad
© Kitty Media


What They Say
Certain subjects being taught at college aren't necessarily on the curriculum. Sex education is one of them. At an all-girls school, one male teacher takes it upon himself to educate his students in the ways of carnal knowledge. Using (and abusing) his authority, he lures his hottest students into his lair and has his sleazy way with them. By the end, these girls will learn some lessons they'll never forget.

At another college, a glowing, phallus-shaped artifact possesses magical powers that turn innocent girls into raging sex maniacs. When a teacher is seduced by one of the students, he becomes possessed and soon finds himself with powers that his female students can't resist.


The Review!
Sex in school is cool. Especially when it involves a magical penis totem.

Audio:
Study-A-Broad is like most other Kitty Media titles in that it does receive a bilingual release since at some level porn does continue to sell. The stereo mix for each track is a fairly standard 192kbps encoding which serves the material well enough as it's a basic center channel/full mix. There's little to the show outside of some incidental music and sound effects here and there and the dialogue itself. Nothing stands out but there wasn't anything wrong with it either, and we had no problems during regular playback of either language track.

Video:
Originally released in 2007, the transfer for this two part OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The transfer for this is pretty solid and Kitty Media uses some high bitrates at times to give things a very solid looking presentation. Outside of a few scenes early on in the first episode which look to be intentionally soft, the majority of this show simply looks clean and solid. Colors are bright and vibrant and they maintain a solid feel throughout outside of a few bits of noise here and there with some basic school wall colors which always seem hard to keep stable. Cross coloration is absent and there's only a touch of aliasing during a few pans here and there.

Packaging:
Kitty's covers tend to be quite good and this one is no exception as it features Yuzuki with her school uniform falling off of her as she looks to the side. The indistinct reddish background keeps all attention on her which is titillating without being revealing. The logo is nicely done with a school theme to it and overall this is a very appealing erotic cover that doesn't utilize a lot of heavy sex to sell it. That's what the back cover is for as it has numerous shots from the show across it which gives you a better idea as to the kind of sex in it. The summary runs through the middle of it and it covers the basic plots of the two episodes on the disc clearly enough without listing names. He bottom portion is given over the production credits and the technical grid which clearly lists exactly what's on it, though they do get the runtime off by about twenty minutes which is hard to forgive. No inserts are included nor is there a reversible cover.

Menu:
Like many Kitty Media releases, the menu design takes the cover artwork and actually uses it to good effect. Yuzuki is shown here once again but it's a fuller image of her and the colors all look more vibrant and inviting. The navigation strip is pretty straightforward with the basic selections and the inclusion of the same logo as the front cover ties it all together nicely alongside a bit of music from the show. Submenus load quickly and the disc correctly read our players' language presets and played accordingly.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Study-A-Broad is a cute little two part OVA series that's made up of very different shows, with Eisai Kyoiku and Seisen Gakuen being the original names. The plus side is that they're mostly made by the same people so there are similarities to be found. The downside is that each episode is barely twenty minutes each so it's another pair of very short stories that don't get a chance to really shine and show what they can be.

The first episode is a rather potentially dark piece as it introduces Shin Kagami, a newly arrived teacher in the "university" who has a bit of a reputation behind him. If not for the sponsoring behind him, the assistant principal seems like she'd be ready to call the police on him instead. Shin's rather crafty in a perverse way about ensuring his position in the school however. Before she knows it, Shin is kissing her and stripping her down so he can have his way with her. All while getting photographic proof that would destroy her career and life easily enough. She's stunned by it all and, in true adult anime way, gives in to it all too easily and enjoys it the entire time. That's just how it is of course.

When Shin hits the halls of the university, it's like watching a wolf in sheep's clothing going through the herd. The girls are all interested in him because of his looks and he's just trying to decide who he wants to take first. The victim is a curious one as the beautiful Yuzuki is apparently his sister of some sort going by translation and the small amount of history that the two of them share. It's very vague in how they came to this, but it doesn't take long for Shin to properly seduce her and then anally dominate her to his way. Of the two scenes, this one is the longer one and it's also far more erotic since it's partially consensual and there's more engaging "emotion" to all of it.

The second episode has a bit more variety to it but it's one that takes a bit more of an unusual turn as well. This story involves a relatively recent arrival to teaching in the form of Shinsuke, a bespectacled somewhat nervous teacher who is dealing with a heavy load, including being the advisor on the archaeology club and the swim club. He's put in his place regularly by fellow faculty member Shiori and he's just not sure of himself. This goes out the window when he stumbles onto Saya, a student from his archaeology club, who is getting off in the club room due to the influence of a mysterious phallic artifact. They get things going pretty well but the artifact ends up causing him to exude "sacred" water from his penis now. Golden showers taken on a truly holy note since Shiroi finds out about it and believes he's some sort of Chosen One.

The second episode makes out better than the first in some ways as it has a bit more variety sine Shinsukue gets Says, Shiori and a swim club girl named Aya. On the downside, it's got all the golden showers material as well which just doesn't appeal all that much. And like the first episode on the disc, it's incomplete in its own way because it doesn't actually go anywhere. Of course, most people aren't looking for story here, so there isn't too much of a real issue with it. The series as a whole has some decent character designs but nothing that stands out in a really strong way. Yuzuki is the more appealing of all of them, and she gets the most screen time, but there is something of a mild budget feel to the whole thing as well. With that and the mild and brief sex scenes, it's not a show that really gets one all that excited unless you really need the golden showers material.

In Summary:
Study-A-Broad is a fun little show but in the end it's a bit disappointing since it doesn't get a chance in either episode to really go far enough with things. The first one is a bit of a tease since it sets up situations but doesn't get to expand on any of the back story at all while the second one features "sacred" urination sequences. There are things to like as they both feature some good sex scenes with a bit of diversity and the character designs are appealing for the most part, but they just lack that extra something to make them memorable. It doesn't help that they're over far too quickly as well. With the first episode featuring two scenes and the second episode bringing in three, they're all about the quickies and not in it for the length. It's not a bad way to kill a little time, but with the pricing and runtime it's certainly more of a rental than anything else.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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