Mania Grade: B+
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: C+
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: JapanAnime
- MSRP: 24.98
- Running time: 30
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Taboo Charming Mother
Taboo Charming Mother Vol. #1
By Chris Beveridge
September 21, 2005
Release Date: September 20, 2005
Taboo Charming Mother Vol. #1
What They Say
It's been a year since Misako married Yosuke Amamiya. Misako loves her husband more than anything in the world and takes good care of the household, but she's sexually frustrated! Her frustration continues until one day when she receives a phone call from a mysterious man promising her satisfaction...The Review!
What's a stay at home stepmother to do when someone keep calling her and sending her toys to play with?Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. It's the only language track included here as once again there's no dub for a new adult release. The track is a fairly standard stereo mix with a bit of directionality across the two channels that sounds decent if not terribly immersive. Dialogue is mostly center channel based but it comes across clean and clear and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.Video:
Originally released in 2003, the transfer for this OVA is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. As with some of the better produced series out there, the source material here looks good with lots of bright vivid colors and some decent animation that doesn't show too many shortcuts. The colors generally look good and solid though there are some areas where you can see the color gradient but it is a fairly small issue all told and most likely not noticeable on most setups. This is essentially a problem free transfer for the most part with very good looking animation.Packaging:
Using the original Japanese artwork, the front cover has a very attractive piece with Misako laying on the couch in the deep pillows with her clothes undone and the phone cradled on her shoulder so she can talk into it while pleasuring herself. It's a great shot and very well illustrated with a lot of detail and great colors. The back cover has a number of shots that look really good of Misako in various states of pleasure with lots of shadows around the edge. The summary is fairly simple and easy to read though I'm not a fan of all uppercase text. The production and technical information round out the bottom of the cover and is pretty straightforward other than not listing any of the languages here beyond the subtitles.Menu:
The main menu is a decent simple piece that has a slightly zoomed in version of the front cover as its static background. The top half puts the series name while the basic navigation is down along the bottom, the whole thing set to a brief loop of instrumental music from the show. They do combine the extras and setup menu though which I don't care for at all. Access times are nice and fast and with no English language dub on here the player presets are somewhat moot.Extras:
The only included extra here is an image gallery done in slideshow format.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
One area that you really don't expect to see a lot of action in either live action or animated adult material is anything involving phone sex. While Taboo Charming Mother isn't exactly that, it's the closest that it's come yet that I've seen and it manages to pull it off really nicely. With the focus almost entirely on Misako and her handling of things it's like a one woman show, but what a show.
Misako's been married to her middle aged husband Yosuke for about a year now and the two are indeed in love but things have cooled off as of late for various reasons unknown. He's more tired than he used to be so they haven't had sex in about two months or more now even though she's certainly ready to go. Being the kind of couple they are, she's not exactly able to draw it out of her older husband but she keeps herself busy with the house and things. Her stepson, Kazuhiko, has been fairly cold to her since she arrived for the usual reasons but he's been slowly warming up to her in the recent weeks and actually acknowledging her existence when he leaves and then going so far as to call her mom at one point. So she's in somewhat of an emotional pendulum.
What changes along the way for Misako is that she's been getting annoying phone calls during the day with some guy who keeps talking dirty to her or encouraging her to be so. She tends to just hang up after a few minutes of politeness but it becomes something else when during one phone call he tells her that he's left a gift outside of her front door. When she brings in the box she finds an elaborate vibrator inside and is ready to just throw it in the trash when he tells her that she has to disarm it first. The fact she falls for this is amusing and it leads to her being at least familiar with the device.
It's not long from there as she's continually denied by her husband that her needs and curiosity overwhelm her and she pulls it out from the box in the closet where she hid it. The timing with the calls start to come into play and she finds herself needing both of them more and more and every day is filled with her pleasuring herself with the vibrator while the mysterious man is on the phone encouraging her on. She gets into it enough that during one call that when he insinuates that she may be interested in her stepson her reactions confirm it and she simply goes deep into the throes of passion over it. Where the problem lays is that as she's laying there in bliss afterwards while the toys are still vibrating away, Kazuhiko walks in on her…
With this being a fairly lengthy series with six episodes, this is definitely given over to basic setup and character introduction so there isn't exactly a lot of plot to go through but it does a fantastic job of showing how Misako falls sway to the voice and the vibrator and just how badly she needs it. With it being just about Misako and her situation it doesn't have the usual rushed feel where we see the characters problems in a few seconds in one scene and that's their entire motivation for the rest of the series. Instead we see it play out over the course of the entire episode and even then something of a surprise revelation at the end.
The animation and design of the show is just great. Milky shows tend to be all over the map depending on the material it's based on but with this coming from a successful adult manga series there's apparently a solid basis to work from there. The character designs for this are very good since Misako obviously gets all the attention as the only woman here while the male characters are somewhat basic since their screen time is pretty minimal. Misako's time both clothed, which tends to be in one or two outfits in general, or stripped down come across very nicely. She's not overly stacked but there's enough there to have fun with to be sure. The animation for it is definitely on the higher end with very little noticeable repeated bits for it.In Summary:
Taboo Charming Mother is certainly an interesting title that starts off in a way that most shows wouldn't even do for a single scene but they manage to pull it off really well here. The plot of the show is still wrapped up in mystery and there's plenty of room for it to grow over the next five episodes. With solid animation and a really attractive character design plus the fun of the phone angle I'm really curious to see how this will all reveal itself.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Slideshow
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.