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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: 24.99
  • 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. #4

By Chris Beveridge     February 10, 2006
Release Date: January 31, 2006

Taboo Charming Mother Vol. #4
© JapanAnime

What They Say
As each day passes by, Misako looses more of her sanity, now no longer feeling guilty about betraying her other half. What once was a sin is now a pleasure she can not live without. She thought her secret love affair with her son would be kept in the dark, but things take a big turn. What surprising action will Kazuhiko take to fulfill his lust? How will Misako deal with it?

The Review!
Caught in the act, Misako now has to deal with the problems that, uh, arise from Emiko seeing her with Kazuhiko.

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.

Originally released in 2004, 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.

Using the original Japanese artwork, this piece takes a change of style as it puts Misako in the bathroom giving herself a bath with lots of suds all around her. The lighter coloring with the blue background and white suds gives it a much more alive feel than the previous dark volumes. The reverse side doesn't seem to be any more explicit on the front piece but the back cover changes out the images for more revealing pictures. 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, especially since it's moved from all uppercase text to normal 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. Overall, the packaging for this release is just about exactly how I like to see it with lots of great artwork, dual sided for more naughtiness and solid layout.

The menu layout changes a bit here and all for the better as we get better looking graphics and overall a cleaner look. This is also helped by the zoomed in cover artwork which is brighter in general plus the addition of a filmstrip that shows a few more character pieces that are all about the naughtiness. The layout is very easy to navigate and I like the look of it with the borders and everything else. JapanAnime also continues to use the "sex only" feature, though in the extras section, so that you can skip all that silly plot and dialogue stuff. Access times are nice and fast and with no English language dub on here the player presets are somewhat moot.

The only included video extra here is an image gallery done in slideshow format. A new extra included and tweaked a good bit since first appearing on Desperate Carnal Housewives is the inclusion of a PSP/iPod video version of the episode. A menu section in the extras describes the method by which to get it in clear detail, a welcome change from there not being any indication on-disc before on how to do it.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Now past the halfway mark in the series, Taboo Charming Mother has entered a new phase in the story as the relationship between Misako and Kazuhiko becomes revealed. Her sister Emiko's visit in the last episode was tense enough as Kazuhiko manipulated Misako digitally when she least desired it but as we saw at the end, Kazuhiko certainly wasn't done with Emiko.

The surprise of seeing her sister bound and gagged off to the side while being taken by Kazuhiko for a couple of minutes at least sent a shock through Misako and Emiko's own reaction of disgust and horror certainly amplified Misako's own shame, but there was no way that Kazuhiko was going to stop. It all just turned him on more and the way Misako was reacting gave him the perfect opening to let Emiko sacrifice herself for her sister and take her place. What's interesting about this unsurprising twist is that once Kazuhiko and Emiko finally get underway, Misako finds herself jealous of the two of them and the strange relationship that had slowly been built up. For Emiko, she finds that she's not necessarily jealous of what Misako had but once she submits to Kazuhiko she is drawn more and more to him while still wanting to save her sister. The two of them though have some deep seated issues as they don't want the other to get involved and Misako almost gets territorial about it.

A lot of this episode is focused around Emiko's fall into the hands of Kazuhiko and it's well played once it gets underway. She finds herself both drawn and disturbed by what's going on and there's clearly some sisterly issues mixed in it as well. Misako doesn't get pushed to the side though as she's the bait that draws Emiko in more. Both of the sisters are definitely attractive in different ways, though sometimes their breasts are animated a bit too big, to the point where if they were hung over you while you were laying down you might fear for your life, but overall the introduction of Emiko to the sexual side of things brings a bit more variety to the show and a variation of Misako that's just as appealing. If there's anything that's bad about it is that it doesn't have the same slow build up that Misako's fall had. This is displayed clearly during a scene where Kazuhiko pulls out the phone to show Misako and she practically breaks right there at the thought of someone listening to her.

In Summary:
While some haven't cared for the turn of events with Emiko, I'm finding it to be a nice almost natural growth from what's come before as Kazuhiko raises the stakes of his own game while not realizing what the consequences might be. Unlike other shows where the sisters simply start getting it on once the situation changes, Emiko and Misako have some issues that have them trying to save the other and sacrificing themselves while not completely wanting to admit that they don't want to give up what they're getting from Kazuhiko. It's not high art or deep psychology but it's a fun, sexy and well animated sexual romp through the dark side of desire and relationships. I'm still enjoying it quite a lot.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Slideshow

Review Equipment
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.


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