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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: N/A
- 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. #6
By Chris Beveridge
January 23, 2008
Release Date: October 23, 2007
Taboo Charming Mother Vol. #6
What They Say
Kazuhiko continues the sexual rendezvous with Misako's sister and his aunt, Emiko. Now his Misako's jealousy grows by the second. She soon realizes that she no longer needs her husband. Instead, the one she truly desires both mentally and physically is Kazuhiko. However, she only has a few days to make a decision whether to be his lover or go back to being a normal family...The Review!
As Emiko and Kazuhiko get ever closer, Misako has to deal with losing Kazuhiko forever by being moved to Sapporo. 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 pretty good as it's a solid PCM stereo mix at 1.5 mbps which means that it's louder and a bit richer depending on your setup. 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 2005, the transfer for this OVA release 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:
The cover art utilizes the same material as the Japanese release but comes across a bit darker and not so vibrant. No reverse side is given with this which is unfortunate as the original showcased a bit more of Misako's cleavage whereas this one covers it up with her bra. The back cover has a number of shots of Misako and Emiko that are all clean in their look since there's no explicit cover available. 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.Menu:
Giving over to a black background, the menu changes once more from previous ones and looks good if a bit simple. With character artwork on the right from the cover and the navigation along the left, it's a decent looking piece but doesn't have some of the oomph of past releases. 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.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sixteen months after the release of volume five, volume six of Taboo Charming Mother finally came out, much to the disbelief of the few that were left still interested in it. In all honesty, I didn't think it'd actually come out even after its solicitation and I never put in an order for it since I had done so many times in the past without it ever coming out.
With such a disparity between releases, I was surprised at how quickly all of the series came back to mind. The final episode revolves around a fun new little twist that's putting poor Misako's panties in a bunch. Well, when she wears them at least. As it turns out, her husband is being reassigned to Sapporo for two years and Kazuhiko has said he's not intending to go. His meeting with Emiko has turned him to her pretty strongly and Misako is feeling completely left behind right now. Every moment that she sees the two of them together, often sexually, Misako just dies a little more inside. What makes it even worse is that she tends to feel what Emiko is going through when she's pleasuring herself and that just makes it all the more intense and problematic.
This goes back and forth a few times as Kazuhiko is spending more and more time with Emiko and Misako is left to her own devices at home. With her husband gone to check out things in Sapporo already, she's just letting her fears and worries eat at her. She does try to minimize it a bit by taking care of herself, but every touch just reminds her of Kazuhiko more and more. It's amusing to watch her working herself up so much and then to see Emiko and Kazuhiko really doing the same thing to a large extent and savoring every moment of it. The two sisters are definitely very much alike and their fixation on Kazuhiko certainly is more believable because of it.
What stands out once again with this release is just how appealing the character designs are and the solid animation. Misako and Emiko are both very well designed and certainly fun to watch, even if they do overdo the breast sizes every now and again. Much of what made the show enjoyable before is here again, especially as Kazuhiko is going through a similar phase of exploration and discovery with Emiko as he did with Misako. It's unfortunate though that what made the show so much fun in the beginning ended up being lost as the series progressed. The sense of fear that Misako had has practically disappeared as it went on and now she's just afraid of losing Kazuhiko instead of being afraid of him and what he might do.In Summary:
Taboo Charming Mother was a great series when it first started coming out. In 2005. But now at the end of 2007, they finally got the sixth episode out and the series lost a great deal of its momentum. It's hard to tell how much of my general blasé feelings about this final episode are related to the large gap between releases. The series will likely play better when taken in total, though that might just be more Misako than most viewers could handle at one time. The series was really good when it started because of its focus on Misako and Kazuhiko. It hit some bumps along the way simply because such a theme is hard to pull off for six episodes. Some of it is recaptured here but the way it ends is a problem that most adult shows have in that they're simply very hard to end. Or the end hard. I still definitely recommend the series however and hope that JapanAnime can do some kind of bundle to make it easier and cheaper for people to get a hold of it.
Japanese PCM 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
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.