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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Kitty Media
  • MSRP: 39.99
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Tales Trilogy

Tales Trilogy

By Chris Beveridge     September 29, 2003
Release Date: June 26, 2001


Tales Trilogy
© Kitty Media


What They Say
Tales of Titillation
Let U-Jin�s brand of erotic humor entice you into the world of adult fantasy animation, and tickle your funny bone, among other places, in the process. Being the most famous of the erotic manga artists in Japan, this sampling of U-Jin�s work shows how funny an adult Anime can be! In this collection of stories, we have four fine funny tales to tantalize your funny bone. First, in Playground Nostalgia we see how far a geek will go to get a little peek at panties. Then, in How to Get a Pizza for Free see what trials and tribulations a pizza delivery man must endure. Thirdly, we have Sailor Warrior Akko, an adult parody for Ultraman fans everywhere. Lastly, in Tai-Chi Girl, meet Chin Chin, a woman from China who provides a very special service to her Japanese clientele!
Tales of Misbehavior
In this second spicy collection, we have three new tantalizing tales. First, Lusty Long-Distance Commute gives a straight-laced Salary man his wildest fantasy on a crowded train! Too bad she didn�t know about... Next, in The Match Vendor we have a match-selling woman who bares it all...for a price. Lastly, we have the ever-lovely Part-Time Nurse, who knows just what it takes to get her patients to bend over and take it!

Tales of Sintillation
In our final installment of these spicy erotic tales from Japan, we have a most special treat for the Adult Anime fan. In Tales of Sintillation we have a six-pack of juicy tales to wet your whistle, among other things. This erotic anime video is full of the tantalizing tidbits you love Kitty for. We have: 1) What a Happy Story, 2) How to Get Over a Slump, 3) Aim at the Ace!, 4) The Most Terrifying Story, 5) Go Girl for World Peace!, and 6) The Legendary Girl.

The Review!
The Tales Trilogy is made up of three previous VHS releases, all combined onto on DVD. So instead of 3 tapes for 25$ a pop, you get it all on one DVD for 40$. Better, but still more than you pay for hentai from other distributors most of the time.

Audio:
For our primary review, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Throughout the three overall episodes we didn't detect any dropouts or distortions. The majority of the show is dialogue or moans, so it's mostly center channel based with little of the left/right channels being touched. This isn't exactly a show where you'd expect much for directionality, so no disappointments here.

Video:
Originally released in 1990-1992, the three episodes here feature animation that varies from quite good to pretty mediocre. The materials used here are in surprisingly good condition and the transfer looks good not only on our HDTV setup, but in our Apex player as well. Rainbows are at a minimum and there's only a few noticeably bad areas for line shimmering during camera panning sequences. Pretty nice overall.

Packaging:
This is one really nice looking packaging. The front cover has the characters from the very first tale with the overly cute girl in a blowing dress while the guy looks under her skirt. The back cover gives a rundown of all the episode titles and some descriptions from each of the three blocks of episodes as well as giving all the technical information. It's a pretty nice looking layout that gives a lot of information and still looks good to the eye.

Menus:
There's little to do with the menus beyond selecting the block of episodes you want and then selecting which subepisode or playing all of them as one full episode. The layout works well and while it is minimal, it lets you get right to the content. Access times are fast and everything worked as it should.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With Tales Trilogy, you're really getting more than the three episodes that made up the individual VHS releases. Each of the three episodes is divided into more sub-episodes, where different short stories occur. Most of the tales are directed by different people but it's all based on U-Jin's unique perverse sense of humor.

I've rather enjoyed what I've seen of U-Jin's material over the years, and what makes part of this release even more enjoyable is the inclusion of a favorite artist, Satoshi Urushibara, who helps contribute to some of the character designs in the early episodes. I'd definitely like to see U-Jin and Satoshi collaborate more on something longer, but getting them together even in this way works for me.

But the downside to this release is that with the three separate episodes and then broken down more with a variety of directors is that you get some really weak episodes. In fact, outside of the very first set of Tales, I didn't laugh much or find much all that appealing about the rest of them. The first set of Tales provided some of the best laughs I've had. Seeing a 10 story tall Salaryman take on a 10 story tall super-powered schoolgirl was hilarious. Especially when his pants are down and he rams a building, only to keep ramming it. And when she loses her panties, watching the assorted men who were standing around watching suddenly drop their drawers and get down to business.... priceless moments only anime can deliver.

While several of the episodes in the first Tale amused us a lot, the same can't be said for the other two. Most of the stories featured directors I hadn't heard of and their stories weren't particularly funny nor all that sexy. Very little of it really appealed to me all that much. With a price of 40$ list, having 30 minutes worthwhile isn't the best way to spend your money. If you're interested in this show, I'd recommend catching Media Blasters at their booth at conventions where you can get this for 20$ (such as I did) if you're interested in checking it out. Otherwise, it's really hard to recommend as only 30 out of 90 minutes was enjoyable.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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