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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: B+
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Anime 18
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 120
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Teacher's Pet
By Chris Beveridge
September 29, 2003
Release Date: October 09, 2001
What They Say
© Anime 18
Rumor’s spreading of a hot new couple on campus! A professor is giving the sexy swim star some very special lessons. And this teacher’s pet is hot to trot and learning all kinds of new tricks!The Review!
A more recent show from the folks at Green Bunny, a group I'm always curious to see what they come up with, Teacher's Pet is a nice little four episode OVA series that's all about getting along.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Throughout the show, we didn't notice any distortions or dropouts on this track. Dialogue and other sounds from humans were mostly through the center channel, though they did a good job of filling up the entire soundstage on occasion. Music and ambient effects were nicely placed without being too obtrusive and went well overall.Video:
Being a 2000 release in Japan, this is a great set of fresh masters that look wonderful. The colors in this show are nice and vibrant, there's a great depth to the coloring, and most importantly, hardly any cross coloration. There's a lot of solid colors throughout, especially blues, but they manage to avoid any serious macroblocking. Grain is a non-issue, and at most, there looked like one carried-over ghost frame during the fourth episode. But other than that, a great looking transfer.Packaging:
The cover art used is from one of the four Japanese covers, and it's definitely eye-catching and appealing, though her skin is maybe a little too pink. The back cover provides another shot of Chitose and a very brief summary of the show. Features are clearly listed as well as technical information and the production information. The layout of the covers is quite nice and gives a lighter feel to the material. The reverse side of the cover provides a black and white page with chapter listing information, bilingual casting information and some other production credits.Menus:
The menu layout is pretty nice, with some static pieces along the edges and parts of the show playing in the center with some other still sections floating over it. The menus cursors move nice and fast along the selections and moving to each of the menus is pretty speedy. The layout is fairly typical CPM style, but I've got no complaints with it.Extras:
There's a decent number of extras included here. The conceptual artwork shows some great sketch pieces, including things you normally don't think about but are taken into consideration with hentai, such as chairs and other objects. The image gallery is a plus in that we see all for Japanese covers for LD and I believe VHS or possibly DVD for one or two of them, as well as a lot of cel artwork. The storyboard to animation segment is used here as well, showing the transition from one form to the other.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Teacher's Pet is a rather fun and fairly well self-contained four episode OVA series. It boasts some great production values, has a decent sounding cast and has all consensual situations for the most part. And no tentacles!
The show revolves primarily around Chitose, a young college girl who is madly in love with Haruhiko, who used to go out with her sister. Haru's come back from college himself where he's now a professor. He's taking up residence at this particular college where Chitose is going, so as can be imagined, things are going to be fun.
[Note: Things are of course different if you listen to the Japanese and ignore some of the subtitles; it's clearly not a college and Chitose calls Haru her older brother constantly, and never by his name. That changes the relationship dramatically, but we'll go with what's subtitled.]
Back when Haru and Mariko were dating, Chitose would tag along constantly since she had a massive crush on Haru. With Haru and Mariko now broken up, and him being one of her teachers at college, she's intending to win him over and do anything to gain his love. He tries to resist a bit early on, but eventually he succumbs and gets into things full force and sways her over to the dark ways that she never even thought of.
And this includes several encounters at school, where they're seen by one of the female teachers, Mrs. Tagami. I found her to be the most attractive character in the show, so when she caught Haru and Chitose fooling around in the locker rooms and found herself really interested in both of them, it proved to lead to some more interesting situations. When Haru gets busted for fooling around with a student, she jumps in and claims it must be false, since she and Haru are engaged.
Haru only smirks at this, and sees it as yet another woman whose fallen to his charms and someone else to add to his list. He's definitely a casual confident player, and his style through the show bears it out as he generally doesn't go far out of his way, if at all, to really try and get anyone. They all fall very easily for him.
Teacher's Pet is a nice little show that doesn't go too far over the line with some of its acts and wraps itself up fairly nicely. The animation is great, the character designs are delicious and the overall feel of the show is good. Each of the episodes runs the full 30 minutes, so this is a good value for the two hours of hentai fun it provides.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Conceptual Artwork,Image Gallery,Storyboard to Animation
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