Mania Grade: C+
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: C
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C+
- Age Rating: 18 and Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Critical Mass Video
- MSRP: 24.99
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Temptation
Temptation DVD Review
By Chris Beveridge
July 01, 2010
Release Date: July 06, 2010
© Critical Mass Video
The most fertile ground for acquiring young women to be sold off into the bonds of slavery continues to be Japanese college campuses.
What They Say
Unable to resist his animal urges, a professor is caught red-handed having sex with a busty coed! Now under blackmail, he must help his new partner in crime mentor the hottest females on campus - and capture their erotic training sessions on film!
Temptation retains the same bilingual presentation we had with the previous Anime 18 release from Central Park Media. Both tracks feature a standard stereo mix encoded at 192kbps with the bulk of it being the dialogue that's primarily through the center channel with a full feeling to it. The music and some of the sound effects are all that really use the stereo channels and they're pretty light in general and unobtrusive. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.
Originally released in 2003, the transfer for the two OVA episodes on this volume is presented in their original full frame aspect ratio. This release is identical to the previous edition as it's just a repressing with no changes to the video. The source materials for the majority of this look great with lots of vibrant but not oversaturated colors and solid backgrounds for the most part. The main offense here is the amount of cross coloration that creeps into a number of scenes which can be fairly distracting. Outside of that, there are a few scenes, typically close to transitions, where the show gets blocky for a few seconds and it's pretty noticeable.
The original release of this was roundly and rightly criticized as the character artwork was altered to change a fairly small breasted character to a larger one so as to not make her look younger. This edition of the release uses completely different artwork for the cover that avoids that problem as it has a couple of the girls in school uniforms on the train that are being molested by both another student and an older male. There's a certain softness to the artwork here that looks really nice and the overall design and colors for it are highly appealing. The back cover is fairly straightforward with how Critical Mass does things with a fairly bland background and a large piece of character artwork, this time with Hotaru being all bound up. Add in a number of shots from the show that highlight its nature and you've got a fairly decent look overall. The technical grid covers everything well and the layout is straightforward and easy to read as well as being accurate. No show related inserts are included nor is there a reversible cover.
The menu layout has a nice illustration to it of two girls in their school clothes from an upskirt view while on the train as some unknown men start sliding their hands into their panties. It's split in half almost as the idea of a door opening on the train with the metallic area having the logo and the discs selections. The navigation menu is simple and straightforward as on just about all Anime 18 releases and access times are nice and fast. The disc didn't listen to our players' language presets though and went with English language and sign/song subtitles only.
The only real extra here is a brief art gallery done in view form.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Temptation is the another two episode adult series that proves that if you become high enough up in a university (or rather, high school depending on what you hear as opposed what you read) that you'll invariably be some sort of twisted sexual deviant. After all, what else is there to aspire to in such a position where you're basically still just in charge of a lot of children? Why not just mess them up as much as possible?
The show opens as we see the very attractive Sakura being fondled and played with on the train while she's heading to school in her uniform. It doesn't get far but sets some of the stage for things as it shifts to another schoolgirl whose in the library getting herself off all alone. Hotaru's an attractive green haired beauty who talks about the professor she wants so badly as she works herself up which is amusing since that professor, Ayabe, just happens to have come along and seen her there. Things happen that lead her to finding him there and she's so overwhelmed with lust that she just jumps him right there and does him.
Or so it seems at first as we soon learn that the entire thing was videotaped and given to Kyomoto, a raven haired woman who oversees the school. She brings this to Ayabe's attention while having Hotaru go down on her in her office so that he understands what kind of power she has. To ensure his compliance with her wishes, she blackmails him into dominating and violating two girls on her list and videotaping it for her. This leads him down the dark path to sexually violating them, which he doesn't seem to not enjoy, in hopes of getting him out of the trouble he got trapped into. But to his surprise, the two girls he takes down at first are just that, the first of many that Kyomoto wants him to take down.
Along the way, he ends up being ably assisted by Miku as she loves what's going on and just can't seem to get enough of it. To provide some counterbalance to the blackmailed sex, enter Sakura. This very cute pink haired shy girl is very much in love with Ayabe but since students and professors can't mix off campus they never get any time together and Ayabe doesn't know how she feels about him. They play back and forth a little bit with the flirting but she keeps holding out for a time when she'll be able to snag him in her own way. For Ayabe, he's just getting deeper and deeper into things as he learns that Kyomoto does all of this so she can sell sex slaves to the highest bidders. Bidders who appear to be worse than the worst slack jawed yokel you can think of. Watching poor Hotaru get worked over by this guy just makes you cringe for her.
Things spiral down in a weird way when Ayabe ends up in a car accident and we seem to shift into a nurse show instead of a school based show before things start to come back around to try and wrap up some of the, well, I guess you'd call it a story. More like a rough sketch outline of a plot and some of the points get wrapped up. What makes the show worthwhile is that the strung together scenes have some really great sex in it with some very attractive character designs. The only part that gets to be bad about the sex scenes is that the girls are usually just so worked over by what's happening to them that they go into that spaced out "I'm not here anymore" look near the end that just ruins it in my mind.
I have to give special props to the dub for this. While a good amount of it is similar to the subtitles, there are some wonderful creative liberties taken that had me laughing that they'd do that. During one scene the girl begs for doggy style and he obliges her but as they get into it he demands that she start barking like a dog. No, it's nowhere in the original. But man does she start woofing. And woofing. But it doesn't stop there. As they really get into it he starts demanding that she cluck like a chicken. And she does. Badly, but she does. Then again, can you cluck like a chicken effectively when you're being taken from behind? Now there's a poll to run.
Temptation is a fairly decent title that has a little bit of a lot of things to it and doesn't stick exclusively to one genre. While there's only the most bare of plots holding all of this together, what it does hold together are some fun sex scenes with great looking character designs. It's not a title that I can recommend outright though since it's got both a minor bit of scat in it and the girls just end up far too abused for my tastes but for a lot of readers that's more than enough of a recommendation right there. Though the title hasn't lasted well in my memory, watching it again has reminded me of just how much fun it is and that for certain reasons I need to keep it around.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English 2.0 Language, English Subtitles, Art Gallery
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