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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Anime 18
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Temptation

Temptation

By Chris Beveridge     October 06, 2005
Release Date: October 11, 2005


Temptation
© Anime 18


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!

The Review!
Busted for getting his hands on a student, Professor Ayabe finds himself blackmailed into deeper, wetter problems.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its English dubbed adaptation. Both tracks feature a standard stereo mix 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.

Video:
Originally released in 2003, the transfer for the two OVA episodes on this volume is presented in their original full frame aspect ratio. The source materials for the majority of this look great with lots of vibrant but not oversaturated colors, solid backgrounds and a lack of problems such as aliasing or cross coloration. There are a few scenes though, typically close to transitions, where the show gets blocky for a few seconds and it's pretty noticeable. If it wasn't for this it would have been pretty much smooth across both releases.

Packaging:
The cover art for this release is fairly amusing in a way because it's using the original Japanese cover for the show but they've reworked the artwork a bit so that instead of Miku being as flat chested as she actually is, she's far more stacked here. I guess flat chested women can't sell sex? Go figure. Beyond that issue this is a decent looking cover with Miku in her catgirl outfit while in flame-like images behind here there are filtered shots of other characters that are used throughout the shows. The back cover has a few shots from the show that display the character designs nicely and provide for some easy titillation alongside the brief summary and the discs technical features. The reverse side is the standard black and white piece where there's a bondage image of Hotaru in her gym clothes with production information on one side and the bilingual cast listing and chapter listings on the other side.

Menu:
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.

Extras:
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 latest adult series that proves that if you become high 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.

In Summary:
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.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery

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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