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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: 120
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Twin Angels

Twin Angels Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     January 05, 2003
Release Date: December 03, 2002


Twin Angels Vol. #2
© Anime 18


What They Say
The Demon King has arisen to enslave humanity with his legions of sex demons! Our only hope: the delectable yet deadly warrior twins Ai and Mai. But the sexy sisters are betrayed by an old friend, and it’s not long before they’re trapped and tortured mercilessly by monsters. Now only a miracle can save them.

The Review!
While the first part of the series was released by NuTech ages ago, they never got the second part to put out, so it’s been years in the waiting to see the second half of this series.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The track features a pretty standard stereo mix with some decent minor directionality across the forward soundstage, but otherwise a solid stereo mix that fills things up nicely. Dialogue is nice and clear and we noted no dropouts or distortions throughout.

Video:
The transfer here seems to be a bit worse off than the first volume, with an increase in the amount of softness things have. There’s also a problem of a lot of mid to long range character shots where the characters look less sharp and more blocky, causing some odd movements when they talk. Cross coloration does continue to be non-existent and there’s a general low level of grain throughout, but otherwise things look ok.

Packaging:
Using a slightly zoomed in version of the original Japanese artwork, we have a great shot of Ai and Mai together surrounded by the demon heads as their clothes continue to be torn to shreds. The back cover provides a few more animation shots of both skin and demons while giving a short summary of what to expect and the discs features. The reverse side of the cover has a black and white spread with artwork on one side with the chapter listings while the other lists the cast and the production credits for both sides.

Menu:
The main menu is a nice presentation overall, with animation playing through the center and having selections along the bottom that are quick to access. The downside is the English dub playing throughout it instead of just a nice piece of the music. Access times are nice and fast and the layout is surprisingly fresh feeling for a CPM release, with good use of colors and designs.

Extras:
The only included extra is a brief art gallery in video form, but it does show a couple of the original covers from the Japanese release, so I was happy with it.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Picking up somewhat from the first volume, with Ai and Mai and the rest of the Tenjin folks in the temple keeping a close watch on young lord Onimaru. As usual, Onimaru is up to his tricks in trying to see up skirts and down blouses and anything else that he can do, and Ai and Mai are continually kicking the stuffing out of him.

After the failure last time around to get Onimaru away from his caretakers and releasing his bound powers so he could destroy the world, the Kijyo clan is once again working their tricks to cause this to happen. With some new help, they manage to not only destroy the spiritual temple the Tenjin clan have called home for generations, but they spirit away young Onimaru as well. Their plans start to build from there.

Using a temporary shelter, Ai, Mai and their grandmother being figuring out a plan to get Onimaru back and to stop the Kijyo clan, since their previous plan of using a master class spiritualist from the university failed, mostly due to the people chosen actually being agents of the Kijyo clan. The show then moves into familiar territory of demon fighting and the occasional demon sex scene. For a hentai series, this one continues to be very heavy on action and less so on the sex, though there are a fair amount of scenes. It’s just not like a lot of contemporary hentai where it’s wall to wall flesh festivals.

Twin Angels is decent, but things feel so stretched out in so many places with the pacing trying to accommodate reasons for the sex that I ended up losing interest in the show about halfway through. Though we finished it out, it in the end didn’t leave all that much of an impression. Both Ai and Mai’s characters ended up becoming disappointments in this volume as they got less screen time in general and ended up in some really lackluster sequences. They made out better in the combat sequences than they did in the real action sequences.

I’m definitely glad that this volume has finally made it out since it’s been on my want list for so long, but I don’t think it kept up the potential from the first volume that was there. Ikeda’s had better luck with series that mix more humor into things, but I’m definitely glad that he and Fukumoto opted to try their hands at something much more serious and darker.

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

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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