Mania Grade: B-
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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: Critical Mass Video
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Vanilla Series Collection
Vanilla Series: Punishment
By Chris Beveridge
August 11, 2004
Release Date: August 31, 2004
Vanilla Series: Punishment
What They Say
© Critical Mass Video
Every man has his limits...
Professor Kayama could have been happy with his job, except that all of the students on campus hate him - and he hates them. Miki Watase is a dark-haired vixen will do anything to raise her grades, but when Professor Kayama refuses play along, she's determined to have revenge. She gathers her friends - the luscious Hinata, the slutty Arisa, and the beautiful but timid Sachie ? and they mix drug - laced alcohol with a snap-shot camera to publicly humiliate Kayama.
However, these vivacious little co-eds are about to discover that even a wimpy professor like Kayama has his limits. Now he's going to teach them a real lesson in humility that will have them each begging for forgiveness.The Review!
Sometimes the teachers actually manage to come out on top.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. If I want to hear women moaning in English I've got more than enough porn for that. The show has a very basic stereo mix with the bulk of things being very center channel based outside of the music-oriented moments. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no issues during regular playback.Video:
Originally released to video in 2004, Punishment has a good looking transfer and helps the fairly average animation to look good. There's some variety to the colors though there are plenty of the usual drab colors you find in school grounds, and they all maintain a good level of solidity, even with the numerous partially colored walls throughout the show. Cross coloration is virtually non-existent and there is some slight moments of aliasing during some panning sequences. Much like a lot of other hentai, this show makes out well from large bands of vibrant colors and a low episode count on the disc letting more space go towards the video.Packaging:
Going for the obvious and showing you exactly what kind of show to expect, we get one of the girls from the show bent over and showing us her goods while in a couple of states of bondage. The character art looks good and there's plenty of detail to it to make it stand out nicely. The back cover provides some character artwork including one amusing whipped cream piece that you'll be hard pressed to find done as nicely elsewhere along with a good summary of the shows premise. Add in the usual array of features and production information and the minimal technical information. Hopefully the Critical Mass releases will adopt the technical grid that the Right Stuf releases have started to use as well. As is standard for Critical Mass releases, no insert is included.Menu:
A fairly simple menu, the shows logo talks almost half of the screen it feels like while giving the bottom half to clips playing to some of the instrumental music from the show. Selections are lined along the left with easy episode access and fast and simple navigation. The disc read our players preset language selections and played them accordingly as well.Extras:
The only included extra of note is an art video gallery that shows off various scenes from the two episodes here.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When it comes to campus related hentai shows, there's usually a few ways that it goes in a few ways. Either the students are involved in something and you never see an adult, a teacher is being dominated or the only adults are this hideous old men running around. Punishment goes the other route and has a teacher that's fully in control, eventually, and metes out some justice in his own twisted way.
The two episodes focus around Professor Kayama, one of the smarter professors at the school but also one that has a bad reputation and is mocked by students in general. A small circle of girls in particular continue to pick on him and generally cause him trouble. These girls are also part of a little circle of lesbian sex that gets done at the school and Kayama accidentally ends up in a bad position about it when he stops some other students from peeping and gets blamed as being the peeping person himself. This only hurts his reputation even more but one of the girls continues to lightly defend him since she's got a huge crush on him.
Things take a different turn when he's eventually offered a job at a University Lab as a researcher and accepts since it will take him away from all the kids he considers brats. Knowing this, the girls decide that they're going to teach him a lesson but he manages to take advantage of it by photographing it all and using it as blackmail on them. One by one, he starts bringing them into his lair and uses a concoction of his to make them feel especially aroused and open to suggestion so that he's able to take complete advantage of them. One by one he takes them down a peg or two in their social standing, something that's very important in the little cliques that have formed.
The series has some decent looking designs for the characters, though some of the girls feel a bit too angular in their design to my tastes, but overall they're well designed and nicely animated. The female characters in general hit some of the usual stereotypes, such as the glasses and long hair, but they're fairly attractive and the actual sex scenes for them are where the bulk of the animation budget went. On the plus side, the male characters aren't completely hideous so there isn't a cringe factor involved their like there is with some titles. Add in some light scat material that's standard fare for titles like this these days and you've got a typical school hentai show.In Summary:
Punishment is a decent title in the Vanilla series but doesn't stand out too much against what else is in the catalog. It's pretty much what you'd consider one of their average titles with some good material but nothing that you run out and recommend or run out and scream to stay away from. Good character designs, average plot to tie it all together and some decent sex scenes lets Punishment work as something of an escalator title to more serious and nastier hentai shows for the newbie.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery
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