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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Critical Mass Video
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Vanilla Series Collection

Vanilla Series: Rxxx

By Chris Beveridge     February 23, 2006
Release Date: February 28, 2006

Vanilla Series: Rxxx
© Critical Mass Video

What They Say
Producers Shuuta Biwajima and Chikara Niki (MAID SERVICE / PRIVATE SESSIONS / DEBTS OF DESIRE) are back with their latest twisted tale! In Rxxx: PRESCRIPTION FOR PAIN, the naughty nurses of Misono General Hospital are about to be swept up in a steamy sex scandal of epic proportions!

Jyunichi thought he had it made. He was all set to take over his boss' cushy job as President of Misono General Hospital... but then Serika appeared. Not only smart, but damn sexy, Serika just happens to be the President's daughter, and that means she's set to take over Jyunichi's prized position when her father retires.

Outraged, Jyunichi has come up with a devious plan to take over the hospital: subjugate one hot staff nurse after another. And there are so many ravishing nurses at Misono General – the stunning Yayoi, the magnificent Miyuki, the shapely Nanami, the alluring Aya. Jyunichi will turn every one of these luscious ladies into his willing and eager sex slaves... because controlling the hospital will be easy when the whole female staff will do anything for one more chance at his body!

The Review!
A conniving sexual predator of a doctor finds his entire plan in disarray when someone gains the upper hand on him.

For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its English language adaptation. Both of the tracks are done in a straightforward stereo mix that's really only noticeable in terms of the stereo channels when the music is playing. The bulk of the show is dialogue that's almost entirely center channel based with a full feeling that comes across quite good. The show isn't really designed to be anything more so the mix is good and it conveys everything on both sides that it's supposed to without problem. We had no issues with dropouts or distortions during regular playback with either language track.

Originally released in 2005, the transfer for this two episode OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The materials for this transfer are in excellent condition and this is one of the better looking titles from the Vanilla Series that we've seen recently as it's just about the cleanest looking one. Outside of some very minor break-up in a couple of large areas of solid color, the transfer is free of issues such as cross coloration, aliasing or color banding. The colors in general are solid and vibrant in a lot of areas and the darker colors and blacks for the most part maintain a very solid feel.

The cover art for this release definitely pushes up the bondage side of it as it has one of the nurses in the wraps and even a ball gag as she's laying on the hospital bed. With the heavy black background it lets the white nature of the bonds and her skin shine through pretty well and overall the image works nicely as one that you haven't seen done all that often, even though she is a fairly minor character in the overall scheme of things here. The back cover provides a great collage of the women in the show lined around the edge while there's a "prescription" form that covers the shows premise and features. The back cover looks really good with some detailed designs and a very nice layout overall. No insert is included with the release.

The menu layout looks to use the original image that's on the cover where the bed frame is more visible and the bandages don't cover everything that has the navigation selections along the left and has a brief bit if creepy instrumental music playing along to it. As seems to be common with Vanilla Series releases you can't "stop" the menu and have to start the show to get out of it. Access times are nice and fast though and the layout is easy to navigate.

The only included extra here is a brief slideshow of shots from the series.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The latest foray into the hospital genre of adult anime brings us to a title that takes an interesting spin on the standard clichéd material that we usually see along these lines. Over the years we've seen so many doctors and heads of hospitals who are so ensconced in their power and have little belief that anything could stop them that seeing a nice little twist like this breathes a touch of life into the genre.

Rxxx takes us to the Misono General Hospital where the main doctor of the day is a man named Jyunichi. His time spent there and the kinds of miracles he's managed to perform has essentially tied his name to the reputation of the place and he's the golden boy who does it all. Without him there the hospital would be nothing more than a third rate place and not drawing in the kinds of patients that it does. Jyunichi's worked hard to get there and his patience is paying off as the hospital director is up there in years and he's close to retiring or just dying outright so it's only so long before he controls the entire place, the culmination of his dreams. But for a man like this he has a lot of stress and he relieves that by taking advantage of the nurses that are in the hospital's employ, using a concoction of his own to take the naïve and weak willed down more easily so they're compliant to his desires.

He's done this for some time and we get a great opening segment with an attractive and willing green haired beauty who becomes one of his main accessories during this little adventure as he brings more under his sway. Normally it would be a situation where he'd work them over one at a time and discard them when he was done but something's changed this time. A doctor named Sekira has come to the hospital and she's intent on taking the director's position when he retires. She's got two things in her favor over Jyunichi as well; one is that she's the director's daughter and the other is that she was abused as a patient some years ago by a young Jyunichi and she's got the goods to ensure that he'll never work in the medical profession again.

Jyunichi isn't about to go quietly into the night though and begins his campaign of subjugating many of the nurses in the hospital so that he can get them to work as his hands to destroy and remove Sekira from her position by discrediting her and causing no amount of grief for her patients and so forth. Very little time is truly spent on this aspect of it but a lot is spent on Jyunichi and the women he needs to control as he comes up with different methods of making sure they'll do his bidding. Each time he brings a new one in the previous ones help in different ways and it builds up nicely as more and more become part of the group and the various sexual encounters change and grow with it.

The character designs for the show are quite good though I'd be hard pressed to call them above average, but they're well done and nicely animated for this. Sometimes the average or stereotypical designs can look good and work well as they do here while the doctor makes his way through them. Each of them is visibly different enough from each other that there's no silly confusion there as you can get in some shows. Each of them is given a hook of sorts that makes each scene unique and entertaining from them, including one with a woman who is done up in a lot of bandages, something that's not often done. The animation for the sex scenes is also rather well done and it avoids problems such as heavily repeated moments or just plain awful animation. The show is about as explicit as Vanilla Series titles tend to get so there's plenty to see here but even with it all being sort of non-consensual scenes, there wasn't anything that was stomach-turning which is always a huge plus.

In Summary:
Rxxx was a bit of a surprise in how enjoyable it actually was since so many of the hospital themed shows lately have felt like they've really lost any attempts at creativity and are just using the formula method so heavily that it's being phoned in. This show plays the angle a slight bit differently with the bad doctor being on the defensive and still trying to win and it works well, particularly with the bevy of beauties associated with him. Well animated, straightforward in getting to the point and having several good sex scenes, this is one of the better titles from the series.

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 set to 480p, 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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