Mania Grade: B+
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C+
- Age Rating: 16 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Media Blasters
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 80
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Very Private Lesson
Very Private Lesson
By Aaron J. Heiner
February 13, 2002
Release Date: August 28, 2001
INTRO: One might think that the cover is a good indication that this is a hentai title, or that this title was released under CPM's Anime Works, that it may be extremely violent, but neither assumption would be correct. Very Private Lesson is a comedy with a twist.
CONTENT: The story is rather unconventional. A love story with rather strong sexual overtones, but not to the level of soft core porn, as there is no nudity. This series includes a twist as we find our protagonists are in bit of a situation of more peril than is normally found in many dramidies. Without giving away any spoilers, you may find the story arc quite refreshing.
CHARACTERS: Unlike many other love stories where there is a crazed love starred girl, Aya, in pursuit of a man, we have a girl who shows a bit of compassion for her object of affection than most. We have the teacher with the maturity of a boy the age of Aya, 16. We then have the hooligans that is the student body, and the school staff who are the only normal people in the story.
AV: Both the audio and video were well implemented on the to the disc, and sounded very nice. The voice actress who played Aya's voice was actually one of the better actresses with an annoying voice, from most of the others.
MENUS, EXTRAS & COVER ART: The menus were straight forward and simplistic to use. The extras were not many, but included trailers, which is better then nothing, though it had some new trailers I had yet to see before,
ENJOYMENT: I relish this disc more than I expected to have. It had a lot of elements that I had not seen in this style of OAV in a long time. This disc can easily be watched several times without the feeling of repetition.
VALUE: Eighty minutes of fun for twenty dollars is a rather good deal when you watch this anime. I probably would have been happy with this disc had it been thirty dollars, just not as highly rated in the value category.
VERDICT: For the price, you really can't go wrong. Especially if you like strong sexual overtones without blatant acts of tub-thumping found in softcore porn. I see this series as being more Sakura Diaries then Weather Report Girl. Needles-to-say, it is pretty fun for the price.
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