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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B-
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Kitty Media
- MSRP: 29.95
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Virgin Touch
By Chris Beveridge
August 06, 2004
Release Date: July 27, 2004
What They Say
Yusaku is heading home for the first time in eight years. He is a medical student about to take on a summer internship in the country working at his uncle's clinic.
While on the train, he becomes smitten with a young woman sitting across from him, but is unable to summon the courage to speak to her. When he arrives in his hometown, he is reunited with friends from his childhood, and get introduced to gorgeous nurses, patients, and mysterious young girls. It is only a matter of time before Yusaku runs into the beautiful woman he saw on the train.The Review!
One of the "kindler, gentler" hentai shows out there, Virgin Touch has an eerie mix of death and sex however.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The stereo mix is fairly decent if underused as the bulk of the dialogue and action sounds are center channel based. The music makes average used of the stereo channels so this isn't exactly a show that's going to wow anyone in the aural range. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout though and we had no problems with the track in general during regular playback.Video:
With its release starting back in 2001, we've got a fairly good looking transfer here that's not without its niggling little problems. The main issue is the minor cross coloration that's infected areas like characters hair and are causing it to look alive. The rainbow form of it is visible in some scenes but it's minimal in others but still manages to cause it to shift and move about. Beyond that, there's some minor aliasing that's a bit bothersome in some of the movement sequences but since there isn't a huge amount of actual animation and action in this show, it looks decent in general.Packaging:
Virgin Touch makes out with one of the better hentai covers of recent memory with a series of photographs showing off some of the women in the show in different settings while the overall background of a cloudy blue sky works beautifully, even with the logo piece that's kept from the original. The character artwork is attractive and the colors look great, making this feel much more like a general romantic comedy than anything else. The back cover continues the clouded look and has a number of shots from the show that show off the great character designs and feel of the show. The summary gives a good rundown of things and the usual array of technical and production information rounds out the bottom row. The insert provides the chapter listings for the two episodes with some really nice climax style shots of one of the girls set against the clouded sky while the reverse side is just boxart advertisements.Menu:
The menu is an attractive static piece that's a collage of character artwork and actual nudity, something that most of them have avoided in the past from what I remember, and has the nice soothing vocal piece from the show playing along. As there's nothing here other than the show itself and some trailers, the menu is minimal and easy to navigate. Access times are nice and fast and the disc read our players presets and played appropriately.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Originally titled the Flutter of Birds, this is one of Pink Pineapple's better releases that I can remember and feels much like a lot of their lighter comedic material of the mid 90's that gained popularity here before the hardcore stuff became the norm. It's the kind of show that plays to the kindler and gentler mindset where the characters emotions are an important part of the show beyond being exploited.
The premise is really simple. A young medical student, Yusaku Matsui, has received a call from Dr. Bear of his home town and has been asked to leave Tokyo and come back to help out there. Matsui's on his way to becoming a doctor for sure but he's got to put in his time and still has more than enough to learn. While he likely has opportunities in Tokyo, returning to the town he grew up in holds some appeal and he accepts. Matsui's not a bad looking guy either, though a bit shy as evidenced when he's caught sneaking a peek at a young woman on the train with him as he blushes rather furiously.
His return to the town where he hasn't been for just over eight years is a bit of a startling one for him when he's picked up by Ibuki, Dr. Bear's daughter and someone he used to play with as a child. Eight years changes a lot of things in most people but none more so than a pre-teenage girl that's now over eighteen. Matsui experiences this a few times with his return there with his childhood friends. Dr. Bear's practice is almost like an inn for patients where they're being treated at length for their various diseases and they come and go as the treatment requires. Each of them is grappling with something different, some curable and some not. With as many as there are, it's easy to see why Dr. Bear wanted to get some help and wanted someone local.
As Matsui makes his way to meeting the various patients and finding a childhood friend in one of them, he also inadvertently ends up curing one or two of them along the way with just his, um, tender touch. A little hands on work with the female nursing staff, some care and compassionate listening sessions and Matsui is definitely the man about the practice and works his way into their lives nicely. The girls love to tease him, he's able to take it without blushing too much and there are some good feelings about them all in general.
Virgin Touch isn't a hardcore show but it isn't like the light softcore comedies of the 90's either, rather it plays the middle ground of things. There isn't a lot of hugely explicit scenes as the show is aiming more at the emotional side of things, but there's still plenty of sex and nudity. The character designs are very attractive and the way they bring the characters together for the most part works well, allowing there to be fairly reasonable pairings that don't make you laugh. Well, other than the one with the head nurse, but that's just messed up to begin with in some ways. A lot of the scenes throughout here are tender ones, ones that draw you into the feelings of the story and the characters, especially when you remember how many of them are actually suffering in some ways. All together, it ends up becoming a surprisingly engaging and nicely erotic two part show.In Summary:
Virgin Touch is a cute, mild and still pleasantly erotic show that is the kind of work that initially attracted me to hentai back when there wasn't much available here and all you could get were raws like this. It's the kind of show that keeps plot and characters important to things and not just as objects to move around and have things happen to. Perfect for newbies to the adult anime genre, a really nice break for those who are genital deep in the hardcore stuff and great for couples wanting to share their more adult anime passion together, Virgin Touch is a solid little piece of work with only some minor problems with its video holding it down.
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles