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: NuTech Digital, Inc.
- MSRP: 39.99
- Running time: 90
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Welcome to Pia Carrot
Welcome to Pia Carrot Box Set 1
By Chris Beveridge
March 20, 2002
Release Date: November 10, 2001
Welcome to Pia Carrot Box Set 1
What They Say
© NuTech Digital, Inc.
Featuring the voices of adult film stars Inari Vachs & Gina Ryder. Yusuke starts working at his father's restaurant, "Pia Carrot", for the summer. Shouko, who has feelings for Yusuke, asks Satomi (Gina Ryder) for advice. Satomi lends her a helping hand but is irritated when she sees Yusuke go into the "Love" hotel with Shouko. Inside the shower of the hotel room, she tells him that she is still a virgin and has never had sex before. Yusuke, intrigued and aroused, quickly forgets about Reika as they crawl into bed together...The Review!
Another slice of life in Japan hentai story has appeared, this one covering three discs (or three episodes if you prefer). This series is good in that once again we get all consensual situations, making this more "couples friendly" than a lot of hentai seen in the US over the years. Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. As with other hentai of a similar nature, the show is essentially dialogue driven and uses primarily the center channel. In this respect, things are nice and clear and undistorted. The show features a nice almost jazzy soundtrack for the music though, keeping things nice and mellow and "in the mood". There's little in the way of directionality for shows like this, but it's a decent soundtrack.Video:
Originally released between 1997 and 1998, the show features a nice if somewhat average looking transfer. There's little in the way of actual problems with it, but the animation style doesn't lend itself to look outstanding. Colors are nice and solid without being oversaturated, cross coloration is extremely minimal and at most there's just some shimmering during panning sequences. Things look nice here overall.Packaging:
The three keepcases for Pia Carrot in the box get some nice covers, each one featuring a different primary character while a smaller section shows off one of the other primary characters that get dealt with in the next episode. The covers do feel pretty busy though with the large character designs, the uncensored and adults only logos as well as the inclusion of the voice actresses pictures. The back covers show off some animation shots from each show and have a good summary of each episode. Features and technical information is nicely listed as well. The box set itself features the cover from the first volume while the back does a summation of the three keepcase backings. As with all NuTech releases to date, there is no insert included.Menus:
The menus are a bit simpler than the usual we get from NuTech, but not bad at all. There's a static piece of animation throughout all three featuring one of the younger characters that has a menu board next to her. The board changes with each episode giving the episode title in English (as it's not translated in the program itself). There's also some animation playing behind them as well as some music. Moving between the menus is nice and fast and language selection is quick and obvious.Extras:
The usual extras are included here with one that hasn't been seen in a bit. We get two video galleries for the two voice actresses lending their talents here but one of them also gets a short video feature for her. There's also the art gallery video track as well.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Pia Carrot is a show that if you took out the actual naughty segments, you'd have a decent if somewhat typical romantic comedy of sorts.
The show primarily focuses on young male doof named Yusuke. He's not doing so great at his school work and he's something of a lazy guy, but he still tries and does what he can. He's just not got that extra oomph. Through his fathers conniving, he's working at what I believe is his fathers restaurant, the Pia Carrot. The restaurant is run by an attractive older woman named Shiho whose something of a stickler for things, like work.
At the restaurant, there's a nice array of attractive waitresses. You have the slightly older and very busty Reika, you've got the mature beyond her years and nice endowed Satomi and you've got the young perky Shoko whose attitude seems younger than she even looks. Yusuke also has a younger sister who causes some trouble throughout things here, but with the inclusion of Shiho, Yusuke has plenty of women in his life.
And, as hentai would have it, they all end up finding him attractive in some way some how throughout this series (with the exception of his sister thank god). Yusuke finds himself getting involved with all of them over the course of the three episodes for a variety of reasons that fit in the "slice of life" style set of encounters. Reika picks him up early on after being dumped by someone else and uses him as something of a rebound guy. But this also gives him his first real taste of sex and he only wants more after that.
The show moves around a lot from just the restaurant itself, with things going to places like Reika's apartment, Yusuke's own room where his cousin Kiyomi is tutoring him and all the way to Okinawa where his father sends the entire restaurant staff for a vacation. The Okinawa episode is probably the more story oriented of the three as it does a good job of actual character development and growth. Amazing! Character development in hentai. Thankfully there's a sequel series for this.
Welcome to Pia Carrot is definitely light at its core but it's also fairly romantic. With characters going to summer festivals and vacations as well as worrying about how others feel, it's got more in common with your typical TV show than most hentai series do. Light and fun, Welcome to Pia Carrot is easily recommended for soft-hentai fans.
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