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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Adult Source Media
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Young & Tight

Young & Tight

Young & Tight Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     November 18, 2010
Release Date: October 26, 2010

Young & Tight
© Adult Source Media

Truth in marketing is all you need to know about this release.

What They Say
Get ready for one hour of horny young dolls!

The Review!

The audio presentation for this release is done with a single language mix as we get the English track in stereo encoded at 192kbps. With the age and rather general low quality of the actual production itself, the encoding and the mix itself aren’t a surprise nor is the end result. It’s certainly not bad or problematic, but it lacks anything other than throwing the material out the center channel and letting it all hang out there. Dialogue is clean and clear, which is good since many scenes are just stills, and it’s free of problems so you can enjoy the aural experience.

The transfer for this show is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The sixty minute feature is made up of several different shows so there’s a different look and quality of materials to be had here. There’s a mix of traditionally animated material here and some digital animation material as well so there’s obviously differences between the two. The older material looks decent but it has a rougher feel and the backgrounds tend to be noisier. The newer scenes tend to be a lot cleaner and with few problems overall outside of some mild noise during panning sequences. Some cross coloration creeps in as well but is fairly minimal overall, especially in comparison to the line noise when it comes to the older clips. Colors are generally good and there’s a mostly solid feel to the bulk of it. The disparity in the materials is pretty obvious and a little off-putting at times.

The cover art for this release isn't quite up to the usual ASM standards as the front cover is a split with just caps from the show itself. The top half has a good schoolgirl from behind shot while the bottom is two young lovers in the throes of pleasure. The back cover has a simple soft white background that's covered in shots from the various scenes within the show. There is a rather nice semi-romantic one that dominates the upper right side that sets the tone nicely. The bottom portion runs through the usual items with the basic listing of what's included and that it's English only. The soft version side of the cover is essentially the same for some of it but it's zoomed in with the top piece of front cover artwork while the bottom has a clothed version from a different angle. The back cover is laid out the same but it changes out the shots for more tame pieces.

The menu design for this is a curious one with a black background to it with purple hues used for the logo and navigation but also for the rise and fall of numerous volume tracking bars along the bottom. Throughout all of this there are various clips from the show floating about that teases various parts of what you're about to see. It's laid out decently enough with no problems and the music is surprisingly catchy and gets you into a rhythm. I'm amused that even though it's a clip show, they give you the option of just checking out the money shots on it. What is nice, and shows off the differences a fair bit, is that the menus are all done in uncompressed PCM stereo, so it sounds really good. Submenus load quickly but it lags a bit in returning to the main menu when you have to get there.

Outside of a brief slideshow, there's nothing to be had here.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When it comes to themes in compilations, Adult Source Media has had a bit of mixed luck. Their Bound to Please series has the right idea but lacks a lot of really good themed material for it. The chance to go with certain types is an easy option, such as teachers, but ASM has opted to go with something a bit more open ended with this one by making sure that at least one of those involved in each scene is at least young and/or tight. Similar to Bound to Please, it really comes down to the problem of having enough good material to tie it all together.

The hour long show does start off with some promise as it has a rather tender and enjoyable scene between two young lovers but it's cut short and feels like it's a clip of a clip in that way. It does set up expectations of the rest of the show based on that, which are quickly dashed as it deals with a SF oriented piece instead with a group scene involving some very red members. Various types of censorship over the years in Japan has lead to very amusing ways of circumventing or it playing with it and this aspect always cracks me up. Familiar material is definitely in force here again as well, especially with a particular show about hypnotizing fellow students for nefarious reasons. This clip actually feels off because it looks like it should be widescreen but is instead scrunched up into a full screen mode. It's a full screen show though which makes the whole thing even more unusual since it can only be chalked up to the actual designs looking scrunched.

There's a fair bit of variety to the show and you get some good stuff with weaker things and it helps that they've been able to dip into the Critical Mass library a bit of clips since that adds a bit more variety than what we would see otherwise. Some of it is a bit crueler than others and some scenes feature really appealing animation and character designs, though when they skew young you have to be a bit wary of them being too young looking. A lot of the show really comes down to what you're looking for at any given time in this kind of theme as the eleven or so scenes here are all fairly different and offer scenes and themes that could strike your fancy one day but not the next. The darker scenes tended to be a bit more awkward within this, but the show had a mis-step early on with the wacky/goofy SF kind of scene which threw off the whole feel of it.

In Summary:
Young and Tight is pretty much what you'd expect, though it does run with a number of different kinds of themes within that larger one. Consensual and not are both here and there's a mix of comedy, darkness and some outright tenderness that actually works really well. With it being English only, that can be a problem for some who don't care to hear English voices coming out of their anime, but more than likely they're not looking for clip shows to begin with. While ASM has had a couple of clip theme shows that I haven't cared for, they actually have a better selection within this one overall, thanks to more material from the Critical Mass library, and that goes a long way towards making it more interesting since it wasn't filled with familiar scenes from other compilation releases we've seen before. I can see this one selling easily at certain rental shops and through adult entertainment retailers just based on the title alone and those that are a bit anime curious. They could certainly do a whole lot worse than this and this is one that I'd likely recommend over other compilations rather easily.

English 2.0 Language, Photo Gallery

Review Equipment

Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



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