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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: 24.95
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Zero no Mono

Zero no Mono

By Chris Beveridge     April 23, 2004
Release Date: April 17, 2004


Zero no Mono
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
I was killing time in my boring life when this preppy-looking girl passed by me. I wanted to see her scream, so I threw a jar of cum on her. Not only did she not even say a word, but she began licking my cum! I followed her to her condo, which she left unlocked on purpose. What awaited me behind that door was a world I've never dreamed of!

The Review!
The master/slave relationship takes on an amusing turn in a show that attempts to use a bit of irony in it. It works, provided you actually enjoy the depths of humiliation that these characters endure.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. There's little beyond a basic stereo mixing here with the majority of the sound coming through the center channel. Dialogue is nice and clear and the music and ambient effects make decent use of the left/right channels. There's little here to really do much more than a basic track anyway.

Video:
Originally released in 2003, this is another in a line of very clean looking and vibrant transfers. The show has a fair amount of bright and vibrant colors but a lot of it takes place under the cover of darkness and darkly lit rooms, which results in some scenes that would look pretty bad depending on the materials. These scenes come off well with the vibrant colors notching down appropriately but without any breakup or grain like effects. Aliasing and cross coloration are both very minimal to almost non-existent throughout..

Packaging:
The cover gives way to the image of the main female character in the show, Riko, as she's partially undressed in her schoolgirl outfit while touching herself. There's also an image of her mixed into the background as well that's red-tinted. It's a decent looking cover that only hints at some of the nastiness within. The back cover has a few shots from the show and a premise as told by the story's lead character. I'll say it again in that I really dislike summaries that use the multiple exclamation points to get things across. The rest of the cover is standard boilerplate stuff for NuTech releases with staff listings and the discs meager details. As with all other NuTech hentai releases, there is no insert with this release.

Menu:
The menu utilizes the image of Riko from the cover and has the selections lined over part of her while the background has a purple and red hazed filter over parts of the show playing along to some of the instrumental music. This is a fairly standard style menu for NuTech and it works well. Access times are nice and fast and the layout is easy to navigate and there aren't any transitional animations to deal with.

Extras:
The main anime related extra is the inclusion of a video photo gallery showing various pieces of artwork from the show.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When a series comes along and your lead character doesn't have a name, you know you're in for something that's not going to be pleasant. Zero no Mono does just that by introducing you to the young college student with no name who loves to curse a lot. Actually, this translation is one of the dodgiest yet from NuTech since it's almost entirely dubtitled and there's a hell of a lot of swearing in it that doesn't seem to fit the intended dialogue at times.

We're introduced to this young man as he's late and heading to campus for a class. He's dressed up as close to an anime version of a clueless white boy getting into hip hop outfitting would be, complete with skullcap hat with a big X on the front of it. The class bores him to death quickly, so while in the back row he slides over next to this cute young girl and thrusts his hand right into her panties and starts bringing her off on the spot. She tries to stop him but can't refuse him in the end. The instructor ignores all of this and continues to teach the class as the young man continues to have his way with her, embarrassing her as he gets her naked and on top of the desk. He's swearing her out left and right at times and just doing his best to humiliate her.

Naturally, the scene shifts to a shot of him molesting his pillow, as it was all a dream. What we saw is what he's like, but it didn't really happen. So he continues on from this point and ends up messing around with another girl and has his way with her, again berating her along the way, before he climaxes all over her and a jar he's kept handy. His big plans come about later that night when a snobbish young woman that he's following snubs him. His revenge is to throw the contents of the jar at her and humiliate her that way. To his surprise, she takes this act and starts cleaning herself with her tongue and lapping it all up. He's shocked but he sees potential for someone who will get off on how he humiliates people.

Once inside her house, he comes across a room where another girl is covered in fishnet stockings from head to toe and being tortured sexually by a man wearing only a facemask that looks like it came out of the Scream movies. He's not sure what the heck is going on but at the same time he can't stop watching. Before he knows it, the girl he followed, Riko, brings him into her room and starts calling him master and doing whatever he wants. As she undresses we see she's covered with bandages in various places, including one entire breast that's covered up, an arm and an eye patch that we knew about already. She loves the hard touch and the forceful words that he's able to provide and he gets right into it with a very lengthy session with her.

Along the way, the dynamic changes, and the young lad we've followed gets his comeuppance of sorts, but that's just a bit of icing on the cake in the end. His time with Riko is crude and mean and she loves every minute of it and it only makes him more excited. Since she's the main character, her design gets the most work and it's actually pretty nice, though it's not the norm to see a girl with an eye patch, especially in hentai. The design also feels weird since enough of her is covered in bandages that it's just, well, not creepy but not enticing either. The animation overall is good and the designs for the rest of the cast is decent if unexceptional, though there aren't any ugly characters like some other shows.

In Summary:
At the risk of exposing my own fetishes and desires, this kind of material is so not up my alley. Not recommended at all.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, 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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