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Fifty Shades Of Hentai Anime DVD Review

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Hentai has more than fifty shades…

What They Say:
These couples engage in innocent and not-so-innocent trysts. Consumed by their dark desires to embark on daring, physical sex, these thrill seekers experience the erotic pleasures reserved for those who like to play. No need to sign a contract. Are you and your lover ready to play?

The Review:
Audio:
The audio presentation for this release contains only the English language track for the various clips. The mix is in its original stereo format encoded at 192kbps. Because the clips all come from different shows and different recording sessions, there’s an obvious unevenness about it with some of the volume levels but it’s not an encoding issue with it. The show runs through a variety of dialogue types but for the most part it has that full feeling to it where it’s not terribly distinct where it comes from. The first clip for example has the male character’s lips speaking from the right side of the screen, but it’s all center channel placed. It’s simply the way the show was mixed. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released across too many years, the transfer for this show is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The clips come in all different types from different shows and generally they look decent, though as we’ve seen with other clip shows it can be pretty variable. The backgrounds can be relatively solid and then shift to a fair bit of blocking as everything is kept to an average middle ground bitrate. These aren’t the best looking shows to begin with but they’re not outright bad either in terms of the animation. What hampers some of the shows is the digital manipulation that we’ve seen before with sudden split screens and the like. The change in aspect ratio distorts things and it just doesn’t look good.

Packaging:
The front cover goes for some good, dark looking material here with the young white haired woman in bondage seen from behind as she cries out. With the hair whipping around and the dark background, it all comes together well to give it a very distinct and eye-catching lookg without using much in the way of color. Obviously it’s going for a particular approach to give a nod towards the novels and it does things pretty right here. The back cover has some softer artwork uses for the background which has the general premise on top of it. Several hardcore shots from the release are also used to make it clear exactly what it is. There’s no hiding what it’s all about and it sells it pretty well with a clean look and a simple breakdown of what’s included. No show related inserts are included nor is there a reversible cover.

Menu:
The menu design uses the same character artwork as the front cover but shifted a bit differently while adding in another still against a brick wall in the background. There’s also a small section that adds a bit of animation to it as various clips play out showing different aspects of the clip show. The menu is set to some upbeat instrumental music which is rather fun and bouncy in a way that works surprisingly well. The navigation layout along the bottom is simple and effective with quick loads and ease of access.

Extras:
The only extra included in this release is a three minute series of stills from the show.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With a title like 50 Shades of Hentai, well, I’ll admit that I wanted something that was actually more like the books rather than a clip show. But with this release they play up the concept pretty well with the selection of clips used from various shows to highlight the bondage, S&M and the kind of kinks that the book has apparently popularized. Not that there were really kinks to most people who engage in kinks, but the general idea is there in that it got a lot of people to think about and step outside of their norms. And when it comes to sex, that’s a good thing since there’s almost always something new to try and have fun with. With this release, it obviously plays to hentai’s darker side as there’s a lot of material in the last decade that deals with that, forced consensual scenes and hidden desires given access to.

The show gives us some decent clips that definitely involves a lot of bondage. Some of it has the girls going into it quite willingly while others are coerced into it in order to survive in a way. The scenes play heavily to the rope bondage as the men get the girls all trussed up. Several of the men are in positions of authority, as we get some such as a couple of doctors and a professor. Some of the men are of the same age and then we get the older ones that definitely bring the authoritarian feeling into it. And not just really old men or anything but some that get above the young age that we usually get for the “college” scenes. There’s a couple of scenes where some forceful language comes into it too which plays up the whole 50 Shades things as well.

The animation for the show is obviously pretty varied as it plays out but as seems to be a regular case, I find a lot more appeal from some of the older works in here. Not that they’re hugely older or anything, but they’re given a bit more detail and have a bit more when it comes to lighting and coloring with it. It does get kind of goofy with the sped up repetition, but I’ll easily admit that it’s where I started watching hentai years ago. Some of the other shows, most of which come from the middle of the last decade and earlier, have some good bits and definitely some colorful animation, but there’s not a lot here that really stands out in a really strong way though it all at least comes across as competent.

In Summary:
Fifty Shades of Hentai is a title that will certainly get a few additional orders because of its title, and maybe even a few misorders. I do wish that it was applied to a full story show as a new title rather than a clip title, but what we get here definitely fits in the general mold that one might expect, at least if you have a passing familiarity with hentai. The show has a natural uneven nature to it since it is all clips and that comes across in both story and animation, but there are some fun ones, especially the one with the teacher and the triplets. You hope that it’s one voice actress that got paid three times to do certain parts of those scenes just because it’s absolutely hilarious.

Features:
English 2.0 Language, Photo Gallery

Content Grade: B
Audio Grade: B
Video Grade: B-
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B-
Extras Grade: N/A

Released By: Adult Source Media
Release Date: July 24th, 2012
MSRP: $24.99
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Video Encoding: 480i/p MPEG-2
Aspect Ratio: Mixed

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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