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Private Sessions Hentai Anime DVD Review

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Love for a man with a twisted soul is a hard thing to separate from, even when forced to film his depravity.

What They Say:
Professor Saki was a normal woman – until her heart and mind were twisted by her sadistic boyfriend Mikami. Fired from his last teaching job for assaulting one of his students, he forces Saki into getting him a teaching position at her all-girl college.

With beautiful, buxom ladies everywhere, Mikami’s dark desires quickly target his new female students for some very special private sessions – and this time he plans on making Saki help him. Will Saki’s misguided love for Mikami drive her to help him trap innocent women in his demented little world?

The Review:
Audio:
The audio presentation for this release contains both the original Japanese langauge track and the English language adaptation in stereo encoded at 192kbps. Hentai continues to just not seem right in English unless we’re looking for some laughs, though I will say that this English track has some rather good moaners and screamers in it. The track is very much dialogue based so outside of some sound effects and the occasional bit of music, it’s mostly a center channel based show. We did listen to the entire show in English as well and had no problems there.

Video:
Released to video in 2003, the four part OVA series is presented here in its original full frame format and with the original opening and ending credit sequences. Each episode is followed by fully translated credits. The show was originally released on two discs since there was a large gap between productions in Japan and both discs are included here as well, essentially giving us the same releases as before but in one package. The transfer for the most part looks good but there are a lot of sequences where aliasing shows up, especially during a long panning sequence. Some of the shorter ones, such as when Mikami looks up and down one of the schoolgirls, you can see her outfit shifting during it from the aliasing. Colors look good throughout and their maintain a really nice solid feel while backgrounds don’t seem to have any issues with macroblocking though some of the title sequences include some dot crawl

Packaging:
The artwork for this combined release uses some of what we saw before as we get one of the students on the front cover with her uniform falling off of her to great effect. The colors and layout is solid and the teases are just right, including the way the broom handle is being applied between her cheeks. It has a dark background as well that works right in setting the proper mood for it rather than trying to show something that might be brighter than it actually is. The back cover provides a few shots from the episodes and has a big bondage outfit sequence as well that definitely lets you know what to expect. The premise is kept simple and it breaks down the discs features well enough. The technical grid covers everything cleanly and notes that there are two discs inside. No show related inserts are included nor is there a reversible cover.

Menu:
The main menu is pretty simple overall with a static image of what looks to be curtains in the background and a (ew) 4:3 TV set taking up much of the center image. In the TV screen itself you’ve got the various selections to choose from while clips from the show play behind it in an opaque fashion while some of the instrumental/technoish music plays along to it. The layout is pretty standard though you can only travel up or down in the menu selections. Moving to submenus is nice and fast while being free of transitional animations so it’s quick to get there. The layout in general is decent, but a 4:3 set? Ew?

Extras:
The only extra included in this release is the video art gallery showcasing various stills from the show.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
It’s back to an all girls college once more as the Vanilla Series dips into one of the deepest wells that the hentai genre has as we get a temporary professor whose come in to have a bit more fun than he was hired for. The difference with this professor is that he’s dating a teacher there already and she uses her influence to get him the job there knowing what kind of person he is.

Professor Saki is madly in love with her boyfriend Mikagami and just does everything she can for him, even knowing that he was fired from his last job after he assaulted a young woman there at the school. She believes she can be everything he needs from a woman and does everything he asks no matter how rough he gets. But Mikagami has the craving for younger flesh and pushes her into getting him a job at the college she’s at, even if it’s part time. She gives in easily enough since he threatens to dump her and move on, something that she can’t handle thinking about in the slightest. She’s very much under his power but mostly from her own free will.

Once at the college, Mikagami is an instant hit with the majority of the girls due to his fairly good looks and charming smile as well as the way he takes an interest in each and every one of them. Helping out in the art department, he works with the students there and compliments them highly on their work, something their last professor never did. So he wins over many people early on and quickly, gaining their trust and quickly becoming a part of the campus community. With all these young girls there around him though he’s lost all interest in Saki but still has a use for her.

As he starts to figure out which girls to go after, he has Saki find out whose got what kind of dirt on them and who he can manipulate. When Mikagami starts going through the student body with a fine tooth comb himself and he keeps them after school for their own private sessions, he has Saki standing off to the side with a camcorder getting it all on tape. She’s so much in love with him that she’ll do anything he asks even though she wants to be the one he’s having sex with and not the unwilling schoolgirls he’s conquering.

Mikagami uses his control over the girls and the footage he gets Saki to take of other girls unknowingly to solidify his control over more of them, adding more and more of the young hotties to his list of conquered girls there. Saki continues to have issues with it as it goes on and more and more of the girls fall to his side. Mikagami’s fun only increases as he gets more and more into it and the sadistic nature of his personality comes across more clearly, leading him to doing more and more things to the girls. It’s a vicious cycle and Saki has it all on tape while still praying for his love for her to be real even though he’s doing what he’s doing.

Private Sessions is essentially a downward spiral of not only Saki’s character as her world crumbles around her as her one true love has sex with anything younger than her but also that of a number of the girls in the school. Mikagami goes for the weakest first and then exploits his entry there into other areas of the schoolgirl hierarchy until he’s able to take down the powerful and popular girls, bringing them to his side and ensuring their cooperation for anything he wants from them. The show has some good character designs overall but nothing that’s terribly outstanding. Some of them rise a bit above the norm but they’re still all fairly typical of the genre. The animation for the show is pretty decent as well but much like the designs, it doesn’t really reach beyond itself or try to be better than anything in particular. It’s a show that’s simply what it is and isn’t trying to be anything more.

While the first two episodes do end in a rather sound way, the show must go on as the student teacher imposter continues his way of taking over the various girls of the school by dominating them and then acquiring their friends right after them. He’s still having fun with it and keeping off the radar of most of the faculty though he does continue to annoy Karishima by not filing his reports on time and acting like someone who’s not a student teacher but someone who’s been around for quite some time.

With these two episodes, the show delves more into this realm as Ishiguro continues to bring new women into the fold while keeping the existing ones on a tight leash and giving them what they want when it pleases him. From the swim team to the cheerleaders, he’s getting one or two interested and then they bring their friends into it against their will and he’s able to convert them over to his way. It’s amusing watching how easily they fall under his sway and how the ones he’s had for a longer time are just so completely into it that they can’t think of anything but that.

With the plot really being relegated to just a few small areas here and there and mostly at the end, the most we get is Ishiguro dealing with Saejima as he tries to get Karishima’s younger sister while he’s doing Karishima herself. By going after Yumi he’s able to have something to use over him with Karishima but it’s also something that lets him have an angle towards Karishima herself. Otherwise, it’s really just sex, sex and more sex. The character designs are essentially the same as what we saw before so if you liked that, you’ll more than likely enjoy this. There are some really good sex scenes here, scat free for the most part or at least not as blunt as a lot of other shows, as the girls are really used in different ways to server their Master. One threesome in particular with a converted girl and one who wasn’t was really well done as they sort of daisy-chained together. Karishima’s own downfall was nicely done as well since it brought her younger sister into play for it as well as showing just how strong Ishiguro’s training is on the girls.

In Summary:
Private Sessions plays with plenty of explicit sex scenes with boys, toys and girls as it’s all being taped by the leads girlfriend. There’s a mean and nasty edge to what Mikagami does to the women in general that will offend the easily offended, but the main scat scene will probably offend even more. Overall, the show feels fairly harmless as we’ve seen a lot more degrading shows, but this is probably a good “gateway drug” to that genre if it’s what interests you. If you can’t stomach the couple of scenes here, don’t go for the hardcore shows. The second set of episodes brings the show to a close and it’s amusing to think it all took place in just two weeks time. The show is relatively the same as what the first two episodes are but with more sex and less plot and setup to it as Ishiguro adds more and more young women to his list. With less of the focus on plot and more on the sex, this one turned out to be a bit more fun than the first set of episodes. It’s not the best hentai out there but it’s certainly not a bad way to pass some time if nothing in it offends you.

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

Content Grade: C
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: C+
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: C+

Released By: Critical Mass Video
Release Date: September 4th, 2012
MSRP: $19.99
Running Time: 120 Minutes
Video Encoding: 480i/p MPEG-2
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

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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