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Office Lingerie Hentai Anime DVD Review

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Office Lingerie
Office Lingerie
Getting ahead in a lingerie company has so many meanings.

What They Say:
As Yusuke Nakanishi begins his new job at the Best Beauty Body Lingerie Company, little does he know that he’s about to find himself the center of a ring of business and sexual intrigue. Assigned to disrupt and eliminate the cohorts of an opposing faction, Nakanishi thrust himself on three of his sexy co-workers around whom this sex drama spirals.

His first target: Alice Nonoyama, an indentured sex servant who’s forced to submit to the perverse whims of her bosses and clients. Can he win her heart and keep himself in the clear while the bewitching Rena looms menacingly?

The Review:
Audio:
The audio presentation for this release is pretty good as we get the original Japanese language only but encoded at 384kbps. The stereo presentation is one that covers the bases well for this dialogue driven work, with a few moans along the way, and it’s generally a full feeling work with some minor placement here and there. The show has some incidental music to it and the closing song as well which helps to expand its full feeling, but mostly there’s just a straightforward mix at work here that doesn’t stand out strongly yet does the job that it needs to. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2001, the transfer for this three episode OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Produced by Green Bunny, the show has a decent look about it The character designs have all the right looks and the details come across well enough here, though it’s not a hugely detailed one to begin with. Colors are solid with only some minor noise in a few colors here and there, often with just some of the backgrounds, and there’s little in the way of aliasing during panning sequences. The main problem that creeps into the show here on a regular basis, but is more noticeable in some instances than others, is the cross coloration. It’s typically associated to the hair and along the edges of the heads of characters. It hits in a few other areas here and there, but those aren’t as noticeable or as problematic.

Packaging:
The packaging for this release is a standard sized DVD case that goes with some pretty blatant artwork for its cover that plays up the office aspect more than the lingerie aspect. The front cover is given over to an attractive image of Mayumi in her office uniform wher eit’s all hiked up as she’s laid out on the copy machine, with some expected papers covering her up appropriately enough. It’s an interesting pose in a tight space with a cute expression that makes for a bright, colorful and flesh filled design. The logo is kept simple and the artwork looks great. The back cover gives us a large shot along the left of Yusuke and Rena with him getting all familiar with her in her office chair, which is next to an amusing Easy Button. The premise is a bit small with its font, but it gets the basics out easy enough and is complemented by the few shots from the show. Production credits are simple and clear and the technical grid lays everything out cleanly and accurately. No show related inserts are included nor is there a reversible cover.

Menu:
If there’s a weak part to the release, it’s with the menus if only because of the images used for it since it doesn’t quite sell it well or set the mood in a good way. While there’s good artwork to be had with both the front and back cover, the main menu has a shot of Alice in lingerie on a desk with her legs spread wide as she waits for inspection. The logo covers her midsection and below that we get the post-it notes with the actual navigation, which I do like but the character artwork just doesn’t work well. The submenus are a bit better but not by much when it comes to the choices mad here either. Submenus load quickly and access times are nice and fast for what little there is here.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Originally released back in 2004 by NuTech Digital, Kitty Media has picked up this three episode OVA series and given it a single disc release that brings us office ladies in various states of undress in a highly competitive corporate environment. With character designs by Masaki Yamada and directed by Katsuhiko Nishijima, who has a pretty varied and intriguing career with what he’s worked on and created, Office Lingerie is the kind of show where there’s an actual story to it. And not one that’s just all about the domination of particular characters, though that does enter to some degree. There’s some good fun and humor mixed into this but also some mildly darker moments that fits with all the story they want to put into things here.

The series introduces us to Yusuke Nakanishi, a young executive type from a temp agency that has been brought in at the behest of the adult son of the company president of Best Beauty Body Lingerie Company. The son is dealing with some corporate tensions going on within the company as he’s convinced that the vice president and one of the other department heads are planning on making a hostile takeover of the company. Yusuke is brought in to find out what’s going on and to ensure that it doesn’t happen, to bring down this well situated vice president that has many years with the company and plenty of people under his sway. Yusuke’s certainly up for it, though he realizes there’s little for his own gain here, but a chance for a whole lot of fun in figuring it all out.

Nakanishi is given charge of one of the sections that practically nobody cares about and it works to his advantage at first since it lets him concentrate on getting to know the people around there and doing his investigations. Of course, in every group there’s always one of them in there and in this one it’s a young go getter named Mayumi who pushes her idea for “seamless lingerie” on her new chief. To her surprise, he gives her the go ahead to get it done and starts using it to make his way to interacting with various department heads such as advertising and research so he can check out and interrogate those who are believed to be aligned with the VP’s faction. From the gorgeous blonde Alice to the cold but terribly slutty Rena in advertising, Nakanishi goes one by one and gets the information he needs to build his case all while bringing about a new product line.

Lingeries has two plots going forward and mixes in a lot of really enjoyable sex scenes, some consenting and some not. The only downside to some of the scenes is that we get the old man VP himself involved and quite frankly I still don’t like it when the skin and bones old guy is having his way with the women in anime. In the real world, fine fine, but here, no thank you since they’re just done as such disgusting caricatures. Outside of that, the character designs are fantastic and work towards titillation quite well. The blonde, Alice, is a great piece of work both in design and personality in the show as she falls under Nakanishi’s sway early and often. There’s some amusing playing with one of the girls from R&D in how he ends up manipulating her. She falls under the girl with glasses category but with the combination of an office lady uniform it’s even better. One of my favorites though is Mayumi, the young girl in his group who comes up with the idea of the seamless lingerie. She’s completely unlike all the other women in the show in both design and attitude so when he gets with her it’s very hot.

In Summary:
Office Lingerie is a show that made me a fan of it a decade ago when it first got released here and getting back into it again after all these years reminded me of why. While there are some aspects that are a bit mediocre and even annoying since it works with some of the usual tropes, there’s a lot to like here overall with the story that it uses, the lightness that comes into play through Yusuke and others like Mayumi and the generally engaging, fun and erotic sex scenes themselves. Though there’s some expected source issues here since it comes from that time of transitioning to digital and so forth in Japan, it’s a decent looking show overall and with the price and content you get, it’s still a good show to add to any collection.

Features:
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

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

Released By: Kitty Media
Release Date: March 19th, 2013
MSRP: $19.99
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Video Encoding: 480i/p MPEG-2
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

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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