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Women at Work Hentai Anime DVD Review

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Women at Work CoverSo wrong yet so right…

What They Say:
Akiyoshi’s life fell apart when he was turned down by the sweet, passive girl he liked. Trying to start over, he gets a job on a construction crew. The women on the crew waste no time in bullying him into sex act after sex act, exhausting him day after day. Akiyoshi is on a whirlwind ride as woman after woman aggressively pursues him, but has he fallen into heaven or hell?

The Review:
Audio:
The audio presentation for this release brings us the original Japanese language track in stereo along with the English language track, both of which are encoded at 192kbps. Both tracks come across the same here, which while not top of the line or having any real depth to them, convey the material as well as likely originally intended. There isn’t a lot to the show outside of a few sound effects and dialogue so placement, depth, and overall directionality doesn’t mean a lot. Both tracks sound good and we didn’t have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2005, the transfer for this two episode OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. While not a high budget show, it looks to have had a decent one as there aren’t a lot of issues here. Some of the backgrounds come across poorly at times with some line noise and aliasing during panning sequences, but outside of that it’s fairly minimal. Some colors don’t maintain a very solid feel at times, but that’s about the extent of it. Kitty does as they usually do in retaining the original opening and closing sequences (which really makes me want to know the original title for this) followed by a complete translation of credits after the second episode.

Packaging:
The packaging presentation for this release brings us a standard sized DVD case where it’s attempting to go for something a bit different than the norm – especially for hentai covers. Featuring Minako, the buff construction worker, she’s set against a standard construction background while a pair of other characters are running around along the bottom. The logo fits perfectly with its signage and overall it’s a very clean and good looking cover. Minako’s going to be a hard sell for a lot of people, but the novelty factor alone may help considering the way hentai so often presents itself. A little diversity is a good thing – a lot of diversity is a great thing but not something we’ll see much out of from Japan. The back cover is pure minimalism as it has just a few shots from the show an additional character artwork. The background goes for simple grays and a paper that contains a summary of the premise. The production information is very minimal though the technical grid is solid. No insert or reversible cover is included here.

Menu:
The menu design is one that’s fairly low key all things considered, keeping the content pretty hidden, as it features Minako from the cover along with the logo set against the steel gray background. Selections are lined along the right with no real twist to them and there’s a bit of almost uplifting corporate music to it. There isn’t anything all that engaging here, but it does fit the material fairly well. Access times are nice and fast and with nothing else on the disc but trailers it’s quick and easy to get around.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With any title there’s always an element of not being sure what to expect but this is all the more likely when it comes to adult anime. Even though it may look obvious from the cover, what’s inside may be radically different. And even then that’s not counting what the actual sex scenes themselves will be like. You can have cute and sweet characters on the cover, but the show itself will have them doing some of the craziest things possible.

Women at Work plays a big card by showing us a woman on the front that fits the image of a bodybuilder. She doesn’t fit into the cookie cutter mold that a lot of these shows present. Women at Work wants to have it both ways though as she isn’t the only character and the rest clearly fit into the more conventional molds. The show introduces us to Akiyoshi, a young man who has confessed his feelings of love to a woman. The only problem is that upon telling her, she tells him that he’s cute and a nice guy but is basically a wimp. This sets Akiyoshi into a bit of a spiral where he doesn’t know quite what to do in order to fix this perception.

All of that changes when the wind blows a paper in his face that informs him about a construction company looking for new workers. Through the ad, he believes that not only can he make money, but also build up the kind of body that he wants. It’s a complete win/win situation for him. The only problem is that he isn’t all that physical of a guy and may not make it through the interview process. Of course, the construction site he goes to for this is filled with a lot of women, though a fair number of men as well. The interview process has him seeing if he’s got the stamina for such a job which surprises him due to the amount of sex involved. From there he’s introduced to the other works which include some surprising women.

The one that scares him is Minako, a buff looking woman complete with a bandage on her nose. She’s the hard working full figured type that epitomizes a manly woman. She’s got a great sense of humor and taunts plenty of the guys. There’s also the office assistant who is primarily there to handle lunches, coffee, and other light office duties but also to apparently sex up the staff. The strangest woman that works there is the daughter of a wealthy businessman. She’s the typical cold Japanese beauty stereotype who happens to have monogrammed construction outfits and equipment. She even has a private bath next to the main company bath. Also thrown into the mix is another woman who looks like Noa Izumi and is keeping her femininity a secret by pretending to be a man. Even Akiyoshi doesn’t realize this and believes he’s fallen into the world of boys-love when she gives him a blowjob to keep her secret. A secret he hasn’t figured out.

Akiyoshi’s time on the job is comical as he finds himself having to perform sexual services more than anything else. Be it hiring manager or the office assistant, he never expected to have to go out into the field to deal with someone. In an amusing side story, he’s sent to negotiate with a woman who has complaints about the construction going on outside her window. She’s an adult manga artist who works nights and sleeps days but can’t sleep with all the work. She the deal she’s made with the company is that they send a young man over daily to sex her up until she’s exhausted so she can sleep soundly.

Akiyoshi makes his way through pretty much all of the female cast here except for his initial girlfriend that we never see again. That may be in some never to be made episode three. What we do get here though is surprisingly funny and light. There isn’t any bad material in terms of the actual sex and it’s great to get something a little more varied here with Minako. What’s most amusing about her sex scenes is that they use some great sound effects with her of the giant drums and manly sounds. It’s an interesting change from all the typical beauties and cookie cutter designs to see someone like her featured so prominently. They do mollify those not too interested in her though by presenting a lot of other women – with massive breasts no less – so it’s not all about Minako.

In Summary:
Women at Work turned out to be a rather amusing and surprisingly erotic title that balances itself well. The little eye-catches are priceless, Minako’s sound effects are hilarious and Akiyoshi’s situation highly amusing. The sex scenes manage to take the comedy and bring it into them while still keeping it erotic. While it’s a show that wasn’t high on my must-see list when it first came out, this one just has a lot going for it. If it had more episodes I’d be pretty eager to see them to see how else they mess with poor Akiyoshi. Women at Work was quite the surprise and a good one at that.

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

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

Released By: Kitty Media
Release Date: March 27th, 2007
MSRP: $29.99
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Video Encoding: 480i/p MPEG-2
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 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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