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Kanojo x Kanojo x Kanojo Blu-ray Anime Review

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Kanojo Blu-ray CoverNothing says lovin’ like family.

What They Say:
After a natural disaster, a young man, Haruomi, temporarily moves to stay at his relative’s house that he shares with three sexy sisters — Natsumi, Akina, and Mafuyu. Suddenly his ordinary, peaceful life turns into an exciting erotic adventure!

The Review:
Audio:
The audio presentation for this release brings us the original Japanese language track in stereo along with a new English language dub, both of which are presented in uncompressed PCM form. The show is one that’s naturally dialogue oriented as well as moan oriented so it’s not one that stretches itself in certain ways. What we do get is a show that comes across in a very clean and clear way with good levels to it so that you enjoy every moan that comes from them and all the other sexually oriented sounds. It has a mostly center channel feeling to it but the end result is a property that has a good sound design to it for the show that it is and it’s free of problems. We listened to it primarily in Japanese but the sampling of the English dub has us looking to revisit it in that form as well.

Video:
Originally released from 2009 to 2011, the transfer for this OVA series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p using the AVC codec. Animated by Studio Eromatick, the project has a great look to it with some bold hentai familiar color design work that gives it a lot of pop. The fluidity of certain movements is strong and character design with detail is pretty great, all of which the encoding captures well. Colors are solidly vibrant throughout without becoming oversaturated while the detail holds up well with no breakup or noise to be had. It’s a very clean looking encoding the delivers a strong looking show that makes for an enjoyable visual experience from start to finish.

Packaging:
The packaging for this release is one that certainly sets the tone well as it brings us our three main female characters together wearing just their stringy bikinis as they’re all pressed up against each other. With the soft pink background and the colorful logo, the amount of flesh on display here is strong and the expressions definitely set the tone right. It’s one of those highly attractive covers with great artwork and design with detail and color that catches the eye and stands out. The back cover has several shots from the show blended into some action material and we get a brief summary of the premise. Most of what we get is visually oriented, as it should be, along with the remind that this title contains nudity. And oh does it. The production credits are simple but clear and the technical grid breaks everything down in a clean and easy to read way. No show related inserts are included with this release.

Menu:
The menu design for this release uses the pinkish background from the cover design but changes up the actual artwork so that it’s not just a repurposed cover piece. What we get here is the logo through the top middle that’s big and colorful with the navigation below it. The two sides feature the three main girls with a lot of detail to them and some nudity as well, which you don’t usually see in menus. It’s definitely an appealing menu that showcases what you’re going to get with the designs and overall look of it. Navigation is all functional but moving to submenus is a bit slow as is returning to the main menu, something you don’t see happening often these days.

Extras:
The extras for this release are fun as we get some bloopers, which always brighten my day in general but more so when it comes to hentai. They’re always worth checking out and this batch certainly is.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Based on the visual novel of the same name from Crossnet, Kanojo x Kanojo x Kanojo originally saw release from 2009 to 2011 as three separate OVAs and then got a full version release in 2013 as a single movie experience. What we get here is the original three OVA releases, which is definitely preferable for many as there’s certain timing and structure to these things that can get a bit wonky when blended together as a total work. With so much hentai being re-releases over the years, getting fresh (relatively) and new material is something of a real treat. This project is one that definitely provides for some good material to it and should be a welcome addition to anyone’s hentai library.

The premise is familiar as we’re introduced to Haruomi, a young man that has found himself moving into the Orifushi household, a place that was familiar to him as he spent a good part of his childhood there where he was practically (but not truly) family. Due to a natural disaster, he’s being taken in here and will end up working in the restaurant that the family runs to help out, so it’s fairly standard material there. The gimmick, of course, is that the family that’s currently living there are the three sisters that he grew up knowing. And boy have they grown up since then. Each is a distinct beauty in their own way and while not all are truly excited about him being there since it does shake up the family dynamic a bit, it’s all rather standard material in this area.

It does not take long for the sexytimes to ensue.

The one that’s most aggressive toward him is Akina, who he ends up at school with and discovers. It’s here that we get introduced to a couple of other girls that he gets involved with to varying degrees, which is the area where it felt like the show was pushing its credulity (HAH!). This provides for a little variety in the mix to some degree but you could easily imagine that the creative side could have made each episode solely about one of the sisters. But with plenty to draw from when it comes to the source material, well, they included some things that fans of the original visual novel will like. While we do get some fun with the awkward and almost comical interaction with Haruomi and Akina, the other girls up the ante in what’s to come while also knowing there are two more sisters out there.

The other sisters get their own special time with Haruomi though there’s naturally curiosities. Mafuyu is one that he ends up sort of accidentally peeping on as she’s enjoying herself with the door open just a bit and she kind of uses that to bully him a bit, but mostly in ways that puts them together far more intimately and awkwardly. That bath scene! When it comes to Natsumi, there’s a lot of fun there with the kind of middle of the road character that she is, coming across as more of the “Belldandy” of the group in a way. All of it culminates perfectly though as the trio decide to mess with him for messing with them individually, and what better way to do it than dressing up as maids and totally going to town on him and working him like nobody’s business. Yes, predictable, but goodness did they ever animate it well. With lush character designs accented by great color design and some solid movement throughout, this is a show that largely delivers on what it promises.

In Summary:
With a title like Kanojo x Kanojo x Kanojo, you pretty much know what you’re going to get. Kitty made it clear from the cover, and provided good shots that represent the show on the back, and the property itself really does deliver on it. With appealing designs, fun sex scenes, and a bilingual release done up in high definition, this is exactly like how I want all of my hentai. And I want a lot more of it. Is that so hard? Fans of hentai will enjoy this one but it’s also a title that’s very accessible to new audiences without anything that really goes into anything truly squicky, though the one minor scene of one of the high school girls peeing in the garden I could have done without.

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

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

Released By: Kitty Media
Release Date: August 30th, 2016
MSRP: $34.95
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen

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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