The Fandom Post

Anime, Movies, Comics, Entertainment & More

Tales Trilogy Hentai Anime DVD Review

5 min read

A little bit of some classic and almost lost hentai.

What They Say
Let U-Jin’s brand of erotic humor entice you into the world of adult fantasy animation, and tickle your funny bone, among other places, in the process. Being the most famous of the erotic manga artists in Japan, this sampling of U-Jin’s work shows how funny an adult Anime can be! In this collection of stories, we have four fine funny tales to tantalize your funny bone. First, in Playground Nostalgia, we see how far a geek will go to get a little peek at panties. Then, in How to Get a Pizza for Free see what trials and tribulations a pizza delivery man must endure. Thirdly, we have Sailor Warrior Akko, an adult parody for Ultraman fans everywhere. Lastly, in Tai-Chi Girl, meet Chin Chin, a woman from China who provides a very special service to her Japanese clientele!

The Review:
Audio:
The audio presentation for this release brings us the original Japanese language in stereo along with the English language dub, both of which are encoded at 192kbps. The majority of the show is dialogue or moans, so it’s mostly center channel based with little of the left/right channels being touched. This isn’t exactly a show where you’d expect much for directionality, so no disappointments here. Both tracks come across clean and clear but their driving elements don’t require a lot. We didn’t have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 1990-1992, this three episode OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Because they’re separate OVAs combined here, the animation that varies from quite good to pretty mediocre. The materials used here are in very good condition overall but are very much a part of the time in which they were made and when this DVD was produced. So there’s the warmth of the traditional animation and the color palette used but there’s also some edge rainbowing going on in a few places as well as some line noise during panning sequences. These don’t distract too much overall though and we get a mixed but decent result.

Packaging:
The packaging for this release brings us a standard sized DVD case that works well with its artwork choice as the front cover has the characters from the very first tale with the overly cute girl in a blowing dress while the guy looks under her skirt. The back cover gives a rundown of all the episode titles and some descriptions from each of the three blocks of episodes as well as giving all the technical information. It’s a pretty nice looking layout that gives a lot of information and still looks good to the eye but has that minimal approach that works well for hentai releases as it shows what it’s got and teases just right. This one’s even more of a tease simply because the front cover looks like any other show except for the “Absolutely not for children” line.

Menus:
There’s little to do with the menus beyond selecting the block of episodes you want and then selecting which sub episode or playing all of them as one full episode. The layout works well and while it is minimal, it lets you get right to the content. Access times are fast and everything worked as it should.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With Tales Trilogy, this was a very welcome release at the time. Originally, they were released on VHS as three separate works where they were $25 a pop, which meant you had this $75 layout for it. With this release, which was one of the relatively earlier hentai releases on DVD, they got bundled together for $40, which at the time again was a big savings. That was one of the driving things that made it a popular release – in addition to it all being based on tales by U-Jin, who has a unique perverse sense of humor.

I’ve rather enjoyed what I’ve seen of U-Jin’s material over the years, and what makes part of this release even more enjoyable is the inclusion of a favorite artist, Satoshi Urushibara, who helps contribute to some of the character designs in the early episodes. I’d always wanted to see U-Jin and Satoshi collaborate more on something longer, but getting them together even in this way works for me.

But the downside to this release is that with the three separate episodes and then broken down more with a variety of directors is that you get some really weak episodes. In fact, outside of the very first set of Tales, I didn’t laugh much or find much all that appealing about the rest of them. The first set of Tales provided some of the best laughs I’ve had. Seeing a 10 story tall Salaryman take on a 10 story tall super-powered schoolgirl was hilarious. Especially when his pants are down and he rams a building, only to keep ramming it. And when she loses her panties, watching the assorted men who were standing around watching suddenly drop their drawers and get down to business…. priceless moments only anime can deliver.

In Summary
While several of the episodes in the first Tale amused us a lot, the same can’t be said for the other two. Most of the stories featured directors I hadn’t heard of and their stories weren’t particularly funny nor all that sexy. Very little of it really appealed to me all that much. Having each episode break down into more shorts basically makes it a rough work to really talk about because there’s not much there to be had there. From crowded train material to some part-time nurse stuff, the real draw here is just enjoying it being brought to life and the visuals for it all. This is the kind of release where there’s so much material over the 90-minutes that little of it really sticks because there’s so much of it and the 10% rule applies.

Features
Japanese Language, English 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: June 26th, 2001
MSRP: $39.99
Running Time: 90 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.

Liked it? Take a second to support the site on Patreon!