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Hentai Heave Volume 1: Vampire Vixen & Fuzzy Lips Hentai Blu-ray Anime Review

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Two tales about finding where you belong.

Two tales about finding where you belong.

What They Say:
Vampire Vixen, which is based on Doumou’s popular hentai manga Itadaki! Seieki!, tells the story of a male student named Kanzaki who receives an anonymous love letter from a secret admirer who wants to hook up with him. He’s not sure what to expect on his first rendezvous but he would have never guessed to be greeted with a swift kick to the face! Meet Mari Setagoya, a sexy, confused and ravenously hungry succubus/vampire hybrid. After sucking some of his blood, Mari confesses to Kanzaki that she never truly acquired a taste for the red stuff. Since she is required to feed on bodily fluids for sustenance, they mutually agree on an alternative substance that Kanzaki is more than willing to supply!

Fuzzy Lips is based on the adult manga by INU and follows a young female student named Katakura Kon who enters into a forbidden, hyper-sexual relationship with her homeroom teacher, Mr. Kurosawa. Soon, Kon rarely attends classes and moves in with the teacher who tries to keep the arrangement a secret. Since neither is willing to verbally express their true feelings to each other, their frustration heightens and they resort to more and more intensive carnal explorations!

The Review:
Audio:
The audio presentation for this series brings us the original Japanese language track in stereo as well as the new English language dub, both of which are PCM produced. The show is fairly standard material for hentai shows in that it’s dialogue/moan driven and works the full feeling without a lot in the way of directionality. Not that it needs it since it tends to be pretty focused. There’s not a lot to it outside of these moments since there’s no “action” in the traditional sense and the focus is mostly just on the two main characters and their interactions through dialogue and copious amounts of sex. These are well played though and achieves the results it wants, though some of the English mix just felt a little hollow at times, a little more sound-boothy than it should have.

Video:
Originally released in 2014, the transfer for the two-part OVA series for Fuzzy Lips and the single OVA for Vampire Vixen is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p. Animated by Studio 1st and Pashima respectively, the show has a pretty good look overall with its designs and animation with some good detail and some very fluid sequences. Most of it is fairly standard in style and quality though, which means it at least avoids the very low rent designs that we get with some hentai from time to time. The transfer captures the look of things well with clean lines, solid colors, and some good pop throughout. The detail where it stands out is pretty good, especially in some of the clothing choices from time to time, and seeing it in high definition definitely gives it a nice boost in terms of color quality and vibrancy.

Packaging:
The packaging for this release comes in a standard sized Blu-ray case where the front cover goes for a nice pairing of the two main characters. It’s one that places them side by side, which is just a touch awkward when you look at it more closely, but a first glance approach has it looking good. There’s a nice collage of subdued shots from the show filtered behind each of them to give it a little more detail as it’s set against the pink and purple coloring. I like the character designs so they’re appealing here, though the font for the collection name doesn’t do much for me. Each is listed with their individual titles on the front cover as well, which is really nice. The back cover does a fifty/fifty split where we get a smaller version of the usual covers. The logos are along the top and we get a decent little summary oft he premise, the extras, and even good shots from the show. Production credits are easy to read and the technical grid along the bottom breaks out the disc as a whole with how it’s put together. No show related inserts are included nor is there a reversible cover.

Menu:
The menu design for this release works pretty nicely with how it has to handle two distinct properties with it. The main menu that we get is similar to the idea of the cover where we get the two properties side by side but using different imagery, working from the Japanese cover artwork that’s a bit more erotic and illustrated in style, especially for Vampire Vixen. We get to select which show we want and within that submenu it has the fuller image there and the standard navigation and setup for the shows as well as the extras. It’s done with good colors and an eye for design that works as the artwork and everything complement each other well. The layout does allow for moving to the other OVA easily as well which is a big plus. I definitely like it since it lets us have more artwork and each show get a distinctive menu and section of it.

Extras:
The release comes with a pretty nice little image and character design video gallery piece for Fuzzy Lips while Vampire Vixen gets the four-minute bonus mini OVA.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
One of the best things about hentai in the last few years is the growing accessibility of it for fans that gets us past the usual hardcore/violent material that had dominated for so long. Getting to see so much more romantic material, comedy material, relationship material, in the manga side of it has certainly reminded that there’s a lot more to what’s out there. The anime side doesn’t produce this kind of show as often as one would like, and getting them brought over is even harder, but having been a fan of hentai since the 80’s, well, getting some fun material that doesn’t involved evil men dominating their partners is welcome. I’ve no problem with that kind of material – we’ve reviewed a metric ton of it over the years – but this kind is what I find more appealing.

Vampire Vixen:
Based on the manga Itadaki! Seieki by doumou, Vampire Vixen is a cute single episode OVA that pretty much thrusts us right into the action. We’re introduced to Kanzaki as he’s gotten a letter from a secret admirer that wants to meet him in the athletic storage room. It’s here that we meet Mari, a young woman who is looking for sustenance as she just wants to get close to him and lick his sweat, hence a roundhouse to the head. As it turns out, she’s a hybrid vampire/succubus and doesn’t like the whole blood thing. That has Kanzaki accepting things pretty quickly and coming up with something better for her to get her nutrition from. It’s pretty fun watching them go at it, especially when he realizes she can hear his thoughts and changes what she does accordingly. There’s a lot of simple going at it here but it also gets problematic in the back half when some of the other guys in class get jealous and try to push Kanzaki out, which goes down the bad path even if you do have Mari essentially using it to get a little revenge on them.

It’s a fun enough episode, and we get a four-minute mini-episode as well for it, but it pretty much drops us right into things and just plows forward quickly. I would have liked to have had more material involving Mari and her winged aspect coming into play and I didn’t care much for the whole having her body change shape, at least in her breasts, based on what Kanzaki wanted. It’s just a little too-wish fulfillment mode for me. But there’s some enjoyable stuff here and having Kanzaki realize how plain and average he is and worry over losing her as things get serious in his mind is a fun little turn.

Fuzzy Lips:
Of course, you have to get past that whole teacher/student thing, but part of the appeal of hentai and porn and erotica is the fantasy elements. Fantasy is healthy and the appeal of innocence is definitely there, whether you’re older and looking to recapture a romanticized youth or if you’re young and envisioning what your first time could be like. Fuzzy Lips presents us that awkward pairing of a homeroom teacher that we only get referred to as Sensei, and a delinquent student named Kon. Kon has pretty much left home at this point with problems she’s had there and she’s been damn irregular at school as well. Suffice to say, she’s looking for a place to really fit in because of the poor relationship with her parents that have no care for her. She wants to be loved, to be taken care of, and to enjoy life a whole lot.

So naturally, trapping a young male homeroom teacher a bit kind of didn’t work out as she expected. She’s grown to really like him and has been spending a lot of time at his place teasing him and going the distance with him. He’s not really sure about all of this and understands how problematic it can be if they’re caught, but let’s be honest, the show (and the manga) doesn’t really want to deal with this. What it wants is to just enjoy the experience that the two get to go through here. It’s not looking for real world ramifications, social issues, or the power abuse dynamic that’s in effect here. Sensei is certainly concerned about these things at times, but the fact that she’ll torment him sexually in order to get him to take her to a local amusement park and he gives into it? That says it’s not going to be dealt with.

And that’s fine since these two are certainly fun together. Kon is a bit more playful and teasing in some ways than he’s comfortable with, but she’s trying to figure out what all this is in her own mind. And while it may be infatuation or more, he’s also falling for her and that makes things a little more complicated in a light way as it plays out because it’s not going to delve into it. It’s presenting that to make it so that the viewer understands that there’s real connections and feelings going on here as opposed to just lustfulness. It’s not explored nor is it deep, but it’s a fun little trapping added to it that makes it a little more than it might be otherwise. Again, the whole situation itself isn’t something that you’d promote in the real world, but that’s what fantasy is all about when kept harmless and no more than that.

In Summary:
Fuzzy Lips is a pretty fun little two-part OVA series that works the teacher/student dynamic about as you’d expect without the cruelty. The sex scenes are solid and consensual without any scat or anything that one might consider out of the “norm” in a sense. It’s a friendly title that plays well and enjoys its sensuality and sexuality while looking good with its animation and character designs. Coming off the manga story from Inu it has some good basics to work with and while I wish there was a bit more story to flesh it out I think it achieves what it sets out to do and results in about an hour of fun viewing. Vampire Vixen is a good bit of fun as well as there’s a kind of upbeat quality to a lot of it, at least until things turn a bit darker. And I like that they played with the blending of a vampire and succubus while also including the cute little bonus episode as well to lighten things up just a bit more. Both of these shows make out well in having them in high definition here with very appealing looking encodings that deliver the sexytimes wonderfully.

Features:
Japanese 2.0 PCM Language, English 2.0 PCM Language, English Subtitles, Image & Character Design Gallery, Vampire Vixen Mini Episode

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

Released By: Kitty Media
Release Date: October 31st, 2017
MSRP: $29.99
Running Time: 88 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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