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Hentai Heaven Volume 5 Hentai Blu-ray Anime Review

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Run the gamut of hentai with five tales in this collection.

Run the gamut of hentai with five tales in this collection.

What They Say:
Hentai Heaven Collection 5 contains Jewelry, Milf Park, Demoness of Dreams, Harem of the Hellspawn, and The Lusty Ladies of Mayohiga.

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.

Video:
Originally released in 2007 and 2008, the transfer for the three OVA series are presented in their original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p using the AVC codec. Animated by Bootleg, 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 breakout of the five shows with the layout so you get a good sense of them. It’s one that places them stacked, 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 somewhat thematic 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 of the 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 three distinct properties with it. The main menu that we get is similar to the idea of the cover where we get the three properties side by side but using the full unzoomed and uncensored imagery. 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:
None.

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 ’80s, well, getting some fun material that doesn’t involve 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.

Jewelry:
Coming in at seventeen minutes, this one is based on an adult manga by Shoji Shibasaki. This one delights as we get to meet Sou and Sachi, a married couple that has struggled with the pressures that exist from their own parents about expanding their family. It’s welcome to just see a married couple and actually talking about the pressures that come from parents that want to become grandparents. It’s nice just watching the two be together as the new year rings in but as they talk more about what their families want, it turns more toward the erotic in an unexpected way. Sou’s exhaustion catches up with him and he falls asleep at the kotatsu only to be woken up a bit later by Sachi performing oral on him in order to try and jumpstart their romantic relationship properly for the new year. There’s a different kind of dynamic that comes from couples engaging in things like this and I love just how “normal” so much of it is, the tender moments, and that it’s all based on love without going down the depraved route because hentai needs this kind of storytelling too.

Harem of the Hell-Spawn:
Af fifteen minutes, this one is based on the manga by Mikemoto and is a radical shift from the first show. With a simple animation design to it with more vibrant colors, simpler movement, and a plastic feel, we get the disturbing story of Mikoto and Takeru, a pair of sisters, and Sui, who are all basically breeding bodies for some disturbing creatures. The first minute or two alone is likely enough to turn you off the show but once you see the distortion that is Sui, this is anything but erotic and more depravities. There are audiences for it to be sure and I’m in no way kink shaming, but this one does absolutely nothing for me in the animation itself, never mind the disturbing story elements. It’s just unnerving.

Demoness of Dreams:
With a sixteen minute running time, this story is based on the manga by Kimura Neito. This one has a fun concept to it in that we’re introduced to Kaito, a young man suffering from some very intense erotic dreams that are wearing him out. A good night’s rest is important, after all! The problem is a succubus named Lilly that’s working him over hard and while the filter over the edges of the dreamtime may reduce the appeal of the show to some degree, it’s a well-animated piece with great designs that makes the whole experience appealing. What we get for the story is having Kaito wanting to figure out how to deal with this problem and coming up with some revenge – that amusing ends up bringing in the hot blue-haired teacher-witch. The downside is that while Kaito looks ok at first, the more it goes on the younger he seems to look and that just left me wincing a little bit from it. But really, it’s a minor quibble from an otherwise very fun by of pervy time.

Lusty Ladies of Mayohiga:
Set at seventeen minutes, the story here looks to be an original one that’s definitely fun. The main focus is on Isami as he travels to the Mayohiga mountains as there’s a cafe there with a waitress named Natsuki that he’s got the hots for. The problem is that the other waitress, Akiha, has decided that she’s going to steal Isami from her. The designs here are appealing with a more traditional look to the animation but it leans into chest size heavily as the girls are way too stacked. But watching them compete for Isami’s attention is fun as they take him back to bed – which is when he looks far too young for any of this, especially in contrast to how they look. That said, the designs look great beyond him, the animation is really appealing with the colors, and it embraces the mix of competitiveness between the girls and their desire to win Isami’s heart.

MILF Park:
This story comes from Kei Mizuryu and runs seventeen minutes as well as we meet a young man at a park who has seen a woman coming there several times to read. Again with the young looking male lead, he sits with her and asks her what she’s reading, which naturally is a book about sex for a virgin boy. She describes some of it in order to tantalize him and get him flustered, which happens quickly and even more so when she begins to kiss him hungrily. I can see the people getting wigged out about this one just by appearances and understand it. She brings him back to her place and just goes all out hardcore on him rather than a seduction and he’s along for the ride since it’s obviously a big curiosity. It’s a middle of the road kind of production in terms of animation quality but it leans more on the budget side – but not as bad as some of the low quality stuff elsewhere in this collection.

In Summary:
As with any kind of “anthology” grouping of shows from different teams you’re going to get a mixed bag. Kitty Media does it right here by keeping it affordable and making it so that even if you find one that you like, it’s almost comparable to the old single OVAs of old in pricing as well. There are a couple here that I really liked, especially Jewelry, and that made it a worthwhile experience even with the really disturbing one included in the set that’s easy to skip since the first minute will tell you enough. It’s a well-encoded set that gets a fun dub with it to experience as well. These collections continue to be a great way to get exposed to a range of different things and this set has a lot of material on it that will appeal to different audiences with some crossover.

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

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

Released By: Kitty Media
Release Date: December 14th, 2018
MSRP: $34.99
Running Time: 70 Minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
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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