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Night Shift Nurses: Experiment Blu-ray Anime Review

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Night Shift Nurses: Experiment was a real surprise at first as I had such a distaste for the franchise overall

A new chapter in the franchise brings us material without the good doctor and ends up being… good?

What They Say:
On the verge of death and enduring a serious wound, a man stumbles into a hospital, only to be saved by a sexy nurse named Yu Yagami. He is moved to the special ward where he is interviewed by the beautiful hospital director Reika Goei. Thereupon she asks him to become a test subject for a new virility drug. With no parents, siblings, or a girlfriend in his life, he agrees to become a test subject. Immediately, Yu Yagami gets Big Assigned to be his personal nurse.

No one had any idea what a sex-charged deviant they were going to create, or what would happen next.

The Review:
Audio:
The audio presentation for this release brings us the original Japanese language in stereo along with the previously created English dub, both of which are encoded using the standard DVD-era Dolby Digital mix, which is a disappointment. The show is certainly from its time in that the dialogue is good and clean and generally center channel-based, but not providing it in a lossless high-definition form on a Blu-ray – even if there isn’t much of a noticeable difference – just feels wrong. Coming in at 192kbps means that this is basically the same as we’ve heard for the past fifteen years. There’s some use of the stereo channels for music and some of the moaning and grunting as they get creative once in a while. But otherwise, it’s the usual routine. We didn’t have any issues with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2005 and 2006, the transfer for this OVA is presented in a 1.78:1 format in 1080p instead of its original full-frame aspect ratio. The bit rate for this keeps things pretty high with it in the upper twenties for most of it and the result definitely looks good with very clean and solid colors and much more visible details. Back with the DVDs we had before, there was some cross-coloration and aliasing during panning sequences but that’s pretty much non-existent here. Backgrounds maintain a very solid feel to them even with the style and tones used. The visual presentation overall is quite good with a very clean-looking release that’s generally problem-free. I just don’t know why it’s not in its original aspect ratio. Well, I do, in that hentai releases aren’t aimed at the longtime fans but the casual market and those viewers just want something that fills the screen. It’s unfortunate for the longtime fans to not get this in its original aspect ratio and instead get this zoomed and likely slightly stretched version.

Packaging:
The packaging for this release does things right as it goes for the three-way split image with pieces from each cover of the originals being used here. With the logo just below the center and listing that it has all three episodes, it has some great designs and colors that draw the eye. I dislike the “movie collection” bit along the top because they’re just OVAs and it’s extra text that we don’t need. The back cover goes for three columns where you get some fairly explicit shots from each episode with a brief summary of them which covers things well. The technical information below is pretty minimal but it covers some but not all of the basics so you have an idea of what’s included. Mostly, the cover looks good when it comes to highlighting the show itself but it’s weak in making clear how it’s all put together. No show-related inserts are included nor is there a reversible cover.

Menu:
The menu layout adopts the design of the front cover to a very appealing effect while mixing in a bit of music and navigation to it. The use of footage from each of the pieces with them coming in at different times and across each slot is a nice effect as well to give it some life, especially with the music. The colors here are much more vibrant than the paper of the cover and it looks great with all the detail that comes from it as well. Access times are nice and fast and navigation is straightforward and problem-free. Everything is pretty easily accessible and while some of the load times between selections may not be as fast as you want, it works without issue and the menu doubles as a pop-up menu as well..

Extras:
The only show-related extra included in the release is a brief photo gallery.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Coming out originally alongside the Kranke series of material as well, the Experiment franchise is one that I was wary about but managed to, in its own weird way, go in a better direction. Experiment decided to change things up a bit though in the franchise and I have to admit it was actually a rather good episode. I can safely say I enjoyed some Night Shift Nurses and a big part of that was getting away from the usual disturbing doctor that we have to deal with. Now, good is in relation to the disturbing level of material that this franchise often plays with so make no mistake, you can enjoy things here but it’s purely in the realm of fantasy and does not translate to real life.

Removing the good doctor from the show, at least at the start, it turns its focus on a newly arrived amnesiac patient. Waking up in a hospital bed and being completely bound, he has no clue what’s going on or why he’s there. The heavyset nurse that’s attending him is little help nor is that disturbing mole on her nose. Only when he tries to escape do things change as he runs into an attractive young nurse who is now assigned to take care of him. Yuu informs him that the first order of business is to meet with the Superintendent, a beautiful refined woman who has a great statue in her lavish office of a penis with wings on it. The background comedy in this particular OVA is simply priceless.

The man it turns out was simply unconscious in front of the hospital and pretty badly injured. Nothing about him has come up in various identity searches and he’s freaking out because he knows he’s a vagrant of some sort and has no money. She decides to offer him a deal that’s worth a million yen if he participates in a medical experiment involving a new drug. That drug and its effects are never mentioned but the lure of money is strong and the man who now goes by the name of Sky decides to accept. With Yuu as his personal nurse inside an isolated wing of the hospital, he starts to undergo the routines required for the experiment.

The focus is kept pretty much on Yuu and Sky though some other characters do make their way into it, be it the bratty young nurse or the stern older one. Yuu and Sky manage to get along pretty well but some sexual fun happens along the way, mostly initiated because he has such severe cases of morning wood. Having been homeless and without a woman for so long and combined with the medication he’s taking, his sense of control starts to go out the window and it puts Yuu in several awkward positions as he tries to remember what it is that can please a woman.

Amusingly, he goes to this new-fangled thing he’s never heard of called the Internet for help. God help him as he searches Googl… I mean, GeroGero. That either means SpewSpew depending on the dictionary you want or just “double disgusting.” I’m not sure which is more amusing. His attempts at pleasuring her go badly but it really depends on which language you’re watching, unfortunately. If it’s in Japanese, it’s clear that she’s in pain and trying to get him to stop. The English version decides to change this to something she’s enjoying which just doesn’t make sense when things start to crack for Sky later on. Considering how mild this is in comparison to Kranke it’s really a surprise that they altered it like this.

With the second OVA, it brings us three full-length sex scenes and a pair of shorter scenes. The combination of these scenes provides for a rather solid experience as it runs across several themes and hits up a lot of rather entertaining material. One of the things that has made Experiment more enjoyable is that it introduces some comedic elements to it. The episode focuses on Hiyori, the eighteen-year-old genius researcher who’s working in the special ward. She’s fascinated at the moment by the concept of the orgasm and the way that it’s apparently three hundred times more intense for a woman than it is for a man. She’s going through a lot of intense research, one item of which is when she puts on some classic Night Shift Nurses DVDs. Using the character designs from the original franchise, they actually make some humor with it as they do an over-the-top feces explosion sequence.

With Hiyori as the main girl that Sky can get close with this time and her obvious interest in sex, it doesn’t take long before she invites him to her room to deflower her. She’s not clinical about it but she’s upfront about what she likes, what she wants, and how he can do it. Sky’s a bit awkward in this after the way Yuu was but the pair get their groove on quite nicely. Hiyori is quite intent with her research as she wants to get Sky to climax as powerfully as he can though she is concerned that his body can’t hold up like a woman’s body would. Through three full-on sex scenes between the two of them, Sky and Hiyori have a lot of great material that really lets this episode stand out.

Even as well done as it is, there are plenty of moments that will make some queasy and some feel nostalgic for the original franchise. The first aspect is that Hiyori is definitely young-looking, no matter how much they try and reinforce that she’s eighteen years old. Her room is quite childish and her appearance just reaffirms it. That said, once she’s naked she isn’t flat-chested which helps push the idea out a bit. Some of the angles they choose for her during the sex scenes don’t help much but she’s more often portrayed as a petite young woman in the sex scenes more than anything else. The nostalgic side which can also make you queasy is that they introduce the eels at one point, though it’s done for comic effect towards the end of one scene. The other that’s more full on in its nature is when they have Hiyori provide some facial golden showers for Sky. Ew, ew, and more ew. Kudos to those who enjoy it though.

What surprised me the most about this episode was the comical effects mixed into all of it. Hiyori really takes advantage of this as she goes into a dominatrix mode in order to please Sky for her research. It’s actually done in a magical girl style for a bit as she waves around the whip, has the uniform come onto her in bits and pieces and then ends it with the proper pose. The outfit works wonderfully as it’s bright and colorful but still dominating with all the right accents. Hiyori masters this mode well and throughout the scene where she’s using the whip and playing the dominatrix she commands a certain kind of cute presence that Sky completely falls for when he realizes that he really does like it.

With the third and final OVA, it’s actually quite a disappointment in a few different ways. The main one is that there’s no real sense of conclusion to it and nothing has been made to finish it since 2006. With it now being so much later it’s pretty much obvious that this franchise in particular is past its prime unless we get some out-of-the-blue remake of everything. So knowing that here, you hope that what we get finishes it off with a bang in the sex department at least. Yet even that comes across as surprisingly weak considering how good the first two installments were.

After the seizures that Sky’s been having, never mind the body warping that was going on for a bit as well, having him put in isolation for treatment isn’t all that much of a surprise. Yuu’s hoping that he’s alright after what she’s seen but she still can’t quite figure out her own feelings towards him. Yunagi is intent on making sure the experiments go well but the superintendent doesn’t seem to want to change his medication levels and will let things go on as they have been. The other nurses are going about their normal business and everything seems to just slowly move forward without any real sense of purpose. There is a good bit of plot that gets brought up here with Sky’s treatment and how they want to handle it with the people “upstairs,” but when it dominates the episode you start to have a feeling of “whatever” about all of it.

When it comes to the sex scenes, it’s a rather small component and surprisingly tame. The opening scene is rather good but it doesn’t go far enough as we have the superintendent putting on a strap-on so that she can defile Yunagi for a bit without actually devirginizing her. Having Yunagi taken on the desk from behind while the superintendent informs her that her virginity is being saved for Sky provides for quite a good scene. What’s disappointing is that for approximately the next eighteen minutes there’s barely any sex or hint of sex at all. Instead, we get lots of plot before Sky has another seizure and runs off to the basement where Yunagi finds him. That does lead to a decent scene where he’s out of control and taking her by force, though she wants it, while others watch. But it feels incomplete and rushed instead of something lengthier and more detailed than I’ve come to expect from the show.

In Summary:
Night Shift Nurses: Experiment was a real surprise at first as I had such a distaste for the franchise overall and I ended up really liking the first two installments. It even got me to like the other spin-off that Adult Source Media also released back in the day. Unfortunately, the series ends with a bit of a whimper instead of a bang and has the incomplete feeling that too many hentai shows tend to have. Experiment has a really good situation to work with and some interesting characters, especially without that one particular doctor from the main franchise, but they really seemed to lack proper direction with where it wanted to go, which likely resulted in the project being canned unfortunately. I definitely liked how a lot of this look in high definition and having it all in one set instead of the original three separate releases I’ve had for years is a plus. I’m still just baffled by some of the decisions, from the aspect ratio and going with lossy audio, and can only imagine there must be some kind of materials issue involved. I can get why it won’t bother most casual viewers but for the fans who wanted a good high-definition release, you have to take some real hits here.

Features:
Japanese DD 2.0 Language, English DD MA 2.0 Language, English Subtitles, Photo Gallery

Content Grade: B
Audio Grade: C
Video Grade: C/B+
Packaging Grade: B+
Menu Grade: B+
Extras Grade: C

Released By: Adult Source Media
Release Date: December 8th, 2020
MSRP: $29.95
Running Time: 90 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.