Running Time: 84 min. spread over 3 DVDs
Production Date: 2000
Director: Kanazawa Katuma
Cast: Animated and featuring the voices of Misty Rain and Tabitha Stevens
Initial Expectations: I’ve had mixed experiences with NuTech’s anime DVDs, so I didn’t know what to expect going into this one.
Initial Reaction: It‘s the worst series I’ve watched so far.
Who Should Watch It : Pedophiles and rapists
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting to watch sex that appears enjoyable
Audio /Video Quality: The audio and video both appear very good for what the source is like. The animation isn’t that developed, think Pokemon, but there isn’t any noticeable pixelation or remnants to hold it back further.
Music: The music is soft and has a bit of a sad feeling that fits the feature only too well.
Menus: The main menu is nicely animated and gives a good first impression. The chapter menu lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a title for the scene.
The Feature: The Blackmail box set includes Blackmail 1, Blackmail 2, and Blackmail 3. Since I reviewed each of those DVDs on their own already, I’ll concentrate on some of the general points and trends of the series rather than going through an in-depth scene by scene look at the features here.
The Blackmail series revolves around Yumiko, Aya, and Aya’s friends from her school. Yumiko and Aya have some history together, and it’s not exactly good history. When Yumiko returns, she brings with her a gang of guys who rape and videotape Aya and her friends, and even bring Aya behind the camera to help them. Beyond this, there isn’t really a plot. It tries to bring a few ideas together throughout the series, but fails miserably leaving everything that exists between the rape scenes to feel like it should really be fast forwarded through. Yes, there’s some progression for each of the characters, but in every case it’s a downward spiral and poorly done. I can’t say that there was a single character who stayed likeable throughout the series, and there wasn’t a single one that I could even like too long.
The sex is just as bad as the plot, if not worse. I’ve watched Randy “Leatherface” West glow like a nuclear waste dump from the radiation he’s absorbed. I’ve watched Ed “Ewwwwwwww” Powers remove the tightie whities and get in front of the camera rather than find a circus tent to cover himself with. I’ve even watched Yentel! Nothing compared to the stomach churning Blackmail gave me. There wasn’t a single couple in the entire series who consensually enjoyed the sex here. The only enjoyment in any of the sex either comes from the rapists or the mother of two of the girls, who at that time was so broken she appeared that if you doused her in gasoline and said you didn’t have a match, she’d go in the next room and try to find her lighter for you. It doesn’t stop at the girls crying and protesting during the rape, it even goes to the point of the girls being fucked until they bleed or the girls being cut with knives. Sorry, but none of that appears at all sexy to me, and I can’t even come close to imagining the mental state where it would! In all honesty, I hope that the people who get turned on by this series get some kind of mental help.
Blackmail is a horrid series. It’s brainless and seems to only care about abusing women. I have never been as repulsed by anything in the adult world as this, and really wish I wouldn’t have watched it. Avoid Blackmail any way you can!
Extras: The extras are the same on all of the DVDs in the Blackmail series. Three photo galleries are included, one for the feature, one for Misty Rain, and one for Tabitha Stevens. The feature gallery lasts about a minute and a quarter while the star galleries last about two minutes. In each case, the photo is clear and lasts about six seconds before moving onto the next photo. As usual, there’s also web links and the B-Side of the DVD contains trailers for most of NuTech’s anime releases.
Themes: Anime, pedophilia, rape, vomit, group, abuse, anal, lesbian, peeing, and toys
Raincoat Factor: Low
Condom Usage: None needed
Overall: Currently, the Blackmail box set can be found online for between $33 and $63 with several stores offering it for under $40. Don’t even think about spending that here. The technical aspects are well done, but that’s the only thing that is here. The movie is horrible and poorly done and there isn’t anything among the extras really worthwhile.
Note to NuTech: The big named stars are nice, but it would be a lot nicer if you would release series like this on one DVD like your competition does.
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