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The Little Details
Running Time: 24 min.
Production Date: 1998
Director: Kanazawa Katuma
Cast: Animated with voices by Dayton Raines and Miko Lee
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: I found absolutely nothing redeeming about Desert Island Story X Part 1, so Iím not expecting anything here either.
Initial Reaction: Itís an improvement, but not much of one.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting to be depressed sexually
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting something with an emotion other than hate and fear
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The audio is okay. Itís nicely balanced, but some of the dubbed lines feel like theyíre just being read off a sheet of paper rather than feeling like theyíre the ďactual voicesĒ of the characters. The video leaves a bit to be desired. The animation isnít that developed, think Pokemon, but much of it looks a little fuzzy, almost as if itís a soft focus problem. Thereís also some that has off-color bars through it.
Music: The music varies a bit to fit whatís happening in the movie. Itís normally well balanced with the rest of the audio.
Menus: The main menu is nicely animated, and gives a pretty good first impression. It would have been better if it hadnít gone on for nearly forty five seconds before letting you make a choice. The chapter menu lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a title for that scene.
The FeatureDesert Island Story X tells the story of five young women. One of them comes from a very wealthy family, and when preparing to have a wild party on their familyís yacht, itís hijacked and the girls are taken across rough waters to an unknown island. Some of the girls escape, but now are torn between trying to stay away from the hijackers and rescuing their friends.
The story to Desert Island Story X Part 2 continues with darkness and almost no levity. The rape factor is still here, but it concentrates more on the girls and their efforts to save their friends as well as the fear they have in being captured and put through the same treatment as their friends. The emotional mistrust between the girls also comes forward very strongly, as well as the bonding between the girls who have been raped. There are a few lighter moments, but even those are touched by darkness as they draw to a close.
Natsuno starts out what qualifies as sex in Desert Island Story X Part 2. Her nipples are pierced against her will, and when she complains a third ring is installed lower. Yuko gives Mr. Akio a little head before learning that heís in league with the bad guys and taking on all of them. Once again, none of it is anything close to happy, but there are a couple lighter moments that arenít sexual but are sexy as two of the girls play in the ocean.
Desert Island Story X Part 2 is anything but enjoyable, but there are parts that were done well enough to be mildly interesting and to strike a chord. Iím sure they werenít meant to be so, but I canít deny that those of us who havenít been raped really canít imagine what it was like. I will also confess that I donít think any of us want to know what itís like. Sadly, thatís as close as Desert Island Story X Part 2 does to anything. The fear, the mistrust, the violence, and any other bad feeling that can come out of rape are all put on display here. Even sadder is that the girls are never really treated as victims you should feel sorry for. They just seem to be there. Desert Island Story X Part 2 did pique my interest for a couple moments, but itís anything but porn.
The Extra StuffThe A-side of the DVD contains a few photo galleries and website information. The feature gallery lasts almost one minute with about six seconds per full screen photo. Dayton Raines and Miko Lee each get their own photo galleries also, with each of them running about two minutes with six seconds per nice looking full screen photo. Thereís The B-side of the DVD contains trailers for most of NuTechís animated releases. Sadly, these are the same extras on every DVD in this series.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Anime, abuse, peeing, oral, group, and rape
Raincoat Factor: Very low
Condom Usage: None, since social diseases havenít become a problem among animated characters yet
The Bottom Line:Currently, most anime DVDs from NuTech can be found online for between $11 and $25 with most stores offering them for around $15. This is such a dark and dismal feature that I have a hard time even recommending it for rental. The story is continued well through this episode, but there still isnít anything worth mentioning for extras and the technical aspects still leave plenty to be desired.
Note to NuTech: I really wish youíd pay a little attention to how badly your competition, such as Central Park and Kitty, are making your DVDs look and try to improve them. They would have released this entire series on one DVD at roughly half the cost you charge. This makes for much happier customers who seek out your product much better.
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