The Little Details
Running Time: 24 min.
Production Date: 1999
Director: Kanazawa Katuma
Cast: Animated with voices by Dayton Raines and Miko Lee
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: Iím really looking forward to seeing this series end (as opposed to seeing how this series ends).
Initial Reaction: Iíve never been so glad to have a DVD behind me as here.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting to be depressed sexually or who wants to lose weight through throwing up
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. The girls escape, and now try not to be captured as the hijackers pick them off and rape them one by one as they start to mistrust each other.
In this episode things are brought to a close. The girls find out the truth about everybody and finally deal with the hijackers. Sadly, things went back to the extremely dark side for this episode, which I think featured more crying women than the previous three episodes combined. The story is a bit of a roller coaster ride, as it mixes hope and despair, and actually did keep me guessing how it was going to end right up to the end.
Ayaka starts out the sex in Desert Island Story X Part 4. Sheís tied up by the psycho Kaneda, who then has his way with her. After Toko is captured, sheís raped in front of Ayaka. Finally, Kaneda captures Toko, Yuka, and Natsuna. He has Yuka suck him while the other two go at it while he watches with his shotgun.
I have never been so glad to finish a DVD as with Desert Island Story X Part 4. It wraps up the series decently, although not completely as I would have liked. The story keeps things in the air as to how the series will end up, but the sex is some of the most sickening in the entire series. Itís 100% rape, and some of that is even at gunpoint. I actually started to get sick to my stomach watching this feature, had tears welling in my eyes, and had to look away. It was so bad that I canít even make the required joke comparing it to a Barbara Streisand movie because I canít even joke about it. Watching Desert Island Story X Part 4 is the kind of torture I think only a person like Hanoi Jane would approve of for people who serve when their country calls.
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, rape, anal (implied), lesbian, and group
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. Once again, skip this series. Thereís nothing good about it whatsoever, there isnít anything worthwhile for extras, and the technical aspects are lacking.
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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