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Running Time: 70 min.
Production Date: 2000
Director: Nao Okezawa
Initial Expectations: The extremely little Iíve seen from A18 has been very good. Iím going in with fairly high expectations, although as usual Iím a little uncertain about what I might find subject-wise.
Initial Reaction: Itís well done, but might turn off more people than it turns on. Itís also been treated very well on DVD!
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting something different and doesnít mind dark and twisted sex
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody who wants warm and cuddly sex
Audio /Video Quality: In an excellent move for anime features, you have several choices on how you want to view the movie. You can watch it in dubbed English, Japanese, or Japanese with English subtitles. This is great since many people first exploring foreign films like to watch them in English, while those who have enjoyed them for longer often prefer the original audio with subtitles. Offering these choices really impressed me with A18 right from the start, as it shows a lot of care. The audio is very clear, as is the video. The animation is pretty average for anime, and as good as what you find in most anime on TV.
Music: The music is nicely balanced with the rest of the audio. It has a slightly mysterious feel to it, which works great with the rest of the feature.
Menus: The main menu has some decent animation and gives a very nice first impression. The chapter menu is pretty standard and lets you choose a scene based on several small clips separated by episode.
The Feature: Night Shift Nurses has nothing to do with the nurses that work at night, at least, not yet. Instead itís about the new program hospital chief of staff Narumi Jinguji wants to implement. She plans on starting a new wing with nurses as sex slaves to satisfy the rich patientsí every whim. The only thing she needs is somebody to train the nurses, for which she hires Ryuji Hirasaka, a gynecologist with a dark streak who lost his license after taking liberties with one of his patients. Ryuji finds secrets about the nurses and then uses the secrets to trick them into becoming his sex slaves, while Naruma suggesting probable candidates and keeps Ryuji in line with his own secret. The feature is split up into three episodes, with each episode revolving around a specific nurse that Ryuji and Naruma want to turn into a sex slave.
Ryuji starts things out sealing his deal with Narumi. He has her suck his cock so he knows he can trust her, but gets slapped and pushed away when he tries to touch her as she sucks him. Itís a well animated blowjob, but sadly there isnít a pop.
Ren starts earning Ryujiís quietness by letting him play with her pussy. She doesnít want him to, but Ryuji tells her heíll turn her boxer boyfriend in for getting in a bar fight if she doesnít, which will have her boyfriend thrown in jail. Ryuji plays with her pussy and ass and then fucks her pussy from behind, finally releasing himself into her pussy. Thereís no spooge shown here, but Ryujiís orgasm is made pretty clear. Itís an uncomfortable scene, but well done.
Ryuji takes Ren for a second ride to seal the deal of her becoming his sex slave. This time he takes her ass, and fucks it despite her protests. As they fuck Ryuji makes sure they tip over one of the curtains in the room to show her boyfriend bound and gagged in his wheelchair. He makes sure the two lovers see him fuck her before popping inside her again. Itís another uncomfortable scene, but very well animated.
In the second scene, Nyrumi builds support for her new idea by pleasuring one of the influential members of the hospital board. She sucks him before turning around to sixty-nine him, and finally rides him in a couple positions. Ryuji stumbles upon them and peeps, thinking he can use the information to turn her into a slave, only to learn that she knew about him watching. Thereís no pop here, but the scene itself is very enjoyable. The sex is completely consensual, even though Nyrumi is using it to get what she wants.
Meanwhile, Ryuji has sets his sights on Remi, the hospitalís new chief nurse (who apparently has more duties than a head nurse) who has absolutely no love for Ryuji. He searches for something on Ryuji, while also working Ren over in his spare time to make sure she doesnít get the courage to leave him. After finally finding his blackmail material, Ryuji ties Remi up and suspends her up in a doorway in her sexy underwear. He videotapes it against her wishes and frees her from some of her sexy undergarments before examining her down under. He starts with his fingers before breaking out a speculum and finally fucking her. As usual, thereís no pop at the end, however itís made clear that Remi does come. Itís another well done scene that isnít too comfortable.
Finally, Ako Fujisawa is tapped to become a sex slave, whoís only crime is Nyrumi not liking her. Ryuji first meets Ako when she crashes into him after he fucks Remi in the bushes. Remi has threatened to go to the police to expose Ryuji, and when threatened with the videotape agrees to fuck him if heíll give her the tape. After doing her in the bushes, Ryuji gives Remi the tape telling her itís only a copy. As usual, thereís no visible pop, but a little humor is brought in as Ako and Ryuji crash together at the end.
After framing Ako for theft, Ryuji has her come to his exam room after hours and drugs her. He ties her in his chair, undresses her a bit, and then wakes her up with a tongue on her panties. He finds sheís on her period and fucks her without even taking out her tampon. Thereís no pop, but the blood is shown very clearly. This is probably the most disturbing scene in the feature, if for no other reason than because Ako is the only truly good character in the entire feature. The addition of Ryuji taking her during her period and the graphic nature its shown doesnít help things much.
Night Shift Nurses is well done, but definitely not for everybody. The story is very dark, but normally well done. Thereís never a doubt on whether Ryuji or Narumi have anything good about them, but there are some amusing moments with Narumi turning the tables on Ryuji. Thereís also some interesting moments when you see the slaves, as part of them despises Ryuji while another part of them is turned on by what he does to them and what he brings out of them. The sex is normally well done, but rarely comfortable. Thereís at least one scene in each of the three episodes that isnít consensual, but many of the scenes at least have a little creativity to them. Night Shift Nurses is a dark adult cartoon, but one thatís done pretty well.
Extras: Trailers are included for Night Shift Nurses, Beast City, Magic Woman M, La Blue Girl Returns, Demon Beast Invasion, and Mystery of the Necronomicon. The art gallery lasts about two and a quarter minutes with about three seconds per very nice looking snapshot or full screen photo. Thereís also a three minute featurette about Japanese animation that explains some of the cultural differences, including animation styles, clothing, and the voices. Itís an interesting featurette thatís really worth checking out. Finally, thereís a commercial for the Big Apple Anime Fest 2002, web links, and DVD-ROM extras such as scripts, cast and production credits, and an art gallery.
Themes: Animated, oral, B&D, rape, anal, toys, and menstruation
Raincoat Factor: Medium high
Overall: Currently, most of A18's anime features can be found online for between $15 and $22. This is more than a fair price for what you get here. Both the sex and the story are dark, which is normal for this type of feature, but well done. Thereís three episodes, all of which look to be transferred very well, which impressed me a lot since some other companies wouldnít have put the care into the transfer and would have made you buy three DVDs each at about the same price as this one DVD. If youíre a fan of Japanese adult anime, this is a pretty good place to start.
Note to Central Park / A18: Youíve done a great job here! Itís great to see somebody putting enough care into a foreign title to give both subtitles and English dubbing. I also love that you put several episodes on one DVD at an affordable price. Keep up the great work!!!
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