Masquerade is the story surrounding the Hiraga bloodline in which Gen is a part of. Recently orphaned, he moves in to his grandmother's house and unwittingly triggers the Hiraga clan's curse in which nearly every member leads a tragically short life. In his grandmother's house, Gen begins to unravel vaguely remembered memories from a dream he's always had. With the help of an American graduate student, they try to uncover the secret of the Hiraga bloodline, the whispered legend of immortality that is locked in his genes, and a way to keep Gen from sharing the same fate that every one of his ancestors before him has suffered.
Firstly, im not usually into hentai, but i do enjoy adult anime, which happens to include sex. Having said that, i actually quite enjoyed this anime, as it had a quite interesting story line. there were a handful of sex scenes where i thought eh why, but that is to be expected from hentai, but on a whole, the sex actually was integral to the story.
i enjoyed the immortal/vampire element to this anime as it was an unusual take on the myth.
the were some elements in this hentai which made me uncomfortable, but i was able to get through it because
the story was strong enough to make me want to keep watching.
All in all, watchable for non hentai fans on the grounds its a good immortal themed anime, but could have been alot better had it not unfortunately focused more on the hentai aspect.
Hentai is not something I enjoy; some things are better off in live- action. However, the reviews at Anime News Network spoke highly of this feature, and the artwork was very pretty, so my interest was roused. It took me sometime but I was able to track it down and watch it.
And I wasn't disappointed. MASQUERADE (or its more appropriate Japanese title of ANCESTOR's GLORY) is more or less like every other hentai, where a guy and a girl get together and do it – but thankfully the story that centers around this is a fairly good one, that boasts a decent narrative and characterization.
A newly orphaned teenager goes to stay with his grandmother, and learns that his family discovered the secret to eternal life - a golden liquid within their bodies that comes out whenever they get excited. The problem is, the more times he gets excited the closer he comes to dying, a fate all his relatives have shared. He ends up getting lucky with a lot of females: his housemaid, a foreign college student trying to get his golden fluid, his gorgeous school nurse and her overachiever daughter (who is the best character in the feature), and his new schoolteacher who is holding a secret of her own...
For the most part, the story is suspenseful and mysterious enough to be fairly interesting. Things move along at a fairly even pace, giving enough time for the story and the characters to develop well enough to be interesting. The artwork is well-done, reminiscent of TENCHI MUYO; it's actually made by the same people who did that show, and thus in some respects acts as a more adult version of the show. The voice actors are basic, but do their job all right (the English dub is sub-par, you're better off watching this in pure subbed Japanese).
There are probably better hentais out there. But this one at least has an engaging story and characters, and is worth watching once.