"There is no need for relationships". Kei Ogata carried with him a trying, sad past. His only joy in life was chatting and mailing as a different person on the internet. One day he met a kind gentle girl on the net named Eve became friends with her. As time passed, they began sharing a strong bond of friendship. Then the other day, Kei began suspecting classmate Midori was Eve...
The Summer Festival has past. Kei struggles with his own past, trying not to become the monster he hated so much. Midori worried about her best friend Miki look to A.W. for help. Little does she know, that the very A.W. was Kei and that he was Miki's problem. Will Kei be able to confess his love or will he forever be number two to his own alternate identity?
In society everybody wears masks. Masks of which we hope to personify a certain character, whether in the real world or cyber world. However, behinds those masks are our true selves in which we seldom reveal even to our closest of kin, if at all. Pure Mail seems to remind us of the scars, secrets, and skeletons in the closet in which you or those around you may have hidden behind that mask.
It’s not very often you come across a good story and well developed characters in hentai. Pure Mail dives deep psychologically and delivers an interesting story that ties in topics of childhood abuse, neurotic behavior, internet anonymity, and love. Think of it as a darker version of “You’ve Got Mail” in hentai form... Okay, perhaps that’s a long shot, but Pure Mail is certainly one of the best hentai series I’ve come across in a while in terms of story and character.
Pure Mail revolves around Ogata, the male protagonist, who was a victim of an abusive father in his younger years. Now in high school, he isolates himself and retreats to the only place he feels comfortable: the online world of the internet. There he finds a kindred spirit who goes by the handle EVE. In the meantime, at school he is approached by a girl named Nagawa who asks him to take a picture of her so she can post it online to a friend. He soon suspects that EVE is none other than Nagawa. He strives to maintain two personas as he keeps his real identity hidden, all the while struggling with his dark past.
Although the story never looses site of the main stem, it does branch off a little, which is good for introducing some side characters as well as getting to know different aspects of Ogata's personality.
There are a number of interesting female characters that have an air of charm about them: sadistic megane chick, childhood friend who has a crush, little sister's friend who needs help, and the friendly girl with a dark past. They all have somewhat of a chip on their shoulders and throughout the story they gravitate towards Ogata, for one reason or another, as sexual relations ensue. Their relationship tend to either hurt or be hurt. However, by the end, they are able to redeem themselves and resolve their own problems as they become true to one another and accept themselves as they are, which I believe is the moral of the story: BE TRUE TO THYSELF.
Throughout Pure Mail, you will get plenty of cherry popping goodness in the forms of S&M, rape, reluctant sex, and good old consensual love making. The ecchi scenes were surprisingly good and well choreographed. Admittedly, the art is somewhat simple looking, but the characters look good and the animation is pretty smooth, portrayed in all its uncensored glory. There are no odd angles and everything is anatomically correct (i.e. no gigantic boobs). Disregarding flashbacks of Ogata’s mother, it does take some time to get to the first authentic sex scene. Also, because of the story development and there are only two sex scenes per episode, however, they are nicely played out and well timed, especially in the last episode, finishing off nice and sweet.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Pure Mail. It is very well balanced in terms of story, character, and ecchiness. It takes you through a dark psychological journey but provides a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a great title for those who are new to the hentai scene as well as those who have been around.
Pure Mail easily ranked on the top of my favorite hentai list from the first 10 minutes. The plotline, while simple, was incredible and a unique idea for a hentai. The 30 minute episodes include the effects of child abuse, meeting people on the internet and a dysfunctional family.
The main male protagonist, Kei is by far the most complex hentai character I've come across. One very unique aspect of this series is characters with a back story. Kei becomes lovable within the first few minutes and you find yourself rooting for him to find real tangible love. The main female protagonist, Midori shares just as much complexity with her own personal family issues and fear of relationships. The relationship between AW/EVE is so genuine you forget you're watching a hentai.
The only negative aspect of the series was the completely irrelevant side characters. Honestly, I don't even know the name of the girl who blackmails Kei into becoming her slave because I skipped that entire scene, she doesn't even reappear after that. This hentai would be a solid 10 if it wasn't for the 2 unnecessary and long sex scenes involving characters that have absolutely no effect on the main plotline.
As much as I dislike and don't agree with rape scenes, the one in Pure Mail was excellently placed and defended. You are introduced to how scarred Kei is from his father and how unfamiliar he is with true love. I thought I wasn't going to like Miki, Midori's best friend, but I ended up really appreciating her unselfish personality, sensitivity to Kei's situation and care for Midori.
All the characters are fully wrapped up with acceptable endings. I believe the mark of a good hentai is finding yourself really rooting for the two characters to hook up consensually and romantically.
If you're looking for a hentai with complexity, well-developed characters and true love, Pure Mail is perfect for you. You may want to skip some scenes if you don't enjoy random irrelevant sex scenes with no substance or if certain topics make you uncomfortable but this hentai is definitely worth watching at least once. read more
What can I say about this anime? It's amazing! One of the very best hentai's that has a good story. I haven't seen such a good hentai like this in a while. Usually I would just watch hentai for "erotic" pleasure, but this, its a whole nother thing on its own. It has a great story and combines great use of the more intimate scenes. This would've made an awesome ongoing anime, I'm just a bit sad it ends at 2 episodes. The art is fine, but other than that I HIGHLY RECCOMEND this to someone who likes romantic anime's in general, they don't have to like hentai, because its more of the story that pops out in this anime, the sex scenes just add more to it. I really wish there was more episodes to this, this would've made an awesome anime series. Any person who loves romance animes should watch, skip the sex scenes if you have to! (but it is a hentai after all lol)read more