Feb 16, 2020
I haven't been able to write a review for a hentai this easily in a while. Although, it does help when something is complete trash and you get to spend the entire time watching it making fun of it, even if it's one of the most insufferable things that I've ever watched. 15 minutes into the first episode, I already had an entire page of notes to use. And that didn't even include the plot.
This 2 episode OVA follows Hiro, a high school student who loves adventure. There is a local legend that there is a hidden treasure located in his home town, and he's
made it his mission to find it. After finding a book in the college library, he gets the help of his friend Puri to translate the book, and they both soon team up to find the treasure.
Meanwhile, a young woman named Fauna is afflicted with an unusual condition that causes her to not only sleep walk, but feels the uncontrollable need to have sex while sleep walking. Little do both parties know, but both of their stories are intertwined, and that the treasure might help Fauna's affliction.
The plot is generic and awful, what little of it there is. Hilariously, it also tries to have plot twists and turns, and even ends on a cliffhanger. It's pretty obvious that this was clearly written in a lunch break. Probably by some guy who was already getting paid minimum wage in terrible working conditions. But since plot in porn isn't why we're here, let's look at the actual porn.
Getting this out of the way early in the review, the sex scenes are bad. With the awful animation and art style, it's hard to crank one out to something so ugly. I'm not asking for much, especially with hentai, but Jesus Christ, put SOME mild effort into making it look acceptable. If you're here looking for something to jerk it to, completely skip this one. Although, If you're looking for something to stroke one out to, then you've probably already found something miles better than this doing a general look around any porn streaming or torrent site.
As I mentioned earlier, the animation and art style is just truly abysmal. The art style looks like on of those "Learn how to draw manga!" things that tried to teach people how to drawn in the 'anime' style, where all of the designs are poorly drawn, non-copyright infringing generic. It's animation is stiff, stilted, and barely there. I know that there wasn't much room for choice in terms of hentai at the time, but even this is pretty bad, even for the time.
I'm also pretty this was a studios first foray into digital painting for anime. I'm just hoping this whole project was just so the animators could get used to the software, and this anime was to just recoup some of the costs. I've seen animation on Newgrounds circa 2004 that were better than this, and those were done by some guy in his basement using flash in his spare time.
And for some reason, just like Heartwork: Symphony of Destruction, this series decides to use CGI for a lot of it's backgrounds. Even in 1998, when this was released, even the major studios with lots of money had trouble having good CGI for their films, what made the studio think that CGI was OK for this of all things.
I never thought that I would say this, but the bad CGI of Heartwork: Symphony of Destruction is better than this.
On top of that, it even has a few weird editing choices. For some reason, at some point the hentai decides to transition over from one character to another via crossfade, despite the fact that the anime was already panning over to that character, rendering the crossfade pointless.
Do I need to talk about the English dub? Besides the poorly written script, it's the most unenthused voice acting I've seen in a hentai, and is stilted and terrible. And that's an incredibly low bar. And for some reason, the sound mixing is also pretty terrible. Sometimes the voice acting is overpowered by other sounds, other times it sounds tinny, or is literally the only sound happening despite the fact that in the previous shot with the exact same characters standing in the exact same place.
The same year, 1998, saw the releases of some pretty great hentai titles, such as Midnight Panther, Kite, and Dragon Knight. I have absolutely no idea why anyone would want to go back and watch this.
It doesn't even have the good graces to be so-bad-it's-good. Unless this whole thing was some avant garde hentai, but I doubt it. That's an hour of my life that I'm never going to get back, and I didn't even get a wank out of it.
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