For four young men, love and intimacy are in the air, even though they may not be aware of it. Sensitive Pornograph holds within it two tales of sexual romance for two different couples of men. The first is a tale between two manga artists, Seiji Yamada and Sono Hanasaki. Both are familiar with each other's work, though upon meeting each other, Seiji is shocked to find out that Sono is actually a man, ten years his senior. Love quickly blossoms between the two, but will soon be tested when Seiji begins to hear rumors about Sono's past sexual exploits.
In the second tale, Koji Ueno is a part-time pet sitter, hired to take care of a rabbit named Aki for a new client. To Koji's complete surprise though, not only is there no rabbit in the house, but the only thing in the apartment is a bound and gagged man in the closet who says that he is Aki. More troubling than this is that Aki informs Koji that they are both in danger of upsetting the client, and the only way for Koji to get out safely is for them to make love together.
Two stories, four men, and the one emotion of love that unites them all in the new twists their lives have taken.
So, the infamous "Sensitive Pornograph". Here we go.
Let's be honest about one thing first off: these are certainly not stand-alone stories. By that, I mean that graphic (no invisi-penis here!) sex scenes aside, the stories, characters, etc, in this OVA are not at all strong enough to stand of their own merits. This is porn, plain and simple. It's porn blissfully devoid of rape and tentacles and bukakke and the other litany of fetishes that are not my fetishes, but it's still porn.
That aside, this is one yaoi that is, especially as compared to its contemporaries, blissfully devoid of darqueness and angst. There is
no cutting, no suicide attempts, none of that bullshit that, usually, within the context of a yaoi OVA, consists of the meat and bones of a character's... character. There is a scene about ten minutes in where one of the characters indulges in typical angst (oh, he's just using me; he's just a slut), and as soon as the other character confirms that he IS loose, lightning crashes and it starts raining. And I snorted up my cranberry juice. And the second story, with the boy going to pet-sit the "rabbit"--whatever. Said "rabbit", henceforth the nubile and handcuffed Aki-chan, is a DEAD RIPOFF of Ayanami Rei from Evangelion in male form, especially at the end of the story when he is bandaged up and has the same damn head bandage. And I think there was some magical soul-affirming secks involved in there, not entirely sure, though I can see why a sex slave would find it gratifying to realize that somebody cares about HIS pleasure as well. Whatever.
Those foibles aside, I admit I have to bump the OVA up to "above average" just because despite its faults, it avoids so many of the laughably-bad yaoi cliches plaguing the genre. The characters, for the most part, don't take themselves too seriously and seem to realize that they are involved in utterly absurd situations, which I appreciate--because they are. And, for something that is blatantly porn, that ain't bad.
I do have major issues with the music. It's HORRID. It's this generic synth-acoustic crap that made me want to shut off the speakers. I know porn is not known for its original soundtracks, but DAMN this was bad. It's like a throwback to everything that was wrong with early-90s anime soundtracks.
Artwork--because let's be honest, again; in porn visuals are important--is the most solid aspect of the OVA by far. It's pretty high-quality. It looks like old-school cel-shading done right. And there's a lack of the ludicrous invisi-penis common to so much yaoi. If you're going to draw porn, dammit, draw it right. Go big or go home. All the boys look like they need to eat a sandwich or something--the rabbit-boy looks damn near anorexic--but I like slender boys, so this is okay.
All in all, this is one of the most solid titles in the genre for what it is--porn. Gay porn. Men fucking men. That is to say, it isn't gauge-your-eyes-out / laughably bad. If yaoi tickles your fancy, this is one of the best titles you can find. If it doesn't, there is absolutely nothing here to interest you. Go home and play Super Smash Bros. or something.
I'm not really sure why that is, except that everything comes together in such a way as to make me want to see the video over and over in its entirety.
The video consists of two separate stories. (That's two of the seven stories of the original manga.) Although not long, each story is set up and the plot is developed enough to establish an interest in something other than the sex--i.e., the characters and their situations.
Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of sex of the male-male kind. Although explicit, it isn't so explicit that you wonder why you're concentrating on that body part so much, and the emotion of both partners before, after, and during the sex is portrayed in such a way as to be moving. The first story is told from a first person perspective, getting you more deeply into the mind of one character. In the short time allowed for plot and character development that may be beneficial, but you still get to know the other character somewhat as well. Also that means you can directly experience the emotion of that character. The plot is developed adequately, and resolves satisfyingly, but not without some plot conflict, so the path is a bit unpredictable.
The art is attractive and the men are attractive too. One other reviewer did comment that the ukes (especially) look alike, and I agree, but there is significant personality difference (and hair color!) to distinguish them. Everything is given a golden glow which has a romantic effect. The bodies look like men's bodies, even if somewhat young ones. Maybe one other problem (which is relatively minor in this video compared with other similar ones that I've seen) is the use of static images and repetitive sequences, but it's not too annoying here, and the action still moves along well enough.
I rarely find a problem with sound in these videos, maybe my ear isn't subtle enough? But there are no overt annoyances, in any case.
The characters are quite well developed for such a short time, and nobody is underage, which is a nice change of pace. All the characters are likeable as well.
Overall I get a really romantic happy feel from watching this video. It's sweet and sexy at the same time without being sappy. I'd recommend this to all Yaoi fans and anyone else with an open mind.
Well, well, now this title drew me in with, well, its title. Come on (all pun intended), an anime called 'Sensitive Pornograph'?? I had to see that!!
And see I did. What did I see?
I saw an anime with a weak story--nay, TWO weak stories. But that's not what was important, now, was it? It's hentai. We want boy on boy lovin'. And there was a lot of that. One followed a mangaka or a light novelist (I am still not sure of his occupation) and his lover, a sort of whorish but reformed quiet young man. The second story, and my favourite, followed a pet
sitter who certainly didn't have to sit any pets. More like the 'pet' sat on him, but let's not get into that.
The art was all right, I couldn't really tell the two guys from the first story apart, but the second was better. Also, the art seemed a little inconsistent in terms of the sizes of...stuff. But the animation was pretty good; this is a hentai, so the sex scenes were animated pretty well, from anal to oral and all the stuff in between.
The characters weren't really developed since this hentai was so short, but at least they weren't annoying or stupid.
Overall, I think this was a decent hentai with a few moments of unfabulousness stopping it from being very good.
I was prepared to see a lot of sex scenes in this yaoi anime, and I'm glad to say that although it does have a lot its pretty well made and it uses these blurred style in hiding the um..private parts, hahaha...The characters are cute though, with the usual style of making one of the guys more feminine than the other. Story-wise, its pretty simple -- two guys met and develop an attraction for each other, then has the usual fights between couples and in the end patch it up in the end..its cute if you're into the guy-guy love story.
I was surprised this
has a second story, or is it like a bonus one? I found the second one a bit bolder than the first, with a surprising scenario about a pet sitter who found a binded naked guy who he thought was a rabbit! Crazy, thats for sure, and a bit sad though since the naked guy was forced there by a guy whom he loved but abuses him. In the end he ended the relationship and the sitter and him met once more in school. Oh, and the sitter kinda reminds me of Hideki in Chobits hehehe..this one is not for those easily shocked!