People tend to take pornography a bit too personally, I find. Subjects such as netorare and cuckolding result in a fair few angry comments, and, to be honest, I've had some difficulties understanding it. Characters who exist solely for sexual excitement, often only for one or two short episodes, are not ones that are particularly easy to develop any sort of empathy for. But it seems that viewpoint belongs to the minority. And so, then, for the majority, a hentai like Aisai Nikki would be a very difficult sell.
But for those who are a bit more tolerant towards things outside their comfort zone, or
who already possess a taste beyond typical vanilla/harem fare, there is quite a lot to enjoy here, even if it hardly exists as more than a "one and done" sort of deal.
There's an important distinction to be made between netorare and netorase (don't mix up those last two letters!), as Aisai Niki very much belongs to the latter group. Netorare, the source of many a pervert's anguish, can be defined as the heroine forcefully being stolen from the protagonist- often by some sort of douchebag that the audience is meant to despise, and so a part of the excitement is meant to be born from anger and jealousy. Netorase, however, involves the protagonist willingly sharing their partner with another man (or men), and potentially engaging in group acts with the girl. They're quite similar, but the whole "willing" part makes them entirely different experiences. There is no jealously or negative feelings meant to be felt from watching Aisai Nikki.
Rather, netorase is meant to be exciting because it breaks a sort of taboo. Society teaches us that marriage, and romantic relationships in general, are a contract where two partners are only allowed to share physical and sexual intimacy with one another. Breaking that contract is "cheating"-- betrayal-- and grounds for emotional trauma, the end of a relationship, and a whole, whole lot of screaming.
While cheating is absolutely disgusting and morally reprehensible, there is a certain excitement that can be felt when things are fully consensual. It would require a massive amount of trust, and, honestly, is not something that is ever to really work all that well in reality, which makes fictional pornography the ideal place to experience that sort of excitement. Seeing a cute girl break a social taboo and experience an ultimate sort of pleasure, in my humble opinion, is a hell of a lot more exciting than Mr. Boring Protagonist Dude boning everything in sight. It's an acquired taste, certainly, but many people do tend to dismiss it as the hobby of crazies and the socially incompetent when there are actually very valid reasons for a normal, functioning human being to possess those sorts of interests. The biggest misunderstanding people seem to have about the whole thing is that it's some form of self-hate or passiveness, when in reality, it can be (and often is) a form of dominance. It is also a sign of confidence, as it shows you trust your lover enough to stay faithful to you in the end. Sharing her as a form of light bullying or because you simply want to see her drown in pleasure can be a lot of fun if you aren't the type who is easily governed by jealousy. "Purity" is a bit overrated, I think.
Aisai Nikki follows a pretty typical storyline meant to cater to those with the above-mentioned fantasies: dude wants to see his wife being pleased by another man, and so he invites in a younger co-worker to do the deed and, later, help give his wife some nice 3P action. There are certainly some things about it that irked me slightly as they verged a little bit more towards netorare territory (the wife wanting sex with the co-worker more than her husband, or a sort of 'double' pregnancy, which is just...), but as there are only 22 minutes of screentime with absolutely no form of characterisation, it's hard to really care all that much. Those scenes are worth a laugh more than anything else.
The animation, like most hentai, leaves something to be desired, as there are more than a few sex scenes composed of little more than a few frames of animation being repeated. In some (particularly the ending DP scene), it's impossible to even see what's going on due to all the damn censorship. It's like staring at an image of a distant planet or some ungodly creature. Eroge and ero-doujins are a whole lot more subtle in that regard, it would seem...
Most importantly - and this is the thing that most netorase and 'swapping' pornography fails on - is that the girl actually enjoys what's going on. She's a bit reluctant at first - why wouldn't she be? - but quickly becomes more willing and assertive. Hearing the girl scream about how much she hates it and wants it to end is a huge mood-breaker for me, so it's very much appreciated that all that stuff is kept to a minimum. On the other hand, it also stays away from the old "mindbreak" trope (the girl going insane and becoming some sort of slave or sex doll), so it strikes an ideal balance between the two.
And, really, there's not a whole lot else that can be said about a short hentai like Aisai Nikki. Whether or not you enjoy it depends entirely on whether its story and character design align with your own idea of what qualifies as sexy. I couldn't make that decision for you. All I know is that I very much enjoyed the twenty minutes I spent watching it. If you're a big weirdo like me, hey, maybe you'll have some fun, too.
As of the first episode, Aisai Nikki has been a huge subversion of the netorare (NTR) subgenre of hentai. Netorare, for those who don't know, is a type of story wherein a girl is "stolen" from her lover by a third party. In fact, Aisai Nikki subverts a surprisingly large number of general hentai cliches, and for that I must give it props. Unfortunately, the production quality is a bit on the low side, which makes it not quite as good as it could be.
In Aisai Nikki we see a man (Keisuke) admitting that he is not pleasing his wife (Sanae) and
asking another man (Ryouichi) to please her in his place. This is the first subversion of the NTR subgenre. Second, Keisuke watches it all, arguably for the RAGE, which may make him an NTR fan himself, yet another subversion. The third and fourth are both SPOILERS, but the fourth is really worth mentioning.
xharemxendingxforxsanaex (parse at "x" obviously)
Talk about unusual. Anyways, fifth, there is use of condoms, which is frighteningly rare in hentai.
I really have to give credit where credit is due, and Aisai Nikki actually deserves some praise for ORIGINALITY. Yeah, this is something you probably haven't seen before.
The story itself is simple (it's really just the set-up for a sex-fest), but it is very solid and plays out in an unusual way. It never fails to make sense, even when it may seem a bit odd (although the pregnancy vs. safe day mixed message is a bit puzzling). It also does a good job leading to the sex scenes. I mean, really, what more can we ask for in a hentai storyline? That was a rhetorical question; I kinda miss the 1990's, when even hentai often had fairly engaging (if silly) plots.
In case I haven't established it firmly enough, Aisai Nikki is all about the sex. Despite any praise I give to the story, it's not deep or complex or even intriguing in any way. It doesn't really raise any questions or address any themes. But it never even TRIES to do any of this. Aisai Nikki is clearly meant for titillation, not literary analysis. It knows its selling point is sex; it just happens to give us a solid, non-traditional premise and resolution.
Anyways, the characters are really nothing special. Keisuke is our erectile-dysfunctional lead, who loves his wife enough to do something most men wouldn't dare do. Sanae is the typical hot wife, who loves her husband but discovers she also really loves sex. Ryouichi is...um...a pretty cool dude.
The cast earns points with me for generally being more open-minded than most hentai characters. So, I guess, in a way, the characters ARE kinda special. Just remember: don't expect anything deep, complex, or compelling.
The art looks good at a glance, but it quickly becomes fairly obvious that there wasn't much of a budget behind this. The color palette is fairly dark, but it works decently. Lines are sharp, as always. Backgrounds are totally unnoteworthy. Lighting is okay, but occasionally has those weird shading gradients that I find a bit nauseating. The animation itself is decent, and nothing more. A number of shortcuts are used, even in the sex scenes (okay, most of Aisai Nikki consists of sex scenes), such as looping, repeated animations, and some minimal movement. Granted, there's quite a bit of drippy detail, if you know what I mean, but still. Sanae's character design is pretty typical for hentai; she's thin and very, VERY well-endowed. One noteworthy detail is the way she blushes, which is very sexy. The two males are somewhat unusual in that they are both pretty hot. Granted, they basically have the same design below the neck, but I'm willing to pay that price at the moment. Also, Keisuke's hair always covers his eyes. This tends to dehumanize the eyeless character, and I'm not sure why Aisai Nikki does that to Keisuke.
The sex in Aisai Nikki is pretty decent, but definitely not top-of-the-line. It's of the rather explicit variety seen frequently nowadays, not shying away from revealing, hardcore camera angles. The positions are generally the basic ones, but they're fairly erotic, with a good amount of energy in the sex, expressed by arching, moaning, cries of pleasure and throes of passion. There's a fair amount of attention to detail and bodily fluids. We even get some internal views, which may or may not be your kind of thing. I find that they don't really do anything for me. Anywho, the downside to the sex is that there is a lot of looping and a lot of repeated footage. I challenge you to NOT notice it, especially now that I've drawn your attention to it. Also, the camera angles, while generally good, tend to linger too long on any one shot, which can be a big problem since not all the camera angles give us a particularly erotic view of the situation. These problems are not deal-breakers, but they are troublesome and a bit of a mood-kill.
Almost all of the sex in Aisai Nikki is completely consensual, the one exception being dubiously consensual, tending towards consensual. It's nice; after all, I find sex scenes to be hotter if the females really get into it. It's ESPECIALLY nice because we get one of the very few consensual double-penetration scenes in hentai. Hot. In terms of type of sex, it's all "vanilla," though there's some element of voyeurism involved. Oral, anal, and vaginal sex are all present and accounted for. There isn't much clothing in this, so this is not going to do the trick for clothing fetishists, with the exception of aprons.
I really don't think there is anything noteworthy about the sound. Voice acting is competent but by no means the best I've heard in hentai. Sanae slurs her speech a LOT during sex, which may or may not be annoying. Keisuke seems angry most of the time, but that is kind of his character. Ryouichi sounds...like a pretty cool dude. The BGM is practically nonexistent. The sound effects are moderately heavy on the squishy and slurpy sounds, but otherwise unnoteworthy.
Overall, Aisai Nikki is a fairly solid hentai, it's most special strength being its somewhat original story. I'm not a fan of NTR, so seeing the subgenre twisted like this is rather amusing and satisfying. Other than this, though, Aisai Nikki does not stand out much. Its sex scenes are just enough to keep the title afloat, but many other recent hentai (and a few older titles) can just blow it out of the water in terms of sexiness. And, of course, since Aisai Nikki is pretty much all about the sex, this means that it will have limited appeal.
If you're looking for something that gives a middle finger to NTR or for something a bit different from what you usually see, Aisai Nikki may be a good choice. If you're just in it for the sex, or if you're looking for a really compelling story to go with your hot animated sex, then Aisai Nikki is not what you're looking for. That's how I see it.
Of course, with only one episode out at the time I write this and with no clear direction for future episodes, I'm really jumping the gun with this review. Oh well, I doubt anyone really cares.
OK for many of you who are wondering Aisai Nikki is not, i repeat NOT NTR. It may be listed as NTR (Netorare: Stolen Girlfriend/Wife) its not like any NTR you will ever see, key point being that the main character asks his friend to bone his Wife because he ummm.. whats a good way to put this, can't get it up :(. So it's not really NTR if the character does what he is asked to do, and doesnt dirt bag his way into sleeping with his friends wife.
All that being said Aisai Nikki has got to be one of the
better hentais out there, the sex scenes are done well and the main female character is pretty hot as well. For those of you who r not fans of DP dont watch the last about 7mins cause there is a DP scenel; Generally i myself h8 DP cause its not cool, but to be perfectly honest it was done really well in this one.
One of my biggest qualms when it comes to hentai is the male characters, it may sound weird and all but if a hentai has a male character that's not a D-Bag and isn't some old creeper than my enjoyment of the hentai goes up (In a completely no-sexual manner that is).
All in all I gave this hentai a 9/10, if they had more detailed scoring i would given it a 9.5/10 because it's in my opinion an all around really good hentai, TOP-5 in my book. No gross stuff, and about 4 sex scenes in all. Really hope they make a part 2