Sinners Paradise Complete Collection Hentai Anime DVD Review

Sinners Paradise Complete Collection Hentai Anime DVD Review Dark things done for little discernible reason.

What They Say:
Longtime friends Erika and Akino have a difficult road ahead of them. One minute, they’re basking in the warm summer air, and the next, they’re sucked into a strange dimension. There, an army of mysterious soldiers declare that the two women are allies of an enemy nation and put them through all manner of perverse torture. But even if they could escape their captors, where could they run when they don’t even know where they are?

The Review:
Audio:
The audio presentation for this release is fairly standard but decent as we get the original Japanese language track in stereo as well as the previously created English language dub, both of which are encoded at 224kbps. Similar to most adult shows, even the ones that do go big, it keeps a rather smaller and more intimate design to it for the most part. That lets it use its stereo design fairly well with a minor bit of directionality to a couple of scenes. It’s by and large dialogue and moan focused, or rather some cries of pain, so there isn’t a lot of need for anything all that well placed here. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 2007, the transfer for this OVA series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The show was originally released as two separate OVAs and what we get here are those original discs, so it’s a two disc set for a 60 minute series. The show has a very muted color palette for the most part with lots of earthy and dull tones so it isn’t a show that really stands out. Even when it uses more vibrant colors, they tend to err more on the soft side. Purple hair is more lavender and the blood that flies freely during a couple of scenes is very dark, keeping it in tone with everything else. The transfer here isn’t bad by any stretch, but the design of the show keeps it from looking all that inviting and appealing. The transfer is good and captures the feel of the show but the feel of the show just doesn’t appeal all that much.

Packaging:
The packaging for this release is a standard sized DVD case that holds both of the discs against the interior walls. The front cover gives us a look at a few of the main characters and one of our villains and there’s a kind of odd color balance here with one side being so red and the other grey with a dash of red. It should work, but it just feels so forced here and the shadows along the bottom end up cutting into the artwork too much. The logo is dim and muted along the bottom so it’s not all that noticeable, making it up to the artwork entirely to sell the show. The back cover is fairly traditional with a bit of material from the show along the left, a small summary of the premise on the right and a few shots from the show along the bottom. The discs extras are clearly listed and the technical grid covers it all well, but there’s not a lot of compelling material here. No show related inserts are included nor is there a reversible cover.

Menu:
The menu design reworks the front cover artwork to tie everything together with the characters while giving it the similar kind of airy/heavenly feeling with the clouds and light white color all around it. The layout is straightforward enough with selections lined along the bottom that are quick and easy to use and the submenus load quickly. The main menu doesn’t do all that much for me since the cover artwork and characters aren’t all that appealing so it doesn’t do much for setting the right mood for me personally. On the plus side, like just about every Critical Mass disc, it does read our players’ language presets and plays accordingly.

Extras:
The only extras included is a brief art gallery and the US trailer for the show.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When it comes to adult anime, there are plenty of shows that don’t make much sense when it comes to a few areas. After all, many simply aren’t story heavy. There are some wonderful ones that really use storylines and settings to excellent use and weave a great show, but others just try to get by with the basic trappings so they can get to the good stuff. You know, the sex. Sinners Paradise is the kind of show that wants to tell a big story to frame its sex scenes around but instead ends up failing at everything by being so convoluted and uninteresting that you just don’t know what’s going on and you don’t care. Which is fine if the sex is good. Sadly, it isn’t.

The story ostensibly opens as it revolves around high school track girls, focusing primarily on Akino as she’s struggling with her times because her chest is getting bigger these days and it’s having an impact on her performance. Her friend Erika gives her some grief over it in a joking way, not realizing just how much it’s really affecting her. Everything seems like it’s pointing towards this kind of storyline before it ends up shifting dramatically to a point where after a meet that involves other countries, the girls are kidnapped and taken to holding cells where they’re being abused heavily. There’s talk about all sorts of grand things by some of those in the uniforms and out of them, but the girls are basically being sexually tortured for reasons that aren’t entirely clear just yet.

It turns out that there are two schools of thought with this group, with one side being more militaristic and the other less confrontational and just letting things play out. This Elder has been working to save various girls, and has done so, but he won’t actively interfere in things. So when Erika attempts escape at one point, the Elder won’t interfere much to the dismay of some of the other girls. And Kaiya, a short haired lanky young woman, takes it very personally as she realizes that Erika saved her many years ago from nearly being killed in a train accident. She essentially sacrifices herself to save Erika from the torture, but in turn it ends up unleashing some sort of hidden killer ability in her that has many of the soldier types being brutally murdered while they try to rape her. There’s nothing like watching a severed appendage just pop out…

Honestly, I lost track as to what the show was about as it went along in the first episode, so when we get towards the end and both Akino and Erika are fleeing the scene – naked and flying – only to end up dragged into a big gooey bubble with inky black hands reaching for them, well, I had no idea what was going on. When they then ended up separating into two halves and the halves that escaped had no idea that the other half was still in the blackness I just had to laugh. Nonsensical and more nonsensical. Did I black out during a big chunk of this show? Things were happening, dialogue was spouted off and actions took place but it just made no sense at all.

So the story isn’t all that hot, which is true of quite a few shows, especially considering there are many where there really isn’t even an inkling of a story. What can make up for it? Solid character designs and really good action scenes. Sadly, Sinners Paradise in its first installment fails just as badly here. The character designs really feel subpar, with an angular look at times that is quite off-putting and harsh. Combining that with the color palette choices and it has a very cold feeling to it that keeps you from connecting with them. And when you then add in that the sex is pretty much all non-consensual and you have Akino being manhandled by a group of men as her inner monologue goes on about how it’s all so pointless and she doesn’t care because she doesn’t feel anything, well, neither does the viewer. Nothing clicks here, nothing connect and nothing excites in the slightest.

The second first largely followed Akino’s story and what happened to her when the world went wonky and she and her friends were kidnapped. This one is given over mostly to Erika with much the same kind of situation set to it as she finds herself captured by the military men who aren’t really human and can’t understand the stupidity of humans. After we get some mild slice of life bits that show us what kind of woman she is and some of her friends, we basically have her waking up in a stone cell and discovering that she and Akino are now prisoners in separate rooms. They’re more than that though as she sees Akino being raped and abused by a number of men.

The same fate awaits Erika as well as the men have their way with her, first in an a large setting and then again later with one of the guards that’s checking on her. But it’s at this point that she’s given an out by a mysterious voice in her head that helps her escape into his arms. Of course, once in his arms she discovers that he’s not entirely human but something else which seeks only to use and abuse her for some grand mystical prophecy of some sort. The scene with him allows for some fun tentacle action to enter the show after we’ve mostly just had straightforward abuse and domination material used. On the plus side, Erika is the better looking of all the girls in the show though I really can’t find the appeal of her huge tan lines being shown, though I can understand why others may like that.

In Summary:
Watching this out of order the first time hindered my enjoyment of it, but watching it in order this time doesn’t help it in the slightest. Not. At. All. The show plays out in a fairly disjointed form and isn’t exactly clear about a lot of the details. It’s a cruel and crude piece with alternate dimensional male characters that are generally faceless and without any kind of actual character to them to make it a compelling epic story that they seem to want to tell. There’s little that I can find to recommend here as I didn’t care for the character designs overall or the plot, never mind the non-consensual and uninteresting sex scenes. Vanilla tends to be pretty hit or miss with their stuff, but I’ve found when they have a miss they generally are a big miss for me. And this is one of those.

Features:
Japanese 2.0 Language, English 2.0 Language, English Subtitles, Art Gallery

Content Grade: D
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: B-
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: C

Released By: Critical Mass Video
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
MSRP: $19.99
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Video Encoding: 480i/p MPEG-2
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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