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Pickup!Pixy's animation continues to please

Nov/17/2009  

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Til Jul. 25, noon (JST)
Hell Knight Ingrid - episode 02 Murasaki's Humiliation
PIXY
$26.90 / 3,024 JPY  >> $21.52 20% OFF  / 2,419 JPY
Taimanin Murasaki becomes active in the diabolic city!
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  • Release: Oct/24/2009
  • Purchased: 184x
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It must be said of Lilith/Pixy that they remain one of the most noteworthy creators of erotic animation in the business. "Hell Knight Ingrid" is one of their better efforts; the lush character design, beautiful colors and intense action are all certain to please fans of their style. Likewise, their voice acting is a pleasure, even to those like myself who only speak a small smattering of Japanese. The heroines/victims speak like resilient and resisting warriors, not the screechy girls of some anime productions. If I must find fault, it is on two matters. One, as I have noted on some earlier Lilith efforts (notably the Taiminin Asagi series), it seems like at times some corners are being cut in animation. In particular, when a heroine is being struck (as occurs repeatedly in one scene) there is no suggestion of impact from most angles, not even a faint shadowing; there's voices and sound effects, but little visual suggestion of the layers of body and striking limb actually connecting. Not even a bounce of flesh or a jerk of limbs. Secondly, though I feel somewhat creepy saying so, there are a couple of scenes where it appears the heroines are about to undergo something terrible, and the movie is strangely reticent, cutting away with a wail just before the horror is to be witnessed. It seems a very strange choice for a genre that exists to bring out the viewer's darker fantasies.
Do not let these quibbles keep you from this anime, however. Whatever is not shown, there are still plenty of erotic delights to be had in what we *are* permitted to witness of our heroines' torments. For this series in particular, the biggest question is, "When will we get the next one?"

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This is a very strange little game.

Aug/22/2009  

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TA-boo.
ISAmu.Room
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Interactive violation battle action.
X-ratedActionEXEInc. VoiceInc. MusicInc. AnimeTrial
  • Release: Aug/08/2009
  • Purchased: 165x
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  • (60)

This game casts you as a tall, muscular, and mostly naked man with an enormous pink pompodour. The "hero" sexually assaults and beats up schoolgirls who wear no underwear in bathrooms and subway stations. Oh, and for some reason there's something that looks like a flaming metal eyeball following you around. The controls are like many fighting games: you can throw various different punches, attack with various kicks, grapple the girls, and ejaculate upon them (okay, that last one doesn't show up in fighting games so much.)
Menu options allow you to "fight" (both girls appear to be bound) either girl, or both together. While grappling, you can rip off their clothing or penetrate them in various positions. Some combination of actions sometimes leads to a final, full-screen sex scene.
Alternatively, it seems quite possible to beat the girls to death(!), leading to our protaganist being transported to a shadowy nightmare realm which I assume is Hell. Here he faces monsters that fight back. Sort of. Frankly, if you keep hitting buttons, you'll be fine.
After three screens of fighting things which Freud and Jung would find interesting, the protaganist reaches a tent with a sinisterly laughing female form sillouetted inside. Drawing near, the player is treated to a sex scene with the woman, who is somehow as sinister as her laugh- among other things, her thigh appears to have been sewn back on.
"Ta-boo" works, but there are some clear bugs (removing all the girls' clothing and then doing the "rip" move a third time makes them fully clothed again) and I suspect some less clear bugs (getting the non-fatal end scene is vague, one can hit the girls 100 times but they don't "die" until they're knocked down).
Bottom line: whether this game will appeal to you depends on whether what I've just described sounds intriguing or just too weird. The music, sound, and graphics are all quite good, and I'm certainly not sorry for the experience of playing such a weird little game.

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In case you were wondering how to play...

Jun/10/2009  

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Go Go Eleven "Insert to Miki's Love Nest"
Magical Sweet
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Evil football game where you kick the ball to Miki from Idol M*ster!
X-ratedTabletopEXEInc. VoiceInc. MusicInc. Anime
  • Release: May/22/2009
  • Purchased: 9x
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The underlying game is a "memorize the pattern" game. (Or a "write down the numbers in the pattern game", as the case may be.) Each time the player clicks on the soccer ball, it moves to a new player until either ten passes are achieved or the player clicks on Miki (the blonde on the far left side of the field), at which point the next kick will be launched at her. The player is then showed a view of Miki's crotch with the ten players interposed over it in the same positions as on the field; the player must then click on the players in the same order that the ball travelled in order to "score a hit". I recommend coming up with a number system (say, thinking of the player at the top-left as "1" and the bottom right as "10" or "0") so you can remember the pattern as "3-1-4-0-4", etc.

As for the game itself: the illustrations are well done, and it's amusing enough for the first few plays. I don't think either the game or the erotic (or "erotic", depending on your tastes) content are going to hold the player's attention for very long. There are a handful of illustrations, fewer sound effects, and that seems to be about the sum total of the experience.

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Pickup!Continued improvement

Dec/11/2008  

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Ararza vol.29 - Young female fighter/Torture movie
Ararza
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A beautiful warrior gets unimaginable tentacle attacks!
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  • Release: Dec/07/2008
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What you're getting: A forty-minute long rendered movie about a busty, anime-style woman being sexually assaulted and buffeted by tentacles while in bondage. If that sounds like something you'll enjoy, this is well worth your investment; you'll see a lot more "action" in any given five minutes of this than you will in an entire half-hour of most conventional erotic anime. Some of that is repeated loops, but there are enough variations and changes in pace and angle to keep the viewer interested (and certainly more so, again, than a lot of conventional erotic animation.)

In some things, Ararza continues to gradually improve; the fighting scenes look less divorced from physics than some previous releases, the pacing of the sexual scenes builds well, and the heroine looks fantastic, especially when stripped of her clothes and bathed in a sheen of sweat.

Lighting, angles, and shadows are all used well to dramatic effect, keeping the viewer's attention without drawing attention to themselves as unnecessary or distracting.

Small issues persist: there are shots where hair "clips" through the side of the heroine's face, or the body and clothing move through each other, though both are relatively rare and brief. And I'm much more interested in human/human action than human/tentacle, but that's a personal bias.

Overall, Ararza's original works are well worth supporting.

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Pickup!The final Taimanin Asagi- at least in this storyline

Sep/11/2008  

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Taimanin Asagi vol.04 - The kunoichi in the darkness
PIXY
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Murakami Teruaki's latest work, Asagi's ending episode!
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  • Release: Aug/23/2008
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If you've kept up with the Taimanin Asagi series, you'll know what to expect in this episode, and you won't be disappointed. The animation is smooth and supple, the colors brilliantly saturated, and the shading done with care. Most of the sexual action in this episode revolves around gang rape; our heroines (and villainess!) are penetrated in every orifice and covered with enormous quantities of semen. There's also a brief tentacle-related flashback and some beating of breasts and derrieres with riding crops. The director's primary fetish, as always, seems to be fellatio; expect many bukkake shots, shots of mouths full of semen, and eyes rolling back as the characters are forced to perform.

While the animation is beautiful and well worth the price, I must make two criticisms, one major, one minor.

The major is that the "in and out of focus" shots are used to excess. These shots made sense where the heroine was (apparently?) drugged in an earlier episode, but the use here is sometimes just gratuitous and distracting, not to mention obscuring the action.

The minor is that the whipping isn't well done. In most shots, it looks like the whip animations are just another layer pasted over the action, rather than that they're integral to it, making it look like the blows never actually connect. Furthering this impression, marks aren't consistant from shot to shot. The creators are clearly more interested in semen, oral sex, and large, bouncing breasts. Not that *that's* necessarily a bad thing.

Support Lilith and their drive to keep producing quality erotic animation at an affordable price!

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If you don't read Japanese, don't bother.

Aug/27/2008  

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Til Jul. 25, noon (JST)
Sage Assault
Goebbe Shop
$15.37 / 1,728 JPY  >> $12.29 20% OFF  / 1,382 JPY
4 bright female sages have finished their training and are off to pursue their dreams...when they're taken to a battle arena as "rare finds" and publicly violated.
X-ratedSimulationEXEInc. VoiceInc. MusicInc. AnimeTrial
  • Release: Aug/14/2008
  • Purchased: 40x
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The basic premise of this game is not hard to understand. In the world of a fantasy kingdom, several "sages"- female wizards- have been captured and made to fight against each other in an arena. By betting on their battles, the hero can eventually buy various items to influence the outcome of the battles and, perhaps, win the heroines' freedom. It's a premise with a certain amount of promise, and if you've seen the demo video, you will probably come in feeling like you have indeed been promised something.

I like to think I'm a relatively intelligent person. I can figure out the save and load features in a menu in a language I don't speak; I have no difficulty grasping Goebbe's "make your own movie out of previously viewed clips" feature, and I grasp when I'm choosing option A or option B, even when the options suddenly change around a bit. I have now played through this game to two different conclusions, and I have yet to add a *single* scene to the gallery; yet to see anything more interesting than the repeated battle animations in which bits of the heroines' clothes are blown away by attacks. After hours of struggling through nested menus, hundreds of pages of text, the unskippable final credits sequence and finally using a translator on Goebbe's web site, my major discovery has been that I likely have more hours of the same to go through to see a single erotic scene.

I've given Goebbe Shop some credit for handling unusual fetishes in the past, but the notion of being able to witness internal ejaculations from a variety of different perspectives becomes completely irrelevant when you *never see the relevant scenes*. If Goebbe wants an audience, it should put less work into such things and more into making the game accessible to its players. The work-to-reward ratio of this game is appalling; it's hard to imagine its appeal to Japanese players, and frankly, it probably never should have been released untranslated to a non-Japanese-speaking audience at all.

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Not StudioS' best.

Aug/19/2008  

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Sexual Oral Assault
StudioS
$14.41 / 1,620 JPY  >> $11.53 20% OFF  / 1,296 JPY
Real time first person point of view training game, featuring blow job and other forced services.
X-ratedSimulationHTML + FlashInc. VoiceInc. AnimeTrial
  • Release: Jun/20/2008
  • Purchased: 171x
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From what I've seen, StudioS gives a good example of what a circle is capable of: their artwork is good, their animation is smooth, and their voicework is excellent. On these points, "SOA" lives up to their standards. What is unfortunate is the lack of variety and imagination in play in this new work. For all that there appear to be a full alphabet of actions to do with the girl (who bears a striking resemblance to a certain popular RPG character), most of them are small variations- slightly different stances while having intercourse, how far her head goes down while performing fellatio. After performing certain options for a length of time, points are added to a trio of meters. Eventually some options that are "locked" when you begin playing are unlocked, and endings become available (most of which involve scat or urine.)

Unless the player is deeply enthralled by oral sex (or the fantasy of having the character performing sex at your command), I can't enthusiastically recommend this game at this price point. Hopefully, StudioS will see fit to offer one or both of their new fighting games (which appear to offer somewhat more dynamic options, at least if your tastes run to the sadistic) on the English site.

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Pickup!Ararza continues to improve

Aug/02/2008  

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Til Jul. 25, noon (JST)
Ararza Vol. 28 - Young Female Fighter/Assault Movie
Ararza
$12.49 / 1,404 JPY  >> $9.99 20% OFF  / 1,123 JPY
One of the bases of the underground organization, Hunter, which is slowly conquering the underworld using their illegal gene manipulation technology, is the Gaidal Valley on a colonized planet.
X-ratedAnimeHTML + MovieInc. VoiceInc. MusicInc. Anime3DCGTrial
  • Release: Jul/30/2008
  • Purchased: 221x
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The good: The female models Ararza use in their works look better and better, both in how they look and how they move. The voice acting is fairly well done, and the "directors" have a good eye for cinematics; they use interesting angles and lighting for their subjects, and don't have the "short attention span" approach which makes some videos hard to watch. The use of first person is unusual (and to the best of my knowledge, new to Ararza works.) The music is decent, not something you want to play outside the video, but fit to the task and not distracting. The sex scenes do a pretty good job of catching the intensity and brutality of the moment.

The bad: One gets the impression that models other than the primary females aren't getting the attention or the double-checking that the females are, in movement, "skinning", or model design. The "zombies" have the floating look of puppets held from beneath, and their movements seem divorced from physics. Also, there are moments of obvious clipping (particularly the heroine's hair "going through" a shoe in one scene), and other shots where polygons used in the male models clip or contort in unfortunate ways. None of this is awful, just visible and distracting. None of the characters really lip-sync, and the "hollow balloon" look of the head of one of the male leads gives me the creeps... Maybe that's a good thing. But the inside of his lipless mouth looks like it's the same color as his face.

Conclusion: Ararza is well worth supporting; making episode-length erotic CGI with their own models is no easy task, and they continue to get better with each new volume. I must also confess I'm glad to see them moving beyond tentacles and monsters for their erotic scenes.

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Promising, but I hope Goebbe Shop continues to evolve

Jul/09/2008  

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Til Jul. 25, noon (JST)
Eleven Assault
Goebbe Shop
$15.37 / 1,728 JPY  >> $12.29 20% OFF  / 1,382 JPY
Includes cross-sectional images so you can see the sperm as it scatters in her pussy!
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  • Release: Jul/03/2008
  • Purchased: 35x
  • (18)

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"Eleven Assault" is an adventure game of a type many may be familiar with: the player picks an option from a list of possible actions for "their" character, and depending on the sequence of actions picked, the story progresses until it reaches a conclusion. This particular game bosts some 14 endings... Especially if you don't speak Japanese, be prepared to make a flow-chart if you want to see the majority of the content the game contains.

On the subject, I should give credit for touching on some fairly unusual fetishes, including the "cross section" views of penetration and ejaculation and the ryona (women being beaten up) scenes. However, I must also note that getting to view the material is somewhat excessively difficult. There doesn't seem to be a simple way to view past scenes (barring reloading saves), and while the ability to edit previously seen loops together into a "custom film" is a nice idea, it doesn't work all that well. The software pauses noticably between each loop, only music (no voice) is played during your "custom film" (except for the over-the-top ejaculation sound), and it highlights the somewhat "slow-motion-floating" nature of the animation.

Still, the images are well drawn, and the voice work is very nicely done. If your personal fetishes swing towards the contents, "Eleven Assault" may be worth a look.

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