The Elven Bride
(from the box cover)
Mixed marriages are a tricky thing, so when the human Kenji and the elf Milfa get married, the course of true love does not run smoothly... especially when it turns out that there's a certain difference in plumbing that makes it almost impossible for them to consummate their marriage!
Hmm. Humans and elves incompatible? Dangit.
Er... I mean ...
Hello, and welcome to Elven Bride, a hentai comedy that might just capture your heart and help you open up to non-tentacle hentai, if nothing else. It's funny, sweet and not too serious either, as befits a comedy of its stature.
Now, for one, the art is just plain lovely. The characters are very nicely designed and more than adequately animated. The settings themselves, range from houses and hospital waiting rooms to more exotic fare like wide mountain ranges and lush forests to a tree that wouldn't surprise me if it were called Yggdrasil.
The music ... well, it's your typical hentai fare, I guess. Not brilliant by any means, but not really bad either. The opening theme is instrumental, but the ending theme is your typical J-pop fare. Hentai J-pop fare, that is. The VA's are doing their usual great work - the Japanese ones, that is. For some strange reason, this DVD release has no dub track. Oh well.
Admittedly, this anime is very light on plot. It IS hentai after all. Even the characters aren't really well developed. (Except Milfa. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. ^_^) That being said, they are remarkably good by virtue of not being either obscenely perverted or horny. In fact, that's the part of this anime that reflects the everyday part, with the house and the 1.7 kids, I mean, the garage complete with two-headed dino-dragon. Well, if you discount Kenji's sudden outburst of "It's so small" at their wedding night. (I won't go more into how this might be considered a jab in the direction of MALE elves.)
There are few titles, however, that do such a good job in merging comedy, fantasy, everyday life, and soft porn like this and end up being such an appealing title in the end. Part of the reason might be that it doesn't really go too far off tangent with anything. Even the erotic parts themselves are played out nicely. And the best part is that there is NO rape and NO tentacles here. Huzzah.
That's not to say that this title doesn't have any serious parts at all. It does, if just briefly, wander by the underlying theme of racism and/or prejudice. Few people approve of the human/elf marriage, something that was being made absolutely clear in the first episode as Milfa had to deal with the townspeople and their attitudes. Which struck me as a bit strange, since we see people marrying or living with beast men, dwarves, and harpians (sort of like harpies.)
Anyway, I really don't see how you can go wrong with this title if you're not adverse to a tiny bit of softcore sex occasionally. Like I said, it's a fun, colorful, and adventurous title that ought to please (no innuendo intended) most people, and it's so refreshing to see a title like this in between all the tentacle dregs existing today.
Four stars by virtue of being a hentai of the good type. It's no Virgin Night, but it sure as hell isn't any La Blue Girl either. Not by a long shot.) — Stig Høgset
Recommended Audience: Well, adults, I guess. There's sex in it, you know. Even softcore sex is sex, and we can't have the young 'uns watching that, now, can we.
Version(s) Viewed: VHS, Japanese with English subtitles
Review Status: Full (2/2)
The Elven Bride © 1995 Kazuma G-Version / Mediax / Pink Pineapple
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