Vanilla Series: Mei King
Cain was just an ordinary shepherd tending his sheep. But when he frees a trapped fairy named Elise, he is granted ownership of a kingdom. And not only that, but if he can turn said kingdom into the most prosperous region within five years, he will win the hand of the Princess Charlotte (who has the most amazing hair I've seen in any anime up to this date) and inherit the entire land.
Well, now ... this is a rather odd one as far as hentai titles go. Partly biblical (if just for the main character's name and earlier occupation) and partly humorous, since there seems to be a lot of odd things happening within this title.
Keep in mind that this IS a serious story as far as plot development goes, if not somewhat typical and certainly reminding this reviewer of old Scandinavian folk-tales. Win the princess' hand and the entire kingdom to go with it.
I guess it's a good start that the art and animation is pretty darn good. Although, for some reason, most of the characters seems to be of the slightly SD-mode persuasion, which makes the sex-scenes somewhat disconcerting to watch. But not too much. They might be a little lesser of height than your average adult, but the women are, at least, unmistakenly adult, their physical attributes taken into consideration. Ahem. Moving on ...
The VAs are doing an absolutely presentable job, like usual. The music and general audio were pleasant enough. One good thing about hentai is that it usually doesn't have an intro theme, which is a bit of a hit and miss with me.
The story and most plotpoints were perhaps a tad straightforward, except I kinda liked the old, folktale feeling it gave me. And even though you now get it with porn added, I managed to enjoy it just fine. The characters were a blast, from your typical inept main lead to the somewhat insane princess who seems to enjoy doubling up as a magical girl, if just for a short inspirational speech. Then you have your token rival, who takes away some suspense by being a smarmy and two-faced jackass. And, since this is a hentai, there are a rich cast of beautiful girls who each add to the sex ... I mean ... story by having sex with the main lead.
No wait ... let me try explaining that again. >_<
This title has a rich cast of cute girls who each add something to the story. There is a samurai girl, a maid (*sigh*) who is freed from being sold as a slave, a rough-and-ready bandit queen (with her own gang), and Cain's closest counselor, a half-elf woman.
I guess you could say that it's the sexual parts that I found somewhat incredulous. Since this seems to be a FAIRY TALE, he does get his opportunity to have sex with them all. And, like I said, with the slight SD-mode going on, I found it to be slightly disconcerting. Although -- if you will allow me this tiny spoiler -- it has to be said that the scene he shared with the half-elf woman, Chiffon, is quite touching, what with her sorrowful past and all.
On the other hand, there is also a rape scene here. Given our main lead's rival and his smarmy "evilness", one of the females of the show is subjected to some abuse. It's not too long a scene, thankfully, and happens only once.
As it stands, this title managed to entertain me fairly well with a fairy-tale based plot, random cute girls thrown about in wild abandon, some pretty humorous comedy and a heartwarming scene here and there. And no tentacle in sight for the entire thing.
Sign me up.
Another winner as far as hentai go. — Stig Høgset
Recommended Audience: Adults only. Sex aplenty and one rape/abuse scene. No violence, though, or anything else of objectionable nature.
Version(s) Viewed: R1 DVD
Review Status: Full (4/4)
Vanilla Series: Mei King © 1999 Vanilla / JVD / Nikukyuu
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