Vanilla Series: Milk Money
The orphaned Touji was raised by a wetnurse, Kyouko, who has developed a rather possessive bond towards him as he has grown into a young adult. While Kyoko's daughter Marika wants to earn Touji's love, Kyoko herself seduces Touji in order to give him more than his birth mother ever could.
I'm not surprised this wasn't marketed under the "Vanilla Series" label in America, as Milk Money is anything but vanilla. It features lactation as a fetish, a concept which I've never understood. In fact, considering that one of my real-life friends is nursing a baby as of the date of this review's posting, I must say that lactation is about as far from "sexy" as I can imagine.
If that were the worst of this title's crimes, this would be a pretty short review, but Milk Money is not only strange and illogical, but also offensive and creepy in its treatment of virtually every character in the show. We are given the background of the lead, Kyoko, who has had a rough life, yes, but not one that justifies her remarkably shady actions during the course of the series. Never mind that this series asks us to believe that Kyoko is able to lactate for the better part of a decade ... is this even possible?
What's strange is that the animation is actually okay, rather than the usual heap of crap you see in hentai. The scenes between Touji and Marika are not too bad. The bad news is that the storyline rapidly devolves into forced "nanny" domination, which even includes a dungeon and at least one onscreen murder. This increasingly dark tone really serves as a huge turn-off, and it should be safe to say that there isn't exactly a happy ending here.
It's not even good suspense ... you pretty much see everything coming well in advance, and when everything goes down, it's not terribly clever or interesting, just creepy and disgusting, and it even makes the whole lactation premise look innocuous in comparison.
At least one hopes that the ending precludes more of this series from being made, but it's somewhat open-ended and I can't say as I'd really want to pursue more of it.
Though innocently named, Milk Money manages to be oppressively dark and ludicrously stupid at the same time, and you can pretty much see where the star rating is going to be going from here.
No use crying over spilt anime. Or something. — Carlos Ross
Recommended Audience: ADULTS ONLY. Explicit sex, featuring lactation fetishism. Later in the series, there is some violence which gets rather bloody, and the sex turns somewhat nonconsensual.
Version(s) Viewed: R1 DVD
Review Status: Full (2/2)
Vanilla Series: Milk Money © 2004 Digital Works
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