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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Please Twins Vol 2: Sibling Rivalry
Please Twins Vol 2: Sibling Rivalry
Bandai // Unrated // January 4, 2005
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Review by Chris Tribbey | posted February 27, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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"Maiku, are you tired? Or are you just sexually frustrated?"

THE SHOW

Here's a suggestion for the characters in Please Twins: DNA test. Seven episodes in and no one's thought of it yet.

The journey of two girls, one guy, and no birth certificates continues, as Miina and Karen make an agreement not to make any sexual advances toward their roommate/possible brother Maiku, and to keep all other women away from him.

That's assuming he's not in the closet, of course.

Please Twins follows the dilemma three teenagers find themselves in when two cute girls move in with one boy, and two of them are related. And to make the story last a full 12 episodes, Please Twins takes its sweet time resolving the issue. All three teens own the same picture, their only tie to their childhoods, and it shows a baby brother and sister together. So before anyone's getting any, the trio needs to find out who's Maiku's sibling.

First they need to find out if he's gay, which takes up a sizeable portion of this second volume. This was hinted at in volume one, but was merely glanced over. It wouldn't explain a lot either way, as Maiku continues to be indifferent to EVERYONE'S sexual advances, the girls, the teacher, the openly queer-as-a-three-dollar-bill kid who just won't leave him alone. But that's what makes Please Twins so much fun. Maiku's indifference leaves everyone (you too, dear viewer) with questions, and all his admirers are forced to become more brazen in their advances.

Please Twins is an acquired taste. There's a good amount of fan service but it may not be enough to keep the busty babes fans intrigued. Plenty of inappropriate panty shots, and Karen and Miina must be the dirtiest girls in town, 'cause they're always bathing together. Uncomfortable sexual situations are standard, but they don't elicit the response usually expected out of a viral, teenage anime boy. It's unique, and refreshing.

Sadly, the alien underpinnings of this series (out of nowhere, a strange little alien pops in, dancing, falling, being silly) is not expanded on one bit in this second volume. I remain convinced that by the time all is said and done, they'll be playing a big part in this lack-of-love triangle.

THE DVD

VIDEO

Pretty good-looking transfer here, with solid blacks and fine, if muted, colors. While not breathtaking, this anime is very easy on the eyes. The characters all look simple, with little over the top in their design, and the backgrounds are about average. The direction is also pretty average, though it's playful at times with some interesting choices of … angles. I noted no annoying digital problems in the fullscreen presentation.

AUDIO

You know, I like Mr. Maiku better than Mike. Please Twins in Japanese instead of English is my preference, and it's not because there's anything wrong with the English dub. The work by Johnny Yong Bosch as Maiku and Jan Irving as Miina is excellent, though Lara Jill Miller as Karen comes across as just too young to be believable for a sexually curious young woman. Really, she sounds like she's eight.

The music is very good, with appropriate circus melodies and thoughtful piano planted at all the right spots. Both opening and closing songs are hip, foot-tapping tunes. A few spots of background music during the film are a little melodramatic, but not cringe-worthy.

The ambient noises in the Dolby Digital 2.0 presentation are very light: a few birds chirping there, a few crowd noises here. All-in-all very tame. No noticeable problems.

SPECIAL FEATURES

There are three image vocals (fancy name for music videos of each episode), a textless ending, trailers for three other Bandai titles, and DVD credits. The menus are pleasant: tiles of the various characters shuffle and flip. But a postcard thrown into the DVD case is about as fun as it gets in the extras department. Boo.

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you believe animated nudity goes hand-in-hand with flimsy, boring stories, then Please Twins will surprise you. It has a funny script and an interesting plot. An easily enjoyed romance anime. Only three episodes on this second volume is a little upsetting, but not bad enough to not Recommend it to people who enjoyed the first DVD. If you're strictly an action anime fan, then stay far, far away.

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