Review

Cool Devices

VHS 3

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Cool Devices VHS 3
Critical Mass/Right Stuf say that Cool Devices is the worst thing ever animated. While that was proven with the first volume, the third volume goes where no animation has gone before. Well, at least not one you can get easily...

The episodes on this tape, a two-part mini-series called "Seek," dive headfirst into bondage at its rankest. No simple whips and handcuffs here. We have urine fetish, water torture, electrocution, bestiality, and blood. What fun.

Probably the one image that will be forever burned into my memory will be the electrocution scene. As a party favor of sorts, a woman is tied to a board with alligator clip-style electrodes stuck to each of her nipples as well as both sides of the vagina. As her master turns up the electricity, her pain is more and more obvious -- at one point featuring her yelling, "Please! I'm going insane!" I was really hoping they wouldn't show her dying right then and there, eyeballs popping out of their sockets and the whole bit. I REALLY hoped they wouldn't show sex with her dead body. Thank God none of those things happened.

Nope, there's no death in Cool Devices. Where real life bondage videos really show people getting mutilated, anime has the power to make it all in good fun. In fact, the above mentioned victim later comes back to get her revenge.

Not that anyone is even paying attention, but the subtitles really need work in this one. The first title in the video is off by over a MINUTE! Okay, no one cares. I'll move on.

While there is a plot here (young dominating man takes over where his famous late father left off... as a famous "master"), it really takes a backseat to the situations. It's as if the creator just sat down and wrote down the most disgusting, disturbing things he could think of.

Whether that makes for good viewing is up to you, but let me just say that anyone enjoying this volume on a sexual level needs LOTS of psychological help.
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Production Info:

+ goes where no animation has gone before
Subtitle Titming way off, Plot?

Director:
Yumisuke Kotoyoshi
Osamu Shimokawa
Hiroyuki Utatane
Script:Mon-Mon
Original story:
Mon-Mon
Hiroyuki Utatane
Original Manga:
Konodonto
Mon-Mon
Protonsaurus
Original Character Design:Mon-Mon
Character Design:
Naomi Hayakawa
Yumisuke Kotoyoshi
Yasuomi Umetsu
Art Director:Satoshi Takeda
Animation Director:Hiroshi Mori
Sound Director:Yoshikazu Iwanami
Director of Photography:Koichi Sasaki
Executive producer:Akio Saitô
Producer:Masashi Oda

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