skysenshi (early 2001 ed. 04.18.2003)
The first time I started watching Cool Devices, I wondered
if I could stomach seeing the tortorous maiden episode. There
were too many kinky stuff that seemed downright painful to
watch, especially as most of these "devices" were
used on female characters. Now, I understand my friend
Rowena Lei 's lament that sometimes watching anime could
be a chore, especially when you're only watching them for
the sake of coming up with a decent review. Nevertheless,
I continued on to the next few episodes. Some of them could
be called "mild". However, these "mild"
episodes have loads of incestuous themes that I ended up skipping
some of them.
Despite the graphic depiction of sex in Cool Devices, I was
surprised to see that this series has one of the most decent
plotlines in hentaidom. Yes, all of them are tragic, I suppose.
But you can't help but be touched by lives of every lead character.
Cool Devices is a series of stories built around different
perverted people from all walks of life. Every episode is
about a different character with sexual experiences that really
defines the word "hentai". There's a simple innocent
girl, who is unconsciously starved for defilement, there's
a rich young man who's secretly in love with his little sister,
there's a private investigator with sadistic tendencies and
a fetish for young nubile flesh, and also a superstar who
owes a lot of people and knew only one way how to pay them.
There are many more characters in the world of Cool Devices,
and you can get to know them one by one. That is, if you have
one heck of an appetite for excessive anime sex and can handle
Aside from the story and the you-know-what, perhaps Cool
Devices' strongest points are the beautiful art and animation,
especially in the episodes Yellow Star and Fallen
Angel Rina. I must admit it was this title that introduced
me to other Umetsu works such as Kite
and Mezzo Forte.
At the end of the series, you might ask yourself, "Hmm...
which is better, seeing painful body piercings and female
bondage or seeing siblings go at it like mindless rabbits?"
My answer? I'd rather see male bondage for once. Well, if
this is also your answer, then this is also the anime for
you. Though most of the enslaved ones here are females, there
are also male slavery for you female and gay hentai fans.
For this reason alone, I must say, that Cool Devices really
is the all-around hentai fan gift. Be careful, though, because
this series makes La Blue
Girl and Urotsukidoji
seem like Sesame Street. Don't watch it if you're faint of
heart. But I seriously doubt that you are.