The very first scene is impressive. The artwork is nothing short of exquisite, and I am amazed that the lead female is actually my namesake. The beautiful Princess Beatrice is being robed by her handmaidens and she anticipates a great new future as a new woman. That is, until she meets the gigantic pig she's supposed to exchange vows with. Within a matter of seconds, her handmaidens are divested of their clothing and violated right in front of her. The ugly king then proceeds to announce that rape is legal in his country because he needs more strapping soldiers to manage. The only thing illegal in the country is for a woman to not get pregnant.
The shock is nothing compared to what awaited the new queen on her marriage ceremony. She is brutalized and introduced to a world of sadistic debauchery. When I say brutalized, I mean the kind that made me minimize my media player so I could simply listen for when the ordeal is over. If I remember correctly, wedding rings are for fingers, not the clitoris. In any case, the whole incident traumatizes Beatrice and she seeks spiritual refuge. A series of unfortunate events, however, takes away her hope and her dark side takes over.
Personally, if I were in Beatrice's shoes, I would prefer what the king did to his former wife. Being beheaded is so much more appealing than the kind of life Beatrice led after her marriage. The story is pretty short, only 30 minutes, but at least it has an ending. I was actually waiting for it to be over and instead of griping about a very quick, haphazardly woven tale, I am thankful I didn't have to wait for so long. The appearance of one of Beatrice's "hopes" actually made things interesting, but he only stays for all of two minutes. Too bad, I was in dire need of an eye candy after being exposed to the hideous king.
Hentai scenes are abundant, which is what one would expect from City of Sin. Everyone is buck naked, since people should be ready for sex any time of the day. I don't really see the logic in it, because the kingdom would pretty much crash into poverty at the rate they're populating it, but I guess the king isn't really that smart. There are repeating frames, but I think it's forgivable, considering animators and artists alike would also get tired keeping up with oversexed citizens.
One thing I noticed about this flick is the beautiful background music. It's a mix of haunting, poignant and even suspenseful melodies. Even the beats are so elegantly medieval. English and Japanese dubbing, and English subtitles are available, even if most of the names I saw in the credits are Korean.
My verdict? The production values of this feature are impeccable. The plot, on the other hand, could use some work.