skysenshi (10.21.2001 ed. 10.10.2003)
It's been a week since I've seen Dream Hazard/Pianist and
I still remember the abuse that my VHS player suffered from
my constant fast forwarding activities. Dream Hazard itself
has no particular story. It's just a set of dreams that Kaori
experiences as she sits down inside a VR machine, living out
her fantasy with the man of her dreams. The desired setting
is an amusement park (boy, doesn't the word "amusement"
have a double meaning now?), where Kaori and her crush proceed
to their getting-to-know-you phase. Things start out as cheerful
and magical at first...until the VR equipment starts conking
out. Kaori then went from well-loved to well-abused, as everyone
would probably expect. It's a hentai anime, after all, and
it wouldn't be in this genre if Kaori only gets a simple date.
I wouldn't wish this kind of computer error in my wildest
dreams, thoughnot when a girl gets raped, tortured,
fist-fucked, pierced repeatedly through her nose, nipples,
vagina and whatnot. Sometimes the machine will go back to
normal and Kaori will be courted gently again, which is all
the more vexing if you were a woman who filled her shoes.
The clincher? Well, I don't really believe that there was
actually a glitch....
Update (October 10, 2003): I was able to rent the
subbed version of this title for my first run through it (in
October 21, 2001). I wasn't so lucky the second time. I was
forced to rent the English dubbed version for this update
just to see if I could notice a few bothersome differences.
And I did. First, I could swear there are some important
scenes missing in the dub, especially where Kaori's dreamboy
is concerned. Second, Kaori is one loud biatch, who keeps
mispronouncing the word "sempai" while killing your
ears with her monotonous yelling. Not only was I constantly
fast forwarding her sadistic scenes, I was also constantly
adjusting the volume. Third, I finally realized Kaori wasn't
the sole person screaming, "Stop! Please stop! Stop it!
Stop the program!" I was aghast to find myself echoing
her. It has been two years and many S&M anime later since
I last saw this, yet it still manages to make me cringe.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Mon-Mon wrote the original
story. He has been known for his sadomasochistic pieces in
Cool Devices. I know he's
very popular in Hentaidom, but I sincerely wish I never come
across any of his works again.
On a side note, Dream Hazard is packaged as part of the Secret
Anima Series, along with Pianist.