skysenshi (03.23.2003 ed 03.24.2003)
Alternate Title: The Dream Job
When a man finds himself wallowing in debt, the only recourse
is to hold on to whatever measly alms he is handed. The "compassionate"
person comes in the form of beautiful Sakura Matsura, a woman
who runs an exclusive club of high-paying clients. But this
is no ordinary club. Clients pay to have the best women service
their most hidden perversions. Now these women need a teacher
to turn them into the high quality "products" that
the club has always been proud of. Our hero, in order to pay
his debt, agrees to become the teacher. And so begins the
wickedly woven tales of this game of hearts
I wasn't able to catch the lead character's name, but the
first thing that struck me about this title is that the men
are quite good looking. I could also say the same thing for
the women, especially Sakura Matsura, whom I consider to be
a hottie. The animation isn't all too cheap looking, either.
So basically, Love Lessons (Heart Game) scored a lot of points
for first impressions.
Plot-wise, it doesn't seem to be as trite and ridiculously
stupid as most hentai anime. Sure, we all know that stories
about brothels have always been abundant in the Land of Hentai,
but there's a certain approach to Love Lessons that I find quite
charming. The lead character, of course, joins the club almost
reluctantly. We all know, however, that if I were a guy and
were in his place, I would gladly stay in his line of business.
Come on, given the chance to be paid around ¥300,000 just
to teach a bunch of girls how to screw, will anyone who isn't
a eunuch actually refuse? Not convinced? Okay
getting paid and getting all your expenses covered,
including designer clothes, fine dining, board and lodging
in a gorgeous yacht? Good lord! Can I be a male hentai character
in my next life, please?
What I actually find amusing here are the type of girls that
the clients require. Some want lesbians, some prefer orgy
trainers, and the icing on the cake: an S&M Queen. The
last particularly got my full attention, as it is the first
time that I've seen a guy enjoy having his penis slapped or
stepped on by high-heeled shoes. Don't worry, my male readers,
as the rest of the feature focuses on other mild perversities.
The S&M bit is just one of those.
There are still the trademark gullible bimbos that hilariously
fall into the hands of the club, but Love Lessons is no Shusaku.
First off, Shusaku stars an ugly, filthy, smelly-looking freak
who has no sense of sophistication and uses laughable blackmail
material. The girls that Shusaku preys on have the I.Q. of
a bubblegum, falling for such easy ploys that a lab rodent
can see right through. In Love Lessons, the club officers
concoct elaborate (and expensive) scenariosdevious methods
that lure their victims into love slavery. Hiring bishie sex
instructors is part of it.
Great art, cute story, and a combination of hot and adorable
If this is going to be the trend in next-generation
h-anime, you won't see me complaining.