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Love Lessons 1 DVD
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Title: Love Lessons / Heart Game
Genre: Drama
Credits: 2001 Mujam Pictures / EVE
US Release: Anime18

Cover Description: Anything you want... for a price. The Trainer will shape any woman into the culmination of your most erotic fantasies. Watch the parade of beautiful females that come to him to be transformed into the ultimate object of desire. Naughty, nice, playful, or passionate, each one is eager to please, and hand-tailored to fit your needs!

Skysenshi Note 2: Oops, my bad! I've just been informed by one of Hentai Neko's contributor, Illia, that this title has been released in English and is in fact called Love Lessons. So I'm changing my "Heart Game" references in my write-up to "Love Lessons" for easier look-up.

Skysenshi Note 1: Love Lessons is another title that isn't released yet in the English-speaking market, so I have no idea what the English title is going to be.

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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…how about 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) scenarios—devious 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 characters… If this is going to be the trend in next-generation h-anime, you won't see me complaining.

Art/Animation: 9 Story/Plot: 8 Characters: 9 Sounds: 7 Ecchi Level: 9