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Level C - Kazuomi and Mizuki Level C - Kazuomi Level C - Mizuki and Kazuomi Level C - Haruno

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Title: Level C
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Credits: 1995 Futaba Aoi / Mitsuba Kurenai / BIBLOS / Super BBC Video Project. Original story: The Equation of Ecstasy Level C
US Release: Kittty Media

Cover Description: Mizuki is a popular male fashion model with a promising future. When the mysterious Haruno sees him, she wants to make him the centerpiece for her company's latest promotion. To lure Mizuki in, she calls on the talents of her twin brother Kazuomi. He is quick to seduce the young supermodel, but things soon escalate beyond business as usual. As Kazuomi's feelings run away with him, it looks like true love for him and Mizuki.

Skysenshi's Note 2: Finally was able to borrow my in-laws' PC.

Skysenshi's Note 1: Sorry about the lack of screenshots. My PC suddenly refused to play R1 DVDs so I couldn't capture the images. Will provide them later this week.

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skysenshi (08.08.2003)
Yaoi Formula for Romance?
"Be they be big and burly, or skinny and sweet, boys will be with boys…" That is the first line you will see when you pick up this DVD. It is kinda catchy, doncha think? It definitely will make your usual yaoi fan think that this is one of those usual yaoi fic where every guy chases another guy and you only see women as accessories.

Not true with this one. Kazuomi is not a boy who will be with a boy. He is a boy—correction, a man—who loves sharing intimate moments with people, whether they are male or female. He isn't your typical straight-acting super macho dominant male, as what is usual in your typical shonen-ai story. He cooks, he cleans. He is good in bed and is a very considerate lover. Just what every 21st century woman needs, isn't he? Well, too bad, ladies, because he ends up with Mizuki, a male model who acts every bit as girly as any demure anime girl would.

Nice beginning. BUT...

The plot is extremely fast-paced, with no room for sweet transitions. Nor does it provide any profound explanations as to how or why Kazuomi finds himself head over heels in love with Mizuki. They meet, they talk, they have sex, and suddenly they love each other. Just like Romeo and Juliet. Maybe that's enough for a mush fan. I, on the other hand, expect a little more than that because Kazuomi is supposed to be an extremely jaded guy who only knows sex à la carte. So, how does he come to feel so much for Mizuki when all the others were just for his body's enjoyment?

Characterization needs further development. Much as I am quite taken with Kazuomi's sense of humor and comical antics, I just can't help but feel that the only other interesting character in Level C is his sister, Haruno. Mizuki's brother, played by Takehito Koyasu, is also fascinating but you don't get to see much of him. The rest is a blur.

The artwork and animation are pretty decent, although sometimes it seems like the gay community's version of Candy Candy. One just can't miss Mizuki's big doe eyes. Big, sparkling, doe eyes. The hentai scenes are old school, meaning you can only see outlines of the essentials. It's quite ironic because the basic goal of the characters is to reach the "Equation of Ecstasy Level C". Perhaps they should've aimed for Level X? Or better yet, XXX? You won't find any hardcore stuff here, that's for sure. As if the shortness of this film isn't bad enough.

One last thing, I would like to clarify that the description at the back cover of the DVD isn't quite as descriptive as it should be. In fact, the chronology of the events are kind of messed up. I don't know about the manga, but in the anime, Kazuomi sees Mizuki first and then everything follows later. There isn't even a mention of business propositions meant to lure Mizuki in, so forget about major twists and turns in the plot. This is fluff, pure and simple.

Art/Animation: 8 Story/Plot: 7 Characters: 7 Sounds: 8 Ecchi Level: 5