DVD Review: So I Can’t Play H – The Complete Series
07/12/2015 Leave a comment
Demonic creatures and perverted power is whats on offer in this latest DVD release by MVM Entertainment? But this aside how is So I Can’t Play and what you can expect from it? Find out in our DVD Review.
Never make a deal with a wet goddess you’ve only just met. That’s a lesson Ryosuke Kaga learns the hard way when he foolishly agrees to let Lisara Restole use some of his “essence” to stay in this world. Despite her smoking-hot appearance, Lisara’s actually a Shinigami, a Goddess of Death. However, she doesn’t steal years off his life like any decent Shinigami would do. Oh no, instead she sucks off his lecherous spirit, draining his ability to enjoy… well, the things that teenage boys normally spend most of their time thinking about!
Now the poor degenerate’s only hope of getting his licentiousness renewed is to join the Lisara on her quest, since when she leaves our mortal plane he regains his normal immorality! But Shinigami can be really harsh mistresses, and it’s going to be anything but easy to go back to being sleazy!
So I Can’t Play H is one of those ‘exceptionally’ unique shows that, on paper at least, should feel incredibly stupid and too perverse for general viewing; but while the latter may be correct this show isn’t actually half-bad and provides a nice mixture of action, comedy and suspense that’s wrapped up nicely in the form of excessive fan-service and nudity. Be warned this show is definitely not safe for work, public viewing or around those unfamiliar with this type of scenario – but that doesn’t mean it’s not great… right?!
The series follows Ryosuke Kaga; a typical high-school student with a strange obsession of the ‘erotic’ nature, and his comical adventures with the female incarnate of the Grim Reaper known as Lisara Restall. The Concept of this story is that Lisara has arrived on earth to find ‘the one’ who possess the energy to restore order to her world but in order to replenish her own power in the human world she needs life energy from a human and thus she forms a contract with Ryosuke after a chance encounter. The ironic twist her is that Ryosuke’s energy used to replenish Lisara’s power is non-other-than his obsession with erotica; and thus leads to some interesting debates between characters and the events that unfold hereafter.
So thats pretty much a setup of the story; two characters forced to work together to find this ‘unknown power’ that will help the Grim Reaper restore order, but stopping them in their tracks is other grim reapers with similar powers that are attempting to manipulate the human world. Be it the idol sensation Iria, the notorious Galdarblog or other ‘relatives’ of Lisara herself. At first So i Can’t Play H acts like a traditional, we must work together to save the world, kind of plot but as the episodes progress it turns into more of a ecchi harem with each of the grim-reapers, including bad-guys, fighting for Ryosuke’s affection.
Speaking of ‘ecchi scenes’ So I Can’t Play H is filled to the brim with ‘erotic’ content; be it thoughts, discussions, or trash talk – everything has an alternate sexual agenda to it. For instance the suits that the Grim Reapers wear disappear when their power becomes low – which results in their bodies being revealed, much to the pleasure of Ryosuke, and as a result of this we see Lisara naked at least once in each episode. Speaking of episodes while there is some variety to be, fights with other grim reapers, quest for love, a closer look into characters past and a blossoming relationship – the show does have a rinse and repeat feel to it whereby, by the fourth episode at least, you feel all its going to offer is a topic, enemy threat, naked fight sequence and then ends; but if you stick through it long enough a variety of (as mentioned) topics come about that results in rather obvious but satisfying ending to a rather bizzarely fun series.
Despite it’s rather unprofessional DVD menu layout So I Can’t Play H actually comes with a few worthwhile bonus features; most notably promotional trailers that led up to the series release in Japan.
In total a few minutes worth of promotional content, ranging from TV Spots to full-length-product trailers are included alongside the textless opening and closing animations for the song. The presentation of how to access this content may be basic but at least the content remains on the disc accessible for us to view.
Media: DVD 9 x2
Running Time: 2:11:36 (Disc 1), 2:11:34 (Disc 2)
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 224kbps (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 720 x 576 (576i)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Frame Rate: 25 fps
So I Can’t Play H is an anime series based off a light-novel that sees Ryosuke Kaga team-up with female Grim Reaper Lisara Restole to locate a certain power-source that can be used to help her. Unbeknown to her though she has actually found this power source and it’s non other than Ryosuke’s libido and perverted nature. Through this show, which is mostly filled with sexual comments, potential love interests and naked battles between humanoid demonic creatures, we see the relationship build between the two main characters and a harem build with other grim reapers (and humans); but at the same time we also explore a story which uncovers further character depth both in the real world and demon world.
In short it’s a ‘sexual-centric’ show that’s actually half good for once; with a mixture of great concepts played out with a good storyline, but my only gripe would be of the excessive nature of nudity – although considering the shows title, and the nature of Ryosuke’s obsession, then it all fits into play quite well. Traditional harem shows, such as this, tend to focus on the guy being mixed up in female events but in this story at least the male is obsessed with this perverse nature and thus adds a unique spice to the overall flavour; it’s a different type of harem and while the core principles are there it’s a different experience.
Contents of the series aside there are some ‘questions’ raised about this particular release; for starters the DVD menu layout is ‘extremely’ basic – of course it’s not as bad as Warner Bros release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventre but its not far from it. For instance each episode is listed as “Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3 etc” on the main menu and then after which – if relevant – the selection of bonus content will be listed. There is an obvious reason for this and, just like with Patlabor OVA 2, there is only Japanese audio language so ‘subtitle and menu navigation options’ aren’t needed; but it does offer a more simplistic and basic product than you would expect. For instance you would expect the extras to have their own sub-menu but in this set they do not. Speaking of ‘subtitles’ the English subs are locked and cannot be removed, which is something i’ve very rarely seen on a DVD release; furthermore unlike other Sentai Filmwork produced shows the subtitles are white – similar to FUNimations style – rather than the yellow font we’ve all come to love (or hate).
Overall So i Can’t Play H is a real mixed bag of content; the DVD Menu and it’s presentation is relatively basic, but the picture and audio quality – despite being a two disc set – remain consistent with recent sets of high quality and while the show itself is questionable at best it is satisfyingly entertaining. If you aren’t afraid of the constant appearance of nudity and sexual remarks then So I Can’t Play H is a show definitely worth checking out a underneath all of its nudity there is a pretty decent story to be told with intense action sequences that will get people fired up!
So I Can’t Play H – The Complete Series is now available on DVD within the UK.