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Countdown: Akira Complex
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 07/01/2001

Synopsis:
Akira Amamiya is a beautiful young man who is known for his sexual prowess. Women want him. Men want him too. But to Akira, a hole is a hole so it doesn't really matter who he has sex with. All anyone has to do to get laid by Akira is ask. With Akira, any relationship is meaningless and purely physical because he has feelings for only one woman -- a world-renowned fashion model who is also his stepsister. But everything starts to change when Akira meets Kaname... a young woman who is determined to love the real Akira.

Review:
I've always deemed it impossible to fuse a deep plot with hentai elements, but Countdown Akira proves me wrong.

CA is truly a brilliant piece of work. Totally obsessed with his stepsister, Akira is a very complex character. As his past is gradually revealed, you'll see that in all their years of growing up together, Akira's stepsister has treated him as a plaything. But somehow, Akira has always felt that their relationship was special and unique, beyond conventional understanding. Thus, even as he sleeps around with countless partners, none of them is allowed to say his name... because his name is something that only she (his stepsister) has the right to utter. Akira has some very deep-seated psychological problems, thanks in no small part to his stepsister. He lives in his own world.

Kaname is an equally intriguing character. She had always considered herself fortunate to have a nice boyfriend like Tatsuro. After all, Tatsuro may not be as good-looking or popular as Akira, but he was reliable. Akira's devil-may-care attitude infuriates and yet fascinates Kaname. She is drawn to him like a moth to a flame. When two intense characters like these come together, you just can't go wrong.

The artwork is gorgeous. The characters are fabulously drawn -- from expressive eyes to the silky hair and lithe bodies. The only problem is, there is a lack of distinctiveness in their physical appearance. I'm nitpicking here but let's put it this way -- everyone basically has the same facial features, only with different hair! The animation style is quite unique. The movements are in sequence but not continuous; it's hard to describe but it suits the overall tone of CA perfectly. CA is also very artistic and tasteful in its treatment of sexual content. The lower body sequences are transposed with monotone sketches and waves of color. It is explicit without being trashy and filthy. All in all, this is a very impressive hentai title which would have garnered a perfect rating if the characters didn't all look alike.

Miscellanies:
In the original Japanese version, she's not his stepsister but his real blood sister. All three episodes are compiled in one VHS tape.

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Review Title:
Countdown: Akira Complex
Alternative Titles:
Yuuwaku Count Down Kagami Akira
Type:
OVA
Episodes:
3
Duration:
90 Minutes
Aired:
1997
Suitable For:
Adults Only
General Rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Hentai Rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Genres:
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