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Crimson Climax
Reviewer: Aaron Murphy 07/30/2009

Review:
Crimson Climax is the type of hentai title that really excels where most others fail. It hits just the right mix of narrative and sex to keep things moving while still giving us a decent amount of pleasurable situations to feast our eyes on. Ryo has traveled back to her birthplace after the death of her mother, looking for answers and more information on just the type of person her mother was. Arriving at a secluded island in the middle of nowhere, she’s greeted by her old friend Hotaruko who’s after her affection as much as she is her body. Ryo’s brief stay may turn out to be permanent though, for strange things are happening on this island paradise. In the dead of night she keeps witnessing women being killed at the height of ecstasy and their ultimate pleasure is starting to get the better of her. Will she be able to fight her baser urges and find the answers she seeks, or will she be lost in the sexual fray and become just another sacrifice to some imaginary deity?      
 
That’s the eternal struggle Ryo faces as soon once she steps back on this cursed island her mother warned her never to return to. As a member of the Kizuki family, she’s treated as royalty on the island thanks to her relation to Hotaruka and the other members who still reside and preside over the island. Theirs is a sordid lot however, worshiping a puppet God who’s constantly being infused with the sinews of women killed right after orgasming in order to give it life and mobility. The hilarious part is that the sinews rot just like they would in any dead body, so they have to constantly keep killing more women to re-infuse it with fresh sinews. Not a very practical method to be sure.         
 
As Crimson Climax progresses, we see Ryo constantly witnessing these strange acts of human sacrifice and sexual promiscuity, but she’s overcome by a distinct feeling of arousal and always seems to pass out and wake up in her bed, making her think it was all just a dream. Unfortunately, by the time she starts putting the pieces together, like how the people she sees killed are no longer around, her time to escape is quickly fading. The longer she stays, the more the blood of those who’re killed cause the flowers on the island to bloom, releasing a powerful aphrodisiac that’s not only making Ryo one horny girl, but it’s slowly putting her under the control of their mysterious leader, Master Mizuno. Time will only tell if she still has the mental fortitude to fight against the island, or if she’s already too far gone in the land of lust and perversion. 
 
It’s a rather interesting setup with all the tomfoolery going on and the mystery of just who, or what, Master Mizuno is and what they’re trying to achieve by keeping him “alive.” Plus there’s the added bonus, for those of you who take a shine to violence and blood, of Crimson Climax being very graphic in that respect. Between limbs flying through the air, blood explosions, people being eaten alive and an underwater mass grave, there’s a little something for everyone. Of course we can’t forget about the most important part, the sex scenes. While not as prevalent as one may like, given more of a story focus here, those we do get are rather well done. There’s a mess of lesbian scenes between all manner of girls, a specially made double dildo bondage scene, and a lot of regular sex via the main caretaker and liaison to Master Mizuno. He’s the one who brings all these women to ecstasy before stabbing them in the chest with a sword and harvesting out their sinews. He’s a great guy once you get to know him…
 
Adding to the quality of the sex scenes, aside from their slightly perverse nature, is just how sexy and sweet the girls are. With about five of them taking center stage throughout the three episodes, none should disappoint. The real problem with the release is that the details are really not as strong as they could have been, especially with the quality of the animation work and backgrounds. If they could have made the naughty bits naughtier I’d probably be watching the OVA again right now rather than writing this review. It’s always nice when a title like this gives you an English dub that isn’t too bad, so you can keep your eyes trained on all the nasty, gory, and titillating events happening with a delirious smile on your face.

Miscellaneous:
Crimson Climax is currently being re-released on two DVDs (Crimson Climax: Cursed Beginnings and Island of Sin).

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Review Title:
Crimson Climax
Alternative Titles:
Hotaruko
Type:
OVA
Episodes:
3
Duration:
90 Minutes
Aired:
2003
Suitable For:
Adults Only
General Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Hentai Rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Genres:
Bondage, Gangbang, Incest,
Toys, Watersports
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