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Lover in Law
Reviewer: Aaron Murphy 06/02/2009

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Lover-in-Law is a slightly sordid tale about Mai, a voluptuous young woman who runs a flower shop with an adulterous secret. With her husband having been transferred to work in another city, she and her nephew-in-law Tsutomu have taken over running the family’s flower shop. He’s there as an extra pair of hands when he’s not off attending class at the local University, but he’s about to become much more than that. Mai is starting to feel lonely with her husband constantly away and lucky for her she has an eager young man just waiting to satisfy her desires, even if he does need a little coaxing. Add to that another busty female, Kozue, who’s joining the flower shop workforce and you have an equation that just oozes fun, as long as their respective husbands don’t find out about all the nasty little details going on behind closed doors. 
 
Hentai titles often have some fetish elements present, helping them appeal to a subset of the larger hentai crowd and Lover-in-Law is sporting one of the most prevalent in hentai or anime alike. After Mai’s introduced you’ll have an inkling of just what that fetish is, but after Kozue enters the picture your suspicions will be solidified as both these women have simply enormous breasts. Now I’m not really a fan of large breasts, and I would undoubtedly despise such oversized watermelons on a real woman, but what can I say, animation just makes things better than they would otherwise be. Once your eyes maneuver their way back into your skull, the actual story begins to take shape. Lonely Mai, in a drunken stupor, ends up sleeping with Tsutomu after her husband fails to make it home after being away for what must be months. She’s ashamed at what has happened, but Tsutomu, angry at his brother for leaving such a beautiful woman with a newborn alone, is determined to make her happy. With a little prodding, Mai can’t help but want to have more sex with him, and so begins their debauchery. The old “vibrator inside you while you’re working,” a classic I might add, gives away this new relationship to the jealous Kozue, who’s also having love life problems with her always at work husband. Tsutomu ends up getting persuaded, by Mai I might add, to go on a date with Kozue to have a little fun and make her feel better. With a date that goes a little too well, they end up in a hotel room all night while Mai contemplates just what she’s done here. Jealousy, a love for sex, and a threesome ensue as they comes to grips with their current situation and what they all want from life. Which, as with most people, is just more sex. 
 
Even though bits and pieces may sound dark, with emotions running high and married women off having affairs, one with her husband’s brother least we forget, the mood stays almost entirely lighthearted. They don’t dwell on the negative aspects of what they’re doing, quickly moving onto the joys of sex and being with someone. As a result the title ends up being very sweet, with these women just happy to have someone in their lives and Tsutomu’s glad he can satisfy these women who, as he sees it, have been all but abandoned by their husbands. They never venture down the road of actually showing either of their husbands or delve into them finding out about the events transpiring with their wives. That’s not what Lover-in-Law is going for, and just the contemplation how unscrupulous their actions are is as far as they go. 
 
Given the subject matter, the sex is mostly what you’d expect. Other than a vibrator here and there, Mai spraying milk thanks to her recently becoming a mother and a double dildo to top things off, sex acts are pretty standard. Even though they’re mostly just having regular sexual encounters, the quality of Lover-in-Law allows the scenes to shine through. The characters are all very likable, down-to-earth people just looking to find happiness and their continued apprehension to the whole situation helps with the realism of their plight. Both Kozue and Mai are equally sweet and beautiful, adding to the attachment one has when the sex scenes do come down the pike, which is quite often. The technical aspects are also there to bring the OVA through with shining colors. Between the solid animation and copious amount of detail, one shouldn’t be concerned with the sex scenes not living up to their billing. Even the English dub is actually pretty well done. I was understandably floored when I first switched to it and it actually sounded competently done. It’s just another of the many notches in Lover-in-Law’s belt.         
 
Lover-in-Law keeps itself lighthearted and fun without losing those elements of realism and introspection that raise it above its counterparts. It’s a surprising dash of quality that you rarely see in a hentai title and something which truly makes it a joy to watch. As long as you’re up for a sweet tale as opposed to the usual tentacle and rape fests, it shouldn’t disappoint. 

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Review Title:
Lover in Law
Alternative Titles:
Aniyome wa Ijippari, Elder Brother's Wife
Type:
OVA
Episodes:
2
Duration:
60 Minutes
Aired:
2008
Suitable For:
Adults Only
General Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Hentai Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Genres:
Large Breasts, Menage a Trois, Milk Maiden,
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