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Mystery of the Necronomicon
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 12/31/1999

Synopsis:
Satoshi is a private detective who is confronted with a series of gruesome and ritualistic murders that seem to be connected to a mysterious old book called the Necronomicon. The Necronomicon supposedly contains the secret to eternal life, and people have been known to sacrifice anything and everything just to get their hands on it. Satoshi must regain his memory from six years ago in order to get to the bottom of the killings -- before he himself is killed.

Review:
Mystery of the Necronomicon is one of those rare hentai titles which focuses more on plot rather than sex. I was so surprised when I started watching because Necronomicon unfolds like a nice, suspenseful, and thrilling who-done-it mystery.

Mystery of the Necronomicon is about a tormented man named Satoshi, who is a private detective by profession. Satoshi and his personal assistant Asuka are taking a vacation in a ski resort when a whole family is found dead in a hotel room -- their eyes gouged out and the skin off their faces peeled off. But this is only the first in a chain of brutal murders that Satoshi eventually finds himself investigating. What's more, the present events seem linked to Satoshi's lost past. Something happened six years ago that caused Satoshi to lose his memory, leaving him only with occasional nightmares which serve as a reminder. One thing is certain: everything is related to the ancient book called the Necronomicon.

So where does the sex come in? It's kind of strange really. Like one time Satoshi goes to the local library to do some research, the librarian comes on to him and they have sex. In another instance, one of the murder victims manages to blackmail and rape a woman prior to getting himself killed. Make no mistake that there are a lot of sex scenes in Necronomicon, it's just that they are not necessarily related to the plot. It seemed as if the sexual parts were just thrown in for the sake of having some.

The art and animation are excellent. There are lots of lovely ladies and interesting locales (albeit a shortage of handsome men). Sex is depicted graphically, and everything is shown in their full uncensored glory -- including the male and female lower genital areas. The English dubbing is pretty okay too, except for the fact that a lot of Japanese names are mispronounced. I couldn't stand how they called Asuka "A-sooo-kah" and Rumiko "Ru-meee-kow".

Mystery of the Necronomicon gives you a good blend of story, suspense, and sex. Definitely one of the more worthwhile hentai titles I've encountered.

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The DVD release contains all four episodes.

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Review Title:
Mystery of the Necronomicon
Alternative Titles:
Kuro no Danshou
Type:
OVA
Episodes:
4
Duration:
120 Minutes
Aired:
1999
Suitable For:
Adults Only
General Rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Hentai Rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Genres:
Mystery, Bondage, Rape,
Toys, Watersports, Yuri
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