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Shin Ringetsu
Reviewer: Aaron Murphy 12/13/2010

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Having been cursed centuries ago with the ability to only have female children, the Rindo family is always on edge about making sure they have an heir. Their one point of salvation is that they’re able to have male children with the Hizuki family, as their innate supernatural powers are able to overcome the Rindo’s curse. It’s with this in mind that Naoto Rindo and Suzune Hizuki have cultivated a special relationship over the past ten years and are now ready to produce an heir. But life is never quite that simple, and after a car accident supposedly kills Suzune, it’s up to her sister Ayumi to take her place. But when Naoto finds out Suzune isn’t exactly dead, and Ayumi has subsequently fallen in love with him, only one thing is certain… sparks are sure to fly!
 
Based on a bishoujo game by Selen, Shin Ringetsu is an alternate telling of the original Ringetsu eroge game and hentai title. While many of the events within have been changed, the thrust of the story is mainly the same; Naoto has to have an heir, and to do that he needs to impregnate one of the four Hizuki sisters. In an effort to save a little time however, Shin Ringetsu only focuses on Suzune and Ayumi as they endeavor to produce an heir for their beloved Naoto.
 
The first and largely only twist in Shin Ringetsu is that Suzune isn’t actually dead, as the car crash seems to have only ripped her soul apart while not having harmed her body. (Apparently this is one of the perks of being a member of the Hizuki family). With her consciousness now locked away inside a toy ring that Naoto gave her many years ago, they have to find some way to not only bring her shattered soul back together, but to get it back into her body. As one may have guessed, sex seems to be the only way to make this happen, so Ayumi decides to dawn the ring as Naoto does her continually as he tries to bring back the love of his life. In this version of Ringetsu, they do succeed in bringing Suzune back, right as they find out both her and Ayumi are pregnant. A quandary of a situation to be sure, at least until Suzune and Ayumi decide to share Naoto with one another forever.
 
In spite of its slightly convoluted plot, much of which isn’t even explained in the episodes (I had to read about it online), Shin Ringetsu is bringing quite a few beautiful girls into the mix with an absolute abundance of sexual titillation. First Naoto and Ayumi start doing it anywhere and everywhere, even at school, before things heat up as Suzune starts to join in on their fun. It’s never really a threesome, per say, as Ayumi and Suzune don’t really do anything with one another considering they are sisters, but that only hinders things a little. Once you see the two of them, nine months pregnant, having their way with the physically exhausted Naoto, the lack of sister love will probably start to slip your mind. Aside from the lovely character designs and lengthy pregnant sex scene however, there are a few problems. The first is simply the lack of any real variety in the near continual erotic endeavors. Naoto always does the same general pounding, with little difference between scenes. Even when the two girls are both attacking Naoto at once, they don’t do anything terribly different than before. It’s a real missed opportunity, especially with some decent animation. Though it is somewhat marred by the visual direction, which seems to prefer super close-ups rather than giving us a better view of the scenes as a whole.
 
Between the abundance of overused close-ups, vague storyline and repetitive sex scenes, Shin Ringetsu has its fair share of issues. The real question is; will the attractive characters, pregnant sex scenes and sweet nature of the OVA win you over in the end? It did for me, but it was close.
 
Miscellaneous:
Shin Ringetsu seems to love exaggerated facial expressions, with huge mouths that just hang open in pleasure as these girls get what they so desire. It’s a bit odd at times though, simply because of how impossibly wide open their mouths actually get, but overall it is a nice tough along with their near perpetual blushing.

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Review Title:
Shin Ringetsu
Type:
OVA
Episodes:
2
Duration:
60 Minutes
Aired:
2008-2009
Suitable For:
Adults Only
General Rating:
3 out of 5 stars
Hentai Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Genres:
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