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Sinners Paradise
Reviewer: Aaron Murphy 06/21/2009

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I’ve come to expect that any Vanilla Series release will be a fairly straightforward tale with little in the way of technical finesse. Sinners Paradise certainly continues the overarching trend of shoddy animation and less than desirable detail levels, but this time there’s a twist. Rather than having a story that’s as uncomplicated as can be they’ve decided to confuse the hell out of us with a situation that begs the question, what the fuck is going on? With a mysterious jump to another world, perverted soldiers, shape shifting demons, an ambiguous war and some type of dimensional spiral in the sky with the Tower of Babel shooting up into it, things are about to go from mundane to crazy. It’s just too bad they never explain half of it.     
 
We’re first introduced to Erika and Akino as they’re taking a break on their school’s roof, but after a burst of light they’re whisked away to another world where they’re about to become the centerpiece of an all out rape fest. Realizing they’re not in Kansas anymore, Akino is the first to fall as she gets gang raped by a group of ravenous soldiers; a prelude to the fate Erika faces shortly thereafter. Their inability to answer the soldiers’ questions incited them to; quite literally, screw the answers out of them after a little super pleasure drug injection in all the right places. (I hope for their sake they have other methods for their male prisoners…) Needless to say, their efforts are fun but futile given neither of these girls actually know anything about this messed up world. 
 
With the help of a mysterious demon, Erika is able to escape from her confines and quickly finds herself in the middle of the resistance’s base camp. Sadly that’s when the confusion starts, with Erika being destined to free those oppressed souls from the shackles of the soldiers and a whole bunch of other jive talk that really makes no sense. I’m sure there’s some rhyme or reason in there as to why he raped her after rescuing her, with his tentacles and enormous penis no less, but it was lost on me. At any rate, after that there’s just more rape coupled with convoluted conversations giving us bits and pieces about what’s going on, but it’s never fleshed out enough for us to actually understand what’s happening in this crazy world. At least not until the very end of the OVA, which does explain what the heck happened to our heroines, but does little more than help connect some of the many dots throughout the two episodes. Not good enough Sinners Paradise, not at all.     
 
So, with everything else that’s going on that they can’t competently explain there’s also a subplot between Erika and Akino being told through a multitude of flashbacks. It centers on how they both used to run together, but Akino, always the fastest, found herself constantly getting slower as her breasts got larger. As Erika overtook her in speed, she became disheartened and angry with her body and with Erika whose breasts were almost nonexistent. This leads to Erika saying and Akino doing hurtful things to the other as Erika wanders around oblivious to the pain Akino is feeling. The events throughout Sinners Paradise can almost be seen as a realization of and penance for their past actions (hint hint wink wink), but it hardly seems like a situation that requires so much consideration and angst. Or maybe I’m just an insensitive bastard… I’m leaning towards both.
 
Between the incoherent story, lousy visuals and poorly done sex scenes, Sinners Paradise really doesn’t have much going for it. The naughty bits could have been good with the super pleasure drug effectively causing instant orgasms and demons with tentacles and whatnot, but it never comes together. The characters are just average looking with Erika having some very strange tan lines and a couple characters clearly residing on the loli side of things. There’s just too much crap weighting it all down. The most surprising thing of all is that the English dub isn’t half bad, but it doesn’t help with the pain of watching the OVA as it is.   

Miscellaneous:
Sinners Paradise was released on 2 DVDs, Genesis and Revelations, each with one episode.

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Review Title:
Sinners Paradise
Alternative Titles:
Shitsurakuen
Type:
OVA
Episodes:
2
Duration:
60 Minutes
Aired:
2008
Suitable For:
Adults Only
General Rating:
2 out of 5 stars
Hentai Rating:
2.5 out of 5 stars
Genres:
Military, Supernatural, Gangbang,
Large Insertion, Rape, Tentacles
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