Midnight Panther

Rating: 0 Rampages cover for the video

The traveling musical group The Pussycats is the hottest thing around. Lou, Kei and Sonya are three, sexy singers with a legion of screaming fans in every town. But these pussycats have claws. Singers by day, assassins by night. Unbeknownst to their fans, The Pussy Cats are also The Midnight Panthers -- female assassins who will kill anyone for the right price!

Based off of the rather hentai manga of the same name, Midnight Panther is one of those hentai shows that tries to mix comedy, action and smut all into one show. Unfortunately, like nearly all who attempt such a feat, they pull off none of those three things well at all. The three girls are an odd lot--Kei is a metamorph that can turn into a panther (and who seems to have a rather ravenous appetite...for men), another is a sultry sexpot who likes to screw her victims before strangling them with her long hair, and Lou (who also seems to be the main character of these two episodes) is the repressed tomboy warrior-girl, who does all the grunt work because "She can't seduce men".

The real story of this 60-minute-OVA is that the warrior-girl finds out that they're hired to kill the tyrannical King Bad (gee, nice name pal) of her old home..a King who ALSO happens to be her half brother who murdered their parents and tried to kill her as well to secure his place on the throne (she was raised as a boy and her brother never knew). So of course, she demands that she must be the one to "seduce" him and then kill him. So of course we get this nice prolonged, realy irritating incest scene ending with Lou smooching Bad's severed head...great, anyone for an X flashback?

There is very little that is likable about this show, and the characters sure as hell do not fall into the likable category. Throughout the 60 minutes of the show we get no insight into the motivations of the girls and no explanation for their lifestyle--we're just supposed to accept the fact that they like to screw, eat men and slay monsters not necessarrily in that order...and sing in cute little idol-singer outfits. Oh, we're also supposed to laugh. The DVD version I saw was pathetically timed, often putting the lines up just as the person finishes talking. No interesting music to speak of, and bland animation especially considering it's an OVA and was recently made. In the end what we are given is a cheesy story populated by characters we care nothing about, and comedic attempts that get a laugh only due to the ineptitude of their excecution. Despite all of this, I could have put up with it all were it not for one scene; the single most irritating character in the show (a twiggy, foppish little ass of an antagonist) is playing hide & seek with Kei...in an S&M outfit. Man did I really not need to see that.

While I haven't read the Manga, I'm told that this is pretty faithful to it. As such, I have no interest whatsoever in ever encountering anything to do with this story again...and neither should you, there are far better ways to spend an hour (like yanking out your eyelashes with a pair of pliers, for one).

Available subbed or dubbed from Anime18.