© 1995 Kazuma G-Verson Mediax / Pink Pinapple
While themes of elves and humans becoming romantically involved has been used in many fantasy stories, Elven Bride goes one step further by tossing a little hentai into the mix. If you ever wondered what would happen if Parn and Deedlit hooked up in Lodoss War, this is the title for you.
Elven Bride is the story of two people, a human swordsman named Kenji and an elf named Milfa, who fall in love and get married despite racial prejudice from both humans and elves. Things open with a brief wedding, followed by an extended glimpse of the happy couple on their wedding night. Things aren't going to go as smooth as they had planned, for just as they attempt to get down to business Kenji discovers that elves are a little too "small" to accommodate a human (in other words, ouch!). So, Kenji triumphantly announces that he will seek out the "ultimate lubrication" so the two can finally have a happy honeymoon.
It turns out that the "ultimate lubrication" is actually "Harpy Ooze" (is it just me, or does that sound just plain icky?) Kenji finds a Harpy nest and is about to capture a Harpy, when along comes another being, a Harpian (which is basically the same as a Harpy, except much more attractive). The Harpian ends up snagging Kenji and he is whisked away to the hidden Harpian city. This Harpian (who we learn is named Pyully) has some interesting plans for Kenji. It seems that when Harpians mate with other Harpians, the end result is a Harpy. The only way for a female Harpian to produce Harpain offspring is to mate with a human male. In this case, the victim is poor 'ol Kenji who really doesn't want to do it at all (a male character in a hentai being forced to have sex against his will? Will wonders never cease...). But, in a surprise plot twist (well, not really), Kenji discovers that Harpians also secrete "Harpy Ooze". Now if only he can figure out a way to get some...
That's basically the plot in a nutshell, but it continues onward with Kenji's triumphant return home and another crack at the honeymoon. There's also some mild themes of prejudice mixed in, mainly with the humans taking a strong dislike to Milfa despite her best efforts to be friendly with them.
In the sexual department, Elven Bride isn't an overly graphic title. As a matter of fact, of the four brief sex scenes in it, two go unfinished due the previously mentioned "problem" of elves and humans mating. I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone looking for any hardcore hentai fare. It's much lighter and sweeter than that, almost to the point of being a little tame.
The artwork and animation are of good quality considering this is a hentai title we're talking about. Bright colors are used throughout, the background artwork is nicely detailed, and the characters are rendered in typically cute anime fashion.
In the end, Elven Bride isn't that bad. In a genre known mainly for things like tentacles and bondage, it's always nice to see something a little bit on the cute side. At the same time, it's not quite as outlandish or funny as it could be, and with only a half hour of running time, it's pretty short. Still, Elven Bride is probably worth the price of a rental.
The Verdict: * * * (average)
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