Yuriko YamaguchiJapanese
Dragon Pink
Medium: OVA, series
Year: 1994
Director: Takashi Takai, Wataru Fujii, Akira Ijuin, Jun Fukuda
Actor: Katsuyo Endou, Yuriko Yamaguchi
Keywords: anime, hentai, boobs, fantasy
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 3 episodes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=2117
Website category: Anime 1990s
Review date: 20 March 2024
Dragon Pink
It's from the first year of Pink Pineapple! They're a less famous hentai studio than, say, Green Bunny, but they're still going today, thirty years later. (They're also at the classier end of the hentai market... comparatively speaking.)
I disliked this particular series quite a lot, though.
It's based on an incomplete manga that also spawned a video game, set in a fantasy world that's a parody of RPGs, especially Japanese computer ones. Our adventurer heroes are:
(a) a cat-slave called Dragon Pink, whose only role is getting naked. She has neither weapons nor magic. Her species is despised in this fantasy world, so she's lucky that at least her fellow adventurers aren't racists... but they are scum. Pink herself is nice, though. She's in love with Santa (yes, that's really his name) and she'll clobber him with a giant mallet when he's too blatantly skirt-chasing.
(b) Santa the "hero", but he's a bastard. He's usually nice in ep.1, except when drooling over other women. He defends Pink from racists and fights a hell-tiger for its hide to make clothes for her. In the other episodes, though, he's vile. He treats Pink as the slave she is, e.g. forcing her to pull a cart containing him and the other party members. What, him, walk for himself? Since he's treating her like a carthorse, he whips her. He hangs her naked from a tree as monster bait. He makes her go first in dungeons, in case of traps. He'll eat like a king in restaurants while she eats scraps from a dog bowl, then on finding he's forgotten his wallet lends her as collateral to the owner. (The guy then sells her to cultists who mean to sacrifice her.)
I think Santa's meant to be funny (e.g. his inversion of the usual heroic disdain for treasure in ep.3), but I wanted him dead. When he falls into a snake pit, I was disgusted when his friends rescued him.
(c, d) Bobo the warrior barbarian and Pierce the elf witch. They disapprove of Santa's antics... but they never interfere and they'll join in when he's exploiting her. They ride in the Pink-cart, for instance, and they eat the same food as him at restaurants. They're not hateful, though. They're normally nice and only evil passively.
The show's not even that pornographic. There's a ton of nudity, but mainstream Hollywood movies have got racier than the Pink-Santa sex scene in ep.1 and there's no heterosexual sex at all in ep.2. The only hardcore scene is in ep.3, when we learn that Pierce needs sex to recharge her magic points and so she fellates Bobo mid-fight. They're a couple. Apparently, in the original manga, he gets her pregnant and they settle down together.
The plot's nothing special, but at least there is one. It's a bog-standard fantasy OVA with parodic elements that some people found amusing. (Ep.3 has Mink from the much better known 1993 OVA Dragon Half, except with a different name. She's called Shina.) These episodes have plots, action and jokes. Their baddies are suitably horrible. They're wildly exploitative (e.g. the dildo cobra), but watchable if you can stomach Santa in eps.2-3... and at least he's meant to be like that. He's a parody. I didn't find him funny, but that's just me.
SHINA = "There are many more like me, held captive in a nearby dungeon."
SANTA = "A dungeon? Around here? I've never heard of it."
SHINA = "I beg you, please rescue them!"
SANTA = "No bloody chance, lady! I've only got enough hit points for one fight against a monster of that level per episode."