Call Me Tonight
Released Year : July 28, 1986 to ????
No of Episodes : 1
Genre : Comedy,Horror,Romance,Sci-Fi
Plot : Rumi's met a lot of guys through her job, and it's probably fair to assume that most of them could be said to have some sort of problem, but a man who literally turns into a beast when he gets turned on may be outside of this perky call girl's field of expertise. Still, a little challenge every now and again stimulates the mind and makes life so much more interesting, so she's willing to give it a shot. (Source: AniDB)
Our Review : Just to avoid any kind of confusion, I would like to state that this anime is an 80’s style mix of Sci-fi and lite hentai themes. But is not in fact a hentai title. It just has similar content, but never reaches the border of one.
Its funny too, when I first saw "Call Me Tonight" on the MAL database, I was expecting some creepy guy to be calling this young women late at night, being a sort of "stalker" title. But no this OVA is far from that!
I can promise you one thing, the whole story will either confuse you, or make you laugh at its content. Basically this one girl that works for this phone service company (I believe its one of those places where lonely guys call hot women), receives a call from this guy that seems to turn into a monster when ever he is either masturbating, or sees anything that might turn him on. Even as bizarre as that sounds it get even more weird. The head manger of the company takes the job and seems to fall in love with him the very next day, not to mention everyone that finds out about his whole little "monster problem, " either seem to not care or find it fascinating enough to want to experience him doing it for themselves. I just couldn’t help but find it odd that everyone seems to go along with it so well. Now at the end of the title it is explained why he turns into this, but not why it happens regarding the whole "erotic viewing" situation of his. Which now brings me to that point, when I stated earlier that this title was a mix of lite hentai themes, it was true. You get quite a few viewings of topless and/or naked women every so often, not to mention the main male actual gets mounted on by this one naked lady who starts moving very erotically...if you get my drift. (he is fully clothed though) Even so, perhaps your little brother or Grandma should step out of the room when you view this. The whole sex tone isn’t a whole lot considering its only half an hour, but its still very much there for an 80’s title! Which is what this OVA is really all about, erotic sexual behavior topped off with a bit of Sci-fi style themes for good measure. Its not really bad in that regards, they just never really focused on much else regarding the overall story or character chemistry. As everything pertaining to who the characters really are, and the love scenes in general...feel very much rushed and not believable. However I think that’s almost to be expected, because with these style of generas its not really suppose to be about a good story.
Its very nice to look at, so long as you keep in mind that this title was indeed made in 1986. The art design with both the character creations as well as monster style art, all scream out 80’s! For me, watching this title brought back fond memories of when this type of anime (disregard the erotic parts) was all over the televisions in Japan. In fact for older views such as myself, the whole title may bring you back to another series called "Project A-ko, " though not nearly as memorable. The characters move with good fluidity during some of the action scenes, even if they are pretty sparse in general. Backgrounds as a whole were pretty nice to look at, even if some where not quite as nice as others. And the monster that the main guy changes into...while not exactly creepy, is pretty cool!
Once again...80’s! You get a pretty catchy j-pop techno song at the beginning, along with background music of the same sort, only without the vocals. So if that type of music annoys you, then you’ll probably be frustrated more than anything else. I have to say that the character voices did seem to match the characters pretty well, even if some you really don’t get a chance at knowing and therefore have to simply judge by their appearance.
Sadly there is no character chemistry or any depth to them whatsoever, as many of the characters seem to be tossed into the picture just for the sake of doing it. Even the whole love attraction of the two main leads is very much rushed as I had said earlier. Could you really fall in love with someone you have only known for less than 24 hours? Especially considering that this guy masturbates to pin-up posters and changes into a monster? I don’t know about most people, but I certainly would at least ask for a second date before coming to that conclusion.
Bottom Line: 6/10
Even though "Call Me Tonight," doesn't really feel well planned out as a whole, it's also not really all that bad either. And you may find some decent enjoyment from this, especially for those who like this sort of erotic style of play, which I have to admit was kind of amusing. Its main concept actually feels more along the lines of an experimental title to see if it would catch on in Japan. (perhaps in order to see if this would make it as a series) So as far as its content appeal goes, it ends up being a mixed baggage. Some will like it...while others won't. I personally felt it was worth a viewing of, since it is only one episode long.