Yu Yu Hakusho: Poltergeist Report: Another missable AZN feature

Anime on AZN is kind of hit-or-miss: so far I’ve seen うる星やつら 2: ビューティフル・ドリーマー (Urusei Yatsura 2), オーディーン 光子帆船スターライト (Odin), 風の名はアムネジア (A Wind Named Amnesia), 火垂るの墓 (Grave of the Fireflies), 老人Z (Roujin Z), 少女革命ウテナアドゥレセンス黙示録 (Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie), ヴィーナス戦記 (Venus Wars), and ガルフォース (Gall Force: Eternal Story). One obvious win, one pretty good one marred by a shitty dub, a couple of promising premises with disappointing execution, and an bunch of basically forgettable stories. Poltergeist Report falls into the last category. It’s a bunch of guys fighting demons, losing a lot of battles but winning out in the end (oops spoiler). I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that one before.

A couple of points worthy of note, before I shrug my way out of this review: first, this film is based on an episodic series which I’ve never seen (it’s on TV, but not at an hour when I usually watch TV), so I probably missed out on some of the important characterization (the movie tries to define their characters, but I think it assumes we already know them). Second, if there’s one lesson this film teaches, it’s “never get distracted”. The spirit and underworld agents will be fighting over a mystic site or a power sphere or somesuch, and, as is far too common, someone gets injured, or maybe just knocked over, and the spirit tream (i.e. the good guys), given a perfectly good opening to secure the site or whatever, completely forget the objective and rush to their comrades aid while the demons laugh evilly and make off with their ill-gotten gains. See, guys, if you kept some semblance of focus in the first 69,105 battles, you wouldn’t have to pull out all the stops on the 69,106th.

Anyways, this one gets a resounding “meh”. Urusei Yatsura made me want to know a bit more about what was going on in the UY-world, even with the crappy dub. Yu Yu Hakusho has done little to kindle my interest in continuing to follow the story of the spirit detectives.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia, Anime News Network, AniDB.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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