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Amused... and confused...
on April 11, 2006
Before I bought this DVD used from a local store I hadn't even heard of either series, much less seen them. I guess I have a fresh approach towards it since I didn't buy it simply because I liked the series. ^_^
For Ninku the movie (more in depth since no one really talked about it yet):
The fight scenes are very well done, even though no real weapons are used (I'm into sharp, pointy items that shine :P). There is a lot of detail used in making the special moves and their effects. I didn't feel cheated at all, even without any samurai swords.
As well known as the Ninku are, no one ever recognizes them! Fame and fortune don't always go together as they are often searching for ways to get food and money. Circus performers pretend to be the famous Ninku team in the very town the Ninku arrive at! What's worse, the only job around is to be the imposters' servents!
Fusuke may look a lot like a child with a blank expression, but he had been the captain of the first Ninku division. In the movie, he shows himself to be a very thoughtful, generous, loyal, and level-headed guy; what you'd expect in a leader. I found myself laughing AT him more than once during the movie and wondered how HE could possibly be a former captain. I didn't have any doubts once the fight scene truely started. He becomes very serious and the vibe you get from him changes.
Touji was a captain for the sixth division of Ninku. In the movie he seems to be Rihoko's brother. I was shocked at first to see him tear off his clothes to fight in his underwear, but it became comical.
Aicho was a captain of the nineth division of Ninku. Rihoko has a huge crush on him and he does about all he can to stay away from her.
Rihoko doesn't fight, she just tags along with the guys (I'm pretty sure she is in fact Touji's sister). I think her main role is comical relief and to be the occasional damsel in distress, but I like her sometimes bossy character.
The penguin is named Hiroyuki. He is very intelligent. Unfortunely, he also tends to have really bad gas. Poor Fusuke seemingly faints when Hiroyuki farts on him in the movie. Immature humor? Sure, but it's still funny to me. It isn't overdone or used in bad taste, so I don't have a problem with it. I'm sure it's an effective move in a fight. :P
Overall, it's VERY funny, even if in a stupid kind of way.
For Yu Yu Hakusho:
I could tell right away that this was a movie best viewed after seeing the series. I guess I lucked out that the store accidently gave me Yu Yu Hakusho the Movie (Poltergeist Report) first on accident. I got a clue as to who was who and how they all felt about each other. Because I was so new to the series I didn't really notice anything wrong with the characters or their voices, but I also was confused about certain things that weren't explained because they assume you've watched the series before the movie.
If you are flexible and can let characters be different than normal, then buy this used somewhere. It's, by far, not worth purchasing it brand new, so make sure you get it used.