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Yugo the Negotiator, Vol. 1: Pakistan, Vol. 1

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Beppu Yugo is one of the world's finest private negotiators. His mastery of multiple languages, psychology, and his iron will set him apart from others in his trade. He has a proven track record of successful negotiations in tense situations where most others fail. Now the negotiator's skills will be put to the ultimate test as he goes up against fundamentalist terrorists in Pakistan.


The 2004 broadcast series Yugo the Negotiator is based on the long-running manga Yugo by Shinji Makari and Shuu Akana. Yugo Beppu will travel anywhere to resolve a crisis peacefully. He's polite to Third World informants, gallant to mistreated women, and impervious to pain. When a tearful girl begs him to free her father from the guerilla band that's holding him for ransom in Pakistan, Yugo accepts, even though he won't earn much. Neither Yusuf Ali Mesa's guerillas nor the Pakistani army want the freelance negotiator involved: they both beat the sushi out of Yugo. Although the storyline feels depressingly contemporary, Yugo plays like a retread of numerous anime adventures. The extras include very brief interviews with some of the Japanese artists, and a rambling discussion with a Pakistani consultant. Despite the work of the consultant, the script refers to Mera's crew as "dacoits," who were 19th-century robbers, not guerillas. (Rated TV 14 VL, suitable for ages 15 and older: violence, violence against women, sexual situations, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000929V9U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,924 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I run the anime club at my local college, and we are part of ADV's ADVocates program, where they send us free DVDs and promotional material before being released to the public. The latest DVD they sent us contained the first two episodes of this series, and it looks quite good.

A hostage has been taken by a fanatical anti-government organization in Pakistan, and negotiations are falling apart. The daughter of the hostage, Mayuko, has decided to hire professional negotiator Yugo Beppo. An expert in the field and armed with many allies and his own expertise, he sets out to Pakistan to try to save the hostage's life...and from the previews and these two episodes, he'll go to any lengths to do so.

This series seems freshly realistic. The animation style is cool, the characters are enjoyable, and the story is addicting (like most animes) and keeps you wanting to see more. I can tell this one is going to be fairly good.

Content-wise, its a bit bloody and violent, and some mature themes are present, but this is what makes the series more realistic. It doesn't try to hide the nature of the beast...what you see is what you get...and I find that works very well.

As always, ADV does a very professional job dubbing this series. I'm no expert in telling the difference of accents in Japanese, but in English they work well. Based on their catalog release, there will be 4 total DVDs.

If you're looking for something original, fresh, and realistic, you'll like this. As ADV says, this series goes to show how many genres anime can cover. I recommend checking this one out for yourselves
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A hostage has been taken in Pakistan; the chances of his survival are slim to none.

Enter Yugo Beppu, the world's greatest private negotiator. With keen intellect, quick wits and indomitable willpower, he's got a reputation for getting hostages released unharmed.

So, when the negotiations in Pakistan break down, Yugo is called on the scene to deal with a fierce anti-government faction.

Now, all of Yugo's psychological strategies will be put to the test as he faces off with a fearsome killer who left the last negotiator dead at his feet.

Walking a dangerous line between the powerful military and ruthless guerrillas, it will take more than words for Yugo to survive in the blazing desert.

"Yugo the Negotiator" is an anime that may not appeal to everyone because it doesn't have that sci-fi, over-the-top action that many anime have.

Rarely, do I have opportunities to watch anime that covers current events where the main character doesn't have superpowers or some unique special ability and that is one reason why I enjoy "Yugo the Negotiator" so much.

With action and suspense, I was very into this anime and very surprised by it's enticing storyline.

The first episode deals with the hostage's daughter going to Yugo and pleading for him to take on this case.

Also, a look back at how the last negotiator failed and to see how ruthless the enemy aka Dacoits are.

The second episode deals with Yugo doing his research and learning more about the enemy and what it would take to secure the hostage's release which means being in between the Pakistan army and the Dacoits.

Also, how Yugo and friend work a release for a slave (prostitute/dancer).
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Yugo the Negotiator is a critically acclaimed show that follows the adventures of Yugo Beppu, a professional negotiator from Japan who is called in during crisis situations all over the world. He doesn't do it for the thrill though. He's trying to save lives, and make up for a botched negotiation years ago in which someone close to him died. His newest mission is to negotiate for the release of Japanese businessman taken hostage by Pakistani religious rebels. One negotiator has already been killed, probably due to his involvement with the Pakistani military, which was seen as a betrayal by the rebel leader. Realizing the danger, Yugo takes the case anyway, after the hostage's daughter pleads with him to save her father's life. So it's off to Pakistan where Yugo hopes to get the help of one of the last surviving Muslim clerics that knows where to find the rebel leader.

Yugo has a VERY slow pace compared to other anime, which isn't neccesarily a bad thing. Volume 1 plays more like the first hour of a two hour movie. While the show prides itself on its accuracy of its depiction of Pakistan, it's a little disconcerting that everybody there talks Japanese! And I think Yugo would stand out a bit more as he travels through the country since he's the only Japanese guy in a land of Pakistanis. The show does a reasonable job of handling the rising action and buildup to the real payoff next volume. It is a welcome break from typical anime with its focus on realism and character development.
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