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Yu Yu Hakusho - The Movie - Poltergeist Report
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First of all, Funimation did not do this movie. Some company called U.S. Manga did, so the English voice actors were different. All of the Japanese voice actors were the same as the series. All of the English voice actors in the YYH series were excellent, and the Engilsh voice actors in this movie are either good, a bit off, or really off. Yusuke's voice was a bit off, lower than usual, but it was okay for the movie. Same with Hiei's. Kurama's voice was almost identical to the one from the series. Koenma's voice startled me at first because it was so different! Genkai's voice was horrible, but all the other female voices were okay. Although it did impress me that Nobuyuki Hiyama (Hiei's voice actor) and Yuri Amano (Keiko's voice actress) did both Japanese and English versions, and they were great at speaking English (even though they were not the same English voice actors in the series).
Now for Kuwabara... the Engilsh version of him was really off. First of all, they made the mistake of calling him "Kuwahara"! What idiots! It's Kuwabara not Kuwahara! Even though it was a huge mistake in the movie, I found it quite funny! And his voice... agh! Kuwabara (or should I say "Kuwahara"?) actually sounded intelligent!Read more ›
Story-wise, Spirit World is under attack and Botan barely makes it to Earth to alert Yusuke. Thus Yusuke and his crew have to fight demons from the supposedly banished Netherworld. We have some of the typical one-on-one battles the series is famous for but this time we actually get to see the boys work as a team! The ending is kind of weak in that I would have enjoyed seeing an aftermath portion, but that didn't happen.
Bottom line: YYH is an anime title I have a weakness for. Having a new English cast is disappointing, and the English subtitles aren't as good as FUNimations, but if you are a YYH fan, you'll want this movie.
YuuYuu Hakusho broke several of the standard tropes, starting with not being a five-team (four main characters), and eliminating special costumes. Then they made sure to be distinct by making all of their characters not-nice people. The nicest one is Kuwabera, a gang leader who's always lived his life by his fists but who shows a surprising secret heroic streak. The others range down from there, with the sarcastic Yuske and the fox-demon Kurama about equal and the demonic Hiei (who appears to be Vegita's [DBZ] love child, judging on appearances) coming in dead last on the "Guy I want to actually MEET" sweepstakes.
Because of these changes, YuuYuu was able to provide some plotlines and approaches the others could not, keeping it fresh even while it otherwise followed genre conventions to the letter. The YuuYuu Hakusho movie epitomizes all of the best features of YuuYuu Hakusho, including the characterizations, the twists of plot, and the dramatic battles. The villains are actually rather inventive for a show which like so many anime has only buttkicking as its _raison d'etre_, and the grand finale against the dark god, king of the Netherworld, Yakumo, is worth the price of the DVD all by itself.
If you like fighting anime, this one is a must-have for your collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Much better than the 1st movie for YYH. I do wish it had more actions and powers involved, but this was made before season 3 I believe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by QR Winner
As a big Yu Yu Hakusho fan I have been watching the show since the 90s, own the whole series so I obviously had to buy this but I'm really dissapointed in the voice actors being as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mason and Hannah
Very good movie. Very Japanese on the sense of being out there. But still very good.Published 5 months ago by Anthony
Good story line but the voice actors got changed in this movie. Also some back story of characters were changed slightly.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
My boyfriend and I love Yu Yu Hakusho, got this for him for Christmas and it is horrible. Made by some other company and everything is different.Published 11 months ago by Bethany
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