Yu Yu Hakusho - The Movie - Poltergeist Report
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Restored to life by supernatural forces, high school delinquent Yusuke was granted paranormal fighting powers to protect humanity. Demons are poised to take over the Earth, and Yusuke must lead a posse of mismatched superpowered warriors into battle against them. With spirit guns, swords, and good old fashioned martial arts, our heroes will use any means necessary to wipe out the demons. It's two-fisted fighting action at its best!
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Originally titled Fight for the Netherworld, this 1994 feature is the second theatrical release based on the 1992 TV series. Viewers unfamiliar with the series may have trouble following the story, as the filmmakers don't introduce the characters or situations adequately. When the River Styx floods the Spirit World, Koenma entrusts a Sphere of Power to Botan; she tries to take it to "spirit investigator" Yusuke. Yakumo, the former King of the Nether World, returns from exile in space to obtain the Sphere: its power will enable him to reestablish his vanished realm on Earth. After initial fights at five sites in Tokyo between Yusuke and his friends and Yakumo's agents, the conflict climaxes with the inevitable duel between Yusuke and Yakumo. The animation is quite lavish by anime standards, but it's wasted on a threadbare story and hackneyed dialogue. Rated 16 Up: Considerable violence, grotesque imagery, minor profanity. --Charles Solomon
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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.
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