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Yu Yu Hakusho - The Movie - Poltergeist Report

3.8 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Justin Cook, Laura Bailey, Christopher Sabat
  • Directors: Jogi
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Us Manga
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HAYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,154 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yu Yu Hakusho - The Movie - Poltergeist Report" on IMDb

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Now I am a huge fan of the Yu Yu Hakusho TV series, but I found this movie a bit strange. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but it was very different from the YYH series. The plot and length were okay, and the artwork was great. This movie is rated 16 and up because there is some violence (with blood), and some minor cursing. I do not recommend watching this until you have watched up to the part in the YYH series where Yusuke, Kuwabara, Hiei, and Kurama have become allies and have fought enemies together (Example:the Gate of Betrayal and Seven Ways to Die episodes).
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!
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For those introduced to YYH from Cartoon Network and the subsequent DVD's from FUNimation, take note -- this is NOT done by FUNimation. As a result, the English cast is not the one you are accustom to and this may put people off. However, if you've been watching the DVD's and using the Japanese audio, the Japanese cast is the same (as best as I can tell). You should have seen the TV series through DVD volume 9 in order to understand everything that goes on here. If you've never seen the show, you are going to have a difficult time understanding who the characters are and their relationship to each other.
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.
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This movie is an awesome example of good fighting evil to save the human world. Fans of the television show wiil not be disapointed though use of different voice actors takes getting use to. This is a great story and the demons and battles are animated great. The characters are shown a little differently and in more depth than any episode shows. You also meet characters thet have not yet been shown on US television.In short if you are a fan of Yu-Yu-Hakusho or you just like butt-kicking action,good against evil, then you will not regret buying this movie.
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The "God-Warrior" subgenre of anime basically focuses on teams of human warriors gifted with extraordinary powers who are chosen to fight against gods/demons with major world-conquering ambitions. The original God-Warrior anime is generally considered to be Saint Seiya; others include Yoroiden Samurai Troopers ("Ronin Warriors"), Shurato, and the parodic approach of Sailor Moon.
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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