Demon Fighter Kocho (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2000
Release Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2000



What They Say
Heian University may not have much class-work, but it does have the only Astrology program which offers hands-on experience! When a horde of angry spirits terrorize the school, a nubile young astrology student, Kocho Enoki, must use both her magical powers and her sexy curves to subdue the invaders. Along with her beautiful sister Koran, and the human-demon bait Kosaku, she fights to protect Heian University. But what will the hapless demon hunters do when a female spirit attacks, one who is immune to Kocho's feminine charms?

The Review!
This show is definitely familiar. A little Devil Hunter Yohko, a smattering of most love triangle shows and toss in your monster of the week, thrown in plenty of fan service and you've got yourself a one-shot OVA.

Audio:
The standard two audio tracks are here and there weren't any noticeable issues with either of them. Dialogue was pretty clean and undistorted and the majority of things came through the center channel outside of a few brief action sequences.

Video:
With it being a short show, the video is pretty nice looking overall. On our main setup we noticed little in the way of serious artifacting or breakup and practically no rainbows at all. The only minor annoyance was a few spots of line noise during some of the panning sequences. While there is only 30 minutes of animation on it, it definitely doesn't look like the other similar release, Blue Submarine No. 6, but that of course is easily chalked up to completely different kinds of animation and source material.

Packaging:
The packaging is a bit of a mixed bag, but I really wanted to favor the grade with how much I love the design for the front and back cover. It's very eye-catching, even if it's just the typical pose. The back cover gives a good episode summary and has a couple nice bits of animation shots. Where the packaging fails is with the insert; the insert I got is for the Fake DVD release! Whoops!

Menus:
The menus are pretty straightforward with little surprises, but solid in terms of use and access times. There's a bit of animation here and there, but otherwise the focus is on being functional and keeping in tone with the show.

Extras:
For a lot of dub fans, this is where the disc is really going to pay off. There's only one extra, split into four parts, called Fun in the Studio. It's essentially about an hours worth of live footage taken during the dub voice actors doing their job (both good and bad). There's also an extended piece from the cast party taken afterwards with them all out socializing in a restaurant. There's a lot of hilarious things in here throughout all four pieces, though the one I'm sure will garner the most interest is fan favorite Jessica Calvello's segment. Don't mind her giving you the finger, burping or just swearing in general though. ;)

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Well, what can we say here. The summary effectively tells the story of the single episode ever made for this show. We get introduced to the main characters of the boy (Kosaku), the lead girl you know he'll end with (Kocho), her younger sister who will flaunt it all (Koran) and their wacky professor who does magical girl transformations, complete with the mystical Black Dot of Censoring that the Japanese provide for men at the most convenient of times.

The show does a decent mix of history with regards to where the monsters originate with the wacky fan service of the characters present day. There was one amusing scene when one of the long dead samurai gets seduced by Koran and she then complains he only lasted for 12 frames of animation. There's a few cute jokes like that throughout.

What does Kocho have going for it? Well, lack of commitment is one thing, since no more was produced. There's plenty of fan service and nekkidness throughout that will satisfy those who aren't brave enough to just buy hentai but just feel wrong looking at the Rayearth girls in that way. I personally prefer fanservice more in longer series where the characters are better developed than in obvious display like this, but that's just me.

Kocho's not bad, it's just pretty derivative of past shows and pretty damn short. I had really hoped that Media Blasters would opt for a compilation disc for some of its shows that are like this, but the extras may make it worthwhile for some to pick it up.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Fun in the Studio

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.



Mania Grade: C+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: A
Age Rating: 15 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Media Blasters
MSRP: 19.95
Running time: 30
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Demon Fighter Kocho