Mania Grade: A-
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: A
- Extras Rating: A
- Age Rating: 17 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 29.98
- Running time: 105
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Devil Hunter Yohko Collection
Devil Hunter Yohko Collection 1
By Brian T. Burke
May 17, 2002
Release Date: May 14, 2002
Devil Hunter Yohko... My, some things shall never age...
Considering the content came from the 90's, the sound is still clean. Although, with the sound systems then, nothing extraordinary is done. I noticed no distortions in the Japanese or English tracks. And, of course, none in the commentary track with regards to its age.
Also with regards to its age, the video is in quite fine condition. I noticed no real problems with the visual.
This would've gotten a solid 'A' if not for one fact. It's a personal taste, actually, but I rather like the other style of 'double disc' cases. The ones with the 'page' in the middle take up extra space, and that's not good for someone who collects a lot of these. (I rather like the 'Saber Marionette J' cases better.)
The artwork on the case, though, is top-notch. (The only strange thing is "How did Azusa-chan get taller than Yohko on the cover?") The spine shows a screen cap from one of the battles. The back has more screen caps, the description, and two separate boxes for episodes and features.
After Yohko gives a short sword-dance...
The menus have a static image of Yohko or Azusa partially faded into the background while theme-music plays. The first menu gives you the option of which OVA you want to see. The extras are below that. For the first disc, the two versions of OVA 1 are separated here as the two OVAs to choose from.
The first disc has the extras, since the Historical Commentary is needed with the first OVA. There's three short trailers from WAAY back when the series first arrived on VHS. There's also a short gallery of artwork which includes the VHS covers of all the tapes. (Scary--I'm only missing two of those....) There's a few screen shots as well and a few manga images.
The Historical Commentary offers some rather interesting insights. It explains why they couldn't make a simple split-audio track, for example.
It's a simple formula, really.
Yohko Mano tries to live the ordinary life of any other schoolgirl. She gets attacked and later finds out that she is to become the 108th Devil Hunter, sworn to battle demons that threaten the peace and harmony.
Unfortunately, until her training is completed, she must remain pure in body and mind. That puts a major cramp in her would-be sex-life. And, in keeping with this formula, she finds out almost before it's too late.
What's fun is that the demons are working on this problem thoroughly. To end the line of Devil Hunters, they will try each and every trick they can.
Like I said: A simple formula. But, it's one that has survived over the last 10 years and is still fun to watch!!
The second OVA features Azusa's arrival and puts Yohko in the shadows. She has come to be Yohko's apprentice in the fight against the demons. In return for her training, she becomes the maid of the house and offers to do anything. Even "wash your underwear!!"
The third OVA has Yohko transported to another realm to fight demons there and restore the peace. She has it in her head that the prince of the land, Biryu, wants her to be with him, so she is unimagineably focused on completing the task.
Devil Hunter Yohko was, at the time, the most drastic move in anime 10 years ago. It is more of a legend, now, with that fact in mind. And, with that, it will definitely see another 10 years or better.
Quote of the (mini)box:
"What were you aiming at, you pervert?!"--Yohko, episode 3
Sanyo 27" TV, PS2, Philips Home Cinema