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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 17 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 120
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Devil Hunter Yohko Collection

Devil Hunter Yohko Collection 2

By Chris Beveridge     June 29, 2002
Release Date: July 09, 2002


Devil Hunter Yohko Collection 2
© ADV Films


What They Say
Demonic bloodbath? Trial by hellfire? These things might cause a few problems for most people, but not teenage exorcist Yohko Mano. She's the latest in a long line of professional Devil Hunters, and kicking monster butt is all in a day's work for her. It's a good thing too, because she's going to need all her creature-slaying skills to survive the latest trials and tribulations that lie before her. The demon Tokima plans to open the floodgates to the demon plane and if Yohko wants to survive this battle, she'll have to recruit some heavy-duty help! Then, there's a new Devil Hunter in town. She looks like Yohko. She talks like Yohko. She even fights like Yohko. But she's definitely not her, since she wants to eliminate Yohko and take over as the one true Devil Hunter - by any means necessary! It's the final fierce collection of Devil Hunter Yohko!

The Review!
The second half of the Yohko collection brings us the final two episodes and the special music video release all into once nice little package. Of course, it’s worth keeping in mind both OVA’s are 45 minutes in length, so there’s a solid amount of content here.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The show is a very simple stereo mix with most everything from dialogue to music and sound effects filling the entire forward soundstage. There’s hardly any noticeable directionality, but it’s fairly well expected with a title of this age. While it is a simple track, it’s clean and clear with no noticeable distortions or dropouts.

Video:
The transfer for the episodes here is about on par as what we saw with the last couple of episodes on the first volume. Colors are nice and solid, cross coloration shows up mostly in some mid range scenes or some of the more complicated ones and there’s a bit of aliasing during camera panning sequences. The show definitely has something of an early 90’s OVA budget, so it manages to hold up fairly well compared to some more recent works.

Packaging:
For a limited time, this release is done up in a double keepcase as there’s a disc of trailers to celebrate ADV’s 10th anniversary. Future releases will likely be a single keepcase with a properly resized spine. The front cover here provides a nice shot of Yohko in the center with other Hunters from the series leaping from behind. It’s a nice mix of colors and darkness and a whole lotta leg. The back cover provides a couple of animation shots into the background while providing a good summary of what to expect from the series. The discs features and languages are clearly listed as well as the episodes. The insert provides another shot of the cover while the reverse side has more animation and lists the discs extras and trailers.

Menu:
The menus for this volume are decent looking with the image of Yohko from the cover being used to the side of the selections while some of the more quiet music plays in the background. The main menu is nice looking overall on both discs, with selections and features quick to access on the main page and good submenus. Access times are nice and fast and everything is laid out logically.

Extras:
There’s a nice little selection of extras included here. We get the clean closings for both episodes five and six as well as trailers for both episodes, with episode six getting three versions of it. Almost something of a hidden extra is that during playback of the music video episode, you can get romaji subtitles instead of the default English lyrics by changing subtitles to track 1 on the fly.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Towards the end of the series, Yohko began to make more of a progression back towards its origins (which you’ll find out in more detail during the commentary on the first volume). This in itself is a good thing, since it brings back the grandmother and mother and gets to some good fun demon slaying.

This happens right off the bat, where the most ancient of demons has arisen again to fight the Devil Hunter line. Tokima was the one demon from way back that had begun bringing his kind over to Earth, and had gotten quite close to taking over the world with his massive demonic army. It was his arrival in our world though that brought forth the first Devil Hunter, generation 1. Through the grandmothers tale, we learn of how she drove him and his beasties back and then sealed him away. But in every generation, Tokima tries to come back and destroy the seal so he can gain all of his powers.

His resurfacing into the world is something where he becomes quiet weakened, and is not exactly the demon he wants to be. He’s suffered defeat by 107 generations of Devil Hunters already, though it sounds like he took a few with him, but he’s determined to stay this time. His arrival, in a timepiece store of all places, signals his arrival. Though his method of return is left shadowed, we see that he’s simply taken over the manager of the store (who was just about to get lucky with the sales lady, dangit).

Tokima’s plans to break the seal are felt by Yohko’s grandmother who promptly rushes back home to set up a barrier and warn Yohko. Yohko’s more interested in getting to school on time, so she misses out. But Azusa is turning into a good replacement and helps out by setting up the barriers. But Tokima’s no dummy, he knows he has to be subtle to get into the place. What’s a demon to do?

Amusingly, he comes across the really hot looking boy at school, learns that Yohko’s got a crush on him, and decides to take him over. All of a sudden, her crush is all interested in her, and she does practically anything he asks, including taking her to his house to study, and to meet later that night to talk in secret. This is the sneakiest I’ve seen a demon yet, trying to get into the house where the seal is.

The episodes play out pretty good like this, focusing more on what made the original good with its ecchi parts, the quick to jump into bed romances and the big bad demons who just wanna have fun. The second episode follows up with a new Devil Hunter in town who looks an awful lot like Yohko. This one plays out well and does a good job of being self contained, much like previous episodes.

The music video special, which runs nearly half an hour, is a great piece to finally have, since it was one of the ones I passed on during the VHS run of the series. Providing subtitles in both languages is not only a plus, but something I’d consider mandatory since I know many people who love to sing along to these things. These videos are great though, since they provide new looks at the characters with fresh animation or new drawings from the conceptual stages. In a way, it really helps to flesh out the Yohko universe.

With the way Toho does things, I’m almost surprised that the property hasn’t been revived. But give it a few more years, and I suspect we’ll have a revived Devil Hunter Yohko, especially if these re-releases onto DVD do well. And I certainly won’t complain about more.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Textless Endings,Japanese Trailers

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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