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  • Age Rating: TV 14
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 14.98/19.98
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Yugo the Negotiator

Yugo the Negotiator Vol. #1 (also w/box)

By jarredpine     July 30, 2005
Release Date: July 26, 2005

The Review!
Content (warning, may contain spoilers)
When Mayuko Iwase’s father is kidnapped and held hostage by an anti-government faction in Sukkur, Pakistan, there is only one negotiator she can turn to that will resolve this situation, Yugo Beppu. With a cool, calm exterior, equipped with McGuyver-like resolve, and a vast array of psychological and cultural knowledge, Beppu is known as the best of the best in his line of work.

This volume contains the first 3 episodes of the 6 episode Pakistan story arc. The first episode introduces us to Ms. Iwase and the conflict currently going on in Pakistan. The first negotiator that the Pakistani military sent has been killed by the guerrilla army leader, Yusef Ali Mesa. With the group’s hatred towards the military, Yugo must sneak into the country and meet with Ali Mesa without making his presence known to the Pakistani government, since they have their own motivations in dealing with Ali Mesa and his followers.

The last two episodes slowly follow Yugo’s travels across Pakistan as he makes his way into Ali Mesa’s territory. Yugo must avoid being noticed by the military, but his presence is picked up from a radio transmission and soon the troops are searching the desert for him. While running from the military he runs into the guerrilla army’s ammo bunker and a couple of the guerilla troops, getting himself into a situation that he must use all of his wits to get out off.

The realism portrayed is definitely the selling point of this show, offering something off the beaten path of most R1 anime releases. The story direction is good, but there were a few items that raise an eyebrow or two, like the radio that Yugo receives from his gadgets man is supposed to be unnoticeable but immediately it is picked up by the Pakistani military. Yugo finds out that the military is on to him but later still thinks to use the radio.

In a story featuring a kidnapping, ransom, religious anti-government guerrilla group, and the art of negotiating, I expected something with a lot more tension to keep me on the edge of my seat. While the realistic story line and deliberate pacing is welcome, it becomes a little tedious by the end of the 3rd episode when the conflict and tension finally start to kick end, only to end at quite a cliffhanger. I’d also like to see more of the psychological aspect of negotiating covered as well. With events picking up at the end of the volume, it’s quite possible that the following volume will provide more of what I am looking for, but for an introductory volume I think Yugo has a hard time completely hooking the audience.

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