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Yu Yu Hakusho

Poltergeist Report

A Parent's Guide to Anime
Rated: PG

Parental Guidance Advised

Reviewed by Samantha Audsley:

I'm a big fan of Yu Yu Hakusho, so I found plenty of things to like with this movie. Unfortunately, YYH fans will also find a lot to hate. The plot isn't particularly inspired - a guy named Yakumo tries to turn the human world into his own netherworld. As a villain, he has no real motivations or character, something YYH normally doesn't suffer from. Also, this movie totally lacks the usual humour you find in YYH. The dubbing is pretty bad, although I do like Hiei's voice. (Youko Kurama and human Kurama have the same voice - a definite no-no.) Still, this isn't without any merit. Some of the fight scenes are very cool. I particularly like the one where Hiei jumps from the top of a building and gets attacked in mid-air. There's also a big Kurama subplot where he must confront his former friend Kuronue. Some of the important characters from the series get cameos, like Yukina and Keiko, but their parts aren't that important. Overall, this isn't a bad movie, and I still enjoy! y watching it, but it's not on a par with the TV series or manga.

Parent's Guide Rating:

yellow (parental guidance advised)

Lots of violence. Numerous demons sliced in two, one impaled on about 50 stakes of bamboo, explosions get the idea. Surprisingly, most of this is bloodless. There is also some mild profanity. Kurama is seen in his birthday suit, but he's standing in water up to his waist so nothing X-rated is actually visible.

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