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Yuugen Kaishya
(Phantom Quest Corp)
Incident File 02: Chino Hate Made Kimito
(End of World)

Distributed by: Pioneer LDC (Japan, North America)
Length: 30 minutes
Rating: NR, suitable for family viewing
Format: Subtitled (VHS)

Director: Asaka Morio Producers: Madhouse, Pioneer LDC Character Design: Ueda Hitoshi English Version Executive Producer: Translation by: Pioneer LDC

[ plot summary ]

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A night out on the town has Ayaka drunk and on her way home in a karaoke taxi when she accosts the taxi driver preventing him from crashing into a car accident which occurs right in front of him. However, when Ayaka and Mamoru go to visit the driver in the hospital the next day, they find out that he passed away during the night... from a broken shoulder! Needless to say, this sounded most unusual and needed some investigating. Pretty handy that Karino happened to have checked himself into the hospital to undergo a series of tests...

[ capsule review ]

Would you believe that the horrendous sounds eminating from the karaoke taxi comes from the same voice that does both the opening and ending themes of Yuugen Kaishya? Apparently, Matsumoto Rica can sing! The second episode is very short on characterisations, but long on fun. The series continues with a good mix of decent paced action, supernatural subject matter and a touch of suspense -- stir with a dash of wit, serve at room temperature. Animation quality is again above-average, with very good attention paid to the little details, such as our heros running on tile flooring in shoes. The transition of the hospital surroundings was rather interesting -- from a a modern-day elevator to the old-fashioned metal-cage affair, but the operating room was equipped with high-tech laser scalpels... I'm not sure if this meant that we had crossed over to the nether world (if so, how did Rokkon get there?), or if this was an unused floor in the hospital (what happened to the elevator?) Minor detail, but it bugs me nevertheless... The introduction of Yuugen Kaishya's part-time employee, Rokugo Nanami at the end is very cute. - AN

This is the second of this four OAV set. We get to meet two more of Yuugen Kaishya's employees: Rokkon and Rokugo Nanami. Rokkon is the resident exorcist while Manami is a part-timer. The story is very interesting and the action fast paced and the humour laced throughout the story makes it a fun watch. We continue to see some character development and get a good idea of just what Ayaka is like and the abilities of the employees of Yuugen Kaishya. The weakest part of this episode's story was probably the fact that the taxi driver ended up dying essentially from a broken shoulder. Contract or no contract, I hardly think anyone would be foolish enough to think that death from such an injury wouldn't either be looked into or considered highly suspicious; especially if the hospital had already been investigated once. Of course, given the doctor's apparent weak grasp on reality... The final showdown between the demon and the employees of Yuugen Kaishya is definitely amusing with an interesting twist. I think Nanami has a bit more than a "little" problem with control. - JYN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 3 stars N/A
Direction: N/A 3 stars N/A
Acting: N/A 4 stars N/A
Animation: N/A 4 stars N/A
Music: N/A 3 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 4 stars N/A
Overall Rating: N/A 3 stars N/A

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