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Yuugen Kaishya
(Phantom Quest Corp)
Incident File 03: Love Me Tender

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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An exhibit of the Sahara Empire has encountered some unusual difficulties when getting set up. Workers are muttering about a curse or that the exhibit is haunted after some workers see an unusual (and frightening looking) individual amongst the relics. In order to allay the workers fears, the company president hires Kisaragi Ayaka to look into the matter and make sure there are no more delays in the project. However, this ghost has a bit more on his mind than just the exhibit. It appears that he has a bit of a bone to pick with the company president... something involving the woman in charge of the project.

[ capsule review ]

I wonder if the real reason that Yuugen Kaishya spends so much time in the red is because of incidental costs -- not due to colateral damages, but replacement alarm clocks! This is probably my least liked of the four, and while the story and acting is fine, I wasn't too thrilled with the actual screenplay. I wish they could have kept the identity of the ghost a little less determinate until Ayaka finally confronted him face to face; I think that would have helped the story substantially (I don't enjoy a story very much when I know exactly what's going to happen, and how it will end). Karino getting a flat tire while tailing Nakasugi was very convenient and all too predictable. The story progression was just a little too pat and a little too obvious, and left me with a taste of dry sand in my mouth. But there are some good points as well -- Narita's nerd-like depiction is quite amusing, especially when Ayaka first confronts him, and he tries to escape. And then there's the little matter of Ayaka's wonderful singing voice... well, some things are best left untouched. - AN

This series continues to be a lot of fun. We continue to see Mamoru use different means of waking Ayaka in the morning -- only this time his first plan didn't quite end up working, so it was time for plan B. (Of course how she can turn off so many clocks and still sleep...) The animation continues to be decent and I like some of the ideas that went into the exhibit although I did have my doubts about area authenticity. I did have a minor problem with the amount of space they gave the exhibit though, things wouldn't normally be spaced so closely together. The music continues to be good and we get a pretty clear idea of how much Ayaka likes karaoke and how good (or not!) she is at it. The story while nothing particularly complex or deep is rather sweet. The voice acting continues to be very good especially Ayaka and Karino (I like his character for some reason); Ayaka's voice actress is definitely very versatile and flexible. A good or horrible singer depending on the situation and she does a very mean drunk. The company president comes across as a definite sleaze and as someone who is decidedly not trustworthy. - JYN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 2 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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