Yet another example of the time-honored anime tradition of tales about youths with spiritual powers who are called on to defend Tokyo from demon attacks, POLTERGEIST REPORT: YUYU HAKUSHO offers some spectacular animation to support an exciting, if overstuffed, story line.
In contemporary Tokyo, Yusuke (voice of Rik Nagel), an intermediary between the human and spirit worlds, is alerted by Botan (voice of Veronica Taylor), an emissary from the spirit world's Lord Koenma (voice of Eric Stuart), that the spirit world has been engulfed by the River Styx. As a result,
the evil Lord Yakumo (voice of Bruce Winant) seeks to revive the long-dormant Netherworld, which was destroyed eons ago in a battle with the spirit world.
Yusuke and his band of spirit-powered teen warriors race to unseal the five elemental sites in Tokyo in order to block the Netherworld from entering the human world, but Lord Yakumo and his three demon gods beat the teens to each site and successfully seal off a portion of the city and stake it
out as Netherworld territory.
Lord Yakumo captures Botan and manages to retrieve the power sphere of the Netherworld from its hiding place within her body. He then transforms a skyscraper into a sprawling Netherworld palace. After a harrowing battle with the demon gods, Yusuke and his mates manage to take back the sphere from
Yakumo and use it to transform its power into spiritual energy and vanquish Yakumo in a massive blast of spirit power.
A theatrical film released in Japan in 1994, POLTERGEIST REPORT: YUYU HAKUSHO is based on a popular TV series and comic book (YuYu Hakusho) and presupposes a certain amount of foreknowledge on the part of the Japanese viewer, while putting American audiences at a keen disadvantage when trying to
determine who Yusuke and his party actually are, where they came from, and how they got their powers. Some opening text or narration would have been helpful to American fans.
That said, the film does indeed offer imaginative design and fluid animation, particularly in its climactic battle atop the devastated skyscraper transformed into the lavish demon palace. It is also relatively milder in tone than most entries in this genre, while still managing to be both
entertaining and engrossing. (Violence.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: NR
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