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Devil Hunter Yohko Collection 1 (2002)

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Studio: A.D.V. Films
Genre: Anime
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Poor Yohko Mano. Not only has she just turned sixteen and the boy she's crazy for doesn't even know she exists, but now her crazy grandmother has just dropped a new bombshell. It seems that Yohko's the 108th generation of a family of professional devil hunters, and she's stuck with the job whether she likes it or not! And, to make matters worse, all of Japan's devils and other blood-sucking creatures of the night have decided that the best time to take out Miss Mano is before she's had a chance to learn how to use her new powers! It's going to be very un-sweet sixteen as Yohko's birthday turns into a demonic bloodbath and a grueling trial by hellfire! Don't miss out on the action as Yohko and her companions take on the forces of evil in the first spectacular collection of DEVIL HUNTER YOHKO on DVD!

Devil Hunter Yohko
Devil Hunter Yohko (Special Extended Version)

GreenCine Member Ratings

Devil Hunter Yohko Collection 1 (Disc 1 of 2) (2002)
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6.62 (84 votes)
Devil Hunter Yohko Collection 1 (Disc 2 of 2) (2002)
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6.79 (72 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

A classic of the horror anime genre! A worthy blast from the past... by markhl June 28, 2003 - 10:01 PM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
In the early days of the introduction of horror anime to the US (early to mid '90s), Devil Hunter Yohko was one of those titles that most people couldn't help but run across (along with Vampire Princess Miyu, Vampire Hunter D, and Blue Seed). To an audience base used to seeing mostly sci-fi anime of the '80s until then, the unique blend of horror and comedy that Yohko balanced was a refreshing change. The premise is simple and familiar (now, not then - this is years before Buffy) and the plot is not complex nor deep with each OVA (~40 min. in length each) being stand-alone, more or less. Even after having said all of this, Yohko is just fun (with bonus nostalgic points for those rewatching) For those not watching the entire series (there is also a 'collection 2' which is the third DVD), it is worth noting that the first couple of OVAs have a more serious tone than the latter ones which are more comedic.

Although initially released by ADVision (the zygote that would become the giant ADV films today) in VHS format-subbed, because the original production was done in digital format, the picture quality is excellent given its release date. The dubbing was done relatively recently as well for its DVD-release celebrating ADV's 10th anniversary (Yohko was where it all started for them after all) so it's doesn't suffer from the "old-looking anime" syndrome that many other series from that time suffers from. The music of Yohko is good as well - enough to make a long music video as OVA #4. Don't forget to check out the insightful commentary of the founders of ADV films that is included as an extra. It provides a good historical perspective of the anime industry around the early '90s.

This OVA series has some gratuitous nudity, sexual situations (it's more adult than it looks), and some elements that could be construed as being hentai-like so this one is definitely not for kids. Otherwise, expect some good action and comedy and have fun with this blast from the past. Yohko doesn't take itself seriously so neither should you.

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