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Demon Fighter Kocho Review

by: sothis
January 8, 2005

story 3/10

Demon Fighter Kocho screenshot Demon Fighter Kocho is a 30 minute 1 episode OVA that feels a lot like Haunted Junction, but is a lot more ecchi and a lot less funny. Our story begins (and ends) at Heian University, where a rash of ghost hauntings have been reported. The school happens to have an Astrology club that investigates such matters, made up of Kocho (who can't seem to keep her clothes on for various reasons), her little sister Koran (who sleeps around), and the perpetually horny Kosaku and club president.

Due to its length, there really isn't a great deal of plot. Various bad spirits cause problems, and through their actions (or those of the president), the girls always seem to end up naked. Seriously, the entire point of this OVA was to provide a bunch of fanservice, and I found it to be quite annoying. In addition, there wasn't a lot of humor except for a few genuine parts, with the rest being fairly humorless, attempted or not. I guess if you really like fanservice, you might find that element of Demon Fighter Kocho amusing, but I found the extent of it to be very excessive and pointless. The fanservice pretty much followed the same pattern: Kocho loses her clothes, the guys get a nosebleed. Repeat. Repeat. Not to mention even the ghosts end up being nude occasionally, with giant nipples that scared me.

I can't think of much that was redeeming about this story. I like ghost hunting type shows, but this seemed like a poor excuse for an "unusual" fanservice instead. The humor was for the most part not funny, the characters were incredibly shallow and uninteresting, and in general, it sucked. Really, there's much better series out there if you liked this kind of plot, like Haunted Junction.

animation 5/10

The animation of Demon Fighter Kocho definitely isn't brand new or flashy, but it works fine for what it is. Granted, I wasn't terribly excited about the use of very bright clashy colors fo their outfits, and I'll admit the character designs look a bit pointy and crude. Regardless, though definitely looking like it was made in older days, the animation style wasn't necessarily bad, just slightly dated. I don't remember any CG or special effects, though they would have seemed out of place anyways. The only thing I remember that I specifically thought was a bit odd was the occasional movements of the characters as they jump through the air to throw something at an enemy, etc. In particular, it seemed a bit jerky and rough as far as the actual animation.

And of course, the entire point of the series was the part that was the most prevalent in the animation: the fanservice. Nakedness abounded the entire extent of the episode, sometimes for what I consider to be no reason at all. Come on guys... I know it's a demon who can shapeshift and become any form it wants, but does that mean it has to turn into a woman, wear a trenchcoat, and expose its naked body (including giant freakish nipples)? The clothing was ridiculously designed to show off the most skin when wind blew or something else convenient happened, as well. Too much fanservice, period, and this was shown very clearly in the animation.

sound 5/10

The music was synthy and completely forgettable. Average, stayed in the background, but didn't have a vibrant life of its own. As far as voice actors, they all seemed fine in my opinion.

characters 3/10

The characters were incredibly shallow and meaningless, given the fact that the entire point was to show off breasts and panties. The only character that really stood out was Koran, because she was notoriously a slut, and ended up sleeping with one of the demon ghosts, which yielded easily one of the funniest scenes in the OVA! The other characters didn't even have stereotypes to live up to, except the two horny guys, but hey, that's normal, isn't it? ;) No character development to be found, and in general, uninspiring characters who appear to be as shallow (personality-wise) as a mud puddle.

overall 4/10

Demon Fighter Kocho was a big disappointment, period. I liked Haunted Junction and Yougen Kaisha, and I was expecting this to be at least decent, if not great. Unfortunately, the plot was very secondary to the excessive fanservice, killing any chance at character designs or humor in general. The animation and music was decent, that's for sure, but in general, this is probably 30 minutes you could save for something else more meaningful.

Anime Info

Heian University has been plagued with a rash of ghost-related attacks, and only the school's Astrology club can put a stop to the madness! Along with her nubile young sister Koran, bumbling classmate Kosaku and the club's lecherous president, the beautiful Kocho must bust out all her moves to defeat the angry spirits that haunt the school -- without losing her clothes too many times in the process!

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My fav genres include sci fi and horror, but you'll find a lot of obscure reviews from me too, given I watch a ton to add to the database. My new reviews are written a lot better than my old ones, so when in doubt, sort by date! ^_^ Enjoy, and I welcome any and all feedback.

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