An unnatural rain has caused the river Styx to break its banks and flood the whole of the spirit world, causing Botan to flee on a journey that almost costs her her life. After bringing Botan to Genkai’s shrine (and retrieving an artifact she brought for him under the orders of Lord Koenma), Yusuke discovers that a nefarious plan has been hatched by Yakumo, ruler of the Netherworld! His goal is to destroy spiritual energy points so that he may rebuild the human world to his desires, and now, it’s up to Yusuke and the other spirit detectives to save both the spirit and human worlds alike!
Despite the amazing source material of the original Yu Yu Hakusho anime, Poltergeist Report simply ends up being an entertaining fan fiction with lackluster original characters and a mediocre story. If you have a good sense of humor about the world of Yu Yu Hakusho and would like a little peek into Kurama's backstory, then this is a good watch. Hinageshi was a generally obnoxious and helpless character, and I was generally irritated to find the the majority of her screen time involved Kurama saving her or protecting her from harm- Even in situations where she was not necessarily in immediate danger. The character design for Kurama's former ally Kuronoe was lovely, though the excuse for his appearance and his ultimate exit from the film were disappointing. The battles and outcomes were at the very least entertaining and sufficiently believable, based on the power levels of the characters. Unfortunately, the movie does not clarify the point in the actual Yu Yu Hakusho canon that the events of the film are supposed to take place in, which makes it a bit harder to understand the motivations and experiences of the characters. Despite the shortcomings of the movie, the animation was decent compared to the original series, and is an entertaining movie to rewatch when you're looking for a slightly cheesy fix.
Just think of anime other Inuyasha, Bleach or Naruto movie and you'll get the basic concept/plot. But image those side ops made with mid 90's top grade animation. I'm talking detailed explosions, blood, dismemberments, moody cityscapes and general 90's anime movie lighting [chef's kiss] A new enemy introduced to disrupt the well documented life of that of our beloved protagonist to make a godd story (and a quick buck for the producers) but the story is non-canon. But unlike those other movies this was more akin to the early Dragon Ball Z movies where it was a cheesy set up to get all these characters together (whom we already know but for the sake of the three people coming in to watch this movie withiout knowing who they were) come together to face a new foe but that foe turns out to be rather well thought out or pretty cool; have a side story even. Saying that, this wouldve worked better as a mini arc. Not that it felt rushed but this really didnt feel like a movie but a half of a story. (which i wouldnt have minded hearing The only thing was that the character designs were really weak for the newcomers. These new malicious entities looked like they all borrowed outfits from an esentric rock lobster. it's rewally worth it for the old school anime feel and lack of CG . Handdrawn animation is best always
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