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Yu Yu Hakusho: The Golden Seal
Reviewer: Fushigi Tenshi 12/31/1999

When Yusuke Urameshi dies in an accident trying to save a child, he finds himself in the Spirit World working for Koenma (son of the ruler Enma) as a half-dead, half-alive agent. But working for Koenma does have its disadvantages... especially when Koenma gets kidnapped! Now Yusuke and his allies must find Koenma and trade the Golden Seal of King Enma for his life.

When I saw this DVD on sale at my local video store, I nearly jumped on the rack -- for I had heard nothing but great things about the "Yu Yu Hakusho" series, and was looking forward for something new and exciting to watch. Yet Yu Yu Hakusho the movie is neither of the two. I could predict the ending from the beginning and next to nothing they gave was satisfactory. When I first heard the plot of "‘he’s a half-dead, half-alive agent" I expected them to make something of it... but the fact that he was half-dead and half-alive wasn’t even mentioned throughout this short movie.

The hero Yusuke is accompanied by very unattractive allies who look like they were drawn up in three seconds, while the main villain looked like a monster reject from Dragonball Z. The art altogether is very boring and could use a lot of work. However, the fight scenes weren’t that bad. The characters had very swift but visible movements which made this more enjoyable. I could have enjoyed the fight scenes more if they’d actually STOP running though! Each character is given one attack, which (thankfully) they don’t overuse to the point where it’s irritating to watch. A bit of brains was even used at the end battle (gasp!), so it was nice to know that this wasn’t completely thought up in less than 10 minutes.

The English dubbing is okay, although there were times the dub actors could have used a little more emotion. You can definatly tell this was dubbed by Anime Works. English voice actors include Lex Lang (Sanosuke Sagara in "Rurouni Kenshin") and Wendee Lee (Yui from "Fushigi Yuugi"). Yusuke's dub voice bugged me, but then again, everything about Yusuke bugged me. I suggest you go with the original Japanese version for this one. The soundtrack is nothing to look forward to. The background music is cheesy and the ending theme "Sayonara Bye-Bye" seems lifeless and flat.

If you're a Yu Yu Hakusho fan you'd probably want to support your favorite anime, and I've actually heard people give this movie "infinite" stars. Sorry, it just isn't that great! Sometimes you have to go against your anime code and just say what you honestly think of it... even if it's your fave series. Yu Yu Hakusho the movie is a fast-paced yet below average anime -- no wonder it's priced so low!

If you buy the US DVD release of the "Yu Yu Hakusho" movie, you’ll also receive the "Ninku" movie on the same disc. In my opinion, neither movie is worth the money, and there are no extras on the DVD.

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Review Title:
Yu Yu Hakusho: The Golden Seal
Alternative Titles:
Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie
30 Minutes
General Rating:
2 out of 5 stars
Suitable For:
Action, Comedy, Martial Arts,
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