After watching this series I have concluded one thing: immortality bites. Big time. Seeing Yakumo get killed so many times, I was wondering how he maintained his sanity for the duration of the series. Whether he's being hit by a bus, crushed under debris, or shot repeatedly, he eventually recovers, but boy, that's gotta hurt!
The overall story is a typical "get the artifact before the bad guys" affair. Pai is the last surviving member of an immortal race of triclops known as the Sanjiyan. What she truly desires is to become human. This leads her to meet Yakumo and she learns an artifact capable of granting her wish. Unfortunately for Yakumo, he is made immortal by Pai and now must travel with her or risk losing his soul. Yakumo and Pai spend most of the series fighting off hideous monsters while Pai pursues her quest to become human. The action sequences are pretty good even though some of the monsters are a little hokey. A few of the other characters appear to have hidden agendas, but those aren't revealed during the duration of series.
The characters themselves are somewhat interesting. It's kind of funny seeing Pai suffering from a multiple-personality disorder. Usually she's a charming, innocent thing, dripping sweetness; until she opens her third eye, that is. Then her voice drops a few octaves, she glares quite fiercely, and tends to treat poor Yakumo like dog food. Speaking of Yakumo, I felt a bit sorry for him that Pai trapped him with his immortal curse. It's kind of funny to see him get maimed so many times, though. Rounding out the main cast is a martial arts reporter, Ling-Ling, and Meishing, who develops a crush on Yakumo.
The art and animation are of typical anime quality. Nothing looks bad, but nothing stands out, either. The original dubbing by Streamline was pretty average as well, but Pioneer re-dubbed it for their re-release. Since I have not yet seen the new release, I can't comment on how it compares to the original dubbing.
My only big complaint is the lackluster ending. The final showdown felt like the equivalent of missing the Stanley Cup finals and reading about it in the paper the next day. The resolution is very open-ended, with plenty of room left for a sequel. I just wish the series actually had more of a grand finale instead of the rush-job that it had.
Overall, it's mildly entertaining, worth watching for any action or horror fans. Actually, it's worth watching just to see Yakumo get repeatedly killed.
The Verdict: * * * (average)
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