Poltergeist Report: Yu Yu Hakusho
After watching the first Yu Yu Hakusho movie, I certainly wasn't too keen on watching the second. My expectations were set very low, and even have said that, I was still a little surprised by this movie.
The main problem with the first movie was lack of proper character introductions for those who hadn't seen the TV series. This offering does do a better job presenting the characters, and also setting the pace. Events do tend to move a little quicker than I would have liked, but at least I was able to get a general idea of who's who and what's what. There were still some plot elements which might confuse anyone but a Yu Yu Hakusho fan, but those were thankfully kept to a minimum.
The story line itself wasn't terribly original, revolving around a seemingly undefeatable opponent bent on overtaking the world. Yup, someone else has their eyes set on good ol' mother Earth. With a plot like this, it's only too soon before various nasty demon-types make their appearance, and loads of action (with loads of collateral damage) is the result. Thankfully, though, the action sequences were at least interesting to watch (most of the time). There are some truly well-choreographed fight scenes to be witnessed, and I particularly enjoyed the bout between Kazuma and Majari. However, the final duel, while initially exciting, tended to drag on (and on, and on...) a little too long. And I was also left wondering why the main characters took so long to learn to fight as a team. Of course, that would've probably made for a much quicker movie, and we don't want that, do we?
As for the production quality of this movie, it was certainly technically better than the first one. While the art and animation weren't eye-popping, they were still fairly colorful and easy on the eyes. And the music, at times, was particularly enjoyable to listen to.
If you're a Yu Yu Hakusho fan, or even just an action junkie, then check out this movie. It's not exactly intellectually inspiring, but still provides some decent entertainment for an hour-and-a-half.
The Verdict: * * * (average)
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