Wednesday, January 1, 1997

Ghost Sweeper Mikami

Genre: Comedy
Parental Guidance Recommended
1993 Shiina Takashi, Atsutoshi Umezawa (series director), Toei Animation

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Cover Description:
Her name is Mikami and she is a Ghost Sweeper by profession. She’s also the sexiest exorcist/bounty hunter you will ever meet! When an evil vampire sorcerer returns to Tokyo after a 100-year absence, Mikami is hired to track him and his menacing assistant down before they take over the city.

(45 episodes)

NOTE: Some of the reviews were written sometime in 1997 and was recorded in the classic Otaku Fridge as ??.??.1997. Unfortunately the database would not accept non-numerical values, so this review is now dated January 01, 1997 by default.

So I found it extremely hilarious! >>> by firesenshi
Yokoshima Tadao is a typical uhh... "worldly" (aka perverted) high school student who isn't really getting paid well from his part-time job. Earning only a measly 250 yen, he goes to various haunted houses, hideous dark caverns, and dirty abandoned buildings as assistant to the greatest ghostsweeper Reiko Mikami. Of course, doing this for the simple reason of his hopes in seeing Mikami-san naked does count. Reiko Mikami is a strong girl armed with a spiritual baton and paper ward (ofuda). She fights various supernatural forces in a sexy purple tube dress and high heels. Her fearlessness comes from the fact that she doesn't usually refuse any dangerous job as long as she gets paid well. They are later joined in their ghost-fighting escapades by Okinu-chan, a 300-year old mild-mannered ghost whose specialty in singing once saved Mikami-san from a demon. Most of the time, Reiko Mikami has to deal with fighting off dark monsters and Yokoshima's perverted moves. But there are also other zany characters who never fail to add to all this comedic chaos!

GS Mikami is one of the funniest anime series I've ever seen. I was laughing so hard watching the episodes as I did watching Ranma. I guess this is because aside from the usual comedy anime trademarks of exaggeration (like big blocks literally falling on the heads), the dialogues themselves are hilarious. GSM, however, does not have a definite plot that you follow. The series simply showcases Mikami's challenging yet funny exploits, with each episode independent from the other. However, this doesn't affect GSM's entartainment value. But don't expect GSM to be like Ranma... although Rumiko Takahashi's wit is a bit smiliar to GSM creator Shina Takahashi's. Yokoshima, being the series' perverted mainstay, means that there is a lot of sexual humor and sometimes, he is not alone! So with his presence, you can't expect any kind of depth in the conversations. It is a comedy after all! Later, just when you thought that Mikami has solved everything with Yokoshima and the ghosts, here enters her rival Emi or the mild-mannered Meiko with her 9 spiritual beast Shikigami. The shallowness of it all just makes fine comical sense and the unusual entrances of many extremely "eccentric" characters means that everything here is crazily unpredictable.

Oh and by the way, if you see some Dhalsim spoofs around, don't get surprised.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 5; Story 9; Characters 9; Sounds 5

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