Genre: Shoujo / Action
Parental Guidance Recommended
1990 Masao Murayama (original concept). Tetsuro Aoki (director). MADHOUSE. NCS Toho Ltd.
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Demons and devils beware, the sexiest slayer to ever swing a soul -sword is back! Yohko Mano has just learned that she comes from a long line of professional devil hunters. And before she learns how to use her powers, her 16th birthday will turn into a domonic bloodbath and a grueling trial by hellfire!
A cool-looking magical girl at last. >>> by skysenshi
Yohko can't understand why she has to put up with her grandmother's ambush every morning. The old woman insists on training her granddaughter with all the martial arts skills she knows--and it drives 16-year old Mano Yohko nuts! She eventually learns the reason behind it all when she is told of their clan's history as devil hunters. Apparently, her grandmother, Mano Madoka, is the 107th generation devil hunter. She wants Yohko to be next in line, so she trains her well to be prepared. And as if fighting demons wasn't hard enough, Yohko also has to secure the position of being the 108th devil hunter--she must prove her worth at all cost, lest someone else gets ahold it.
DHY is recommended to people who love action and fantasy. Not only is the devil hunter get-up gorgeous, the hunters have pretty awesome powers themselves. And they don't stand around like little magical girls waving their magical stuff in the air to defeat a demon--they fight. And how! DHY have very good fight scenes. The art is a little above average, fortunately, so you can be sure all those nice action are done justice.
Another thing about DHY is the music. It's really great. In fact, what first got me to rent DHY was because of a preview I watched at another video. The song played in that preview was something I liked immediately--and that's saying much for an anime I haven't even watched (it usually takes some time for me to like anime theme songs)! I even had it memorized before I got to watch the actual thing. What's more, it showcased Hisakawa Aya's (popularly known for her seiyuu job as Sailor Mercury. She also does Yohko) singing voice. Teenage girls get to see their fantasy acted out once more in Yohko, as she fights demons in her cool hunter outfit. You have to admit it's a pretty good concept (even though it's not the most original), but somewhere in the middle of the story, it does get a little boring. However, the first few episodes as well as the last ones are really engaging, so who knows? To be fair, I've met more than a few people who really love this particular anime, so why don't you check it out yourself?
Individual Rating: Art/Animation 7; Story 7; Characters 7; Sounds 9