Thursday, August 30, 2001

Fight! Spirit of the Sword

Genre: Action / Supernatural
Parental Guidance Recommended
Published by Anime Works, Original Story by Pink Aomata, Serialized in Shinsyokan "Wings"

Fight! Spirit of the Sword DVD
Fight! Spirit of the Sword VHS

Cover Description:
Yonosuke Hikura is a typical high school freshman, except he has been charged with a spiritual mission. Demon Fighter, a role that has been handed down from generation to generation of the Hikura family, now rests on his shoulders. Demon Fighter means that he is charged with getting rid of the stray demons from Heaven's World, where humans live and return them to Earth's World, where they belong. To aid him in his quest he uses a precious spiritual sword that connects Heaven's World and Earth's World. With the tiny spirit Tsukinozyo Inbe's assistance, a messenger from Earth's World, he battles demons constantly. However, somebody else looks to steal his precious sword. Yukinozyo, Tsukinozyo's brother, and his faithful accomplice Ararei, have a grudge against his brother, plan to cause chaos in Heaven's World as soon as he can get Yonosuke's sword. When one day Yonosuke accidentally loses his spiritual sword, all hell breaks loose as he must now face demons without his special powers.

The out takes are simply hilarious... >>> by skysenshi
There is a world of similarities between this title and Yuu Yuu Hakusho. You have the demon/ghost fighter, and he also has a "guardian" who constantly reminds him of his duties. You'll also notice they seem to have a love for puddles and tunnels, much like in YYH. There really isn't much activity here except there are about two magical idiots who dare take away Yonosuke's sword (the Chitentai) but then fail miserably. Little twerp turns into handsome yet effeminate guardian and all is well -- with the assistance of some friends, that is. I am suddenly reminded of a Pokémon movie...

Yaoi content anyone? Well, there are "hints" of those, but it was only in the out takes did I find out the real score. I'm not gonna spoil anything for readers out there, so all I'm gonna say is that there are two characters who are actually lovers, which is surprising because I thought they have an altogether different kind of relationship. Actually, genders are mixed up in this anime so don't be surprised if you have difficulty identifying who is male and who is female, or if you get thrown in for a loop!

There are a lot of missing pieces in this anime, though. It looks unfinished. It's giving me a weird feeling that it was created to just be a teaser for people to buy the manga.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 8; Story 8; Characters 9; Sounds 7

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