Man, is Devil Hunter Yohko ever an early-90s OVA. Softcore porn? Check. Gore? Check. Monsters? Check. Goofiness, not always intentional? Check.
Whoa, whoa whoa. That doesn’t sound like your average anime that I get forced to watch! Well, there’s a reason for that. When your only source for anime is Hotline circa 1998, you’ve gotta take what you can get. There wasn’t exactly much in the realm of implied hand-holding back in the day when anime was primarily about violence ‘n’ titties.
Thematically, the show is all over the place. The first episode is basically softcore porn; and yes, obviously there are tentacles. In comparison, the later episodes tone it down to a stock footage transformation scene and some slightly torn clothing during battles. Episode 3 has this time travel thing going on. Episode 5 is mainly a Freaky Friday-esque comedy when grandma becomes a teenager again. And then there’s episode 4, which is a half-hour music video. Not figuratively, literally. Oh, and surprisingly, episode 6 is directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, although you probably wouldn’t have guessed that.
Yeah, it’s kind of ridiculous, but there is something kind of refreshing (or maybe kind of honest?) about those ol’ OVAs. Too many of them can make me slip into permanent irony mode, but one here and there can be a lot of fun. So in conclusion, this show is ACTION! SCI-FI! COMEDY! MARTIAL ARTS! STRAIGHT FROM JAPAN! TOTALLY UNEXPECTED! NOT KIDS’ STUFF!
Would I watch it even if I weren’t forced? I figured that I kinda really should watch this at some point.