Yuugen Kaisha

Title:Yuugen Kaisha
Phantom Quest Corp.
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Notables: HISAKAWA Aya
R1 License - Pioneer (Defunct)
SEKI Toshihiko
Party-girl Ayaka Kisaragi turned her late-night lifestyle into a business that gives new meaning to the term grave yard shift. No matter the terrors the dark can bring, Ayaka will be sure they get a good-night kiss from the Phantom Quest Corp.

[OVA, 1994-95, 4 episodes, 29 min]
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Rent 8 7 7 6 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:337#1552]
For a 4-episode OAV series, this was decent while it lasted. Phantom Quest Corp is laid out in an episodic format exploring individual paranormal cases that Ayaka and the Phantom Quest Corp tackle with its fair mix of comedic and serious moments. The cases were engaging for the most part offering some surprising twists in each case to keep them from being stale and the humor focused on how deep in debt that Ayaka's group were was fun to see. However, character focus is greatly limited in this OAV series as you don't really get to learn too much about the backgrounds of the major characters thanks to the large amount of focus on the episodic plots, which may not be for anybody who prefers more linear plot developments. Still if you are looking for a quick comedy-adventure title to watch through, Phantom Quest Corp does make for solid entertainment.

Last updated Sunday, June 10 2012. Created Sunday, June 10 2012.
Rent 7 7 6 9 7 BigPants [series:337#243]
It may not be the greatest thing ever animated or industry revolutionary, but Phantom Quest Corp. is defintely a great way to pass the time, especially if you like a spirtual-type comedy!
This show is episodic, so you could watch any episode whenever you would like, but the end of the last episode (of four) was done well and even had a bit of appropriate comedy for the ocassion.
The lead, Ayaka, is the best and most bad-ass female exorcist ever! She even totes one of the most unusual, but creative, weapons in an anime, a lipstick lightsaber. That's right, a lightsaber, made from a tube of lipstick.
The dub also consists of many Animaze greats, notably Wendee Lee as Ayaka.
Surprisingly, the rock/jazz style of music (although entirely different to Cowboy Bebop's style) was way better than I could have imagined. I found myself rockin' out to every new background song I hadn't noticed before. Also, the opening and ending were dubbed and, dare I say, better than the original versions. Two thumbs up for the soundtrack from this show.
If you're looking for a good starter anime or one to show your friends, definitely pick this one up! You can't beat the $14.95 price tag!

Last updated Wednesday, January 23 2002. Created Wednesday, January 23 2002.
Watch 6 6 6 6 6 Courtney [series:337#80]
Total Grade: 60% D-
If you're looking for an anime with deeply running plots, unique characters, and a novel approach to storytelling, PHANTOM QUEST CORPS is not your best bet. While I doubt many will argue this to be the must see title of the year and defines a new generation of anime, that doesn't mean PHANTOM QUEST can't be fun.
While watching the complete collection in a single setting, I found myself to be most charmed when Ayaka was irresponsibly (and sometimes drunkly) battling the forces of darkness with cosmetics and jewelry and bored when the series more or less tried to take itself seriously. The run on jokes and sheer disarray Ayaka chooses to keep her life in makes this an entertaining way to kill an hour or so.
Still despite most of its finer qualities, PHANTOM QUEST seems as though A LOT of back-story is missing, even for a screwball comedy and, if you're anything like me, you'll feel somewhat dissatisfied at the end. Regardless, it's a title worth checking out as long as you go in with little expectations
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Last updated Monday, November 26 2001. Created Monday, November 26 2001.
Watch 5 5 5 6 7 The Coyote [series:337#64]
This series is worth seeing if you get the chance, don't go out of your way though the main character is the weak point of the whole show and her love intreset lacks a decent spine at least in love. so the series is ok but dosn't jump to any level of above average at any time the spiritualist story is a little tired to be puting such a plain storyline with it. Not bad not good just there that is this series in a nut shell

Last updated Tuesday, October 16 2001. Created Tuesday, October 16 2001.

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