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''Yuugen Kaisha'' (or You-Gen-Kai-Sha bka, ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Phantom Quest Corp.]]'') is a four episode comedy/horror/mystery {{OVA}} from Creator/{{Madhouse}}, which was licensed for release by Creator/{{Geneon}} in mid 1994. The english dub was released early the following year in two VHS volumes. In December of '98, it was given a re-release on DVD, in Japan, while the english version arrived in November of 2000.

The series follows the exploits of Phantom Quest, an organization lead by one [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Ayaka]] [[ChristmasCake Kisaragi.]] They specialize in tracking down and taking out the supernatural - from ghosts, vampires, and every other manner of evil spirit across Tokyo. Which are often commissioned to them by U Division's [[OccultDetective Detective Karino]], both to lighten his workload and as a personal favor to Ayaka.

Rather than an overarching narrative, it's more of [[{{sitcom}} a sitcom]] with each episode being its own self-contained adventure which follows [[MonsterOfTheWeek a case-by-case format.]] Though some of the spooks they meet aren't bad, such as [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire an anemic vampire who runs a tea shop]], or a ghost who helps out with his girlfriend's museum exhibit.

But the baddies best beware: Phantom Quest is certainly capable and [[WhoYouGonnaCall will readily accept any job offer]] so long as it pays well. In fact, the only opposition that the company faces is [[PerpetualPoverty the constant onset of debt]], thanks to [[DestructiveSavior their president.]]

The series has often been compared to ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'', due to the similarities in its premise and having been released at roughly the same time (for the record, ''Ghost Sweeper Mikami'' debuted a year earlier in April of '93). So if you've seen either one and enjoyed it, you may wanna give the other a try.
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!!This anime provides examples of:

* AccidentalPervert: Karino, in Incident File 03: Love Me Tender, when he walks in on Mr. Nagasuki and his secretary [[InterruptedIntimacy while they're getting it on in his office!]]
-->'''[[SexyDiscretionShot *secretary screams from off camera*]]'''\\
'''Nagasuki:''' Get the hell out of here!\\
'''Karino: (closes door, snickering)''' Hot action.
* ActionGirl: Ayaka. She hunts down spooks and demons, then takes 'em out. Or she has Rokkon excorcise them.
* AssholeVictim: Mr. Nagasuki. Subverted, since he doesn't actually die, but [[spoiler: Narita scared]] him bad enough that he nearly had a heart attack; causing him to foam at the mouth and faint.
* ATeamFiring: It gets lampshaded during Incident File 02: "End of the World" after Karino empties half a clip without hitting the evil doctor, who's less than ten feet away!
-->'''Ayaka: (incredulous)''' "Where the hell'd you learn how to shoot?!"
-->'''Karino: (shrugs sheepishly)''' [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy "At the academy!"]]
* BaldOfEvil: [[spoiler: The Hadja]], a monk group who challenges Phantom Quest in the fourth episode; their leader, [[spoiler: Mukyo]], in particular.
* [[BarrierWarrior Barrier Monk]]: Rokkon, Phantom Quest's staff exorcist.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Makoto, who despite being roughly eight years old, handles pretty much everything on the administrative end of the business, along with doing his best to keep Ayaka from drinking and spending herself to death.
* BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts: Narita.
* [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Bottle Fairy]]: Ayaka. Big time. She's known for getting plastered and punching out cab drivers. Or just getting plastered period. The intro even shows Karino carrying her home while she's drunk, and in case file 01, [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Bosco]] refused to take her blood, due to the alcohol content!
* BreakingAndBloodsucking: Dracula initially preys on Makiko whenever she steps out at night. But, after repeat interference from Ayaka and Bosco, he goes straight to her bedroom. But Karino's timely arrival causes Dracula to flee with Makiko to TokyoTower.
* BrokeEpisode: The members of Phantom Quest end up part timing just to get by, during incident file 04, thanks to [[spoiler: the Hadja]] stealing all of their clients.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Red dragon spirit, capture Star Sword."
* CatchPhrase: There's three used regularly throughout the series:
** The first is done by Karino, at the end of each episode: "Ms. Ayaka, are you alright?"
** Ayaka's is usually to the effect of: "Phantom Quest has solved the case", or "And so, another case has been solved by Phantom Quest."
** And, finally, there's Mamoru's: [[PerpetualPoverty "We're in the red]] '''[[PerpetualPoverty AGAIN!!"]]'''
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Rokkon who, in the fourth incident file, leaps from the third floor of the Hadja's temple, while carrying Karino and Nanami and lands, without injury.
* ChildrenRaiseYou: {{Parodied}}. Ayaka's sorta responisible, but her recklessness often lands Phantom Quest deep in the red. It doesn't take long to see that it's Mamoru's management skills that keeps the company afloat. Not to mention all the times he has to chastise her for getting drunk, and over sleeping.
* ChristmasCake: Ayaka sometimes asks Madam Sumei if there's any hope for her love life only to be told her chances of finding happiness are zero. Doesn't help that she gets called an "old lady" by a cafe full of young teen/twenty-something females either.
* CovertPervert: Karino again, in the final episode, where he gets [[MaleGaze an eyefull]] when Ayaka loses her top; which earns him a MegatonPunch.
* DeadlyDoctor: The demonically possessed doctor from Incident File 02: End of World.
* [[DeclarationOfProtection Declaration of Protection]]: Bosco and Narita toward Makiko and Natsuki respectively.
** In the first Incident File, it first appears that Bosco is stalking Makiko. It's eventually revealed that he was protecting her from another vampire, who had recently reincarnated.
** In Incident File 03, Narita keeps his girlfriend safe from Nagasuki's advances, and takes it upon himself to set up the exhibit for her, after Nagasuki pulls the night crew... and does it all from the afterlife!
* DemonSlaying: [[MoneyDearBoy It's their business.]] It's right there in the company name.
* DestructiveSaviour: Ayaka, and she has the bills to show for it too (like the time she wrecked the observation room of TokyoTower).
* DistressedDude: Karino fills this slot during the fourth episode, "Lover Come Back to Me".
* DoggedNiceGuy: Karino tries in subtle ways to impress Ayaka and prove she can depend on him, such as incident file 03, where he attempts to tail Nagasuki, thinking Ayaka would be proud of him. Sadly, he blows a tire and gets left by the side of the road. Earlier, he attempts to surprise her with a box of pastries, but drops it on the way. Needless to say, Ayaka was not impressed.
* ElevatorSnare: Karino manages to keep up with the hospital's elevator by running up the stairs for at least four floors.
* [[FedToTheBeast Fed to the Ghosts]]: [[spoiler: Mukyo]] threatens to do this to Karino, after he's caught investigating his scam operation, by dangling him over a pit filled with all the apparitions [[spoiler: the Hadja]] allegedly excorcised.
* FieryRedhead: Ayaka's not-so-bad, most of the time, but she's known for her rash behavior and having a hair trigger temper.
* HaremSeeker: Ayaka accuses Bosco of being a lecher when she learns that his tea shop specifically caters to late teen-early 20's female clientele. Which he explains [[NotWhatItLooksLike isn't the case at all.]] The reason he caters to that particular age group is because [[spoiler: older women are less likely to be virgins]]; adding [[spoiler: virgins]] had become harder to find in the modern era.
* HeavySleeper: Ayaka Kisaragi.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: Natsuki by the end of Incident file 03: Love Me Tender.
* HeroicBSOD: Nanami has one near the climax of the final case file, when she, Rokkon, and Karino find themselves surrounded and vastly outnumbered by ghosts. She becomes so frightened that her mind goes blank, complete with [[WingDingEyes spiral eyes]]; making it a rare [[PlayedForLaughs comedic version]] of the trope.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Ayaka's lipstick becomes a friggin' [[LaserBlade light sabre!]] It even makes the same sound effect when activated.
* InterspeciesRomance: Makiko and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Bosco]], by the end of the first episode.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Done by Ayaka, whenever she confronts the villain of the episode; [[{{leitmotif}} usually to the accompaniment of the show's theme tune.]]
* ISeeDeadPeople: Just about everybody in the series, though it's mainly Phantom Quest. It's all part of the job.
* KickTheDog: Mr. Nagasuki does this repeatedly to Natsuki in his efforts to get her into bed. First by coming onto her, then pulling the night crew from the exhibit when she rejects his advances. He finally threatens to cut off the exhibit's funding unless she [[SexualExtortion "co-operates".]] Thankfully, she had Phantom Quest to protect her [[spoiler: and Narita.]]
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: Nanami invokes this at the end of the final episode by ushering Rokkon away when she realizes that Ayaka's getting ready to [[RelationshipUpgrade confess her feelings]] to Karino; complete with HeldGaze and LuminescentBlush.
* LetsGetDangerous: Ayaka and Karino.
* LoveRedeems: A {{flashback}} reveals that Bosco repeatedly exposed himself to crosses, garlic, high powered UV lamps to build resistance [[RemovedAchillesHeel (eventually immunity)]] to sunlight, and even tried to give up blood [[spoiler: which he found he couldn't, so he limits himself to feeding only four times a year, while taking supplement tablets inbetween]], all so he could be with Makiko.
** The downside, however, is it's caused him to become anemic and lose much of the power he'd have, as a vampire, [[spoiler: if he fed regularly.]] Even so, he's perfectly content that way, [[YouAreWorthHell so long as he can be with her.]]
* MaybeEverAfter: There's no denying [[UnresolvedSexualTension the attraction between Ayaka and Detective Karino]], but Ayaka is obstinate and plays hard to get. She's not above flirting with him though. At the end, she starts to confess her feelings for him, 'til [[spoiler: her top pops open due to ClothingDamage from her duel with Mukyo.]] Naturally, [[AllMenArePerverts he couldn't help but look]] and gets [[MegatonPunch decked for it.]] It's unknown whether he still has a shot with her afterwards, or if he's ruined his chances for good.
* MeaningfulName[=/=]StealthPun: Both the show's title and the company's name is a play on the words "You-Gen-Kai-Sya" which means "limited liability company"[[note]]an obvious nod to Phantom Quest constantly being up to their ears in debt, due to all the damage claims that're filed against them (see: DestructiveSavior)[[/note]]. However, using different kanji, the word "yugen" means "the occult", which their company specializes in.
* MsFanservice: Ayaka's a redhead, has a stunning figure [[ChristmasCake for a woman her age]], routinely sleeps in the nude, and will often show up for breakfast, in her panties, with her top open. Oh, and [[ShesGotLegs she's got legs.]]
* NatureAdoresAVirgin: Discussed in-series, when Bosco explains to Ayaka that it's become harder for vampires to find virgins in their day and age, given how liberal society had become. The fact that Makiko is [[PurityPersonified not only a virgin, but doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, or do drugs]], makes her blood especially pure. Which causes her stick out like a walking neon "drink me" sign and is the reason she was being relentlessly pursued by Dracula.
* NotAMorningPerson: Ayaka Kisaragi. See the [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Bottle Fairy]] entry above.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Mamoru is completely unfazed by Ayaka's habit of sleeping in the nude, and shows neither interest or embarrassment when he enters her room to wake her up each morning; nor is he bothered by how she shows up for breakfast.
* OccultDetective: U Division's Detective Karino, who commisions jobs to Phantom Quest. Ayaka and Madam Sumei count as well.
** ParanormalInvestigation: It's right there, in the company name and their job description. If it has anything to do with paranormal, or supernatural activity, Phantom Quest and U Division will take the assignment.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Narita. The guy can cover the nightshift, in case your workmen bail on you, and can [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl knock 'em back like a pro]] when he's done.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent:
** Bosco is anemic [[spoiler: due to limiting himself to feeding only four times a year]] and is capable of walking around in broad daylight, though he wear sunglasses to shield his eyes (he switches to a tinted pair of [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pince-nez pince nez]] while he's indoors).
** FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: [[NiceGuy Literally.]] The guy runs a trendy tea shop for attractive teens and 20 somethings[[note]]which is implied to be how he met Makiko, who's 19[[/note]]. Plus, he's been following Makiko at night to protect her from another vampire who'd recently reincarnated.
* PermaStubble: Karino constantly sports a few chin hairs.
* PerpetualPoverty: While Phantom Quest always solves the case, they always end up in the red due to Ayaka's recklessness and spending habits.
* PlayingWithFire: Nanami's special ability. Too bad [[PowerIncontinence she has trouble controlling it]], especially when she's frightened.
** RedEyesTakeWarning: If you see flames ignite in her irises, [[OhCrap RUN.]]
* ReassignedToAntarctica: U Division seems to be this, with a grand total of three employees. One apparently sitting around passing time until retirement or death, a lady with a HairTriggerTemper, and Karino, who's...[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a bit shabby.]]
* RemovedAchillesHeel: As seen in the LoveRedeems entry, Bosco eventually became immune to sunlight, garlic and crosses through controlled exposure to them.
* RicaMatsumoto: Ayaka's Japanese seiyu
* ShipTease: Ayaka with Karino, gets [[ShipSinking deep-sixed]] in the end though. [[MaybeEverAfter Or was it...?]]
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Ayaka realizes [[ChristmasCake she isn't getting any younger]] and desperately wants to find that 'special someone'. She knows Detective Karino is in love with her and often goes out of his way to try to prove she can depend on him, which she likes about him, even though he screws up a lot of the time. [[PlayingHardToGet But she doesn't make it easy for him.]]
** Makiko also qualifies. Though she wasn't actively looking for love, she finds it anyway when she [[RescueRomance falls for with]] [[NiceGuy Bosco]] at the end of the first Incident File.
* SleepingWithTheBoss: In Incident File 03, Mr. Nagasuki gets [[InterruptedIntimacy caught in the act]] of having sex with [[SexySecretary his secretary]], when Detective Karino drops by his office to question him. Nagasuki and his secretary are later [[ModestyBedsheet shown in bed together]], at his condo.
* SoLongSuckers: Ayaka does this to Madam Sumei, when it comes time to pay for her services.
* StalkerWithACrush: A rare instance where it's {{justified}}. Though Bosco is love with Makiko, he wasn't stalking her. It turned out that he was [[DeclarationOfProtection protecting her]] from Dracula, who had recently reincarnated and was repeatedly victimizing her.
* TakingYouWithMe: Mukyo attempts this, after his defeat, by [[spoiler: grabbing Ayaka's leg then pitching himself off the roof with his dying breath. He ends up in a tree. Ayaka, however, ends up [[ShipTease in Karino's arms]] when he breaks her fall by catching her.]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Ayaka and Detective Karino, with shades of BelligerentSexualTension.
* WendeeLee: Ayaka's English dub voice.
* WhoYouGonnaCall: As previously mentioned, Phantom Quest will take any case involving paranormal activity, or the supernatural (so long as it pays well). Incidentally, the show's intro doubles as their ad!
* WillfullyWeak: Bosco is anemic, due to [[spoiler: only allowing himself to feed four times a year]], which has also deprived him of the strength he'd possess as a vampire. And he's perfectly fine with that, [[Heartwarming/YuugenKaisha since he'd much rather have Makiko.]]
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Played with over the course of the series. It almost happens at the end of the final episode... then Karino mucks it up. See the MaybeEverAfter entry above.

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