The six-episode anime OVA Devil Hunter Yohko
(Mamono Hunter Yohko
) follows the life of a boy-crazy sixteen-year-old schoolgirl named Yohko Mano...who also happens to banish demons from the Earth as a Magical Girl Warrior
in her spare time.
For centuries, the Mano family has worked as a tribe of demon slayers. Yohko's grandmother, Madoka, served as the 107th Devil Hunter; Yohko's mother, Sayoko, would have become the 108th
, but a Devil Hunter must remain a virgin until she comes of age
to take on the responsibility. Sayoko's pregnancy meant the Devil Hunter lineage would continue with Yohko, who sits on the cusp of her fated birthday and
still has her virginity. With only days before gaining the power of the Devil Hunters, Yohko could follow in her mother's footsteps — and the demons infiltrating her school would love
to help her break the lineage once again...ADV Films
released all five episodes of the series (and a music video special) in the United States; the first OVA doubled as ADV's very first anime release. The OVA soon became a Gateway Series
for numerous anime fans of the early 1990s
; since it ended up more successful in the States than in Japan, the producers made the last Yohko
episode with the foreign market in mind.
Do not confuse this series with Demon Fighter Kocho
, a similar tale which takes place at Heian University.
Devil Hunter Yohko contains examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: If the show's title doesn't make it clear enough, see the Badass, Magical Girl, and Magical Girl Warrior entries below.
- Adjective Noun Fred: Look at the title.
- Aliens Made Them Do It: In the first OAV, the Director brainwashes Osamu into almost raping Yohko. Right before he assaults her, Osamu speaks to Yohko and hypnotizes her as well. The Mind Control over both of them ends up broken thanks to Madoka's timely arrival.
- All Your Colors Combined: In Devil Hunter Yohko 6, the Monster of the Week's Time Stands Still only effects either Yohko or Ayako (Color-Coded for Your Convenience); this happens when they team up to defeat the monster.
- Amanda Winn Lee / Aya Hisakawa: The English and Japanese voices of Yohko, respectively.
- Back from the Dead: Yohko's ancestor, Haruka, brings her back to life via time travel.
- Badass: Yohko. Picture Sailor Moon with a sword combined with Chun Li, and there ya go.
- Badass Grandma: Madoka, who doubles as a Badass Biker.
- Beta Baddie: Ayako.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Bullshit. As the series progresses, Yohko gets battered, bruised, Impaled with Extreme Prejudice and, eventually, comes Back from the Dead.
- The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: Averted and played straight in the first episode.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Azusa and Chigako end up this way in the third episode. They get better.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: This one's a dozy:
Yohko: (reciting) "Dark powers whose black deeds escape even the light of the moon..."
"Behold now the radiance of the power of love!"
"I am the Scourge of Evil..." (regular clothing shreds)
"The 108th generation of Devil Hunter... Yohko!" (Devil Hunter attire materializes)
Yohko: (makes fist, winks) "Coming at you!"
- Cartwright Curse: Wanna know why Yohko's still single? Well, most of the guys she gets close to have a bad habit of dying.
- Clothing Damage: Justified since Yohko and the demons she faces use bladed weapons.
- Combat Stilettos: Yohko battles demons in high heels.
- Covers Always Lie: If you go by the cover art, you'd think Yohko was spindly, whereas the in-series art depicts her as having a semi-athletic tone and figure. This is especially apparent during the many close-ups of her legs; particularly around her thighs and calves.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Azusa's a bit of a klutz, mainly because she's an apprentice Devil Hunter and a Genki Girl.
- Dark Magical Girl: Ayako.
- Dangerous Sixteenth Birthday: For demonkind, once the girls of The Mano Clan come of age. Because...
- Demon Slaying ...is their family business; the powers are passed down from mother to daughter at age 16.
- Disappeared Dad: We never see (or hear about/from) Yohko's father during the entire series. Though her mother is shown talking to someone she loves on the phone in the first episode, the man's identity is never revealed. It's rather implied through her delinquent and irresponsible behavior that Sayoko was a single teen mom.
- Evil Twin: Ayako, Yohko's identical cousin from Devil Hunter Yohko 6.
- Femme Fatalons: Tokima uses hers to to great effect in the fifth OVA by killing Yohko.
- Filler / Four Is Death: The producers refused to make an actual fourth OVA episode; instead, they put together a number of music videos as a special release in lieu of an actual episode. Since the episode never had an actual number in Japan (it was released as "Super Music Clip"), ADV came up with the title Devil Hunter Yohko 4-EVER as a way of working the number four into the series.
- Hero Worship: Azusa really looks up to Yohko, which is why she became her apprentice.
- Hotter and Sexier: Inverted; the OVAs became less focused on sexy fanservice and more on story as they progressed.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Yohko kills Reiko this way at the end of their duel, in the first episode.
- Then, in fifth OVA, Tomiko uses her Femme Fatalons to return the favor.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Madoka. Thankfully, it happened only when she was temporarily de-aged.
- Invocation: As seen in the By the Power of Grayskull! entry.
- I Want Grandkids: Once the Devil Hunter power has been successfully passed on to Yohko, Madoka encourages her to start dating in the hopes of Yohko having kids of her own in order to continue the bloodline.
- I Was Quite The Looker: Madoka. Turns out she wasn't kidding.
- Jumped at the Call: Azusa didn't bother to wait. She showed up on Yohko's doorstep when she saw Chigako's ad in the paper. Literally.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Yohko can channel magic in this fashion, by using her hair clips.
- Killed Off for Real: The eponymous heroine, herself, at the end of the fifth OVA. She comes back though.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Yohko when she first receives her ring. Complete with Theme Music Power-Up.
- Magical Girl: The most badass one you'll ever see. See directly below.
- Male Gaze: Take a drink every time the camera focuses on Yohko's exposed breasts. Or her legs.
- Near-Rape Experience: In the first OAV, Osamu gets demonically possessed and Yohko is placed under a spell in an attempt to rob her of her virginity before the Devil Hunter power can be passed on to her. Madoka tear asses through Tokyo to prevent it from happening.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Nice job leading your family's greatest enemy right to the seal on its powers, Yohko.
- The Ojou: Reiko, seen in the page image.
- 108: Yohko is the 108th Devil Hunter.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Since the demons couldn't prevent Yohko from becoming the next Devil Hunter, they've resorted to the next best thing: killing all her love interests so she'll never be able to have children.
- Really Gets Around: Sayoko was this way as a teen, and continues to sleep around as an adult. Which is the reason she never became a Devil Hunter. Not that she cared.
- Refusal of the Call: Sayoko. She'd rather date and engage in casual sex than protect the world from demonkind.
- Role Called: It's about Yohko, and she's a Devil Hunter.
- She's Got Legs: Take a good look at the page image, 'cuz between her style of dress (shorts, mini-skirts, etc.), her transformation sequence, and the Clothing Damage she suffers during her fight scenes, you WILL be seeing plenty of them. That said, enjoy the eye candy 'cuz they're shapely and athletic.
- Sidekick: Azusa, to Yohko.
- Skewed Priorities: See Refusal of the Call.
- Time Paradox: It would have been averted if, during the episode 5 climax, Yohko's ring summoned the previous generations of Devil Hunters instead of Haruka's.
- Fridge Brilliance is in play when the two connect their rings together before traveling back to the present, so Yohko's would have transferred its accumulated power back into Haruka's.
- Transformation Trinket: The Mano family ring.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Osamu Wakabayashi.
- Virgin Power: Played straight and subverted. All the girls in the Mano family must remain virgins until they become Devil Hunters — but once they gain the Devil Hunter power, they're free to fool around (and Madoka wants great-grandkids!).
- Virgin Tension: Already covered in the Near-Rape Experience entry.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Ryuichi seems to be the only one of Yohko's love interests who doesn't die, but he gets nothing more than a token mention at the end of episode 5.
- Osamu disappears after the 1st episode too.
- Who You Gonna Call?: Yohko's best friend, Chigako, appoints herself as her manager and tries to promote Yohko as a professional demon slayer.