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The six-episode anime OVADevil 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).