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Devil Hunter Yohko (Mamono Hunter Yohko) is an anime OVA produced by Madhouse and released in six episodes from 1990 to 1995. It 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. Eventually, an English dub was released in 1996.

There were three games that were released only in Japan: Mamono Hunter Yōko: Dai 7 no Keishōi, for the Sega Megadrive, and Mamono Hunter Yōko: Makai kara no Tenkōse and Mamono Hunter Yōko: Tooki Yobigoe for the PC Engine CD.

Do not confuse this series with Demon Fighter Kocho, a similar tale which takes place at Heian University.

Devil Hunter Yohko contains examples of:

  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Madoka never misses an opportunity to remind her daughter Sayoko that she never became a Devil Hunter because she lost her virginity at fifteen. This often starts fights between the two.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: Azusa is absent in the last episode, having gone to visit her parents.
  • 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.
  • Sidekick: Azusa, to Yohko.
  • Skewed Priorities: See Refusal of the Call.
  • Tamer and Chaster: The first OVA had scenes that bordered on softcore porn, like a Brainwashed and Crazy Osamu's Attempted Rape of Yohko. However, the OVA after that one were Lighter and Softer to make it more appealing to younger audiences.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Sayoko got pregnant with Yohko when she was fifteen.
  • 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.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Mano family ring.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Osamu Wakabayashi.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: Yohko's great aunt failed to become the 107th Devil Hunter, so she trained her granddaughter to steal the title of 108th Devil Hunter from Yohko.
  • 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.
      • Osamu is especially curious since he was Yohko's only other friend and actually had a crush on her.
    • Hideki, Yohko's first crush. He literally disappears after Yohko defeats Reiko.
  • Who You Gonna Call?: Yohko's best friend, Chikako Ogawa, appoints herself as her manager and tries to promote Yohko as a professional demon slayer.