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Exclusive review: Inu-Yasha:
Rumiko Takahashi's (Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku, Mermaid Tales) new hit TV series in Japan
  Rating: PG-13
  U.S. Distribution Rights: ADV Films
  Genres: Action, Comedy

Those Who Hunt Elves (TV)

Description:    When a spell to return them goes awry, three travelers must find five elves with pieces of that spell tattooed on their skin. Junpei, the fighter, has vowed to strip every elf in the land to find the spell, which doesn't please Celcia, the elven leader and priestess who lost the spell in the first place. Junpei, Airi the clever actress, and the deadly young Ritsuko battle fishy pirates, challenge local legends and eventually con Celcia into helping them find the spell that will send them home. Hop aboard their T-74 tank and join Those Who Hunt Elves on the wildest scavenger hunt ever!

Overall Grade: 82.33% (B-)

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  Reviewer #1: Zac Bertschy
  Episodes reviewed: 1-8; Subtitled
Grade: 80% (B-)
   Those Who Hunt Elves, when I first saw it, struck me as riotously funny. The premise was simple - 3 modern warriors get stuck in a fantasy world, and have to find fragments of the spell they need to get back on the naked bodies of local elves. Nothing could be funnier, right? Wrong. Those Who Hunt Elves is thin as paper - and it gets old, really quick.

The first two episodes of the series managed to be funny and engaging all at once. There's an instantly classic scene involving a giant golem and a cannon - I won't spoil it for you, but needless to say, it makes renting the first volume worth the price of admission. After the second episode, however, I began to ask myself: "How long can this really stay funny? Is this all they do, wander around and make the same 'Take off your clothing!' joke in every episode?" My questions were soon answered - Those Who Hunt Elves manages to be painfully repetitious, following a skewed version of the monster-of-the-week formula used in most magical girl shows. To top it all off, the series' animation is embarrassingly bad - stiff and stilted, with a very low frame rate and lots of slow pans across stills. At a curt 12 episodes, Those Who Hunt Elves may be a short series; but sitting through more than two episodes feels like an eternity.

  Reviewer #2: Danielle Perreault
  Episodes reviewed: 1-6, subtitled
Grade: 85% (B)
   You'd think... that as a woman, I'd be greatly offended by Those Who Hunt Elves. I mean the main gist of the plot is that they go around ripping the clothes of females(when they could probably get just as far by just *asking* them if they have the spell on their body)

However, for some unforeseen reason... I found myself liking this alot. Maybe its that the characters are cool. Maybe its that the music kicks posterior. Maybe its just the absurdity of it all.

Heck, maybe its just that Junpei is voiced by my favorite japanese seiyuu, Seki Tomokazu..... who knows?

But this show definitely isn't for everyone. If you're easily offended, or have a lack of suspension of disbelief, you will *not* enjoy this series. However, if you're just looking for something cheap and entertaining(and you love looking as near-naked female elves....) you'll without a doubt love this series.

  Reviewer #3: Clyde Adams III
  Episodes reviewed: 1-6, subtitled
Grade: 82% (B-)
   This is a funny fantasy, recommended. The production values, art, and character designs are all very good, by television standards.

Three wanderers, driving an M-1 Abrams tank, are in a magical land where they don't belong. An elf sorceress started to call up the spell that will send them home, but, due to a mishap, the spell has been dispersed, attaching itself to the bodies of several far-off female elves. So the wanderers travel around, stripping the clothes off every female elf they find, and fighting whoever gets in their way.

Each of the three protagonists has a valuable skill, and they evolve into a good team, and their characters are slightly developed over the episodes. Plenty of action, more comic than dramatic, unfold as their journey progress. Their bizarre quest makes them enemies, while their fighting skills win them friends, and their plight keeps the audience's sympathy. The simplicity of their quest, and their approach to it, keeps the story simple and shallow as well.

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