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!
| Reviewer #1: Zac
Episodes reviewed: 1-8;
|| 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
Episodes reviewed: 1-6,
||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
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
Episodes reviewed: 1-6,
||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.