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Phantom Quest Corp.

a.k.a. Yuugen Kaisha

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Genre: Comedy/Drama
Company: Studio Madhouse
Format: 4 OVA
Dates: 8/25/1994 to 2/25/1995

Ghosts living in the refrigerator? Vampires stalking you on the way home from the convenience store? Who ya gonna call? Sounds like you need the help of Kisaragi Ayaka and the Phantom Quest Corporation. Even though Ayaka isn’t the most responsible person and has a fondness for partying every night, she always gets the job done. Ayaka and her team, including a detective, fortune-telling psychic and more, battle the forces of evil in modern day Tokyo.

summary by Madoka

 

Reviewed: 06/23/2003 by
Grade: 61% av-Madoka

Highs: Cheesy entertainment

Lows: All filler; no character background or depth

How can an anime that is completely filler, with shallow characters and only four episodes still be entertaining? By never taking itself too seriously. Phantom Quest Corp. is a funny, fast romp through the world of the paranormal that manages to do just that.

Each of the four episodes is self-contained with no larger plot to really connect them, so each one is really just one “Monster of the Week” filler story after another. Ayaka and her colleagues work together to fight the forces of evil, but the viewer never has an idea how they met each other or how Ayaka managed to start the company in the first place. Every character is merely a stereotype: the party girl, the smart young boy, the high school student and the bumbling detective. Strangely enough, it’s the characters that only appear in one episode that are more endearing than the main characters. The bartending vampire in the first episode was particularly charming, and the ghost in the third had more personality than all of Ayaka’s sidekicks combined.

The characters do, however, provide moments of comedy and just pure cheesy fun that will manage to put a smile on your face at least once or twice. From the moment that Ayaka whips out the lipstick that turns into a lightsaber, it’s apparent that this OVA never pretends to be anything serious or meaningful. The action, comedy and occasional fan service from Ayaka make the show fun; it’s a shame the series was never expanded beyond only four episodes.

If you have thirty minutes to spare and supernatural comedy tickles your funny bone, put on an episode of Phantom Quest Corp.. Although this series isn’t a must-have by any stretch of the imagination, it is still an amusing way to pass some time.

 

Phantom Quest Corp. can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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