In a country where companies are categorized into many subdivisions and corporations, only one of them is a ghost corp - the Phantom quest corp. When otherworldly supernatural phenomenon threatens the city and its populace, Ayaka Kisaragi and her employees are on the job to fight any and all supernatural menace.
Ridiculously cute comedy horror anime that draws equally from classic western horror and more exotic Japanese/Asian Mysticism. Its plays out much like a Ghostbusters in Japan with detective elements.
Story: How did the intro narration go like? Of all the registered businesses in Japan; only one is categorised as 'supernatural' - something like that! Its been several months at the time of writing this review XD
The super spunky and very irresponsible Ayaka, the detective Karina and her co workers deal with all sorts of trouble such as vampires, laser turrets in a surgery room, haunted exhibits and worst of all; serious financial debt! As heroic their deeds are, Ayaka's collateral damage or spending sprees always seem to put them back to square zero! The stories may be standard but the sheer energy the characters bring as they progress the plot is anything but! 7/10
Art: This is a slightly above average looking 90s ova featuring brilliant colours and (supposedly bland?) very likeable character designs! So good that even with the underdevelopment of half of the characters; you cant help but... love em! The action scenes are also standout with the final rooftop duel being so well choreographed that it almost looks like rotoscoping! (or maybe it is XD). 9/10 not like Patlabor 2 good but the next thing down!
Sound: Standard um... 80s style pop synth if I remember? entertaining I suppose but not particularly good? Uses a bit of orchaestra for action themes in keeping with its horror themes too. 7/10 The ending theme is somewhat above average for an 80s anime pop tune.
Character: The main character is the fiery and gorgeous action girl type that will drive an anime singlehandedly and make it entertaining; no matter how poor everything else may be (it isn't). The focus on the MC is however rather prominent, meaning that some characters get an underwhelming amount of development (the teen pyropsyker and the big exorcist guy in particular) the character designs give off charm on their own but I wished these two got more screentime (they were only introduced in the 2nd OVA) to fully realise that charm. The real strength of this anime is the perfect use of body language in the animation (a lot of exaggerations too!) as the ultimate expression of characterisation. 9/10 Its so adorable seeing our characters react to the disaster of the day!
Enjoyment: lively animation, a beautiful colour palette and super charming characters all set within a monster mix of classic western and oriental horror mythos. Something fun that most people can enjoy; especially fans of retro anime OVAs. 9/10
Rating: Tweens and up. Some deaths, some spooky monsters and an unfortunate nip slip at the end that stops me from recommending this anime to even younger audiences. read more
This is a short 4-part OVA about company which is dealing with strange and paranormal phenomenon. The main character with star-wars-alike- lip-stick-lazer-sword is Ayaka. She is beautiful and sometimes even funny, but it's enough about her. You will know her very good while watching. There are many more characters, but she is the biggest star.
In first two episodes music looked nice, but later a got bored of same backround music. Also you can hear backround music whole time, so this is a bit frustrating too.
Actually I don't have any complains about the animation. I liked the animation, because it's very simple and a bit oldskool.
The main reason I didn't liked this anime alot is enjoyment. Sometimes I smiled, but most of the times I was sitting with the same dull face. The jokes were not funny for me.
Overall, this anime is worth watching if you don't have anything better to do or watch. That's it !
Phantom Quest Corp is more or less average with little to offer, but is executed well enough to still be enjoyable. It's visuals are good, being well animated and colorful. It's looks are on par with most of the OVA's of the 90's that had decent budgets. Although it's looks are good, the character design is a bit bland. None of the designs particularly bad, but there's nothing to write home about either.
Story wise it's sufficient. Being only four episodes it doesn't have much time to tell much of a story arc, and it's very episodic. Each episode tells a simple story, that is enjoyable, but doesn't leave much impact. The series is a bit dependent on cliches. This doesn't detract a lot of the series, but don't expect anything new that will blow your mind.
The characters themselves are pretty stock and aren't developed much. This is forgivable considering that it only had four episodes to introduce them. Each character does have enough personality to make them interesting, but nothing good enough to stand out much. The best part of the series would be Rika Matsumoto's performance as the main character. She brings a lot of energy to the role, and makes it quite interesting. It's a shame that Pokemon is eating up all of her time, because it would be really nice to see her more often.
Overall Phantom Quest Corp doesn't have much to offer, but isn't something to avoid. It's not spectacular enough to seek out, but if you get the chance to give it a watch it's worth the time.read more