Total # of Volumes: 1
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Languages: English VHS, Japanese w/subtitles VHS, or Multilingual DVD
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
Creator: Yuzo Takada
Director: Daisuke Nishio
Character Designer: Koichi Arai
Music: Kaoru Wada
Animation Director: Koichi Arai
Animation Studio: Plex
American Producers: Geneon/Pioneer
Title: Collector's Edition
Running Time: 270
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 7
6: The Key
7: The Return
Episode 1: Transmigration
The story begins with a narrator explaining the origins of the Sanjiyan, a race of immortal three-eyed demons. He tells of how though they look human, they are not human. He informs us that the Sanjiyan used powerful magic to transform themselves into humans and how they all disappeared from the face of the Earth except for one young sanjiyan girl, Pai.
The scene then shifts to Professor Fujii, lying on a desolate mountain top in the wilds of China, dying. Pai is there and the professor hands her an envelope. He tells her that he is sorry that he can not keep his promise to make her human but if she takes this letter to his son in Japan, he will help her.
Time passes and the story is now in Japan. Yakumo, the professor's son, is late for work. He decides to take an illegal shortcut down a pedestrian walkway on his scooter. He beeps his horn to clear the way and speeds through the crowd. But one girl does not seem to see or hear him. Yakumo has to crash his scooter in order not to hit the girl. During the confusion following the crash, the girl's walking stick is picked up by a homeless drunk and taken. The girl is dirty and lost and Yakumo takes pity on her.
He brings her to the bar where he works and buys her some food. She is perplexed why Yakumo has changed into women's clothing and put on makeup but Yakumo explains that this was the first job he could fine and you have do what you can to survive. They talk briefly but are soon interrupted but other hostess. One of them calls Yakumo by his name and the girl snaps to attention. "Yakumo? Yakumo Fujii?", she asks and Yakumo confirms that is who he is. She then introduces herself as Pai and reveals the letter she has been carrying from Yakumo's father. She also pulls out the skull of Professor Fujii and proudly places it on the table.
Yakumo reads the letter and learns of the promise his father made. Yakumo is very upset that his father does not mention any regret for abandoning his son or burdening Yakumo with the promise. But Yakumo agrees to help Pai.
Meanwhile, the drunk has slunk off to have a drink and examine his newfound treasure. He twists off the top of the cane and a bright light erupts out of the stick. A huge monster bird with the demonic head of man emerges from the light and rises over the Tokyo skyline. Back in the bar, Pai has been trying to explain the situation to Yakumo, who is still in disbelief. But he is sure of one thing, he wants nothing to do with monsters and demons. With impeccable timing, it is then that the huge monster zooms by the windows of the bar.
Soon enough, Pai and Yakumo are in pursuit of the beast on Yakumo's scooter. They chase it through the downtown until it notices them and they then find themselves the pursued. They scramble to escape but soon crash again. The monster bears down on them and Pai places herself in the monster's path, yelling for "Takuhi", as the creature is named, to behave.
But the crazed monster is not listening to its master and swoops down to crush Pai. Yakumo shoves her out of the way and is snatched up in the claws of the beast instead. Takuhi's claws pierce Yakumo's body and blood spurts out of every opening. Yakumo is dying. Seeing this, Pai screams and goes into a semi-trance. A third eye opens on her forehead and a powerful force erupts from her. Takuhi is frozen and Pai utters a spell. Abeam of light connects Yakumo to Pai and blobs of energy can be seen moving from Yakumo to Pai's third eye.
Takuhi then places Yakumo's body on the ground. There, Yakumo's mortal wounds magically heal and he returns to life. But on his forehead, a strange mark appears. Pai then falls exhausted onto Yakumo. Yakumo has no memory of being killed and promises on the spot to help Pai become human.
The action then shifts to Hong Kong. Pai and Yakumo, following instructions in the letter, have come there to find the statute called Ningen. They are looking for a place called "Yogekisha" and they wander the streets searching for it.
Soon enough, they locate the place. But as they approach the door, a window above shatters and a young woman comes falling down. Yakumo "softens" her landing as a gang of tough looking men in white suits come running out the door. Pai spies the statue in their arms and the young woman yells for the thieves to stop.
Chasing after the thieves, Yakumo runs out into the street and pursues their car. But they get away. Yakumo watches the car disappear in disgust. Pai screams "Watch out" and Yakumo turns to see a huge city bus bearing down on him. He tries to get out of the way but it is too late. The bus hits him, the wheels going directly over his body. The street is covered with Yakumo's blood. People scream in horror and the young woman covers her eyes. But to everyone's amazement, Yakumo gets up and simply says "That hurt."
They give chase in the car of the young woman, who introduces herself as Lee Ling-Ling. She is the editor of an occult magazine and a part-time exorcist. She knew Professor Fujii and had held onto the Ningen at his request. But being a very practical woman as well, she had placed a radio transmitter on the statue. They track the Ningen to a huge and mysterious looking mansion in the hills above Hong Kong.
They sneak in and soon Pai's sixth sense locates the statue. They also find a woman tied up in the room with the stolen Ningen and they release her. She explains that she is the mistress of the house and that the thieves broke in and tied up her up. It is then that a man who looks very much like Dracula enters and introduces himself as Chou. He claims to he the housekeeper and draws a gun on Pai, Lee and Yakumo. He threatens to shoot them when they go to leave with the Ningen and Lee has to use some swift Karate moves to disarm him and allow their escape.
They run but soon encounter the gang of white-suited thugs. The thugs open fire with a massive arsenal of pistols and shotguns. Pai and Lee make to the safety of the top of a flight of stairs but Yakumo is repeatedly hit by gunfire. He tumbles down the stairs, apparently dead. The thugs approach and are shocked when Yakumo rises. They see the strange character on Yakumo's forehead and cry out "Wu!" Yakumo takes advantage of the moment and runs.
Eventually, Pai, Lee and Yakumo end up on a roof deck. There they are attacked by invisible monsters. The strange creatures toss Lee over the edge and onto a lower roof and knock Yakumo down. Things don't look good for the threesome. But then Pai's third eye opens again and she uses her powerful magic to defeat the creatures. Yakumo, having learned from Lee that a "Wu" is a zombie bound to serve the Sanjiyan that devoured the victim's soul, demands answers from Pai. This Pai reveals that it is Sanjiyan and that it did not "devour" Yakumo's soul but saved his life by bind it Pai's. If Pai dies, then so does Yakumo. But if Pai becomes human, Yakumo will become human as well. The sanjiyan Pai then tells Yakumo that he will have to learn to defeat "these pests" himself and not rely on her to save him every time.
Chou then appears on the roof and attacks Pai and Yakumo. He summons a massive dragon made of water and earth and has it pounce on Yakumo. Pai tries to help but ends up losing the Ningen. The battle rages on until Yakumo grabs a fallen power line and plunges it into the creature's body. He then turns to face Chou.
But, before Chou and regroup and attack again, the mistress of the house shoots Chou with an automatic rifle. Dying, Chou grabs the Ningen and uses the last of his power to send it soaring up into the air where a giant hand reaches down from the clouds to receive it.
The episode ends with Pai and Yakumo looking down on Hong Kong and swearing to continue their search and quest.
Episode 2: Yakumo
With the Ningen gone, Pai and Yakumo return to Japan. They say good-bye to Ling-Ling and board their plane, while a frog-man monster watches from a distance them with his baleful eyes. As the plane lifts off, the monster crushes the chainlink fence before him with his powerful hands.
The next morning, Yakumo prepares breakfast for Pai and himself. He calls for her to come and then heads for her room. There he finds her staring at group photo of Yalumo and his friends on a bulletin board. "It's you, Yakumo", Pai cries out. "That's my gang", he explains as they head back to the table. Once there, Pai announces that she has a gang too and whips out her staff. "Don't open that here!", Yakumo yelps, remembering the terrifying monster that emerged the last time. But Pai pops off the top and a cloud appears fromt he cane. The gases disperes and reveal a small version of the bird monster with a man's head. It immediately begins snapping up Yakumo's breakfast.
With breakfast complete, Yakumo heads off to school, leaving Pai home with her "gang". He instructs her to stay inside and heads on down to the street. He only remembers that his scooter was destroyed after he sees it the trash and hurries off on foot. Pai watches him go from the balcony.
Once at school, Yakumo tries to explain what has happened to his friends during a school assembly. He says that he now has "superpowers" but his friends do not believe. Their chatter and teasing gets them all in trouble and Yakumo and the others end up standing outside holding buckets of water for their behavior.
While they are standing there, Natsuko, the lone girl in the motorcycle club "gang", comes up and admonishes him for running off to Hong Kong. She quickly forgives Yakumo and then excitedly tells all them about her plans she has made for all themt for he one last weekend getaway of the year. But she is not happy when she hears that Yakumo has neither a working bike or any money.
Later, after school, the entire gang goes to a local junkyard where they find enough parts to rebuild a bike for Yakumo. As they scurry around the yard finding parts, they order Yakumo to get them drinks. Yakumo smailes and obliges them.
On his way back with the refreshments, Yakumo encounters Pai in her Sanjiyan form. Pai is standing on the railing of a bridge while Yakumo is down below on the banks of the river. Pai demands to know why Yakumo is not searching for the Ningen and keeping his promise to Pai to make her human. Yakumo attempts to explain that with the Ningen lost, it does not make sense for them to be running around, looking under every rock, until a solid lead develops. Plus, he has school to attend.
Pai is unimpressed with his answer and informs Yakumo that he is no longer Human but Wu and as a Wu, he can not live as a human. Yakumo does not understand so Pai puts it even more bluntly. She tells Yakumo that his presence will only bring pain and misfortune to those around him. It is then that Natsuko appears, having come wondering what was taking so long. She catches a brief glimpse of Pai and comments to Yakumo that she thinks that girl had three eyes.
As this is happening, the frog-demon appears and, mistaking Natsuko for the Sanjiyan, uses his powers to cause the bridge to shatter. As the bridge comes crashing down on Natsume and Yakumo, he pushes her clear of the danger but is caught beneath the rain of concrete and steel.
The frog-demon races over and scoops up Natsuko and Yakumo emerges from the rumble with his left arm missing and his head barely attached. He orders the demon to leave Natsuko alone and demon counters that he will free only after Yakumo delivers the Sanjiyan.
Yakumo charges in anger but is blown back by a powerful blast from the demon. Things look bad but then Pai appears on the destroyed bridge. She asks the demon why he seeks her and the monster replies that he desires the immortality that would come from the drinking of her blood. The creatiure then rushes Pai.
She calmly waits until the monster is mere inches from her face and then uses her powers to blow him into a different dimension. She then departs.
Meanwhile, all the action as drawn the rest of gang and they race to the fainted Natsuko. But then two of the boys catch a glimpse of the battered Yakumo and tremble in fear. Magic swirls in the air as Yakumo "re-assembles" right before their eyes.
Later, Yakumo stumbles home to discover that his apartment has been completely trashed. He slumps down in the mess and wonders aloud if Pai is responsible. He then goes next door and pounds on Mama's door. The transvestite comes to the door and reveals that Pai is actually inside, sleeping. He and Yakumo then talk and Yakumo tells his sensei the whole story. To his amazement, Mama accepts the story and even agrees with the Sanjiyan that Yakumo cannot live as a human in his present condidtion.
The next day, Yakumo heads off to the school but is shocked at the reception he receives. His guy friends shy away and Natsuko screams in horror when approaches her. The he finds his best friend, Monkey, describing him as a zombie to the other students. Dejected, Yakumo leaves and finds his way to the junkyard.
As he stares at the motorbike they built the day before, his mind is flooded with happier images. Then Pai appears. Her cheerfulness aggrevates Yakumo and he yells at her that she cost him his friends and his life but this does not phaze her. She simply prattles on about going to school and finding her own gang. Yakumo decides that he was too hard on her and follows, pushing the bike.
Pai goes to the school and stands at the gate, overwhelmed by the sights and sounds. She then spies Natsuko and the two go over to a quiet spot by a drained swimming pool to talk. Pai perches on top of the high chain link fence while Natsuko stands on the ground. Natsuko asks why Pai did what she did to Yakumo but before she can answer, Yakumo comes walking up, still pushing the bike. Pai sees him and Natsuko has her back to him.
The Sanjiyan, seeing the situation, assumes control and proceeds to tell Natsuko that Yakumo is a mere slave; a tool that Sanjiyan require to survive. Yakumol is crushed by the revelation but is stunned when Natsuko suddenly attacks Pai. She quickly places a magical ward on Pai's head and then grey tentacles erupt from her body. Natsuko is quickly transformed into a huge, writhing monster with tentacles and a massive, tree-like trunk.
Yakumo rushes forward to help only to discover that the Frog-demon has returned. He demands that Yakumo make him into a Wu. Yakumo attempts to explain that he does not have the power to do that and the demon replies that if that is the case then he will destroy Yakumo. With that, he fires a powerful blast at Yakumo. Yakumo dodges and races back to his bike.
Yakumo then charges at the creature on the bike and manages to distract the beast by running the bike into him, flipping over the monster and then racing over to Pai to rip off the ward. The monster gives chase and Yakumo swings around and plants the ward on the monster's head. He then shoves Pai's staff into the creature's maw and destroys the demon.
But Natsuko remains trapped within the huge, tentacled monster. Yakumo is puzzled because the demon was destroyed but is horrified to learn that the "Frog" he smashed was just a puppet for the real demon who has infested Natsuko. Yakumo pleads to Pai to save Natsuko but she declines, saying that her life has little meaning to Pai.
Determined to save his friend, Yakumo offers himself in trade for Natsuko and the demon gladly accepts. The monster launches a number of piercing spikes into Yakumo's body. Yakumo then whispers his good-byes to his friends and prepares to die. But he is saved by Pai, who chastises Yakumo for his "weakness" and destroys the monster.
The next day, Pai and Yakumo say their good-byes to their friends. As Yakumo turns to leave, Natsuko comes forward and tells Yakumo that she and all of his friends are there for him and they see the two off to their plane. This is where the episode ends.