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Reiko Mikami is a sexy penny-pinching exorcist who forces her adoring assistant, Tadao, to work for a pittance. While the snobbish, self-regarding Reiko spars with the lecherous Tadao, Okinu the gentle ex-ghost tries to keep them calm enough to do their ghostbusting job. With an unlikable heroine who persists in selling out her friends, the show spoofs the mercenary do-gooder of Osamu Tezuka's Black Jack, as well as the miniskirted, "body-conscious" girls of Tokyo's 1990s club scene. There are also occasional moments of social commentary, as it is revealed that Tokyo's ghost epidemic has been caused by urban sprawl pushing previously unseen spirits into the open. The chief emphasis, however, is on comedy, with a subsidiary cast including Pietro the shy half-vampire, impoverished Father Karasu, sexy voodoo ghost-sweeper Emiko, mad scientist Dr. Chaos, and his robot assistant, Maria (see Metal Angel Marie). Reiko and her gang also appeared in Atsutoshi Umezawa's anime movie GS Mikami: War in Heaven (1994, Gokuraku Taisen).
The time GS Mikami took to reach the U.S. is a real mystery. Based on a long-running manga by Takashi Shiina in Sho-nen Sunday, it has all the lighthearted adventure and sex appeal of Urusei Yatsura, and in the hands of Viz Communications, it might have even outperformed the same publisher's Ranma 1/2. In the Japanese market, where it peaked at a 14.6% TV rating, it swiftly sent the look-alike video anime Phantom Quest Corp packing and outlasted most of its contemporaries in the harsh mid-1990s market. Rumors abound that it was picked up by a well-known distributor as part of a bulk deal then left to fester because the lighthearted banter didn't sit well with the company's more action-based titles. This may have damaged it irreparably, as its cheap animation style will probably lead it to date faster than other anime from the same period-it already looks slightly older than its years.