Yu Yu Hakusho is a Deconstruction of the classic shonen. Lets start, hero: dickish, violent, obsessed with fighting, spends large amounts of time training. Now most heroes would pass through life with no consequences for their actions, but Yusuke's only friends he can only relate to with violence and spends so much time training he almost loses the only person who actually loves him. The enemies aren't evil for shits and giggles, they have to eat humans to live. Also the series subverts many tropes, the final fight? He loses, but the outcome of the battle didn't matter, only the fact that he fought it. You can avoid the questions that this series asks, and it isn't bad in terms of straight up punching action, but by ignoring the queries Yu Yu Hakusho raised, you miss out on a lot of what makes this show awesome. Good:
- Fun characters. Each of the main four were likable in their own way, with Yusuke's bad boy one liners, Kuwabara's goofiness, Kurama's intellectualism and Hiei's cold badassery.
- Imaginative fights. Each character had their own unique, and cool fighting style.
- Humor and heartwarming. Assloads of each.
- Animation and Art: While not the worst in the world, this show did not highlight the artistic skills of Japan's finest.
- Later Combat: The Three Kings arc was my favorite, but it did showcase an increasing problem, the enemies got so ridiculous, and theirs powers so ill explained, the final fights seemed more in place in the world of DBZ then in the intelligent place I was used to.
- Out of Focus: With so many characters, a lot of plot lines get dropped. Like Shizuru, her love interest dies, bam! She's gone. In fact, so many female characters are around, and its a relatively short series, only the main four get really resolved, and even then only the main bits of their character gets filled out.
- The Dub: I believe the central cast is excellent, with Hiei's actor giving his character so much dark charm it's no wonder he became the Darkhorse. However, the side characters range from okay, to awful.
- Music: Its not terrible, and it doesn't detract from the piece but its just bland, with no memorable or catchy riffs.
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