Reviews: Yu Yu Hakusho
Honestly, is a so-so series. Many would call it a Deconstruction, but probably that is only Fans finding later the defintion and bending the series to comply with this idea, as if it make it better or more profound. Pretty generic, if with several twists and can be enjoyable. The manga had some of the worst panels I had ever read, being bleak, barely draw in some places and honestly confusing. Think of Megatokyo if they had about a fourth of the effort in each panel. The anime had a catchy song, the Tournament arcs where pretty god althought the twist of Demons with equal amount of Power as the three kings ruined it for me, the ending was acceptable if lacking emotion or climax and in the end, while a good way to enter in the world of Anime and Manga, it can become sour or lose it attraction with other, better writen works. Unless you suffer from hardcore Nostalgia Filter, like 98% of Anime reviewers from the First Wave of Orient. Give it a check. You may enjoy it. Or it would bore you to death.
Most Sophisticated Shonen?
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.
A Classic Shounen Series that Is Worth Your Time
Five years after I first saw it, YYH still impacts me to this very day. It may start out a little weird, and the Dark Tournament arc may drag on a little long, but it more than makes up for it with its clever fights, well-written characters, and strong women and gay guys. (Also, plenty of crazy people, if that's up your alley.) Yes, the fights are awesome, but what has kept me around for this long are the awesome characters (and their relationships), as well as the slick writing (and the Genius Bonus you might see if you squint hard enough). However, I would not recommend this to people who are not fans of shounen in the first place. You might get bored during the Tournament Arc and swear this show off. In short, 8/10.