At last, one of the characters in these shows finally conducts his business #inthesauna (go here for an explanation.)
I’m not quite sure what it says about the rest of the show when I’m enjoying Renton get bullied by the rest of the Gekkostate crew this much, but this was just a hoot. The kid’s been such an eager beaver this whole time, it’s actually inconceivable to say that these older kids wouldn’t be tormenting him like this. Such pranking fits right into this crew being a bunch of goofballs (as I’ve brought up so many times already,) though I’m not sure if I’m necessarily preferring their glaring unprofessionalism so much as just appreciating it as a novel alternative to the upright respectability we usually find in the heroes of shows like this.
Honestly, I'd almost prefer if Gekkostate just abandoned their (still ill-defined) conflict with the bad guys (?) in the gray suits and spent the rest of EUREKA 7 shirking whatever responsibilities they had to just do dumb shit like this until the money run out and everybody had to move back to their parents’ places. It’d be the ultimate mean joke to play on Renton. Making him go through all that drama of leaving home in the hope that he was going on some grand adventure, only for it to amount to as much as an internship at start-up that goes bankrupt.
Watch this episode, “Absolute Defeat,” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.
With this episode, YU YU HAKUSHO’s swung the pendulum a closer back to the ghostly sitcom hijinks I enjoyed so much earlier, balancing it better with the shonen stuff. I don’t know if I should be getting alarmed that the jagged, blue-and-black banding in Hiei’s hair reminds a little of Yu-Gi-Oh’s, though. You lunatics have all let me know that this show’s influenced basically every shonen that came after it… but I don’t know if I could handle it becoming more like that one.
I’m a little confused by why Yusuke isn’t letting his girlfriend into this particular ring of trust yet. Wasn’t she already let in when he came to her in a dream during that whole bid to wake himself up from the coma? How hard is he trying to keep this secret in the rest of his life, anyway? He’s a super hero in the broad definition, sure, but he’s not a superhero with an alias or a disguise to make people think it’s anybody but him who’s fighting these demons out in the open.
Even if I’m a little vexed about that, I’m pretty well convinced that this kid’s got a subconscious, but focused, death wish. He makes a throwaway line about his ghost gun possibly killing him if that ricochet gambit didn’t work out, right? This kid’s trying to get himself killed. Maybe this is one of those sub-textual EVANGELION-like motivations that’s going to be explored more explicitly when the series inevitably turns darker?
This episode was titled "The Three Eyes of Hiei." Look it up and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.