Beast armor, huh? Powered by seasoning packets? Honestly haven’t run into that particular gimmick before. We had that bad guy with the sweaty BO powers some episodes back - - there seems to be some undercurrent here about the monstrous dangers of puberty. And again, speaking as somebody who competed in such tournaments around the same age as Yusuke and his pals, I can say that may be one of the truest messages ever expressed by an anime. Forget all the existential hooey in EVA and all that hokum about self-realization in GURREN LAGANN… this shit actually applies to life, man.
In all seriousness, the real strength of this show from the beginning has come down to how it can craft tension out of the most basic ingredients and in the most straightforward scenes. Bad grooming getting turned into superhuman powers is an example of that. The more noteworthy case in this episode, though, is bit where Genkai’s drawing the egg out of Yusuke.
You know, all too well, that he’s going to master the powers of the thing so he can go save the team from the latest batch of heavies. That's a given. But when that moment comes when she takes it out of him for a second, you actually do believe that maybe, just maybe, they aren’t going to succeed this time. Perhaps it comes down to the abstract interplay of intense colors, perhaps it comes down the expressiveness of the voice acting, perhaps it comes down the precise timing… but they fooled me again.
Hey and speaking of intensity - - here’s a question for those of you who watched this back during the Toonami days. Was there as much cussing on the show then, or am I seeing the uncensored DVD version here? They’ve got some dirty words here that really push the limits of TV-14.
Look up this episode, "Hiei Fights On" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.