Out of all the Q’s I’ve ever lobbed at the Vice Pit’s audience, the question of whether I should watch every episode of this show, or continue skipping ahead to the latest arc, is the one that drew the most responses. By far. Last time I received such a groundswell of concern, it was over whether I should watch all 100+ episodes of YU YU HAKUSHO.
We’ll see how we work out the logistics of this. I’m trying to find some middle option that's not me doing over 50 more episode-by-episode write-ups, or doing ‘chunk reviews’ with overwhelming viewing-to-writing ratios. At the least, let it be know that I do listen to you lunatics…
ANYWAY! I’ll bring up YYH once again because, in this episode, Togashi has demonstrated yet another thematic current linking his two major opuses. Yusuke’s adventures ended with him coming upon what was more-or-less a fighter’s paradise: a combat tournament that allowed all these larger-than-life warriors to continue battling for the rest of their lives in a harmless controlled conflic. A shonen flipside to shojo heaven offered at the end of MADOKA MAGICA, perhaps, it was a rather clever idea for what these never-ending serials could ultimately lead to.
Togashi cut off YYH before he could play that premise out much further, and he basically picks it up again here by having Gon and Killua enter a place that is literally called ‘Heaven’s Arena.’ And it’s as ludicrous a vision of a professional fighting league as Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is to real life candy production. I snicker a little, thinking of what zig-zag economy would be needed to support all these match purses, or what kind of degenerate gamblers would be placing that many bets on children fighting… and I’m sure Togashi’s totally in on the morbid joke.
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