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YU YU HAKUSHO #10 -- Watch & Learn

HE... CAN'T... TURN.... IT.... OFF!!!

INSERT: masturbation innuendo.
INSERT: masturbation innuendo.

Ah-ha! I knew Kuwabara was going to get that “spirit sword” from the intro soon (though not as soon as this.) At a certain point, you just have to embrace the procedural quality of all this shonen “leveling up” and, to that end, I did smile nice and wide over how this dude hasn’t figured out how to turn off his sword yet. A gag about him having to walking around school all day with this fiery protuberance coming out of his hand, so inconveniently, for a whole episode would actually be a worthwhile one.

Yes, I can be that easily amused. Sometimes, at least.

For whatever reason, I found the dialog between the hitman and Genkai to be the highlight of the episode - - even over the introduction of Kuwbara’s signature weapon. It’s a brief scene, sure, but I find it infinitely fascinating whenever characters have an oddly-detached self-awareness about their own nature, and whenever characters use a serious, procedural logic to describe out-of-this-world circumstances like these. Thus, I suppose it was a very niche sort of “fan service” for me when the two precisely hashed out whether it actually was OK to use lethal force in this tournament, or if such an invitation was just a set-up to disqualify wicked participants.

You don’t get any Honorary XP for correctly guessing if Yusuke’s going to survive this duel in the dark against the one dude with the “spirit vision.” You, me and everybody’s old auntie knows the kid’s going to beat his ass. The bigger question probably lies in whether he’s eventually going to join the “Ghost Files” crew, too, but… seeing as how he isn’t in the spoilerific intro, I’d say the chance of that aren’t too high.

Look up this episode, "The Search Begins" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

EganTheVile1on Dec. 10, 2011 at 3:17 p.m.

I loved when he learned spirit sword. made sense, one guy has a gun the other a sword

AgentJon Dec. 10, 2011 at 7:02 p.m.

I'll be interested to see what you think of Yusuke's "tactic" for beating his opponent. It's something that had to be changed in the american broadcast, but isn't nearly as frowned upon on the other side of the pacific.

yoshimitz707on Dec. 10, 2011 at 8:59 p.m.

@AgentJ said:

I'll be interested to see what you think of Yusuke's "tactic" for beating his opponent. It's something that had to be changed in the american broadcast, but isn't nearly as frowned upon on the other side of the pacific.

Remind me what he did. I don't remember anything wrong about his tactics.

AgentJon Dec. 11, 2011 at 12:56 a.m.

@yoshimitz707 said:

@AgentJ said:

I'll be interested to see what you think of Yusuke's "tactic" for beating his opponent. It's something that had to be changed in the american broadcast, but isn't nearly as frowned upon on the other side of the pacific.

Remind me what he did. I don't remember anything wrong about his tactics.

Oh that's right, I just remembered it's slightly different in the anime compared to the manga.

In the anime, he simply uses a cigarette that another competitor had used to mark his opponent's location. In the manga, it was HIS cigarette.

yoshimitz707on Dec. 11, 2011 at 11:42 p.m.

@AgentJ said:

@yoshimitz707 said:

@AgentJ said:

I'll be interested to see what you think of Yusuke's "tactic" for beating his opponent. It's something that had to be changed in the american broadcast, but isn't nearly as frowned upon on the other side of the pacific.

Remind me what he did. I don't remember anything wrong about his tactics.

Oh that's right, I just remembered it's slightly different in the anime compared to the manga.

In the anime, he simply uses a cigarette that another competitor had used to mark his opponent's location. In the manga, it was HIS cigarette.

14 year old kids shouldn't be smoking!

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