Did you read that above?
Seriously, this one had a fight where the whole split-second-attack-followed-by-a-delayed-reaction-to-injury gag so typical to anime actually involved the hero feeling his enemy up in mid-air and then deciding what he found made it OK to kick that enemy into a wall because the “she” he thought was fighting was actually a “he.” It ain’t PC, nor that sophisticated, but damn if I wasn’t rewinding this after every single gag because it was making me cackle so hard.
The dub team’s obviously been having some fun injecting humor into the dialog, but they seriously let it rip with this one. I felt like watching some “lip read” of an anime on YouTube that was actually made by, you know, talented professionals. Like, I bet the whole escalation of bets amongst the mob bosses capped off at a more conservative figure in the Japanese, but they knew they just had to push the gag far enough to make it this amount so absurd it actually dwarfs real national GDP’s. And there all the banter about Kuwabara being such a bleeding heart gentlemen that he was actually creeping Hiei’s sister out with his very grandmotherly ESP power.
What’s funny is that, again, the action here is more kickass than any number of humorless, self-serious shonen shows precisely because it isn’t afraid to go over the top and have a good a laugh while doing so. Even after Yusuke gives the one Triad a squeeze 'n rub, the “fight design” with her hanging him from the rafters was some seriously frenetic and inventive brawling.
I’ll wait until I get to episode 25 to decide whether it’s a good idea to take the plunge and continue following this into “the Dark Tournament,” but I certainly want to, right now.
Look up this episode, "The Deadly Triad" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.