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YU YU HAKUSHO #27 -- Watch & Learn

The Dark Tournament begins!

He's got the Glow from Bruce Leroy and Sho'Nuff.
He's got the Glow from Bruce Leroy and Sho'Nuff.

I have this enduring wish that one day I’ll open up my mailbox and find a letter with an ominous wax seal inviting me to compete in a death tournament on some mysterious island in Southeast Asia. No exaggeration. So you can imagine how tightly the premise of this arc has already seized my imagination. The cases for these box sets repeatedly promises that YU YU HAKUSHO is “a straight-up, pull-no-punches fighting anime” and I very much appreciate a show that’ll wear that so proudly on its sleeve. Deeper themes can go crawl up their own asses. I have absolutely no problem just watching this and identifying with Team Urameshi as they crack the skulls of demons for however many straight episodes.

Who cares about the “big game” this weekend. I’ve already got chips, dip and big foamy hand out for this. We’re only an episode in and the team’s already kicked the shit out of a boat-load of these uglies. It’s like watching some 90 yard touchdown right after the first kick off.

With all that said, it’s looking like the show’s already setting up for a serving for the broccoli of action adventures - - the often-frustrating human interest element. Maybe it’s kind-of silly that Keiko’s been seesawing in her understanding of Yusuke’s extracurricular activities (just as silly as Botan’s seesawing about when she precisely keeps that under wraps,) but the notion that the secret comes out during a girls’ slumber party in the same way that somebody confessing their crush would is just too damn amusing for me not to appreciate.

I’m going to have to be the smark who doesn’t play along, though, when it comes to the secret fifth member’s supposedly mysterious identity. It’ll just have to be a red herring about Genkai, because those mummy wraps ain't enough to fool me, oh no.

Look up this episode, "The Dark Tournament Begins" 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

mrflukeon Feb. 2, 2012 at 3:03 p.m.

nicely done man

AgentJon Feb. 2, 2012 at 4:02 p.m.

Lol, Red Herring.

Top8caton Feb. 2, 2012 at 8:17 p.m.

"Oh ho man, this is just tooo good", I'm ready to enter the tournament!

Maajinon Feb. 2, 2012 at 8:19 p.m.

Nice to see your thoughts on the identity of the Masked Fighter. When I first watched, I thought it was pretty stupid to try and have some mystery there, but his/her reveal and arc is actually a pretty cool one and by the end, he/she was one of my favorite members of Team Urameshi.

yoshimitz707on Feb. 2, 2012 at 8:57 p.m.

I can't wait for my reading break to give me some time to rewatch this series. And yeah, I totally agree that they should have hid the Masked Fighter's identity a lot better.

AgentJon Feb. 2, 2012 at 9:36 p.m.

For some reason I was reminded of the openings us original viewers saw when Yu Yu got its run on Toonami in the early 2000s. You mentioned how spoiler-y the original "Hohemi no Bakudan" opener is, with enemy-allies and the like, all of which is removed in these very professional splices. I posted all five of them below, and while they stretch past the Dark Tournament, there's probably nothing spoiler-wise in them you haven't seen in promotional images by now.

BTW Thank you from the BOTTOM of my HEART to Metroidman7, who HDified these and other GREAT promotional material that Toonami put out in those days (my favorite of which was Outlaw Star, which would be a fantastic subject for a future Watch and Learn).

Afroman269on Feb. 3, 2012 at 7:27 a.m.
@Maajin

Nice to see your thoughts on the identity of the Masked Fighter. When I first watched, I thought it was pretty stupid to try and have some mystery there, but his/her reveal and arc is actually a pretty cool one and by the end, he/she was one of my favorite members of Team Urameshi.

Just what I was thinking.

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