Double ring out!
As you might’ve surmised, I don’t precisely know what to expect from “the Dark Tournament.” Well, I can make a healthy guess based on the premise put forth so far, but I honestly can’t say how long this arc is going to run for because, with nearly 100 episodes left until the series finale, there’s certainly a lot of breathing room available.
Will it actually devote every episode to every individual bout in every individual tier in this entire 5X5 bracket? If so, then this show may very well the “great white” of stories about big, epic martial tournaments. Where all other stories have to skip over a lot of fights with montages in the name of conciseness, YU YU HAKUSHO may actually present every single step on the way.
And if that does prove to be the case, there’s something so very pure and beautiful about that.
Considering how, among other things, Kurama’s signature weapon is a freaking rose, I’m starting to view the guy as the romantic love interest of shojo series who’s inexplicably wandered into this shonen fight show. It’s a fun thought to entertain, because even when the guy’s pulling a fatality on the evil ferret man he squares off against in this episode, he’s doing it with the sort of passion that seems a world away from Yusuke’s temperament. Hell, it’s a world away from Kuwabara, even when the guy’s such a hopeless romantic. It honestly makes me think of that TSUBASA show that was pulling all the alternate realities together for one story.
You lunatic have told me how there’s plenty of slash fanart depicting him and Hiei in assorted tender embraces and, while there really isn’t much sexual tension between the two in the actual show, per it really isn’t that much of a stretch, per se. The fox guy fights, sure, but he’s still more of a LOVER.
Look up this episode, "Flowers of Blood" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.