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YU YU HAKUSHO #37 -- Watch & Learn

His make-up's offensive in more ways than one! Ay-oh!

Anybody who’s played EPIC MICKEY (with his nieces, of course!) already knows that brushes are powerful weapons. No surprise there. If you want to talk about real surprises, though, it was a hoot to see these latest opponents tear off their menacing, Klan-like hoods to reveal yet another set of pretty boys. Well, a set of pretty boys and a chalk white goblin who turns dolling himself up into an act of aggression.

Everybody knows that reversals are what make a thrilling story and good match. Just when it looks like your bad guy’s going to suplex your good guy… BAM! The good guy rolls up and over and turns it into a Frankensteiner. And just when it looks like your good guy’s got the bad guy pinned for the 1-2-3 count… BOOM! The scoundrel kicks out and turns the arrangement into a Boston Crab.

One thing that gives me such a charge about this show is how hyperbolic its reversals get.

Ha! Isn’t this goon silly for using paint brushes in a fight?

But wait! Those brushes’ paint is actually magical! Their strokes incapacitate Kurama at the wrists and ankles!

But wait! Kurama’s still able to take this jerk out through the combined savagery of his hair and rose whip!

But wait! The blood the bad guy splattered on Kurama was actually paint! PAINT! It’s cursed him to an even more paralyzing spell!

And so on… the show’s a beast with this kind of thing.

Though, I don’t know if that whole gag with shape-shifting enchantress with the caution-tape bikini counts as such a reversal because, c’mon, you knew something fishy was going on from the moment she stepped into the ring. Why do they get a break for medical attention when the tournament’s committee’s just shown how little they care for their health and well-being? Hiei and Genkai deserved to get pantsed after being that gullible.

Look up this episode, "Master of Disguise" 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

Maajinon March 7, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.

Gama is ugly, his power is gross and he barely lasts for an episode. So it's pretty weird how much I like him.

I guess I find his insistence endearing.

Top8caton March 7, 2012 at 12:45 p.m.

Ouch^^, if I remember correctly you learn that the

clown is the mastermind behind all of the fighters on his team, and not the leader who, at least we thought, was the main guy

so it makes this fight all the more interesting. I'm not quite sure if its this fight though. Now I have to re-watch this episode

Maajinon March 7, 2012 at 3:18 p.m.

@Top8cat: Actually, that guy is part of Team Uraotogi, and only shows up in the semifinals of the tournament.

zaldaron March 7, 2012 at 3:24 p.m.

yea these kind of over the top reversals are what I don't like about shonen and professional wrestling. Probably why this show didn't do it for me. Makes me sad these though seem to get more comments than the shows that give you more to learn or think about like C or Akira. Suppose I should stop commenting on them then....

dtolsonon March 7, 2012 at 9:14 p.m.

NEXT

MATCH

IS

EPIC

Top8caton March 8, 2012 at 12:52 a.m.

@Maajin: AAhh ok.

@zaldar: I don't think it has anything to do with liking these more. I think I has more to do with the fact that those titles are so well renown and respected with such a focused theme that it really leaves nothing left to be said that already hasn't. With shows like YYH we can mindlessly discuss our like and dislikes of characters and sort of throw card like stats on the matter. Like comparing Pokemon or basketball players..if you get were I'm coming from.

zaldaron March 8, 2012 at 3:54 p.m.

@Top8cat: All stuff I don't really do and find rather silly....

Top8caton March 9, 2012 at 12:22 a.m.

@zaldar:

Well I'm 24 and I still find silly to be a nice counter balance to the constant stream of seriousness I get from day to day, its nice to just shut the brain off and indulge in some over the top muscle bound brawls and nonsensical discussions on why mythical person B would destroy mythical person X

zaldaron March 11, 2012 at 7:34 p.m.

@Top8cat: and thats fine. It just doesn't do it for me. Even in comedy I go for the big bang theory or Frazier more really.

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