Well, I feel relieved now that the most obvious secret in the whole history of sub-plots has finally been revealed. You know, I realize that a lot of the shows I watch here are intended for audiences younger than I am currently, but I find most often that they manage to make themselves “13+” in way that isn’t condescending of older viewers. With that in mind, I’ve got to say that nobody - - not even five-year-olds - - would’ve been surprised to find out that Genkai’s the masked fighter. That’s even after the rather floundering red herring they through at us by earlier when they showed her younger face.
At least the dub team’s keenly aware of how stupid this is and opts to have fun with it.
It’s a testament to the “battle fatigue” I’ve been suffering through with this show lately that I appreciated this episode for focusing on more relaxed character development, of all things. The voice actors have done such a good job of endearing you to these personalities that it’s honestly engaging enough to just watch them goofing on eachother in a living room while they’re away from the tournament. The gag of Yusuke’s avatar or whatever was a little too close to chibi to be funny on its own, but I was properly amused by everybody’s reactions to it.
Honestly, I got the biggest chortle out of the shit talk Yusuke engages in with Toguro across the stadium and the tag team of opponents in the hallway. Again, it was just like old school wrestling promos, and there’s something about nasty, over-the-top machismo that I find to be endlessly amusing. Seriously, promos are always unapologetically fun, no matter how bored you get by the actual matches as you get older, and the same thought applies here.
Look up this episode, "The Masked Fighter Revealed" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.