As much as this show has the sort of simplicity that gets spoiled by over-analysis, I can't help myself... when I’m watching this spry little dude Yusuke bashing the hell out of this big bulky musclehead Toguro, it’s hard not to think of my pal Sam’s “reading” of this show in its context.
Sam’s a big FIST OF THE NORTH STAR fan, and he sees the contrast of body types between Team Toguro and Team Urameshi (with a particular emphasis on those pretty boys, Hiei and Kurama) as making maybe some light statement about the sort of tropes that predominate the fight shonen genre. Genkai even goes out of her way to stress how Yusuke will need to strengthen his spirit energy - - not his muscles - - if he’s going to ultimately defeat this roid monster.
And then there’s maybe a (coincidental?) parallel to be drawn between Toguro’s “leveling up” and the way Goku would get exponentially more muscular with each successive Super Saiyan Threshold. It’s kind-of funny, actually… the mythos of this series has barely been fleshed out, even after 62 episodes. It’s focused on a small set of players in this world and isn’t anywhere near the complexity of DBZ’s cosmology. Hell, the return of all the past opponents into the bleachers is about as much continuity as we’ve seen so far. Still… damn it if these undefined power levels aren’t satisfying to watch in action. YU YU HAKUSHO doesn’t have a much a world to boast of, but it makes you feel every inch of the little plot of land it’s working with.
I’ve been on the edge of my seat this whole time. This gig never gets to be bore, of course, but you can grow used to it pretty easily. So,I really can’t understate how thrilling this part’s been - - it's reminding me exactly how fun watching anime stuff can be.
Look up this episode, "Toguro's True Power” and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.