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YU YU HAKUSHO #7 -- Watch & Learn

Uh-oh. The XP is leveling up.

You know, for a fella with such a sharp killer instinct (shooting up Gouki’s softer insides was a brutal move,) Yusuke’s got one odd death wish on him. At a certain point, if you offer your life up to save others’ enough times, it makes it seem like you don’t value the thing much in the first place. That, or thi kid really is that much of a dummy that he’s not sensing the actual consequences of these prospective acts of self-sacrifice.

Anyway, the RPG-style “leveling up” happened a little sooner than I was expecting it. At this rate, I’m sure Yusuke’s going to find some stray cardboard box or barrel in one of the forest that’ll have a health meter upgrade in it. He’ll be able to beat louts like Gouki in the first try without having to go back and collect hearts.

I’d hate to poo poo anything too quickly (what? Me? No…) but I’m getting a just teensy bit leery of how this show’s leaning more into shonen territory now that the other two fighters from the intro have been properly introduced. The more off-beat ghost comedy (with its dashes of nasty fighting) in the first few episodes was so appealing to me that, on a gut level, I’m just not as interested in something shaping up be more like DBZ. Going into this episode, I was actually thinking about how I prefer this over any of the "big three" shonen shows that’re currently reigning, and I’m weary of it becoming more like them.

Perhaps that’s the combination of far ahead pre-awareness and fresh newbie inexperience that you more seasoned fans are looking for as we feature this old show?

This episode was titled "Gouki and Kurama.” Look it up 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

Lurkeroon Dec. 2, 2011 at 5:25 p.m.

Oh c'mon, Tom. You had to know this would turn into a typical action shonen soon. Even Dragon Ball started off as more of an adventure show and turned into a show about tournaments, power levels and leveling up

AgentJon Dec. 2, 2011 at 10 p.m.

I think I've pointed this out before, but Bleach, one of the current big three you speak of, owes quite a lot to Yu Yu Hakusho. Some of that won't become clear until much later, but even one of Bleach's filler arcs is an almost exact replica of a similar situation in Yu Yu.

There will be perhaps four arcs including the one you're in that aren't entirely Shonen cliche material (though as someone noted last time, some current cliches are called such because Yu Yu Hakusho started them). After that, there will be one LOOONNNNG arc that is very Shonen Jump, then Chapter Black, which is very interesting again, and then an arc after that which is a good mix of each.

DawnToDarknesson Dec. 3, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.

agreed yyh started these cliches but deliver them in a not so typical fashion... but the show slowy gets your attention to the point of you going DAM I WISH THERE WAS MORE come final episode

kashif1on Dec. 3, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.

YYH is probably the best paced Shonen i've ever seen, it doesn't ever get as tiring to watch as the big three sometimes do

GlenTennis staff on Dec. 3, 2011 at 4:41 p.m.

The second season, the Dark Tourament, is my favorite anime arc ever. Keep with it, it has it's rough patches.

EganTheVile1on Dec. 4, 2011 at 1:52 p.m.

I miss watching this show on Cartoon Network, glad it is online, and I am really enjoying these articles

dvorakon Dec. 5, 2011 at 3:47 p.m.

I just got the Blu-Rays for Season 1, because I've only seen this in bits and pieces years back, and it always looked pretty rad.

As soon as I opened the box from Amazon, right on the cover of the Blu-Ray it says "IT'S A STRAIGHT UP, PULL NO PUNCHES FIGHTING ANIME -ACTIVEANIME.COM".

I didn't remember it exactly being a "FIGHTING ANIME" as they would say, but it turns out they were accurate. That's not a bad thing though, since this show is probably even better than I remember it.

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