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.