YU YU HAKUSHO #11 -- Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on Dec. 12, 2011. Last post by AgentJ 2 years, 6 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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It was all laid out there, right from the beginning...
It was all laid out there, right from the beginning...

There’s nothing unsporting about using your environment to your advantage during a fight, especially when it’s something as slight as slipping a little ciggy into your opponent’s belt. AgentJ asked me what I thought of Yusuke’s “tactic” to win the fight in this episode - - presumably because it might be seen as cheating - - and really, no disapproval ever even flickered in my mind. The MMA master already had an unfair advantage with that helmet's all-seeing “spirit vision” and turnabout is always fairplay.

That said, I don’t know if I bought the mumbo jumbo about how Yusuke was able to make himself invisible to the guy’s sight. So he doesn’t actually see people’s actual spirit energy, just the energy he’s expecting to see? Wouldn’t that make his little trick worthless a lot more often? It sounds like something that was already a little convoluted in the original material and then got even more so after it was lost in translation.

Yusuke’s solution to the second fight made better sense, even though Swastika-Head’s explanation of the precise qualities of his spirit-seeking shuriken got into some hilarious DBZ realms of battlefield exposition. Although, while we’re talking about things getting lost in translation, I wonder if they might’ve cut out another one of Yusuke’s suicidal asides. If he just fell into the mud pit accident, what exactly was his plan, then? He was going to run into Swastika-Head so the explosion took them both out? This has turned into one of the most gloriously-morbid running gags in any series, ever.

I might claim that I deduced that the meek little bald guy was actually the demon, but that would be fibbing. Oddly enough, the surprise wasn’t actually spoiled for me by the intro, but by me flipping through the character bios extra feature on the disc. Goes to show that no place, not even the disc itself, is a safe haven from spoilers.

Look up this episode, "Hard Fights for Yusuke" here 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

Post by knopper7 (1 posts) See mini bio Level 3

Yusuke's plan was to die with him.

Post by Shingui_Takeda (199 posts) See mini bio Level 8

personally this was one of my favorite battles with Yusuke against Swastika head

Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13

My problem wasn't actually with his "cheating", but with something that I forgot wasn't actually included in the anime: That cigarette was originally Yusuke's in the manga.

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