YU YU HAKUSHO #15 -- Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on Dec. 24, 2011. Last post by coonce 3 years, 2 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (868 posts) See mini bio Level 11
I'm less impressed by Hiei's combat skills than by his razor-sharp highlight coordination.
I'm less impressed by Hiei's combat skills than by his razor-sharp highlight coordination.

It’s at moments like this that I develop such a swelling gratitude for kind people with the good sense to episodes off with quick recaps. Christmas break was only a couple weeks. but I had the damnedst trouble trying to remember where Yusuke and his gang of hooligans, demons and animal spirits were when I last watched me some YU YU HAKUSHO. Thanks to the recap, the re-acquaintance period was as brief as a gasp and as smooth as a whisper.

One thing I didn’t forget, of course, was how this show’s so endearingly plotted like a video game - - a fact reaffirmed by the happenings in this episode. If packing no less than two mini-boss battles into 22 minutes wasn’t enough to verify that, they even went so far as to include a vulnerable spot that pulses and glows at a rate commiserate to inflicted damage. Toss in the fact that these saints’ lair looks like a lost dungeon of CASTLEVANIA and that the titular Genbu looks like a jacked-up rogue Pokemon (with a caption to properly introduce him, no less,) and I felt an overwhelming reflex to grope for an instruction manual.

Not that I’m objecting to any of this. As I’ve said, many times there’s a simple enjoyment to be found in the procedural quality to a “fight” show like this. More importantly, the team’s adhering to some disciplines of storytelling that bring out some serious tension and suspense out of even the most seemingly-straightforward scenario. I knew Hiei would have to stay with Yusuke’s crew (lest the intro’s promise be broken,) but I nevertheless believed, during that key and crucial moment, that he might actually betray everybody to that eye monster. If anything, this show’s continued to be a demonstration in how complexity can be all well and good, but it still always comes down to the telling of a story.

Look up this episode, "Genbu, the Stone Beast" 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 zaldar (1,365 posts) See mini bio Level 15

eh...if you say so. I'll go with complexity though. A show that is plotted like a video game....not my taste. Can't wait for the next bit of last exile though!

Post by metalsnakezero (698 posts) See mini bio Level 16

You could say that this is how most adventure stories are told in Japanese tales and fights. It makes for a even ground for both fighters to fight on.

Post by coonce (151 posts) See mini bio Level 15

great article tom. love your writing.

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