Silly Kuwabara. If there’s no body in sight - - if the big cat man doesn’t explode into a confetti of bones and guts - - then nobody’s dead. Of course, when you’ve essentially got Biff Tannen fighting the evilest spirits of the netherworld, you can’t really expect him to be comprehending the bigger picture.
What’s funny about watching this show now is that I’m seeing something that’s usually only viewed today through rose-tinted glasses. As it’s my first time seeing it, though, I’m not wearing such a choice in eye ware. So I don’t have any of that ever-so-distorting nostalgia for my teens which I really felt elevated shows like TRIGUN and UTENA onto lofty pedestals that weren’t quite warranted. Despite that, I’m finding that YU YU HAKUSHO definitely holds up, and I’m not entirely sure why I’m liking it so much more than the current crop of shonen.
Is it because this show comes from a purer era? From a time before this genre got too organized in its own conventions? Most times, such terms are uttered by fans of a niche who just haven’t ever gotten over what they enjoyed in middle or high school. Like I said, I have no such bias, and I’m continually impressed by how even the animation - - while still noticeably dated - - looks better than most cartoons you see stateside today. When it takes shortcuts in the rendering, those shortcuts still look better than the shortcuts taken, now.
I’m sure you lunatics must have a wealth of opinions about this. What does the difference come down to? Were animators more disciplined back then? Or did they simply work on less-reasonable and even-more-grueling production schedules? I feel like I’m grasping at something here, but I need some guidance to get a firm hold. Enlighten me!
Look up this episode, "Byakko's Lair" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.