YU YU HAKUSHO #26 -- Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on Jan. 31, 2012. Last post by Maajin 3 years, 1 month ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
The shirt goes, but the shades stay.
The shirt goes, but the shades stay.

I’m always impressed by how shonen fighters can be so self-aware that they can calculate exactly how much of their strength they’re using at any given time. I can understand having a general idea of the basic fraction - - I’m using half, now, and I used a quarter earlier - - but once dudes like Toguro start getting into precise percentages, it starts seeming more… clinical than you’d expect from such instinctual guys. Hell, I just ran an obstacle race this weekend and I’ve got no way of telling you how far I was from my limit.

So, sooner or later, I’m expecting this show will start actually breaking out the XP counters. That’s probably what those un-translated captions that introduce every new character and attack are all about.

We’ve arrived, at last, at the start of the much-ballyhooed “Dark Tournament” saga. I’m so pleased to find that it’s got the added dimension of all these reprobates getting invited to a mystery island. From ENTER THE DRAGON to MORTAL KOMBAT, I’m always a sucker for that sort of premise. It also looks like the team competition model’s going likely to fall somewhere between those of KING OF THE FIGHTERS and the old school SURVIVOR SERIES, so this is just hitting all four pillars of entertainment for me. It’s already pumping up the absurdly macho “preposterone” I like so much with Toguro’s latest bout of shirtless threats and the ridiculous barrage of punches Yusuke endures while hanging from a cliff edge with two balls-and-chains on his ankles. The latter makes Rocky’s whole stroll up the Philly art museum’s steps look like some soft training by comparison.

There actually were a fair number of moments to chew on in this one, from Kuwabara getting shot down by the ice queen to Yusuke and Keiko’s emoticon-faces introducing me to how those ass-awful 4Chan memes started. However, the most amusing part to me was Toguro’s comeback. Yeah, it wasn’t a cheat of plotting (especially considering how ridiculous the rival boss’ bet turned out,) but usually you expect there to be at least one episode before a villain’s inevitable “resurrection.”

Look up this episode, "Toguro’s Return" 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 kashif1 (1,813 posts) See mini bio Level 13

So your continuing, cool. And now you've properly been acquainted with the show's first great villain, also probably the most influential villain from the show. While I consider the arc after it to be better, the Dark Tournament is some of the best anime I've ever seen, have fun.

Post by mrfluke (11 posts) See mini bio Level 5

nice your continuing, you wont regret it duder, a awesome awesome arc

Post by cowdrunk (39 posts) See mini bio Level 7

Up untill now I've been going off of my slightly faded memories of the last time I watched this show, now I need to go find my dvds to properly enjoy the episodes to come. :)

I hope you enjoyed Toguro's gravely, menicingly calm threats (minus the smashing of buildings of course), there will be more of them.

Post by Afroman269 (28 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Good to see that you're continuing with the show. I think the chapter black saga is pretty weak except for some cool episodes in the beginning of it but I loved the way the dark tournament saga ended that I would have been extremely satisfied if the series just stopped there.
Post by yoshimitz707 (9 posts) See mini bio Level 7

Woo, you're continuing! Let's take it all the way to the end!

Post by KingSolomon (66 posts) See mini bio Level 7

awww I will re read it all.... If your keeping this up, heck ill have to find all my favorite episodes!

Post by Top8cat (71 posts) See mini bio Level 6

YES! I woke up today to such a pleasant surprise while I was viewing giantbomb, lo and behold YYH #26 was up on anime vice, oh man! 'Son I am Excite'

Let the tournament begin!

Post by Maajin (8 posts) See mini bio Level 3

Oh, god bless you, Tom!

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