YU YU HAKUSHO #31 -- Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on Feb. 7, 2012. Last post by zaldar 2 years, 7 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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The ball's full of chi... and trace amounts of alcohol. Seriously.
The ball's full of chi... and trace amounts of alcohol. Seriously.

Alright… I’m going to have the interrupt the praise train, because there’s a section smack dab in the middle of this episode that runs a little long. No points for guessing that it involves Chu.

I don’t know, the notion of Yusuke’s having to square off against this totally-sloshed drunken master is alright. The parts where he indiscriminately attacks the ghouls in the audience tickled my sick sense of humor, and the glib wisecracks the dub team’s obviously inserted over all this are some serious sarcastic fun. For real - - his fireball’s full of chi and trace amounts of alcohol? That’s perfect.

The thing about gags, though, is that they need to run a fairly quick clip - - brevity is the soul of wit, and all that - - and this particular gag runs a little longer than it should. It’s abetted by a little mild confusion on my part on how exactly this Chu fella fits into this mythos of underworld ghouls. Is he a demon? A spirit? Or is he just some dude with a poor sense of moderation and an even poorer fashion sense? I’m not quite sure what the hell he’s doing there.

Actually, I’ll bring it up again that this show’s been rather notably free of the sort of mythos building you’d expect from a series that’s 31 episodes into a storyline. Thinking about it, the actually is a good amount of appeal in how YU YU HAKUSHO is simply about a couple of dudes who beat the shit out of demons. But still, when Botan makes some throwaway comments about how the ghouls are cheering on for Yusuke’s defeat because he’s earned a feared reputation amongst the evil undead, you’d expect a few more explanations would be in order.

Then again, that might take away from the fighting and, let’s be honest, nobody wants that.

Look up this episode, "Stumbling Warrior" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Post by takashichea (12,353 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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I like Chu, a good guy unlike the other demons in the tournament. Chu's dub voice is pretty good.

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

@takashichea said:

I like Chu, a good guy unlike the other demons in the tournament. Chu's dub voice is pretty good.

What he said! Also the conclution to this fight, wile not especially tense, is a prity great. :)

Post by Burnstar1230 (0 posts) See mini bio Level 7

@cowdrunk said:

@takashichea said:

I like Chu, a good guy unlike the other demons in the tournament. Chu's dub voice is pretty good.

What he said! Also the conclution to this fight, wile not especially tense, is a prity great. :)

I would have to disagree on the conclusion of their fight. Although it didn't have much of the flashes and sparks that it initially did, a good ol' fashioned fistfest where they're not going faster than the speed of sound is just as good. One of the reasons why I love this show much more than I do DBZ.

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

@Burnstar1230: The blow for blow, last man staning part the next episode is named for is what I ment. Not the flop to the mat. :P

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

you should like the fist fight alot more, as its really a good ol fashioned brawl

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

And we do mean' Old Fashion' Brawl, one of the greater appeals of the show no doubt.

Post by zaldar (1,270 posts) See mini bio Level 15

I would want some more discussion of the back story.....but then simple fighting has never been the main reason I watch a show.

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