Anybody who’s played EPIC MICKEY (with his nieces, of course!) already knows that brushes are powerful weapons. No surprise there. If you want to talk about real surprises, though, it was a hoot to see these latest opponents tear off their menacing, Klan-like hoods to reveal yet another set of pretty boys. Well, a set of pretty boys and a chalk white goblin who turns dolling himself up into an act of aggression.
Everybody knows that reversals are what make a thrilling story and good match. Just when it looks like your bad guy’s going to suplex your good guy… BAM! The good guy rolls up and over and turns it into a Frankensteiner. And just when it looks like your good guy’s got the bad guy pinned for the 1-2-3 count… BOOM! The scoundrel kicks out and turns the arrangement into a Boston Crab.
One thing that gives me such a charge about this show is how hyperbolic its reversals get.
Ha! Isn’t this goon silly for using paint brushes in a fight?
But wait! Those brushes’ paint is actually magical! Their strokes incapacitate Kurama at the wrists and ankles!
But wait! Kurama’s still able to take this jerk out through the combined savagery of his hair and rose whip!
But wait! The blood the bad guy splattered on Kurama was actually paint! PAINT! It’s cursed him to an even more paralyzing spell!
And so on… the show’s a beast with this kind of thing.
Though, I don’t know if that whole gag with shape-shifting enchantress with the caution-tape bikini counts as such a reversal because, c’mon, you knew something fishy was going on from the moment she stepped into the ring. Why do they get a break for medical attention when the tournament’s committee’s just shown how little they care for their health and well-being? Hiei and Genkai deserved to get pantsed after being that gullible.
Look up this episode, "Master of Disguise" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.