[ Rating 4.25/5 ]
In the meantime while I finish up this novel, so as to finally get the review out of the way, I thought I would go retro.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this anime, it’s one I thought I would go into, because I had a great time watching it when I was growing up.
The one I’m talking about? YuYu Hakusho.
This is one of my favorite anime shows of all time, it’s up there with Dragonball Z.
Remember those times where you would pretend to be your favorite anime character, or superhero, and then do some fight to the death—calm down, figure of speech—or something like that?
My friends and I would do this sort of thing all the time, where we would choose our favorite characters, and use special moves we thought they would use also.
As if we had some sort of creative direction over the series, as a creative director or writer of that show would-saying stupid, redundant things seems to be a gift of mine.
Some would choose the misguided, strong, anti-hero type, while I would choose the main character, or the oddball.
I loved this show. As a kid, I never had time to watch the shows as they aired, so I would always catch like a day or so after, or when they showed them again two weeks later or around that time.
A child who never had time? Trust me, don’t ask—rhymes with school.
So I never watched the ending. Happy to say, that changed last year.
It was just a few episodes, though—okay, maybe a lot. But I still know more about it than you do. Go ahead, test me—a little.
Yusuke Urameshi, I googled the correct spelling of his name before coming back here.
Don’t act like you don’t do it too.
Everyone seldom remembers a full Japanese anime character’s name, alright not everyone, but I usually just refer to him as Yusuke, the spelling for which I didn’t google by the way.
Back to my story—review. Just forget it and read this version of a Wikipedia entry.
This has everything, powers, villains, special forms, techniques, and all that good stuff.
Who’s my favorite character you may ask? It’s partly Hiei, he’s not the oddball I favor so much, but he’s basically the coolest, and I’m always rooting for that type.
It has the same story arc as DBZ to me. A super strong, tough villain comes along, only to be defeated by some super, secret power of the protagonist, revealed only until the last minute.
Also, what I liked about YuYu Hakusho, was that very unique abilities never belonged to one person.
It turns out in the end—spoiler ahead, should have led with that—that the main character wasn’t the strongest in the universe.
There always those cartoons that you watch, where there would be good moments and boring moments? YuYu Hakusho kept that to a minimum, which was great.
Even though you would have the trademark lengthy anime dialogue explaining stuff, that sometimes may not need an explanation, you could bear through it.
Sometimes I would look forward to it, as YuYu Hakusho was created in a time where anything was thrown in to the anime to make it more fun, even when it made absolutely no sense—and it made sense.
I’m not sure of how many people enjoyed YuYu Hakusho, as I watched this during the time when being social on the internet was not as big as it is now, but many of my friends would not stop talking about this when this was airing.
Though deep down, I don’t think it was as big as it should have been—at least when I was watching it.
The flow reminds me of Bleach. Bleach was great, I feel people should have given it a chance. Not saying no one did, but I’ve heard persons say some awful stuff about it— like it’s not as good as Naruto.
Naruto is awesome, but personally, I stopped watching after a while, it just became not as interesting again.
I would, glance the manga, pop in the anime and see where it is, once in a blue moon, but that was it.
In the middle of writing this post, my computer broke down—can’t get any better than this. Anyway, where was I? Ah, Bleach, let’s forget about that as I’ve lost my momentum—one week, to be exact.
I miss late night, cable-television anime marathons. For many of us, it used to be binge watching Adult Swim for DBZ, Inuyasha, and other shows that you found interesting.
Now, I feel times like that are gone. That sounds weird when you aren’t writing it, but bear with me for a moment.
It’s great that now we can have all our favorite anime at our fingertips, but when the anticipation was built up for like a week or so, it just felt better.
And now that we have easy access to manga, it just seems like routine.
I don’t want to come off as some old soul that complains about the newer generation, as I am a millenial, I think, but some things I feel are best at a certain time or period.
Maybe I’m just complaining, who knows. YuYu Hakusho was one of the shows I loved watching late at night—much to my own disadvantage.
I remember on one particular occasion, I was watching a tournament fight with Hiei, I think, and I fell asleep in the middle of it, or shortly after.
By the time I woke up again at one of my sleeping intervals—not sure what that means—I found my television off.
I know that’s not much of a story, but still, it’s a testament to how much I loved anime, especially at nights, I’d force myself to stay awake to catch even a glimpse of Adult Swim for anime.
You know, my mind just ran on Kuwabara.
He’s like that goofy character in almost any series, fictional or otherwise, that tries to prove that he’s more than he appears to be—but actually is what he appears to be.
He always came off as interesting. The part where I feel YuYu Hakusho fell off was on diversity—no the PC term, the original meaning.
What I mean is that there weren’t many “strong” characters—no clue why I quoted that.
There was only a handful of persons you can say are actually strong. And those who appeared strong at first, turned out to be a joke.
Don’t get me wrong, it was an awesome show, but it only gave you a few options to debate over who was the strongest, and a majority of them are the main characters i.e. the good guys.
Plot twist, in the end they didn’t turn out to be strongest actully.
If I get bashed for saying this, so be it. If this show had better character development, as DBZ had, then it could have been in my top—three?
For instance, I don’t want to use DBZ to bash every other anime, as all are unique in their own way, but I can take any character, from any time period, in the Dragonball universe.
And debate who’s the strongest of all time, despite whether or not they’re still alive.
Because the background and character development for DBZ was great.
I know persons down to this day that will say that Frieza is the toughest, despite that he was destroyed more than once, on one occasion by someone other than Goku.
Outside of all that stuff, YuYu Hakusho still had enough juice to keep me interested to watch until the end, and I’ll give them that.
Speaking on good storyline, even though this is slightly different. Is no one going to talk about how Pokémon fell off?
I brough this up once, and was told I’m just not in the targeted demographic anymore—fair enough.
But I feel it’s hard to move forward when you’ve made a Pokémon that is essentially God, but I’ll talk about that another time.
Yuske’s main weapon, the Spirit Gun, is pretty cool, but after a while it got old really quick. I like YuYu Hakusho, and I never knew how much things I found fault with it until now.
The reason I think it was interesting after a few episodes, was due to the fact that many of the fighters engaged in hand to hand combat, except for Kuwabara, who still employed a form a close combat using his Spirit Sword.
In the beginning things were great, but when it began to close, I feel things were a little rushed.
That’s probably just the picky side, as there is no perfect anime—but you can still come close.
I’m forcing myself to come up with more to expound upon YuYu Hakusho, sadly I don’t know as much as I think I did to give you an informed opinion, other than it’s good—and also I’ve been distracted with this new anime I discovered, Noragami: Stray God, it’s pretty decent.
I get distracted real easy.
I would rank YuYu Hakusho in my top ten anime of all time—Naruto is possibly number one, possibly.
Now that I think about it, back then, everything had a DBZ feel, even in this anime. The fighting, tournaments, abilities, and all that other stuff. Down to the design.
One day I might create my own anime, and then you’ll watch it, and praise me. Right—right?
Now, everyone seems to be into anime and manga—everyone.
Maybe then I wouldn’t be seen as a nerd. Who would’ve thought, women are big gamers in the industry, probably then I wouldn’t have been picked on.
Couldn’t they see I was a nice guy, I’m not like those other jerks.
One thing is for sure though, I love anime, cartoons in general. I’m a proud man-child—and I’m proud of it?
For those who haven’t already go check out YuYu Hakusho, along with Inuyasha, Full Metal Alchemist, and all the other great ones.
Hopefully, I can keep up with my unofficial posting schedule. I had some RAM issues with my PC—still do—but things should change soon.
Oh, and I don’t usually do this but I said what the heck, I’ll probably do a review on the second Harry Potter book.
I said it would’ve been my next review, two posts or so ago, to be honest I wanted to mix things up a bit and not let things go in that direction.
No matter how hard I try though, I seem to go back to it occasionally—the series are really good, never thought I would something like this.
So, that was just a heads up. I’m three-quarters done with it, so hopefully I’ll get it done by next week.
I always liked writing, and creative stuff like that, it never occurred to me keeping a writing schedule would be, rigorous—it’s fun, so who cares.
One of the main reasons I take long too, is because I want to make sure I actually write about something that I like, as opposed to just writing for writing sake, so bear with me for a little.
My momentum should pick up soon, I’m expecting a few things to drop this year so I can do a review, or drop a line or two as to what I think of them.
One of them, which I’ve been waiting for a while, is the Avengers: Infinity War.
Seeing Thanos appearances in the Marvel Cinematic universe, but not making an official entry was excruciating.
But at long last, it’s finally here—I know I was just talking about anime, let me live a little.
Oh, and Deadpool, merc with a mouth. This year seems as if it’s going to be a great year for movies.
I’ve been having ideas recently of opening a forum or something like that, somewhere to converse with nerds like myself, or unlike myself, whichever comes first.
But I’ll put that on hold for a while until I get some basics out of the way.
Anyway, leave a like, comment, and share, see you soon.