I finished watching Yu Yu Hakusho yesterday. I was inspired to watch the series after encountering the characters in J-Stars Victory Vs. I’m also reading Hunter x Hunter at the moment and am really enjoying it, and so wanted to check out more of Yoshihiro Togashi’s work.
Here’s just a quick round up of what I thought of the series and my favourite moments from it.
Overall I loved Yu Yu Hakusho. It is such an amazing shounen battle anime. Filled with funny moments, engaging characters and tense epic battles.
Watching it it was interesting to see the connections between it and Hunter x Hunter. The main parties in both series really do mirror each other – Yusuke and Gon have the same black hair and green clothing; Hiei and Killua are both short with tall spiky hair, and share some psychotic tenancies; Kurama and Kurapika don’t have much in common, but there is something about their characters that is similar (I guess they are both the level headed ones of the party); and Kuwabara and Leorio are both the tall ones (can’t say much about Leorio at the moment because I haven’t encountered him enough in the manga). There were quite a lot of minor characters in Yu Yu that I could see were the inspiration for other characters in HxH. Togashi’s love of games really shines through in both of his series, as well as his love for a good battle tournament.
Here’s a quick round up of my favourite parts of the anime:
For a short, psychotic, badass Hiei is incredibly cute.
I always lean towards the badass character who is the lone wolf at first, but then learns to fit in with the rest of the party. Hiei and Kurama’s relationship was golden – they had a good friendship dynamic. Hiei’s sweetest moment was when he ran with the others to go see Kurama after his fight with Shigure to make sure his friend was alright.
Hiei had the best backstory and powers – I don’t think I’ll find any anime attack more awesome than Jao Ensatsu Kokuryuha.
Hiei vs. Bui: I’ve already written about this scene in this blog post. But, yeah, it was AWESOME!
Just the whole scene where Yusuke turned into his demon form for the first time, but I especially loved the part where Keiko hugs after he and the others return to the human world. It’s so cute that she is the only one who recognises him in his new form. Sort of wish he had kept the long hair, or had regrown it in the final arc.
I must admit that I shipped Yusuke and Keiko less and less as the anime went on, basically because Yusuke was a dick to her most of the time. At the start they had such a nice relationship – Keiko had that badass moment where she tipped water over her head and ran into a burning building to rescue him, and then Yusuke sacrificed himself in order to save her, because he said that if Keiko wasn’t around then there was no point in coming back from the dead. But then they had fewer and fewer moments like that – most of the time it was Keiko doting after Yusuke and him being rude to her.
Sakyo was my favourite villain. He was just so calm and level headed. I especially liked how he didn’t try to get out of the bet when Toguro lost the last match of the Dark Tournament. He didn’t cry or panic that he was going to lose his life – he just walked straight on into the collapsing building.
I especially loved the moments he had with Shizuru, and how she ended up with his lighter and kept it with her throughout the anime. I did ship those two, despite Sakyo’s twisted ideas and villainous tendencies. They made such a cute couple, and it was nice that the anime gave Sakyo a tender side. It made him more human.
Just this moment – when Yusuke was struggling to take the spirit orb and he was losing the will to carry on, and then Puu came along and started helping him get through it, but then the cave started to collapse, so Yusuke finally used the spirit orb and rescued his alter ego.
It’s just such an awesome line, because even though Yusuke’s in so much pain he pushes through it to rescue someone.
Yusuke’s spirit gun, but I especially loved the scene where he mixed demon and spirit energy together in his fight with Yomi. It was a good loop hole to have in Yomi’s powers – that demon energy did nothing to him, but spirit energy did.
I loved the relationship between all the four main female characters, especially during the Dark Tournament Arc. They were such a funny quartet – a good feminine mirror for the main all-male party. It was such a good depiction of female relationships. They all looked out for each other and supported one another.
I laughed far too hard in this moment in the final episode, but it was just so funny. Poor Kurama. I can relate a little to this, because I’m mistaken quite a lot for a teenage boy. I feel your pain, Kurama.
Just the whole of Hiei’s backstory, but especially his relationship with Yukina – how he never told her he was her brother, although she seemed to have worked it out during the OVA. I wish they had had more screen time together, and that we had seen a scene with them after Yukina had worked it out, and after Hiei knew she had worked it out. I really wanted to see more brother/sister moments between them. Also would have loved to see Kuwabara’s reaction to the fact that Yukina’s brother was Hiei…!
Most badass moment
The first time Kurama turned into Yoko Kurama was just the most awesome thing ever.
I sort of wish they had made the difference between Kurama’s and Yoko Kurama’s personalities wider. So when Kurama turned into a Yoko during the Dark Tournament he really went on a rampage and did things to his opponent that Kurama would never have done, or didn’t want to fight for the party at all. I liked how the Yoko’s personality leaked out into Kurama from time to time, especially the moment when Kurama beat Tsukihito Amanuma at the game in his Territory, causing him to die, and then snapped because Sensui had tricked the boy into losing his life. That was another favourite moment of mine in the anime – such a cruel twist.