Yu Yu Hakusho: Season 2
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From cutting classes to brawling in the streets, Yusuke Urameshi is not your typical role model. In fact, this kid’s nothing more than a fourteen-year-old delinquent with a talent for trouble. But in a single selfless act Yusuke dies while saving another. For such noble sacrifice he is given a second chance at life, but it’s to be a life far different than the one left behind. Now a Spirit Detective, the young man must track down demons and humans alike who desire to rule over the three realms of reality.
Survival is the order of the day as Yusuke and his allies face off against the worst that the Demon World has to offer. Locked into a competition set up by the criminal underground, more than the fighters’ lives are on the line as the Dark Tournament unfolds round by brutal round. Pain and suffering are redefined, a demon from the past is reawakened, and the mysterious masked fighter will step forth. Their situation is worse than grim as the Tournament Finals are set to begin.
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Quite honestly if you're even looking to purchase this box set than you need no explanation of the plot, the show or anything about this; you very well know already and it's been talked about plenty enough as is, but for the very unlikely chance someone doesn't know the plot here's a quick synopsis: Yusuke and team (Kuwabara, Kurama and Hiei) travel to a remote island to compete in the Dark Tournament against teams of competing demons and apparitions to have a rematch against the powerful demon Toguro.
I can't express enough how much I love this show and especially this season; this for me is the apex of the entire series (feel free to disagree...), brutal fighting, a slew of different characters/challengers, edge-of-your-seat action, some quirky comedy thrown in for good measure and a gut wrenching (though obvious) tragic plot point stemming from the death of a prominent character (no spoilers...not really...but you get what I mean...). Aside from that, I am reviewing the Blu-ray ver. so as far as video quality it's as vibrant and clear as you'd come to expect, obviously more so than the original analog, along with that the audio is clear as well. Though somewhat minimalistic as far as special features/extras go (just the opening and closing music with the scenes without text) I guess that's to be expected, and honestly is inconsequential.
My only real gripe is this, there's a bit of false advertising to address here, the box clearly says "The Complete Second Season". Unfortunately it's not the "complete" second season, as its a whopping 41 episodes in total, and this set only contains 28 of the episodes spread across 3 discs. It starts on the episode 29 "Flowers of Blood", 3 episodes past the initial start of the season and ends with episode 56 "Yoko's Magic" ending 10 episodes before the initial end. It's extremely annoying that I didn't get to start the season properly and watch the most climatic part of the series. And honestly I would've been happy just having this season if I'd only have one. But really it's not a big deal, it just gives me a reason to own the other seasons too, which you can't really say is a bad thing.
Overall, this series, and this season is a must have for any fan of anime. Just remember if you just get this season, you'll be missing out on 13 episodes.
It is not my favorite of the four seasons, but it carries the story well. The focus shifts onto the action and the story telling takes an obvious shift. The style is not as intriguing as the main arc of Cowboy Bebop, but has a much better sense of direction than Fairy Tail or Dragonball Z. The overall feel is still very good. The main characters start to develop from prototypical anti-heroes into more interesting underdogs.