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Yusuke Urameshi is a teenage boy with some issues. He hates school, hates authority, but loves to fight. During one of his strolls he's killed by a car saving a young boys life. His spirit leaves his body and he's encountered by a girl on a flying broom named Boltan, who reveals to him that it wasn't his time to go, and if he wants to return to his body he must overcome one ordeal. Who exactly is this girl, and why is Yusuke given this second chance?
Sensui is very close to accomplishing his plan to unleash the Demon World onto Earth. Hiei, Kurama, and Kuwabara have been imprisoned, and Yusuke is left alone to battle the incredibly powerful Sensui. The fight for survival has just begun. -summary
Yu Yu Hakusho Season 4 contains the final episodes of the series, 85 - 112. This season concludes The Chapter Black Saga ending with a cliff hanger that leads into the final story arc, The Three Kings Saga. I consider the former to be the best of the series, simply because it's written the best; very good plot, sub-plots, and villains that could actually be taken seriously, and many of them didn't feel like throw away characters, which is something that usually can't be avoided with series like these. The writing was far stronger here than in the previous story arc The Dark Tournament. The aforementioned arc had moments where the story overshadowed the action, where as here, there was more of an even balance. The action had many good moments, while many other aspects were just as well developed.
The season began with Yusuke being hopelessly outmatched with Sensui in their battle. The fight was written pretty well since it never truly felt one-sided. It did have its moments where it began to drag, eventually it picked up and revealed another side or "sides" to Sensui. The battle opened up another story focusing on Yusuke that would be explored in the Three Kings Saga.
The following story arc takes place in the Demon World involving three rulers locked in a stalemated civil war. One of the rulers is on the brink of death, and his actions along with the other two forces Yusuke, Kurama, and Hiei to intervene. This sees the three friends all on opposing sides where there can only be one winner. Later, a new Dark Tournament is formed and familiar faces will be set to do battle against new, more powerful ones.
I use to feel that Yu Yu Hakusho was one season too long, and it should have ended awhile ago. However, The Three Kings Saga grew on me after the recent rewatch. It no longer feels as tacked on as before and it accomplishes something many shows of its type doesn't, and that's provide closure wrapping up all major story threads. Now that I think about it, even the smaller ones were taken care of in some fashion. Nothing annoys me more than sitting through anything more than one episode and nothing is tied up. I do wish there were some things wrapped up a lot better, but I won't complain about it.
The characters are a bit stronger this time around, but it's actually the second main characters, fan favorites Kurama and Hiei who clearly overshadow Yusuke. They actually receive their own episodes which explores their origins in good detail. I enjoyed these episodes the most, and I didn't miss Yusuke or Kuwabara at all. Yusuke never really seems to break his hard-headed mold, and he falls very close to the realm of being a static character, and sometimes an annoying one, but he does have good qualities to him; such as not caring if demons have to eat humans which I thought was funny. He's just a character who I can be 50/50 with all depending on the occasion I guess. If I have any problems with this season at all, then it would be the usual dragging moments, along with the final arc being very predictable towards the end.
The animation is on par with the third season which is a good thing. Some of the fights are pretty entertaining with decent animation to very good. The character designs have some really good moments with creative looking demons, such as the six-earred Yomi and the near mummified looking Mukuro. The BGM went through a little change by adding in at least one new catchy battle theme.
Yu Yu Hakusho overall could have been much better had it taken some serious risk. I would like to give some examples, unfortunately if I did, then spoilers would be unavoidable. It's a good thing it ended at this point too, because it could have easily gone the cash cow route and started rehashing stories. This is what basically killed DBZ and other shows, just not knowing when to end.
In closing, YYH is not an anime that is going to appeal to the more thought provoking crowd. If Perfect Blue, Noir, Neo Tokyo, and Battle Angel are the only type of anime that appeals to you, then avoid this title. However, if Dragon Ball Z,Bleach, and D. Gray-Man are your thing, then you'll more than likely love this.
Pros: -Very good story, action and animation. Has an ending.
Cons: -Somewhat predictable, final arc not as strong as others
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