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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?
The Dark Tournament continues and it indeed has lived up to its name. The matches were no doubt death filled and full of carnage. And now Yusuke's team has already begun a vicious battle with Team Toguro, that will only end when one team is standing and the other either beaten or dead. -summary
Season Three contains episodes 57 - 84, and it completely wraps up the Dark Tournament Saga. This saga had its ups and downs, and there were moments when I wanted to hit the fast forward button. On some occasions the action scenes began to drag and felt as if they were going nowhere. And various times it felt that way towards the climax. Thankfully, the good outweighed the bad and the Dark Tournament Saga finished with a bang.
Things kicked off with Hiei taking on the armored juggernaut of Team Toguro named Bui. This scene followed up Kurama's battle very well keeping the interest level pretty much at its peak. Not too soon afterwards, the long-awaited confrontation between Yusuke and the younger Toguro brother begins. This is indeed an epic battle, and the aftermath added the necessary touch to close off this chapter.
The only real issue I have with this story arc is that the ghosts of Dragon Ball Z pop up, which is something that would go on to be a staple in this type of anime, and has carried over into series such as Bleach. Characters would die dramatic deaths only to be brought back to life later on, with the weakest explanations behind them. If it wasn't for the reason that this one particular character would see some type of real use later on, then it would come off looking very cheap and just weaken the series.
The Dark Tournament Saga flows into, what I think to be, the best story arc in the series called The Chapter Black Saga. Yusuke develops a feel as if he's done it all with the defeat of Toguro. Only to learn that there's actually a rating class on the power of the demon's he faces. He learns that Toguro ranks as a high level class B, which is nowhere near the strongest at all. There are two other higher ranking classes being A, and the S class being the highest. Sensui, a Spirit Detective gone rogue, plans to break the barrier protecting the human world from the demon world, unleashing the demons onto the Earth. This means the entire Earth would be invaded by hordes of B class demons and above. The thought of fighting an army of Toguro's is more than enough to send everyone into a panic.
I think this story is by far the best written. The main characters are still interesting, but it's the villains that stands out the most. Sensui has assembled a team of human psychics with some very interesting powers, with one being a doctor who uses his knowledge on medicine to not only create a flying plague, but also uses his surgical skills to paralyze his enemies by severing their spinal cords. Along with another one named Sniper, who can turn anything into a lethal weapon, such as almost piercing someone's skull with a pencil eraser from 500 yards away. The villains are pretty well written and there is some good development to take place with them. I also have to mention the sudden change in tone to the morbid. This saga is by far the darkest when looking at the cruelty of Sensui's men. The story also plays on the heroes morality by putting them in a position where they may have no choice but to take a human life. This is a plot device that could have been used better, but it also hampers the story in ways too. I won't spoil it, but it could have been done better.
Visually the series sees some improvement. There are moments when the visuals are darker with less lighting to reflect the personality of the story. It does work in creating some creepy like moments. The action scenes are slightly better and there's a bit more blood spewing than usual. My take on the BGM and voice acting remains the same completely. I will point out that there are moments when the sound effects stood out to me, with the heavy metallic sounds of Bui's armored footsteps sounding really cool.
Season Three starts and ends very strong, and continues into the fourth season. This saga is definitely the best to me since it actually tells a story and has several suspense-filled moments. If you enjoyed the first two seasons, then I see nothing wrong with coming into this one with higher expectations.
Pros: -Solid story, plot, and better animation
Cons: -Some weaker moments here and there
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