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Yu Yu Hakusho turns into a fighting anime

  • Dec 1, 2010
Yu Yu Hakusho: The Complete Second Season is a four-disc DVD set that contains twenty-eight episodes. However, the title of this set is a little misleading. The first three episodes of the second season appeared on the first box set, and the last ten episodes of the second season were put onto the box set for the third season. The first disc of the set contains eight episodes; however, the DVD box only lists seven episodes on the disc. The second disc contains six episodes; however, the box claims this disc has seven episodes. The third disc contains eight episodes, and the fourth disc contains six episodes.

On the first disc, the only "extra" is a link that takes you to a menu for trailers. The trailers available to view on this disc are for the FUNimation Channel, Black Cat, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Lupin III.

The second disc has three extras. The first consists of character profiles, which are a single page for each character with an accompanying picture. On this disc, there are profiles for Roto, Kurama, Zeru, Hiei, Chu, Yusuke, M1 M2 M3, Masked Fighter, Dr. Ichigaki, Younger Toguro, Botan, Keiko (misspelled as Kayko), Ruka, Butajiri, Gama, Touya, Baken, Kuwabara, Risho, Jin, and Yukina. Textless Songs has the same opening as the opening on the first box set, but includes the new closing that appears during the second season. There are also trailers for Full Metal Panic!, The Galaxy Railways, Yu Yu Hakusho, Shinobi, and the Z-Store.

The only "extra" on disc three are trailers. However, instead of being able to choose the trailers from a menu, it goes straight into a collection of trailers that play in one continuous piece. The trailers included in this feature are for the FUNimation Channel, Baki the Grappler: Last Blood, The Galaxy Railways, Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shambala, and Full Metal Panic! Second Raid.

The fourth disc has three extras. The first is more character profiles, done in the exact same style as the profiles on disc two. On this disc are profiles for Makintaro, Kuro Momotaro, Juri, Hiei, Genkai, Yusuke, Onji, Suzuka, Puu, Yoko Kurama, Shishi Wakamaru, Ura Urashima, Kuwabara, Bui, Younger Toguro, Team Gorenja, Elder Toguro, Sakyo, Karasu, Koenma, and Botan. The textless songs that appear on this disc are exactly the same as what appears on disc two. The trailers available on this disc are for Samurai 7, Origin, Yu Yu Hakusho, Burst Angel, and the Z-Store.

The tone of the series definitely changes in this box set when compared to the episodes that appeared on the previous set. The second season of Yu Yu Hakusho definitely becomes more of a fighting anime along the lines of Dragon Ball Z. I wish that FUNimation had gone to more effort with the special features on this set; however, even with the relative lack of bonus material, I would still recommend this set to fans of Yu Yu Hakusho, especially if they're interested in owning the series on DVD.

In order to write this review, I watched a copy of this DVD set that I purchased for my husband as a gift.

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December 09, 2010
This is high on my list of favorites. I've owned the series for a long time and was personally happy with the extras. I collected the three box sets as soon as they came out after the series wrapped up on CN. (Wait...did they ever finish showing it? I don't recall.) Anyway, I felt like this series has one the most satisfying endings and a very tidy story arc. (I'm not compelled to write fanfics or speculate til my head explodes to fill in the blanks, which for me says something.) If you haven't seen the movies I recommend that you do, especially Makai Shito Hen - Hono no Kizuna. It is the best of the two. I didn't care much for The Golden Seal. I actually watched both subbed since the English voice actors were different than the series for some reason. Nice review, thanks!
December 01, 2010
EXCELLENT review, very well done. I wonder why they put episodes from this one on the first and third?
December 01, 2010
ah-hah. this may be the season where I was enthralled with the action in this series--Nice breakdown! Spirit gun...go!! :)
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The image shows a cartoon portrait of a young man in a green uniform with slicked-back hair and a hitaikakushi on his forehead. In the foreground below him is a curious-looking girl with brown pigtails, wearing a blue and yellow school uniform. The background depicts blue clouds and the red Japanese title さよなら現世!!の巻. Above the characters is the title "Jump Comics", the number "1", and stylized kanji reading 幽☆遊☆白書 (Yū Yū Hakusho). At the bottom of the image is the author's name, 冨樫 義博 (Yoshihiro Togashi).
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(Yū Yū Hakusho)
Genre Martial arts, Bangsian fantasy
Written by Yoshihiro Togashi
Published by Shueisha
English publisher Canada United States Viz Media
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine Canada United States Shonen Jump
Original run December 1990 – July 1994
Volumes 19 (List of volumes)
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Directed by Noriyuki Abe
Written by Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Music by Yusuke Honma
Studio Studio Pierrot
Licensed by Australia New Zealand Madman
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