Book Review: Yu Yu Hakusho Volume 10

November 9, 2016

Yu Yu Hakusho Volume 10

I hope that everyone is doing well, especially those that were disappointed by any of the elections took place this year.

Things have been going fairly well here, at least now that the noise pollution is not that bad, and I can finally sit back and do something relaxing.

As many of you guys know, I got quite a few books from Amazon, and, despite an almost three-week break, I have knocked out each one and made it to the final ten.

Today, I will be reviewing one of those ten remaining titles, which is called Yu Yu Hakusho Volume 10 by Yoshihiro Togashi.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

Yusuke has successfully inherited Genkai's power, and Genkai goes to help secure victory for Team Urameshi.

However, when the match concludes, Genkai goes off on her own and starts to fight against somebody that she had strong feelings for in the past.

Things have not been looking well for this series, but, after reading this, there still seems to be some glimmer of hope.

From the moment that I picked up this volume, I did not want to stop reading for any reason, not even to fulfill the needs of the average human body.

Seeing as how I have been having a hard time really getting into the past volumes, though they did manage to keep interested somewhat, it seemed like Yoshihiro's quality of work was going downhill, which disappointed me because this was the original source of one of the series that introduced my generation to anime.

However, Yoshihiro was at least able to keep things from going completely downhill, by having multiple volumes in a row become disappointing.

True, it is probably because I am nearing the end of the Dark Tournament Saga's manga counterpart, which has some of the best moments of the series, but I think that the real reason is just because things are not dull anymore and I get a few of the feelings that I expected to get, though it is nowhere near that of what the anime delivered.

After all, if a work did not deliver everything that you expect, there is no way that it can be any good.

As a result, I kind of feel like giving Yoshihiro a big round of applause for job well done.

If his more recent work can keep up with this kind of quality, then he may just be deserving of a position among people like Jun Mochizuki and Hiromu Arakawa, even though both first came into the manga industry after Yoshihiro made a name for himself with this series.

Unfortunately, like Agatha Christie, and so many other great writer, nobody in the creative industry can maintain a consistent quality for too long, so even if Yoshihiro was in good health and in the mood to continue his work, he too will eventually fall.

I also liked the funny things that were present in this volume.

While there was not anything to be found here that is unique to the volume, as there were in previous volume, though that was mainly due to a quicker pacing, I felt like laughing to each of those events, like Kuwabara continually being whisked away and Genkai beating the snot out of Suzuki, or Suzuka in FUNimation's dub.

I did not know that there so many butt monkeys in this series, and it was rather enjoyable.

At least Yoshihiro can still keep me laughing, and, for that I will give him a nice thumbs up.

The thing that I liked the most though was how Yoshihiro Togashi talked a bit about the anime.

As many people like me know, a ton of titles out that are out there and streaming on sites, like Daisuki, Crunchyroll, and FUNimation, started off as either manga or, in the case of A Certain Magical Index and Sword Art Online, novels and people think that the authors of the original version have a say of what goes into the anime, even back in 1992, according to the foreword.

However, fiction writers, and even nonfiction writers, tend to have very little, if any, say when their work is adapted into a visual medium. According to a blog post by Jane Friedman, who has had 20 or more years in the publishing industry, on her personal domain discussing how books become movie, the screenwriters hired to write the script and the directors are pretty much free to do whatever they wish for the adaptation, with some writers who do get to have a huge say taking a back seat.

Likewise, according to the foreword from Yoshihiro, I do not think that the people behind the manga that many enjoy reading have a huge say in what is going on, or cares about how the material is adapted, instead allowing entities like A-1 Pictures, Bones Studio, and TMS Entertainment to have free reign, because an anime and the original are two different works in the overall picture of things.

If they were not, there would not be anyway that an anime, like the 2003 adaptation of FMA, could surpass the original source by going in a different direction.

To read these thoughts from the creator behind the manga source of what many of my generation call one of the best fighting anime is very interesting, because it can give good insight to how well received the work was around its original time of release.

If things like this occurred more often in forewords of manga, I would probably be a little more interested in reading them, since I usually skip over them, much like how many of the other book reviewers out there skip over the extras found in the beginning, regardless of whether they liked or hated a work.

Unfortunately, these forewords are not too interesting in most works, so I kind of doubt that there would be any kind of improvement in my lifetime, especially because a lot of things I encounter seem to be awfully bland from electronic publications to printed pamphlets for church gatherings.

Still that does not mean that it not interesting to hear an author talk about a movie or television adaptation of a work.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything that I particularly, at least that cannot be scrunched in with what I already talked about.

Because things were mostly interesting and there were also things to laugh about, as well as the fact that Yoshihiro talks a bit about his thoughts on the anime, this book was fairly decent.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about, nothing really bothered me that much.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was more to like than hate, this was definitely worth reading.

I recommend this to fans of Yu Yu Hakusho and those who want a good laugh, as they will enjoy it the most.

As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, but I would recommend reading the earlier volumes first.

What are your thoughts on Yu Yu Hakusho Volume 10? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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