Book Review: Yu Yu Hakusho Volume 12

November 15, 2016

Yu Yu Hakusho Volume 12 cover

I hope that everyone is doing well this week.

Aside from my utter dread of the peaceful days that I have recently had coming to an end, things have been going quite well, now that I can continue going through the last few books that I got from Amazon.

Today, I will be reviewing another one of those titles, which is called Yu Yu Hakusho Volume 12 by Yoshihiro Togashi.

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

The match between Kawahara and the elder Toguro has finally been decided, and Team Urameshi is still at a loss over the death of Genkai.

However, with the round standing at 2-1, in Team Urameshi's favor, the tournament is not yet over, as the fight that everyone has been waiting for is about to begin.

I kind of liked this book.

For a third time in a row, I did not feel like putting this book down for any reason.

Throughout my time reading the volumes of the Yu Yu Hakusho magna, I have noticed that there were quite a few ups and downs, in comparison to Studio Pierrot's anime adaptation, and it almost led to me abandoning the series.

However, it seems like Yoshihiro stepped things up a notch in this portion of the series.

Yes, this is the Dark Tournament Saga, which is what many fans of the series would say is their favorite part of the series, but the reason that this is so good is because Yoshihiro has been doing a lot of things right.

For example, back in volume 3, the series started to shift from Yusuke's adventures of doing good deeds into a full on fighting series, and a few volumes, such as volume 4 and volume 5, became boring because things felt like they dragged on, in spite of a fast pace, or Yoshihiro did not deliver the thing that fans of fighting events or series want the most, which is not that different from what fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction want to see.

Here, however, Yoshihiro is finally delivering interesting fights with an adequate amount of tension, while still maintaining a quick pace.

Yoshihiro has come quite a long way and I have little doubt that his more recent works, like Hunter x Hunter, does not have the same kind of problems that this series has experience, and hardly exists in Studio Pierrot's anime adaptation, though I would still say that it is not completely guaranteed that he has learned how to keep things interesting, since I have not really checked out what his more recent work is like.

Still, the fact that he has been able to keep my interest for three volumes in a row is quite impressive, and, as a result, I feel like giving Yoshihiro some major applause for a job well done.

I also liked how there was how there was little, if anything, to laugh about in this volume.

Even though the Yu Yu Hakusho manga started out as a comedy and this would have normally been considered as a negative point, the fact that this series is now a fighting series and Team Urameshi experienced a very devastating loss actually makes it a positive point.

After all, trying to get the reader to laugh when characters are experiencing an emotional moment would not really make a great work, especially because I hated what 8bit did in episode 10 of Rewrite.

Readers want to feel what the characters are going through, just as much as them want to some kind of laugh, and to do that, writers must understand when to balance the two. If they do not, readers are going to feel like things are either overdramatic or missing something.

This is what I am looking for in a work of fiction, and Yoshihiro finally gave of some great emotional impact throughout the entire volume, though it is still probably not as great as what Studio Pierrot delivered.

I am not too sure about you guys, but it looks like Yoshihiro may be starting to look as good as the Hunter x Hunter say that he is.

The thing that I liked the most though was the moment when Yusuke Urameshi's full power came into fruition.

While the events that played out like they did in a lot of other anime series that I have seen growing, such as Goku going super saiyan against Frieza and Gohan going super saiyan 2 against Cell in DBZ, many of those moments did not have any feeling even though the power up was fueled by the pain of loss, especially the time when Goku and Gohan went through their transformations. It was just expected to occur, though, in the case of Goku, curiosity did have some role in making it an amazing transformation.

However, in this volume, and even in the last 7 minutes and 12 seconds or so of episode 63 and the first few minutes of episode 64, which are both viewable on FUNimation's website, made me feel the pain Yusuke was going through because Toguro had killed Kuwabara.

Even though I will say that Studio Pierrot did a much better job in the anime adaptation, because they showed how important Kuwabara was to Yusuke, since we see Yusuke's memories of Kuwabara, which made it much more believable, Yoshihiro was no slouch either because I felt more emotion in this moment than any other that came up in the manga so far.

The manga is not absolutely horrible, but it would have been a whole lot better if Yoshihiro was able to be out some emotion like he did here, because this is what made Yu Yu Hakusho stand out to me more than any other fighting anime series, and I highly doubt that anybody would disagree with me on this matter.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked.

Because my interest was never lost while reading this and there was no unnecessary comedy, as well as the fact that I was able to actually feel Yusuke's pain during his fight with Toguro, this book was probably Yoshihiro's best work yet.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

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

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

Considering that there was quite a bit to like and nothing to hate, this was definitely worth reading.

I recommend this to fans of Yu Yu Hakusho and fighting events or anime, because Yusuke's fight with Toguro delivers everything that they would expect, along with things rarely, if ever, found in a fighting anime or manga.

As for everyone, this might be worth giving a try, but, unless you have read the previous volumes, you probably will not see how great this is from reading the events.

What are your thoughts on Yu Yu Hakusho Volume 12? Did you like it or hate it? If you liked it, did you think that how Yusuke's full power was released was better than any other event in shonen manga, like I did, or do you think that there is something that surpasses that moment? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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