Day 10 – Favorite Fighter Anime
Most of the anime series I’ve watched as a child are shounen series which are what we may consider fighter anime. Out of them all, this one is my favorite.
Before the creator, Togashi Yoshihiro, made another well-known piece, that is, Hunter X Hunter, he had this earlier piece which was published from 1990 to 1994. The anime aired from 1992 to 1995 in Japan but it also became popular worldwide.
Yusuke Urameshi was a tough teen delinquent until one selfless act changed his life… by ending it. When he died saving a little kid from a speeding car, the afterlife didn’t know what to do with him, so it gave him a second chance at life. Now, Yusuke is a ghost with a mission, performing good deeds at the behest of Botan, the ferrywoman of the River Styx, and Koenma, the pacifier-sucking judge of the dead.
This anime is quite a memorable one for me. This is one of those series I watched with my father and my brother born two years after me. Since the only ones who were near my age are my guy cousins, I used to play a lot with them and there are times when we we role-play as characters with powers.
Anyway, I enjoyed watching this and I enjoyed it more after re-watching it three months ago. It was the first time I re-watched it after all those years, so I had a better grasp of the story and characters. That proved how much I still love the series.
First, I loved the story. It’s all about Urameshi Yuusuke dying and being given another chance, though he had to do some things in order to come back to life. Later on, because of his knowledge of the after-life, he was given the task to be a spirit detective which made him be involved into other-worldly affairs. But of course, I think you all know that already since this anime is popular.
Anyway, I liked how each arc is tied up and connected to the next. The story just flowed smoothly and there are always a lot of things happening, with a pacing that I didn’t think was too fast or too slow, so there was never a dull moment for me. I enjoyed watching the fights during the tournaments most especially. There is a good mix of comedy, drama, and action there.
Second, I loved most of the characters. Each character is unique and has an appeal of his own. I find it great how each of the main characters had their own fair share of stories and I especially liked how they gave such an important role to Kuwabara. (This is why I got disappointed that Leorio didn’t have much important thing to do in HxH.) I appreciate how they treated Genkai’s character. I read somewhere that her story became like that because she became a popular character that her story became different in the anime.
Also, I loved the other girls! There are only three we usually see — Botan, Kyoko, and Shizuru (though later on joined by Yukina) — and though they are mainly there for support, I liked how they are strong characters with their will and ability to at least protect themselves. It’s great that they didn’t care how they are surrounded by demons; they would shout at their team if they need to.
The antagonists and opponents are mostly memorable, too! (Jin is one of my favorites ever since.) I liked how the main antagonists have these backstories that make them likeable, especially Toguro. I admit that I think there are some characters who could have more screen time, though.
Third, the OP (Hohoemi no Bakudan) is a classic favorite. I remember that I used to sing along with it, making up words of my own except from the “A-RI-GA-TŌ GO-ZA-I-MASU”.
This choice could be because I haven’t re-watched the other shows which I think are considered fighter anime (Shaman King, Baki the Grappler, DBZ, Naruto, etc.) so my memory of them is not a good basis of comparison. But I was able to watch Recca no Honoo and Hunter X Hunter some time ago, and I’ll still choose this one over those. However, I can confidently say that out of them all, even when I haven’t re-watched this and those two other titles, Yū Yū Hakusho’s the one where I remember a lot of happenings and characters. I think that alone speaks a lot of how much I like this series.
I’m probably cheating now with it being the 11th of September here (I wasn’t able to put this up on the scheduled posts), but my consolation is that in some countries, it’s still the 10th, so yep. I think this still counts. Hahaha!