Anime DVD Review: Yu Yu Hakusho: The Complete Second Season

Yu Yu Hakusho: The Complete Second Season is a four-disc DVD set that contains 28 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 10 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. The episodes are available with both an English dub and the Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Yu Yu Hakusho: The Complete Second Season
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: September 23, 2008

The episodes in this set focus exclusively on the Dark Tournament Saga. Kuwabara is defeated in his first match, while Kurama and Hiei win their first matches. Yusuke’s first match lasts for about two episodes before he is determined to be the winner.

Then, we see Yusuke, Kuwabara, and the masked fighter participate in a three-on-three battle with members of Team Ichigaki. Kurama and Hiei have to deal with two other members of Team Ichigaki. Several episodes in this set are devoted to Yusuke and the others fighting against members of Team Ichigaki. Then, members of Team Mashotsukai join in the battle. Also, we see Team Urameshi battling against Team Uraotogi.

When they’re able to get a break, the group to different areas to either recuperate or do more training. Revelations are made regarding Genkai, and one of the characters in the series dies. The final round of the Dark Tournament is just getting underway when the set ends.

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. For me, this change was a little on the disappointing side, because the whole concept of Yusuke being an Underworld Detective seems to have been completely forgotten in favor of turning the series into a shonen fighting anime series that sees the fighting stretched out quite a bit. While in this set, it hasn’t gotten quite as bad as Dragon Ball Z in that respect, I’m afraid it might get to that point in the remaining two seasons. But the elements that got me interested in Yu Yu Hakusho in the first place are no longer here, and now there’s not much to differentiate this series from other shonen fighting anime.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the only bonus feature on the first and third discs are trailers for properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this set was released, as well as a trailer for the FUNimation Channel.

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 it also includes the new closing that appears during the second season. There are also trailers for properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this set was released, as well as a trailer for the Z-Store.

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 properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this set was released, as well as a trailer for the Z-Store.

I would recommend this set to fans of Yu Yu Hakusho that want to own the episodes of the series in their anime home video collection. There’s also a Blu-ray pressing of this set that might hold appeal for Yu Yu Hakusho fans that have the ability to watch Blu-ray Discs.

In wrote this review after watching a copy of Yu Yu Hakusho: The Complete Second Season that I purchased for my husband as a gift.

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