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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 7.95
  • Pages: 194
  • Size: Tall B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Yu Yu Hakusho Vol. #02

By Eduardo M. Chavez     July 12, 2004
Release Date: October 01, 2003


Yu Yu Hakusho Vol.#02
© Viz Media


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Togashi Yoshiro
Translated by:Lillian Olsen
Adapted by:

What They Say
LONESOME GHOSTS
A few weeks ago, Yusuke Urameshi was the toughest 8th-grader in his junior high; now, he's taking the toughest test of his life, the test to see if he will come back to life or stay a wandering ghost forever! Until he passes the test, his body is in a coma, and he can only come back to life one day a month. But Yusuke and his spirit guide, Botan, are in for a lot more than they bargained for as evil curses, bullies, and the ghost of a scary little girl stand in the way of resurrection! And when a real-world ifre threatens the life of Yusuke's friend Keiko, Yusuke must make a brave sacrifice, or there'll be another ghost joining him in his haunting...

The Review
Packaging:
Set up similar to Shueisha's original version, VIZ has a large Keiko behind SD versions of sleepy Yuusuke and a happy Botan. Once again it looks a little over saturated in comparison to the original but its pretty nice (Volume 1 had too much green and this has too much red.) This imagae is framed around VIZ's Shonen Jump GN cover layout with large volume number on the right bottom corner and the mangaka to the left on a pink to grey to black background. The back cover has a ghoulish Yusuke next to VIZ's blurb. I have to say I feel that the dialouge bubble stating that Shonen Jump is the world's most popular manga is a little tacky for my taste.

Logo Check!! (2003 Megs)... The logo used by VIZ is okay. Its nowhere near as humorous or creative as the original which had spirits inside the kanji for YuYu.

Their are some really nice notes and omake: preview of next volume, character info, "If I could be reincarnated as anyone" segment.
Print quality is very good. The light contrast pages that were present in the first volume are no longer an issue.

Artwork:
The art of YuYu is really interesting. Most of the character designs for supporting characters tend to have more detail than those of main characters, but overall facial expressions and the transition from regular to SD versions are very good. YuYu relies a bit on its sight gags and with some wierd faces making funny faces you really get a good share of laughs from the art as well as the writing.
Backgrounds can be pretty detailed at times which really helps out the already complex but easy to follow layout. Lots out of panel characters, veried panel sizes and interesting perspective made for a fun experience.

Orientation/SFX:
SFX are all overlaid. Personally I do not like this technique as I feel as if I am not getting all of the art that was there. Luckily things are done in a tasteful manner so its not a total loss. Most signs are overlaid. This manga is right to left, so no problems here.

Text:
VIZ does a solid job with the translation. I thought this would be tough translation because of the comedy but it really flows very well and doesn't really seem to be far off original content.
Yuusuke's name is shortened to Yusuke, everyone else seems to be fine (so far). They provide a decent amount of cultural notes in the gutters.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
At the end of volume 1, things were looking bad for Yusuke's friends. Meanwhile, Yusuke on his leave from the afterlife (Koenma allows him to use his body one day a month to keep it from dying) is hitting the pachinko slots and getting into as much trouble as possible (a punk's got to do...) So at the start of this volume when Yusuke overhears his friends mention that Keiko (Yusuke's best friend and potential love interest) has been taken hostage, he goes to save the day the way only he can.... by busting in a beating the pulp out of everyone while making sure Keiko doesn't find out it is him doing the beating.

From this point on while we get a couple chapters of Yusuke doing his meddling in to other's business, we start to see a lot more of Keiko.

She has a pretty special relationship with Yusuke. They've known each other for the longest time and from the looks of things it almost seems as if she is the only person who can put Yusuke in his place. It would not be hard to say these two care for each other. There were a few moments in the first volume that explained that much, but these two seem to have something more. Or is it more like, Keiko thinks there is something more?

Keiko knows Yusuke is still hanging in there. She believes, like Yusuke's mom, that he will be back any time now. So she tries to visit him as often as possible. It might not be easy since, Ms. Urameshi is not the most gracious hostess, but she wants to be there; that's the type of personality she is. So when there is a fire at the Urameshi's apartment complex, she rushes into the blaze without much thought. Now you know there has to be something here. Unfortunately, you don't know how she's gonna get out. With some help from Koenma and a lot of guts from Yusuke she escapes with Yusuke's body, maintaining Yusukes chances for resurrection intact.
Eventually Yusuke is finally given a date to return to his body permanently. And fate has him having to coordinate with someone else to bring his "life-breathe" back. Its not going to be easy. I mean what if ugly rival Kuwabara is the only person available?? Fortunately things work out in the end and Yusuke did not miss his once in 50 years chance.

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