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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 62
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu Yu Hakusho Vol. #06: Seven Ways to Die

By Chris Beveridge     October 13, 2002
Release Date: October 08, 2002


Yu Yu Hakusho Vol. #06: Seven Ways to Die
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.


What They Say
Contains:
Suzaku, Leader of the Beasts
While Yusuke’s team is struggling through Maze Castle, another battle is being fought in the streets of Yusuke’s city. Humans controlled by the Makai Insects have been sent to murder Kayko! Yusuke’s only chance to save Kayko is to destroy the Makai Whistle, which rests in the hand of Suzaku, the final Saint Beast!

Seven Ways to Die
The war with the Saint Beasts nears its climax, as three raging battles continue at the very same time! Suzaku reveals his most incredible technique of all—multiplying himself for a total of seven deadly Suzaku’s! Can Yusuke overcome these odds and save the girl he cares about most?

Yusuke’s Sacrifice
Botan is unconscious. Kayko is surrounded. Kuwabara, Hiei, and Kurama slash their way through infinite swarms of Cultivated Humans. In Maze Castle’s highest tower, Suzaku forces the exhausted Yusuke to his knees. Clearly, there is only one way for the war against the Saint Beasts to end. Yusuke must surrender his life!

The Review!
The Holy Beasts arc comes to a conclusion here and it couldn’t come fast enough. I was pretty much sitting there watching these episodes with ants in my pants waiting to get on to something else.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The track for this features a decent if pretty normal stereo mix. There’s little in the way of directionality and nothing going to the rear speakers at all. Most of the dialogue is center channel based but the music and most of the sound effects make use of the full left/right channels.

Video:
The transfer here looks pretty good with the masters here being in quite good condition. There’s hardly anything in the form of nicks or scratches or other print damage. Cross coloration is pretty minimal overall and everything looks good for colors and saturation. The animation itself doesn’t come off as striking since it’s mostly done in natural colors and nothing really vibrant. The openings and endings are done with alternate angles so you can see the translated versions or the original versions depending on the language you select.

Packaging:
There’s a gray border around the artwork on the front of Yusuke and his three targets for these episodes that becomes the basis of the back cover as well. The front cover has the main heroes of the new arc here, with the artwork for them all seemingly coming from the same source and not a capture, so it looks much more vibrant and consistent. The back cover provides a couple paragraphs worth of show summary and a couple of small animation shots. The episode numbers and titles are listed as well as the discs features and extras. The insert provides the artwork from the front without the border and larger, a very nice touch. The reverse side provides an episode summary for each one on the disc, going into more detail than the back cover.

Menu:
The menus are nice and simple and feature some good bits of animation with the backgrounds moving around to give it a polished and professional feel. These are quite nicely done. Access times are nice and fast and moving around is pretty logical, though the language selection area still strikes me as not being all that clear.

Extras:
The extras here are roughly the same kind as the previous volume, which means some new text items and the like but also some of the same things we’ve seen already. The character profiles return again and we get another look at the textless opening and ending sequences. Yama’s notebook is the main place for new items, with more behind the name translations showing up. There’s also a behind the kanji piece, some on the super titles and more fighting techniques.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the previous three Holy Beasts all firmly defeated, everything has come down to the final one, Suzaku. His particular little place down here is a nice defended tower that has quite a number of plantlike zombie defenders. Enough so that it makes it an issue to even try to get in to Suzaku’s layer. But using some of their smarts, the foursome comes up with a creative and backbreaking way of getting Yusuke up into that area so he can take down Suzaku while the others provide cover.

Suzaku’s a good little manipulator. Keeping an eye on the Human world, he realizes what kind of significance Keiko holds for him. With her now tied up with Botan and both of them on the run from the Maikachu bugs, her life is definitely in danger. So when Yusuke finally confronts him, Suzaku brings that picture up to show him, which gets him in the right mood to make some mistakes. The result is that out of the three episodes on this disc, 95% of it is spent with the battle between Yusuke and Suzaku. It’s a fun little spirited one, with each side pulling a new trick out of their hat as it goes along. But it also makes for very little to talk about since it’s mostly fight sequences. The most important thing that comes out of this is the changed relationship between Yusuke and Keiko, and one that’s for the better.

These episodes were decent, but much like the previous volume, I couldn’t wait for this arc to be over. It wasn’t bad, but it felt like it just dragged way too much for my tastes. Hopefully things will pick up a bit better and we’ll back off from three-episode long fight sequences.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Yama's Notebook,Character Profiles,Textless Opening/Ending

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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