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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. #12: The Rising Storm

By Chris Beveridge     May 02, 2003
Release Date: March 04, 2003

Yu Yu Hakusho Vol. #12: The Rising Storm
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.

What They Say
Yusuke's adversary in the third round of the Dark Tournament wants to prove he is more that hot air; his name is Jin, commander of the furious power of wind! At another time, in another place, these rivals could be the closest of allies. But both realize that to secure their survival, one must fall victim in this no holds barred super battle!

With his team battered and broken, Yusuke must attempt the awesome Spirit Wave, a technique never fully mastered! One false move means certain doom, but the verdict of the corrupt tournament committee could prove to be a fate far worse than death!

Contains Episodes 40-42.

The Review!
The Team Masho round comes to it’s conclusion here, but not without some of the best moments of the series so far.

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.

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.

There’s a gray border around the artwork on the front of the package here, which has the good image of Yusuke, Kurama and Kuwabara all kicking serious ass. 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.

The menu here retains the widescreen feel as well as the match-progress boxes to contain the selections while they use the imagery underneath of the arena itself and the crowds watching it. 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.

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. 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 Kurama fully out of the fight now, things are all up to Yusuke. He managed to have a good spot of fun in the previous episode, but now it’s all going towards the final two opponents of Team Masho.

Yusuke’s primary opponent is Jin, the air master of the group. Both he and Yusuke approach their fight with the right attitude after they both walk around each other sizing things up. With a smirk out of each of them, they realize that this fight is going to be different, it’s going to be something that they’re going to enjoy. With that knowledge and a quick quip, they leap into action and provide a great mix of aerial and ground fights.

Jin proves to be quite the challenge for Yusuke, since once he’s able to land a really good hit on him, Jin just has to fly up a bit and recover. And the rules don’t count that as being out of the ring since he’s not touching anything up there. Their fight is one of the better sequences along this long road since both opponents are just so into what they’re doing and without any of the venom about it.

The opposite can be said when it comes to their leader, Risho. This refuge from the Jinnai house of style manages to convince his team manager to effectively cheat and win without fighting Yusuke at all. By placing Yusuke in a draw contest with Jin, and the others all injured, they’ve effectively sealed up the match. With nobody able to fight, Team Masho leads the way out of the round. Well, they would, but Kuwabara proves why he simply is the best character of this group. As Hiei and Yusuke are ready to just go wild and kick as much ass as possible, he reminds them of why they’re there and gets back into the ring, even though he’s essentially ready to crumble.

The final episode here of this round provides a lot of great scenes for Kuwabara, especially as Yukina makes her return to the show. The secondary cast manages to pull off some really good moments as they try to deal with the tournament security folks. Particularly with Kuwabara’s sister and Toguro’s team manager, when they cross paths again and we get the simply beautiful moment of the two of them standing there in silence for a moment and then each of them lighting up a cigarette.

While this volume brings round three to an end, there’s plenty more to go and I’m still primed for it. Excellent stuff, though it’s hard to grade the content higher due to the way it’s played out. With only three episodes here, the disc goes by far too quickly and leaves us wanting more. More!

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Character Profiles,Textless Opening,Textless Endings,Yama's Notebook

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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