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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: 24.98
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu Yu Hakusho Vol. #30: King Urameshi

By Chris Beveridge     April 15, 2005
Release Date: April 19, 2005

Yu Yu Hakusho Vol. #30: King Urameshi
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.

What They Say
As Raizen’s dominion comes to an end, a new era dawns. Former Spirit Detective Yusuke Urameshi now sits at the throne ruling over one third of Demon World. He now bears the incredible burden of maintaining a tenuous peace.

But Yomi and Mukuro also know of Raizen’s passing. As they prepare for a final showdown with Yusuke and his army, they are presented with an unheard of offer: A tournament to decide the next ruler of Demon World!

The Review!
With the Demon Realm ready for war, Yusuke comes up with a plan to make sure everything works out the only way his small brain can figure out.

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 in the menus.

There's a gray border around the artwork on the front of the package here, this time a decent looking piece that has a large shot of Raizen in the background that fills up pretty much the entire image while a wounded and ticked off Yusuke is in the foreground. 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. No insert was included in this release.

The menu layout maintains its letterbox feel but places text in the letterbox sections such as the volume title and selections along the bottom. Some static artwork from the show is through the center along with the name of the current arc. 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 are roughly the same kind as the previous volumes, 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 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 the like.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Yu Yu Hakusho sets the stage for the last round of episodes that are coming up now that Raizen has fallen by going to Yomi's land and confronting him directly. With just two more volumes to go after this, there isn't all that much left but there is a lot of material to get through before things can be considered finally resolved and with complete closure.

The meeting of Yomi and Yusuke is an amusing one at first, particularly since Yusuke simply shouts across the canyon after hearing that Yomi's heightened senses have been rumored to allow him to her anything in his country. When the two meet in person, Yusuke comes across much as he does when he deals with anyone else by just being his blunt self and saying what he wants. When he reveals that he's not qualified to run his fathers kingdom, it's something completely unexpected. What he has in plan instead manages to surprise Yomi and Mukuro as well as she and Hiei are listening from a distance.

Unveiling what he has in his bag, his companion is shocked to see that he's brought all of the precious jewels of a particular kind here. Even worse, he's scrawled numbers into all of them. Yusuke explains that the only way to properly handle the situation of having the three kingdoms with one now almost dissolved due to Raizen's death is to have Yomi and Mukuro dissolve their kingdoms as well and have everyone enter a tournament to determine who the strongest in the Demon Realm really is now and that one person will hold sway over everyone, thereby eliminating the triangle of power that was set up that slowed down things and kept them all in check. This comes as a surprise to everyone but even more surprising is that both Yomi and Mukuro agree to it.

This harkens back to the Dark Tournament time as we even get the same catgirl announcer involved. With just under seven thousand people participating, the tournament is broken up into 128 blocks of 49 participants just for the preliminaries, and only one person from each block can move forward. This has each block placed on a high up plant that has a landscape on top of it and they all go at each other. With Yomi and Mukuro involved as well, it doesn't take long to whittle away at the numbers and we get some fun but brief fighting sequences as every struts and poses about. It's fun going back to the tournament format this time since I know it can't last more than two volumes unlike any tournament style event earlier in the show.

Though we don't get all our familiar faces back, a few more show up in these episodes in addition to those we gained in the last volume that does help make it feel more like what it used to be. I'm still missing Kuwabara and family quite a lot from this arc and his not being here has definitely changed the level and style of humor to things. Yusuke's making up for it though with his style and keeping things going nicely.

In Summary:
At this point I had really wished that the release would have gone on a monthly schedule because we're at the end and it's just something where we're so close that we can almost taste it. These episodes get things underway for the final tournament of the series and the setup that Yusuke has created for it is spot on and should lead to an interesting resolution for how the Demon Realm will progress in the future. While there are no perfect fights here, there are some really good shorter battles that get the juices flowing in anticipation of what's to come.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Yama's Notebook,Character Profiles,Textless Opening
Textless Ending

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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