Special included in the 25th anniversary Blu-ray box set.
The special will cover the "Two Shot" bonus chapter from the manga's seventh volume, which tells the story of how Kurama and Hiei met, as well as the manga's penultimate chapter "All or Nothing." which shows the main characters reuniting to solve a hostage crisis in the spirit world.
It's kinda unfair to try and score both animations at the same time cause they are really different in many ways. I watched those episodes in the Japan Anime Festival and the difference between an original story (noruka soruka), from the story Togashi has written years ago (two shots) is huge! While Two Shots was perfectly produced and based on the manga - a 30 or so minutes animation with great visuals, historical development and good usage of the original anime’s soundtrack - the other one just feels like an improvised story made in a hurry to fill the lack of Yusuke and Kuwahara in
Two Shots. BTW, it really is something like that! The director Abe said in the event that if they had released only Two Shots, the public would be sad for not seeing the other characters, so having two new episodes in the new Box Set would be a great attractive and that’s the way they decided to create an original story just to show the other characters and it’s main special abilities, resulting in Reigun and Kokuryuha being used in minions, but hey.. it’s YuYu’s new episodes so, why would I be any mad about it :P I'll score this one based on Two Shots!
I grew up watching Yu Yu Hakusho and I'm kinda protective of what could have been of the show in its special, but I'm happy with the results, overall.
The first OVA is a prequel to the anime, showing when Hiei and Kurama first met. I think this was in the manga, showing a girl that Kurama met in junior high. Being the first thing to watch, all hyped that I was, it was a bit boring, cliché and hushed (the episode is very short), the final battle is a bit dumb too but it was good seeing the boiis again.
The second one is a
sequel to the events of the last tournment, with the complete Urameshi Team. It was fun, had lots of characters in such a small screen time and lots of good nostalgia. The ending was a bit too much for the simply plot of the episode, but that's also ok.
I think YYH looks way better hand drawn, but I didn't have any problem with this digital era service on it. Watch it if you like the original show, it will definetly be a good nostalgia experience!
It is unfair to rate this special if you don't consider everything else, so I couldn't give it a low score because Yuu Yuu Hakusho is one of my all time favourites.
Both episodes are well animated and drawn, the first episode is okay to put in context Hiei's and Kurama's alliance, specially when Hiei points out in the anime's beginning how fearsome Kurama is despite his looks, the second one felt like a filler, it is okay but at least we got to see our favourite characters again.
The worst part is that we get that nostalgia feeling and we want to see more, it would
e great to see more, but the anime ended perfectly and I wouldn't want to spoil that either. Anyway, I'll bear the pain and for this 25th year anniversary I can only say
(I really don't want to write a long review here, I'm just writing because I felt like I need to say something about this two-part OVAs)
It would be quite fucked up for me if I said that I loved everything about it except for the story and rate it 7, and I'll.
Jokes aside, I don't want to focus on the bad sides, seriously. I didn't expected those to be masterpieces and the stories worked fairly well considering the short runtime. I mean, the best shonen of all time just came back from the dead after 20 years for two, not one, but two specials. This
is not something you see everyday and I'm really glad this happened.
The animation looks gorgeous, fluid and colorful. Hearing all those characters again feels really lovely. The joy on the cast's voices are undeniable.
And of course, the best aspect: the soundtrack. They kept the same soundtrack from the anime and that just killed me. It felt incredibly good to hear all those tracks again.
They tried really hard for a fan service but you know what? This is the first time that I don't give a flying fuck about that. I loved those really on your nose induced nostalgia trips, specially the fight in All or Nothing.