Re: Is Yu Yu Hakusho overrated?
Voted overrated, though I as well hold Yu Yu Hakusho in high regards. I pretty much agree with all the points you covered with each arc. What Yu Yu Hakusho does well is providing a story that drives on its own, that isn't to say it was predictable, but it was written in a manner that maintained your attention, even during the Chapter Black and Three Kings arc.
Chapter Black was the introduction to wacky power ups, though Togashi does a decent job with it by pinning Yuremeshi's demonic power to a demon ancestor (which kinda seemed randomly added), and sketchy plot lines; like the introduction of yet another spirit detective.
The Three Kings arc pretty much picks up after Chapter Black in the same regards of random power ups and sketchy and rushed plots. The ending to this arc was also a "why the fuck did everything end like this?"
Even though I have my complaints about this series it still isn't bad per-say (this includes the Chapter Black and Three King arcs). Togashi still managed to create decent stories with great plots and generating a feeling of all the arcs being well put together. That to me is a good selling point and it is probably the reason why some re-watch/read this series multiple times. Yu Yu Hakusho has a lasting appeal unlike some of the newer series which is probably why we tend to overrate it.
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