[Spoilers][Rewatch] FINAL Yu Yu Hakusho Episode Discussion : anime
I didn't get Hiei being in a romantic type of love when watching their relationship on screen. Though Hiei and Mukuro are kindred spirits, what I saw wasn't. However, considering that it IS Hiei we're talking about, that's a feat. . I honestly think that Hiei and Mukuro have a close relationship since. The most understated pairing in YYH is Kazuma Kuwabara and Yusuke HoYay · Laconic · Manga · NightmareFuel · Pantheon · Quotes · TearJerker . One thing you will notice is that they hint towards Hiei and Mukuro only in the With Kurama and Kuwabara the story focuses on the two as a mentor-student relationship.
Like there is another one of them that exists and that can relate to them because they are, in essence, the same. This is the kind of relationship that goes way beyond romance or even friendship. This is a completely different kind of relationship than that between family, even twins.
Though the relationship between identical twins is likely the closest comparison that can be made. While they may not look alike physically, in every other way, they see themselves in each other. And because of that, they are able to accept themselves as they are and push forward and find a purpose together. Hiei and Mukuro are able to relate on that level.
Which is why they were able to help each other. So the kind of relationship they have goes beyond anything conventional. It goes far beyond love or friendship or even familial care.
You need to learn to accept yourself in order to live with yourself.
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But not quite, since they are actually different people. But because they are so similar and united in their pasts and have helped each other overcome them, they can lean on each other and learn to accept and live with themselves together.
They are like the same side of the same coin. Not Yin and Yang, but rather both of them Yin. Struggling against each other is like struggling against themselves. When Mukuro told Hiei not to make it his purpose in life to defeat her because that would be sad, she meant that making it his purpose in life to defeat and destroy his past and himself would be sad.
When Hiei said he would never fight her again, he meant that he had made peace with himself and would no longer fight against himself again. They were both content at the end of the battle because through making peace with each other in that fight, they were making peace with themselves.
What they said to each other was what they were saying to themselves. They were each being the inner voices for each other. They were only saying to each other what the other was thinking about themselves in their heart of hearts but were never able to admit to themselves.
By doing so, they forced themselves to face their deepest fears and insecurities through each other. They really are just like another part of each other. More acknowledged is Hiei and Kurama.
Though both tend to be introverts on the show, Kurama is the only one that Hiei appears to trust completely, even showing up at Kurama's human home more often than not. Also, Kurama thinks to himself when they're fighting Sensui that "This might be the first time Hiei has ever been willing to die for anyone other than himself". This is actually untrue because when Kurama was knocked out after his fight with Touya, Hiei almost released the Dragon of the Darkness Flame whenever Kurama was being thrown around while unconscious even though it meant that he would die at the time since he hadn't mastered it yet.
Kurama was unconscious so he never knew he was about to do that. One is rarely seen without the other, and there is promotional art for the series where Kurama is hugging Hiei the fact that he can do this and live says something right there and one where he has his arm around him in a very possessive manner. Most of the official art shows Hiei and Kurama together. One thing you will notice is that they hint towards Hiei and Mukuro only in the anime. The whole scene with Hiei falling into Mukuro's arms never happened in the manga.
Neither did the scene where Kurama tells Hiei he's not interested in him. It's rumored these were added to ward off suspicions of them being together. When asked if Kurama and Hiei were an Official CoupleTogashi said that he hadn't intended them to be but in retrospect, he could have easily done it. Yusuke touches Kurama a lot and Kurama never seems to mind. He also has the most obvious, freaked-out reaction during the Dark Tournament in battles whenever Kurama's Batman Gambit fails and his life is at risk.
Yes, he was even willing to kill and get his whole team disqualified if one opponent didn't back off torturing an unconscious Kurama. After the fights, Yusuke is the one to help Kurama out of the ring. Including at one point, a bridal carry. At the end of the Sensui Arc after Yusuke has revived with his demon side, he goes to Kurama to get his hair cut back to normal.
It's also when Yusuke gets involved in the demon tournament and meets with Yomi that Kurama switches sides. Keep in mind, Kurama has known Yomi for far longer than Yusuke has even been alive, and yet in their short time together Kurama is convinced that Yusuke is a better person to side with than Yomi.
Going by Japanese folklore on kitsunes, thanks to Yusuke sparing Kurama's life, Kurama now owes him a life debt. Which also can explain a lot of Kurama's loyalty to the other.
If you pay attention, Kurama is actually the one Yusuke is nicest toward while being bad tempered with everyone else and even when he does yell at Kurama, he cuts down on the foul mouth. He also seemed a little too worried with how Kurama was feeling after killing Amanuma.
With Kurama and Kuwabara the story focuses on the two as a mentor-student relationship. Kurama is a kind and patient teacher, who listens to the questions and concerns Kuwabara has; making sure to dish out the most honest, frank advice he can give so Kuwabara can improve. Yusuke and Hiei by contrast show far more annoyance towards Kuwabara and dismiss him constantly.
Whenever there are group meetings Kurama and Kuwabara are usually already seen hanging out together before any of the others arrive. Of particular note they're the first two people to join up for the trip to Genkai's estate in the finale of the Anime, and they spend the whole day talking about their past adventures in very nostalgic tones.
If you need any further proof of how much Kurama values Kuwabara's friendship you'll notice that Kuwabara is the only one of Kurama's 3 closest friends that attended his mother's wedding to his step father mind you Yusuke and Hiei had important matters to attend to in Demon World, but it's still very telling. Let us not forget that time everyone thought Kurama was Kuwabara's girlfriend.
Sure, it's a jab at the poor guy's appearance but the fact that they even think they're a couple should give you an idea of how friendly the two look around each other. The incident starts when Kuwabara's college school mates say hello to Kuwabara, and upon seeing Kurama their first and dominant thought is if Kuwabara has a girlfriend now. Kuwabara awkwardly defends Kurama's masculinity by saying he has delicate features The Manga shows Kuwabara react in terror to Kurama's unseen, but obviously furious expression, and tries to quell his rage.
When the college girls walk off Kurama reads their minds, and they're still not convinced he's not Kuwabara's girlfriend. The Anime however has Kurama laugh it off. Also, if we look to Japanese folklore kitsune were largely gender neutral beings thanks to their shape shifting powers. Many stories even had male foxes nonchalantly shape shift into human females to pursue relationships with men, with no concern to gender norms.
During the Dark Tournament arc an injured Kuwabara fights the leader of the Ninja Team with his Life Energy, fully intending to die so his team mates could win the match.
Before charging into this course of action he faces his team mates and confesses how he feels about them. He tells Hiei that he forgives him for all the insults, saying that he knows he's a good guy under all that bravado.
With Yusuke his thoughts are leaning in the direction that they're best friends but he's too embarrassed to articulate it. When he turns to Kurama however Kuwabara says that he appreciates all he taught him and that he's never met anyone more caring than the fox demon which in light of Kurama's self-worth issues, and whether he's deserving of the kindness he's been shown is very important for him to hear.
When Kurama is worried about Yusuke during his battle with Yomi, he has a flashback to something Kuwabara said and it brings him comfort.
He then smiles and stands back content that everything will be alright. Kurama and Kuwabara are also natural partners in crime. They both enjoy jerking Yusuke's chain and a couple of times they gang up on him to do it, such as when they try to convince him Keiko was killed by Suzaku.
During the Makai Tournament in the anime, Kurama briefly muses on his three friends. His mental image of Hiei shows them facing each other, but not making eye contact and his mental image of Yusuke is of them smiling at each other while Yusuke helps him out of the ring at the Dark Tournament.
His mental image of Kuwabara, for comparison, comes last, and it shows Kuwabara laughing with his arm tight around Kurama's shoulders, while Kurama grins. For added amusement, try not to laugh at Kuwabara's unfortunate choice of words when he refers to Kurama's fox demon form. He calls Kurama "foxy". He's obviously thinking in literal terms, since Kurama has a fox tail and ears in that form, but foxy is something you usually say to a beautiful woman.
Making it even funnier, is that Kuwabara's dialogue makes it sound like he's referring to Kurama's "old foxy self" like it were a makeover. Kuwabara also has no sense of personal space where Kurama is concerned. When he wants to to talk to him, he puts an arm around his shoulders and leans in very close.
And Kurama is utterly unfazed by it. Their friendship is just a lot more friendly than the others', they probably tease and aggravate each other the least. Though it does happen occasionally.