(I’ve gotten past the part where I stopped reading in Shounen Jump now. The phallic stadium is completely new to me!)
“The Ankoku Bujutsukai. The evilest people who run rampant in the dark spheres organize an annual tournament where they bet on teams fighting each other for the occasion.”
“You’re going to become a simple foetus!! And I’ll crush your head!!”
“Now is time to finnish this fight! You’ve made me very angry!!”
“Usually, armor is for the protection of the one wearing it. Mine is a bit different. I wear it in order to control my power. It’s a terrible power that I can’t even control.”
“Aaaaaahhhh!!! What the —- !? The power is acting like acid!!! See — we’re melting!!”
“It looks like a lot of flowers are flying around as if to protect Kurama! But… Karasu doesn’t seem bothered by them at all!!”
(Otherwise-immobilized Kurama attacks opponent with his hair.)
Opponent: What… With his hair!?
Kurama: Sorry. I can also use my hair.
I swear to god, Kurama is the most exploitive shounen-manga bishounen ever. He gestures dramatically with roses, and attacks people with his lovely long hair, and sometimes wears a cheongsam, and (spoilers up to volume 13 under the cut) loves his Mommy, and is magically sensitive to Hiei’s pain, and attempts to self-destruct regularly, and the bad guys all do sexy-talk at him and play with his hair and hurt his face, and sometimes he transforms into his True Form, which has fluffy fox ears. I’m waiting with bated breath for the part where he has flashbacks to being bullied as a child, while coming to the horrified understanding that he will be forced to fight a duel to the death with the the kind older boy who protected him. He is hilarious.
Oh, at one point he fights a guy by means of vagina dentata flowers. In the phallic stadium! (That image is NWS, incidentally.)
My favorites are Genkai and Kuwabara. And guess which two major characters got the fake-out deaths? (Though I’m pretty sure Genkai wasn’t originally meant to be a fake-out – it was way too built-up, and her resurrection too rushed. Her various undead shenanigans and return don’t really ameliorate my resentment to Genkai-in-the-Refridgerator as a plot device. Or Genkai-in-Love-With-the-Psychopath-Who-Killed-Her.)