The Edit List
Yu Yu Hakusho 43 & 44

by Mike Majeski, Sep 20th 2003
43. The Masked Fighter Revealed

1. In Recap – Close-up of Kurama changed to another shot of him with Yusuke in the background (where Kurama doesn't look as injured)

2. In Recap – Shot of Yusuke poking Kayko's butt replaced with a close-up of Kayko

3. In Recap – Shot of Yusuke getting up after Kayko slaps him replace with Yusuke giving Kayko the thumbs up.

4. Yusuke's “Damn it! Don't do that! We're still not used to you being at eye level.” changed to “Darn it! Don't do that! We're still not used to you being at eye level.”

5. Yusuke's reflection “Anyway, it can't look as funny as these two dumb-asses think.” changed to “Anyway, it can't look as funny as these two lame-o's think” about how his spirit beast looks

6. Shizuru's cigarette removed (once again)

7. Yusuke's “I'll say the little booger's got my hair. He's got it right between his retarded claws and he ain't letting go... ” changed to “I'll say the little booger's got my hair. He's got it right between his stupid claws and he ain't letting go... ”

8. When the first Gokkai 6 fighter falls, the blood on his face is removed

9. Shot of the second Gokkai 6 fighter getting split in half (length-wise) – CUT

10. NOT AN EDIT – one of the halves of the previous fighter falls in front of the third Gokkai 6 fighter

11. Yusuke's “It's just a puberty thing okay?” changed to “I don't want to talk about it,” in response to Hiei asking him what the ridiculous appendage growing out of his head.

12. Yusuke's “I'm just saying it's not that big of a deal, Kuwabara, and us bitching about it isn't gonna help.” changed to “I'm just saying it's not that big of a deal, Kuwabara, and us whining about it isn't gonna help” about Toguro and how he just now noticed their energy.

13. Yusuke's “Arrogant little prick, don't you think?” changed to “Arrogant little jerk, don't you think” about Shishiwakamaru

14. Yusuke's “Where the hell are you going?” changed to “Where the heck are you going?” to the Masked Fighter/Genkai, as she leads him off into the woods.

15. In the scene between Toguro and Sakyo, Sakyo's Cigarette is removed

16. Genkai's “Don't make me slap you upside the head! Just shoot the damn thing.” changed to “Don't make me slap you upside the head! Just shoot the dumb thing.” Telling Yusuke to shoot a large rock with his Spirit Gun.

17. Genkai's “Gladly, you patronizing jackass.” changed to “Gladly, you patronizing moron.” To Yusuke

18. In Preview – Shots of Yusuke with blood squirting out of various points of his body replaced with shot of Yusuke cringing in pain.

19. ENDING TITLES - Second ED replaced with the first ED.




44. Yusuke's Final Test

1. Genkai's “I know your crabby-ass jokes are your way of admitting I'm far more powerful than you.” changed to “I know your crabby old jokes are your way of admitting I'm far more powerful than you.”

2. Genkai's “And why the hell should that bother me? I for one never had the urge to invent a purpose for my abilities... No heroics crap.” changed to “And why the heck should that bother me? I for one never had the urge to invent a purpose for my abilities... No heroics bull.” Talking to Yusuke about the fact that she couldn't take Toguro, and why.

3. Yusuke's “Just give me the damn test.” changed to “Just give me the stupid test.” To Genkai about starting the final test.

4. In Flashback - Genkai's “Half-assed” changed to “Half-hearted” about how Yusuke was taking his training.

5. Shizuru's cigarette is removed.

6. Shizuru's “That's right baby brother, it might be your last night in the living... Enjoy yourself— I won't tell Mom if you drink your first beer.” changed to “That's right baby brother, it might be your last night in the living... Enjoy yourself— I won't tell if you stay up past your bedtime.” Teasing Kuwabara.

7. Yusuke's “Stupid fossil! I can't believe I said all that touchy-feely crap for nothin'!” changed to “Stupid fossil! I can't believe I said all that touchy-feely stuff for nothin'!” when he was thinking about how he had made the nice speech, about not wanting to go through the test if it required killing his teacher, for nothing

8. Yusuke's “Well hell, if it's gonna be that exciting, I might as well order two of them.” changed to “Well now, if it's gonna be that exciting, I might as well order two of them.” in a wee bit of bravado about taking on the final test and all of it's hardships.

9. Shot where, after taking the Spirit Wave Orb, Yusuke staggers and blood squirts out of his forehead – CUT.

10. NOT AN EDIT – Shot of Yusuke bending over in agony, blood is on his face and arms

11. Continuation of the above shot. As Yusuke bends over further, blood squirts out of the back of his neck – CUT.

12. Yusuke's “Damn you, Genkai!” changed to “Darn you, Genkai!” cursing Genkai about the pain he's currently in.

13. In shot (in #12) blood squirting from either of Yusuke's legs and arm – Removed... But the blood on his arm is still visible.

14. NOT AN EDIT – Shot of Yusuke kneeling, with Genkai in the background. (And also in #12 & 13) the blood on arm is still present.

15. Shot of Yusuke coughing up blood – CUT.

16. Close-up shot of blood dripping on the arena floor – CUT.

17. Makintaro's “What's wrong? Did we have a little accident in our trousers?” – CUT.

18. Hiei's “Your whole nervous system... It leaves much to be desired.” – CUT.

19. Makintaro's “ What are you talking about— my ‘nervous system’!” – CUT.

20. As Hiei holds up Makintaro's severed arm, the blood dripping from it has been removed.

21. Close-up shot of Makintaro's severed arm – CUT.

22. As Makintaro looks at his stump... scene cut just before blood squirts out.

23. Shots of Makintaro's reaction to his shortened arm and then dancing around hold what's left of his arm as blood sprays all over the place – CUT. (I tried to resist saying he was dis-armed... opps... sorry... I guess resistance was futile)

24. Hiei's “You're lucky I'm generous.” Then walks away. Tossing the severed arm to Juri, where she holds it for a second then freaks out and tosses it away – CUT.

25. Shot of Makintaro, pulling out to reveal Hiei on his back – CUT.

26. Hiei's “Your eyes are rather slow.” – CUT

27. Close-up shot of Makintaro's face as Hiei's sword penetrates his head, the sword visible in his mouth and below his chin, and the gushing of blood after – CUT.

28. Re-organization of shots – 1) Hiei jumping off Makintaro's back just before he collapses, 2) Crowd Reaction 3) Kuwabara's reaction of “gross!” 4) and Shishiwakamaru's reaction CHANGED TO 1) Crowd Reaction, 2) Kuwabara's Reaction, 3) Shishiwakamaru's reaction, and then 4) Hiei jumping off Makintaro's back just before he collapses.

29. In the shot of Hiei jumping off of Makintaro's back, His sword is removed from Makintaro's head and all traces of blood were removed.

30. Koto's “Hiei wins in under a minute, getting bonus points in my book for both skull piercing and amputation!” – CUT.

31. Juri's “And that means it's time for match two!” – CUT.

32. In Preview – Shot of Kuro Momotaro crushing one Steam Orb is replaced with a shot of him pulling one of the orbs out of his belt.

33. In Preview – Shot of Kuro Momotaro holding a Steam Orb (his arm is also bleeding) replaced with a close-up of Hiei

34. ENDING TITLES - Second ED replaced with the first ED.



Now, you probably noticed something in Yusuke's final test. The censor removed all traces a blood squirting out of Yusuke, but leave all traces of blood just sitting on his skin. I can only assume why that is. My guess is that since Yusuke is being portrayed in reds and oranges (To symbolize the agony he's going through) that the blood shown on his skin is camouflaged. All I know is that Yusuke is going to lose a lot of blood during this test, and this is probably not going to be the only case like this.

The re-organization of shots (#28) seems to be done because of the removal of the graphic shot of Hiei piercing Makintaro's skull with his sword. Not much else is accomplished by it. (other than the fact that I originally thought that certain shots where cut)

And one of the more confusing edits has to be in the preview. Were those shots replaced because Koro Momotaro's arm was bleeding? Wouldn't it have been easier to just CG it out (like they've done so many times before)?

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