[Spoilers][Rewatch] Yu Yu Hakusho Episode 43 Discussion : anime
Relationships. His love for Genkai has long since soured in the bitterness of his life. Quote: “The only way to atone was to never be vulnerable again. Perhaps . Oct 11, Before that, Genkai approaches Toguro and talk about his actions in the Dark Tournament, where she reveals that she considers Yusuke as. SPOILER ALERT!!! Anyhoo, Do you think Toguro actually had feelings for Genkai ? It was obvious from the flashbacks that he was obsessed.
Again, this is far more Western-oriented than Eastern. Yusuke rejects getting stronger in favor of mortality.
Toguro even visits Genkai briefly in the Spirit World and he opts to be punished as opposed to going to a place of paradise. He believes he should be punished for his past and repent. After the resurrection, he was obligated to do as he was told to repay a debt, then he combined his newfound powers and sense of justice with his old life — his street fighting ways in the Dark Tournament.
However, having completed both those stages, the question becomes: What do I do now?
Without detective work or personal vendettas, the human world has grown stale for our protagonist. Yusuke questions his role as a protector of his friends since they have nothing to be protected against. He struggles with that too, since he knows there are plenty of demons about. From every villain in the first arc being cocky like Yusuke, to Toguro being the projected father-figure and what Yusuke wants to become, this arc features the opposite side in Sensui.
We have the previous spirit detective, a full human who excelled in every aspect of his life. A human who never faced his own mortality, because he never died like Yusuke. Killing demons did not come across as murder to Sensui, his detachment from it is exactly what results in his meltdown. Sensui splits into 7 personalities as a result of his world flipping upside down.
His head runs rampant with being akin to the people who would torture creatures this way and he saw how that was reflected in himself, having murdered previously without so much as a thought. He witnesses all the evils of the world — throughout history — in one sitting. By showing others, he recruits followers. So his newfound purpose is to tear down that wall. Yusuke grew up on the opposite side of the tracks.
He was never good at much of anything and never saw the good in anyone. He grew up believing the world inherently bad — as Sensui sees it now — and it was only in facing death — which Sensui never did — did Yusuke see the good. Yusuke treats others the way he wants to be treated. Yusuke is, in effect, the most unselfish person there is. When Genkai dies and Kuwabara sorta dies-ishYusuke blames himself for being unable to protect them.
The only time you ever see Hiei laugh. By facing Sensui, Yusuke actually treasures where he came from and appreciates his standing in life. Sensui had the best life imaginable and he was unable to recover from the shock of the real world, but Yusuke managed to find joy and success after being at rock bottom. However, when the two finally face off… Yusuke loses.
Yusuke is simply not strong enough, so like Sensui, he decides to splinter himself, but instead of different personalities, he invests his morals and values into his three friends. Kuwabara is very outspoken about his emotions and is always trying to prove something for himself and others. Kuwabara wants to protect the people he loves and fears disappointing them. Wake me for the end of the world.
This is exemplified in how Hiei sacrifices his arm to win a match in the Dark Tournament, and sacrificed his entire net worth in spirit energy to keep his sister safe. Kurama was a demon, living in demon world. He was a notorious thief and was a name to be feared. He actually cared about his mother. With a character like Kurama, who is so calculating anyway, to experience life as a human, he truly gets a taste for both sides and finds the human side — dare I say — better.
Kurama is perhaps the most similar then to Yusuke, not only in containing half-human and half-demon blood, but also in growing up on the bad side and moving towards the good.
Yusuke goes to Demon World and fights Sensui. But once again this is where the Western-interpretation resounds more prominently than the Eastern values. Although his ancestor gave him unlimited strength, Yusuke, once again, rejects it. As Sensui felt limitless guilt for killing demons, he feels that Yusuke is justified in defeating him. And although, Sensui was by no means a hero towards the end, he does repent like a cowboy, believing to die for his previous misdeeds.
And while Togashi may have just made up the backstory at this point, it serves the betterment of the anime, since Cook saw the whole series 3 times before putting pen to paper, so it never feels inconsistent. Each character is given detailed backstories that help establish where they come from with the exception of Kuwabara who is sorely missed. Yusuke finally gets a father figure who is a full-blooded demon.
He had the half-demon, Toguro and the all human in Sensui, so now he gets the all-demon, bona fide dad. Why do I exist? With that in mind, Yusuke approaches the remaining two kings of the demon world and entirely reworks their government system through a tournament, but hey.
What am I still doing here? He has only ever fought on behalf of the ones he loves, to protect them from harm. People like the democracy. The wall between the two worlds is evaporated and you can bet Yusuke makes good on his word to Keiko. He used the Jagan to look for the immense demon energy inside of his gem but still couldn't find it, Yukina however still had hers on her but swallowed it to prevent Tarukane from taking it Hiei couldn't find his because his was in a similar place.
After going to the village and learning his sister's name he was either able to find her because knowing her name allowed him to see her with his eye, because after learning her name he was able to remember what her energy felt like although unlikely he would forget given what he remembered so he would have been able to tell she was not in the village if he knew what it felt likeor my favorite and in my opinion the best reason: The anime makes it seem like "Youko Kurama" is a name, when "youko" literally translates to "demon fox".
Kurama is his demon name, Shuichi is his human name. Also they make Kurama This is also wrong, he doesn't have two personalities. He has one, and only one identity. How else would he have been aware of his past and his powers if he wasn't fully conscious when he took over the human's body?
This is a Dub-Induced Plot Holefor the most part. I guess the dubbers thought that Kurama didn't become the mask ultimately for some reason maybe Rule of Cool? It may have been intended to be metaphorical, rather than literal separate aspects. As Kurama is not wholly demon nor wholly human anymore, it may be that thinks of his composite pieces of "Kurama" and "Suichi" as still retaining some degree of distinctness.
The enormous walking plot hole that is Kaito. For those who forget,Yu Kaito is one of the humans with territories. His involves word taboos; those who violate them have their souls sucked out. This is pretty powerful when you take into consideration Kaito is easily the second-smartest character smartest when it comes to literary related itemshowever it easily makes him the most powerful person in the series when you learn it also prevents ALL violence from him and others, not counting his taboo and the word taboo can be changed whenever he damn well pleases.
The sheer amount of versatility this ability has is mind boggling. Why Yusuke and Co. This is taken to even further measures when you realize they usually leave him behind for fear he would get hurt, if anything you would want him with you at all times. Even if he couldn't move while maintaining his taboo he can, and does you could simply have him stop and set it up to provide a safe haven or bar a passage. He even survives the arc and in fact is not only an active participant, but is arguably the most important secondary character in the entire series—they would have never beaten the Gamer King with out him.
It just stuns me that he was written in his current form, his ability is so powerful that even the author tried to get rid of it, every single character seems to forget he can do anything other than word problems the moment he is defeated by playing on his pride and using a trick no less. Maybe there is some setup involved in making his territory. Kaitou is pretty powerful, but he's kind of in the same boat as Kuwabara: It could be many things, such as the above "set-up time" idea.
It could also be that his territory is not as unbreakable as initially demonstrated, certain forms of demon energy might be able to counter it such as Kuwabara's dimensional sword, possibly even Sensui's sacred energy and it was largely to show the territories as a new aspect of spiritual powers. As well, the guy couldn't change the rules on a whim and was subject to his own conditions. There's two reasons I can think of. Near the end of series, the main cast was seriously strapped for time.
Kaito's powers, while useful, would probably hurt them more than it would help. And in the final arc, I doubt the big bad demons would have taken kindly to a human walking around. Kuwabara only went in because it looked like the world was gonna end.
Plus, he's not exactly invulnerable outside his territory. A guy like Sniper or even someone fast enough could kill him off early, once they know to avoid him. There's also no reason for him to risk his life on the demon realm. Could be for many reasons. His territory restricts all violence, which means they actually wouldn't be able to do anything to Sensui if they were inside, so he could just wait out until the passage is opened.
Also, Kaito mentions that his territory is about 10m in range and anyone can come in and out as they please. It only works at the beginning of the arc because the guys had Yusuke hostage and were giving precise instructions not to get out of the room.
Finally, it appears that his territory only restricts violence from those in the inside, which probably means that if Sensui wanted to kill him, he could probably just fire an energy ball from outside the territory.
It's heavily implied there's a start-up time. Remember, when the gang enter the house Kaito's in, as well as when he and Kurama begin their game, he drafts up a rhyming notice explaining the nature of the Taboo.
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Additionally, it's unknown if his prohibition on violence affects the physics on his territory, or the people within his territory. Am I the only one who thinks Yusuke's mom and Kuwabara's sister look and sound similar?
Also, have they been in the same room together? I have mistaken Shizuru for Atsuko a few times. They really are drawn too similarly. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to recall Atsuko going with the other girls to the Dark Tournament in the manga instead of Shizuru.
Both Atsuko and Shizuru went to the Dark Tournament in the manga. Atsuko even appears with the others in the anime opening, but she was left out of the actual arc for some reason. The first few times I saw her I thought she was his mom. In the anime at least, they were briefly seen in the same room. Remember when Shizuru and Kayko corner Botan and make her tell them where the boys have gone, i. Atsuko is seen passed out on the floor.
I'm so glad someone brought this up! The first time I saw the anime, I missed the episodes in between the Toguro brothers throwing their first fight, and the start of the Dark Tournament. For a long time I thought Shizuru really was Yusuke's mom, and the series had entered some weird parallel dimension where she wasn't an alcoholic, and Kuwabara was Yusuke's uncle.
I know he's one of the species of youkai that supposedly have to eat humans to survive. But really, when you get down to it, meat is meat.
Couldn't Raizen have eaten animals or something like that to tide him over? This has bugged this troper too! They never elaborate on why he can't eat other than he doesn't want to eat humans anymore. He could easily go vegan too if he wanted. The only logic I can find behind any of this is that in order to sustain his god-like power Raizen needs an enormous amount of calories and possibly the spiritual energy of his victims.
Though what makes this odd is that you would think that your spiritual energy would be independent of your normal biological processes, Raizen certainly doesn't look like he has been starving himself for hundreds of years as he is tall and muscular and his spiritual energy is greater than that of Yusuke as he is on his death bed.
Raizen should never have lost any of his great power had he simply been training himself all that time and any calories he would need for his physical well-being could easily have been met had he eaten a wild animal or fruits and vegetables.
Personally, I think they need to eat humans because of a specific quirk of the way their bodies function. They burn up not just the body, but the life energy and spirit energy in the body. I think that the only thing Raizen could eat for sustenance was humans. He's not like a human in any way, his body works way differently. If you think about it, Raizen serves as a rather good example of why the humans feared and hated demons.
Beings like Raizen don't just have an appetite for Raizen was massively powerful, even at the time of his death, and I think that was his absolute minimum baseline power, his maximum was probably equivalent to both Yomi and Mukuro put together with him playing with them for no reason other than to have fun wiping the floor with them.
If you take it a bit further, his decision not to eat humans caused a catalysis in Yusuke: Sorry if this is a bit complicated. Raizen needed three types of energy, not one. It isn't calories, it's the body, life energy, and spirit energy that his body burns in tandem to produce massive post-nuclear levels of power that would be World Breaker power in our world. Perhaps once a demon eats a human they can no longer survive on any other sort of sustenance.
The biology of things living in Demon World in no way follows the same rules of biology in the human world. Given all the weird animals and plants that have shown up, is a kind of demon that can only eat human flesh really that far out there? Where does Yomi get all of the humans that he eats? Possibly in the Makai humans are raised in pens like cattle.
Yusuke was in Demon World for two years, correct? What did he eat in that time? By the looks of things there are no ordinary animals in Demon World, and it's doubtful that Yusuke would become a vegetarian. I am pretty sure demonish animals live there he could feast on, or maybe Raizen's men brought Yusuke food from the human world to eat. There are monstrous beasts around, by then his stomach was strong enough to digest even them.
That, or he pulled a Hiei and ate anyone idiot enough to try and kill him to make themselves famous. In the anime at least, Yusuke asks for tea and treats from Yomi and he provides therm and the demon realm also has sake, but even so he's a demon now, and it doesn't look like all they eat is humans or each other. According to Shigure, his sword is made from the bones of wild oxen who roam Makai. So while not shown, obviously because it wasn't important, there must be food in Makai. Yomi's city Gandara seemed more advanced than anything on Earth, so Makai isn't that primitive.
Juri was even working in what seemed like a restaurant. She knew her brother was faking it? She does cry for him. When Kuwabara first gets impaled by Toguro, everything goes silent, and you see her burst into tears. He is obviously the kind of person who believes in the heartwarmingly romantic "come home to after a hard day's work with his adorable wife smiling at him and his equally adorable children running to hug him" happy ending.
But the franchise explicitly states that unless a Demon in a relationship is of A-Class power, no children will EVER be born even if Yukina-chan returns his feelings and no matter how hard they try. Kuwabara is smart enough to get into a good university, so he should be more than aware of the fact.
Coupled with the fact that she will most certainly outlive him and probably STILL be as small and cute on the day he dies as the day she met him, a marriage with her WILL be a futile and meaningless exercise that WILL end in tears for both of them like the one between Connor and Heather Macleod in Highlander.
So why would he still devote his life to her adorable and sweet as she is wish to start a n ultimately meaningless family with her if he is aware of this? Where does it explicitly state this? That, and he's Kazuma Kuwabara.
There's nothing else to it. I don't remember exactly when, but in one of the explanations about the atavism thing in the anime, it's mentioned that only A-Class and above youkai can breed with humans. That said, Hiei was an A-Class demon very young, and only got knocked back down because of getting the Jagan surgery. It's possible that Yukina is more powerful than she appears, just not inclined towards combat, and if she's not already an A-Class, then she could become an A-Class.
Then he can settle for raising Yukina's parthenogenetically conceived daughter as his own. He may not be able to impregnate her, but she'll still conceive spontaneously at ageand given the relationship between human and demonic life cycles, she's probably in her 80s during the series.
The above assumes that ice maidens don't have a longer pre-pubescent period than their ovulation cycle. It's possible that Yukina, and therefore Hiei, are a few hundred years old but just haven't gone through enough of youkai puberty for Yukina to be of childbearing age.
Considering how Hiei came out, it would be interesting to know what the result would be. Demons can breed with humans and there were even half-breeds in the manga, you only need to be A-Class or above to have an atavism. Sensui calls Yusuke an immortal, and being that Kuwabara has a different kind of spirit energy than Yusuke or Genkai who are human Kuwabara's is orange not blue and also unlike Yusuke develops an attack that uses a different type of energy than his normal spirit energy the dimension blade it's not out of the question to say his abnormal spirit energies will cause him to live an abnormally long life, possibly even living an extraordinarily long life as his spirit energy causes him to heal and stay in his prime far lounger than it should.
Plus Yukina is a powerful healer that could keep him around for a while and Koenma owes him On that note, did the series ever make it clear whether Yukina was a natural Ice Maiden or if she was also half-fire demon like Hiei?
Considering Ice Maidens have a single child once every century, conceiving the child alone, it isn't hard to believe Yukina didn't inherit any of Hiei's father's genes. She has red eyes like Hiei, and unlike the other Ice Maidens. That is a really good point, and possibly the reason why she is not cold and frigid, like the other Ice Maidens.
Similarly, the reason Hiei is not affected by the bitter cold of the village or the ice of the saint beast because regardless of his fire, if that attack was meant to freeze his limbs solid he should have at least gotten frostbite would be that he has an extreme resistance to the cold which he inherited from his mother. Where is it said that Hiei's father was a fire demon? Because what Hiei said once that because of his origin he was the opposite of the Koorime, fire instead of ice.
Yukina may have just become disillusioned with her kind and decided she didn't want to be like them. It could very well be that a male born from an Ice Maiden is always a fire demon regardless of who the father was. IIRC they said something about the Ice Maidens being so pure that, when one of them gives birth to a male child, he gets all the characteristics of their father and none of their mother.
So Hiei's father probably had the exact powers he has sans Jagan. This may seem a little silly certainly not a plot-related questionbut why is Yusuke's last name Urameshi pronounced as "Yur-a-meshi"? I have watched enough anime to have a very basic understanding of Japanese pronunciation, but wouldn't it be pronounced as "Oo-ra-meish"? Is that a dub error, or is that really how it's pronounced even in Japanese? I have not watched the Japanese dub It is indeed pronounced Oo-ra-meshi in the Japanese dub.
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He gets exiled and all that, so eventually he goes to Shigure to get a Jagan eye. The price for the eye is his story and also that he can never tell Yukina he is her brother, isn't it? So then he goes to the ice place I haven't seen this in a while and can't remember what it's called and Does anyone else see anything wrong with this?
Hmmm, maybe he already knew he had a sister, but thought she might've been at the island; and after he found out she wasn't there, that gave him the incentive to search for her because it's only then he's been told she's in the human world?
Hiei remembered his sister's existence. He just never knew she had been kidnapped. Hiei was aware of all that was happening to him before his exile and was aware of his sister all his life he just didn't care about his sister at all prior to receiving his Jagan but he gets his Jagan to try and find his mother's frozen tear he had been given prior to his exile and to find the village of his birth to take his revenge on them for trying to kill him.
Once at the village he meets his mother's closest friend in life, who also raised his sister, and she tells Hiei his sister's name is Yukina and Hiei decides to find her. However, as payment for giving him the Jagan transplant Hiei is not allowed to tell Yukina he is her brother.
We know that demons are not allowed to kill humans for any reason right? And part of the suspense of the "Rescue Yukina" arc was that as much as we want that bastard Tarukane to die horribly, we don't want Hiei to get severely punished, right? Shoulden't he have been punished for that? What Measure Is a Mook?
Hiei never intended to kill Tarukane, or he would have killed him with the first punch. He was just torturing him a little before giving him to Yusuke. Same thing for the guards and the butler: Hiei wanted to kill Tarukene but is on probation for stealing the darkness sword and running amok in the human world Kurama too and part of his probation is that he can't kill any humans regardless of their crimes.
He also can't leave Yusuke's town, which they all do in the Chapter Black saga, so go figure. At the begining of the Chapter Black saga Botan gives him a pardon in exchange for going to save Urameshi. Also, don't forget that the guards Hiei encounters upon first entering the fortress are implied to have been knocked out by Yusuke and Kuwabara, though Hiei not killing the guards surrounding Tarukane is a bit of a headscratcher.
Maybe he just didn't view them as worthy opponents, so he let them be. Then one might wonder why he did basically the same thing when he first appeared, but Hiei wasn't killing them, merely turning them into slaves. Perhaps he views killing as a bigger crime for the weak?
As I recall, he didn't draw his sword. If I'm remembering that correctly, he knocked them out.
Something that's bugged me for a while; in the Dark Tournement arc, after Kuwabara earned a CMOA by beating Elder Toguro, he confronts Yusuke about not telling him about that important, spoilery plot point, believing that Yusuke and the others didn't tell him about it because they think he's a joke. Kurama tells him that Yusuke didn't tell him or Hiei either, and that they had to sense it themselves. It's a very emotional and one of my personal favorite scenes, but I have to wonder why both Hiei and Kurama were able to sense it if Kuwabara couldn't.
A big deal was made of Kuwabara's exceptionally high spiritual awareness during the Ghost Yusuke arc. Even Genkai seemed genuinely impressed by his score in the spiritual awareness game at her tournament. Note how in the following season, the Chapter Black Saga, Kuwabara temporarily loses his powers only to develop a new sword technique that saved his life when the bad guys attacked him and his friends.
Genkai theorized that Kuwabara's spiritual awareness was so powerful that it developed that new sword technique as a response to what it knew would be needed to defeat that season's villain and the loss of his powers was a temporary side effect of that new power developing.
It is possible that during the Dark Tournament saga that power was already beginning to develop which severely weakened his spiritual awareness. This is one possible explanation. However stories sometimes use dramatic convention to spice up the plot even when you take into account that the characters all have the ability to sense power levels.
The dramatic impact of Kuwabara learning the truth about Genkai's death from Toguro instead of sensing it himself, is the equivalent of characters dying in Dragon Ball Z and their friends not realizing it until later or them thinking they were dead when they were still clinging to life. He had felt Genkai's death. It's just he was too stupid to realize what that feeling meant, whereas Hiei, Kurama and Shizuru could realize it.
He also couldn't read the situation and tell that everyone was stopping just short of saying Genkai had died, something that even those who didn't sense her passing could likely have done. He also doesn't get why everyone acts like there's an inside joke whenever he or Yukina mentions about finding her brother, or why everybody goes "sure we'll look for him riiiight Hiei" wink wink "Hiei" wink wink.
And when Hiei gets angry at the others for doing these things, which hint at his relation to Yukina, Kuwabara thinks it's just because Hiei is a jerk. Although in Kuwabara's defense he's never been around to hear anything more than "Yukina has a brother.
A more mundane head scratcher from the start of the series: Because they aren't entirely unjustified, especially in light of the Japanese educational system. They bring a positive reputation to their school by highlighting exceptional students, such as Keiko Yukimura. At the same time, they're antagonistic and cruel to kids like Yusuke and Kuwabara, because Yusuke is a violent punk and Kuwabara is running a gang; both of them are hurting the school's reputation, and while they don't have grounds to outright expel them from their school, they can make it an unpleasant place for them to be in the hopes that the two will eventually find a different school.
Iwamoto stole from students so that he could frame Yusuke for it, and Akashi messes with Kuwabara's test to change his score so he can renege on a deal that he made, which will put a student's family on the street. That's blatant corruption right there. If it makes you feel better, it is heavily implied that the teacher who changed Kuwabara's test score WAS fired, since he never appears again.
Akashi doesn't seem to show up after that, but Mr. Iwamoto, who in the anime was complicit with that, appears near the end, talking contemptuously about Yusuke in class while Keiko and Kuwabara are unimpressed with his lecture. True, and I'm pretty sure Takanaka is the guidance counselor. No, he's the principal. As for why Iwamoto never gets fired Why did Hiei never again transform into that eye-covered "true form" of his? Pride maybe, but he comes close to death in several of his fights; I'd think at that point pride would go out the window.
Because those eyes would scream " Hit Me ". In the manga at least, not sure about the anime, Kurama stated that all those extra eyes were just illusions. He doesn't say they are illusions, but simply that they serve as "amplifiers" for the real eye, which is still only the one on the front.
One theory aside from the obvious "Togashi hadn't meant for him to return yet": As he becomes a swordfighter and fire user, perhaps he's not that interested in using his evil eye for fighting anymore. Perhaps the extra eyes, which mainly serve to paralyze his targets, don't work on powerful opponents? His power is to use his blood to summon water-monsters from any existing water, which are invulnerable to normal attacks, and which can envelope you.
When they do this, you're trapped in a separate dimension, made entirely of water, and can only get out if you have an attack that can break through dimensional barriers. We know that Sensui doesn't have such an attack, because if he did, he would have broken through the Kekkai barrier by himself, instead of needing to lure Kuwabara into doing it. So, why didn't Sea Man just create a large water monster with his blood, use it to envelope Sensui, and drown him within ten minutes? Seems that would have solved their Sensui problem pretty neatly, to the point where he couldn't have escaped like he did, especially since the first thing that Sea Man does after escaping from the Uraotoko is to land in a huge pool of water.
Sensui recruited Sea Man, remember? It's likely that Sea Man feared Sensui enough to not try anything against him. Even if he had the courage to do so, Sensui isn't gullible enough to allow Sea Man to trap him. Besides, Koenma's "Mafuuken" is supposed to be the strongest barrier in existence, obviously more so than any dimensional barrier including one simply made by water.
So, why would Sea Man even bother other than to risk getting himself killed after witnessing Sensui break away from the most powerful barrier that can be made?
How did Kurama get away with betraying Yomi the second time? I thought Yomi still had his human family under threat. Because at that time he was more concerned with Yusuke and Mukuro attacking him if he didn't go along with the tournament idea, and then the power grab.
Plus, as previously mentioned in the series, he's intimately familiar with pissing off Kurama and would likely not risk it again in this situation. Had he won the throne, he might have followed through on his threats. Everyone was getting in on the whole fighting individually deal, even Yomi himself later on.
Besides that, I remember Koenma, while musing about Kurama's motives, says, "I know about the threat on your family, but you could get around that. Ok, at the end of the series the barrier separating the human and demon worlds was removed and everyone is living in peace. I mean, Raizen died because he refused to eat humans. Remember, Enki says "No mischief," meaning that they aren't allowed to prey on humans for fun.
However, there are plenty of horrible bad guys like the Black Black Club running around for them to grab up. In fact, in one version of Yusuke telling Raizen off he says "if eating humans is what it takes to get a real fight out of you, I'll just round up some really bad ones and force-feed them to you if I have to. One thing I found odd was Yusuke's attitude when he found out that Raizen's servants were eating humans. I mean, earlier on in the series he tries to beat Gouki to a bloody pulp when he found out that he was eating little kids' soul, but when Raizen's servants admitted to eating humans he simply shrugs and says "food is food.
Yusuke by that point is terribly disillusioned with the hero thing. After Tarukane, the Dark Tournament experience, and everything that happened with Sensui, the whole idea of "Humans are special, fight to protect humanity from the evils of demons" thing is pretty much dead for Yusuke. As far as he's concerned, humans and demons are not so different. Yeah, there are demons eating humans, and there are humans butchering demons for pleasure, and humans committing various sins to each other, and demons slaughtering each other, etc.
That and Gouki ate souls. If you eat a human you kill him and he goes before Koenma to be judged, if you eat a soul the victim ceases to exist. He's basically begun to see life isn't so black and white.
Yusuke probably after living with Hokushin for a few years realized even if Hokushin did eat humans, Yusuke may have been confident he wasn't going after year-old Jenny on the swings at the park.