English: Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files
Synonyms: Yu Yu Hakusho, Ghost Fighter, Poltergeist Report, YuYu Hakusho
Oct 10, 1992 to Jan 7, 1995
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisUrameshi Yusuke, 14 years of age, is about as troublesome and violent as teenagers come. He is constantly ditching school, causing trouble, and getting into numerous fights everyday. One day however, he does the unexpected, sacrificing himself to save a young child. Such an action, was never ever expected, especially coming from someone as troublesome as Urameshi Yusuke. The afterlife is not prepared for Yusuke, as they never thought he would make such a sacrifice. Nowhere to go, and dead, Yusuke becomes a ghost and must earn his way back into existence.
Yusuke is "employed" by Koenma, who is in charge while his father and ruler of the afterlife, King Enma, is away. Under Koenma's command, Yusuke helps to stop menacing demons that threaten the lives of people everywhere; whether by stealing priceless and invaluable items and destructive weapons, or by wreaking havoc on humans everywhere.
Throughout Yusuke's journey, he is usually joined by; his arch-rival, and local bully, Kuwabara Kazuma. He is also joined by two demons named Hiei and Kurama, whom are ex-convicts of the afterlife that managed to escape from Koenma.
This group of unlikely allies goes on to participate and struggle in battles that have outcomes that determine the fate of humanity!
Yu Yu Hakusho is created by popular mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi, who is also responsible for creating the acclaimed and much-loved series known as Hunter X Hunter. Yu Yu Hakusho also managed to surpass Dragon Ball Z in ratings during its TV run.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Hohoemi no Bakudan" by Matsuko Mawatari
Ending Theme#01: "Homework ga Owaranai" by Matsuko Mawatari (eps 1-29)
#02: "Sayonara bye bye" by Matsuko Mawatari (eps 30-59)
#03: "Unbalance na Kiss wo Shite" by Hiro Takahashi (eps 60-83)
#04: "Taiyou ga Mata Kagayaku Toki" by Hiro Takahashi (eps 84-102)
#05: "Daydream Generation" by Matsuko Mawatari (eps 103-111)
#06: "Hohoemi no Bakudan" by Matsuko Mawatari (ep 112)
Alright, I'll start off by saying that I'm no longer a big fan of fighting-based anime. However, I do still enjoy the ones which are well done, as well as some of the classics. That said, if you really don't like fighting anime of any sort, even if its one which has a decent or really good story, then don't bother reading this review, because I can already tell you that this anime is most likely not for you.
Anyways, for those of you who do like a well constructed fighting/action anime, Yu Yu Hakusho is an outstanding show in this category, overall. Yes, it is a shounen, and yes, it does have a few of those typical shounen clichés. However, it also manages to come up with a lot of very unique and inventive ideas, and its dialogue, above average story, with much more depth to it than what you would expect from a shounen, and actual good sense of humor (when compared to most other action anime), make this title stand out from the crowd.
I find the characters to be the real award winners here. They each have something unique and interesting about them. Upon first glance they may look like they each have those 1-dimensional cliché roles of an action series, but upon further viewing you will see that there is more than what meets the eye with Yu Yu Hakusho characters. I can guarantee that throughout the course of this show anyone watching it would at least find 1 character which they can truly appreciate. Also, this show doesn't just focus on the main character getting stronger and always being the big hero. There is some very interesting character development for many of the characters, and the way in which they interact with one another, as well the diversity and similarities that they show, make for a very balanced chemistry between this cast.
The animation and artwork isn't top notch, even for its time, but its adequate and gets the job done. The action isn't amazing, but believe it or not, unlike most action/shounen anime this anime often tends to focus more on developing its story and characters, rather than producing lots of mindless action. And at that, even if it doesn't look all that great it is great to see actual strategy and emotion playing big parts in many of the fights, rather than simply just having a bunch of punches, kicks, throws, explosions, etc., taking up multiple episodes.
Now, as for the music, its really all opinion. Some people won't find it to be anything special. I personally fell in love with the entire soundtrack of the series, and believe it or not, it has some of the best BGM that I have heard in any shounen anime. Its doesn't quite give you the same diversity and overall satisfaction that the soundtracks of Cowboy Bebop and a few other anime with great musical scores give you, but once again, its far above average when compared to most other shounen and action anime, or at least I feel that way about its music, personally.
And then finally, there is the voice acting. Oh, and how wonderful it is. Well, if you're watching the sub then chances are the voices will stand out to you as adequate, yet nothing amazing, but as long as you're watching a decent and reliable fansub or the DVDs, you will love the dialogue, which is brilliant in its use of sarcasm/jokes and also in delivering many of the serious and plot-oriented lines. However, if you're an English speaker, even if you typically can't stand dubs, the English dub is the way that this series should be watched. The English voice acting is absolutely fantastic. The voices all fit their respective characters almost perfectly. Sure, the dialogue may not be 100% accurate in correspondence to the original lines from the sub with its added humor and sarcasm (which is well worth going a little off track from the original script for, though), but the messages that each character gets across with their lines are delivered solidly and would be interpreted and understood in the same way, whether you were watching the sub or the dub. So, overall, the dub is loyal to the original text despite the fact that it makes a few very noticeable changes and states some lines in different ways.
Overall, Yu Yu Hakusho is a very fun and enjoyable series. This anime is not something that everybody is going to like, but most people should at least find something about it that keeps them interested. Its not a DBZ clone, and its not just a mindless excuse for intense action scenes. The show is fairly long, but its one of the few series that go over 100 episodes and still manage to stay fresh the whole way through. Therefore, I highly recommend this series. I personally find it to be one of the best series that anime has to offer, action or otherwise, and I know that many people would disagree with me (although, I'm really not a big anime buff), but I have watched my fair share of anime and I almost never give out 10's as scores since no series is perfect (and this anime is no exception), but when I feel that a series deserves it then I give it that score, and Yu Yu Hakusho is one of the few. If you haven't seen it yet then go out and give it a try. I can almost guarantee that you won't be sorry.
Probably one of the greatest Anime's ever made in my personal opinion. It is a timeless classic that really stands out. This was the second anime I ever watched back in the day thanks to Toonami. Here is my thoughts and opinions on Yu Yu Hakusho.
Story/Plot: Yu Yu Hakusho’s setting is in Japan. It tells the story of Yusuke Urameshi who was hit by a car while trying to save a child’s life. Now Yusuke has to survive ordeals and investigate cases concerning apparitions and demons all while trying to get his life back. Yusuke gets new found powers and has to defend spirit world and human world from the demons. There are 4 arcs in total for the series.
To note: In my opinion I do feel like the Demon stuff has been overdone a lot, but the Demons in Yu Yu Hakusho were interesting for me due to Togashi's portrayal of some of them being nightmare fuel creatures to creatures similar to human beings. Also to note that even though Yu Yu Hakusho is Shonen, there are actually a lot of elements that would be Dubbed as Seinen (some stuff in the manga that was not allowed to be shown for the anime)
Characters: There are a lot of characters in Yu Yu Hakusho but let's cover the main four.
Yusuke Urameshi – Yusuke has the most growth and character development in the whole anime. He is a delinquent/tough guy attitude in the beginning but actuality he’s a jokester who is kind at heart. Yusuke is also very protective of his friends and is very self-aware of things around him.
Kazuma Kuwabara – Kuwabara may seem clumsy and short tempered at times but he is the most loyal and nicest character in the show. Kuwabara has a strict code of honor and he’s very honest. He is one of the best characters in my opinion next to Yusuke.
Kurama – Kurama is one of the most intelligent and cunning of the main four. He is the type of character that plans ahead while also analyzing and thinking deeply into things or a situation. He is usually very nice even while having a detached emotional state. The other side of himself is shown to be very merciless and cruel.
Hiei – Hiei is the most distant and cold of the main four. Hiei is very cynical and usually mocks or talks down to humans. He also has misanthropic views of the world and people. Hiei in actuality is very protective and actually cares deeply for the people in his group, notably Yusuke. He is a character that is having an internal struggle but projects himself as being cold on the outside.
Even the minor characters in Yu Yu Hakusho are interesting.
The 2 most important main antagonist characters of the story are probably my favorite antagonists in all of anime in terms of personality and design and even their fighting methods. They are not the stereotypical "evil" bad guys, but antagonists you can actually agree with or relate to and feel sympathy for them.
Animation & Art: Even for it's time the animation still impresses me both for nostalgic reasons but also because of the huge process they must of went through for all of the hand drawn animation. The only minor complaint I have is when they zoom in on the same shot 3 times or when some animation is repeated and reused; though I heard they were on some budget constraints at times so it is understandable. When actual big fights happen, the animation gets really good though and even fluent. The Artwork is very 90's of course and you can distinguish it too from Togashi's style of doing a half-anime style and semi realistic style at times.
Sound & Music: The sound effects for the fighting sequences are chosen very well and they match up perfectly with what’s going on. It's also a little on the nostalgia side for me because of the 90's anime sound effects; you don’t really hear them anymore. The music is absolutely amazing in my opinion. Part of it is 90's ambient with funky elements and dark electronic tones. The one thing that bothers me is that there’s a lot of unreleased music from the show. At least thirty plus music tracks are missing on the osts. None the less the music really fits and is very intense.
Voice Acting (English Dub & Japanese Dub): This is one of the rare animes where i actually prefer the English dub compared to the Japanese voice acting with subtitles. All of the character voices fit perfectly especially Justin Cook as Yusuke. This is one of the English dubs you can't forget especially if you watched it back in the day; it stays with you like the dragon ball z dub. I have listened to some of the Japanese dub though, and I have to say it’s also very good too.
Final Verdict: I would highly recommended Yu Yu Hakusho to anyone. It has everything right going for it and is a good example of an anime done right. The best part about Yu Yu Hakusho is that it has no filler and gets straight to the point even with 112 episodes. Yu Yu Hakusho is very actiony, supernatural, comedic, and serious/dark when needed. You don't really see anime like this anymore.
I was pleasantly surprised when I first watched this show, as I was expecting another typical DBZ clone that was heavy on action but light on the plot and character development. Amazingly what I discovered was the first shounen action anime that was ever able to hold my attention for over 100 episodes. Despite the length of the series and the now-familiar superpowered junior high school student cliché, Yu Yu Hakusho manages to deliver original material for each episode.
What really set this show apart from other shounen action shows for me was the relatively intelligent use of dialogue by the main characters. I originally watched the uncut Funimation dub, which is definitely the translation I’d recommend (even if its probably not as true to the original dialog as some of the fansubs.) The humor in the show is less slapstick than most anime, and situational comedy plays a large part in the show, with some parts practically satirizing the action genre itself.
The story revolves around a junior high delinquent named Yusuke Urameshi becoming something called a “spirit detective” (although I’d really call him more of a fighter than a detective.) It is his job to take care of demons that escape into the living world and stop them from causing trouble. Yusuke takes his orders from a ancient mystical being named Koenma who also happens to look like a toddler and in addition to knowing the secrets of the universe is also “quite potty trained.”
Each character is portrayed uniquely, and contributes to the storyline. Yusuke manages to overcome many of the usual tough-guy stereotypes present in anime of this kind, coming across as witty and sarcastic as well as being a strongly independent fighter. Meanwhile, Kuwabara on the other hand actually embraces these same stereotypes to such a degree as to be hilarious as his “dumb punk” behavior is juxtaposed against such things as his love for kittens, or his “romantic” attempts toward Yukina.
The animation is really nothing special, even when compared to other anime released around the same time period. There are a lot of still and scrolling shots and characters are drawn relatively simply. The action scenes are somewhat lacking in visual effects as well, however what they lack in animation quality they more than make up in style. Each fight is characterized by the combatants unique personalities and fighting methods.
The soundtrack is nothing to write home about either, being somewhat repetitive and lacking in originality. Then again, clever musical arrangement is not something I have come to expect from shounen programming anyway. So I’ll admit that as far as audio and visual effects go, Yu Yu Hakusho is pretty mediocre. If you require stunning realism and breathtaking artwork, I would definitely not recommend this show for you. Since I tend to place more emphasis on story and characterization, these obvious shortcomings did not bother me as much.
So I’d say this show was definitely enjoyable, even to someone like me who tends to lack appreciation for less serious anime. While light in tone and not exactly intellectually stimulating, Yu Yu Hakusho manages to deliver an engaging story with a large dosage of clever humor as well. Certainly a decent show, especially if you enjoy classic early 90’s style anime action.
Yu Yu Hakusho is an old school anime that was once on Cartoonnetworks adult swim and toonami block as well and that's how I first encounter this show on cartoonnetwork and also the commercials for the show on funimations dragon ball z tapes.
Plot: The story is about this angry 14 year delinquent boy named Yusuke Urameshi. Who is a terrible student and has no friends expect for his girlfriend Keiko Yukimura who tries to guide yusuke in the right direction but can be handful even for her. He also has no father or mature adult male figure to look up to and his mom is an alcoholic. Yusuke life was pretty much going downhill until he saves a boy and is offered a second chance of life. At first he refuses but ultimately comes to his senses. After he gets his life back yusuke goes through character development throughout the whole show and learns that he is not alone. Also, matures greatly and tries to find purpose and meaning in his life with his new friends and girlfriend along the way. He fights many different adversaries and two of the enemies he faces are representations of what he could have become if not for his friends and childhood girlfriend.
Art: the art of the show does not start out great but it gradually becomes better as the show goes on. I did not let the art work distract me from the story.
Sound: The voice actors in this show are incredible especially the English dub. Since this was one of the good English dubs that funimation was producing at the time. Also funimation was limited at the time so they had to use a lot of their voice actors from dragon ball z to this show. So if you watch this show in English you will hear familiar voices in the show. The voice actors that stand out to me were Justin Cook who Played Yusuke Urameshi , Laura Bailey who played Keiko Yukimura , chuck Huber as Hiei , Christopher Sabat as Kazuma Kuwabara , John Burgmeier as Kurama , Linda Young who played Genkai who did the original voice for frieza for funimations english dubbed back in late 90s , Eric Vale as Sakyo . I loved Dameon Clarke performance as Younger Toguro and Robert McCollum as Shinobu Sensui. All the other voice actors in a good job in the dub as well. Also the music was great as well both the openings and endings and the background soundtrack give the show its tone and is memorable.
Characters: The characters of yu yu hakusho are very likeable especially the main four yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama and hiei. The others are awesome as well from the cheerful botan to strict mentor genkai to the fierce toguro and the master mind sensui. All of the characters have their unique personalities that make them who they as well the clothes they wear are also representative of their character.
Enjoyment: Yu Yu hakusho is really good martial arts anime even though it’s similar to dragon ball z but at the same time different. I especially like the building up of the character relationships the main four for example at first didn’t like each at first but through facing different villains and struggles together they become best friends for each when they need help. I also like the philosophical messages they have in the show for example, about taking reasonability for your actions and as well not being afraid of death, and finding your place in this world and once you found your reason you have to put your whole heart and soul into something you care about. In addition, that the world is not always black and white there gray area as well. Furthermore, that every decision we make as humans will affect the countless people that care about us. Also the finale to the show was epic and I really do miss the characters when the show is over. And I think it has one of the best endings ever for anime I ever seen.
Overall: Yu Yu hakusho is a well written show and the characters are great and the music, voice actors, art is good. Though the show can be repetitive so I suggest that after you finished one story arc you don’t watch the next for least a day or two before moving on to the next saga . And I have to say that the first two seasons are awesome though season 2 could have been shorter. As for season 3 and 4 not bad not as good as season1 and 2 but still good. This show is very good and one of funimation good English dubs. This is a good watch for anime fans who love character development along with philosophical discussions besides the usual save the world from evil story.
spirit detective.. supernatural stuff and offcorse monsters and demons that is not possible to see by us. so yeah both show have them in common not to forget comedy, and other stuff
If you like HOnorabl Bad Ass Heroes, good morals, and ghosts and demons. This is the stuff.
Bleach has so much in common with YYH that it almosts seem a rewrite.
Both features a regular human whose lives change after a contact with shinigamis (death gods) and go thru spirit related missions in the human world. The protagonists have a great gift for spiritual power and almost infinite potential (altough this is common in shonen), travel to other realms... and similarities go even beyond the protagonists (Ririn/Claude/Nova — Kaito/Kido/Yanagizawa someone?).
If you stick a red-hair wig on Yusuke Urameshi (the main character) you'll have Ichigo from the 90's.
Both have tough, bad boy exterior that they portray at school. Also like Ichigo, Yusuke get paranormal abilities and somehow gets involved of a alternate world to help save this world from the probable evil with the help of their friends sharing unique paranormal abilities that fit their talents. And as a sidenote, there is shinigamis in both series.
Similar stories with much action and adventure about shinigamis and the spiritual world.
They both involve ghosts and are heavily fight oriented, but the themes are somewhat different. There is your average damsel in distress and female fighters, and there is more than enough action to go around for both series.
The plots themselves are similar (Yusuke is a spirit detective and deals with intersections btwn the demon world and the real one; Ichigo is a shinigami and deals with hollow incursions into the real world), the development of the main characters is almost identical (normal delinquent to super powered fighter of justice), the main character goes on to gather a core group of friend who fight alongside him, he has a very powerful mentor who stays shrouded in mystery for large parts of the series... I could go on, but it seems excessive. These shows are terribly similar, yet are both really great shows to watch. If you Like Bleach, you will like Yuu Yuu Hakusho, as they are both truly excellent anime.
Both series involve a great deal of after-life stuff and in addition to both beeing great shounen, imo you can easily tell Bleach has been influensed by this anime.
Both shows have delinquent teens for protagonists.
Delinquent teens are charged with protecting the world from supernatural beasts.
Delinquent teens both have female sidekick from supernatural world and along with lots of brawling school buddies.
Delinquent teens both have cool, supernatural toys with which to fight the supernatural beasts.
Ichigo and his gang of friends fight other people with powers. both anime started out with the main character not having any powers and then their journey begins
In a way when you watch both of these anime, you can't help but wonder if they were wrote by the same person..they both start out with a boy that sucks at first and through a series of events gains power. As the series progresses they both get stronger for there own reasons and through determination. Though both came out years apart you can't help but feel the connection between the too. There are also some differences between the two like the art work and music but watching these action packed anime with long fights and bad ass attitudes will surely keep you entertained.
Bleach and Yuu Yuu Hakusho both involve a young male teenage lead that is an outcast and not understood. These characters gain spiritual powers due to a strange event, and gain new friends who better understand them.
Both protagonists go through an early experience that gets them involved with spirits and the supernatural.
They also involve their friends in it and all of their powers are unique and special to them alone.
Bleach has more friends, longer plot, and a more intricate and complex system.
Yu Yu Hakusho is has less friends involved, has a more traditional shonen feel to it, and the plotting is simplistic, shorter, and compact.
Both of them talk about the other world, have monsters, jokes, etc..
After watching both of them, you'll see that Bleach stole a fair chunk of the plot and character traits from Yu Yu Hakusho. Both are great fighting/supernatural shows though.
It is similar as it hads demons and stuff but it is older.
Shinigamis, Delinquents, traveling into another world, lots of fighting.
Bleach have many reference to Yu Yu Hakusho, like Baunto filler arc or Lost Agent arc (for example at the beginning of this arc Yuzu have Keiko's first hairstyle :O)
+ Same Director, same studio
there both about ghost and spirits but bleach is alot like this series
lots of similarites can be drawn out between the two series - Both protagonists are high school students.... Both can see spirits.... Both are accompanied by a female character who comes from another world, from the very begining of adventures... one gets the power of a shinigami i.e. To defeat hollows or the undead, the YYH protagonist gets to be a spiritual detective and hunt down demons.... And further more... Other crazy cranky powered characters who can defeat demons show up, same as in case of bleach....
okay no more going further deep into it or i'll be spitting out spoilers.... lastly i'd mention this series as highly reccomended if you loved Bleach :D
Both anime deal with characters who initially recieve their power from a Shinigami (Grim Reaper), and who work for the rulers of the afterlife to fight evil spirits. Both are long-running shonen fighting anime with an emphasis on one-on-one fights, though Bleach lacks YYH's frequent tournament arcs. Also, what happens to Ichigo during the battle with Ulquiorra closely mirrors what happens to Yusuke during his final battle with Sensui, down to the long haired transformation sequence. I see callbacks, intentional or not, to YYH in Bleach all the time. If you like Bleach for the fighting and not just all the swords, give Yu-Yu Hakusho a shot. It's superpowered martial arts instead of swords, but the action is every bit as intense.
Spirits Demons/Hallows yeah its similar if you like bleach you'll probably like Yu Yu Hakusho
Both Shounen with a Badass main character.
Supernatural stuff with ghosts, demons and very strong characters.
So yeah they're very similar.
Both anime not only have the same director, but also both start out revolving around characters that use spirit powers to fight beings that normal people can't see.
Both these shows have a lot of action. Both are about helping the souls of the dead.
Like Bleach this anime focuses on a violent and serious main character who fights against evil spirits and demons, also like Bleach this manga puts focus on spiritual powers and has multiple plotlines and characters that'll just throw you back and make you see a lot of similarities. Both main characters also develop an evil side that they have to learn to control.
Both Bleach and Yu Yu Hakusho involve a (seemingly) normal teenage kid getting tangled up in the business of the Spirit World (Yu Yu Hakusho) and the Soul Society (Bleach). Additionally, both series contain a female mentor type (YYH has Botan while Bleach has Rukia) that teaches their respective students in the main protagonists their new powers.
Both anime are based on Weekly Shounen Jump manga. They focus on a main character who can see and interact spirits, and who usually has to fight against monsters of all sorts. Both have the main character develop from a delinquent to a hero of justice, as he gathers more friends to help him in his cause. Both anime are action-packed, have similar comedy and an overall similar mood.
Both have strong supernatural elements. They can both be quite funny at times. Both have great character development. In both series, the protagonists work for the afterlife.
Both series start with the main character being seperated from his bodie and becoming souls. There are 3 different worlds in both series in Yu Yu Hakusho's case it's Human, Spirit and Demon worlds and in Bleach's case it's Human Realm, Hueco Mundo and Soul Society. Both main characters are connected to all three worlds in Yusuke's case he's a human (Human World), he is a Spirit Detective(Spirit World) and His father is a demon(Demon World). In Ichigo's case he's a human(Human World), his father is a shimigami and he's a substitute soul reaper(Soul Society) and He's got a inner hollow(Hueco Mundo).
The similarities between these two anime series is eerily uncanny both the main protagonists are teenagers who get involved in the supernatural and spiritual worlds and fight to protect the living world
Both are shônen with really strong characters, spiritual powers and vast increments of power.
If DBZ is the king of fighting anime, then YYH is the prince. Both have incredible characters, faster than the speed of light movement, more energy attacks then you can shake a stick of Pocky at, and more insane battles than you'll know what to do with.
Now, that said, I recommend checking out the anime before you read the manga, especially if you're new to otakudom. The YYH has been known to turn off some readers, but the anime is very crisp considering it was animated over ten years ago.
Totally Similar!! I watch Yuu Yuu Hakusho first and then watched DBZ.. I said YYH is copy of DBZ.. another friend of mine watched DBZ first and then YYH.. He said DBZ is copy of YYH..
Martial Arts, Shounen, Fighting Tounaments.. Totally similar actually..
Yu Yu Hakusho is like a twisted version of Dragon Ball Z. They have plenty of things in common, from fighting to save the planet to a splash of romance to lighten things up.
Both were pretty much kings of anime in the 90s and pretty much both have awesome villains and heroes
Basically both animes start out as the person not knowing who he is, what he is, and what he can do. Centered around fighting and friends. Both excellent... if you liked one you will 100% like the other.
main character + comrades all get stronger & learn more about their abilities & self by joining in various fights against stronger opponents. big action scenes & powerful inner spiritual powers makes them a must see...
Uber Energy, After Lifes, Alternate Realms/Worlds, Enemies that reveal themselves conveinently in order of accending power levels, Chris Sabat, Why the hell not?
Similar over the top action sequences, and they're both animes where the fighting outshines the limited storylines.
Basically if you liked superpower type with a little bit of comedy, then you'll also like Yu Yu Hakusho because they have similarities in many ways from humor and also fighting scene
fighting x super powers x awesome characters x humour x original story line
Many of the same voice actors, lots of special fighting moves, battles that keep getting bigger and bigger, if you loved one you'll love the other.
Both Yu Yu Hakusho and Dragon Ball Z are good and well respected TV series. They share similar aspects such as those of the dealings with the spirit world, and fighting strange yet powerful opponents.
Both Series have extremely powerful characters that fight in tournaments.
DBZ fans will surely love Yu Yu Hakusho. Although YYH is less fictional than DBZ, it still has that deadly competition and intense aura. The caracters in YYH are slightly darker, wich gives you a certain curiosity. I really recommand YYH, it as one of my favorites Anime's as well as DBZ. They both are great and jaw dropping.
Fighting tournaments. Spirit world and King Yama. Energy techniques. Yusuke even kinda goes super saiyan at one point. Also, Hiei and Vegeta are twins. They're both arrogant and awesome short fellows that aren't from earth and have spiky black hair. Difference is: YYH is a bit darker and the battles go by quicker than in DBZ. I liked YYH more.
A lot of great fights and power ups, although with more of a story! Has a slow start though.
Both amazing action oriented shonen. the story arcs flow well with little to no filler
These are the best of the best when it comes to shounen. Best fights, best characters. Yu Yu Hakusho just may be the winner when it comes to character development and plot though. These 2 anime have the most bad ass of all fights known to mankind and Yu Yu Hakusho is the BEST comedy out there. The only anime I have ever found truly funny is YYH. Check it out, it's very similar to DBZ but very special
Both are shonen anime containing high intensity action.Both main characters focus on protecting the people close to them.
Both shows combine action and comedy, and have a heavy shounen influence. The combat is similar in both of them, using lots of energy attacks, and both series feature a spirit world.
The major differences between the two are the art style and the characters.
Tournaments, inner energy Ki - Spirit Energy and the main protagonist constantly powering up through the mentoring of a sensei such as Genkai for Yusuke and Roshi, Korin, Kami and a few others for Goku other characters share similarities such as Hiei and Vegeta
Translated as Ghost Fighter or Poltergeist Report in some countries, this 90’s classic revolves around the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a 14-year old delinquent who surprises the spirit world by sacrificing his life while committing a completely altruistic act – saving an innocent boy from certain death. Faced with the reality that it was not really his time to die, Yusuke gets another chance at life working as a Spirit Detective, a person tasked to protect the Earth from the onslaught of demons from the spirit world.
Capturing much of the humor and intensity of Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho will immerse you in its fascinating world of spirits, demons, and humans who are courageous enough to take the mantle of mankind’s protector in order to keep the world safe. Just like Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho is also endowed with a cast of colorful characters and epic battles, all revolving around the theme of strength and the human heart’s desire to protect those it holds dear.
Both are based off of huge fight scenes with energy waves, transformations, and some glimpses of the afterlife.
These two anime are extremely similar, as one would expect since the source material for both anime come from the same mangaka. The two anime have similar themes, characters, and similar, overall atmospheres.
Two action dramas that have bits of humor spread through them with unique characters in them.
Both has similar characters, both has very similar story arcs and plot twists. It's like prototype of HxH.
Yu Yu Hakusho is looks much more blunt and simple than HxH in many ways, although you have to give much credits to it, because of it's legacy.
Both shows are all about great fights, lots of heart and a grand sense of adventure with wits to match. Each series is also perfect for binging, the hundred or so odd episodes will fly by.
An epic adventure with four great characters and unique powers, that leads to amazing characters development and show how they are getting stronger.
Also in the and the lead characters are meeting there father, that it was one of their main goals.
The villains in the story are great and got alot of similarities.
Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter x Hunter were both written by Yoshihiro Togashi. The shows have a similar style in the way that the arcs move and the story goes. Many of the characters in Hunter x Hunter are also somewhat parallels to the characters in Yu Yu Hakusho. For example, Killura is very similar to Hiei and Kirapika is a lot like Kurama. They are both great series and any anime fan should check out Yu Yu Hakusho.
These two anime are extremely similar, as one would expect since the source material for both anime come from the same mangaka. The two anime have similar themes, characters, and similar, overall atmospheres.
These series are similar on:
- Same Original Creator: both animes have the same essence of him. It seems silly, but isn't easy.
- Characters: there is, in fact, a group of four main characters in both animes which also they have super powers.
- Story: the characters for some reason begin an adventure which it holds challenges and dangers they must confront.
It also talks about a special individual who grows during the show and has powers other dont
it was written by the same mangaka so you should really watch it. it was brilliantly made
Their manga both come from the same author and both feature a great cast of characters. The battles get your heart pounding. The music is great and the stories are the kind of anime comfort food that you can just sit and marathon for days. Both are series that set the benchmarks high for all anime to aspire to.
This is another great fighting anime from the same creator. It has a fun storyline, great characters, little to no filler, and great voice acting (even in the English dub).
Both series belong to Yoshihiro Togashi and presents the same kind of humor. Besides the physical similarities among some characters (including a Kuabara’s doppelganger), good observers will have a lot of fun by looking for Yu Yu Hakusho’s Easter Eggs on Hunter x Hunter.
Both shows have a cast full of amazing and memorable heroes. Both first arcs feel kind of similar, but splits off after that. Both main characters start with little experience, and grow from learning from friends and future events. Packed with great fights and character development.
Both have tests the characters have to overcome in Yu Yu Hakusho's case it's the Dark Tournament and in Hunter x Hunter's case it's the Hunter Exam. Both are action shounen. Both are written by Yoshihiro Togashi. Both have amazing fights.
Yu Yu Hakusho is like a template for Hunter x Hunter to build upon (at least character wise)
Gon = Yusuke
Kurapika = Kurama
Leorio = Kuwabara
Killua = Hiei
I always like to say that Hunter x Hunter is like Yu Yu Hakusho 2.0 as it takes many elements from that series but builds upon them in multiple ways. Both are fun to watch and it's nice to see Togashi's original series.
Both anime have tournament style fights where the protagonists are aiming to save the Earth from the villains.
Both of these are anime revolving around a group of fighters participating in tournament-style fights. If Flame of Recca interests you, you'll find Yu Yu Hakusho even better.
Both of these shows are awsome because they both do really good tournament fights witch are shonen lovers favorite
Almost exactly the same. Same style tourney for first major arc... Same style characters (1 main, 1 strong, 1 dumb/gutsy, 1 tactical.) Many more, basically everything except the fact that in flame of recca the guy didn't get hit by a car in the first episode... and they don't use spirit energy. Must watch.
If you liked yu yu hakusho, you would definitely love flame of recca. Both of the main characters in the respective anime are very similar. Both involve tournaments. And both have amazing fight scenes. If you liked yu yu hakusho, you would definitely like flame of recca
After watching both series, they are both very similar, even some of the characters have same fighting style. Both endings of the anime was the same. The battles and the enemies are the highlight of the series
Both the anime merges the hand to hand combat with the mythical hypothesis
Tournament fight is very similar
Flame of Recca gives off the same feel as Yu Yu Hakusho. The main character are very similar and the art designs are similar. The tournament style fighting is also key in both anime. If you liked Yu Yu Hakusho you'll enjoy Flame of Recca as well
These two series are similar in so many ways. The characters align very similarly, with a main character with special powers fighting to protect a sweet girl he loves, his dumb and burly school rival-turned fighting comrade (Kuwabara/Domon), enemies turned partners a la Hiei and Kurama, and a main villain like Toguro (except better in FoR). They even have similar tropes and plot lines such as a "Dark Tournament," after which the plots go in separate ways. The Flame of Recca anime stops well short of the manga, so I suggest starting or switching over the manga at some point.
I actually watched/read Flame of Recca before Yu Yu Hakusho and found the resemblance uncanny, but both were very satisfying in their own ways!
They both have a very similar plot I could tell in the first episode that this was very similar to yuyu hakusho they have different back rounds but have an extremely similar plot yuyu Khajuraho aired first then tells no honoo so if you like yuyu hakusho you will also like Stella no honoo.
similar storyline, characters and also two of my most watched/favourite anime of all time 11/10 would watch again
Both created by Yoshihiro Togashi. Shounen genre and involves the main characters discovering a whole new world outside of what they knew.
Well,same manga creatror,same action and interesting animes and both are animation are a like,they both very great and similar to each other.the characters are very similar too ;]
Same author. same look. same tournament-based theme. same character attributes. They even have characters that both sparked endless controversies whether he is a she or she is a he. The only obvious difference between the two is probably the lack of female love interests in Hunter x Hunter... oh well, that's the second difference, the HxH heroes are a bit younger than YYH's.
The story lines are dark and there is the feeling the main characters may not survive. There are trials and tribulations that they have to go through to. Both are also older series.
both have tournaments to win
here is how you compare yu yu hakusho with hunter x hunter.. in terms of appearances.. leorio-kwabara-both are the tallest main characters; gon-yusuke-both are the main protagonists, kurapika-kurama-both use long weapons(chains and rose whip) and killua-hiei(both are fast, and their eyes are seemingly resembling, although killua smiles unlike hiei)
Both animes follow a group of guys through battle tournaments of sorts and have plenty of fighting scenes to satisfy the inner violent you = ) They both also have different arc sequences where goals of the groups change ad eventually the groups split and go separate ways but then meet up again. For girls: bishounen in both series For guys: blood and awesomness
They are both stories that are drawn by the same artist. Also, it seems similar in another way because when the main character is facing a challenge they somehow manage to pull through and win or survive.
The manga these shows are based off of are written by the same person and you can tell. Both have very similar stories and storylines with mystical powers and tournaments. Both of these are my favorite animes. The only downside is that Hunter x Hunter just kind of end with many questions left to wonder about. Bottom line if you like shounen watch this anime.
Same author and the characters was both the same.
Yuyu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter Characters:
Yusuke = Gon
Kazuma = Leorio
Kurama = Kurapika
Hiei = Killua
Both animes from same author
both animes have great characters
both animes have great fights
• Both animes begin with a teenager getting involved with the demon realm without having a say in it.
• In both Yu Yu Hakusho's and Beelzebub's universe exists a mazoku (demon) race.
• Both main characters are deliquents,being the strongest in their school.
• Both have young,baby looking “demon lords” ( Bel and Koenma).Altough Koenma has over 500 years and can transform into an adult,whereas Bel is really a newborn.
• Both are shounens where the main character gets more powerful with each fight,gaining "nakamas" along the way.
If you enjoyed watching Yu Yu Hakusho,you might want to give Beelzebub a try.
Comedy + Action
Delinquent Characters and Fights
Yusuke and Oga are both alpha male punks who can't be beat in a street fight and are constantly being challenged. Both characters suddenly face a life changing event and find themselves taking on bigger and badder enemies with new found power. Both involve demons and an infant demon lord with a pacifier. Both animes are funny with a love interest underneath the predictable action.
Both series involve street/school fighting and involve other worldly areas.
In Yu Yu Hakusho, the MC is uncaring and is the strongest in the city. People feared him and he always is in fights. Same story as Beelzebub. Both anime show them getting used to their powers.
Differences: I felt Beelzebub was more of a comedy genre than action and the storyline kind of lacked a little, while Yu Yu Hakusho has a better storyline, and better action (this show does have comedy in it).
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