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)
Yu yu hakusho: ghost files
Story: we start off with a young delinquent boy who dies protecting a child and in turn gets another chance at life. Only if he becomes a detective for the spirit world. At first glance yyh dosent have a distinct story but its more so a tale of humans and demons. Why do demons kill humans? How evil are himans? Whose really the bad guy?
Art and sound: there isn't anything too special about the art but it has that distinct 90s look and feel to it. The characters designs are all great for the most part. The sound is one of my favorite osts I've ever heard. From the theme songs to the tracks in show I loved them all. Nothing feels out of place.
Character: this is where it gets tricky. Yu yu hakusho has some of the best characters iin the way they interact with each other. And it was nice how togashi did this even though the main 4 protagonists were some kind of archetype that were used much in the 90s late 80s. Alot of people seem to look at yusuke as a breath of fresh air and unique character but in reality there were plenty like him in his time. But yusuke stood out because of his personality and how we figure out he's not just aa delinquent for the hell of it or just because he's a hot head. Hiei is the weakest (yet most popular) when it comes to character. He's the antihero that never really changes yet cares for his friends. Kuwabara is the delinquent with a big heart and thick skin. Kurama is the dandy whose looks belie his nature and ferocity.
While I watched this show on toonami when I was younger I loved every second of it, going back and watching now there are definitely parts that are stretched out amdarent as exciting to watch but I give enjoyment a very strong 7 to a light 8. while there are antagonists who you qill love theres plenty of cliche moments. Yusuke fights for his friends so dont expect him to not get a burst of power from that.
All in all yu yu hakusho is a very good series (one of my favorites) that I give a rate of a strong 7
Definitely would recommend to newcomers and veterans alike read more
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.
As of writing, it's been 24 years since Yu Yu Hakusho first made its appearance in Weekly Shonen Jump. 1990. Doesn't really seem that old, does it? It would only take two years later for the hit series's anime adaptation to start airing. In a rare turn of events, the Yu Yu Hakusho anime is not only an adaptation of a sizable manga but is also of an older era, and yet it's an uncommon breed of battle shonen anime adaptations that follows the entire manga very faithfully and reaches about the same conclusion. It really was/is a miracle, so let's get the fact that Yu Yu Hakusho is one of the best straight anime adaptations of a manga ever made out of the way.
Dragon Ball Z arrived in the late 80s and pioneered the battle shonen genre, which would be defined by a focus on one-on-one fights typically fought using special powers, with drama and other such exposition taking a backseat to the high energy action. DBZ paved the way for a smash formula that would prove to be the dominant genre of anime for years to come. And yet, Dragon Ball Z, while very special for its time, has since been surpassed by other battle shonen anime that offer a more satisfying balance between fights won with clever tricks in addition to the brute strength (brute strength often being the only thing shown in DBZ), and more universal aspects such as drama and comedy. When it comes to art, many of the "firsts" that lay down the groundwork for their genre are often still cited as some of the greatest classics of that type, but in this case it's Yu Yu Hakusho that would give to the anime/manga world the successful blueprint for a superbly executed battle shonen anime that still stays entirely true to the genre's roots.
Something that succeeds at a formula by completely adhering to its basic principles without doing anything too maverick can seem unimpressive at first, and indeed Yu Yu Hakusho's execution of the fairly typical battle shonen tropes is so rightly done that it should be seen as common sense for any aspiring battle shonen series and nothing to write home about. But this would be in an ideal world. I've seen countless battle shonen after Yu Yu Hakusho repeat the same mistakes of the genre over and over, and thus Yu Yu Haksuho still remains a shining example of its breed that will always hold up over time as long as it remains as one of the highest standards.
The basic premise of Yu Yu Hakusho is as simple as you would expect from a battle shonen anime: Teenage delinquent Yusuke Urameshi dies prematurely and is allowed to come back to life if he performs duties as a Spirit Detective on behalf of the Spirit World government. The details of these vary, but as you'd imagine they always culminate in a battle against super-powered monsters (demons, in this case). He's eventually joined by rival-turned-comrade Kazuma Kuwabara and demons-turned-comrades Kurama and Hiei. These four are the main team from beginning to end. 112 episodes without introducing half-baked side heroes that'll be tossed aside at a whim to maintain a revolving cast of fanservice characters that are difficult to become attached to or value. Bleach, eat your heart out. Let's put this down as the first thing Yu Yu Hakusho still does right among long-running battle shonen series.
As I'm implying, Yu Yu Hakusho's main team of four is an expertly crafted and balanced team with no members feeling pointless or detestable. Between Yusuke's brashness, Kuwabara's heart and naivete, Kurama's intelligence, and Hiei's raw strength, the team's personalities bounce off each other perfectly. Their chemistry is so organic and their roles all so defined and always relevant that it's easy to ignore the conceptual tropes that make each of them up and they simply come across as great individual characters. Though Yusuke is the main character and handed the biggest fights, Yu Yu Hakusho is a rarity in action anime in that it feels like a cast of main characters rather than one main character and three side characters. In other words, they're all major pillars that hold up everything that makes the series enjoyable. If Yu Yu Hakusho's team wasn't as well-made as it is this series wouldn't be half as good as it currently is. I couldn't go without mentioning Botan, Kayko, Genkai, and Koenma, and while I won't go too much into the supporting cast I will say that I loved them all almost as much. If there are any really noticeable flaws in the characterization, then it's the fact that Kuwabara isn't given as much glory as he should, and Hiei's stock strong silent type personality doesn't measure up well against the more impressionable characters.
One of my favorite things about Yu Yu Hakusho is how the series is split up into four arcs that actually impact the narrative structure in meaningful ways while still always ties to each other, forming a single unified adventure. In many battle shonen anime arcs only exist to represent the time spent fighting a particular enemy. For all intents and purposes, these play out the same only with different fights and characters. In Yu Yu Hakusho, though the series is always about the fights when it comes to the bottom line, the arcs change the formula up slightly each time. The first arc is generally simply called the Spirit Detective arc. This arc mostly consists of episodic encounters where Yusuke is getting the hang of his new abilities and always discovering more things about himself and the Spirit World. This is the hardest arc to generalize because so much happens in it, such as Yusuke trying to come back to life and the first encounters of the main characters, but that's precisely its strength. Though it doesn't stay in one place too long and isn't building up to anything specifically, the Spirit Detective arc is full of rapid-fire plot and character developments that the rest of the series can't match in the same way but do with their own strengths. Among the Spirit Detective arc are several "mini-arcs" that are about defeating a particular enemy, but these are minor compared to what would follow.
The Dark Tournament arc is the most well-known segment of Yu Yu Hakusho. The team competes in a tournament where the winners will have a wish granted. The catch is that Yusuke's participation is forced by a much stronger foe who promises Yusuke that he'll kill his friends and family if he doesn't train to become strong enough to possibly defeat him in the upcoming tournament. The second catch is that the tournament is known for its extreme brutality, with the demon audience clamoring for blood and there being little in the ways of rules during the matches. While this arc is characterized by its extreme focus on 1v1 battles, there's a truly great atmosphere to all the proceedings. The tournament area takes place on a secluded island constantly being weathered by storms with dark clouds always looming overhead throughout all hours of the day, and the arena has a fittingly rundown musky look to its gladiator-like stone structure. The setting feels as ruthless and apocalyptic as its name implies, and due to the length of this arc (the longest in the series) the tournament building can actually begin to feel like a second home to both the characters and the viewers. With a threatening goal always in sight with the final match (the viewer knows who the team will be facing), there's an extremely comfortable pacing, real sense of progress, and scaling threat in this arc. We're occasionally given a breather to see what's going on outside of the ring on the island or the lounge areas of the building which goes further to establishing the Dark Tournament setting as a surprisingly assuring one.
Normally a series of episodes primarily focused on just putting two characters in a ring and having them fight could seem boring, but Yu Yu Hakusho's penchant for creative battles and character designs ensures that it's anything but. This would be the most appropriate place to talk about the strength of Yu Yu Hakusho's fights and the ways they get us invested more than other battle shonen wish they could. I've said already that the entire series revolves around four main fighters. It's far from unusual for a battle shonen anime to have one main character and a supporting cast of other fighters, but it's also unusual for a battle shonen anime to balance their usefulness as well as Yu Yu Hakusho does. Yu Yu Hakusho is not a fan of the Deus Ex Machina, Yusuke and co. will not win most of their battles simply by being beaten into submission, remembering they need to "protect" someone and pulling a super strong finisher out of their ass. The damage the heroes take in battle is not merely an aesthetic, because the heroes actually come pretty close to losing several times in the anime, and in some instances they actually do, always bringing some tension to whether or not they'll be the victor in each match they're in. In addition to this, though power levels exist, they're never given as the sole reason for a victory. This isn't DBZ where one of the characters will enter the fight with a higher power level and will simply win by punching harder. In most of Yu Yu Hakusho's fights, the enemy has some sort of special gimmick attack they use to catch the heroes off-guard. The heroes can't simply scream and bust their way through it, but instead usually have to counter it through a trick of their own or turn the trick against them. This leads to many situations where the battle isn't about whether the heroes will win (they most likely will but it's never guaranteed), but how they'll do it. Each of the main characters have their distinct ways of fighting, and fights are spread very evenly between them unlike your generic battle shonen anime that will give the vast majority to the main character. The entire Yu Yu Haksuho team is extremely likable, and there's always plenty of room to root for each of them ensuring it never gets tiring as their star roles are always rotated around at a fair pace. Phenomenal to see, really.
After the events of the Dark Tournament conclude, we're dumped into the Chapter Black saga shortly afterwards. I won't give away the set-up as it's a very nice surprise, but this takes us to a narrative similar to that of the Spirit Detective arc. There's less character developments because we're in the middle of the series now, but the adventure vibe is back as the heroes have to travel all over the city to find (and fight!) people with some very unique powers. For a while we're given an episodic-like structure again with a new fight in each one, but there is a main goal in mind this time so no effort feels wasted. The Chapter Black arc displays perhaps even greater than the Dark Tournament arc Yu Yu Hakusho's talent for creative fights. The reason for this is that, even more so than many Dark Tournament matches, fights are rarely won by overpowering the opponent. There are episodes with relatively little violence here (though still as much danger), where the heroes will spend most of the time trying to find a way to outsmart their opponents' very specific powers and defeat them in one shot. The Dark Tournament arc had many battles of attrition with a core of wits, but in the Chapter Black arc the balance is reversed for most of the arc. It's very fascinating and I loved how much of it took place in a normal city this time around. One of my favorite episodes of the series is when Yusuke and companions are chasing their enemy around in a hospital after dark. For an action anime, the atmosphere in some of these episodes is, again, superb. Many people complain that Yu Yu Hakusho gets worse after the Dark Tournament arc, but seeing as how I've never been given a single decent reason for this opinion I'm going to assume it's from simple people not liking the change in direction despite the fact it's a return to form, still full of many fights, and the stakes are even higher this time around. The Chapter Black arc keeps the quality going strong, if not peaking it even higher.
The final arc of the series is the Three Kings arc. Again, I'm not going to give away too much of the set-up as it's pretty intense and is a satisfyingly appropriate finish to the series that's full of events even more serious than what preceded. Yet, the Three Kings arc is easily the weakest part of the series. Why is this? Well for one, it's the only arc that feels like pandering. Yoshihiro Togashi unfortunately listened to the one-track minded people who were underwhelmed by the Chapter Black arc and made the Three Kings arc center around a tournament as well. His heart's not in it this time around, however, and the arc is significantly shorter than what came before. When the tournament begins it's suddenly rushed and finished giving the impression that Togashi just wanted to be done with the series while satisfying the fans by doing something he had already done. There are a couple of very hyped-up fights in this arc, and with the exception of the last one we see, they're all shorter than you'd expect and disappointments. I won't give the reason why (it's a poor one rest assured) but we never even get to see the final match. Perhaps the biggest letdown of this arc is the fact that Kuwabara is absent for almost all of this. He gives a reason for this, but it's a very lame one that could have easily been written out or moved somewhere else with no cost to anything. It's of course, just Togashi being lazy and ignoring the least popular character of the four (for some strange reason). In spite of all this, the Three Kings arc is too short for its disappointment to frustrate, and outside of the tournament nonsense there's some fanservice here anyone will actually want to see. Some popular fan characters return without feeling forced, and we get some great backstory on the Demon World, Yusuke, Kurama, and Hiei, and the new characters introduced are very, very cool. There's enough potential here with the setting and plot to make it a great ending had it been expanded upon, but as it is it's simply acceptable and far from undermines the greatness that came before it.
Before closing out this eeeeeeeeeeeeeexpansive review, I'd like to express that I have the same love for the audio as everyone else does. The soundtrack is one of my favorite in anime ever, and all the openings and endings are top notch causing me to still listen to them regularly. The Yu Yu Hakusho dub is legendary for how good it is, and they're completely right. Make no mistake, the dub voice actors ARE the characters. The original Japanese cast lost on this one when it came to heart, and it's just the truth. The openings and endings were also all redone in English with likely a better translation than anything a subber would've came up with and can completely compare with the original Japanese versions. I won't go into detail about any specific songs or dub jobs right now, just know that I think they're both fantastic. If I had a complaint about any of this, it's that the soundtrack is fairly small for a 114 episode series, so you end up hearing the same songs all the way from the beginning to the end. Fortunately they're so good you won't mind, but it's slightly unfulfilling. Also, some songs on the soundtrack are either unused or not used often enough compared to other tracks. So it goes, I guess.
Yu Yu Hakusho takes up a large part of my heart, and as a member of the super elite my criticisms are immune to nostalgia. The series really is that charming and a shining example of battle shonen anime that all battle shonen to follow should use as a basic blueprint. It's long but never bogged down by filler or any padding whatsoever so it's just 112 episodes of battles of strength and wits among one of the most generally lovable casts ever put in an anime (or anything?). When I finished Yu Yu Hakusho for the first time I did something very rare and cried out of both complete satisfaction and having to say goodbye to something I loved that had become a part of my daily routine. It's moments like those that I spend so much of my time watching anime for in the first place. Though Yu Yu Hakusho still ended up being quite popular, I sometimes imagine a world where it deservedly took Dragon Ball Z's place in pop culture and we got numerous spin-offs, videogame adaptations, and westerners and easterners alike recognized its greatness. A man can dream. read more
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.
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.
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.
Both are by the same author and offers great fights, great characters (both protagonists and antagonists), a solid story and are arguably better than your average better shounen. You'll also notice that Togashi borrowed a few things from YYH in Hunter x Hunter 2011, although I'd consider HxH 2011 the better of the two titles.
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).
They are made by the same person, and are similar genres. Some characters in Hunter x Hunter are also based off some in Yu Yu Hakusho, Killua for example if much like Hiei.
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.
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 refer to the use of Super Powers of great destruction,also, both anime's have a great story line and the main characters share a common goal,to become the best.
power given to school kid, they enter a tournament
shounen about superpower, fighting tournaments, holy themes, great action!
Most claim it to be the classic shonen but YYH is similar in a sense where theres a tournament where demons battle it out (though not for a reason like becoming god) thought it is based on heaven and the main character is a unique teenager.
Both contain lots of fighting, lots of growing up, and both are kind of tournament based. Also both have lots of feels <3
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