Yu Yu Hakusho
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Synonyms: Yuu Yuu Hakusho, YuYu Hakusho, Two Shots
Japanese: 幽☆遊☆白書
English: Yu Yu Hakusho
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 19
Chapters: 176
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 20, 1990 to Jul 12, 1994
Genres: Action Action, Award Winning Award Winning, Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Supernatural Supernatural
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Togashi, Yoshihiro (Story & Art)


Score: 8.181 (scored by 3235132,351 users)
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Ranked: #4482
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Popularity: #217
Members: 71,273
Favorites: 2,773


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Fourteen-year-old thug Yuusuke Urameshi spends his days skipping school and causing trouble for the adults in his life. Yuusuke regularly engages in street brawls against rival Kazuma Kuwabara and ridicules his childhood friend Keiko Yukimura. Filled with self-loathing and the burden of an alcoholic mother, Yuusuke sacrifices it all in a split-second decision—he tackles a small child out of the way of an oncoming car, losing his life in the process.

Spirit guide Botan intervenes, allowing Yuusuke to see how the people in his life react to his death; he is moved by the emotional ruin his loss causes his mother, Keiko, and even Kuwabara. Additionally, due to his death's heroic nature, he receives an opportunity to return to life from the Spirit World ruler's son, Koenma.

Koenma hires Yuusuke as a "Spirit Detective" and tasks him with solving a series of increasingly challenging paranormal mysteries. Battling and befriending demons such as the beautiful Kurama and hostile Hiei, Yuusuke further develops and utilizes his skills as a fighter. But as dark forces move in the Underworld, Yuusuke struggles alongside his companions to defend everything he took for granted.

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Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho was awarded the 39th Shogakukan Manga Award for best shounen manga in 1993.

The series was published in English as Yu Yu Hakusho by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint from August 18, 2003 to March 2, 2010; in Spanish by Glénat; and in Brazilian Portuguese by Jbc from November 2002 to November 2004—and again in a special edition from October 2014 to April 2016.


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Jun 2, 2023
Over all Yu Yu Hakusho is pretty good for what it is, a 90s shonen. Alot of the stories beats found in Yu Yu Hakusho are generic but not to an insulting degree as found in more recent animanga in which they make that generic concept into the driving force of the narrative. Instead Yu Yu Hakusho takes the self loafing concepts of humanity such as "Would anybody care if I died" and "Humanity deserves to die" and transforms them into fighting motifs for the protagonist and makes it feel that these were silly concepts to even think of.

Each character also feels interesting especially ...
Mar 22, 2024
Mixed Feelings
YYH is a classic manga for many reasons, with well-written characters, an awesome creepy tone inspired by slasher films, and some truly epic fights that make you feel like the whole world is at stake, just like a good shounen should. The problems are also many. The beginning of this manga is all over the place, with it not even becoming a fighting manga until the 3rd volume, and that is tolerable but from there you run into plot-holes and just uncreative ways of presenting conflict up until half-way through the Dark Tournament arc, which in my opinion is the point where Togashi became the ...
Dec 16, 2023
This series is amazing. But it suffers greatly in it's final arc. Character dynamics that are well established in the earlier volumes and chapters become completely irrelevant. DO NOT READ THIS! Watch it instead. It still has many faults, but it does it better in the anime. I wish I could give this a 10 out of 10. I really do. I love Togashi's work and this was such an important part of my teens. Now that I'm more critical of what I read and watch I still think that the anime suffers greatly after the first encounter of the "Chapter Black" Arc or "Black ...

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