Shinigamis, Delinquents, traveling into another world, lots of fighting.
Bleach have many reference to Yu Yu Hakusho, mainly in Lost Agent arc (for example at the beginning of this arc Yuzu have Keiko's first hairstyle :O)
A boy has a supernatural experience and grow special powers. He come in contact with a organization that control the transit of soul between one world and another and protect the earth from the evil souls that attack it. The boy ends helping this organization to protect his friends.
A hotheaded teenage boy finds himself involved with a supernatural world of spirits. He and his friends, who also have supernatural abilities, eventually come together to fight the evil forces that pose a threat to both worlds.
Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter x Hunter are both by Yoshihiro Togashi.
The two series also have a decent amount in common as well.
Parts of the Genkai's Successor arc were revamped for the Hunter Exam arc and lots of character designs from YYH were revamped for new characters in HxH.
The big difference though is that while Yu Yu Hakusho is primarily just a typical battle manga, Hunter x Hunter is a deconstruction of battle manga.
Mazing fights, funny fights, friends with their own goals.
These two stories share many connections and the biggest connection is the friendship of Gon with Killua and Yuusuke with Hihei. Killua and Hiei have very shady personalities and share a similar rough backgrounds, but they evolve to nice friends.
Well, first of all, English is not my mother language so maybe I can't express exactly what I want to say.
I think if you liked Yu Yu Hakusho you will LOVE Hunter x Hunter. Both mangas are of same author, Yoshihiro Togashi, so obviously the draw style and the jokes style will be similar but, moreover, there are other big similarities between these mangas. Both mangas starts as a classical adventure shonen, but when the story advances you can see it is darker than you thought, specially in Hunter x Hunter. Both mangas are really unpredictable, not following the scheme of the typical shonen stories. The main characters are quite alike too, Gon is like Yusuke, Killua is like Hiei, Leorio is like Kuwabara and Kurapica is like Kurama. Also they are very charismatic. The main difference between both mangas may be that Hunter x Hunter is a bit more mature and deeper, and (In my personal opinion) better manga than Yu Yu Hakusho. Because of this I think that if you liked Yu Yu Hakusho you probably love Hunter x Hunter. read more
Flame of Recca reminded me of Yu Yu Hakusho instantly. The two have so much in common. Both the main characters are like exactly the same. They're both unbeatable guys in their schools who come into a great power. Both Yusuke and Recca can be rediculously funny and stupid but can completely bring it during a fight. Doron and Kuwabara and nearly identical and Tokiya and Hiei are very similar. The story lines are also very, very similar to each other. Both stories deal like the supernatural and both have large turnaments dealing with humans and inhuman beings alike. If you like one, I can guarentee that you'll like the other one. Without a doubt. Don't be put off that they're both a little on the older side. Two great, amazing stories. read more
These two are one of my favorite mangas. They may have a somewhat different plot but in the end they are very similar. Yu Yu Hakusho is about a teenage kid who doesn't really care much for most people, he also is constantly getting confronted by people who want to be beat him and become unbeatable, and goes through life dreading it, but after a life changing experience (or should I say after a life ending experience) he is swept into the world of magic and other awesome supernatural things, he meets people along the way who become good allies.
Now Beelzebub is about another teenage kid who is also constantly confronted by people who want to be the first one to beat the unbeatable, and after one little incident his life changes forever as well. He is stuck with the Demon's king son until he is old enough to destroy the world. He gets new allies and new enemies and begins to bond with this child and before you know it they become on in the same.
So basically if you like funny, good plots, and awesome fighting scenes then these are good for you. I am pretty sure if you liked one you'll like the other. read more
Beelzebub definitely took a bit of inspiration from Yu Yu Hakusho.
The big difference is that Beelzebub is primarily a comedy manga, and Yu Yu Hakusho is primarily a battle manga.
Both have similar delinquent characters thrust into the dealings of the demon world which are portrayed very similar in each.
Both are shounen mangas that are pretty childish in the beginning and become more serious at some point. Both have a stupid main character who grows up during the story. They also have a lot of cool fights and a scary amount of supporting character who usually have a background story, so the reader is very likely to find his favorite character. Both of the series have a simple plot and simple art, and they're both the classic way-too-long shounen mangas, but they never get boring!
you will love yu yu hakusho if you like naruto. it has the same intense-ness, action, and suspense as naruto. You will find yourself glued to the computer screen or book as you read yu yu hakusho dying to know what happens next. so READ IT
I find strange that most ppl think it looks similar to Bleach, because for me it have a heart of Naruto. Both main characters smiles a lot, but sad inside, while Ichigo is pretty grim all the time (at least he trys to be grim). Both use mostly hand to hand combat with techniques based on allocation of ki and overall story flows in the same way.
Both series are almost quite the same where the main characters have cocky attitudes and have similar objectives and goals where they have to take orders from the leader of the next world and fight against powerful warriors.
Both manga involve Japanese teenagers gaining supernatural powers. Some characters in both series are quite similar to each other (Yusuke & Josuke, Kuwabara & Okuyasu, etc.). They can also get quite dark and grim by Shonen Jump standards, although "Diamond" has a lot more bizarre/wacky moments. Both were also written in the '90s.
Both mangas involve 90's teens who have supernatural powers. (The duo of Yusuke and Kuwabara in YYH is very alike to the Josuke and Okuyasu one). Both mangas involve very original powers mixed with hilarious humour, battles and slice of life style. Although Diamond is Unbreakable is more Slice of Life and Yu Yu Hakusho is more battle shonen, they're very alike and if you liked one of them you surely like the other.
FMA is about brothers Ed and Al, who try to bring their dead mother back with alchemy, but Ed loses his arm and leg, and Al loses his entire body (Ed attaches it to a suit of armor). After Ed gets prosthetic limbs (automail), he vows to become a state alchemist to gain access to the information that could restore his limbs and Al's body. Little do they know about the giant war ahead of them and the corruption in the government they'll have to face. Yu Yu Hakusho is about a teenage delinquent named Yuusuke who unexpectedly dies uncharacteristically by pushing a young child out of the way of an oncoming vehicle, which hits him instead. Nobody in the Spirit World knows what to do with him because they didn't expect him to die that day, let alone by a selfless act. To reward him/not knowing what to do, the Spirit World gives him another chance at life, and he becomes a Spirit Detective, hunting down malevolent demons. Both stories are full of baka characters (but not in the annoying brainless way!), humour and action, with splashes of romance, but romance isn't a main focus. The characters are very well-developed. There are also many awesome female characters who can stand their own ground and don't need saving. Both series are really epic, and quite long, so they'll keep you amused, and are completely faithful to their manga sources.  read more
Hito Hitori Futari reminds me A LOT of the very first arc of Yu Yu Hakusho but done as a seinen series, and I feel this was entirely intentional. Fans of Yu Yu Hakusho before it became a pure battle manga who are looking for something similar but much more serious will probably love this.
Both manga's involve gods, devils, and humans and the struggle to keep balance and peace. Both main protagonists are very gifted and have amazing potential for greatness. Both main characters are very straight forward and arrogant but will fight for whats right in any situation. The two manga's show amazing character development and artwork with great detail on the battle scenes. Both manga's share Action, Fantasy, Comedy, and Drama genre components.
Characters are similar in terms of what they go through, their mannerisms and their roles in the story (for instance, both Yusuke & Goku are the main characters who itch for a good fight), and both series' action is dependent on a mix of martial arts and energy blasts.
Shounen series about two things: the supernatural, and fight tournaments. YYH is more about spirit-based attacks and demons while SK is about ghosts, but both like to toss in references to Japanese mythology and spiritual beliefs so there's still lots of common ground.
Despite YYH's aim for a younger audience, both manga feature strong characters who struggle against the battle against supernatural beings that threaten peace and order. Accompanied by a subtle romantic subplot and intense art, these two masterpieces are a must read.
If you liked the Four Saint Beasts arc (Yu Yu Hakusho) you'll probably like Evil Crusher Maya, since they are quite similar.
In Evil Crusher Maya, the main hero enters a medieval castle to battle a team of four demons, three of them control an elemental ability.