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: 8.201 (scored by 3022230,222 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #4182
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #218
Members: 66,790
Favorites: 2,722


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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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Sep 20, 2009
The opening volumes, where they try and put Yusuke’s personality on track, was what started to pull me in. He reminds me a lot of Onizuka, another character I loved, in that he’s so wonderfully flawed. You don’t see Goku having some sudden epiphany and becoming a better person because he’s already sitting in the Lawful Good alignment to start with; there’s not a whole lot of room there for progression. By contrast, the delinquent is a great character to make the protagonist because he can’t be perfect and he has to grow at some point. Starting the series off dead ...
Sep 12, 2018
Mixed Feelings
Yu Yu Hakusho is a series that has garnered a reputation as a great classic amongst many members of the anime/manga community. Much like many Battle Shonen, however, most of the praise YYH gains as a great work is purely fuelled by one of the major banes of critical thinking; nostalgia.

Note that this review will be more of a spoiler-filled analysis of each arc of the series to fully analyse the story's quality, particularly for a fair lengthed Shonen in which delving into detail is fairly necessary.

===Part 1: Spirit Detective Arc===

The Spirit Detective Arc, whilst having an interesting beginning, quickly turns into 2 volumes of ...
Jan 15, 2023
Dated, cliche and inconsistent (from high school delinquents to martial art tournament to demons from hell). One can feel the pressure of editors in bringing in or changing characters and arcs that don't give any coherence to the series. The storytelling rythm is also quite chaotic with some events that drag on and some major developments that just pop out suddenly.

ART: 5
A weak copy of Dragon Ball.

Ultra generic shonen.


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