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English: Yu Yu Hakusho
Synonyms: Yuu Yuu Hakusho, YuYu Hakusho, Two Shots
Japanese: 幽☆遊☆白書


Type: Manga
Volumes: 19
Chapters: 176
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 20, 1990 to Jul 12, 1994
Authors: Togashi, Yoshihiro (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 8.251 (scored by 17401 users)
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Ranked: #4212
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Popularity: #180
Members: 33,736
Favorites: 1,889


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Sep 20, 2009
Rakuen42 (All reviews)
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 read more
Jan 13, 2008
exabyte (All reviews)
The story is about a 14 year old boy named Yusuke Urameshi. He dies in a car accident after trying to save a little boy. He ends up being a Spirit Detective (someone who hunts down demons in the human world and solves cases). So we get to see him solve some cases and kick some ass. The story gets more interesting in the Dark Tournament Arc where you see some of the nicest moves the show has to offer (Dragon of the Darkness Flame anyone?). The third arc is Chapter Black Arc, which talks about some psycho trying to read more
Dec 12, 2014
literaturenerd (All reviews)

Today we look at a comic with some serious flaws, but I love it anyways. Many people remember seeing Yu Yu Hakusho on Cartoon Network both on Adult Swim and a butchered kid friendly edit for Toonami. It never gained the popularity of DBZ, but older Otaku still remember the series fondly. That is why it is interesting that so few people outside Japan have read the original manga. Of course when you open the manga and look at it, you will figure out why that is. This brings me to the first flaw in Hakusho.

The first minor blemish on this otherwise good title read more
Sep 12, 2018
ChouEritto (All reviews)
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 the opinion of any arc of DBZ after the Saiyan Arc being good, 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 read more
Jul 15, 2009
Tumerking (All reviews)
Yu-Yu Hakusho. The once great, but forgoten series.

STORY: 7/10
The story isn't anything ground breaking. The main character, Yusuke, dies, comes back to life, and becomes a spirit detective with special powers. With these special powers Yusuke fights demons, monsters, and other guys with special powers. I only have beef with one of the special powers used, and thats Yusuke's. He shoots a ball of blue energy out of his finger which looks exactly like a mini kamehameha from DBZ. It kind of pissed me off, but most of the other powers are pretty cool.

So the story was broken down into three arcs. The first arc read more
Jun 4, 2012
Shabluh (All reviews)
Published from 1990 to 1994, Yu Yu Hakusho is an earlier work of mangaka Togashi Yoshihiro, who also wrote Hunter x Hunter. Chances are; if you like one, you'll probably like the other. And while Hakusho isn't at all as good as HxH, it still is very entertaining.

The story starts shockingly enough, with the main character, Urameshi Yuusuke, a delinquent, dead after saving a young boy from being hit by a car. Not knowing what to do with his soul, after a delinquent like him sacrificed himself, the spirit world gives him a chance to return to life, but unless he performs more good deeds, read more
Aug 19, 2015
takakara_nomuro (All reviews)
Urameshi Yusuke and his friends "Yu Yu Hakusho" marked a generation with action packed adventures, very charismatic characters and a much more compelling story that many knights in armor of the period.
The first volume of "Yu Yu Hakusho" too little account of what you should expect from the series. Yusuke Urameshi is a troublemaker who avoids the death of a child, but ends up himself to the land of standing by. As his death was unexpected, they give you the alternative to make the resurrection of the test, and now he needs to show that it is a good person. The first volume is basically read more
Jul 10, 2016
RichtheLionheart (All reviews)
Yu Yu Hakusho is one of the most influential and important Shounen Manga of all time. Sadly, many younger viewers/readers now see this as the other series made by the same guy as Hunter X Hunter.

Yu Yu Hakusho has 47 million total volume sales and it is only 19 volumes long. That's a ratio of 2.47 million copies of each volume. That is one of the highest sales per volume of all time!

Now, lets move on to the actual review. I'll also do some anime comparisons and talk about the Viz release.

Story: Yu Yu Hakusho centers around a Jr. High delinquent named read more
Jul 23, 2012
corychang (All reviews)
High school delinquent Yusuke Urameshi opens Yu Yu Kakusho by saving a boy, sacrificing himself in the process. Luckily for Yusuke, and us, the story does not end there, with Yusuke finding himself in the spirit world with a chance to win back his life. Having tons of action and humor, the series has a lot to enjoy, but unfortunately there is also a lot holding it back. While reading, one cannot help but think that there is so much potential for something great, but those opportunities are never fully realized.

Drawn in a cartoony style, the art of the series is functional, but never really read more
Jul 19, 2017
Packman4000 (All reviews)
The 80s and 90s was a special time for manga. It was a time when Shonen manga was at its peak popularity. Everyone knew titles like Dragon Ball, Fist of the North Star, and Full Metal Alchemist, while the likes of Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach were only just beginning. Among all of these other, action packed series, stands a true gem, and that gem is Yu Yu Hakusho.

Before I begin to talk about the story, I would have to recommend that you read the first chapter of the series yourself before continuing with reading this review, as I believe it is the greatest first read more
Dec 15, 2016
butthurtbrigade (All reviews)
Reading this manga is an interesting experience if you're familiar with Hunter x Hunter, the other fighting shounen from Yoshihiro Togashi. Several powers, plot points and characters archetypes from this series are recycled into Hunter x Hunter but with more nuance and exploration.

Don't expect too much action in the opening chapters because the first twenty chapters or so are the main character Yuuske playing ghost detective and solving their problems so they can move on. Most of these stories were actually pretty sad and hit me in the feels department so I found them harder to get through than any other part of the read more
Mar 31, 2013
rubberypirate (All reviews)
YuYu Hakusho is one of those manga series that got overshadowed when it was getting released due to it going against the juggernaut of a shonen series, Dragon Ball. Years after it's release it remains practically forgotten but the anime apparently remains the milestone of shonen battle series. But how exactly does the manga stand on it's own two feet? By this point you should have some kind of idea of the story. It starts with the hero Yusuke Urameshi getting killed by a car while trying to save a kid. He then meets Botan a messenger of the underworld who explains to him that read more
Jul 31, 2017
comiclove (All reviews)
YYH is one of the more popular 'old school' 90's mangas. It might not be the deepest/complex shonen of its time, but it doesn't need to be - it has fitting artwork and an intriguing (if basic) premise that is followed up on with easy-to-love characters.

[Story - 6]

The story has two parts to it, really - a supernatural detective part and a typical battle-royale part. We start with the former: Our protagonist, rowdy middle schooler Yuusuke Urameshi, dies in a freak accident and promptly journeys to rejoin the living. Along the way, he becomes a 'Spirit Detective', and thus investigates cases of that sort. This read more
Oct 18, 2018
leoniveli (All reviews)
Story 6/10

The story started off really basic like any beginning. Introduction to the characters was a hassle for me to get through. Once the beginning stages were set and the characters well known, it got more enjoyable for me. The Dark Tournament was really good and enjoyable. There's just one aspect about it that I didn't like but I won't spoil that here. Chapter Black was just disappointing because I thought it would carry on the greatness but I just found it dumb. The last arc was even worse but it had nice characterization for a few characters. The ending was fan service but it read more