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Yu Yu Hakusho

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Yu Yu Hakusho
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Arigatou gozaimasu!
Genre: Adventure
Running Time: 24 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: October 10, 1992 – December 17, 1994
Network(s): Fuji TV
Created by: Yoshihiro Togashi
Starring: Nozomu Sasaki
Justin Cook
Christopher Sabat
Seasons: 4
Episodes: 112

Yu Yu Hakusho (Ghost Fighter in the Philippines) is an action shonen battle anime series created by Yoshihiro Togashi, the same person who created Hunter X Hunter.  

Why It Rocks

  1. Great animation for its time, especially during the fight scenes, when the animation is well fluid and detailed.  
  2. Outstanding cast of characters. Not as good as Togashi's later work, Hunter X Hunter (due to some their backstories being just simple), but the characters, both protagonists and antagonists, are interesting and complex.
  3. Great voice acting in both sub and dub.
  4. The music theme song is very catchy and memorable.
  5. Tons of lovable characters including Yusuke, Kurama, Kuwabara, Hiei, Genkai, Koenma, Botan, Taguro and Sensui.
  6. Unlike most anime similar to this, there is absolutely no filler throughout the show, except when...
  7. Due to the extremely rushed ending of the manga, Pierrot decided to pad the final chapters, making a more satisfactory conclusion.
  8. Surprisingly great comedy.  
  9. Yusuke Urameshi's character arc is known for being one of the best and most engaging coming-of-age stories in all of anime.
  10. Shockingly great and well development romance between Yusuke Urameshi and Keiko Yukimura.  
  11. The villains in this anime are some of the most well known, interesting, and complex, in all of contemporary Shonen Jump anime and manga, like Younger Toguro, and Shinobu Sensui.
  12. Excellent fight scenes, especially during the Dark Tournament Saga, which is considered the best arc in the anime. 
  13. All of the main cast have great dynamics together. Their interactions are always engaging, no matter what they're doing.  
  14. Amazing soundtrack.
  15. All of the video games based on this series are great with the only stinker being Spirit Detective.

Bad Qualities

  1. It has several unlikeable characters like the teachers of Sarayashiki High School who constantly bullied Yusuke and Kuwabara, or Gonzo Tarukane who was responsible for psychologically torturing Yukina to profit off her tears.
  2. Yusuke's mother, Atsuko Urameshi, was a very useless character who contributed nothing for the anime.
  3. Several characters were poorly underutilized in the anime like Chū, Rinku, Jin, Tōya, Shishiwakamaru and Suzuki.
  4. Koto and Juri, while likeable characters, can be a little annoying.
  5. The Three Kings arc, while excellent, is considered the weakest arc of the anime, due to some of the main characters not having a lot of screentime (Especially Kuwabara), trying to replicate some elements of the Dark Tournament arc that weren't executed well, having a lot of predictable moments like the fight between Yusuke and Yomi which ends with the former being defeated, and most of the fights aren't that memorable.
    • Despite this, the last episode and the ending still gives a satisfying conclusion to the anime.
  6. Not good for people who have Epilepsy, due to there being tons of fast, bright flashing lights during most fight scenes.
  7. Some of the language in the dub can be offensive to some people.


  • It had some differences from the manga. The manga showed more realistic moments as an influence to Hans Ruedi Giger, and a notable example was that Mukuro was raped by a pedophile during her childhood and poured acid on herself in the manga, along with some characters not being in the show.
  • The series is extremely popular in the Philippines. The series still plays on TV there to this day. Sometimes, it even gets higher ratings than popular soap operas.
  • Masashi Kishimoto once said in a interview that he loves this series.



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