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Yu Yu Hakusho  
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Yusuke Urameshi was a tough teen delinquent until one selfless act changed his life... by ending it. When he died saving a little kid from a speeding car, the afterlife didn't know what to do with him, so it gave him a second chance at life. Now, Yusuke is a ghost with a mission, performing good deeds at the behest of Botan, the ferrywoman of the River Styx, and Koenma, the pacifier-sucking judge of the dead.

Note: Won the 39th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen category.


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Associated Names
Hành Trình U Linh Giới
Yu degli spettri
Yuu Yuu Hakusho
YuYu Hakusho
Yū Yū Hakush
Отчёт о буйстве духов

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1-3 by Viz over 4 years ago
v.19 c.1-2 by Null over 11 years ago
v.18 by Blackout & Null over 12 years ago
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in Country of Origin
19 Volumes (Complete)
15 Kanzenban (2004 - Complete)
12 Bunkoban (2010 - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 19, Chap 175 (Parts are omitted, changed or added)

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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (1006 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.15 / 10.0

Last Updated
November 9th 2021, 1:01pm PST



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Original Publisher
Shueisha (1991, 2004, 2010, 2015)

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Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (19 Vols - Complete)

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Masterpiece till this day review below me is an idiot that cant understand nuance  
March 25th, 2021, 9:03pm
Rating: N/A
Imagine making such a basic generic review in 2021 that completely lies about a 30 year old series and compares it to dbz comparisons that have been lied about for nearly 30 years now. To the review below me. YYH still stands the test of time and offers way more than just battles, its a deep dive and character study on the intricate detrimental nature of our society moral codes. No only that it subtle deals with topics you wouldnt pick on like abusive single households and how that can affect the youth in subtle ways. This is only a surface level analysis on this series far more complex than the guy under me can clearly understand. Sometimes people just arent intelligent enough to understand nuance in storytelling really sad Truly.
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I guess I overestimated you. You aren't worth fighting at one hundred percent.  
by StoneLuigi
December 1st, 2020, 5:06pm
Rating: N/A
Yu Yu Hakusho opens with the main character flipping up a child's skirt and commenting on the shitstains on her underwear.

Do I really need to say more?

It's a cheap and tepid story with paper-thin characters. The art is typical of a contemporary shounen - competent, but not daring, and lacking in distinctive features. The real weak point is the writing. Every plot point is both bog-standard and heavily foreshadowed - the crotchety old man will warm up when confronted with innocence, the arrogant snob will get a knuckle sandwich, the freakishly ugly guys will be evil and get humiliated, the extremely pretty guys will be even more evil, the tough young men will never give up. (Nine out of ten characters in this series can be described as a jerk-with-a-heart-of-gold, or just a jerk.) The author doles out glurgy, second-hand story beats. When he runs out, he switches to stolen Dragon Ball Z ideas.

The fights are comically weak. For the first few chapters, nobody does anything but punch each other full in the face. Nobody kicks, grabs, guards, blocks, dodges, flees, or changes posture. They just eat the hit and then punch the other guy. It's the dumbest possible interpretation of fighting. When new attacks finally start appearing, it's generic shapeless ki blasts shot out of people's hands - in other words, the author took DB's least creative move, and made it even less exciting.

These boring punch-outs never stop happening, but at least other attacks start coming in. The problem is, everyone's a damn ghost! Swords impact people as painlessly as laser pointers. Nobody reacts to losing limbs and getting cut in half. There's no fear or passion. It's justified in that they're not on the material plane, but why would you use such an excuse to make your fights less visceral and tense?

Annoyingly, the toughest opponents aren't beaten in satisfying ways. They toy with Yuusuke and kill his friends in front of him to make him madder, and when he finally manages to summon the willpower to punch them really hard, they just thank him for kicking their asses so impressively and sort of keel over dead. I would've preferred to see some struggle or panic. Oh, but don't worry - Yuusuke's friends never actually die, no serious consequences are ever actually faced. This sort of fake-out prank on the reader does YYH no favors whatsoever.

For a "fighting manga" the fights are seriously half-baked, and they're mostly dialogue. Whole chapters consist of nothing but characters brooding over how a fight is totally gonna happen soon and it's gonna be amazing. The things that you want to spend time on, like important fights and explanations for the silly bullshit like a giant laser that comes out of nowhere at the very end, Togashi just waves his hand and skips over them in favor of drawing characters standing around talking. The series is 100% building up wimpy fights that are simultaneously dragged out too long _and_ conclude too abruptly.

Some of the battles are nothing but continuous reversals, like a parody of Dragon Ball. "No, I win because of my flower attack!" "Ah ha, no, I win, because I can blow up that attack!" "No, I win because I transformed and wrapped you up! This fight is over!" "Ah, but it's not over, because I can blow up that attack! And now I'll transform too!!" Christ, give it a rest!

Some of the fights are less punchy and more puzzly. They come across like stupid versions of a Stand battle from JJBA. Sometimes the "solution" to the fight appears to be lifted directly from JJBA (Kito's impostor-making power is defeated by Yuusuke hitting the correct impostor out of sheer luck and laziness - exactly how Okuyasu beats Akira Otoishi).

In late-series fights, for instance during the final tournament, the Dragon Ball mimicry gets so severe that you can actually pick out specific Dragon Ball Z panels that Togashi stole the perspective and poses from (Krillin's ki-en-zan from the background and the straight-armed hunch he gets when he's badly beaten up after Vegeta's first defeat). Taking Dragon Ball as inspiration isn't a sin, but straight-up ripping off moves and stances instead of making up your own is insultingly lazy.

It doesn't stop there - all the Dragon Ball-codified shounen cliches get reused and recycled. Characters train while wearing really heavy things until they don't even notice the weight. Yuusuke reaches a more powerful form and grows a huge mop of spiky hair. Characters freeze and idly allow their nemeses to reach 100% power just because they want to see what it looks like. Characters take off armor that was restricting their power level, then the opponent takes off THEIR power-restricting armor. Characters taunt each other by saying shit like "I'm only fighting at 80% of my maximum power!" because in this series power is nothing but a number describing how hard you want to win. Characters never give it their all right off the bat - they half-ass everything for a few chapters and then decide that they should probably fight at 100% or they'll lose. Big surprise. Togashi somehow doesn't get tired of this, up to the very end.

And, of course, the main damsel is completely useless in a fight against the weakest mooks but still hops into fights anyway, necessitating her rescue. As expected. Couldn't have a love interest winning by her own strength and cunning, now could we?

The one gag I liked was when, very early on, the protagonist considers just smashing the magic egg and dooming himself. That was both funny and interesting, but it's just an end-of-chapter joke! You can hear the author telling you: _Don't worry. There's no risk that I'll do anything to raise the tension. All the good guys will be A-okay and the bad guys will get beaten up, so just go ahead and stop reading now._

And I did.
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Great for its time  
by GrumpyNPC
March 12th, 2018, 2:27pm
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
I recently re-read this manga and watched the first and last arcs of the anime, with a few sprinkled episodes here and there. I'm giving it a 8.5/10, but i have to admit that at least 2 of those are nostalgia points. There are a lot of plot holes and the art is pretty dated on both the anime and the manga, but the anime is more visually pleasing in my opinion. The dialogue can be corny at times, especially in the dubbed version, but it is not a bad dub, i like a lot of the liberties it takes. I watched the episodes dubbed but with subs on too for comparison. The positives for me are the characters and their imperfect lives.

In summary, this was a great manga and i recommend it to anyone who has not yet read it or watched the anime. If you are picky about art or cant get past the outdated and sometimes corny dialogue then maybe it is not for you.

... Last updated on March 12th, 2018, 2:36pm
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A classic!  
by khanaami
August 29th, 2014, 6:38pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Yu Yu Hakusho is a fun read. Although the anime is more entertaining, the manga pars alongside it. The manga has only one downside, it ended way to soon, and you cannot help wanting more. After all, this series has amazing characters and a relatively entertaining plot. This is one of the few shounens I love to death, especially the anime, which lives up to the manga. It is a must read for those who love shounen.

... Last updated on August 29th, 2014, 6:40pm
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by destineazn
June 26th, 2012, 4:13pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I wish they would make a remake of this anime too. I don't like how the animations were back then since the animations are better now. It's been almost twenty yrs when they released ep1 and 17 yrs since the anime finished
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Still one of my favorites...  
by Kittenn1011
August 4th, 2011, 11:05pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
I read Yu Yu Hakusho originally years ago, and it immediately skyrocketed to the top of my favorites list. Since then, I have read hundreds of manga, and haven't looked back at Yu Yu Hakusho for years. With me new eyes, when I found it again, I realized that it still is quite near the top of my favorites list and is definitely my top favorite fighting-style shounen story.

The characters are definitive, cool, and interesting; they develop as people and as fighters. The plot makes logical sense and flows pretty well, and is not lost between or during fights. The anime is better than the manga simply because the fights are much more interesting seen on-screen (personally, I read the entire manga and then found my favorite fights on youtube to watch properly).

On a more critical note, the ending felt slightly anticlimactic and although somebody spoiled it for me I didn't believe it until I saw it on the page. The first volume or two did not do well in introducing the series' tone and purpose; though those stories were interesting. I'm not sure how much of the first two volumes is lost in the anime, but I remember there being quite a bit of it gone... and I couldn't say if it adds to the series or takes away from it.

All in all, if you're a fan of shounen manga, I highly recommend it. If you're not, I suggest you give it a shot anyways. Definitely a classic and worth the time.
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It was a great series...  
by Zaxus
November 11th, 2010, 5:50pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
...but the ending kind of brought the whole thing down a bit. Save for the ending, the whole thing is pretty awesome, like at a 9-9.5 level... but that ending seemed pretty slipshod, like he just gave up on it and wanted to move on... which I can understand. But, still...
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XD *dancity dancity*  
by hiyoukai
June 24th, 2010, 11:54am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This is probably one of the best series I've read! I haven't seen another that holds my attention like this one did! It's not very long, but I kinda like that. I was looking for a new manga series to get into after I finished all of InuYasha's bajillion volumes, so I thought to myself, "Hey, what ever happened to that Yu Yu Hakusho show I used to watch in like 7th grade? I wonder what happened?" Sure enough, it had a manga (WOO!!) Now, I am even more of a fan than I was to begin with...
I get bored of manga that are the same thing every chapter like "Oooh! I'm gonna use this special move!" "Well oh yeah, I'm gonna use this other secret technique against you that's even better!" "Well, I'm gonna use my secret secret technique that's even better than yours!!" That bores me so much... I enjoy this manga because it's much better than that. Yeah, definitely a must-read if you ask me! It has enough seriousness with enough comedy to make it very enjoyable! Thanks, Yu Yu Hakusho!!
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by YummiMookies
April 25th, 2010, 12:36am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Why are people comparing and complaining about HxH on YYH's page?

I think this is one of the greatest series ever. The anime does fix most of the flaws of the manga, but the manga has some stuff that aren't really included in the anime (albeit useless, some of the things they say in the manga in tiny speech bubbles are absolutely hilarious).

You can go up to any serious or even semi-serious anime fan and mention YYH... they'd go bonkers. Proves that YYH isn't just a great manga and outstanding anime, it's also a great instant conversation starter with potential-friends.

And just for the record: I enjoy HxH, but YYH is more fun for me.

... Last updated on April 25th, 2010, 12:37am
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The ending...  
by LUEser
October 22nd, 2009, 10:19pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I never got past the Dark Tournament last time I was watching the anime and reading the manga... But just recently, I finished the manga. Coming back to finish the manga means a lot to me because it's what started my whole drawing/art inspiration!

The manga is extremely good though, I gave it a slightly lower rating for the poor ending; it was still satisfying but the ending kind of dragged and i was really just skipping the last few chapters. I didn't appreciate that instead of displaying the actual tournament with the strongest fighters all the way to the final chapter...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Yusuke comes back to the Human World almost two years later and gives a very brief and vague "A lost to B, and C beat B but lost to D" kind info to Kuwabara. And then the mangaka ends it with a last-minute didn't-think-it-through problem in putting the Human World in danger which lasted half of one chapter when the Demon Tournament could've been the best ending!!
So you can all tell, I'm very disappointed in the ending and absolutely wish that the Demon Tournament could have taken the rest of the manga. But I feel like that tournament was made irrelevant because it's been cut short, almost as if Yusuke meeting Raizen wasn't a big deal.

Think about it! All this time...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
We never knew Yuusuke was a demon until his demon powers sparked in his fight with Sensui. And after the fight, he wants to go back to the Demon World. He wanted to find out about his powers; he didn't feel right being in the human world. Then BLAMMO--after Raizen dies, he calls for a tournament, which most of it didn't even come through, and then leaves back to the Human World.
I'm still a little bitter but for the most part, even if it doesn't seem like it, I loved the manga. I especially love the Sensui arc. smile Recommended! Good reading!

... Last updated on February 26th, 2015, 8:03am
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