One fateful day, Yuusuke Urameshi, a 14-year-old delinquent with a dim future, gets a miraculous chance to turn it all around when he throws himself in front of a moving car to save a young boy. His ultimate sacrifice is so out of character that the authorities of the spirit realm are not yet prepared to let him pass on. Koenma, heir to the throne of the spirit realm, offers Yuusuke an opportunity to regain his life through completion of a series of tasks. With the guidance of the death god Botan, he is to thwart evil presences on Earth as a Spirit Detective. To help him on his venture, Yuusuke enlists ex-rival Kazuma Kuwabara, and two demons, Hiei and Kurama, who have criminal pasts. Together, they train and battle against enemies who would threaten humanity’s very existence. – My Anime List
Based on 10 review scores:
The show is funny at times, and at other times surprisingly sentimental and touching. It also has better action and fighting sequences than most other anime series, and any shounen fan should put it at the top of their list. I love this show, and rewatch it all the time, so this is probably one of few series I would say truly merits a full 10/10 rating.
If I were going to back to watch an anime in my free time though, Yu Yu Hakusho would be at the top of the list. It stands up to this day as well written, animated, directed, and acted without any need for nostalgia.
The action scenes are awesome and very similar to Dragon Ball Z with some major differences. Energy attacks are used but not by much and focused more on melee combat. I enjoyed this so much when I was younger I bought the first season. I plan to buy the rest soon.
Yu Yu Hakusho is one of the greatest anime shows I’ve ever seen. It’s the story of a teenage spirit detective and his friends fighting the worst demons from spirit world. The animation’s great, the music fits, it actually has a story, and the voice actors are phenomenal!! It’s also has clever dialog, FUNimation really did a great job with this project. This show is fantastic all around!!!
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Overall, Yu Yu Hakusho is a very fun and enjoyable series. This anime is not something that everybody is going to like, but most people should at least find something about it that keeps them interested. Its not a DBZ clone, and its not just a mindless excuse for intense action scenes. The show is fairly long, but its one of the few series that go over 100 episodes and still manage to stay fresh the whole way through. Therefore, I highly recommend this series. I personally find it to be one of the best series that anime has to offer, action or otherwise, and I know that many people would disagree with me (although, I’m really not a big anime buff), but I have watched my fair share of anime and I almost never give out 10’s as scores since no series is perfect (and this anime is no exception), but when I feel that a series deserves it then I give it that score, and Yu Yu Hakusho is one of the few. If you haven’t seen it yet then go out and give it a try. I can almost guarantee that you won’t be sorry.
*TAKE IN TO CONSIDERATION THAT YU YU HAKASHO PIONEERED LOTS OF FIGHTING ANIMES SUCH AS BLEACH. THERE IS A REASON FOR THAT*
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Even after it evens out, Yū Yū Hakusho’s turn away from ghostly drama towards straight tournament bashing is a letdown. Just not enough of one to hurt…or at least, not too bad. Yū Yū Hakusho may not be as unconventional as it first seems, but it’s still a well-tuned action machine: honest, unpretentious, and stripped of all the convoluted political BS that clogs so many of its peers. And that ain’t bad.
Yu Yu Hakusho the anime wraps itself up after impressively being a manga, a long-lasting series and a maker of spin-off movies.
In the end, despite its faults, Yu Yu Hakusho is a worthwhile view. It is not groundbreaking in any sense, but it is a fun diversion that will work well on many levels for fighting/action anime fans. It has enough of a plot to keep it from getting severely boring and more than enough action to please any Dragon Ball Z fan. Go Team Urameshi!!