15 Fun Facts You May Not Know About Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu Yu Hakusho is a manga series released between 1990 and 1994 by writer Yoshihiro Togashi. Since its inception, the author’s illustrations have gained a multitude of fans all over the world, making reading manga also turn it into a great anime.

This great influence was important for the unfolding of pop culture and otaku, something that can be verified during conventions and events focused on this theme in the country, since many people are inspired by the characters in the series for their compositions.

Thus, today we present 15 trivia about Yu Yu Hakusho for you to kill the nostalgia remembering this incredible story.

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1. It was one of the biggest successes of Rede Manchete

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Yu Yu Hakusho premiered in Brazil during the 1990s on the former Rede Manchete, drawing great public attention due to the use of typical Brazilian catchphrases in the dubbing of the anime’s characters. Who doesn’t remember Yusuke saying “Rapadura is sweet, but it’s not soft?”.

2. Anime explores the issue of shinigami

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One aspect addressed in the series is the shinigamis, which in free translation means “gods of death”. As soon as Yusuke dies, he is greeted by Botam, a blue-haired shinigami who uses a flying broom to get around. She is under the orders of King Enma. However, the king is on vacation and she has to deal with her son, Koenma, who takes care of the spirit world.

3. Features elements of Japanese mythology

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Over the course of the four seasons of the anime, the characters must deal with large demons inspired by legends from Japanese mythology. As an example, in the Dark Tournament there is a series of them that the characters must face. Also, the main core of the show itself has mythological elements, like Kurama, who is a fox.

4. There are significant differences between manga and anime

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In the first few chapters of the manga, Yusuke needs to work as a spiritual detective to help other people follow their paths after death. In the anime, this doesn’t happen with such emphasis. Other disagreements between stories also happened during the time the anime was shown, such as the introduction of the character Jorge in the animation.

5. Yukina may be a centenary woman

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According to the story present in the anime and manga, Yukina does not belong to the human race, but to a demonic race that can live for over a hundred years, maintaining its youthful appearance naturally. In this way, fans of Yu Yu Hakusho not sure about the real age of the character.

6. Yoshihiro Togashi is married to the breeder of Sailor Moon

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One of the great curiosities that few fans know is that Yoshihiro Togashi is married to Naoko Takeuchi, creator of Sailor Moon, another smash hit anime from the 1990s.

7. Yu Yu Hakusho almost had a homosexual couple

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According to interviews Togashi gave during his lifetime, he intended that Hiei and Kurama were a homosexual couple. However, fearing criticism from conservatives, he chose not to pursue the idea.

8. Character colors differ between manga and anime

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Some characters had their colors changed during the production of the anime. As an example, Kurama lost his rebellious black hair to gain vibrant red streaks.

9. Writer used other productions as reference

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Togashi rescued elements from other productions he is a fan of for his famous anime. One of the greatest examples is the noise identical to that of a lightsaber that Kuwabara’s sword makes. The writer has always been a big fan of Star Wars.

10. Yoshihiro Togashi pays tribute to Sailor Moon

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To honor his beloved, the creator of Yu Yu Hakusho dressed his character Koenma in costumes very similar to Tuxedo Mask, a great character from Sailor Moon.

11. Yu Yu Hakusho is considered one of the best animes in recent times.

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Yu Yu Hakusho won several awards during the time it was shown. In 1994 and 1995, it was named best anime of the year by Animage Anime Grand Prix. In 2016, 12 years after its end, he was elected by the Japanese magazine Brutus as the sixth best anime of all time.

12. Yu Yu Hakusho served as inspiration for another manga by the writer

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After finishing your work in Yu Yu Hakusho, Togashi used his own story as inspiration for his new project: Hunter x Hunter. The anime features similarities in characters, structure and stories with YYH.

13. Botan was inspired by Greek mythology

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To create Botan, Yoshihiro Togashi was inspired by an ancient Greek mythology, the story of Charon. In the myth, the character is a boatman who roams the world of the dead, taking the souls of newcomers to their destination. The similarities of the story with Botan’s leave no doubt about the author’s influence.

14. Yoshihiro Togashi Honored Baseball Players

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According to Togashi, he has always been a huge baseball fan, prompting him to name his characters after two great Japanese players: Masumi Kuwata and Kazuhiro Kiyohara.

15. Production will win a live action on Netflix in 2023

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Recently, Netflix announced that it is producing a live action of Yu Yu Hakusho, scheduled to open in 2023. However, so far few details have been released.

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