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Yu Yu Hakusho: Season 1 [Blu-ray]

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The anime classic now on Blu-ray!

From cutting classes to brawling in the streets, Yusuke Urameshi is not your typical role model. In fact, this kid’s nothing more than a fourteen-year-old delinquent with a talent for trouble. But in a single selfless act Yusuke dies while saving another. For such noble sacrifice he is given a second chance at life, but it’s to be a life far different than the one left behind. Now a Spirit Detective, the young man must track down demons and humans alike who desire to rule over the three realms of reality.


Fourteen-year-old Yusuke Urameshi, the hero of the fantasy-adventure Yu Yu Hakusho, brags about being the toughest kid in Sarayashki Junior High: He lives to fight, especially with his rival Kuwabara. When Yusuke's killed saving a little boy from a speeding car, he's given another chance by Koenma, the son of the ruler of the Spirit World. If Yusuke properly nurtures a "spirit egg," it will hatch into a benevolent beast that can help him return to his body permanently; too much negative energy will produce a monster that will devour him. Yusuke temporarily wins his life back with some help from Kayko (or Keiko), the girl he secretly loves, and Botan, the pretty pilot of the River Styx. Koenma makes him a "spirit detective," assigned to tracking down evil spirits prowling the human world. Yusuke's evolution from selfish thug to good guy includes some false steps, but he defeats his first foes with a mixture of daring, imagination, luck-- and kindness. He wins over Kuwabara and the demons Kurama and Hiei, and undergoes special training from super-psychic Genkai. Yusuke and his allies battle the four "Saint Beasts," demons associated with the Chinese directional animals, and rescue a Snow Maiden imprisoned by a corrupt capitalist. These episodes conclude with the opening of the Dark Tournament, a sort of supernatural WWF tag-team smackdown that will take up most of the next two seasons. This popular comedy- adventure plays like a cross between Dragon Ball Z and a minor Frank Capra movie. (Rated TV PG: risqué humor, cartoon violence, violence against women, alcohol and tobacco use.)

(1. Surprised to Be Dead, 2. Koenma Appears, 3. Kuwabara: A Promise Between Men, 4. Requirements for Lovers, 5. Yusuke's Back, 6. Three Monsters, 7. Gouki and Kurama, 8. The Three Eyes of Hiei, 9. The Search Begins, 10. Kuwabara's Spirit Sword, 11. Hard Fights for Yusuke, 12. Rando Rises. Kuwabara Falls. 13. Yusuke vs. Rando: 99 Attacks, 14. The Beasts of Maze Castle, 15. Genbu, the Stone Beast, 16. Byakko, the White Tiger, 17. Byakko's Lair, 18. Seiryu, the Blue Dragon, 19. Suzaku, Leader of the Beast, 20. Seven Ways to Die, 21. Yusuke's Sacrifices, 22. Lamenting Beauty, 23. The Toguro Brothers Gang, 24. The Deadly Triad, 25. Kuwabara's Fight of Love, 26. Toguro Returns, 27. The Dark Tournament Begins, 28. First Fight)

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  • Actors: Christopher R. Sabat, John Burgmeier, Chuck Huber, Justin Cook
  • Directors: Justin Cook
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Full Screen, Color, Box set
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby TrueHD 2.0), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 620 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,445 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Update: Got it. Every bit as awesome as I expected and then some. I've already pre-ordered the next 2 seasons.

As of this writing, this has yet to be released. However I got FMA: Brotherhood part 4 early from rightstuf and saw in the trailers, Yu yu hakusho. I was thinking to myself, why are they advertising an old show on this new release? I knew that they had released the box sets a year or so ago, but w/e, so I clicked it and figured it was another re-release. I was instantly shocked by the picture quality! Even if it was blu-ray, no way yyh could look this good just by being upscaled. The trailer explained that it was a frame by frame remaster.
If you don't already own yyh in some form, trust me, it looks beautiful, so go with this. Also, it is in full frame, so don't worry it won't be like those orange box releases of DBZ.
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This series has a special place in my heart. When I first saw it on Adult Swim all those years ago, I loved it from jump street. So much so that I was suckered into accidentally buying a horrid Chinese bootleg with absolutely terrible quality just to see how it ended before the US release finished its run.
I wizened up shortly thereafter and got myself the whole series on DVD in the 8 volume 2nd release (the "First Battles", "Second Wind", "Third Strike" Boxes) and was finally content that my collecting was over. Barring potential FUNimation releases of the movies in the future, I thought I had the best there was.

I was wrong.

Studio Peirrot, the Japanese company who produced Yu Yu Hakusho back in the early 90s went back and did a gorgeous frame-by-frame remastering job, going back to the original film prints and restoring the series in such pristine condition. The art was crisp, the colors were brilliantly restored, the audio brought into TrueHD 2.0 Stereo. I thought the idea that we could possibly ever get something this nice to be a wonderful pipe dream.

I was wrong again.

FUNimation has gotten those very same masters and not only have they presented them just as flawlessly on this release, but they've gone back and remixed the dub track to a glorious TrueHD 5.1 track! They've even used alternate takes and slight shifting of the lines, causing the audio to now sound pristine and match the lipflap better than before.

I swear watching this after seeing my DVDs was like night-and-day. The colors are so vivid, so brilliant, it's without a doubt the best I've ever seen a series that was not originally produced digitally in HD look.
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Yu Yu Hakusho is one of my favorite, if not all time favorite, anime. YYH is the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a 14-year old delinquent who loves to skip school and pick fights. In a split-second decision, he sacrifices himself to save a boy's life. In a twist of fate, he is given a second chance at life. A well animated and extremely well written series full of action and drama, it's a series that I've always held close to my heart. Now let's get to the Blu-Ray remaster. To put it simply: It's gorgeous! Since older animation was filmed on high-resolution film, shows like YYH look fantastic in 1080p, especially with a frame-by-frame remaster. To see it in such pristine clarity is awesome. This season one release has 28 episodes on 3 discs, with English audio in 5.1 and 2.0 in Japanese. For extras you get the textless opening and ending songs; there are also some trailers, so nothing special. To people who already own the series on DVD, I would still recommend this Blu-Ray release because of the absolutely stunning quality. Trust me, you WILL NOT be disappointed!
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I already own the complete series on DVD, so at first I ignored the Blu Ray release. There are tons of things I'd like to buy and I have a limited budget. But I kept reading review after review praising the Blu Ray's quality. Now I never thought the DVDs looked bad, but I got curious. How much better could the Blu Ray release really be? A whole lot. There are already some great reviews posted here about what they did to clean the show up. I just want to chime in and say that as a fan of the series and someone on a budget, it was definitely worth the upgrade. Not all Blu Ray releases are worth the extra cash, especially if you already own the series. But this one is.
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Yusuke Urameshi is a 14 year old punk. He skips school, gets into fights, and has a problem with authority. He is the last person anyone would have expected to die saving the life of a little boy. Certainly Spirit World didn't expect it and now they aren't sure what to do with him! So Yusuke is given a chance to prove that he deserves another shot at life. He returns to life with a new appreciation for living. But Koenma, ruler of the Spirit World, isn't quite finished with Yusuke. He makes him Spirit Detective and sets him straight to work!

I first caught a glimpse of this show many, many years ago while it was airing on TV. I watched about 2 minutes of it before my sisters made me change the channel. It was enough to get me intrigued - a dead guy attending his own funeral? But it would be years later before I finally found the series and got to watch it. It is one of the first few anime series I ever watched and it will forever hold a special place in my anime lovers heart. But even clouded with the misty eyes of nostalgia, I wouldn't have watched it 5 times unless it was really good. I've watched it 4 times in English and once in Japanese and it is easy to see that the English is what makes this series. It is good in Japanese; it is a masterpiece in English. Not only are the voice actors phenomenal, but the script adaption is probably the best I have ever seen in anime (and I've seen lots of anime). I normally prefer to watch series in Japanese (its like studying!), but this series is just so much more awesome in English!

Oh yeah, if you thought Spirit Detective = mystery story, you were a little off. Spirit Detective really equals guy who catches/beats up demons. Criminal demons of course. YuYu Hakusho is a fighting anime with lots of comedy and great characters.
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I'd like some info on this BD release
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVOEhMXPGrI I think all your answers shall be answered in that video. It helped me decide for sure on what I was getting if the releases will be worth it. I think so
May 30, 2011 by koolaid man |  See all 2 posts
Special features?
It comes with:
- Trailers
- Textless OP and ED
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Region locked?
It's Region A and B. ^_^
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