Yu Yu Hakusho: Season 1
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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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I have the entire show on DVD (+ 2 movies). The characters are likable and charming, the art is pretty well done (nothing gorgeous, but stylistic and fun), and the plot for each season keeps you invested.
The monsters are pretty fun and interesting too.
I'd say season 2 is my favorite, the Dark Tournament Saga. Season 1 is a great introduction to the characters, their motivations, and the world, but season 2 is where it all really takes off.
The animation is a bit weird at times, but it's a 90s anime, remember.
I highly recommend it, it's always been one of my all-time favorites. Supernatural with slice of life mixed in.
Story teenage kid get powers
More story teenage kid does good and kicks back the forces of evil to protect family and friends.
Yeah it does what nearly every shogan tv show has since creation but it's highly animated good character models, and it holds up after neary 15 years of age.
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. Yusuke is a very likable character, despite his bad attitude. His friends, enemies, and even the random supporting characters are all well done as well. The series starts off a little slow as the author works to find his footing, but by the end of the first season things are on a roll.
I admit that there are some small, tiny problems with this series. The author clearly changes his mind about important things several times throughout the series, and some of the characters are rather inconsistent. You can tell that the author was improving his writing as he worked on this series. Despite the inconsistencies, I appreciated that the author made changes to improve the story rather than letting himself be constrained by his earlier material. His second major series, Hunter x Hunter, is much more thought out than YuYu Hakusho.
YuYu Hakusho is one of my favorite anime of all time. Its not perfect, but it is great. I never dreamed that it would be released in Blu-ray and I was ecstatic when I found out. I've bought the entire series twice now, and it looks like I will be buying it a third time! I have high hopes for the quality - the quality of the regular sets isn't that great. It is mostly because the original production wasn't very good quality, but I am hoping that the Blu-ray edition can clean it up a bit. Or a lot, I'm not picky :)