YuYu Hakusho will be the first of hopefully many rewatched series in which we go back to the very beginnings of an influential (or just fun) show and watch it all again, every episode, from the the beginning with new eyes and new perspectives.
The general format will be not totally unlike an episode guide, in which we’ll take a look at what happened to each episode in turn, delve into what made it good/lame/important/useless, and note anym important trivia, history, or variations from the original manga.
Speaking of original… this ReWatch will follow the ORIGINAL JAPANESE. Because if you watch dubbed anime that only shows you’re a terrible person who likes terrible things. (I’m mostly kidding here. But a little not.)
Let’s also say this:
This is your first and last spoiler alert. If you follow this series, you are going to get it all. And I don’t feel bad about it at all. I firmly believe that the statute of limitations on caring about spoilers expires after 20 years. YuYu Hakusho crossed that line a couple years ago.
Why YuYu Hakusho?
The simplest answer is that it was – and still is – one of my favorite animes of all time. Why? Hopefully we’ll see some of those reasons come out as we go through the series. But if we were to get a little more objective about it, we, of course, turn the Good Word of Wikipedia where we learn:
- The anime adaptation was directed by Noriyuki Abe
- The series has 112 television episodes
- The episodes aired between October 10, 1992 to January 7, 1995
- Not that anyone cares, but the English dubbed eps aired from February 23, 2002 to April 1, 2006
- The English episodes started airing on Adult Swim on Cartoon network, but switched to Toonami
- The first English episodes shown on the network edited out a lot of the mature content (which was already lightened up considerably when it was adapted from the manga to the anime), which was unnecessary for an Adult Swim program, but did make it fit well with the Toonami lineup
But that’s enough about the English version. This rewatch is all about YuYu Hakusho in Japanese. This anime had a huge impact on a lot of shows that would follow it, and it was recognized (and is still recognized) for several things.
- Won the Animage Anime Grand Prix for Best Anime in 1994 and ’95
- Only Sailor Moon beat it in 1993
- In 2001, Animage named it number 53 in its Top 100 Anime listing
- In January of 2004, it was named the second best action-adventure anime by Anime Insider
- In 2006, a poll conducted by TV Asahi in Japan ranked YuYu Hakusho number 15 on its list of All-Time Best Animes
- Brutus, a Japanese magazine, voted it the 6th best anime of all time
- On IGN it was voted the 10th best anime of all time
How’s It Gonna Work?
This series will take place over 19 installments. This is based on the number of volumes in the manga series. This means that there won’t be a lot of regularity in the number of episodes each installment covers, because we’re going to cover the episodes that were adapted from each volume. You can start reading here: