Slam Dunk (スラムダンク), Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン), Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン), Detective Conan (名探偵コナン), Rurouni Kenshin (るろうに剣心)… the ’90s is certainly an era of some of the most iconic animes. One of the most well-loved series during that time was Yu Yu Hakusho (幽☆遊☆白書). Based on the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi (冨樫義博) published in December 1990, the anime started its original run in October 1992. 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Yu Yu Hakusho so its producer, Studio Pierrot (スタジオぴえろ), has some special offerings for the fans of this shonen (少年) classic.
Yu Yu Hakusho centers on the life of its young protagonist Yusuke Urameshi (浦飯幽助), a rebellious student and a strong street fighter. Despite his tough exterior and delinquent-like image in school, he makes a heroic sacrifice one day when he saves the life of an innocent child who is about to get hit by a car. His ghost meets Botan (ぼたん), the series’ version of a Grim Reaper, who informs him that the underworld did not expect his intervention in the fated accident and that leaves him no place in either heaven or hell. Since he basically died in vain, she gives him a chance to come back through a series of tests. After the completion of these trials and with the approval of Koenma (コエンマ), the son of the King of the Underworld (閻魔大王), Yusuke’s ghost manages to return to his body back in the world of the living.
Yusuke has returned but his life is never the same as Koenma appoints him as a Spirit Detective (霊界探偵). Reluctant at first, he finally accepts and goes on his first mission against supernatural entities. Along the way, he meets other skilled fighters: his school rival Kazuma Kuwabara (桑原和真), the silver-haired demon fox in a human body Yoko Kurama (蔵馬妖狐), and the three-eyed fire demon Hiei (飛影). Together, they go on an adventure to rid the world of evil supernatural entities while developing their own powers as well.
Yu Yu Hakusho Website *Japanese only
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From April 28 to July 2, 2017, fans can enjoy the Yu Yu Hakusho cafe experience at the AnimePlaza located in East Ikebukuro (東池袋). Each item on the menu is inspired by the anime’s famous characters. This includes a beef and green onion rice bowl with Yusuke’s trademark color, a Kuwabara-inspired omurice curry, a rose-garnished pasta for Kurama, and a dragon-designed black curry based on Hiei’s flame.
The cafe also offers a variety of Yu Yu Hakusho-inspired drinks such as a Yusuke green melon soda, Kuwabara blue ramune, Kurama rose tea, Hiei blueberry Coke, Botan strawberry soda, Koenma cafe latte, and a Toguro (戸愚呂) orange juice.
As for desserts, the cafe offers a limited production of ten Toguro chocolate parfaits per day.
A limited themed cafe is not without special edition merchandise and so Yu Yu Hakusho has some badges, coasters, posters, and clear file folders for sale.
The prices of the goods and the menu are available here (Japanese only).
The merchandise can be sold without reservations but dining in requires at least 10 days of reservation through this page (Japanese only).
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In addition to the cafe, there is also a Yu Yu Hakusho fair at three TSUTAYA (ツタヤ) bookstore branches: Shibuya (渋谷), Ebisubashi (戎橋), and Tenjin Ekimae (天神駅前) starting April 26, 2017.
Those who can’t visit the Yu Yu Hakusho event sites can still bask in nostalgia by playing this classic card battle game made available on mobile device. The Japan-limited game is available for iPhone (Japanese only) and Android users. It boasts of having more than 200 character cards to collect, along with some action-packed story quests that users can enjoy. Gamers can combine their cards to strengthen them and form alliances with other players to fight against Toguro, Sensui (仙水), and Raizen (雷禅) – the notable antagonists of the series.
Yu Yu Hakusho Card Battle Website *Japanese only
Yu Yu Hakusho is one of the timeless classics that sets the standard for quality shonen stories. Despite being a lengthy and action-heavy series, which is typical for its genre, it captures the audience with its engaging narrative, charismatic protagonists, and interesting sets of villains. It was released in the Philippines under the title “Ghost Fighter” and became a huge phenomenon that made its dubbed localized character (Yusuke as Eugene) a household name. Along with Dragon Ball Z (ドラゴンボールZ) and Slam Dunk, Yu Yu Hakusho shaped my generation into the shonen-anime-loving fans that we are now. The show certainly deserves all this recognition so hopefully, this is just the beginning of the many Yu Yu Hakusho-themed events and items for 2017.