Yu Yu Hakusho: Japanese Ghost Files

  • Yu Yu Hakusho is a manga series widely known for its martial arts battles and tournaments. The story concentrates on a delinquent teenager named Yusuke Urameshi. One day, he had a car accident when he attempted to save the life of a child who was crossing the street. He was actually killed in the act but was given a second chance to live by the ruler of the underworld of the afterlife. He was given the task to become an Underworld Detective. As a detective, he needs to investigate various cases involving demons and apparitions in the human world.

    Plot and Production

    Yu Yu Hakusho was written by Yoshihiro Togashi. He’s a Japanese manga artist who began writing at a young age. He has produced a lot of manga series over a few decades, Yu Yu Hakusho being one of his best, next to Hunter x Hunter. His great interest in the occult and horror films inspired him to write these manga series. Much of his works are based on his own ideas. He started writing the story in November 1990, but he forgot the exact date. Before publishing his work, he also had a hard time naming the manga. He came up with other names such as “How to Be a Ghost,” and “Yu Yu-ki” before he was able to think of Yu Yu Hakusho.

    Yusuke’s First Case

    Being an Underworld Detective, Yusuke Urameshi started his first case. He was tasked to retrieve three treasures which were stolen from the Underworld from three demons: Hiei, Kurama and Goki. He was successful in collecting the treasures with the help of “Rei Gun”, a new technique he learned. By holding both of his hands together forming a gun, he was able to shoot an aura of fire from his index finger. It was a very useful technique for his next adventures.


    After his first mission, he met main antagonist Toguro (Younger and Elder), who invited him to join a Dark Tournament which has been put up by wealthy yet corrupt people. In this tournament, humans and demons fight together trying to win the prestigious prize of being granted any wish they desire. Toguro is a human turned into a demon who has the unique capability of maximizing the capacity of his strength making it very difficult for Yusuke to beat him.