Yu Yu Hakusho or the Ghost Files is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. The series tells the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a teenage delinquent who is struck and killed by a car while attempting to save a child’s life. After a number of tests presented to him by Koenma, the son of the ruler of the afterlife Underworld, Yusuke is revived and appointed the title of “Underworld Detective”, with which he must investigate various cases involving demons and apparitions in the human world. The manga becomes more focused on martial arts battles and tournaments as it progresses. Togashi began creating Yu Yu Hakusho around November 1990, basing the series on his interests in the occult and horror films and an influence of Buddhist mythology.
The manga was originally serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from December 1990 to July 1994. The series consists of 175 chapters collected in 19 tankōbon volumes. In North America, the manga ran completely in Viz’s Shonen Jump from January 2003 to January 2010. Yu Yu Hakusho has been well received, with the manga selling over 50 million copies in Japan alone and winning the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga in 1993.
This manga and series does an excellent balance of action and supernatural. The characters come from all kinds of backgrounds, with different kinds of abilities and some very different personalities. One of the main focuses of the series is what drives the characters to do what they do. Yusuke wants another chance at life, Kuwabara wants to defeat Yusuke, Kurama wants to make up for the evil that he has done in his long life, and Hiei, my favorite character!, wants to be strong enough to protect his sister and other things like revenge… But that’s it for this week’s Manga Monday so see you next week!