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The image shows a cartoon portrait of a young man in a green uniform with slicked-back hair and a hitaikakushi on his forehead. In the foreground below him is a curious-looking girl with brown pigtails, wearing a blue and yellow school uniform. The background depicts blue clouds and the red Japanese title さよなら現世!!の巻. Above the characters is the title "Jump Comics", the number "1", and stylized kanji reading 幽☆遊☆白書 (Yū Yū Hakusho). At the bottom of the image is the author's name, 冨樫 義博 (Yoshihiro Togashi).
Cover of YuYu Hakusho volume 1 as released by Shueisha
幽☆遊☆白書
(Yū Yū Hakusho)
Genre Martial arts, Bangsian fantasy
Manga
Author Yoshihiro Togashi
Publisher Shueisha
English publisher Canada United States Viz Media
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine United States Canada Shonen Jump
Original run 19901994
Volumes 19 (List of volumes)
TV anime
Director Noriyuki Abe
Writer Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Studio Studio Pierrot
Licensor United States Canada Funimation
Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
United Kingdom MVM Films
Network Fuji Television, Animax
English network United States Cartoon Network, Colours TV
Original run October 10, 1992January 7, 1995
Episodes 112 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Eizō Hakusho
Director Noriyuki Abe
Studio Studio Pierrot
Released September 21, 1994October 5, 1994
Runtime 27 minutes (each)
Episodes 2
Original video animation
Eizō Hakusho II
Director Noriyuki Abe
Studio Studio Pierrot
Released December 16, 1995February 7, 1996
Runtime 23 minutes (each)
Episodes 4
Related works
  • YuYu Hakusho: The Golden Seal (short movie)
  • YuYu Hakusho: Poltergeist Report (movie)
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YuYu Hakusho (幽☆遊☆白書 Yū Yū Hakusho?, lit. "Ghost Files" or "Poltergeist Report"[1]) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. The name of the series is spelled YuYu Hakusho in the Viz Media manga and Yu Yu Hakusho in other English distributions of the franchise. 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. Based on his interests in the occult and horror films, Togashi began creating YuYu Hakusho around November 1990.

The manga was originally serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1990 to 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. An anime adaptation consisting of 112 television episodes was directed by Noriyuki Abe and co-produced by Fuji Television, Yomiko Advertising, and Studio Pierrot. The television series originally aired on Japan's Fuji Television network from October 10, 1992 to January 7, 1995. It was later licensed in North America by Funimation Entertainment in 2001, where it aired on popular Cartoon Network blocks including Adult Swim and Toonami. The television series has also been broadcast in various countries around the world. It is currently being aired across Japan, other parts of Asia, and Eastern Europe by the anime satellite television network Animax. The YuYu Hakusho franchise has spawned two animated films, a series of original video animations (OVAs), audio albums, video games, and other merchandise.

YuYu Hakusho has been well received since its debut, with the manga selling over 44,000,000 copies in Japan alone and winning the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga in 1993. The animated series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize for best anime in 1994 and 1995. YuYu Hakusho has been watched by a large number of television viewers worldwide. The anime has been given mostly positive reviews by critics in the United States, which compliment its writing, characters, and amount of action. Some reviewers have judged the series as being too repetitive.

Contents

Plot

YuYu Hakusho follows Yusuke Urameshi, a street-brawling delinquent who, in an uncharacteristic act of altruism, is hit by a car and killed in an attempt to save a young boy by pushing him out of the way. His ghost is greeted by Botan, a woman who introduces herself as the pilot of the River Styx, who ferries souls to the Spiritworld where they may be judged for the afterlife. Botan informs Yusuke that his act had caught even the Spiritworld by surprise and that there was not yet a place made for him in either heaven or hell. Thus Koenma, son of the Spiritworld's ruler King Enma, offers Yusuke a chance to return to his body through a series of tests. Yusuke succeeds with the help of his friend Keiko. After returning to life, Koenma grants Yusuke the title of Spiritworld Detective, charging him with investigating supernatural activity within the human world. Soon Yusuke is off on his first case, retrieving three treasures stolen from the Spiritworld by a gang of demons: Hiei, Kurama and Goki. Yusuke collects the three treasures with the aid of his new technique, the Rei Gun, a shot of aura energy fired mentally from his index finger. He then travels to the mountains in search of the aged, female martial artist Genkai. Together with his rival Kazuma Kuwabara, Yusuke fights through a tournament organized by Genkai to find her successor. Yusuke uses the competition as a cover to search for Rando, a demon who steals the techniques of martial arts masters and kills them. Yusuke defeats Rando in the final round of the tournament and trains with Genkai for several months, gaining more mastery over his aura. Yusuke is then sent to Maze Castle in the Spiritworld where Kuwabara, Kurama, and Hiei assist him in defeating the Four Beasts, a quartet of demons attempting to blackmail Koenma into removing the barrier keeping them out of the human world.

Yusuke's next case sends him on a rescue mission, where he meets Toguro, a human turned into the strongest of demons. In order to test his strength, Toguro invites Yusuke to the Dark Tournament, an event put on by corrupt, rich humans in which teams of demons, and occasionally humans, fight fierce battles for the chance to receive any wish they desire. Team Urameshi, consisting of Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama, Hiei and a disguised Genkai, traverse through the strenuous early rounds to face Team Toguro in the finals and win the tournament. They learn that Team Toguro's owner, Sakyo, was attempting to win in order to create a large hole to the Demon Plane. With his loss, Sakyo destroys the tournament arena, killing himself in the process. Yusuke returns home, but has little time to rest as he is challenged to a fight by three teenagers possessing superhuman powers and who end up taking the detective hostage. Kuwabara and the others rescue him and learn that the whole scenario was a test put on by Genkai. It is disclosed that Shinobu Sensui, Yusuke's predecessor as Spiritworld Detective, has recruited six other powerful beings to help him take over where Sakyo left off, opening a hole to the Demon Plane in order to cause genocide of the human race. Yusuke and his friends challenge and defeat Sensui's associates one-by-one, culminating in a final battle between the two detectives. Sensui kills Yusuke then retreats into the newly opened portal to the Demon Plane. Yusuke is reborn as a partial demon, discovering that his ancestor passed down a recessive gene that would hide until an heir with sufficient power surfaced, when his demonic lineage would be revealed. Yusuke travels to the Demon Plane and defeats Sensui with the aid of the spirit of his ancestor who takes control of Yusuke's body to finish the fight.

As they return to the human world, Yusuke is stripped of his detective title as King Enma orders he be captured and executed in fear that Yusuke's demon blood could cause him to go on a rampage in the human world. Yusuke, unsettled at having been controlled by his ancestor Raizen, accepts an offer by Raizen's followers to return to the Demon Plane. Raizen, desiring a successor to his territory, is on the brink of dying of starvation, a death that would topple the delicate political balance of the three ruling powers of the Demon Plane. Hiei and Kurama are summoned by the other two rulers, Mukuro and Yomi, respectively, to prepare for an inevitable war. The three protagonists train in the realm for one year, during which time Raizen dies and Yusuke inherits his territory. Yusuke takes initiative and proposes a fighting tournament to name the true ruler of the Demon Plane, which is agreed upon by Mokuro and Yomi. During the tournament, Yusuke and Yomi meet in the second elimination round where Yusuke is defeated and knocked unconscious. Yusuke awakens days later to find that the tournament has ended and that a similar competition is to be held ever so often to determine the Demon Plane's ruler. Yusuke stays in the Demon Plane for a while longer, but eventually returns to the human world to be with Keiko.

Production

Author Yoshihiro Togashi stated that he began working on YuYu Hakusho during a period of time around November 1990, though he forgot the exact time.[2] As a fan of the occult and horror films, he desired to write and illustrate a manga based on his interests.[3] Togashi had previously published an occult detective fiction manga titled Occult Tanteidan; Togashi referenced positive reception from readers of this story as a reason for continuing to create manga.[4] When first producing YuYu Hakusho, he did not have a clear idea of what he wanted to call it. When presenting rough drafts to his editors he used the tentative title "How to be a Ghost". Once given the go-ahead to begin publication, Togashi proposed "YuYu-Ki (Poltergeist Chronicles)" for the title, as there would be battles with demons and it would be a play on the title SaiYu-Ki. Because a series with a similar name (Chin-Yu-Ki) had already begun publication, Togashi quickly created an alternative: "YuYu Hakusho". He commented that he could have used "Den (Legend)" or "Monogatari (Story)", but "Hakusho (Report)" was the first thing that came to his mind.[5] He contiguously developed the names of the main characters by skimming through a dictionary and taking out kanji characters he found appealing. "Yusuke Urameshi" is a pun, "Kazuma Kuwabara" is a combination of two professional baseball players, and "Hiei" and "Kurama" are, as Togashi explains, "just names that popped into [his] head".[3] When he introduced the latter two characters in volume three, the author had planned from the beginning to make Kurama a main character but was not certain about Hiei.[3]

For his drawing materials, Togashi used drafting ink and Kabura pens throughout the creation of the series. While his style of artwork began with screentone, he gradually developed into what the American magazine Shonen Jump describes as "attactive minimalism". As the series progressed, he would draw figures and faces very detailed or "cartoony, sketchy and jumping with action" whenever he desired such effects.[3]

The manga's shift from occult detective fiction to the martial arts genre after Yusuke's death and revival in the early chapters was planned by Togashi from the beginning.[3] Togashi came up with the concept of the Ningenkai (human world), Reikai (Spiritworld), and Makai (Demon Plane) as being parallel planes of existence that exist in the reality of the YuYu Hakusho universe. He thought of them as places that one could not easily travel between using modern technology, but rather as a spirit lacking a material body.[3]

Media

Manga

The YuYu Hakusho manga series was written and drawn by Togashi and published originally serialized by Shueisha in the Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1990 to 1994. The manga consists of 175 chapters spanning 19 tankōbon (collected volumes) with the first one being released on April 10, 1991 and the last one released on December 12, 1994.[6][7] In August 2004, the Japanese publishers of YuYu Hakusho released the kanzenban (complete) edition. Each kanzenban volume features a new cover and more chapters than the tankōbon edition. There are 15 kanzenban volumes in total. Two books were released monthly from August 4, 2004 to March 4, 2005.[8][9] YuYu Hakusho has also been published as part of the Shueisha Jump Remix series of magazine-style books. Nine volumes were released between December 22, 2008 and April 27, 2009.[10][11]

The YuYu Hakusho manga was serialized in North America by Viz Media in the American Shonen Jump magazine, where it debuted in its inaugural January 2003 issue and ended in January 2010.[12] Viz released all 19 collected volumes of the English manga between May 13, 2003 and March 2, 2010.[13][14] The manga has additionally been licensed and published across Asia and Europe.

Anime

The YuYu Hakusho anime adaptation was directed by Noriyuki Abe and co-produced by Fuji Television, Yomiko Advertising, and Studio Pierrot.[15] The series, consisting of 112 television episodes, aired from October 10, 1992 to January 7, 1995 on Fuji Television in Japan.[16] The anime differed from its manga source material by containing different levels of violence and profanity, as well as minor variations in art style from one to the other.[17] In early 2001, the series was acquired by Funimation Entertainment for North American distribution.[18] The English dubbed episodes aired from February 23, 2002 to April 1, 2006 on Cartoon Network. Initially, the episodes were shown on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block from February 2002 to April 2003, and switched to Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block.[19][20] Some of the show's original depictions of violence, sexual humor, and coarse language were edited out for broadcast.[21] YuYu Hakusho was taken off Toonami around March 2005 and moved to an early Saturday morning time slot that October where the series finished its run.[22] It was also aired uncut as part of the Funimation programming block on Colours TV in 2006.[23] The series was distributed in the United Kingdom by MVM Films and in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment.[24][25] It is currently being aired by the satellite television network Animax across East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and eastern European nations such as Hungary and Romania.[26][27][28][29] YuYu Hakusho was localized in the Philippines as Ghost Fighter and aired on the GMA Network as early as 1999.[30][31]

The four seasons that compose the television series are each their own story arc and are referred to as "sagas" by Funimation.[32] In North America, 32 DVD compilations have been released by Funimation for the four sagas, with the first released on April 16, 2002, and the last on July 19, 2005.[33][34] The episodes have been released in both edited and uncut formats. In addition, DVD collection boxes have been released for each saga,[35][36][37] containing all the episodes of every saga, with the exception of the Dark Tournament Saga, which had two collection boxes.[38][39] Funimation released season box sets of the anime starting with season one on July 8, 2008 and ending with season four on January 13, 2009.[40][41] Each set contains four DVDs which have 28 episodes, or one quarter of the whole series. In Japan, three separate multidisc DVD box sets were released, as well as 28 DVDs totaling all 112 episodes of the series.[42] Japanese home video distributor Bandai Visual began releasing the series on Blu-ray on October 27, 2009, with the first set containing a picture drama set after the end of the series.[43]

Films and original video animations

Two animated films based on YuYu Hakusho have been produced. Both films have original storyline content that is not canonical to the manga. Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie was released in Japan on July 10, 1993 as part of a seasonal film festival.[44][45] In the movie, the protagonists Yusuke and Kuwabara are on a mission to rescue a kidnapped Koenma from a pair of demons who desire the Golden Seal, an artifact owned by the young ruler's father. AnimeWorks released an English dubbed version of the half-hour film for VHS in both English-dubbed and subtitled formats on March 7, 2000 and on DVD on January 30, 2001.[46][47][48] Yu Yu Hakusho the Movie: Poltergeist Report, known in Japan as Yū Yū Hakusho: Meikai Shitō Hen - Honō no Kizuna (幽☆遊☆白書 冥界死闘篇 炎の絆?, lit. Yū Yū Hakusho: Chapter of Spiritworld's Carnage - Bonds of Fire), was released in Japanese theaters on April 9, 1994.[45][49] The plot revolves around Yusuke and his friends defending the human world against inhabitants of a fourth plane of existence called the Netherworld. This full-length feature received an English dubbed version by Central Park Media, which released it on VHS on March 3, 1998 and on DVD on October 8, 2002.[50][51]

A series of YuYu Hakusho OVAs collectively titled Eizō Hakusho (映像白書?, lit. Image Report) was released in Japan in VHS format between 1994 and 1996.[52][53] The OVAs feature very short clips that take place after the end of the series. They also contain video montages from the anime, image songs, voice actor interviews, and satiracal animated short films. The OVAs consist of three volumes as well as an opening and ending encyclopedia. A four-DVD box set containing this series was released in Japan by Pony Canyon on December 15, 2004.[42]

CDs

The music for the YuYu Hakusho anime adaptation was composed by Yusuke Honma.[15] The series has one opening theme, "Hohoemi no Bakudan" (微笑みの爆弾 Smile Bomb?) by Matsuko Mawatari, as well as five closing themes: "Homework ga Owaranai" (ホームワークが終わらない Hōmawāku ga Owaranai?, Homework Never Ends), "Sayonara Bye Bye" (さよならByeBye Goodbye Bye Bye?) and "Daydream Generation" also by Mawatari; and "Anbaransu na Kiss o Shite" (アンバランスなKissをして Kissing the Unbalanced?) and "Taiyō ga Mata Kagayaku Toki" (太陽がまた輝くとき The Sun Is Shining Again?) by Hiro Takahashi. When Funimation gained rights to the series, English language versions of each of these songs were produced and arranged by musician Carl Finch.[54] The localized themes have vocals sung by Sara White, Stephanie Nadolny and Jerry Jewell.

A number of audio CDs have been released in Japan. The Yu Yu Hakusho Original Soundtrack was released in two separate volumes by Pony Canyon on January 17, 1997. The discs contain the show's instrumental tracks and some vocal themes.[55][56] Also released on that day is Yu Yu Hakusho: Music Battle, a series of three albums featuring vocal tracks sung by the Japanese voice actors as their respective characters.[57][58][59] A compilation of vocal songs titled Legend of Yu Yu Hakusho: "Sai-Kyou" Best Selection Album was released on March 21, 1997.[60] Yu Yu Hakusho: Collective Songs and Yu Yu Hakusho: Collective Rare Trax, which contain covers of the theme songs performed by the series' voice actors, were both released on March 17, 1999.[42][61][62] Two drama albums have been released by Shueisha, the first of which has an audio adaptation of "YuYu Hakusho Tales: Two Shot", a manga chapter that tells the story of how Hiei and Kurama first met.[63][64] A maxi single with the vocal songs of Mawatari and Takahashi was published by Time Entertainment on June 1, 2005.[65] The soundtrack for the second film was released by EMI Music Japan on April 27, 1994.[66]

Video games

A number of video games have been developed that tie to the YuYu Hakusho series, most of which have been released exclusively in Japan. Prior to the launch of the franchise in North America, games were released on the Game Boy, Super Famicom, Sega consoles, and various other platforms. None of them were made available in English-speaking audiences in North America or Europe.[67] When Atari gained publishing rights to YuYu Hakusho video games in 2003, the company released three games: Yu Yu Hakusho: Spirit Detective, an action game for the Game Boy Advance; Yu Yu Hakusho: Tournament Tactics, a tactical role-playing game also for the Game Boy Advance; and Yu Yu Hakusho: Dark Tournament, a 3D fighting game for the PlayStation 2.[68][69][70] A few other games have since been released only in Japan.

Other merchandise

An encyclopedia titled Official Yu Yu Hakusho Who's Who Spiritworld Character Book was published by Shueisha on March 4, 2005.[71] It contains extensive character profiles, story summaries, and an exclusive interview with Yoshihiro Togashi. An art book, Yu Yu Hakusho Illustrations, was published by Shueisha on April 27, 2005.[72] It is composed of pieces of artwork from the series, including illustrations created for the kanzenban edition reprints and an index of print material where each image was first used. Shueisha has also released two volumes of a guide book titled Yu Yu Hakusho Perfect File and books based on both films, each containing screenshots organized in manga-style panels.[73][74][75] In Japan, various collectibles such as trading figures, plush dolls, and gashapon toys also exist.[76][77][78][79] A collectable card game based on the franchise was released by Movic.[42] In North America, the series saw licensing for apparel from ODM, lines of action figures by IF Labs and Jakks Pacific, and a Skannerz electronic toy from Radica Games.[80][81][82][83][84] Score Entertainment created the Yu Yu Hakusho Trading Card Game for release in the United States.[85] A guidebook to the series titled YuYu Hakusho: The Unofficial Guide was published by Cocoro Books on October 12, 2004.[86]

Reception

Manga

As of June 2007, YuYu Hakusho has sold more than 44,000,000 copies in Japan alone.[87] Patricia Duffield, a columnist for Animerica Extra, acknowledged the manga as "one of the kings of popularity in the mid-1990's" in the region where it saw mass availability from large bookstore chains to small train station kiosks.[88] YuYu Hakusho earned Yoshihiro Togashi the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen in 1993.[89] Towards the end of the series' run, Togashi was publicly criticized for not meeting chapter deadlines and for lower quality art, as the author was under "pressures" at the time.[90]

In North America, several volumes of the manga have ranked within the weekly Nielsen BookScan graphic novels list, including volume five at both sixth and ninth in October 2004, volume six at sixth in February 2005, and volume seven at seventh in June 2005.[91][92][93][94] The YuYu Hakusho manga publication has received mixed criticism by reviewers. Eduardo M. Chavez of Mania.com called the artwork "interesting" and found that the supporting characters tend to be illustrated with more detail than the main characters. He praised Lillian Olsen's English translation, but disliked Viz's use of overlaying English words to translate the expression of sound effects. In later volumes Chavez was dismayed by the transition of the manga from the early detective cases to the Dark Tournament arc. He asserted, "Seeing fight, after fight, after fight gets boring and this seriously is only the start of this trend."[95] Dan Polley, a staff reviewer of Manga Life, gave an average grade to the fifth volume, which entails Yusuke's battle with Suzaku, the leader of the Four Beasts. Although he found some the battle sequences to be inviting, he judged the chapters as lacking in characterization and development. Polley also discounted the manga's comedy, considering the "bit gags or fairly lame jokes" to be "too much" at times.[96]

Anime

The YuYu Hakusho television series was voted the best anime of the year in the 1994 and 1995 Animage Anime Grand Prix and the second best in 1993 after Sailor Moon.[97][98][99] Additionally, the magazine declared the series number 53 on its top 100 anime listing in 2001.[100] In a 2006 web poll conducted in Japan by the network TV Asahi, YuYu Hakusho was voted as the 15th best anime of all time.[101] Japanese magazine Brutus voted it the sixth best anime of all time.[68] The hit show garnered a large number of viewers during its run in Japan. Gen Fukunaga, president of Funimation, noted that YuYu Hakusho "came 'out of nowhere' to surprise people with huge ratings". It received ratings just below those achieved by the popular series Dragon Ball Z.[102] YuYu Hakusho initially met with good ratings in several age groups during its early run in North America. When it aired on Adult Swim, the anime, along with others such as InuYasha and Cowboy Bebop, met with audiences in men ages 18–34.[103] During its Toonami debut in May 2003, YuYu Hakusho placed in seven out of the top 111 Nielsen ratings for Cartoon Network telecasts, with the highest being number 30 on May 13 at a two percent share of all viewing televisions in the country.[104] Atari stated in December 2003 that the anime was one of the top-rated television programs in North America for males ages 9–14.[68] It was additionally noted that Nielsen ratings reports showed that YuYu Hakusho tied with Dragon Ball GT as the top-rated Cartoon Network program for the same demographic during the week of September 28, 2004. It was the second highest-rated show among ages 12–17 the same week.[105] Cartoon Network cited declining ratings as the reason for dropping the show from Toonami in March 2005.[22] YuYu Hakusho proved to be popular in the Philippines, where it was rerun several times and managed to draw more viewers in the prime time slot than both local and foreign soap operas.[30][106]

The animated series received a generally positive reception in North America. In January 2004, YuYu Hakusho was named the second best action-adventure anime by Anime Insider.[107] It was voted by the users of IGN as the tenth best animated series of all time.[108] Critical reviews focused on the series' versatile balance of narrative, character development, and action sequences. Animerica's Justin Kovalsky defined YuYu Hakusho as a character-driven series and compared it to other anime like Phantom Quest Corp., Rurouni Kenshin, and Flame of Recca in that it successfully combines different ideas such as martial arts battles, character dynamics, the supernatural, and mythology.[109] Allen Divers of the Anime News Network identified YuYu Hakusho as "one of the best action series out there", and noted consistently good storytelling and character development throughout his critique of key points of the series.[110][111][112][113] In his review of the series, Todd Douglass Jr. of DVD Talk declared, "It's a fun show with a great cast, a sense of humor, and a lot of action so there's no excuse not to at least give it a chance." He recommended the first three season box sets of YuYu Hakusho, as well as the original boxset of the Three Kings Saga, but enjoyed the show's third season more than the others due to its multiple plotlines.[114][115][116][117] N. S. Davidson of IGN concluded that having several concurrent plot branches is not enough for an anime to succeed, but that good writing, interesting characters, and action are also necessary. He proclaimed in his review of the anime's final episodes that YuYu Hakusho possesses all of these qualities.[118] This was concurred upon by Joseph Luster of Otaku USA, who summed up his feelings about the universe of YuYu Hakusho by stating, "Togashi's world is eternally hellish and dark, but wildly varied. The only thing that doesn't change throughout its run is the fact that you'll still be rooting for the well-defined protagonists until the credits run on the last episode."[119]

Jeffrey Harris of IGN was more critical when looking at later episodes, and felt that the end of the show's third arc involving the villain Sensui is too similar to the finale of the second arc with Toguro. He described the episodes as trying too hard to draw sympathy from the audience for anime's villains.[120] Despite his overall praise of YuYu Hakusho, Divers likewise summarized in one DVD release that the show "[walks] that fine line of a solid long running series or being a broken record".[113] He also called the artwork of the first few episodes "dated" and pointed out questionable script choices regarding the English dub.[110]

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From Wikiquote

YuYu Hakusho (1992-1995) is an anime and manga series by Yoshihiro Togashi. The story is set in a fictional universe based on modern-day Tokyo, Japan. YuYu Hakusho is about a young man and his encounters with supernatural entities from a parallel, sometimes overlapping world, called the Spirit World.

Contents

Spirit Detective Saga - Season 1

Surprised to be Dead [1.01]

Narrator: "And so it all begins. This boy's name is Yusuke. He's 14 years old and is supposed to be the hero of the story...but oddly enough, he's dead."

Yusuke: "Well, that wasn't normal. Okay Yusuke, just think; it's not like this is the first time you've been in a jam. Today did start off different. I went to school..."

Yusuke: "Hey, nice skirt."
Keiko: "All the girls have to wear these." [Yusuke throws a piece of gum up to catch it in his mouth, but Keiko catches it] "Just like all the boys have to wear blue jumpsuits, which I notice you're not."
Yusuke: "Oh gimme a break Keiko; I look better in green."
Keiko: "Maybe I'd be more tolerant, Yusuke, if I could see you in school more than once every ten days! You give our class a horrible attendance average, which gets me in trouble as a class representative, and plus you won't even be able to graduate middle school! Sometimes I think you don't care about anyone but yourself, and then you don't even do that right. You hear me?"
[Yusuke is behind Keiko, lifting up her skirt]
Yusuke: "Nice uniform. It's lacy."
[Keiko slaps Yusuke, sending him flying]
Keiko: [yelling] "Yusuke, you perv! People like you should be strung up in the street! Dumb boy! Hasn't grown up a bit since he was 4 years old!"

Keiko's Friend 1: "Aren't you just terrified of what he might do to you? Or even worse, what people might say of it?"
Keiko: "Not really. He just wants you to think he's dangerous. On the inside he's more like a lamb."
Keiko's Friend 2: "Yeah, but you haven't heard the latest news about him, Keiko. He's super tough, and he kills for fun!"
Keiko's Friend 1: "Yeah, and if you cross him, he'll whistle for 2,000 bad guys...with guns!"
Keiko: "C'mon, Yusuke doesn't even know how to whistle."
Keiko's Friend 2: "What?"
Keiko: "Besides, Yusuke couldn't order around two people, let alone 2,000. He doesn't have many friends."
Keiko's Friend 1: "Not what I heard."
Keiko's Friend 2: "Yeah, I think we would know."

Yusuke: "It figures that the one day I feel like going to school everyone wants to push on me and give me their stupid lectures! I hate that school. I hate this town!" [walks into his apartment and sees his mother, smoking in her pajamas] "Oh great, Mother of the Year."
Atsuko: "Get me coffee."

Yusuke: "Hey Kuwabara, you're conscious. I'm not used to that!"
Kuwabara: "That was a cheap shot last time and I was only knocked out for a little bit, okay? Now I'm back and I'm gonna beat your face up so bad even kittens won't look at you!"

Yusuke: "Plus, if you were a real messenger of death, you'd take this more seriously. Like, how grim can you be when you say 'bingo?' You're supposed to wear a big black robe and look like a skeleton!"
Botan: "Now I understand what kind of person you are; it's in my guidebook! Rather than be scared or surprised, you yell a lot and tell me I don't know what I'm talking about."

Botan: "It's funny, Yusuke...none of us were expecting you to die today; you've thrown us all for a loop. Run someone with your credentials through that scenario a thousand times and they never would've saved a kid like that. No one saw it coming and quite frankly, we haven't prepared a place for you yet."
Yusuke: "Oh, gimme a freakin' break! Are you telling me you guys were expecting that little boy to die?"
Botan: "Well, I wasn't going to tell you this because I knew it would make you even more irritable, but without the confusion caused by you running into the street, that boy would've actually missed the car and escaped with one less scrape on his right shoulder."
Yusuke: "What? But he was headed right for him!"
Botan: "Yes...well, the driver would have veered to the left. In other words, your death was a complete and utter waste!"

Yusuke: [attending his own wake] "Whoa, all my classmates are here. Just like I thought, look at 'em laughing! They probably just came over here 'cause they were getting extra credit!"

[at Yusuke's wake]
Komada: "Come on, let's go back! This isn't right!"
Kuwabara: "Shut up! Let go of me, wouldja?"
Yusuke: "What? Kuwabara?!"
Kuwabara: [entering Yusuke's apartment while being restrained by his friends and screaming at his picture]"Damn you! You think you can just back out 'cause you're scared!"
Okubo: "Kuwabara, this place is for mourning!"
Kuwabara: "I'm not gonna leave! Not until he comes out here and lets me fight him!"
Okubo: "He can't do that!"
Kuwabara: "I'm gonna beat you down, you punk! You hear me?" [his voice breaks as he tries to hit the picture] "Who do you think you are, huh? Dirty punk! Who am I gonna fight now? Who am I gonna fight?"
Okubo: "He's gone!"
Kuwabara: "No!" [throws a punch at the picture, but stops inches before he hits it, sobbing] "You're supposed to be here...for me."

Takenaka: "At first I was so surprised, Yusuke...to hear you'd saved a kid at the cost of your own life. You've always acted more selfishly than that. Darn. Yusuke, I don't know why I don't feel like speaking well of you." [begins to cry] "Why didn't you stay? You could have made something great out of yourself!"

Little Boy: "Mommy, do you think it'd be okay if I played with that boy tomorrow, if I'm good?"
Mother: "No, son."
Little Boy: "I know some people sounded angry at him, but he's really nice. He made really funny faces at me too, and he got me my ball! I don't know why those people were crying like that. It was probably because they wanted to play with him, too."

Koenma Appears [1.02]

Botan: "This is Yusuke Urameshi, and he's honored to meet you."
Koenma: "Mm-hmm."
Botan: [hitting Yusuke] "Hey, are you trying to make me look stupid? Tell him how honored you are!"
Yusuke: [laughing] "That's a good one, Botan, but let's be serious, okay?"
Botan: "Why would I lie about something like this, you moron?"
Yusuke: [still laughing, pointing at Koenma] "Why would the Spirit World be run by a toddler?"
Botan: [slapping Yusuke's hand] "Don't point your finger at him!"
Yusuke: "And to think I was scared of the mighty King Yama!"
Koenma: [clearing his throat] "Well to be more exact, I am the mighty Koenma, and I am the son of King Yama. Even though I appear to be a child, I have been around over fifty times longer than you have, so watch your mouth when you speak to me."
Yusuke: "So it takes hundreds of years to move past a diaper?"
Botan: [punching Yusuke in the head] "Can't you show an ounce of decency?!"
Koenma: "Actually, I'm proud to say that in addition to knowing the greatest secrets of the universe, I am also quite potty-trained."

Koenma: [presenting a golden egg] "Yusuke Urameshi, I present you...your ordeal."
Yusuke: "My ordeal is a golden chicken egg?"
Koenma: "Your ordeal will be what is inside of it, and I assure you, it won't be a chicken. Hatch this egg, and face what comes out."
Yusuke: "So what's the trick? Do I do something to hatch it?"
Koenma: "No, no, not at all. You only have to keep it with you. This is a Spirit Beast, and it feeds off the energy emitted from your soul. This will be a true and constant test of your character. The things you do and feel will change the monster inside for better...or for worse. If, as would be expected from your files, your spirit is wicked and cruel, then the beast that hatches will be the same way. It will devour you, and you'll be lost forever. This, as you might imagine, is a very painful experience. However, if the energy you emit is good and true, then so will be the Spirit Beast. It will take care of you and guide you back into your living body. Of course, if it sounds too risky, you can opt out and remain as a ghost. The choice, Yusuke Urameshi, is yours."
[Yusuke reaches out, hesitates, then takes the proffered egg]

Keiko: [dreaming that Yusuke's leaving and she's running to catch up with him] "Yusuke! Yusuke, wait!"
[Outside Keiko's dream, Yusuke watches her crying in her sleep]
Keiko: "Wait. Yusuke, wait."
Yusuke: [his ghost sitting on Keiko's chest] "Listen to me, Keiko. I need you to pull yourself together. I'm coming back! It's hard to explain, but I'm a ghost right now and I have to take care of this egg, and then I--"
Keiko: [mumbling] "Yusuke..."
Yusuke: "Hey, are you hearing me? This is important!"
Keiko: "You're heavy."
[Yusuke floats off of her in surprise]
Yusuke: [in Keiko's dream] "I need you to take care of my body until I come back. You've got to tell them not to cremate me. And tell my mom not to waste her life away because we're gonna be fine!"
Keiko: [nods, teary-eyed] "Mm-hmm."
Yusuke: "Well...I guess that's it, Keiko. I'm coming back." [wipes tears off of Keiko's cheek] "I don't wanna see you crying anymore."
Keiko: [waking up] "Oh, Yusuke!" [realizes he's not there] "But he was...I thought...was all that really just a dream?"
[Keiko gasps and places a hand on the cheek Yusuke touched]
Keiko: "No...I'm sure I felt him."

Botan: "This dream your mother had seems to give her comfort, and Keiko doesn't want to take that from her."
Yusuke: "Well, while she's being comforted, I'm gonna be a barbecue!"

Yusuke: [yelling at Botan and pointing at Kuwabara] "You can forget it, Botan! There is no way I'm taking control of that lamebrain!"
Botan: "Here's my impression of Yusuke: 'Look at me, I'm burning!'"

Yusuke: [after beating up some thugs while possessing Kuwabara's body] "Darn, I'm giving Kuwabara a good name."

Yusuke: [while possessing Kuwabara's body] "Pull it together, Yusuke! You found her, but now you've gotta convince her quick that you're not just some ugly weird guy with bruises on his face! No time, no time...okay, I've known her all my life. There's got to be something between us that only I would do!" [realizes what needs to be done] "Yeah!"
[Yusuke, still in possession of Kuwabara's body, sneaks up behind Keiko]
Yusuke: "Keiko! Nice uniform!" [grabs her breasts from behind] "They're so squishy!"

Keiko: "Whether or not I believe isn't the question. I knew it was you from the first time you spoke! I know! And it's not just your stupid gags or how you laugh. There's ways you move and speak that in a hundred years I wouldn't forget!"

Yusuke: [while possessing Kuwabara's body] "I know I've been a bum to you at times, but please wait for me!"
Keiko: "I will! I'd wait forever, Yusuke!"

Keiko: "Atsuko! Please, open the door!"
[Yusuke's mother opens the door, dressed in a black kimono]
Keiko: "Atsuko! I have to tell you about Yusuke! He...he might be coming back!"
Atsuko: "He already has."
Keiko: "Huh?"
Atsuko: "I opened his coffin again because, well, I was going to smack him one more time for leaving me, but then I saw...Yusuke's cheeks have some color! His skin is slightly warm! His heart is beating. It's slow, but...my boy's alive!"

Kuwabara: A Promise Between Men [1.03]

Akashi: [addressing Kuwabara and his gang] "Mm-hmm! As far as causing trouble's concerned, you boys keep topping yourselves! Attacking a trio of older boys from Kazenaga Junior High who, according to their mothers, were quite honest!" [slamming his hand down on the desk] "Unacceptable! Here at Sarayashiki Junior High we have a thing called accountability!"

Komada: [after Akashi tells them that they cannot fight for one full week or Okubo will lose his part-time job] "Can you make it shorter? How about two hours?" [is pushed back by Kuwabara] "That seems fair, right?"
Kuwabara: "If you want one week, then you got it!"
Kirishima: "But can you do that, Kuwabara?"
Komada: "Three hours! Ask for three!"

Akashi: "I don't know which boost to the school's reputation I like best: kicking out Kuwabara or having Yusuke die on his own!"
Yusuke: "I always said those teachers were out to get me! I'm surprised they didn't run me over themselves!"

Botan: "Kuwabara's so loyal to his friends; I'll have to make a note."
Yusuke: [mocking Botan] "Oh yes, he's so brave." [normally] "You just wait, Botan. This little promise of his won't last for long."
Botan: "You don't think that Kuwabara--"
Yusuke: "Huh?"
[the pair see Akashi trailing Kuwabara on his way home]
Akashi: "Those boys should be arriving any minute now."
Yusuke: "Mr. Akashi? Gee, doesn't this guy have a life besides tormenting kids?"
[the three punks from Kazenaga accost Kuwabara]
Kazenaga Punk 1: "Kuwabara, we've been waiting!"
Kuwabara: "Now's really not the time!" [starts running away]
Kazenaga Punk 1: "What is this, Kuwabara? Are you actually running away like a sissy?"
Kuwabara: [stopping and turning to face them] "Oh, no. I'm not goin' anywhere!"
Kazenaga Punk 2: "He does have the guts to face us without his slave boys!"
Kazenaga Punk 1: "Especially with the ass-kicking we're about to give him!"
Kuwabara: [running back over to them] "Talk all you want! Let's see what you can do!"
Yusuke: "See? What'd I tell ya?"
Botan: "Hmm..."
Akashi: [laughing] "It couldn't be more perfect!"
Kuwabara: "But I'm not gonna fight back, so you just hit me as much as you're gonna and let me get out of here!"
Yusuke and Akashi: "What did he say?!"
Botan: [admiringly] "He's so cool!"
[the three thugs from Kazenaga clobber Kuwabara without resistance]

Akashi: "Kuwabara! Are those new bruises today?"
Kuwabara: "I got piled on by those guys you said were harmless, but I didn't touch 'em!"
Akashi: "I'm so impressed. But I talked to some of the other teachers yesterday about our arrangement, and they said I was too easy on you."
Kuwabara, Komada, Kirishima and Okubo: "What?!"
Akashi: "I was just as surprised as you are, but they were convinced! So, in addition to not fighting, you must all score fifty percent or higher on the Physical Science test!"
Okubo: "Hey! You can't just keep adding conditions!"
Akashi: "I'm afraid I just did...and if one of you fails, Okubo's job goes out the window." [walks away]
Kirishima: [scoffing] "Please! We can pass that test easy if we study a little! I got, like, a forty-five on my last Physical Science test!"
Komada: "No worries here; I scored a fifty-seven. How 'bout you, Okubo?"
Okubo: "Yeah, I got a thirty-nine, so if I try a little harder I'll be good. We're gonna be okay, right Kuwabara? What did you get?"
Kuwabara: "I got a...A SEVEN!"
[the other boys fall over in shock]
Yusuke: "Well what do you know, Kuwabara is stupider than I am!"
Botan: "What did you make on your last test?"
Yusuke: [proudly] "I got a twelve."

Yusuke: [perched on the back of Kuwabara's chair] "It's a good thing I came over to check on him; he's fallen asleep in the final inning!" [gently shaking him] "Hey, Kuwabara! Kuwabara! Wake up and study, doofus! Your test is tomorrow! Ah, seems he's out for good...guess I'll have to show up in his dream."
[inside Kuwabara's dream]
Kuwabara: [seeing Yusuke] "Urameshi! You've come back for a fight, huh? Well, I'm gonna make cat food out of you!"
Yusuke: "Hey, whoa whoa whoa whoa!" [picking up Kuwabara's textbook] "You've gotta pass this test first!"
Kuwabara: [yanking the book out of Yusuke's hands] "Gimme! I was just studying this before you showed up."
[time passes, and Yusuke is holding the book now, quizzing Kuwabara]
Yusuke: "Why is the color of blood red?"
Kuwabara: "Because of all the red blood cells! They color it. That's easy."
Yusuke: "But what's the pigment?"
Kuwabara: "Hemoglobin! I forgot!"
[outside Kuwabara's dream]
Yusuke: "And what causes your blood to clot?"
Kuwabara: [mumbling in his sleep] "Plate...lets..."
Yusuke: [nodding] "Yes...good, good."

Akashi: [grading Kuwabara's test] "This can't be right! That garbage-brain actually scored more than fifty points!" [to himself] "If that brat had only missed one more question...! Now he's thrown the whole plan into the sewer!"
Iwamoto: [tapping Akashi on the shoulder] "Let me show you a different method of grading." [erasing one of Kuwabara's answers] "You see, Mr. Akashi? There really wasn't an answer written there. You've made a mistake."
Akashi: "Yes, I see."

[Akashi has just given back Kuwabara's doctored test]
Kuwabara: [in disbelief] "No! That's wrong!"
Akashi: "And what's really painful is that you were so close! But I'm afraid a promise is a promise, young man. I'll go notify Okubo's employers."
Kuwabara: "But I checked it!"
Akashi: "Oh well. I guess there are many things you can't do right." [walks away]
Kuwabara: [thinking] "I know this isn't right! I checked all the answers myself!" [notices the answer that Akashi erased] "I...I don't believe it! That no-good teacher erased my last answer! Who does he think he is?!" [runs after Akashi in a rage] "I'll show you!"
[Kuwabara charges Akashi and grabs him by his collar, cocking his fist back to strike]
Yusuke: [yelling and grabbing Kuwabara's wrist] "Kuwabara, stop! I don't know if you can hear me, but I'm gonna say this! Just remember Okubo! All the poundings you took for him! Punch this teacher, and all that's erased! Kuwabara!"
[Kuwabara hesitates, then lets go of Akashi]

[Akashi is laughing on the floor as Kuwabara trudges away, disappointed at his test score]
Takenaka: [walking up behind Akashi] "Find something funny, Mr. Akashi?"
Akashi: [hurriedly standing up] "Did you see that, Mr. Takenaka? That hoodlum nearly wrung my neck!"
Takenaka: "Yes, and I think if someone had corrupted my answer sheet the way that you and Mr. Iwamoto did to that boy, I would've wrung your neck too!"
Akashi: [taken aback] "But wait! I don't know what you mean!"
Takenaka: [grabbing Akashi by the collar] "I'm sure that you know how precious the honor system is at this junior high so I'd appreciate it greatly if you didn't lie to my face! Now, you're going to correct that score immediately!"

[After Kuwabara's test is corrected and Takenaka lets Okubo keep his job, Yusuke and Botan watch the four boys walk away]
Yusuke: "I tried to stop him from hittin' that teacher as a reflex. I didn't think he'd hear me."
Botan: "Kuwabara didn't really hear what you said to him, you know."
Yusuke: "Say what?"
Botan: "They can't hear words unless they're asleep, but you can communicate feelings to living people when they're on the same emotional wavelength. See? You reached Kuwabara with your feelings."
Yusuke: "Hey, gimme a break! Everything's going fine and then you have to get mushy!"
Botan: [amused] "You don't have to be embarrassed."
[the pair notice Kuwabara looking up in their direction]
Yusuke: "Shut up, will you? I think he can hear us talking about him!"
Botan: "Don't worry Yusuke, he definitely can't see us or hear us, though there's a good chance he can feel you after what you went through together."
Kuwabara: [quietly] "Thank you, man."

Requirements for Lovers [1.04]

Sayaka: "Now are we absolutely certain that Keiko wants Yusuke to come back to life again? After all, there's a great deal of manpower involved in making one of these life recoveries run smoothly. There's no point in doing it if the people closest to you don't care!"
Yusuke: "Hey, look. This ordeal thing wasn't my idea, so don't throw me a guilt trip. And as for Keiko, how am I supposed to know? It's clear that if she had any sense she'd want me gone."
Botan: "She wants you back."
Yusuke: "You think so?" [squishes his face with his hands, mocking Keiko] "She always looks at me like this. 'Hey Yusuke, come to school!' 'Hey Yusuke, that's not the right uniform!'" [takes his hands away] "Yeah, she probably just wants me around so she can yell at me and get a better reputation with her teachers."
Botan: "Why do you say things you don't mean? You know she only scolds you because she actually cares about you. Sayaka, I've learned not to listen to him most of the time. He's just embarrassed, is all. He's got the cutest crush on Keiko!"
Yusuke: "Botan! Why don't you nail your stupid mouth shut?!"
Botan: "Why don't you get over your stupid cuties and admit that you like her, Yusuke?!"

Sayaka: "Hmm...smart, athletic, friendly but stern with her friends...her scores are next to perfect! This attraction between Yusuke and Keiko must obviously be one-sided."
Yusuke: "I can hear you."

Sayaka: "The house is on fire."
Botan: "Yes, it seems so."
Yusuke: "My house is on fire! My mom didn't even have the decency to lock the windows for me!"
Botan: "Yusuke, uh, maybe we should focus on other things."

Yusuke: "Keiko, forget about me! You're a lot more important to this world than I am! Don't be stupid! Go back!"
Sayaka: "You do know that without your body you can't come back, don't you?"
Yusuke: "What's the point of being alive if Keiko has to get killed for it?"

Yusuke: "Botan! Please, there's gotta be something I can do!"
Botan: "I'm sorry, Yusuke. I've tried everything in my power."
Sayaka: "There is one way...but you may not be willing to do it."
Yusuke: "I'll decide that for myself! Tell me!"
Sayaka: "You can save her life by using the power that's been gathered by the Spirit Beast you've been carrying with you."
Yusuke: "What?" [pulls out the egg] "You mean this little guy?"
Sayaka: "Throw it in the fire, and it will unleash from the egg and save her."
Yusuke: "And that's all I have to do? Why didn't you say so?"
Sayaka: "But if you hatch the Spirit Beast now, before it's ready, it won't be able to perform its usual duties."
Botan: "So does that mean...if he saves Keiko's life, the beast won't be able to bring Yusuke back?"
Sayaka: "Right. Yusuke will never have a chance to be alive in this world again."

Yusuke: "So my life for hers, huh? I wish someone had told me this morning that I'd make this kind of choice."
Sayaka: "Your time is short, I'm afraid."
Yusuke: [looking at the egg in his hand] "Oh well...it was a good dream." [turns and throws the egg into the fire] "KEIKO!!"

Kuwabara: "WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YUSUKE'S BODY?!"
Keiko: "I promise I'll tell you everything, but not right now. We've got to get him somewhere safe."
Kuwabara: "ARE YOU SOME TYPE OF SICK GRAVE-ROBBER?!" [throws Yusuke's body over his shoulder and grabs Keiko's hand, running down the street] "Well, come on! We can't let the police get a hold of you!"

Botan: "Yusuke...things aren't going to be so easy on you for a while. You can't just wander around here anymore; I'll have to take you back. I don't know who Keiko will love in the future, but you cannot interfere. There's no point in her saving her heart for someone she will never have...like you."

[After Yusuke gives up his Spirit Beast, his mother and his friends are talking to his body, thinking he's coming back]
Yusuke: [angrily] "This is so stupid! Isn't someone gonna tell them that they're just talking to a dead body? Stop apologizing, Mom, I'll never be around to say it's okay! I'm dead for good!"
Botan: "It's so sad."
Sayaka: "It can't be helped. He made this decision on his own."
Yusuke: "Okay Botan, just take me to Heaven or Hell or wherever it is I'm going. I'm tired of being here."

Koenma: "Yusuke, you've shown to have more character than I thought. I've been trying to figure out whether people around you really want you back. Contrary to my personal opinion, they actually do. More importantly, you've exhibited astounding potential to be a decent human being. Because this trait is so rare, I've decided to give you another chance. In retrospect, it was a very good thing you threw this egg into the fire. If you had allowed it to hatch, the Spirit Beast, which had been feeding off your constant negative energy, would not have been a pretty sight. It would have bitten your head off. But as you and I know, that's not what happened. You threw the egg into the fire without hesitation, saving Keiko's life at the cost of your own. You have a special quality buried underneath all that crap, and your added experience with death could make you very useful."
Yusuke: [flabbergasted] "You think I'm useful?!"

Yusuke's Back [1.05]

[in Yusuke's new apartment]
Yusuke: "Nice pad. My mom must've had good fire insurance. So are you going to put me back in my body now?"
Koenma: "Not just yet. Energy of the body and energy of the soul have their own wavelengths. Unless the two are perfectly aligned, they cannot join, which won't happen until tomorrow."
Yusuke: [excitedly] "Wow! Starting tomorrow I'll be a human with real fists and everything!"
Koenma: "Well, that's the best case scenario. There is a small problem: the frequencies of your wavelengths, interestingly enough, are lower than most people. If you miss this chance tomorrow, you'll have to wait awhile to realign."
Yusuke: "What are we talking about, like weeks or months?"
Koenma: "Fifty-two years."
Yusuke: [aghast] "Fifty-two years?!"
Koenma: "Yes, but I think it would be wise if you tried to do it tomorrow instead, and in order for that to happen you'll need someone in the Living World who cares about you at least a little bit to donate their life energy."
Yusuke: "You mean like a human sacrifice?"
Koenma: "Are you kidding? I'm not evil. They must give it to you...through the lips!" [seeing Yusuke's horrified expression] "I don't see what's surprising about that; haven't you heard of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation?"

Kuwabara: [waking up screaming] "It's terrifying! I didn't know nightmares could be so bad!"
[in his dream, Kuwabara held Yusuke's glowing body and kissed him]
Kuwabara: [screaming again] "GAH!"

Yusuke: "Come on Kuwabara, get your head out of that damn game and listen to me! I don't want you to think I'm weird or anything, but please please please just kiss me!"

Koenma: "Five more minutes. What will you do if she doesn't make it in time?"
Yusuke: "The only thing I can do: wait around another fifty years. Then I'll go see Keiko when she's an old hag!"

[Keiko has kissed Yusuke just as the clock struck twelve, but he doesn't wake up]
Keiko: "Please come back. I need you. Yusuke, please!" [starts crying] "Yusuke! No, don't go! No! Yusuke!"
Koenma: "She didn't make it."
Botan: [looking around in confusion] "Huh?"
[Keiko is still crying at Yusuke's bedside when he takes a breath, opens his eyes and slowly sits up, looking at her]
Yusuke: "Hey, nice kiss."
Keiko: [throwing her arms around Yusuke, tears of joy running down her cheeks] "Oh, Yusuke!"

Thug 1: "Pardon us sir. Could we borrow a little cash?"
Thug 2: "You see, we've lost our wallets and we need to call our moms."
Thug 1: "You remember how the Golden Rule works, don'tcha?"
Thug 2: "Just give us all the money you've got on, okay?"
Yusuke: "Are you guys talking...to me?"
Thug 1: "Eh?"
Yusuke: "I mean, you see me?"
Thug 2: [clenches one hand into a fist] "Who else would we be threatening, buddy?"
[Yusuke gets misty-eyed and holds Thug 2's fist in his hands]
Yusuke: "I can talk trash to people and even touch them! To be alive is a wonderful thing!" [sighs happily and walks off]
Thug 2: "How dare you! You can't touch me!"
Thug 1: "Leave 'im alone; it ain't right to mess with the crazies."

[Kuwabara has been blackmailed into stealing merchandise, which goes against his honor code]
Kuwabara: [entering the coffee shop with his gang] "Eikichi! Eikichi, where are you?"
Sakamoto: "She's safe here with me. Now let's see what you've got there."
[Kuwabara takes three comic books out of a bag and throws them on the table]
Kuwabara: "There. I got you several kinds; I didn't know what you liked."
Sakamoto: "Well isn't that very interesting, Kuwabara." [holds up a small piece of paper] "Didn't know they gave receipts for stealing!"
Kuwabara: "What difference does it make? I gave you the comic books, now give me Eikichi!"
Sakamoto: "Fool. You've missed the point entirely. I was trying to teach you the thrill of stealing things. This is not what we agreed upon! Now apologize. You heard me. Get on your knees and apologize for being wrong."
Okubo: "Never!"
Komada: "Don't push it, Sakamoto!"
Kuwabara: "Quiet!" [falls to his hands and knees]
Okubo: "Kuwabara, don't!"
Kuwabara: "I'm...sorry, Sakamoto. I was wrong."
Rugafuji Punk 1: "What's that? You were mumbling."
Kuwabara: "I'm sorry I was wrong!"
[the Rugafuji punks laugh]
Yusuke: [in another booth, thinking to himself] "Whoa! This Eikichi girl must be something special to make him sink that low."
Rugafuji Punk 1: "You're pathetic."
Rugafuji Punk 2: "You might as well give us your backbone, too."
Rugafuji Punk 3: [pulling a kitten out of a bag] "I just can't believe you're doing all that for a retarded fuzzball!"
Kuwabara: "Eikichi!"
[Yusuke falls over in shock]

Rugafuji Punk 1: "It's...that guy! It's Yusuke Urameshi!"
Kuwabara: "You...you've really come back from the dead!"
Yusuke: "That's right, and I'm in the mood for a relaxing throwdown!"

Yusuke: [handing Eikichi to Kuwabara] "Here! Hold this guy, wouldja?"
Kuwabara: "Hey! It's a she!"

Mysterious Fortuneteller: "You have all that's required to be detective of the Spirit World."
Yusuke: "That's a fancy title. What do they do?"
Mysterious Fortuneteller: "You'll learn soon enough, Yusuke. The appointment is mandatory."
Yusuke: "Whoa, slow down! How the hell do you know my name?"
Mysterious Fortuneteller: "Don't get fussy! I hope you know mine, too!" [takes off her hood, revealing herself to be Botan]

Yusuke: [after being told that his first case as Spirit Detective starts tomorrow] "Well, so much for the good old R and R."

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Genkai's Strength 49

Kurama: "I can't believe he ran right in to that trap!" Hiei: " He is a first class fool" Genkai: " Agreed he's a fool and a moron"

Black Chapter Saga - Season 3

Kuwabara: Awakening [3.10]

Kurama: "The footage must be provocative. I confess there was even a time when I wanted to see it." [seeing Yusuke's look] "Was, was."
Yusuke: [thinking] "Geez, he's making me paranoid."

Kurama: "Koenma knows the exact identity of our foe."
Yusuke: "He WHAT?!"
Kurama: "I've planned a formal meeting to..." [trails off when he notices Yusuke is gone]
Yusuke: [into Botan's briefcase] "Earth to toddler bitch! You better speak now before I forever stick that pacifier ten inches down your throat!"
Kurama: [thinking] "Not quite what I planned."

Mitarai: "Have you ever seen hundreds of frightened people, waiting in line to be killed in a camp? Have you seen horsemen raid and destroy a village, dancing on the bodies of their victims while singing happy songs? Have you ever seen a gigantic bomb wipe away millions who have never even picked up a weapon?! A civil war, where a mom is hacked down in front of her child, or a child in front of his mom. And the soldier...breaking up a family who loves each other, leading them into a fire...and his eyes enjoying the torture."

Shizuru: [to a teary-eyed Keiko] "C'mon kid, I think you're way past your sympathy limit."

Kuwabara: "When men do what they're supposed to do, it's not always about what they want."

Mitarai:"You're Yusuke..."
Yusuke: "That's right, Goldie. And that's my bed you're sleepin' in, thanks to the human freight train there, dragging you in so we could stitch you back up."

Characters

Yusuke Urameshi (浦飯幽助, Urameshi Yūsuke)

  • You shouldn't talk. It makes you sound stupid.
  • So sorry you caught me on such a bad day; it makes me a real jerk!
  • You know, it'd really be embarrassing to get eaten by something that came out of an egg this tiny.
  • This place looks like a giant throat! Are you sure it's safe?
  • HEY! Why're you making me glow?!
  • Yusuke Urameshi, age 14. Survived by his mom and everybody. After going through a big ordeal to get his life back, Yusuke had a brief second chance until he was eaten by a fish! That's right! No heroic death! No fighting evil villans! Fish food!
  • Ugly people shouldn't be allowed to smile that much!
  • Since I started this tournament I learned the value of what you gave away, and I won’t let it go, even if I have to give up my life.
  • You took my teacher, and now I let you take my friend. What the hell do you want from me?
  • At first I wasn't able to forgive you, now I'm not able to forgive myself.
  • Besides, Hiei and Kurama are too smart and untrusting; they'd never just walk right into your trap. That still left me Botan, and if you dirtbags were low enough to take advantage of the only non-fighter, it wouldn't matter if I lost. Even if you killed me, I would come back from the dead and drop kick your ass.
  • Hey Sensui, how about it? Ready to feed some worms?
  • What the hell was that? All my punches were solid, but he brushed them aside like broccoli he didn't order! Didn't even give me a chance to kick his ass!
  • Maybe there've been times were I've been pissed and hated things, but it wasn't from this work. My dad's a no-show, my mom's lush and school sucks, but this job is the one damn thing I'm good at. If all the crap in my life hasn't screwed be up yet, then neither will this and neither will you.
  • I don't care if it's a girl, a baby or someone's grandma. I'm gonna fight her anyway.
  • Alright already, you had me at shut up.
  • Dammit! I beat Toguro. Then after that I assumed everything else would be a big old piece of cake. Then some rouge spirit detective opens up the freaking gates of hell! And to top it all off, Kuwabara has to get himself kidnapped.
  • Really, thank you Hiei. I was needing a kick in the ass.
  • It's not a good party unless someone ends up on the floor.

Kazuma Kuwabara (桑原和真, Kuwabara Kazuma)

  • You know, I really can't stand it when guys pick on people weaker than them...but I guess I'll do it to you anyway!
  • That's it! My head as a trampoline is where I draw the line!
  • A mulberry is a tree, Kuwabara is a man. And I'll prove it. We all have to die when our time comes, but if we do our duty we don't got regrets; so taste a little piece of my sword, Toguro!
  • Hey Koenma, you risked your life on the line for Urameshi's fight and now I'm gonna do the same. So make a place for me, and make sure my wake is as good as his.
  • I hope your still behind me! (Running foward with Hiei and Kurama towards an army of cultivated humans)
  • Hey! Shorty's a lot cooler than I thought.
  • Kurama really is a fox thing, and to think I let him near my kitten!
  • That rose whip of his must be ten feet long. Where does he stash it? All the ways I can think of sound kinda painful.
  • Why does everything you say makes me wanna bash your face in?
  • Ugly?! Who you callin' ugly?! C'mere you mouse!
  • Aw, man. You're such a friggin' disgrace. I can't believe I spent so much time trying to defeat such a coward. Now get up and fight!
  • It smells girly. I don't think I like it.
  • Stop laughing hamster legs!
  • How about I gently shove my foot down your throat?
  • Of all the nerve, assault me and then ask for a meal, you're getting squat!
  • Bite my ankles shorty, I swear I'll make you cry to your mom! If you have a mom, that is!
  • Why use a bandage that doesn't make your hurting spots better?
  • Uh, remind me never to let Hiei touch me again or like ever.
  • Please no eat me, please no eat, no!
  • Hey! This is a no dragon-man area, okay?!?
  • Yeah, awesome, now why don't you go 20 yards that way and fight the rest of those guys?
  • Oh! You all shut up for the shoulder-monkey!

Kurama (蔵馬, Kurama)

  • Rely on impulse and not even your thoughts can betray you.
  • Any prize worth having requires a risk.
  • Sorry, I don't have time to be arrested.
  • Regret is a different beast when you live for centuries.
  • All the while we've been thinking you were a brilliant strategist when really, you're just a lucky fool.
  • I thought clowns made everyone else laugh.
  • You should know better than to corner an animal like a fox... we have a tendency to show our teeth.
  • I think Monster Beast Doughnut is a perfect name.
  • No, that's...what I meant by 'contains' is that his armor keeps his power from escaping; definition number two.
  • Tired hands are better than none.
  • Logic is panic's prey.
  • What irony. Such beauty, sprung from such an ugly source.
  • Agh, it penetrates my brain!
  • Nerd violence...
  • I'm warning you. You so much as bruise what you hold in your hand and I will show you pain. The hue of your soul will cease to matter, because you will not be judged when you die, you will no longer to exist.
  • These are lamp weeds. They're to show us the way out, like... phosphorescent... bread crumbs.
  • It is the sinning tree, it sucks the life out of the person it has a hold of. . . so Yes Tuguro, you are a regenerative demon, therefore you will live out your hellish fantasies until the end of time. Rogues like you deserve to be damned.
  • Hiei! Come join us! We're becoming quite like family!
  • (To Hiei, concerned, stopping him from using his dragon again) No! You'll kill yourself!

Hiei (飛影, Hiei )

  • You're a team player, a save-the-day superhero...I hate people like you.
  • Tell me, how does it feel to live in a constant haze of stupidity?
  • He's swinging his sword with the grace of a flyswatter. That's no way to survive.
  • Kurama, there is no person who does not carry scars upon their heart, and if there were such a man, they would be a shallow soul.
  • Don't worry fool, we've entered into an alliance and I'm not the type to break it. Of course, after we win the tournament I can't guarantee anything.
  • Kurama, do not make me come over there and remove that precious thing you call a voice box.
  • I know as much of games as I do of hugs and puppies, and care for them even less. Wake me for the end of the world.
  • You already have your fox, your clown, and your hag; I'm a moot point.
  • This is pure offense; they gave up fighting with their brains a long time ago.
  • This is the second time today I hold your life in my hands. I somehow doubt that Sensui will be more merciful than I am.
  • Do I have to kill you to stop you from being foolish?
  • So my Jagan eye might not be natural...but it does give me exactly what I need!
  • You're of no use.
  • Even as a child, I found tremendous pleasure in spilling my enemy's blood. Their screams of agony were my music. Once I learned that my mother's frozen tear drop was valuable, I began wearing in open sight of everyone, hoping their greed would entice them to challenge me, thus giving me the opportunity for my next kill.
  • What repulsive creature makes my eardrums bleed?
  • My arm did not obey a certain command i gave it, so i decided it needed to be punished.
  • LITTLE ONE?!
  • Obviously you are underestimating Kurama. Do you know why I chose him to be my partner? To avoid fighting him myself. Watch, he's more cut-throat then I am when it comes to battle, and unbelievably precise.

Genkai (幻海, Genkai)

  • Use the Spirit Wave to float on top of the spike. Good. Now we'll hold this for twelve hours.
  • It's time you bit the bullet and started caring about something with all your heart and energy, but you can't care about it if you're always holding yourself back in case it doesn't work out!
  • Don't make me slap you upside the head, just shoot the damn thing!
  • I know you play by higher standards, but at least give me credit for the nose.
  • What a silly little girl I was, thinking you would change. I should have known how you would turn out. You had it written in ugly black letters all across your soul.
  • You've surprised me, Yusuke. I was certain my eagerness had killed my favorite dimwit.
  • Oh, silly me. I must have forgotten to turn on my hearing aid. When you're a washed up old hag like me, the memory is the first to go.
  • I fight to get what I need, and I kill whoever gets in my way. I always have.
  • You’ve trapped yourself in a body you hated hiding in the pain, and now you want to torture yourself again for eternity...haven’t we both paid enough?
  • If you had used that lump three feet above your ass you might have held onto your soul, make that two feet for you.
  • If an enemy captures you you're as good as dead. If you remember anything, then remember that.
  • You cannot go into a fight with out first knowing your enemy's powers! You will lose! How many people in their group, who is their leader, and what is the true nature of their powers...without those things, attacking would be suicide.
  • Thanks for the real vote of confidence. You two should be cheerleaders, you'd look cute in skirts!

Others

Atsuko: You fool! Why? What were you thinking, Yusuke? No one gave you permission to die! You got hit by a car, strong people live through that! Were you mad at me, Yusuke, were you mad? Didn't I raise you good enough?

Atsuko: I just had the strangest dream about Yusuke. Yusuke was living in some other world full of ogres and he kept knocking them down until he became their leader. Sounds like him, doesn't it?

Cast

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