Who Hurt Yu?: YuYu Hakusho Vol. 1 – Vol. 4

Hey guys, gays, and gworls! It’s a new year, meaning all-new content! Every Friday will be an analysis of a manga series. This manga is titled “YuYu Hakusho” which translates into ghost files and/or ghost fighter. Yoshihiro Togashi is the writer of this manga series as well as the writer of the Hunter x Hunter manga series. With the release of the first volume on April 10, 1991, Yoshihiro kept it going all the way up until ending on December 12, 1994.

When I was on the search for a new anime, the video game trailer “Jump Force” laid upon my eyes the amazing Yusuke Urameshi. Instead of hopping straight to watching the anime, I decided to start reading the manga and I must say I am not disappointed!

Synopsis

“Yusuke Urameshi was a tough teen delinquent until one selfless act changed his life…by ending it. When he died saving a little kid from a speeding car, the afterlife didn’t know what to do with him, so it gave him a second chance at life. Now, Yusuke is a ghost with a mission, performing good deeds at the behest of Botan, the spirit guide of the dead, and Koenma, her pacifier-sucking boss from the “other side.” But what strange things await him on the borderline between life and death?”

Character Development

This manga did not stray away from the characters and their ability to relate to all different types of people. Even the relationships that the characters have with each other resembles real-life bonds. For example, Yusuke has a friend named Keiko who practically grew up with him and they have this unspoken word between them.

Yusuke is a bit headstrong. He is viewed as a “thug” or a “delinquent”. Yusuke jumps into action before he thinks and lives for a good brawl. Like this man gives people the Popeyes two-piece no biscuit combo! Is this true? Unfortunately, yes. But, there’s more to him than that. Although this is true, Yusuke also has a soft side. Yusuke cares for the people close to him and hates seeing the innocent being taken advantage of. Granted, it might not seem like it, he’ll die (pun intended) for those type of people. From his first death to post-competition, Yusuke has grown mentally, physically and spiritually. He has the makings of a popping ghost detective! You would think his arrogant and cocky behavior would change, but it’s what keeps him alive!

Kuwabara the bully with the pulley is legit a fave! Kuwabara is the toughest junior high thug (behind Yusuke). He and his aura hit differently (literally) than any other character. He is a big dummy with hard fists but a strong sixth sense! Kuwabara too has a good heart hidden like Yusuke. Like he buckled down to study and refrain from his daily shenanigans so one of his friends could take care of his family. Post-competition, Kuwabara has strengthened his sixth sense to be able to be used as a weapon. Honestly, if Yusuke was to flop, I would be rooting for K to be the next ghost detective!

Keiko is literally what all the gworls aspire to be! She is smart, witty, athletic, and has the looks to pull any guy she wants to. But her connection to Yusuke is something so special that she refuses to let other men get in the way of that. It’s hard to track her growth because we don’t see much of her, something that I hope will change as I progress into my reading. After volume one, she’s appeared here and there but mostly always as a damsel-in-distress. I want to see the good sis become a top-notch contender for these demons!

Plot

The story progression is amazing! I honestly did not want the chapters to end (it’s a good thing I’m way past volume four now)! The transition from one story arc to the next was sensational!

Volume one covered the death of Yusuke and his path to resurrection. This volume was all about the character development of Yusuke and how it impacted others close to him. We got a taste of how much Keiko cares for Yusuke in life and death! We also see how the death of Yusuke affected Kuwabara. Once Yusuke was in the spirit world, Kuwabara no longer had anyone that rivaled his fists of fury, no real competition, nor anyone to bother. In death, Yusuke was able to show Kuwabara that there’s more to him than fighting.

Volume two and three covered his first few tasks of being a ghost detective. I grew fond of volume two because of the foes Yusuke faced. All the foes Yusuke had faced in volume two were all stronger and more powerful than him and he still managed to take them down. This showed me that you can overcome any of life’s adversities, no matter how hard things might seem.

Volume four covered where volume three ended off, and that was the undercover mission to find an all-powerful demon called Rando and stop him from reaching apprenticeship to gain all power. In this volume, we learn that looks can be deceiving, never give in and that Kuwabara can turn broken sticks into swords!

Overall Analysis

I personally must say it was better than I had expected! This action/adventure occult fiction manga had me hooked from page chapter one. The comedic relief added to chapters was an extra bonus that in my opinion made the story better. In some way, shape and/or form, all of the characters were very relatable to some of us and people we know. So far, the YuYu Hakusho manga series is sitting at an 8 out of 10 rating.

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The YuYu Hakusho manga series is available for purchase on ComiXology and VIZ Media

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