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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 pa 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?


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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 pa 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?

30 review for Yu Yu Hakusho, Volume 1: Goodbye, Material World!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mir

    Yusuke is a delinquent who spends more time getting into pointless fights than coming to school. But he doesn't have a bad heart, and when he dies before his allotted time, jumping to save a little boy from being hit by a car, the powers of the afterlife (who so far have been carefully avoiding answering any questions about theology, including what religion they come from) tell him he can maybe have a second chance at life if he helps out some souls. The book takes the form of short stories, with Yusuke is a delinquent who spends more time getting into pointless fights than coming to school. But he doesn't have a bad heart, and when he dies before his allotted time, jumping to save a little boy from being hit by a car, the powers of the afterlife (who so far have been carefully avoiding answering any questions about theology, including what religion they come from) tell him he can maybe have a second chance at life if he helps out some souls. The book takes the form of short stories, with some recurring characters, including Yusuke's good-girl childhood friend and some school bullies, who are surprisingly nuanced. I thought many of the stories were touching. (view spoiler)[In this one the old man became bitter and wished for death after losing his family in an accident. A young tanuki who was saved by the man and his grandson asked to take the grandson's shape and care for the man on his deathbed. Here the man is saying he realized it was the tanuki but its kindness has mended his heart. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    E.A.

    I have been a fan of this series for a long time, and no matter how many times I watch the anime It will never stop being fascinating. Thought I have watched the anime, more times than I would like to admit. This is the first time I have gotten around to reading the manga. Why now? shouts the masses I don't know, I just got that itch. There are so many times that the anime is extremely different then the manga, I just had to know. I love this manga, though the beginning does start out a lot slowe I have been a fan of this series for a long time, and no matter how many times I watch the anime It will never stop being fascinating. Thought I have watched the anime, more times than I would like to admit. This is the first time I have gotten around to reading the manga. Why now? shouts the masses I don't know, I just got that itch. There are so many times that the anime is extremely different then the manga, I just had to know. I love this manga, though the beginning does start out a lot slower, then the anime, there isn’t much difference. That doesn’t bother me; I enjoyed those little bits of fluff that wasn't present in the anime. The only thing that annoyed me was the art work. Not as clean, and it looked, bad. But as the story moves on, and you get deeper into the other volumes, it gets better. Over all I am happy to finally get around to reading that amazing story. It's a heart string puller that’s for sure. There are so many feel moments in the first few chapters that my eyes watered a few times. I highly recommend this manga, even if you've never read a manga in your life, I guarantee that this story will draw you in, capture your feels and have you cheering for Yusuke with all your mite. Happy Reading -Emily

  3. 5 out of 5

    I'Mdoggo

    The history is very good!

  4. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Yu Yu Hakusho remains probably my favorite childhood anime and to this day I still love it and have plenty of fond memories. I owned the whole DVD set, Blu Ray set, and statues. But one thing I never owned or read was the manga and this year I collected the entire 19 volume set and finally cracked open volume 1. To my surprise there is actually a few stories in here never in the anime. Yusuke dies pretty soon into the manga. Not a spoiler, it says it is on the back. But the story is about him as Yu Yu Hakusho remains probably my favorite childhood anime and to this day I still love it and have plenty of fond memories. I owned the whole DVD set, Blu Ray set, and statues. But one thing I never owned or read was the manga and this year I collected the entire 19 volume set and finally cracked open volume 1. To my surprise there is actually a few stories in here never in the anime. Yusuke dies pretty soon into the manga. Not a spoiler, it says it is on the back. But the story is about him as a spirit trying to do good to see if he's worthy of returning to life. I personally really enjoyed these sweet short stories of Yusuke helping people. It shows who he is, and even as a tough guy, he still has a heart of gold that made him such a fun character to root for. It also helps the art still holds up 30 years later. Vivid emotions displayed on faces to give off the perfect feeling. Cool little action set pieces. Lots of different character designs. Overall, Togashi was on a roll here in both the art and fun story telling side. While the plot seems a bit unfocused here as we jump from story to story, it is building up nicely the world and character development for Yusuke. Not to mention I know what is to come, and so being more of a fun ghost human stories instead of the battle manga it becomes, I have to say I really enjoyed it. A 4 out of 5.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Marie

    Not sure how many of these I actually read - probably the first couple or so. I loved the anime.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    So, this is the first Manga I've ever read. I really enjoyed it. I decided to give it a try after a girl in my Library was talking about conventions, and Manga. She recommended this Manga to me and I read it so fast, because it was so interesting. It is about a guy named Yusuke who is a bad guy at school and he ends up getting ran over by a car and dying because he tried to save a little boy from getting hit. After this, he meets the Botan who guides him through the afterlife. Since it wasn't expe So, this is the first Manga I've ever read. I really enjoyed it. I decided to give it a try after a girl in my Library was talking about conventions, and Manga. She recommended this Manga to me and I read it so fast, because it was so interesting. It is about a guy named Yusuke who is a bad guy at school and he ends up getting ran over by a car and dying because he tried to save a little boy from getting hit. After this, he meets the Botan who guides him through the afterlife. Since it wasn't expected for his to do a good deed when he died he gets the chance to take a test to come back to life. In this he goes through a series of tests and the rest will continue in Vol. 2 which I CAN'T WAIT TO READ. I went to check it out at my school library and they have every Volume except for 2... yeah what are the chances lol. So, now I'm hooked and will have to go buy it! I really suggest you read this, and give it a try if you've never read Manga before. It was really really good :D

  7. 4 out of 5

    Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson

    Completed this volume for abc manga challenge 2017. I watched this anime when it had its original run on Toonami, oh so many years ago, and this was so nostalgic. Honestly I had forgotten a lot of the plot since then, and was amused by the old school art style. The characters had really good development, and the plot isn't boring. I recommend if you're getting into manga that you give this your attention for at least three volumes. Have fun reading! Completed this volume for abc manga challenge 2017. I watched this anime when it had its original run on Toonami, oh so many years ago, and this was so nostalgic. Honestly I had forgotten a lot of the plot since then, and was amused by the old school art style. The characters had really good development, and the plot isn't boring. I recommend if you're getting into manga that you give this your attention for at least three volumes. Have fun reading!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Can't help reading with the voices from the anime. It was exciting to open up Yu Yu Hakusho. Not only are there little snippets that never made it to the show, it's got a unique art style. I can't tell if the drawings are contemporary of its own time. The verdict? It's different and I like it. Probably helps that it looks faded, the pages from the library book are ruffled and the faces are so varied. I could read the stories of Yusuke's redemption for ages. I don't remember any of them except Can't help reading with the voices from the anime. It was exciting to open up Yu Yu Hakusho. Not only are there little snippets that never made it to the show, it's got a unique art style. I can't tell if the drawings are contemporary of its own time. The verdict? It's different and I like it. Probably helps that it looks faded, the pages from the library book are ruffled and the faces are so varied. I could read the stories of Yusuke's redemption for ages. I don't remember any of them except for Kuwabara helping his friend keep his job. The boy and his dog melted my heart, as well as the old grandpa, and the girl waiting at the train stop. Dogs ALWAYS get me right in the heart-balls. This is how you kick off series. I feel like I should at least pay homage for a bit longer, or until the library runs out of volumes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ilias

    It's tough to rate this one. I enjoyed it, but while reading I couldn't help but compare it to Hunter x Hunter. Both are from the same writer and Yu Yu Hakusho is a lightweight compared to HxH. It's tough to rate this one. I enjoyed it, but while reading I couldn't help but compare it to Hunter x Hunter. Both are from the same writer and Yu Yu Hakusho is a lightweight compared to HxH.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    I don't consider myself a dedicated fan of fighting manga, but this book is truly exceptional. This first volume began much the way the anime did feel at first like a typical story about schoolchildren in Japan, yet by the end, I was tearing up as a young man handled the loss of his dog or when a tanuki raccoon helped an old man achieve closure over the death of his grandson. YuYu Hakusho is a book known for its fights and action, but this first volume is an excellent reminder that much of the st I don't consider myself a dedicated fan of fighting manga, but this book is truly exceptional. This first volume began much the way the anime did feel at first like a typical story about schoolchildren in Japan, yet by the end, I was tearing up as a young man handled the loss of his dog or when a tanuki raccoon helped an old man achieve closure over the death of his grandson. YuYu Hakusho is a book known for its fights and action, but this first volume is an excellent reminder that much of the story is grounded in the theme of redemption. Yusuke grows as a human being. And while he doesn't completely abandon his faults, he does develop empathy for other people. I'm glad I'm finally tackling this series and this book was a delight.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Fun Manga I'll continue reading this series. I like that the main character does gray things while in purgatory, but I look forward to less fighting in future books in the series. Fun Manga I'll continue reading this series. I like that the main character does gray things while in purgatory, but I look forward to less fighting in future books in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Starbubbles

    i enjoyed the anime, so when i finally ventured over to the "young adult" section in my library and saw the series, had to pick it up. can't remember just how close it is to the anime, but i do know it's fairly close. i enjoyed it just as much as i did watching it on the tv. i wonder if the battles will be just as drawn out later in the series though. i enjoyed the anime, so when i finally ventured over to the "young adult" section in my library and saw the series, had to pick it up. can't remember just how close it is to the anime, but i do know it's fairly close. i enjoyed it just as much as i did watching it on the tv. i wonder if the battles will be just as drawn out later in the series though.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    I won't spend my time to "click" on all the volumes. I've read this saga in the same time of watching the anime ^^ ( a long time ago and i still have them all in my bookshelf). Kurama and his little spiky demon Friend were my favourite caracthers. Basically " foe" but they end up " working and being friends with Yusuke" ^^ I won't spend my time to "click" on all the volumes. I've read this saga in the same time of watching the anime ^^ ( a long time ago and i still have them all in my bookshelf). Kurama and his little spiky demon Friend were my favourite caracthers. Basically " foe" but they end up " working and being friends with Yusuke" ^^

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rich Uncle Pennybags

    I had only a vague recollection of this series and thought I'd check out the manga expecting some crazy shonen action and instead there was very little action but it was really touching and I blubbered like an idiot reading it. 5 stars. I had only a vague recollection of this series and thought I'd check out the manga expecting some crazy shonen action and instead there was very little action but it was really touching and I blubbered like an idiot reading it. 5 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicole *{Lady Aribeth}*

    I wish the art in this were not so atrocious, because the storyline is really fun.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anthonia

    Great story of a high school student who ends up dead being hit by a car then he turns out to be the spirit detective of the earth after his life is restored after some trials he had to overcome.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bobby

    3.25 stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ricky

    I adore this book. The poignant one-off stories were utterly heartwarming. One of my favorite volumes of any manga.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    ANIMU OLDHEADS KNOW WHAT THIS IS. Ahhhhh, I found this while browsing my local library. Yu Yu Hakusho used to be one of my favorite anime! Reading the manga for the first time makes me remember why. Urameshi (Yusuke) is a teen boy who's apt to getting into trouble. Raised in a single-parent home where his mother paid little attention to him, he was able to get away with a lot. Skipping school, failing classes, and fighting other classmates were his top offenses. One day, Yusuke saves the life of a ANIMU OLDHEADS KNOW WHAT THIS IS. Ahhhhh, I found this while browsing my local library. Yu Yu Hakusho used to be one of my favorite anime! Reading the manga for the first time makes me remember why. Urameshi (Yusuke) is a teen boy who's apt to getting into trouble. Raised in a single-parent home where his mother paid little attention to him, he was able to get away with a lot. Skipping school, failing classes, and fighting other classmates were his top offenses. One day, Yusuke saves the life of a child which, in turns, causes his death. The series of events afterward involve Yusuke becoming adjusted to the afterlife, meeting his guide to the otherworld, and finding out that he has a second chance amongst the world of the living... I really felt like I was 12 years old again, watching Toonami and remembering how hilarious this anime is. I definitely intend on adding this to my personal collection for the sake of nostalgia (& it's a really good manga, too).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    I’ve finally gotten around to reading this classic and I’m not disappointed! In this manga, we follow the unfortunate life of local teenage delinquent Yusuke Urameshi — unfortunate because it is cut short when he is hit by a car trying to save a small child. His accidental and untimely death, though, leaves his soul in limbo. Not only did he die before his time but this seeming delinquent died doing a good deed. The Underworld doesn’t know what to do with him! Because of this, he gets a chance t I’ve finally gotten around to reading this classic and I’m not disappointed! In this manga, we follow the unfortunate life of local teenage delinquent Yusuke Urameshi — unfortunate because it is cut short when he is hit by a car trying to save a small child. His accidental and untimely death, though, leaves his soul in limbo. Not only did he die before his time but this seeming delinquent died doing a good deed. The Underworld doesn’t know what to do with him! Because of this, he gets a chance to return to his life if he’s able to complete a series of tests. Along the way, he also tries to help out fellow lost and lingering spirits, assisting them with finding peace. All around, this story seems like it’ll be pretty great journey and I’m looking forward to reading more~

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dallin Broome

    For this book, I thought I would throw a little manga in the mix. I knew of this book series because I watched the Anime when I was a kid and loved it. This book itself was really good and added a lot of details that the show skipped altogether. The book follows Yusuke Urameshi a high schooler with an attitude problem, but a heart of gold. But based on a weird turn of events, he dies within the first couple of panels. Yusuke is met with the grim reaper, who offers him a chance to come back to th For this book, I thought I would throw a little manga in the mix. I knew of this book series because I watched the Anime when I was a kid and loved it. This book itself was really good and added a lot of details that the show skipped altogether. The book follows Yusuke Urameshi a high schooler with an attitude problem, but a heart of gold. But based on a weird turn of events, he dies within the first couple of panels. Yusuke is met with the grim reaper, who offers him a chance to come back to the world of the living. He recognizes that he was kind of a trashy person and declines the offer. She then has him visit his own wake and watch all of the people in his life react to his death. He initially is hesitant, but after seeing a childhood friend of his have a breakdown, he decides he can't leave this person just yet. From this point forward he is set on a series of small adventures where he has to help ghosts move onto the spirit world. It was a lot of fun reading this and I think anyone that has an interest in manga and Japanese fiction.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    FINALLY! I've been dying to read this series since I fell in love with the anime five years ago. I've heard about the "extra" material from the manga that isn't in the anime, mainly in the first two volumes, where Yusuke does various acts of good towards fellow man (and ghosts) while he's still in limbo. Some of these little stories were actually quite heartwarming and I'm pleased I finally got around to experiencing them. Can't wait to finish the series and finally mark off another "anime AND m FINALLY! I've been dying to read this series since I fell in love with the anime five years ago. I've heard about the "extra" material from the manga that isn't in the anime, mainly in the first two volumes, where Yusuke does various acts of good towards fellow man (and ghosts) while he's still in limbo. Some of these little stories were actually quite heartwarming and I'm pleased I finally got around to experiencing them. Can't wait to finish the series and finally mark off another "anime AND manga" completion on my list!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Haley

    Sometimes you get manga that is so close to the anime that it’s repetitive, sometimes the manga and anime are completely different. Then there are manga that are in the middle. Some elements got carried over into the anime, but there’s still quite a bit that didn’t that keeps you interested enough to want to continue just to see the differences. I loved the anime for Yu Yu Hakusho and The manga is off to a strong start for me. Why weren’t the chapters of Yusuke helping other spirits in the anime Sometimes you get manga that is so close to the anime that it’s repetitive, sometimes the manga and anime are completely different. Then there are manga that are in the middle. Some elements got carried over into the anime, but there’s still quite a bit that didn’t that keeps you interested enough to want to continue just to see the differences. I loved the anime for Yu Yu Hakusho and The manga is off to a strong start for me. Why weren’t the chapters of Yusuke helping other spirits in the anime? I think I’d really have cried if the one with the raccoon was. I almost cried just reading it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    MistofJoy

    Unlike further battle-oriented story arcs, the first few volumes are full of the heart warming stories. Instead of getting help, it is Yusuke who will help many who departed while just recently becoming a ghost himself. Approaching "death" through the eyes of a high school bully, it teaches how a simple, and perhaps naive way of thinking, is sometimes the solution for difficult emotions. Totally worth reading for absolutely everyone. Unlike further battle-oriented story arcs, the first few volumes are full of the heart warming stories. Instead of getting help, it is Yusuke who will help many who departed while just recently becoming a ghost himself. Approaching "death" through the eyes of a high school bully, it teaches how a simple, and perhaps naive way of thinking, is sometimes the solution for difficult emotions. Totally worth reading for absolutely everyone.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Belyea

    Yusuke never knew that one simple act could send the Underworld into such disarray, but what else can he do but accept the job of hunting down spiritual phenomenon before it can negatively impact the living? Togashi begins this classic series with wit and charm that will please loyal fans. Where can a ghost hide from one of its own?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Silverlance

    I haven’t read these since the 8th grade. This is one of my favorite manga and my all time favorite anime. I love this story so much, there is always something happening and Yusuke’s evolution is brilliant, with specs of his awkward personality littered throughout the manga. Can’t wait to re-read the whole series!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matt Midlock

    Fantastic manga about a punky kid who accidentally dies saving a young child. His unexpected death causes him to become a ghost and he has a chance to complete tasks to potentially bring himself back to life. I was surprised at the emotion behind some of the stories since at first glance, the art looks silly, but it works great! Recommended!

  28. 5 out of 5

    typewriterdeluxe

    I prefer the anime's version of the YuYu Hakusho story, but still enjoyed reading the first volume of the manga. The art is really good (much prettier than the animation, actually) so I liked poring over the illustrations. I also appreciated the cultural notes in the back of the book. I prefer the anime's version of the YuYu Hakusho story, but still enjoyed reading the first volume of the manga. The art is really good (much prettier than the animation, actually) so I liked poring over the illustrations. I also appreciated the cultural notes in the back of the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marjo

    I like some of the one-shot stories that didn't make it to the anime, but I can understand why they were left on the cutting room floor, so to speak. Also, it's fun to see how some of the early plot points got Frankensteined together in the adaptation process. I like some of the one-shot stories that didn't make it to the anime, but I can understand why they were left on the cutting room floor, so to speak. Also, it's fun to see how some of the early plot points got Frankensteined together in the adaptation process.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dusty

    Why am I reading so many old mangas right now? Yu yu hakusho is a classic and one of the many series I've been complied to revisit lately. I've watched the anime countless time but don't believe I've read the manga all the way through. Maybe this is the year I finally do so. Why am I reading so many old mangas right now? Yu yu hakusho is a classic and one of the many series I've been complied to revisit lately. I've watched the anime countless time but don't believe I've read the manga all the way through. Maybe this is the year I finally do so.

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