It's been thirty long years since Yu Yu Hakusho's anime first premiered in Japan, and even longer since Yoshihiro Togashi's original manga series kicked off in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, and the franchise is celebrating with some special new art for each of the characters. Ask many anime fans of a certain age, and it's likely that they will hold Yu Yu Hakusho in high regard as one of the most notable action anime releases of all time. Even after all these years, it's hard to find a new series that can compete with it for the title.
The franchise has kicked off a new celebration to honor the 30th anniversary of its anime premiere, and Yu Yu Hakusho is releasing some new goods and materials for fans in Japan. For those outside of the region, we can enjoy this new celebration too as it has resulted in some new art for the main four fighters at the center of it all, Yusuke Urameshi, Kazuma Kuwabara, Kurama, Hiei, and even Koenma to boot. Check out the new art for Yu Yu Hakusho's 30th Anniversary below:
The franchise is currently preparing a major comeback of its own as Shueisha, TOHO, and ROBOT are now developing a new live-action adaptation series with Netflix. A release date, cast, or staff has yet to be set, but it's certainly something to keep an eye on moving forward. If you wanted to check out Yu Yu Hakusho again or for the first time, you can find Yu Yu Hakusho streaming on Crunchyroll. They hype the series as such:
"From cutting classes to brawling in the streets, Yusuke Urameshi is not your typical role model. In fact, this kid's nothing more than a fourteen-year-old delinquent with a talent for trouble. But in a single selfless act Yusuke dies while saving another. For such noble sacrifice he is given a second chance at life, but it's to be a life far different than the one left behind. Now a Spirit Detective, the young man must track down demons and humans alike who desire to rule over the three realms of reality."
What do you think? How do you feel about it being 30 years since Yu Yu Hakusho made its debut? What are some of your favorite moments from the franchise? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!