Here's Why 'Yu Yu Hakusho' Had the Best Anime Fashion Ever

Yu Yu Hakusho was one of the most popular action series in its heyday, and one of the reasons it's so fondly remembered is its fashion sense.

The characters of the series not only wore outfits that can be easily duplicated, but are even still in style to this day.

While Yu Yu Hakusho was no stranger to fantastical locations and outfits, even from Yusuke Urameshi himself, series creator Yoshihiro Togashi often depicted the characters in casual clothing. This was especially prominent in the anime as the addition of color to these outfits gave each one a special pop.

Botan, Yusuke's spirit guide, often appeared in different enviable outfits herself and despite her fantastical nature, her outfits are still ones any fan could pull from their closets.

There is a genius in its simplicity as Yusuke often worse jeans, a t-shirt, and white sneakers, and still manages to pull off one of the most regarded shonen anime looks of all time.

For those unfamiliar with Yu Yu Hakusho, the series was originally created by Yoshihiro Togashi and follows the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a teenage delinquent who loses his life when he is hit by a car trying to save a child's life. After passing a series of tests, Yusuke is allowed to return to the living world but with a few caveats. With the gained ability to see spirits and demons, Yusuke is given the title of "Underworld Detective" and must solve various cases of spirits running amok in the living world.

The series ran in Shuiesha's Weekly Shonen Jump from December 1990 to July 1994. It has been collected into 19 volumes, and was licensed for an English language release by Viz Media from 2003 to 2010. It was adapted into an anime series by Fuji Television, Yomiko Advertising, and Studio Pierrot and aired from October 1992 to December 1994 for 112 episodes.


It was licensed in North America by Funimation in 2001 where it first aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block, but later transferred to Toonami under the name Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files. The manga has sold over 50 million copies in Japan and was praised by both critics and fans for its writing. Unfortunately, production faced its own share of issues as Togashi was public about his stresses and health issues when drawing the manga and had ended the series on his own terms.

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