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Yu Yu Hakusho, Volume 1: Goodbye, Material World! (Yu Yu Hakusho #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  14,131 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 18th 2003 by VIZ Media LLC (first published 1990)
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Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The history is very good!
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
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feather Mista
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Muchos.
Recommended to Feather by: Recuerdos lejanos
Creo que este tomo junto al siguiente son el arranque perfecto para una serie que -si bien muestra lo mejor de sí en sus primeros tomos- resulta una mezcla de géneros y estilos de lo más interesante.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
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.
Alex Panagiotopoulos
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Προσωπικά έχω διαβάσει και καλύτερα manga αλλά το συγκεκριμένο, είναι ακριβώς αυτό που φαντάζεστε. Απλό, αστείο σε σημεία,μικρό και αρκετά έξυπνο. Το σχέδιο είναι γραμμικό και παίζει συνεχώς με τις σκιές των προσώπων και του περιβάλλοντα χώρου, και όταν πρέπει σου μεταφέρει την σκοτεινιά που κρύβεται κάτω από τους χαρακτήρες. Το σενάριο δεν είναι κάτι που δεν έχουμε ξαναδεί (ομάδα νέων με υπερφυσικές δυνάμεις παλεύει με ομάδες κακών νέων με υπερφυσικές δυνάμεις) αλλά έχει κάποια πρωτοτυπία στα τ ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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" ^^
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
3.25 stars
Omar Villafañe
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Way different than the anime. And I love it.
Mar 12, 2017 added it
Shelves: read-mangas
So good!
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yu Yu Hakusho, translated roughly into English as Ghost Files or Poltergeist Files, is a manga-turned-anime from the early to mid-1990's. I had started to watch it and really liked it, so I thought that I'd try out the manga that the series was first based upon.

The first volume of the series kinda through me for a loop, and I expected the differences. It's not so much that the actual story is hugely different, but that that anime greatly compresses the early chapters comprising the first arc int
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E' stato un salto nel passato. Non ho effettivamente altro modo di esprimere in che stato d'animo io sia stata durante tutta la lettura di questo volume. Tanti anni fa avevo visto le puntate dell'anime che passavano in tv (mi pare fossero su MTV ma non ne sono completamente sicura, questa potrebbe essere una castroneria!) e amavo follemente tutti i personaggi. Proprio per questo è stato bellissimo trovare questa nuova edizione tutta figa e stilosa in fumetteria! E' vero, 7€ sono tanti per un uni ...more
Ian Zimmerman
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Today we look at a comic with some serious flaws, but I love it anyways. Firstly, the art in this manga is quite bad and I mean BAD! The anime looks so much more polished that it is almost difficult to read the manga after seeing the anime. Secondly, this starts surprisingly slow for a shonen comic. Usually the anime is the adaptation with all the painful filler, but in Hakusho it is the manga if anything that has more padding. As a ghost, Yusuke already saves Kuwabara's cat in both versions. Di ...more
Becky Welch
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This fun little manga is about a kid named Yusuke Urameshi who is revealed to be dead on the first page. The first chapter reveals that he is an angry kid who will pick a fight with anyone but somehow managed to die selflessly saving a kid from being run over by a car. Since Yusuke wasn't supposed to die right there, the Grim Reaper that comes to get him informs him that there isn't a place for him in the afterlife. This leaves Yusuke with a choice: stay a ghost and wait for a spot to be prepare ...more
Dallan Tucker
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-1-12
14 year old Yusuke Urameshi is your average, everyday delinquent. Except for the fact that he's dead. (This isn't a spoiler, it's the first thing mentioned on page 1.) Having selflessly sacrificed himself to save a small child from being hit by a car, he is visited by Botan, the grim reaper. Due to Yusuke's terrible attitude, the spirit world did not plan on him dying to save that child, and so there is no room for him in the afterlife. Rather than be cursed to roam the Earth as a spirit, he is ...more
The first volume of Yu Yu Hakusho does something that most story lines avoid: it kills off its main character. Tough-guy Yusuke Urameshi sacrifices himself to save a young boy from being hit by a car, but the afterlife doesn't have a place for him yet, so spirit guide Botan offers Yusuke a chance to return to life.

Though drawn in 1990, I didn't find the artwork to be particularly dated, though certain differences exist in the style. The translation was good and the plot is interesting - this fir
3 1/2 stars

I hadn't read the summary or watched the anime and didn't really know what YuYu Hakusho was about. However, when I saw it at the library, I figured 'why not' since it was so popular and I had somehow managed to be totally ignorant of the series.

While I didn't know what YuYu Hakusho was about, I did expect fight scenes, friendship and its share of antics, standard shonen fare. YuYu Hakusho pretty much delivered on my expectations. So far the premise is fun, having the spirit Yusuke go
Caelan W.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I found that this book has a great story line and cool and funny characters. I really liked how the characters are formed through dialog, actions, actions with the environment and a multitude of other things. Yusuke, the main character, is a phenomenal character, although he isn't a good role model, due to the fact that the reader sees him smoking on school grounds... Other than that he is someone who is misunderstood, but in t
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Yu Yu Hakusho is pound for pound one of the greatest Shonen comics ever created. It delivers on everything you'd want from a boy's adventure comic. It's got great action, humour, drama and heart. But the most affecting element of Yu Yu Hakusho is it's characters. In spite of the fantasy setting, they feel like real living breathing people. Togashi is an incredible storyteller. His panels flow smoothly and effortlessly. He was incredibly innovative with the ways he would convey motion and action. ...more
Jun 24, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
Silly, it gets serious from time to time. Not a terribly engrossing read, but I do read it whenever we get our Shonen Jump monthly. I wouldn't pay for the series, but I'm fine with reading the serials. Oh yeah, it's about a boy, "the toughest boy in his high school" they always mention, who dies and becomes a demon hunter (I think the name means poltergeist hunter). He, along with his friend, the 2nd toughest kid--blah blah blah, hone their 6th sense fighting skills and encounter all kinds of ad ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
YuYu Hakusho is one of my favorite manga! It's about a young, violent delinquent who, to the surprise of Heaven, selflessly saves a boy from being hit by a car. But with this, he ended up dying! Because this brave act is so unlike the troublemaking Hakusho, Heaven doesn't know whether to place him in Hell or Heaven. He is then sent back as a ghost to Earth to kill daemons to prove where he belongs in the afterworld.
YuYu Hakusho is another very popular series. Though it is old, the storyline is p
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This is the first manga in the Yu Yu Hakusho series. It follows Yusuke Urameshi, a teen who is hit by a car trying to save a little boy. Yuske ends up as a ghost who performs good deeds.

The manga follows the anime pretty closely. There are a few chapters that go off from the anime, but for the most part, if you enjoyed watching Yu Yu Hakusho, you'll probably enjoy this book.

I typically don't read mangas, but I bought this book for my husband several years ago and decided to see what it was like.
Elisa The-Bookie-Monster
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ok so I've read Manga before mainly when I was in high school, I picked this up on a whim and it was pretty good. Yuyu Hakusho is the story of a high school student who is one of the tough kids at school who dies while pushing a toddler out of the way of a moving car. It reminds me a bit of The Lovely Bones because he's watching over his family and friends while trying to do good deeds and get resurrected. The art isn't anything amazing but the story is pretty interesting I'll probably continue ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review is more of a warning; the first and second volumes of this series are fascinating, excellent and worth checking out. However, after the second volume the series goes from high-quality material to your typical two-to-three-star shonen battle manga. As much as I love the first two volumes, the rest of the series is disappointing and with that I cannot rate this volume or the second volume five stars.

This volume is A material on its own, but the disappointment it leads up to knocks it d
Mar 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Gosh. I can't say much about this without completely going off my rocker in raving how wonderful and beautiful and utterly fantastic it is. Seriously, this was one of the first fandoms where I enjoyed both manga and anime. I'm usually so picky about the anime that comes from a manga, but this? Oh, this was wonderful. I read and re-read the series several times. It's hilarious and funny and tongue-in-cheek, and yes, it's a teeny bit tragic at times too. But not too tragic, because how can a brash ...more
Ryan McCarthy
Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it
While I thought the manga was ok, I felt that the anime adaptation was much better. The manga suffered from a abrupt shift from comedy in the first two volumes to demon fighting in the rest of the series. This was much less abrupt in the anime. Also, the ending in the anime was much more satisfying than the manga ending which was more a whimper than a bang.

While there are far worse manga to read(ex. InuYasha), the anime is IMO a lot better.
Jul 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, urban-fantasy
I like the concept of using ghost powers to help people in various ways, especially because there was some variety, rather than just being the banishing of one ghost after another. Also, the characters were good, and it was nice to see one of the bullies start to change towards the end of the volume.
Anusha Narasimhan
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-manhwa
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Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hnnnng-no
The thing with Yoshihiro Togashi is that the artwork is not good enough for me, it is messy, but not good-messy like One Piece. But when his manga is turned in to anime, it would be different story. The same goes for Yuyu Hakusho.

I read this one until volume 7 or 8 and then dropped it because the story was not worth the eyes-crossing.
Apr 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
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.
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Yoshihiro Togashi (see also 冨樫 義博) is a manga artist. Credited in Chinese translations as Fu Jian Yi Bo.

He began drawing manga at an early age; while he attended college, the publisher Shueisha recognized his talent. Togashi has authored numerous manga series in different genres during the past three decades. He is perhaps best known for writing and illustrating the YuYu Hakusho and Hunter × Hunte
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