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Yu Yu Hakusho

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Yusuke Urameshi was a normal middle school punk until he was hit and killed by a car, while saving a child. His selfless action earned him the right to gain his life back and serve as a detective of the spirit world, keeping the world of the living safe from a myriad of demons. But being reborn has its price: Yusuke must hatch a spirit beast that will develop according to his actions, and if he doesn't act in a good and honest manner, it will eat his soul. Can Yusuke protect the human and spirit worlds and still manage to save himself in the process?

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Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie Movie 1993 TBD
Yu Yu Hakusho The Movie: Poltergeist Report Movie 1994 TBD
Yu Yu Hakusho Picture Drama DVD Special 2009 TBD

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Yu Yu Hakusho 1990 TBD
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Mari KITAYAMA Character Design
Masaya ONISHI Character Design
Minoru YAMAZAWA Character Design
Noriyuki ABE Director
Yusuke HONMA Music
Yoshihiro TOGASHI Original Manga Creator
Ken HAGINO Producer
Kenji SHIMIZU Producer
Koji KANEDA Producer
Kyotaro KIMURA Producer

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Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.

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In both Bleach and Yu Yu Hakusho, the hero started off somewhat unwillingly doing the job. Both have a strong relationship between the lead character and his link to the "other world". And both take their job VERY seriously.

Bleach by far is one off the best anime shows about spiritual powers, and it also throws in special abilities of weapons with spirit power. It bombards you with epic fights and battles between soul reapers. It's awesome and I must recommend it to all you Yu Yu Hakusho lovers. Watch Bleach and tell me you don't like it. It has one of the best storylines I've ever even read and has so much fighting in it that you won't want to stop watching this show after you see it. If you liked YYH for the battles and fighting, check out Bleach.


Bleach centers around a kid who is negative towards others, but gradually gains friends he trusts and would glady give his life for. Yusuke is quite similar in that aspect. Also, they both gain some unworldly power and are able to become stronger at a rate that surpasses all others. They both fight for what they believe in and will never leave anyone behind.

The fighting is nearly the same except Bleach seems to have more thought out fighting. They both have a comedic side but get very serious during fights. They have similar plots as Yusuke begins fighting demons and Ichigo begins by fighting hollows. If you like Yu Yu Hakusho, I'm sure you would like Bleach.


Both of the main characters in Bleach and Yu Yu Hakusho are teenage boys who find themselves thrown into the spirit world after committing selfless acts to save people around them. They also progress unusually fast when it comes to their skills and they become able to stand their ground against just about anyone. They story lines of both also progress fairly fast and immerse you in the story. Oh, and you can't forget the awesome action scenes in both that will hook you.


Bleach and Yu Yu Hakusho both involve a young male teenage lead that is an outcast and not understood. These characters gain spiritual powers due to a strange event, and gain new friends who better understand them.


Not only are YYH and Bleach some of the most popular fighting anime that combine action, comedy and tads of romance to lighten up things, but the buildup of the characters and flow of the story are similar as well.


Soul Collectors! This phrase suits Bleach and YYH perfectly. The main character in each series works his way towards proving that there's more to him than meets the eye; he does this through intense training and hard work. With the help of his friends at his sides, each main character can overcome almost anything!


YYH and Bleach both have great action and stories, and kickass characters. If you liked one, try out the other.


Both Series Deal With A tennager who Suddenly gains Other-worldy ablites and becoms an Agent for the After-world(Soul Society, Heaven, etc). Also Both of the main characters have a demonic side to them. Yet They both still wish to protect what is close to them. If you liked Bleach, You will also like Yu Yu Hakuso. And the other way around.


Warriors of the world of the spirits; Ichigo from Bleach and Yusuke from Yu Yu Hakusho suddenly get wrapped up in the dealings of the spirit world and must fight, given their new powers. Bot great series with likable characters and good story.


They are both about highschoolers whose lives are changed by the dead. The "other world" recruites them to help with the spirit world. If you liked one, I'm sure you'd like the other.


Hmm, what to say, Bleach is renewed YuYu, so there's many, many and even a bit more similarities in terms of plot. The main diffrence is it's age. You may say what you want but that still is around 10 years. If you enjoyed Bleach you may also like Yu Yu.


Both series have a main character that loves to fight and strives to get better with each passing battle. They also fight a variety of opponents through out the series.


Well why not recommend. Bleach does seem to borrow a bit from Yu Yu Hakusho, They're both alright comedy wise and both share some good similarities storywise. The main characters both seem to share some things in common too, might I add. If you're into either and find yourself bored one day, why not give the other a go?


Because I like the show and they are sort of similar, in a way. They both have to do with spirits, the undead and such.


Yu Yu Hakusho and Bleach are stunningly similar. Yu Yu Hakusho is the classic shonen, and Bleach is almost a modernized, high-adrenaline version of YYH.

Both male leads are bullheaded and more or less social outcasts, but end up being saddled with responsibilities they never wanted.  However, their determined additudes make them extremely good at what they do and they both end up taking their jobs very seriously.

As each series progresses, the character find the need to increase their strength to protect the people they care about and fight the forces of evil.  Using their iron wills, the continue to struggle forawrd no matter the seeminly impossible obstacles that await them. They both have to deal with the responsibility that comes from weilding strong powers once they do attain them.

A good supporting cast also surrounds each major character in both series, providing motivation, friendship, and a slew of interesting powers.  Both series also have highly detailed Heaven "organizations" that the main characters end up working for.

I'd go on, but there is little point.  YYH does show its age, but if you are a big fan of Bleach you should go and watch the old classic and learn your roots.  If you enjoyed YYH, then Bleach will blow you away.


Both anime have a main male character who start off as a normal high school/junior high student when something happens to make them become more physically and "magically" inclined. They learn about powers they possess and are both forced to fight monsters. Plenty of action, plenty of comedy to lessen the seriousness, and plenty of paranormal characters are introduced to add to the anime and the awesome fighting scenes. Bleach is ALOT longer than Yu Yu Hakusho, and I would say better drawn, but are action packed comedies worth watching.


in both animes the main characters learn of a whole different world separate but part of the world they are used to.  When they learn of these worlds they are pulled into the world of supernaturalism and are employed by the superiors of the worlds.  The characters are thus pulled into the disputes and fights of thee worlds all the while fighting for their lives because of the reputation they've achieved through their jobs.


Both of these anime deal with teenagers who come into having "special powers" and decide to use them to protect those closest to him. Both have alot of fighting and "powering up" (getting stronger as the storyline progresses). Later on in both stories you find out hidden family secrets that also tie into the story.


Both involve the spirit world and fighting.  They also both show how the characters develop and gain power.  Both of the shows also have a good deal of fighting in them.


Both series are supernatural combat thrillers, featuring sonen protagonists both facing the natural challenges of growing up and the supernatural challenge of invasion from another world.


Both Yu Yu Hakusho and Bleach share common traits both are Shounen and Action based animes, the two main characters Yusuke Urameshi and Ichigo Kurosaki are both considered to be delinquents but deep down they have a strong sense of justice. Both shows have alternate worlds and characters that have a strong sense of the supernatural, both have spiritual powers (Reiatsu). Both animes they save the world from the depths of the evil and corrupt, and are joined by great friends.

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Flame of Recca

Flame of Recca

Recca dreams of one day becoming an excellent ninja, but in this day and age ninjas are only talked about in history lessons. While playing his ninja games, he meets a mysterious woman that reveals to Recca his past, his bond with the powerful Hokage clan, and the special flame power that resides within him. Meanwhile, the evil Kurei has plans to gather the madougu from the Hokage clan so that he may take control over the elemental powers, but Recca is determined to master his flame and stop Kurei’s evil plans. Does he have what it takes to live up to his own expectations and put a stop to Kurei himself?

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If you like the fighting style in Yu Yu Hakusho, you will also love Flame of Recca. You will see similarities between characters in these two series.

When a bunch of teens find out they have special powers they swear to protect the weak. To do so they enter into a tournament where all of their fighting skills are tested. If you liked FoR or YYH, check out the other.

The first half of Yu Yu Hakusho is almost identical to the Flame of Recca series. Some teens suddenly find out they're pretty damn powerful, and after a few adventures, end up fighting in a grand tournement with tons of one on one fights. The fighting itself contains a lot of clever strategy and oddball tactics that also remind me of the fighting in Flame of Recca.

If you liked the fighting in Yu Yu Hakusho, then you'll like Flame of Recca.


Both Flame of Recca and Yu Yu Hakusho have very similar plot elements and themes. In both shows, there is a grand tournament with lots of fighting and relationships that build because of the fights.


Flame of Recca is clearly a clone of Yu Yu Hakusho. So if you liked YYH, Flame of Recca is about the same. Both main characters are fighting to protect some girl, and bad guys see their power and want to fight them for their own gain. They have almost the same plot.


YYH and FoR are almost clones of each other. Both are heavy in tournament-based martial arts fighting and special techniques; have main characters who must protect their significant others; have a cool but ruthless ally, a dependable but simple grunt, and a damsel in distress; and much more.

The only really difference seems to be the premise. Yu Yu Hakusho has a longer story, but at the core of it is martial arts fighting - almost identical to Flame of Recca. If you liked one, no doubt you'll like the other. Same substance, different packaging.


Yu Yu Hakusho and Flame of Recca have outstanding character development and a sense of action-packed and magical justice.


Yu Yu Hakusho and Flame of Recca are very similar. Several characters from each anime have the same personalities. If you thought one was awesome, you'll enjoy the other.


Both series have many similarities. They both have similar characters with similar traits. They both have a major villain. The main characters in both are really strong. They both include fighting. They both have a huge tournament in them, where anybody can die. Basically if you liked one you will like they other.


Both series have kickass battles and fights. The main characters totally kicks ass and with their friends they kick even bigger ass. They go through challenges together, the question is: Will they survive?


both animes are very similar in terms of characters and plots. both have what you could say a 'tournament saga' wherein the main character, coupled by his friends, join in a tournament in hopes of winning. although yu yu hakusho continued long after that, there were still many aspects of the show which is similar to flame of recca.

if you liked the action one of the shows portrayed, you'll definately like the other.


Flame of Recca is clearly inspired by Yu Yu Hakusho as the characters are practically the same. Yu Yu is certainly the better of the animes however, Flame can be enjoyed just as much if you liked the other.

The stories are very similar, the romance aspects are practically the same, the characters have much in common, etc etc...its as straight-forward a recommendation as it gets really


The entire anime of Flame of Recca pretty much directly parallels the first half of Yu Yu Hakusho.

In both series, the main characters start out as adversaries and later become teammates after their initial conflict. Both series then proceed to have an arc where the characters work together to fight a common enemy for the first time. Then, both series have a tournament arc immediately following where the characters are forced to fight as a team in an evil tournament against other teams of strong fighters

The two series are extremely similar; if you like one you are almost certain to like the other.


yea these anime are exactly the same EXCEPT Yu Yu Hakusho is just a WAYYY BETTER version of Flame of Recca.  I mean its longer and it has more in depth with the characters and all the characters have way more moves.  Flame of Recca is pretty much a pre-school version of Yu Yu hakusho.  They are both worth watching tho.  If you enjoyed one you will enjoy the other.  Exact same plot though you will notice the similarities right from episode 1!


both mirror each other super closely. the main characters both have similar powers, and the side characters are similar.


While very unique in their own way, both shows have extremely similar styles and subject matter. 


Flame of Recca is basically a faster paced Yu Yu Hakusho which focuses even more on the tournament aspect. 


These shows are basically the same for the first few arcs. The drawing, characters, plot and the way the episodes are layed out are almost identical. If you liked one you will probably like the other. 

However i found that they were almost too similar so I dropped Flame of Recca pretty fast (Ihad already watched Yu Yu Hakushu)

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z

Five years have passed since Goku and his friends defeated Piccolo Jr. and restored peace to the planet. Gohan - Goku's son - and a variety of good, bad, and morally ambiguous characters are back, and perpetually not ready for action! Aliens, androids, and magicians all hatch evil plots to destroy the world and it's up to Goku to save the Earth once more - that is, once he and his comrades train plentifully in preparation.  Enemies will become friends and power levels will rise to unimaginable levels, but even with the help of the legendary Dragon Balls and Shen Long will it be enough to save Earth from ultimate destruction?

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DragonballZ has more of a focus on long epic battles than YYH but otherwise has a simmular mood
If you liked the fighting in Hakusho, you'll likely appreciate the quality combat in DBZ. Though the fighting in Hakusho tends to be more 'down to earth,' depending more on characters thinking up (or lucking out with) clever and/or suicidal strategies to win their tougher fights, while DBZ's fighting places more of an emphasis on adrenline rushes and powering up.

DBZ has less of a story than Yu Yu Hakusho, but the fights are somewhat the same. Since Yu Yu Hakusho is also based on DBZ the chances of someone liking both are extremely high.


If you're looking for awesome action then DBZ and Yu Yu Hakusho are for you. While DBZ in my opinion is lacking the more intense story line that draws you in that Yu Yu Hakusho has, it still has a decent story line that seems to constantly repeat itself: that, of course, would be saving the world from amazingly strong badasses. Overall they're both great shows that you'll definitely enjoy if you like action.


dragon ball z and yu yu hakusho the hero has special powers dragon ball z has goku with his energy blasts and yu yu hakusho has yuskei with his spirit energy they both visit the afterlife as yuskei gains his powers from their and both visit king yenmas palace the only thing is as goku gains the ability to increase his power early from his Kaioken to his super saiyen 1, 2 and finaly super saiyen 3 while yuske has only near the end his demon form


Yu Yu Hakusho and Dragon Ball Z, firstly, look similar in animation and have similar senses of humour! Yu Yu Hakusho has the advantage of being faster-paced than DBZ with less of the drawn out battles seen in DBZ. Yu Yu Hakusho also has less characters to keep track of, making the plot easier to follow. Dragon Ball Z has many, many characters and dark pasts to keep track of, sometimes making it difficult to follow and remember certain details! Both however, aree worth watching!


Both feature similar fighting styles with similar story lines. I love both shows and what brought me too Yu Yu Hakusho was DBZ because of there similarites. It's a great show and both excel in different areas so there not completely similar. I find YuYu more funny while DBZ has better fighting scenes. Either way there both great shows.


Both Yu Yu Hakusho and Dragon ball Z are great series and if you loved one of them you will more than likely love the other as well.  Yu Yu Hakusho has animation that is just as poor as DBZ, possibly a little better.  However, the story line in both of these animes has major similarities. Some examples are saving the world from destruction by continuously getting stronger, adding new moves after long training periods, colorful magic/energy attacks etc.  The battles happen much faster in Yu Yu than in DBZ without as much standing around but both have amazing battles.  The character development in both DBZ and Yu Yu has to be the best part of both of their series, enemies becoming friends and different people gaining different abilities and feelings makes both of these animes live infamously. 


As two of the, no....THE two greatest Shounen anime ever made, they practically go hand in hand. Not to mention YYH was the ONLY show to know DBZ of it's perch when they were airing in Japan. Both are worthy. Both are worth the time of day. Even if DBZ is CRAZY long.


If you liked the superpowers theme on either series, you'd definiteley like the other. Also, the "tournament feel" is present in both series and makes up a very interesting way to experience them and feel like you are a part of the competition. Both are a must-see for any true action-junkie!


YYH & DBZ action sequences are often very similar the only only difference is that in YYH the powers are a little more in check. The art style in both of the series and the characters are very similar in there mainly Goku & Yusuke & Hiei & Vegeta. They are both very good series:)


Arguably the two best action shows in existence, at least in my opinion. Both have great character depth, plenty of laughs, and most importantly: both are chock full of awesome fights that will surely send shivers down your spine.

Watching the main characters in each show progress from a near-worthless weakling to the strongest and most powerful warrior in existence is a thrilling and spine-tingling experience. If you like one, I have no doubt that you will love the other.

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Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja who bears a great power hidden inside him, a power that has isolated him from the rest of his village. As such, his only dream is to become the Hokage - the most powerful ninja, and leader of the village; but first he needs to graduate! With his inability to perform even the most basic ninja techniques, it seems that all Naruto has going for him is his determination to succeed no matter what. Teamed up with the genius Sasuke, book-smart Sakura, and their team leader Kakashi, Naruto embarks on his quest to become the Hokage. But with outside forces posing a threat to the entire Hidden Leaf village, Naruto discovers that he must become much stronger if he ever wants to realize his dream and protect the friendships he's forged.


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Yusuke Urameshi is a just your ordinary teenage delinquent (if there is such a thing) living a selfish lifestyle; because of this much of society treated him as an outcast throughout his life. A lot like Yusuke, Uzamaki Naruto was treated as an outcast by his village not only because he behaved selfishly, but because of a dormant monster sealed within him. Both protagonists are so much alike that it makes me laugh when I think about it. They each have serious ego problems and think that they're the best in everything; their style of fighting is always reckless (they aren't the stealthy types); and last but not least, neither of them are any good at creating strategies - they'd much rather use brute strength. So if you like action anime with a laugh every now and then both of these series are recommended.


Both YYH and Naruto are about two kids who are trying to be tough in a world where people look down on them, and are scared of them.


YYH and Naruto both have great action and stories, and kickass characters. If you liked one, try out the other.


Naruto and Yu Yu Hakusho have very similar fights and they are both very action-y. They are a very good match together. If you watched one, you should watch the other.


Both have the same concept of training to increase strength and protect friends. Both have a small group of friends that train to defeat stronger and strongeroppenents.


Both stories have characters that grew up alone, and didn't know their place in the world. Then something happens to both of them and then all of a sudden both of them have many people they care about. Also, both main characters fight solely on indistinct and influence everyone around them. Also, both stories are coming-of-age stories, in which by the end of the series they're both all grown up.


If you liked YYH, I recommend you watch Naruto too. Instead of spirit powers the characters use chakras, but it still has non-stop action!


Both Naruto and Yu Yu Hakusho are hopeless "low-life's", if you will. As the main characters, they both have to master certain abilities to get stronger and to gain rank. Both of their list of techniques they have to learn revolve around first mastering a certain inner power. With Naruto, it is Chakra, and with Yusuke it is Spirit Energy.


Both animes start of with a fast paced introduction of the main anti-hero but within a few episodes fall back upon the usual shounen standards. Although with a lot of action, the story barely progresses after a while.

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Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Hunter x Hunter (2011)
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Drawn to the mystique of the unknown, Hunters travel the world in search of terrifying creatures, incredible riches, and unexplored lands. Gon Freecss is a naive-yet-determined young boy who aspires to join the ranks of these individuals, in order to find his missing father Ging - a master of the profession himself. To reach his goal, he partakes in the formidable Hunter Exam, a series of tests that push the participants to their physical and mental limits, with a Hunter License as the prize. During the exam Gon befriends vengeful Kurapika, doctor-to-be Leorio, and skilled assassin Killua, who have entered for their own reasons. But with the sinister Hisoka standing in their way, will Gon and his friends be able to succeed in obtaining their reward, or even escaping with their lives?

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Yu Yu Hakusho. Hunter x Hunter. Both these shows were made by the same creator, Yoshihiro Togashi. Both shows are also great action/adventure shows and both have qualities that make them unique. While Yusuke, the protagonist in Yu Yu Hakusho is a badass delinquent Gon, the protagonist of Hunter x Hunter is a hardworking good-natured boy. Both protagonist show strong love and conpassion for the people they care about most. Both series also have 4 male leads. While Yu Yu Hakusho is about being a Spirit Detective and Hunter x Hunter is about being a Hunter both series highly focus on tournament like events and both series have the same "feel" to them if you have seen both. Overall, these two shows are a perfect compliment to each other and Yoshihiro Togashi really outdid himself in both of these works.


They both have the same feel. A main character who's fun-loving and carefree, but not afraid to take things up a notch and take risks when it's required. The supporting cast isn't just there to provide bulk, and are likable characters that add color to the cast.

Both shows were created by the same mangaka and both surpass expectations, making them enjoyable watches. If you liked one, you're almost positive to like the other.


Although both anime use quite a diffrend style there is some similarities (besides setting). The major one would be that both anime main characters fight unarmed, does'n't use a literal sword when fighting and in place of a sword, uses hands and legs as weapons. That particular keeps me interested when watching good fights and there is plenty of that in both anime.


yuyu hakusho is in many ways similer to hunter x hunter heck just look at kurapika and kurama. both yuyu hakusho and hunter x hunter have similer stories and characters.


Both have a decent amount of episodes and are well structured into different but related seasons. They both center around a group of boys going on adventures and kicking the bad guys' butts. They contain comedy, but aren't centered around it and have some pretty intense fight scenes and challenges that sometimes last a while.

The only thing is that Yu Yu Hakusho is a bit more on the mature side as it has a lot more blood, gore, and death while just about no one dies in Hunter x Hunter.


For one thing, same original author, that guy is pure genius. i Wouldnt say they give the same feel, but i would say that The type of entertainment and awesomeness is th same from both animes. You see an awesome scene in one of them, there is going to be an equally as awesome scene in the other


They have so much stuff in common but one of the main differences is Hunter x Hunter (2011) has hunters while Yu Yu Hakusho is youkai world.

All of the MC are really similar , Gon and Yusuke have similar hairstyle and love to fight. Even their parents are same. Kurapika > Kurama , Hiei > Killua and Kuwabara > Leorio. But what would you expect when both titles are from same creator?

Lots of action , Tactics and both have tournament arcs.

Yu Yu Hakusho may have romance but Hunter x Hunter (2011) doesn't have any. Also both are heavely focused on friendship. HxH (2011) have less comedy than YYH.


I think their descriptions say enough I just feel that it's a good recommendation.The art styles may be a litle different but the story lines are both great and the series are longer which allows you to get to know the characters better and relate to them in some ways which I really enjoy.

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