20 Things You Might Not Know About Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu Yu Hakusho is one of the most beloved anime from the '90s. Whether you look at it with fond nostalgia or just recently realized how cool it is, there still might be a few things you didn't know about Yu Yu Hakusho. We're bringing you a bunch of fun facts, bits of trivia, and insight into the manga-ka's creative process. 

One detail of which you might not have been aware: Hiei was supposed to be a one-shot villain, but his wild popularity led to him being brought on as a main cast member. Also, did you know that Yusuke smokes in the manga - and that his mom is up to way shadier things than just that? Another bit of trivia - Kuwabara is named after two Japanese baseball players.

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    Itsuki's Feelings Reflected Togashi's Own

    Itsuki's Feelings Reflected Togashi's Own
    Photo: Sunrise

    Itsuki, Sensui's closest ally and most loyal friend, is one of Togashi's favorite characters. Though he never got the chance to, he really wanted to expand on his unstable emotional state. What's more, he claimed that the parts of the story where Itsuki was inside the Ura Otoko (Reverse Man) were among his favorite in the series, because the feelings that Itsuki expressed reflected his own while he was writing it.  

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    Kuwabara Was Named After Two Baseball Players

    Kuwabara Was Named After Two Baseball Players
    Photo: Sunrise

    When choosing Kuwabara's name, Togashi had baseball on the brain - he named the character after two different Japanese baseball players. In keeping with this, Kuwabara is often seen using his sword as a baseball bat, and in the manga he even appeared in a baseball uniform. 

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    There's A Reason Why It Didn't Start Out As A Battle Manga

    There's A Reason Why It Didn't Start Out As A Battle Manga
    Photo: Sunrise

    Yu Yu Hakusho's tone and genre change dramatically over the course of the series. It starts off focusing on what Togashi refers to as 'good, heartfelt stories' before focusing on fights. 

    Togashi never really felt at home in the shonen genre - he personally preferred reading manga from publications like Garo, which specializes in avant-garde manga, and Hana to Yume, a shojo publication. But when he tried writing love stories, he felt intimidated and decided to write a battle manga, which he thought he could pull off and make popular.

    But because it would be his first battle manga, his editor didn't want him to jump right into that either: he asked him to start slow and introduce more battles later. When he finally did, the series's popularity skyrocketed. 

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    Hiei Was Meant To Be A One-Off Villain

    Hiei Was Meant To Be A One-Off Villain
    Photo: Sunrise

    Hiei is far and away one of the most popular characters in the series - and in anime as a whole. Seriously, he was ranked the 5th most popular male character of the 1990s by Newtype Magazine, and the first, second, and third most popular in Animage Anime Grand Prix for three years running.

    But Hiei was originally meant to be a one-off villain, not a core character. His popularity convinced Togashi and his editing team to let him stick around.