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Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files (幽☆遊☆白書, Yū Yū Hakusho) is a Japanese anime based on the manga created by Yoshihiro Togashi. It consists of 112 television episodes and was directed by Noriyuki Abe and co-produced by Fuji Television, Yomiko Advertising, and Studio Pierrot. The television series originally aired on Japan's Fuji Television network from October 10, 1992 to January 7, 1995.

Synopsis

One day, 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi suddenly finds himself dead, having died pushing a child out of the way of oncoming traffic. Since he has such a bad personality, even the Spirit World was caught by surprise that he would sacrifice himself. Yusuke soon finds out he wasn't supposed to die and has a chance for resurrection and bringing his body back to life. After being resurrected, Yusuke becomes a Spirit Detective, along with his comrades, and one adventure after another happens, whether it be an investigation or a fighting tournament.


Dubbing History

Yu Yu Hakusho was licensed in North America by FUNimation Entertainment in 2001, being among the first anime properties outside of the Dragon Ball franchise to be dubbed by them. ADR director Justin Cook made significant contributions to the dub, not only directing and producing the dub, but also providing the voice of the main protagonist.

The American-produced English dubbed episodes aired from February 23, 2002 to April 1, 2006 on Cartoon Network, initially airing on its Adult Swim block, before being moved to its Toonami block. Some of the show's original depictions of mature content including violence, sexual humor, and coarse language, as well as some controversial cultural discrepancies were edited out for broadcast.

For the series' Blu-Ray re-release in 2011, the dub was given a remaster, with Cook stating that the production staff made minor improvements to their recordings, such as redubbing certain lines, cleaning up the dialogue, and removing "arrant anomalies". One example, the character Suzuki's name was originally dubbed as "Suzuka" in an attempt not to conflict with the Suzuki Motor Corporation. The remastered version undid this.

An English dub produced by Animax was aired in English-speaking territories in Asia, based on FUNimation's scripts.

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor Season
Original Blu-Ray Remix
Main Characters
Yusuke Urameshi.jpg Yusuke Urameshi Nozomu Sasaki Justin Cook 1-4
Kazuma Kuwabara.jpg Kazuma Kuwabara Shigeru Chiba Christopher Sabat 1-4
Kurama.jpg Kurama / Yoko Kurama Megumi Ogata John Burgmeier 1-4
Yoko Kurama.png Shigeru Nakahara 2-4
Hiei.jpg Hiei Nobuyuki Hiyama Chuck Huber 1-4
Allies
Koenma 1.jpg Koenma Mayumi Tanaka Sean Michael Teague 1-4
Koenma 3.jpg
Keiko Yukimura 2.jpg Keiko Yukimara Yuri Amano Laura Bailey 1-4
Botan 1.jpg Botan Sanae Miyuki Cynthia Cranz 1-4
Genkai anciana 2.jpg Genkai Hisako Kyōda Linda Young 1-4
Genkai young.gif Megumi Hayashibara
(young)
2
Shizuru Kuwabara.jpg Shizuru Kuwabara Ai Orikasa Kasey Buckley 1-4
Yukina.jpg Yukina Yuri Shiratori Jessica Dismuke 1-4
Atsuko Urameshi.jpg Atsuko Urameshi Yōko Sōmi Meredith McCoy 1-2
Puu.jpg Puu Yuri Shiratori Justin Cook 2-4
Puu 2.jpg
George Saotome 2.gif Jorge Saotome Tomomichi Nishimura Kent Williams 1-2, 4
Yu Yu Hakusho logo.png Narration 1-4
The Four Saint Beasts
Suzaku.jpg Suzaku Nobuo Tobita Jerry Jewell 1
Seiryu.jpg Seiryu Mitsuo Senda Justin Cook
Byakko.gif Byakko Takeshi Watabe Andrew Chandler
Genbu.jpg Genbu Yū Shimaka Chris Forbis
Team Toguro
Younger Toguro.jpg Younger Toguro Tesshō Genda Dameon Clarke 1-2
157707-8509-toguro-ototo.png 2
Elder Toguro.jpg Elder Toguro Katsumi Suzuki Bill Townsley 1-3
Sakyo.jpg Sakyo Nobuyuki Furuta Eric Vale 1-3
Karasu.jpg Karasu Ryō Horikawa Kyle Hebert 2
Bui.jpg Bui Tetsuo Kanao Vic Mignogna
Team Rokuyukai
Chu.jpg Chu Norio Wakamoto Kent Williams 2, 4
Zeru.jpg Zeru Mitsuaki Madono Jeremy Loris 2
Rinku.jpg Rinku Reiko Kondo Kimberly Grant 2, 4
Roto.jpg Roto Toshiyuki Morikawa Sean Schemmel 2
Gaou.jpg Gaou ¿? Phillip Wilburn 2
Imajin.jpg Imajin ¿? Justin Cook 2
Team Masho
Risho.png Risho Aruno Tahara Mike McFarland 2
Jin.png Jin Kappei Yamaguchi Jerry Jewell 2, 4
Toya.jpg Touya Yasunori Matsumoto Daniel Katsük 2, 4
Gama.jpg Gama Kazuyuki Sogabe Christopher Sabat 2
Bakken.jpg Bakken Hajime Koseki Andrew Chandler
Team Uraotogi
Suzuki Onji.jpg.jpg Onji / Suzuki / Suzuka Takashi Taguchi James T. Fields 2
Suzuki 2.jpg Kazuyuki Sogabe Jeremy Inman
Suzuki.jpg 4
Shishiwakamaru.jpg Shishi Wakamaru Toshiyuki Morikawa Christopher Bevins 2, 4
Kuro Momontaro.jpg Kuro Momotaro Shin Aomori Justin Cook 2
Ura Urashima.jpg Ura Urashima Issei Futamata Vic Mignogna 2
Makintaro.jpg Makintaro Hidenari Ugaki Shane Ray 2
Team Ichigaki
Dr. Ichigaki.jpg Dr. Ichigaki Ryūji Saikachi James T. Fields 2
Yen.jpg Yen / M1 Yoshiko Kamei Chris Cason 2
Ryo.jpg Ryo / M2 Tarô Arakawa Kyle Hebert 2
Kai.jpg Kai / M3 Daiki Nakamura Mike McFarland 2
M4.jpg M4 ¿? Christopher Bevins 2
M5.jpg M5 Tomomichi Nishimura Sonny Strait 2
Team Gorenja
Akarenjya.jpg Akarenjya Mitsuru Miyamoto Robert McCollum 2
Aorenjya.jpg Aorenjya Tomomichi Nishimura Bob Carter 2
Momorenjya.jpg Momorenjya Megumi Ogata Libby Smith 2
Kirenjya.jpg Kirenjya Hidenari Ugaki Chris Forbis 2
Midorenjya.jpg Midorenjya Takehiro Koyama Ed Blaylock 2
Sensui Seven
Sensui.jpg Shinobu Sensei Rokurō Naya Robert McCollum 3
Sensui; Spirit Detective.jpg Akira Ishida
(younger)
Itsuki.jpg Itsuki "Gatekeeper" Kōji Tsujitani Brandon Bristow 3
Minoru kamiya.jpg Minoru "The Doctor" Kamiya Tarô Arakawa Sonny Strait 3
Kiyoshi Mitarai.jpg Kiyoshi "Seaman" Mitarai Rica Matsumoto Justin Pate 3
Kaname Hagiri.png Kaname "Sniper" Hagiri Eiji Sekiguchi Aaron Hatch 3
Tsukihito Amanuma.jpg Tsukihito "Game Master" Amanuma Yoshiko Kamei Monica Rial 3
Sadao Makihara.jpg Sadao "Gourmet" Makihara Atsushi Ishida E. Bailey 3
The Three Kings
Raizen.jpg Raizen Takayuki Sugō Christopher Sabat 3-4
Mukuro 2.jpg Mukuro Minami Takayama Wendy Powell 4
Mukuro.jpg
Yomi.png Yomi Masashi Ebara Rick Robertson 4
Raizen's Friends
Kokou.jpeg Kokō Sakiko Uran Clarine Harp 4
Enki.jpg Enki Shōzō Iizuka Jay Jones 4
Kujou.png Kujo Mitsuaki Madono Donnie Franks 4
Natsume1.jpg Natsume Shinobu Satō Colleen Clinkenbeard 4
Saizou.jpg Saizō ¿? Orion Pitts 4
Tetsuzan.jpg Tetsuzan ¿? Chad Cocuzza 4
Souketsu.png Soketsu Jūrōta Kosugi Dameon Clarke 4
Shu1.jpg Shuu Eiji Itō Orion Pitts 4
Other Characters
Mr. Iwamoto.png Mr. Iwamoto Minoru Inaba Ed Blaylock 1, 4
Keiko's Father.jpg Mr. Yukimura Tarô Arakawa Brad Jackson 1, 4
Koto1.jpg Koto Ai Orikasa Amber Cotton 2-4
Juri.jpg Juri Katsuyo Endō Jamie Marchi 3-4
Yu Kaito.jpg Yu Kaito Issei Futamata Jakie Cabe 3-4
Director Takenaka.jpg Mr. Tankanaka Tomomichi Nishimura Brice Armstrong 1
Mr. Akashi.jpg Mr. Akashi Ikuo Nishikawa Sean Schemmel 1
Sawamura1.jpg Komada / Sawamura Eiji Sekiguchi Mike McFarland 1
Kirishima.jpg Miyamoto / Kirishima Mitsuaki Madono Chris Cason 1
Okubo.jpg Okubo Hidenari Ugaki Kyle Hebert 1
Sayaka.jpg Sayaka Yuri Shiratori Susan Huber 1
Rando.jpg Rando Yō Inoue Eric Vale 1
Kibano1.jpg Kibano Hidetoshi Nakamura Chris Rager 1
Musashi.jpg Musashi Tarô Arakawa Bill Townsley 1
Gonzo Tarukane.png Gonzo Tarukane Kenichi Ogata Brad Jackson 1
Butajiri.jpg Butajiri Yū Shimaka Mike McFarland 1
Miyuki1.jpg Miyuki Ako Mayama Peggy Paterson 1
(eps. 23-24)
Ruka.jpg Ruka Chiharu Suzuka Laurie Steele 2
Ayame1.png Ayame Yoshiko Kamei Elise Baughman 2-3
Asato Kido.jpg Kido Asato Takehito Koyasu Ethan Rains 3
Mitsunari Yanagisawa.jpg Mitsunari Yanagisawa Mitsuaki Madono Travis Willingham 3
Murota.jpg Shigeru Murota Nobuaki Fukuda Sean Schemmel 3
Rui.jpg Rui Yūko Mizutani Susan Huber Mariela Ortiz 4
Hina.jpg Hina Maria Kawamura Lauren Goode Kelsey Lewin 4
Shura1.jpg Shura Ikue Ōtani Aaron Dismuke 4
Raizens Lover.png Kudakusushi Mika Doi Colleen Clinkenbeard 4
Sasuga.jpg Sasuga Mika Kanai Meredith McCoy 4
Soto Kuroko.jpg Kuroko Sanada Kazuko Yanaga Gwendolyn Lau 4
Soto Shoogo.jpg Shogo Sato Ken Shiroyama Duncan Brannan 4
Sato Kaisei.jpg Kaisei Sato Urara Takano Kate Bristol 4
Sato Fubuki.jpg Fubuki Sato Ikue Ōtani Alison Viktorin 4
King Enma.png King Enma Nobuaki Fukuda R. Bruce Elliott 4
Shigure1.jpg Shigure Takashi Taniguchi Jerry Jewell (ep. 23) Pete Webber 1
Pete Webber 4
Kirin1.jpg Kirin Hajime Koseki Jeremy Loris 4
Hokushin1.jpg Hokushin Kenyū Horiuchi Brandon Bristow J. Michael Tatum 4
Touou1.jpg Touou Hidenari Ugaki Travis Willingham 4
Seitei1.jpg Seitei Eiji Itō Michael Terry 4

Additional Voices

Original


Animax Dub Hong Kong

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Main Characters
Yusuke Urameshi.jpg Yusuke Urameshi Nozomu Sasaki Darren Pleavin
Kazuma Kuwabara.jpg Kazuma Kuwabara Shigeru Chiba Russell Wait
Kurama.jpg Kurama / Yoko Kurama Megumi Ogata Candice Moore
Yoko Kurama.png Shigeru Nakahara
Hiei.jpg Hiei Nobuyuki Hiyama David Bridges
Allies
Koenma 1.jpg Koenma Mayumi Tanaka Candice Moore
Koenma 3.jpg
Keiko Yukimura 2.jpg Keiko Yukimara Yuri Amano Andrea Kwan
Botan 1.jpg Botan Sanae Miyuki Sarah Hauser
Genkai anciana 2.jpg Genkai Hisako Kyōda Candice Moore
Genkai young.gif Megumi Hayashibara
(young)
Andrea Kwan
(young)
Shizuru Kuwabara.jpg Shizuru Kuwabara Ai Orikasa Andrea Kwan
Yu Yu Hakusho logo.png Narration Tomomichi Nishimura Rik Thomas
Team Toguro
Elder Toguro.jpg Elder Toguro Katsumi Suzuki Victor Lee
The Three Kings
Yomi.png Yomi Masashi Ebara Victor Lee

Music

Openings

  • "Hohoemi no Bakudan" ("Smile Bomb")
Original Singer: Mawatari Matsuko
Produced by: Carl Finch
Vocals: Sara White

Endings

  • "Homework Ga Owaranai" ("Homework Never Ends") (episodes 1-29)
Original Singer: Mawatari Matsuko
Produced by: Carl Finch
Vocals: Sara White
  • "Sayonara Bye Bye" (episodes 30-59)
Original Singer: Mawatari Matsuko
Produced by: Carl Finch
Vocals: Stephanie Nadolny
  • "Anbaransu na Kiss o Shite" ("Unbalanced Kiss") (episodes 60-83)
Original Singer: Hiro Takahashi
Produced by: Carl Finch
Vocals: Jimi Tunnel
  • "Taiyou Ga Mata Kagayaku Toki" ("The Sun Will Shine Again") (episodes 84-102)
Original Singer: Hiro Takahashi
Produced by: Carl Finch
Vocals: Jerry Jewell
  • "Deidoriimu Jenereeshon" ("Daydream Generation") (episodes 103-111)
Original Singer: Mawatari Matsuko
Produced by: Carl Finch
Vocals: Meredith McCoy

Notes

  • Susan Huber is mis-credited as having voiced Yukina in Episodes 22-26. Further episode appearances correctly credit Jessica Dismuke. This mistake is still retained in the remastered credits.
  • King Enma is incorrectly referred to as "King Yama" in the English dub. Similarly enough, this error is also present in FUNimation's Dragon Ball Z dub for King Yemma (both characters are based on the same diety).
  • The various additions and redubbing done to the series for the 2011 Blu-Ray release include;
    • The referring to Suzuki as "Suzuka" was redubbed, with Jeremy Inman redubbing all his work as the character. Characters that mention his name are also redubbed, though some mentions of him as "Suzuka" still slip in on occasion.
    • Jerry Jewell originally provided the voice of Shigure during a flashback in Episode 25. However, he was replaced by Pete Webber for the rest of the series. For the remastered edit for the Blu-Ray, Webber redubbed Jewell's dialogue. In addition, Webber also redubbed his own dialogue for a more refined performance.
    • J. Michael Tatum replaces Brandon Bristow as Hokushin. This is likely due to the latter's performance sounding too similar to Itsuki, who he also voiced.
    • Aaron Hatch also redubbed his work as Sniper for a less-flat sounding performance.
    • In the original version of the dub, Seiryu's voice was deepened somewhat from its original pitch. The blu-ray release left the voice unaltered. Ironically, this also happened with Super Buu from Dragon Ball Z who was also voiced by Justin Cook.
    • A muffled effect was added to Karasu's voice during all scenes with his mask on in the blu-ray release, whereas it was not present in the original version.
    • Kelsey Lewin and Mariela Ortiz replace Lauren Goode and Susan Huber as Hina and Rui, respectively.
    • Near the end of the Chapter Black arc, several members of the Spirit Defense Force squad were redubbed with more recent actors from FUNimation's current talent pool. Alexis Tipton replaces Melissa Ellis as Oho, Joel McDonald replaces Ricky Page as Sorai, Stephanie Young replaces Clarine Harp as Ryohi, and Scott Freeman replaces Jim Foronda as Godai.
    • Juli Erickson replaces Cynthia Cranz as The Ice Elder in Episode 99. Likely due to Cranz already voicing Botan.
    • Kirin's voice was given a filter to deepen it. In the original version, the voice had no filter. This was most likely done in order to make him sound less like Zeru, whom his actor Jeremy Loris also voiced earlier in the series.
  • For King Enma's voice over cameo in Episode 11, he is voiced by Andrew Chandler. This was left unchanged for the Blu-Ray remaster, likely due to it being a gag with his dialogue mainly unintelligible garbling.
  • Much of the main cast initially auditioned for each others characters. Chuck Huber originally auditioned for Yusuke, John Burgmeier originally auditioned for Kuwabara, Justin Cook originally auditioned for Kurama, and Christopher Sabat originally auditioned for Hiei.
  • Mukuro has a deep voice while under her bandages, talking in unison with her normal voice. The end credits credit "Vaughn Jackson" as providing the deep voice, though the commentaries on the remastered blu-ray indicate that it's simply Wendy Powell's voice pitched down.

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Country
2002-2006 Cartoon Network
(Adult Swim/Toonami)
United States United States
2006 Colours TV

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
FUNimation Entertainment 2002-2005 DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
United States United States
32 Volumes
2008-2009 The Complete Series
4 Volumes
2011 BD The Complete Series A
DVB-T
4 Volumes

See Also

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