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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 HistoryEdit

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. An earlier English dub was produced during the 1990's for the Philippines under the title of Ghost Fighter. This version of the dub localized the characters' names, such as changing "Yusuke" to "Eugene."

CastEdit

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

Additional VoicesEdit

Blu-Ray RemasterEdit

Image Character Seiyū Dub Voice
Shigure1 Shigure Takashi Taniguchi Pete Webber
Hokushin1 Hokushin Kenyu Horiuchi J. Michael Tatum
Rui Rui Yūko Mizutani Mariela Ortiz
Hina Hina Maria Kawamura Kelsey Lewin

Additional Voices

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MusicEdit

OpeningsEdit

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

EndingsEdit

  • "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

NotesEdit

  • 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.

TransmissionEdit

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

Video ReleasesEdit

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
FUNimation Entertainment 2002-2005 DVD The Complete Series 1
NTSC
United States Flag United States
32 Volumes
2008-2009 The Complete Series
4 Volumes
2011 Bluray fontlogo 3 The Complete Series A
DVB-T
4 Volumes

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