A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include the value of life, protecting others, and seeking goodness. Strength is found in purpose and determination. Greed and an inflated sense of pride lead to one's downfall.
Positive Role Models
Yusuke is a youth who gets into fights, skips school, and has an abrasive attitude. He also protects the weak, is honorable in fights, and is motivated by stopping evil. His classmate and fellow delinquent, Kazuma, is a youth gang leader who swears to protect what's important to him and become a worthy rival to Yusuke.
The main characters in this Japanese production are mostly male. There are three main female characters; the plot often centers around the boys saving them. The girls have different personalities from each other but aren't as strongly as developed characters as the boys. One of Yusuke's mentors is an older woman who's a martial arts master. The delinquent characters clearly struggle with their place in society, but this struggle is not central to the story.
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Violence & Scariness
Demons attack the human world through possession, magical objects, and weapons. Frequent martial arts fights with some gunfire and sword fighting. Bullying among junior high students. Young children in danger from demon attacks. Blood and gore from combat, monster attacks, supernatural body horror, self-harm, and a dramatic car accident. Young girls are held captive; one is exploited for magic. Some demons look just like humans, but others look like scary, fleshy monsters.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very mild flirting between childhood friends sets up a slow-burn romance that's expressed mostly as intense concern for each other's well being. A characters falls in "love at first sight" with another character.
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Language includes frequent cursing: "bitch," "ass," "jackass," "hell," "damn," "s--t," "bastard." Verbal intimidation and threats of death. Teachers verbally harass students in brief scenes.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens and adults smoke cigarettes. Adults drink alcohol; a teen serves alcohol as part of a waitressing job.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Yu Yu Hakusho is a live-action adaptation of a supernatural martial-arts anime that stars junior high delinquents and demons of varying scariness. Yusuke Urameshi (Takumi Kitamura), a junior high truant with a cocky attitude, and Kazuma Kuwabara (Shûhei Uesugi), his classmate and a former gang leader, get wrapped up in the world of demons after traumatic near-death experiences. There are long combat scenes that feature hand-to-hand combat, magical powers, gunfire and weapons, and body horror. Brief scenes show self-harm, bullying, and verbal abuse. Strong, frequent profanity (e.g., "bitch," "ass," "s--t," "bastard"). Teens and adults smoke cigarettes; adults drink alcohol. A central theme is finding strength in purpose and in protecting others.
Is It Any Good?
This battle-heavy live-action adaptation is a lively modernization of a beloved '90s franchise. Yu Yu Hakusho's lengthy fight scenes and shocking supernatural imagery are what hook viewers. Watch it for the fun premise, but don't expect much thematic depth. Fortunately, characters are just interesting enough to add emotional stakes to the knock-out brawls between demons and junior high students.
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