Yu Yu Hakusho has the most lively husbands
Yu Yu Hakusho was the gateway for many anime fans to marios and waifus.
For many anime fans, Yu Yu Hakusho was an entry point into the shounen genre or anime in general. The characters and story were of the highest quality at the time, with arguably one of the best tournament arcs of the genre. Although it started out slowly, the series gradually picked things up to the point that it has become a must-see series for many fans. However, Yu Yu Hakusho carries yet another distinction: It was probably your first crush on the anime – and that of many others.
For years, sites like DeviantArt and Fanfiction.net have been littered with fans of the series creating quirky characters to ship with one or more band members. Hiei and Kurama were among the more popular choices, given that Kurama was the pretty boy and Hiei was the cranky emo gremlin that he is. Yusuke was also seen frequently, along with Yoko Kurama and Koenma in his older form. Even Kuwabara had love from time to time. The girls, especially Botan, were also popular with fans.
Anime crushes weren’t a new concept at this time, as shows like Sailor moon and Dragon ball z were popular sources for marios and waifus, but Yu Yu Hakusho provided a more diverse cast of characters, with male and female protagonists to keep fans speechless. Although primarily aimed at young boys, the series will be remembered by anime fans of all genres and orientations. This was mainly due to the quality of the writing of the characters.
Although they correspond to certain stereotypes, Yu Yu Hakusho characters, they were multidimensional, going beyond those tropes and actually changing as characters over the course of the series. Fans got to watch these characters learn and grow in real time, which makes the bond between the fan and the character even closer. It is also helpful if the characters are an age closer to the target demographic, as opposed to adults.
Kurama was a loving son who struggled with his own (demonic) flaws while trying to find his identity and place in the human world. Hiei was a curmudgeon who loved his sister and friends – although he never allowed himself to show it or say it – while trying to prove that he was more than he appeared. Kuwabara was a hopeless romantic and a die-hard friend who would always put himself in danger for a friend, while Yusuke had a strong moral compass and would do anything to protect those he loved. It’s easy to see why any fan would have a crush on one of these characters.
The advantage Yu Yu Hakusho There was also that there really was only one hot couple, Keiko and Yusuke. Kuwabara and Yukina were brought up, but nothing was ever made official in the series proper. This allowed fans to freely ship their own characters with the YYH cast without having to worry about how to get rid of pesky love interests. Most of the main characters were canonically single until the end of the series, which made the pairing easier for fans.
Even today, fan characters are created only to pair with their creator’s favorite anime and manga characters. My hero university is a particularly popular title to see these types of characters created. Again, while not the first series to see this kind of fan interaction, the way Yu Yu Hakusho managed its character development surely played a major role in the maritime boom that followed.
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