Yu Yu Hakusho (2023) – Cast and Character Guide

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A cast and character guide for Netflix’s “Yu Yu Hakusho.”

This is a character guide for Netflix’s “Yu Yu Hakusho” with character descriptions, names of actors, trivia, and more.

Please Note: This content contains pertinent spoilers; descriptions are updated as new information is presented; images are changed as better ones are captured; and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or recurring role. 

“Yu Yu Hakusho” General Information

Network Netflix
Genre(s) Action



Non-English (Japanese)

Written By Tatsurō Mishima
Based On “Yu Yu Hakusho” manga by Yoshihiro Togashi
First Aired December 14, 2023
Executive Produced By Kazutaka Sakamoto
Director Shō Tsukikawa


Based on the manga and anime of the same name, “Yu Yu Hakusho” revolves around Yusuke Urameshi, a rebellious loner who looks out for those who need protection. Yusuke dies after saving a child from a car accident, but Yusuke’s death reveals more mysteries about our world and the spiritual world because his death was unexpected. 

The spiritual world becomes aware that a demon world is infiltrating our world. Demons are hunting and harming people, and Yusuke is tasked with putting an end to the demon invasion. He’s resurrected as a spirit detective who has to hunt down yokai, demon spirits, in the human world. In these 5 episodes, Yusuke must train and become more powerful to fight the demon world. He also learns more about the yokai and makes alliances along the way. 

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Notable Locations & Items

  • Human World (Episode 1): Where most of the action takes place and where Keiko, Kazuma, and Yusuke live. While the human world is at risk of being destroyed, it’s the only world unaware of the other worlds existing.
  • Spirit World (Episode 1): The spirit world is where people go when they die. The spirit world can see and surveil the human world. This is where Botan and Koenma reside.
  • Demon World (Episode 1): The demon world has been sealed off from other worlds and looks to dominate and destroy the human world.
  • Artifacts of Darkness: There are three artifacts from the spirit world that Yusuke needs to retrieve: the orb of baast, the forlorn of hope, and the shadow sword. 


  • Yokai (Episode 1): Yokai roughly translates to demons, but demons can equally be spirits who are more complicated than western evil demons.

Other Noteworthy Information

  • “YuYu Hakusho” is TV-MA due to some profanity, smoking, and bloody violence.

“Yu Yu Hakusho” Episode Listing


Episode Number and Title
Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6


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Played by: Takumi Kitamura

Yusuke is best described as a lone wolf, someone who embodies his own moral code and doesn’t care if it clashes with others. As a skilled fighter, Yusuke is usually cool and calm, but when his loved ones are in danger, he’ll do anything to protect them. Yusuke risks his own life protecting a child, but is resurrected as a spirit detective to investigate the circumstances of how he died and prevent further danger to the human world. 

  • Introduced in: Episode 1
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Tokyo Revengers.”

Additional Information

  • Takumi Kitamura is a member of a musical group called Dish, where he sings and plays guitar.

Notable Episodes

  • Episode 1 introduces who Yusuke is, what his strengths and weaknesses are, and what he cares about. 


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Played by: Sei Shiraishi

Keiko is Yusuke’s lifelong friend and the voice of reason in Yusuke’s life. She sees the good in him and is one of the few people to truly understand Yusuke. Yusuke only agrees to become a spirit detective to save Keiko from dying in a fire. 

  • Introduced In: Episode 1
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Ooku.”

Notable Episodes

  • Episode 4 shows Keiko able to fend for herself and gets her involved in the spirit world.


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Played by: Kotone Furukawa

Botan is Yusuke’s guide in the spirit world and works for Koenma. She’s bright, bubbly, and knows how to cheer Yusuke up and get on his nerves. Nevertheless, Botan is by Yusuke’s side to help him understand the demon world and spirit world. 

  • Introduced In: Episode 1

Notable Episodes

  • Episode 3 conveys Botan’s belief and support that Yusuke can overcome any challenge. 


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Played by: Shûhei Uesugi

Kazuma is initially Yusuke’s nemesis. Kazuma sees himself as a brilliant fighter but is constantly beat by Yusuke. But Kazuma tries hard and doesn’t give up. He’s more willing than Yusuke to help the spirit world and train as much as possible to better himself. 

  • Introduced in: Episode 1
  • The actor is also known for their role in “24 Japan.”

Notable Episodes

  • Episode 3 shows Kazuma’s persistence and willingness to fight for what he believes. 


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Played by:  Jun Shison

Kurama is known for his bright red hair, his cunning mind, and for being a yokai. Kurama and Yusuke may initially be at odds, but Yusuke sees another side to Kurama when Kurama is willing to sacrifice himself for his mother. 

  • Introduced in: Episode 1
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Fermat no Ryōri.”

Notable Episodes

  • Episode 2 shows Kurama is more than a hired thief and that he has people he cares about.


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Played by: Kanata Hongô

Hiei is a yokai who is most skilled with a sword. Like Yusuke, Hiei can be stubborn and prefers to be alone. But Hiei is on a mission to save his sister, and he empathizes with Yusuke’s quest to save Keiko.

  • Introduced in: Episode 1 
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Nana 2.” 

Additional Information

  • Kanata Hongô has been acting for 20 years and started as a child actor.

Notable Episodes

  • Episode 3 demonstrates Hiei is not just a brooding yokai but also has people he cares about.


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Played by: Keita Machida 

Koenma is the ruler of the Spirit World and the son of the Great King Enma. While Koenma likes to bark orders at Yusuke, Yusuke rarely likes to obey orders, putting the two men at odds when fighting for the same cause.

  • Introduced in: Episode 1 
  • The actor is also known for their role in “High & Low.”

Additional Information

  • Keita Machida has been part of dance groups and theater troupes since he was in high school.

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