Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 03 – Yu Yu Hakusho

Delinquents. Spirits. Endless rumours.

art by Yoshihiro Togashi, 1990

art by Yoshihiro Togashi, 1990


What is Friendship! Effort! Victory!? – A podcast about the manga and inner workings of Weekly Shonen Jump, with an eye towards accessibility and soothing camp tones.

What is this episode about? – Yoshihiro Togashi’s Yu Yu Hakusho, mostly, with a look at what happened in it, the darkness of the ‘Chapter Black’ storyline, and the rumours relating to its demise. Also a bit of an explanation of how editors work with their creators.

Where are the show notes? – Just below this sentence!

-You can learn more about Yoshihiro Togashi and Yu Yu Hakusho over at these two wikipedia links (1)(2)
-All talk of rumours and such are far more spread out than in the previous episode, but the notably factual and entirely scintillating Yoshi-Rin De Pon doujinshi can be found HERE and HERE (with credit to Alicia and her tumblr page, natch)
-As before, you can find out a little bit more about Weekly Shonen Jump over at the wikipedia page, at least until a deeply archived and more detailed history can be recovered from an old livejournal site.
-Yu Yu Hakusho can be bought from any bookstore you can find it in, though my suspicions in the episode are confirmed and early volumes are very much out of print! Still, they’re obtainable at wildly varying prices from Amazon’s marketplace and other online sources (UK) (US) (CA)
-Did you know I’m sometimes incredibly wrong? In the episode I make the mistake of saying Dragon Ball ended *before* Yu Yu Hakusho. In reality, it ended ELEVEN MONTHS AFTER IT. Still, one huge error out of all those solid gold other things I say? I’m doing all right so far.
-Did I forget to note anything you want to know more about? Do you have feedback for me? Let me know by e-mailing maxy DOT barnard AT gmail DOT com

(image courtesy of Kami Sama Explorer)


3 thoughts on “Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 03 – Yu Yu Hakusho

  1. I ended up dropping Yu Yu Hakusho after chapter 49, I just couldn’t bring myself to like any of the characters. Maybe I could pick it back up, I have nothing else to do at the moment anyway, hahh.

  2. Hello! I just wanted to say that I’m the one who did the Yoshirin de pon translations you linked to, or at least some of it… the part of it that’s vaguely accurately translated and coherent. The bucket you linked to has at least 3 pages that make no sense because the person who did them didn’t actually know Japanese (or so I suspect). I just wanted to let you know that I have a better version up here:! It also contains a two-page essay Togashi wrote (not included in your link), which I thought your listeners might be interested in checking out. πŸ™‚

    Your podcast seems really interesting, I’ll be checking it out!

    • Thanks for the comment, and more so for translating Yoshirin de Pon (which is no small undertaking). I’ll add the link to your work in place of the old one, so as to better point people to the person responsible for it.

      I hope you get around to checking out the show and enjoy some of it

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