These days, Yu Yu Hakusho, a classic series by Yoshihiro Togashi, is best known for its anime series and the live-action adaptation that is scheduled to be released on Netflix. Not only has the show remained popular for more than 30 years after it debuted, but many shonen titles still bear the influence of it.
Yu Yu Hakusho was originally published in Shonen Jump from 1990 to 1994 and was Togashi’s first widely successful manga. The narrative centers on Yusuke Urameshi, a young man who is resurrected from death and assigned to work as an agent for an afterlife bureaucracy, looking into paranormal activity on Earth.
That being said, the manga and anime communities continue to debate The Yu Yu Hakusho ending to this day, in contrast to the overall narrative. The series got an abrupt ending which was questioned by fans, and Togashi answered it. According to him, the manga gave him extra stress which forced him to end the series.
Yoshihiro Togashi Felt Relief After Ending Yu Yu Hakusho
In a letter that was later translated and shared on Reddit, Togashi stated that as the series finally ended, he felt great relief and pleasure. He also explained that his stress levels have increased due to his work. He said:
“If I’m honest, I’m feeling a great relief and pleasure at the thought that I’ve finally been able to finish YYH. It’s not that I’ve lost all emotional attachment to the work, but I feel that my stress levels had greatly surpassed my will to work. The six months leading up to the concluding chapter felt awfully long to me.”
He also said that the last six months which focused on the conclusion of the series were especially long for him. Togashi also stated that there were many other reasons why he felt the need to finally end the series.
Yoshihiro Togashi’s Reason Behind Ending Yu Yu Hakusho
Togashi while explaining the need to end the series, also stated the reasons behind it. He said that the major reasons were his body, the thoughts he had about what it means to draw manga, and the desire to do other things than work. He said:
“There were many reasons for this, all in all about 50 big and small ones, but in broad strokes, these were the major reasons: My body. Thoughts I had about what it means to draw manga. Desire to do other things than work. Point 3 is out of the question for a professional manga writer; basically I wanted to indulge in my hobbies, rest, and sleep as much as I could.”
Togashi also stated that wanting to other things than work is just a thought and he would much rather focus on his hobbies, take proper rest, and sleep as much as he could.