It has almost been 30 years since the Yu Yu Hakusho anime debuted back in 1992 so the franchise is preparing for something big. After sharing a special anniversary logo, the commemorative illustration and merchandise have been unveiled.
The 30th-anniversary logo was shared by the Yu Yu Hakusho anime Twitter account earlier this month and the post also promised that there will be a commemorative illustration by Yoshihiro Togashi that will be shared on June 10. Amazingly, the illustration was accompanied by new merchandise that will be released in celebration of the anime's anniversary.
The illustrations offer new looks at Yusuke Urameshi, Kazuma Kuwabara, Kurama, and Hiei. We also get to see Koenma in both his toddler and adult form while another illustration portrays Kurama both as Shuichi Minamino and in his Yoko Kurama form.
The Studio Pierrot official site also unveiled commemorative items for the Yu Yu Hakusho 30th anniversary including prints of the illustrations, acrylic stands, and T-shirts. The products are currently available for pre-order on the site.
Yu Yu Hakusho first aired in October 1992 and is based on the manga by Yoshihiro Togashi. The anime follows the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a teenage delinquent who is struck and killed by a car while attempting to save a child's life.
Yusuke undergoes several tests in the afterlife and is revived then appointed an Underworld Detective. His job investigating supernatural cases puts him in the path of an old schoolmate Kazuma Kuwabara, the fox demon Kurama, and the sword-wielding fire demon Hiei who help him with the investigations.
For now, details about the special Yu Yu Hakusho 30th anniversary project have not yet been shared. Fans are hoping that an official announcement on the live-action Netflix series will be made later this year. In the meantime, the second commemorative illustration will be released on July 1, 2022.