The Meaning Behind Yusuke Urameshi!

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Yesterday we announced on Facebook that Justin Cook, voice of Yusuke Urameshi from Yu Yu Hakusho, Super Buu from Dragon Ball Z, and Hatsuharu Sohma from Fruits Basket, will be at Waku Waku +NYC this August 29-30! Evidently a lot of you New York anime fans love Yu Yu Hakusho (who doesn’t?), so I thought I’d give a fun bit of trivia.

Have you ever wondered about Yusuke Urameshi’s name? It’s actually a play on words meant to evoke an image of the occult!

The Yu in Yusuke means ghost or spirit, and is the same “Yu” in Yu Yu Hakusho!

Urameshi, though written with different Japanese characters, is a homonym of urameshii, which means “bitter” or “resentful,” and is said to be uttered by ghosts in Japanese folklore.

Altogether, it makes for quite a spooky name!

So what do you think? Actually, a lot of anime characters’ names are like this, and I encourage you to look at the other Yu Yu Hakusho characters as well.

And don’t forget to buy your ticket for Waku Waku +NYC, the best New York Japanese pop culture festival!

-Carl

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