Is Yu Yu Hakusho inspired by the Dragon Ball series, or is it just a well-done copy (or the opposite)?

Or is there a closer relationship between these stories beyond mythology?

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    Why do you believe it's a copy of Dragon Ball?
    – F1Krazy
    Oct 8, 2022 at 21:44
  • @F1Krazy. I don't have a well-formed opinion on whether or not it's a copy. I see a lot of similarities and I really enjoyed both stories. I'm no expert in manga or anime, in fact I'm a common audience wanting to know if there is any relationship or point of intersection between the plots. Oct 9, 2022 at 6:25
  • Both are what it's called "shonen anime", so they usually share the common tropes of shonen anime: fighting - training loop
    – Aki Tanaka
    Oct 9, 2022 at 11:37
  • It isnt related at all, also, it isnt one of those animes which are particulary seen as similar to Dragon Ball, ie, Hunter x Hunter, Dragon Quest, Nanatsu no taizai, etc.
    – Pablo
    Oct 9, 2022 at 14:31
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    According to Wikipedia, the author of YuYu Hakusho was "influenced by Buddhist mythology", while Dragon Ball was inspired by Journey to the West which "has strong roots in Buddhist theology". Perhaps is this what you meant?
    – Aki Tanaka
    Oct 9, 2022 at 16:59

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Not exactly an answer, but what both have in common and not mentioned in the comments is that they were released in Shonen Jump. So, not only do they share the shonen demographic, they also share the 'color' of the magazine.

In particular, one factor is the editors. If I remember correctly, a volume of Yu-Yu Hakusho (inside the cover) had a line to the effect "An editor is sometimes a story writer".

The first editor of Dragon Ball is Kazuhiko Torishima and that of Yu-Yu Hakusho is Toshimasa Takahashi. They worked together closely, like starting the magazine V Jump, so it is possible that DB's editor influenced Yu-Yu Hakusho in a broad sense.

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