This is the section where you find out what this site is all about. There's a very short information about the song, the animé series in which it comes from and its introduction in the Philippines, plus some basic backgrounders/random bits on the performer of the song and the creator of the series.
Sayonara Byebye is the 2nd ending theme from the popular animé series, Yu Yu Hakusho. It is the song that plays at the end of episodes 30-59 in season/arc two of the series, more popularly known as the Dark Tournament Saga. The song is performed by Mawatari Matsuko in the Japanese version, while the one from the FUNimation English dub version is currently unknown.
Lyrics of the song can be found at the Media section of the website. The different versions of it are also available for download. In addition, I've taken the liberty to upload some screencaps from the ending video in which the song is played.
Yu Yu Hakusho
Yu Yu Hakusho is a manga series created by Togashi Yoshihiro that is later adapted into an animé, and is re-released by FUNimation in English dub. It is first published in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1990, spanning a total of 19 tankobon volumes with 175 chapters. The animé version includes 112 TV episodes, 2 movies, and a series of OVAs called Eizou Hakusho which was released only in Japan. Since its initial release, the 19 manga volumes have sold more than 40 million copies in Japan alone.
Yu Yu Hakusho closely follows the life (and deaths) of a certain delinquent named Urameshi Yusuke. In the beginning of the story, he acts on impulse to save a child, and dies in the process. According to Botan, an oar-riding death deity, no one in the afterlife has expected such an act of heroism on his part so he has been given a chance to come back to life for a price: he has to accept the ordeal given to him by the Prince of Reikai, Koenma.
After an amusing turn of events -- which includes him helping his rival Kuwabara Kazuma (the only human, strictly speaking, in the group of demon warriors, and the one who has the strongest spiritual awareness) in his exams, and his childhood friend Yukimura Keiko kissing him in order to transfer her life force to his limp body -- he has been successfully revived and lives to be a nuisance again. However, being a special case with an unusual strength and a bunch of newly-acquired spiritual powers, he is appointed by Koenma to be a Reikai Tantei and protect Ningenkai from Makai. Botan aids him in this quest and becomes his case manager and assistant in all his missions.
His first case involves a theft in Reikai, and Koenma demands that Yusuke immediately retrieve the three stolen artifacts before the thieves can cause havoc in the Human World (and before his father, Enma, finds out about it). He clashes with two relatively strong demons which are to become his allies later in the series: Minamino Shuuichi, a highly intelligent human with the spirit of the fox demon Youko Kurama (and a fetish for plants, it seems), and Hiei, an ill-tempered icy fire demon who wields a Jagan eye and is the master of Kokuryuuha.
After he successfully completes the mission, he is sent to Genkai, a powerful psychic, to join the tournament she's holding that determines who becomes her successor. He emerges as the winner of the tournament, and immediately trains under the powerful fighter and becomes her apprentice.
Together with his comrades, Yusuke embarks on a perilious journey toward self-discovery while protecting Ningenkai, fighting (and winning, although only with much dumb luck) many battles along the way.
For more information about the characters, episode summaries, and merchandise available for sale, visit the FUNimation website for YuYu Hakusho.
Yu Yu Hakusho in the Philippines
Yu Yu Hakusho made its debut in the Philippines as Ghost Fighter on IBC Channel 13 in the mid-90's. Most of the names of the characters were changed "for dubbing purposes" (as the case with majority of the animés shown here):
- Yusuke - Eugene
- Kuwabara Kazuma - Alfred
- Kurama - Dennis/Denise
- Hiei - Vincent
- Botan - Charlene
- Genkai - Master Jeremiah
- Koenma - Master Jericho
- Keiko - Jenny
- Yukina - Mikaela
- Shizuru - Suzie
- George - Gorio
Unless a Filipino is extremely knowledgeable about the Yu Yu Hakusho universe and has a way of researching stuff like that, s/he wouldn't be able to tell Kuwabara from Hiei. ;)
The storyline was changed almost drastically as the people behind the translation and dubbing made one glaring mistake after another. It was never mentioned in the Tagalized version that Yusuke was not supposed to die when he did. Kurama was mistaken for a girl, thus he was named Denise until the error was realized. They compromised with the plothole by saying that whenever Kurama was in the human world, he was a girl (how lame-o of an excuse is that?). Genkai, on the other hand, was mistaken for a guy, but then it was too late to do anything about it when they found out, so later in the series, out of nowhere, right off the bat, she magically turned out to be a beautiful woman in her youth.
However, the Tagalized version was something that most Filipinos could relate to. Those who translated the script had a way with words that tickle the masses' funny bones, and it was undoubtedly one of the best points about Ghost Fighter. If the Japanese or English versions were released (and there wasn't even an English version back then) instead of the Tagalized one, I would think that most Filipinos would probably just give it a passing thought then go on with their lives. Yes, even with the juicy violence. They could appreciate the humor that only Filipinos could give them, and it was this one very important reason why Ghost Fighter was a smashing success.
So when it was relaunched by GMA 7, one of the largest TV networks in the country, on 1999 (with the necessary corrections made about the mixed genders), the reception of the people was, in a phrase, almost historic. It increased its viewership by more than 100% in just 3 weeks, and managed to get 50% audience share on primetime! Now that's what I call popularity. ;)
Mawatari Matsuko is a Japanese singer and songwriter known mostly for her tracks in the animé series Yu Yu Hakusho. She's the voice behind the only opening theme from the series, Hohoemi no Bakudan, as well as three ending themes, Homework ga Owaranai (1st ending theme), Sayonara Byebye (2nd ending theme), and Daydream Generation (5th ending theme).
Name: Mawatari Matsuko
Name Meaning: Pine tree child (Matsuko)
Place of Birth: Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan
Date of Birth: December 17, 1967
Blood Type: A
Togashi Yoshihiro is a highly successful manga artist who specializes in the shounen genre. Yu Yu Hakusho is his most popular manga, followed closely by Hunter x Hunter, which has also been made into an animé series. He's married to Takeuchi Naoko, also a manga artist, whose most successful creation is, funnily enough, Sailor Moon.
Name: Togashi Yoshihiro
Name Meaning: widespread goodness (Yoshihiro)
Place of Birth: Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
Date of Birth: April 26, 1966 / April 27, 1966
Blood Type: A
Togashi is a middle child, with an older sister and a younger brother who's also a mangaka (manga artist). He is a recipient of Tezuka Award, the most influential comic artist award in Japan. His first work is called Tonda Birthday Present.
Funny tidbit I got from Wikipedia:
Since the phenomenal success of Hunter x Hunter, several major changes have been made at the offices of Shonen Jump, specifically to accommodate Yoshihiro Togashi. He receives longer vacations and bigger advances than any of Shonen Jump's other mangaka, and this situation has come to be known as "Togashi-ism".
On Yu Yu Hakusho
According to Togashi, his love for horror films heavily influenced the making of Yu Yu Hakusho. He started the manga series with two objectives in mind: the main character's death at the beginning of the story, and its eventual transformation into a fighting manga. So in 1990, he created his most famous manga series to date. And we all know what it is now, don't we? :)