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Botan


 

Alternative names:

ぼたん

Tags:

Ageless, Shinigami, Teenager

Information:

Gender: Female
Eye colour: Pink
Hair colour: Blue
Hair length: To Chest
Height/size: 1.73m
Botan is the guide for the dead across the Sanzu River (the River Styx), Botan is hardly typical of what one would expect from the shinigami, or death god; clad in a bright pink kimono, with her blue hair in a ponytail. Botan is cheerful, sometimes sarcastic, and a completely atypical version of Death (something the main character Yusuke Urameshi points out almost immediately after meeting her). Although her initial purpose is to help Yusuke cross over to the Spirit World, or Reikai, Botan eventually becomes a sort of guardian angel to Yusuke, helping him in his efforts to return to his body, and when Yusuke becomes a Spirit Detective, being the liaison between Yusuke and friends, and Koenma in Reikai. Botan works hard, cares deeply for others, and tries not to let her friends know when she's down.
Botan is not a fighter like those around her, but she has fought several times, often to help Keiko Yukimura to get her out of trouble. She has no spirit powers like Yusuke's Rei Gun or Kuwabara's Spirit Sword, but she possesses heightened spirit awareness and spiritual energy (as can be determined by her ability to use the detective tools, which require spirit energy in order to work.) Typically, when Botan fights, she tends to favor blunt instruments like her oar, a metal bat, or, if all else fails, her fists. In her human form, Botan can use any of Yusuke's detective items. In one scene during the episode "Setting the Trap", Botan was planning to use the Concentration Ring to blow up walls, which suggests she might have spirit powers like Yusuke, but they are undisclosed. Botan tends to use human weapons, or something heavy around, to fight while in the human world. Botan also possesses healing powers, to the extent that she could stop or pause demonic transformations.
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Related anime:

Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files TV, 1992
Yu Yu Hakusho: Mu Mu Hakusho OVA, 1993
Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie Movie, 1993
Yu Yu Hakusho: Eizou Hakusho OVA, 1994
Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie - Poltergeist Report Movie, 1994
Yu Yu Hakusho: Eizou Hakusho II OVA, 1995
Yu Yu Hakusho Picture Drama Bonus, 2009

Related manga:

Yu Yu Hakusho Manga, 1991

Voice actors:

Sanae Miyuki, Japanese
Veronica Taylor, English
Lia Sargent, English
Cynthia Cranz, English
Miriam Ficher, Brazilian
Federica Valenti, Italian
Brigitte Aubry, French
Bea Vadász, Hungarian
Sarah Hauser, English
Michal Reshef, Hebrew
Hye Ok Jeong, Korean
Noemi Bayarri, Spanish