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Character Profile: Botan

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Name
Botan Botan Botan (Yu Yu Hakusho)
Alias
Grim Reaper  
Race
Spirit(later takes human body) Spirit(later takes human body)
Gender
Female Female
Age
Appears about 14 years Appears about 14 years
Hair
Blue Blue
Eyes
Pink Pink
Height
5'8" About 173 cm
Weight
   
Status
Yusuke's assistant Yusuke's assistant
Quote
"Bingo!"  
Voice
Cynthia Cranz(TV) Sanae Miyuki
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Veronica Talylor(movie)  
Debut
   
Anime
Yu Yu Hakusho Yuu Yuu Hakusho
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Yu Yu Hakusho: Poltergeist Report Yu Yu Hakusho: Bonds of Fire

Character Description: Botan

Botan is Yusuke's helper and Keiko's protector (during the invasion of the Saint Beasts). She also helps Hiei and Kuruma as they join the group, and Kuwabara as well.

When the group is hurt, she uses a healing power to recuperate them. Botan is also Koenma's messenger girl.

Character Description: Botan

Please note that Botan is only called the Grim Reaper because, well, it fits her job description. She's the conveyor of the recently departed (such as Yusuke at the beginning of the series) to the Spirit World [Reikei]. Trust me, even Yusuke was surprised that the "Grim Reaper" wasn't what he expected. Instead of a robed skeleton with a scythe he encounters a young lady in a kimono riding an oar like a witch rides a broom (it's all based on Japanese tradition, even the oar: it symbolizes the boats that carry the departed souls away).

In any event, Botan helps Yusuke through his ordeal to regain his life. Once Yusuke returns to life and becomes a Spirit Detective, Botan becomes his assistant. While normally invisible as the Grim Reaper, as Yusuke assistant she becomes as real as you or me (she just doesn't change her appearance like Koenma), though she soon changes clothes to match the times. In addition to her insider's insight, she relays news from Koenma and provides various tools for Yusuke and his crew to use, such as the psychic spyglass (lets Yusuke see through objects) and the communicator. As people join Yusuke's crew, Botan helps them out as well (Kuwabara also has a crush on her), and she even helps to protect Keiko during the Saint Beast's assault on the Living World [Ningenkai].

Character Description: Botan

Although her age and origin is unknown, Botan is the best darn ferry woman in the reikai. She is Koenma's most trustworthy guide to the spirit world. When first introduced, Yusuke Urameshi had realized his unfortunate death and she appears reciting her famous line, "Bingo Bingo Bingo, you win the prize!"

Throughout the series, Botan assists Yusuke and the others of the tantei with their missions, helping a great deal. Her most used talent, besides riding her Oar, is healing. Either that or smashing her way through demons using her Oar and/or baseball bat. She is known for being sweet, annoying, talkative, trustworthy, a good friend, and a great assistant who relates a lot to a Neko (cat) due to her other famous "Nyaaa" which is when you know she's up to no good.

In many fanfics, people mention that Botan was once human but was killed somehow and ended up becoming ferry woman that way. That is just a legend since in the series, Botan's origin is never mentioned. Her age is questionable, too, but a lot of fans say that she can't be that old since she is a relatively new ferry woman according to her and other facts mentioned on the show. All these speculations are rumor.