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Character Profile: Shuichi Minamino

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Name
Shuichi Minamino Shuuichi Minamino Shuichi Minamino (Yu Yu Hakusho)
Alias
Yoko Kurama Youko Kurama
Race
Spirit(takes human body later) Spirit(takes human body later)
Gender
Male Male
Age
15 years old(19 at series end) 15 years old(19 at series end)
Hair
Red Red
Eyes
Green Green
Height
About 5'11" About 180 cm
Weight
   
Status
Part of Yusuke's crew Part of Yusuke's crew
Quote
"We shouldn't have to die in this sensless act!"  
Voice
John Burgmeier(TV) Megumi Ogata
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David Hayter(aka Sean Barker)(movie 1)  
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Hideo Seaver(movie 2)  
Debut
   
Anime
Yu Yu Hakusho Yuu Yuu Hakusho

Character Description: Shuichi Minamino

A lifetime ago, Kurama was the leader of a group of thieves. His second mate was Yomi, who would later become one of the three most powerful demons [youkai] in Demon World [Makai]. But Yomi was a ruthless and brainless fighter who didn't want to listen to the much smarter Kurama. When Yomi ran his own group of thieves and let many loyal followers die by acting on instinct instead of thoughts, Kurama sent an assassin to kill him. This assassin failed, however, and only ended up blinding him. The assassin would wind up regretting this, as the powerful Yomi tortured him until the day he died.

But then, when he was chased by a Spirit World [Rei-kai] bounty hunter and got injured, Kurama (in his fox form) fled to the Living World [Ningenkai] and his spirit combined with that of the unborn baby of Shiori Minamino. He was later born as Shuichi Minamino. His human mother loved him with all her heart and taught the once so cold hearted Kurama what human love is. Kurama, who actually wanted to return to Demon World [Makai] as soon as he regained his powers, learned how to love and to care and found himself unable to leave his mother. So he stayed to take care of her (he continues to live with his human family today).

Shuichi Minamino (Yu Yu Hakusho) Kurama and Hiei met each other when they were in junior high. You may not believe it, but Kurama had short hair! Although Hiei probably will never admit it, they are close friends, know a lot about each other, and even understand each other. When Kurama's mother got sick and could not be treated, he decided to join Hiei and Gouki to steal the three Spirit World [Rei-kai] artifacts to save her life. And so he met Yusuke, who saved his life when he wanted to sacrifice his own life to save his mother's. In the end, one of the artifacts granted Kurama's wish and saved his mother's life. He then surrenders to the Spirit World but is later released to join Yusuke's crew (along with Hiei) during the invasion of the Spirit Beasts, maintaining his human form but going by his real name.

Kurama's power is the ability to control plants, especially Makai plants, and his techniques have a uniquely beautiful but deadly quality to them. He always carries a rose in his hair, his means of creating the deadly Rose Whip. With it, he can invoke attacks like the Rose Whiplash or the Thorn Wheel. He's also known to use a Death Plant that can kill an enemy by growing inside them.

Kurama is a very nice person who smiles a lot, but nobody can tell who and what is behind this smiling face. He is an extremely intelligent person, thinks a few steps ahead of normal people, and will never let others know what's on his mind. Even in the most difficult situations, he manages to stay calm and think about the best solution. However, his time as a human has softened what would otherwise have been a very ruthless demon [youkai]...with a reputation feared even today by the demons [youkai] in Hell.

Kurama will return to his real form in extreme situations, but is basically trapped in his human body and can only come out with special items like the Idunn Box or with the Fruit of Past Lives. In his real form, Kurama's power of plants increases significantly, and the white clothes of his real form are created of demon substance and have defensive powers like those of Sensui.

On a side note, Shuichi got a younger step-brother when his mother remarried. In the Japanese version, his name is Shuuichi, while in the English version it was changed to Kokoda, probably to prevent confusion.

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