Yugo (勇午?) is a manga written and Shinji Makari and illustrated by Akana Shu, serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine from 1994 to 2004. The series transferred to Kodansha's Evening magazine wherein the subtitle "the Negotiator" is added in. Subsequent compilations of the original manga also add this phrase.

”Yugo” A.K.A. Yugo the Negotiator, or Yugo Koushounin (勇午 交渉人), is the realization of the popular comic Yu-go that was published in Kondasha Afternoon Magazine (Japan) over a period of 10 years. The manga was adapted into an animated television series in 2004 as Yugo the Negotiator (勇午 ~交渉人~ Yugo ~Koushounin~?). The anime comprises the manga's first two major arcs, which fit within 13 episodes.

The series follows Yugo Beppu, a hostage negotiator, in various cases around the world.

Plot summary

"Negotiation means you turn words into weapons." - these are the words of Yugo Beppu, a top Negotiator who has never lost a case. He has vowed to complete any mission he undertakes, regardless of the situation. His only weapons are "words". Yugo doesn’t kill people, nor does he threaten them with brute violence. He uses his extensive knowledge and calm judgment, and believes in the person’s true self. Following these beliefs, Yugo has accomplished numerous dangerous negotiations successfully, but things may change...

When a woman comes to him asking him to save her father, Yugo must head into the burning desert of Pakistan in the Middle East. Afterwards, he must trudge the freezing land of Siberia, Russia. Will Yugo be able to stick to his ideals and complete the negotiations successfully?


Yugo the Negotiator was screened at the Barbican Centre on February 26, 2008. Helen McCarthy did the introduction.[1].


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