Netflix is adapting Yoshihiro Togashi’s popular Shonen Jump manga, Yu Yu Hakusho. This idea was first unveiled by the streamer in December of last year. Live-action adaptations of manga/anime series are nothing new for Netflix.
Yusuke, a juvenile delinquent, appears in the first chapter of Yu Yu Hakusho, which was published in 1990 in Shonen Jump. Yusuke saves a child from a speeding car in a heroic deed, and after he dies, his ghost is granted a second chance to return to the world of the living if he successfully completes a series of tests.
It is well-known that Yusuke and his team of Hiei, Kurama, Kuwabara, and Genkai combat otherworldly teams in the Dark Tournament Saga. After 175 chapters, the series came to an end in 1994.
Live-action adaption of Yu Yu Hakusho was confirmed by Netflix on Dec. 20, 2021. Akira Morii at Robot Communications, the Japanese production firm that worked on the live-action Assassination Classroom and Parasyte films, is producing Yu Yu Hakusho, unlike the American production of the live-action Death Note film.
Here is everything you need to know about Yu Yu Hakusho.
Who Will Play The Lead Role?
Yusuke Urameshi has been cast in Netflix’s live-action Yu Yu Hakusho series. Takumi Kitamura, star of Tokyo Revengers, will play the lead role. The streamer first teased the project last year, but new information and images have only recently emerged.
- Kurama will be played by Jun Shison
- Hiei will be played by Kanata Hongo
- Kazuma Kuwabara will be played by Shuhei Uesugi
What Will Be the Storyline of the Anime?
This is the first summary for the series, which reaffirms that it will follow the manga more closely.
Netflix’s latest live-action series, Yu Yu Hakusho, is being referred to as such “The manga revolves around Yusuke Urameshi, a junior high school student who spends his days getting into fights and dies in an accident while trying to protect a young child.
As he grapples with the fact that he is looking down on his dead body, a woman named Botan, who calls herself a guide to the spirit world, relays to him the shocking truth: no one expected a delinquent like Yusuke to die performing an act of goodness, and there was no place for him in either heaven or hell.”
The synopsis continues to discuss the original manga source “Thus, Yusuke is given a chance to be revived, and after passing his trial, he becomes an Underworld Detective. From there, Yusuke becomes entwined in a mystery that envelopes the human, demon, and spirit worlds.
The spectacular adventure of Yusuke will now become a live-action series on Netflix.” That’s all we know for now, but we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds. Later, Hiei and Kurama are involved, and it’s likely to be a good introduction to this new approach.
Yu Yu Hakusho: Release Date
Welcome to the spirit world.
Based on the legendary manga by Yoshihiro Togashi, YU YU HAKUSHO – the live action series – arrives December 2023! pic.twitter.com/Wyu4RNiXo1
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) November 9, 2021
Netflix has yet to set a release date for the live-action adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho, but it will be available to stream around the world. Netflix’s live-action Yu Yu Hakusho adaptation will premiere in December 2023.
Season 2 of Alice in Borderland won’t premiere until December 2022 thanks to Kazutaka Sakamoto, the executive producer of Netflix’s Yu Yu Hakusho.
If Sakamoto and the team behind Alice in Borderland Season 2 are now focusing on that program, this could explain why the live-action Yu Yu Hakusho won’t be released until December 2023.
We’re crossing our fingers that the show is a hit. In comparison to the Japanese-produced live-action versions, Netflix’s Death Note was a far better live-action adaptation of an anime/manga series. If the studio is going to do an excellent live-action Yu Yu Hakusho remake, it will surely take years.