Netflix’s Live Action Yu Yu Hakusho To Air In December 2023

Netflix’s next anime and manga adaption Yu Yu Hakusho was just announced to air on Netflix on December 14th. There will be a special pre-screening event held on December 13th in Tokyo with to-be-announced guests in attendance. The live action adaption was first announced back in December 15th, 2020.

Here is a sneak peak. There is another sneak peak currently only available to watch, as of this typing, directly on the Yu Yu Hakusho Netflix Page by clicking here.

The original manga was created by Yoshihiro Togashi, serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1990 to 1994. An anime series spanned 112 episodes from 1992 to 1995 and several OVAs and specials. Yoshihiro Togashi is married to follow manga creator Naoko Takeuchi, creator of one of the most well-known series Sailor Moon. They’ve been married since 1999 and have two children.

The live action adaption is directed by Shô Tsukikawa (live action adaptions of both I Want to Eat Your Pancreas and My Little Monster). Ryo Sakaguchi serves as the VFX supervisor. Sakaguchi is the first Japanese citizen to win the Academy Award for Science and Technology, as well having previously worked on numerous Hollywood films such as Tron: Legacy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey), Speed Racer (2008), and Game of Thrones. In addition to Scanline VFX, which has worked on numerous Hollywood films, a global team of CG and VFX technologies from Canada, Australia, Korea, and other countries worldwide is participating.

Aside from Japan and the United States working together, an international team was also assembled to bring the epic tale to the screen, tapping into the most advanced CG and VFX technologies from around the world. Known as “the most innovative VFX studio in the world” and lauded for their work on major Hollywood productions, Scanline VFX was instrumental in giving life to all the characters, both human and yokai (spirits), while delivering realistic battle action sequences.

According to Netflix, this project took five years to complete, with the team “painstakingly ensuring that the subtleties of every character’s emotions were accurately depicted in the adaptation. The fusion of state-of-the-art technology and a passion for staying true to the source material promises to make this adaptation a standout in the world of live-action anime.”

The actors playing the four main characters are Takumi Kitamura as Yusuke Urameshi, Jun Shison as Kurama, Kanata Hongo as Hiei, Shuhei Uesugi as Kazuma Kuwabara.

Yusuke and Kuwabara
Kurama and Hiei

IMDB has the episode count listed as 3 episodes, without specific titles or the length of each.

The summary of the story is:
From cutting classes to brawling in the streets, Yusuke Urameshi is not your typical role model. In fact, this kid’s nothing more than a fourteen-year-old delinquent with a talent for trouble. But in a single selfless act Yusuke dies while saving another. For such noble sacrifice he is given a second chance at life, but it’s to be a life far different than the one left behind. Now a Spirit Detective, the young man must track down demons and humans alike who desire to rule over the three realms of reality.

So what do you think of this? Will you be checking out this live action adaption when it airs on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Netflix

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An independent artist who loves to mix things up between traditional and digital art. She has a love for all things anime, animation, and manga. Oh, and cats. Can't forget the cats.

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