Netflix Is Adapting Yu Yu Hakusho Into Live-Action Series
Yusuke and the gang are heading to Netflix for a live-action adaptation.
Netflix is developing Yoshihiro Togashi's popular manga Yu Yu Hakusho, and subsequent equally popular anime by Noriyuki Abe, as a live-action series. The series has already been made into a slew of video games, but this will be the first time Yusuke Urameshi and his ghost-busting crew of Hiei, Kurama, and Kazuma Kuwabara translate to live-action.
When Yusuke dies saving another’s life, he’ll embark on a journey across the world of humans, spirits, and demons to return to the land of the living. Yoshihiro Togashi’s legendary manga Yu Yu Hakusho will be a live action series on Netflix! pic.twitter.com/K4t5eNta9d— NX (@NXOnNetflix) December 16, 2020
The series follows 14-year-old juvenile delinquent Yusuke Urameshi, who dies after getting hit by a car and is resurrected in order to become the Underworld's detective of paranormal events on Earth. With each case he gets, Yusuke meets several characters such as his great rival Kazuma Kuwabara, the demon Kurama, and the sword-wielding fire demon Hiei.
The original manga has 19 volumes that were published between 1990 and 1994 and the anime series has 112 episodes that originally aired in Japan from 1992 and 1995, eventually coming to America in 2002.
This is not Netflix's first live-action adaptation of a manga/anime as Death Note came to the streaming service back in 2017, but was mostly panned by fans and critics. There is also the live-action Cowboy Bebop series with John Cho as Spike Siegel currently in production as well as a One Piece series announced back in January. Where this will differ is that it's likely it won't have an American cast with Netflix contents acquisition director Kazutaka Sakamoto serving as executive producer.
No release date has been set or cast reveal at this time.