Yu Yu Hakusho, the classic Shonen Jump manga by Yoshihiro Togashi, is getting a live-action adaptation at Netflix. The streamer originally announced this project in December 2020. This won't be the first time the streaming giant is giving a manga/anime series a live-action treatment.
Back in 2017, Netflix released the live-action Death Note film by Adam Wingard. Netflix will also release live-action adaptations of Cowboy Bebop and One Piece. This is also not the first time Yu Yu Hakusho is getting a live-action treatment; the series had a stage play adaptation in Japan, and now, fans are excited to see how Netflix will adapt one of the greatest shonen anime series of all time.
(Note: The photo above is from the Yu Yu Hakusho stage play, not the upcoming Netflix live-action adaptation of the series.)
The first chapter of Yu Yu Hakusho debuted in Shonen Jump in 1990, and it features a juvenile delinquent named Yusuke. In an act of heroism, Yusuke saves a kid from a rushing car, and in death, Yusuke's ghost is given a chance to return ot the living if he completes some trials, but that's just the beginning. The series is famous for its Dark Tournament Saga as Yusuke and his team of Hiei, Kurama, Kuwabara, and Genkai battle against supernatural teams. The series ended in 1994 with 175 chapters published. The anime adaptation launched in Japan in 1992, and now fans are highly-anticipating to see Netflix's live-action adaptation of the classic shonen series.
In December 2021, Netflix announced a live-action adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho. Unlike the live-action Death Note movie, which was an American production, Yu Yu Hakusho is being produced by Akira Morii at Robot Communications, which is the Japanese production studio that worked on the live-action Assassination Classroom and Parasyte films.
Yu Yu Hakusho Live-Action Netflix Release Date
The live-action adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho will be available to stream on Netflix worldwide, but the company hasn't announced an exact official release date yet. However, on Nov. 9, 2021, Netflix Geeked revealed when fans can expect the live-action to release. The release window for Netflix's live-action adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho is December 2023.
Hopefully, the series will be well-received. Netflix's Death Note was considered to be one of the worst live-action adaptations of an anime/manga series, but the Japanese-produced live-action treatments were much better. It would probably take the studio years to do a great live-action adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho, so I wouldn't be surprised if it will be released years from now.
Who are the cast members of Netflix's live-action Yu Yu Hakusho adaptation?
Takumi Kitamura (Tokyo Revengers) will play Yusuke Urameshi in Netflix's live-action adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho.
Back in June, Twitter user @GK90677366 shared a set photo of the actor sporting Yusuke's bright green uniform, but the tweet has already been deleted.
Another tweet reported that the production already started in Tokyo, Japan in June 2021, and that Netflix already built an entire business district to serve as the backdrop.
"The filming of Yu Yu Hakusho, which will be live-action on Netflix, started in my neighborhood. I used to watch the anime and I'm really excited. The main actor is Takumi Kitamura. I'm surprised by the scale of the project, which involves the construction of an entire commercial district," Twitter user Miwa (@miwaclover25) said.
Other cast members haven't been announced yet, but we do know that Kazutaka Sakamoto will serve as executive producer, and Akira Morii will also be producing the live-action adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho.
What's the plot of Netflix's first Yu Yu Hakusho live-action adaptation?
At the time of this writing, the streaming giant hasn't revealed any official plot details about its live-action adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho, but we expect that the beginning will show how Yusuke Urameshi becomes the Underworld Detective following his heroic sacrifice. It will most likely show how Yusuke meets Kuwabara, Hiei and Kurama, and feature their adventures in the Labyrinth Castle. While the Dark Tournament Saga is the highlight of the anime/manga series, I think it's important for the live-action adaptation to show everything that happens before that first.
We will update you once Netflix shares an official synopsis, and reveal more details about the live-action Yu Yu Hakusho's story.
Yu Yu Hakusho live-action Netflix trailer: Is there a teaser trailer out already?
Sadly, Netflix hasn't released a trailer for the live-action Yu Yu Hakusho adaptation yet. For now, you can watch a clip from the live-action play from Japan here: