Yoshihiro Togashi’s beloved supernatural adventure Yu Yu Hakusho is getting a live-action animation adaptation by Netflix. The series, which began filming in the summer of 2021, won’t be arriving until December 2023, but we’ll be keeping you up to date with everything you need to know about Yu Yu Hakusho season 1 on Netflix.
Yu Yu Hakusho is an upcoming Japanese Netflix Original supernatural action-adventure series and the live-action adaptation of Yoshihiro Togashi’s manga series of the same name. It’s one of many anime projects Netflix has bought into the live-action realm (with more on the way) with its biggest success in the space being One Piece in the summer of 2023.
The series is being helmed by Kazutaka Sakamoto, the same executive producer behind Alice in Borderland, The Naked Director, Ride or Die, Aggretsuko, Rilkkuma and Karou, Devil Man Crybaby, and more. Akira Morii serves as producer on the project and Ryo Sakaguchi is SFX supervisor. Netflix’s internal studio Scanline VFX is working on the visual effects.
When is the Yu Yu Hakusho season 1 Netflix release date?
We also hear that a preliminary release date of December 14th, 2023, has been set. However, Netflix has yet to announce the release date publicly and is subject to change.
What is the plot of Yu Yu Hakusho?
14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi is killed after pushing a child out of the way of oncoming traffic. Thanks to his delinquent nature, the Spirit World is shocked that such a person would sacrifice themselves. Upon learning that it wasn’t his time to die, Yusuke is given the chance to be resurrected and is brought back to life. When Yusuke returns to the living world, he becomes a spirit detective, an investigator of the supernatural.
Who are the cast members of Yu Yu Hakusho?
It is already well known that Takumi Kitamura will take on the lead role of Yusuke Urameshi in Yu Yu Hakusho.
Kitamura currently plays the lead role of Hanagaki Takemichi in the live-action adaptation of the popular anime and manga series, Tokyo Revengers.
It’s been hard to find, but a Japanese source has reported that Ryusei Yokohoma, Go Ayano, Jun Shison, and Kanata Hongo have been cast. It is believed that Jun Shison has been cast as Kurama and that Kanata Hongo will be cast as Hiel.
Takumi Kitamura was confirmed by IGN on July 16th, 2022, to have joined the cast with a first-look picture.
The actor told IGN:
“The original work is a universal and unique masterpiece and a reason why Japan is so proud of its strong manga and anime culture. I am happy to share the masterpiece of Yu Yu Hakusho with the world and I hope we can create something people everywhere will enjoy,”
Netflix then released all four character posters:
What is the production status of Yu Yu Hakusho?
It has been reported by IMDb Pro that filming has been ongoing for Yu Yu Hakusho since July 2021. It’s unclear if filming has come to an end as the only behind the scene images shared so far have come from fan accounts on Twitter.
The first image of Takumi Kitamura on set as Yusuke was shared in June 2021.
This is a sneak peek from Yu Yu Hakusho live action movie, which is produced by Netflix. It seems that Yusuke is going to be portrayed by the actor Takumi Kitamura. Let's hope this live action will be as good as Rurouni kenshin ones! 🤘#yuyuhakusho #netflix #liveaction #幽遊白書 pic.twitter.com/4NwtKd3ro1
— ARwing (@ARwing_11) June 21, 2021
Is the Live-Action movie Butai Yu Yu Hakusho available to stream on Netflix?
In 2020, a live-action movie adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho was released in theatres in Japan. Sadly, the movie is unavailable to stream in any region on Netflix.
Is the original Yu Yu Hakusho anime series on Netflix?
You can stream Yu Yu Hakusho on Netflix. However, the anime is currently unavailable to stream in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, or Canada.
The original show is currently streaming in the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- South Africa
You can stream Yu Yu Hakusho on Funimation and Crunchyroll. However, a paid subscription is required to watch the anime.
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