Fans will soon get to follow the adventures of Yusuke, Botan, and the rest of the gang on the live-action screen!
Just this week, Netflix announced the live-action adaptation of Yoshihiro Togashi’s widely popular manga, YuYu Hakusho. The streaming giant broke the news via Twitter with the caption “Welcome to the spirit world. Based on the legendary manga by Yoshihiro Togashi, YU YU HAKUSHO – the live action series – arrives December 2023!”
A manga and later anime that was hugely successful in the first half of the 1990s, YuYu Hakusho tells the story of a delinquent named Yusuke Urameshi who suffers an unlikely death whilst trying to save a child from a car accident. After passing judgment in the afterlife, Yusuke is appointed an “Underworld Detective,” assigned to investigate supernatural cases in the human world for a chance to return to his body.
YuYu Hakusho was one of Weekly Shonen Jump’s best-selling manga series, selling more than 50 million copies in Japan alone. The anime was also often listed as one of the best animes of all time and did relatively well in North America and other countries. It eventually went on to inspire several other immensely popular stories, like Jujutsu Kaisen.
While no specific details about the cast or production team have been released so far, the news of an adaptation follows a string of Netflix’s latest live-action remakes of classic anime. Back in January 2020, Netflix announced the live-action project for One Piece. In the following year, live-action adaptations have also been announced for Gundam, Pokémon, and more recently, Cowboy Bebop.
Although YuYu Hakusho enthusiasts will have to wait another two years to see the anime come to life, other classic 90s anime fans can expect to see the Cowboy Bebop live-action premiere next week on November 19.
Art Daniella Sison