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Netflix’s newest anime live-action adaptation is 'Yu Yu Hakusho'

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

For a good chunk of the 1990s, "Yu Yu Hakusho" was one of the biggest hits in the anime/manga world. The story of undead teenage delinquent Yusuke and his supernatural atrial arts battles, "Yu Yu Hakusho" took the "Demon Slayer: Kietsu no Yaiba" route and wrapped up in a timely fashion near the peak of its popularity, but along the way the original manga was adapted into TV, OVA, and theatrical anime, as well multiple video games.

But now, as the series is celebrating its 30th anniversary, comes an announcement that "Yu Yu Hakusho" is entering a new media realm in the form of a live-action series from Netflix.

This isn’t Netflix’s first foray into anime-to-live-action adaptations. In addition to "Death Note" in 2018, the streaming service is also producing a live-action "Cowboy Bebop," and promises that a live-action "One Piece" is on the way too. However, while Netflix switched "Death Note’s" setting to the American northwest and put together a non-Japanese cast for "Cowboy Bebop," it looks like the live-action "Yu Yu Hakusho" will be sticking to its Japanese roots, with production being handled by Japanese company Robot (which also put together the just-released live-action adaptation of "Alice in Borderland").

Netflix Japan’s Director of Content and Acquisitions, Kazutaka Sakamoto, will serve as executive producer for the live-action "Yu Yu Hakusho," and his admiration for the source material shows in his comments about the project.

“I’m part of the generation tat was growing up when the original work was being published, and have clear memories of the enthusiasm for it. Even 20 years later, the fan base continues to grow in Asia and throughout the world, and we’ll be making this series on Netflix, the platform that allows us to utilize the maximum amount of creative freedom.

Being able to convey the magnificent world of 'Yu Yu Hakusho' on a limitless scale while developing the story episode by episode with no restrictions on scale fills me with joy as we work with our talented team both in Japan and abroad.”

No release date has been announced, but Netflix does say that its live-action "Yu Yu Hakusho" will stream worldwide.

Source: Comic Natalie via Otakomu

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Please, not again...

Death Note was awful.. lol

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I am not an expert in anime but I know many popular anime has live action stage musicals in Japan for a long time. Sailor moon, Saint Seiya, Prince of tennis etc. Interesting enough Yu Yu Hakusho is a recent one among them. Of course a stage musical and a live action movie are very different.

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has any live action worked out?

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has any live action worked out?

Many manga have been adapted into live action japanese movies. I am sure some of them have good reviews.

The two "Rurouni Kenshin" live action movies were well received by audience. I believe the third one is on its way.

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What could go wrong.....

Give the best we have, Classics, to Netflix?

Go watch some anime on Netflix, 80% is sub-par, not good enough, crap on a stick.

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Go watch some anime on Netflix

What should us over the age of 5 watch?

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@Jimso there a lot of shows for you to watch. like highschool DXD, shokugeki no soma, kanojoxkanojoxkanojo, prison school. Highly recommended for you to watch with your family too. You will love these shows.

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Don't have much faith in this being good after Netflix butchered Death Note, but who knows I'll wait till I see more.

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Please don't ruin It...

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What should us over the age of 5 watch?

That's rather dismissive. Hadn't got you down as an anime snob.

Or are you referring to this particular show?

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it looks like the live-action "Yu Yu Hakusho" will be sticking to its Japanese roots, with production being handled by Japanese company Robot

It's a Japanese production

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just like this might be in netflix too

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