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Yu Yu Hakusho Live-Action Adaptation Gets First Trailer from Netflix

Netflix has released the first trailer for its highly anticipated live-action adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho. Based on the classic series by Yoshihiro Togashi, the live-action series follows the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a troubled teenager who unexpectedly dies and becomes a supernatural detective in the spiritual world.

The trailer showcases the main characters, such as Yusuke, Kazuma Kuwabara, Kurama, and Hiei, accurately portraying their iconic looks and teasers of thrilling action scenes. Fans will be delighted to see familiar elements like Kurama’s rose whip, Hiei’s third eye, and Yusuke’s signature Rei-gun.

The trailer also brings exciting surprises for die-hard fans by featuring characters that were not initially expected to appear in the series. Notably, the Toguro brothers, Koenma, and Botan will play crucial roles in the story. Moreover, Meiko Kaji, renowned for her captivating performance in the Japanese classic film Lady Snowblood, will portray the strong mentor Genkai. The cast is rounded out with Sei Shiraishi, Kotone Furukawa, Ai Mikami, Hiroya Shimizu, Keita Machida, Meiko Kaji, Kenichi Takito, Goro Inagaki, and Go Ayano.

The series was directed by Sho Tsukikawa from a screenplay by Tatsuro Mishima. The series was executive produced by Kaata Sakamoto, with Akira Morii serving as producer and Ryo Sakaguchi serving as VFX supervisor.

Check out the official synopsis:

Based on the legendary manga by Yoshihiro Togashi originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump for four years from 1990 and published by Shueisha, the story revolves around Yusuke Urameshi, who spends his days getting into fights and dies in an accident while trying to protect a young child.

As he grapples with the fact that he is looking down on his dead body, a woman named Botan who calls herself a guide to the spirit world relays to him the shocking truth: no one expected a delinquent like Yusuke to die performing an act of goodness, and there was no place for him in either heaven or hell.

Thus, Yusuke is given a chance to be revived, and after passing his trial, he becomes an Underworld Detective. From there, Yusuke becomes entwined in a mystery that envelopes the human, demon and spirit worlds.

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In terms of visual effects, viewers can expect stunning visuals in the series. The visual effects were handled by Scanline VFX, known for their work on projects like Disney+‘s Andor, The Batman, Marvel’s Eternals, and upcoming highly anticipated films such as Joker: Foliè a Deux, Zack Snyder‘s Rebel Moon, and the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Both Rebel Moon and Avatar: The Last Airbender just released stunning trailers that showcase the capability of the VFX studio.

Yu Yu Hakusho will premiere exclusively on Netflix on December 14th, 2023. Check out the trailer below:

Jackie Daytona
Jackie Daytona

Jackie Daytona

A variety geek who enjoys geeking out with friends over video games, comics, or movies/TV shows. An avid wrestling fan since the days of the Attitude Era and N64’s No Mercy, he now spends much of his time reading and collecting comics. All of my puns are intended.

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