Netflix Japan Reveals ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’ Live Action Casts, Series Debuts December 2023

Fans of Yu Yu Hakusho (Ghost Fighter in the Philippines), rejoice! Yu Yu Hakusho will have its global Netflix debut in December 2023.

Have you seen the social media posts? I had to check after seeing the first teaser since I didn’t want to get my expectations up. That week, word spread that SLAM DUNK would debut on December 3, 2022. It made me sad to see that it wasn’t available on Netflix. Well, I hope it would or at least be in Philippine theatres after its release in Japan.

This is why I had to check the origin of the Yu Yu Hakusho teaser. And I and happy to find that the teaser was posted to Twitter by Netflix Japan.

LEGIT, indeed!

The four key cast members have now been revealed after they released the images one at a time that week. This live-action has me incredibly pumped. Every 90s kid’s weekday included watching Yu Yu Hakusho, or Ghost Fighter as it is known in the Philippines. I’m not really sure, but I believe it was first shown around 6pm on RPN 9. Then it was transferred to GMA7, where it was broadcast before the news. As a result, I had an easier time catching it.

If that isn’t your generation, though, I’d be happy to introduce it to you. The opening soundtrack will be the first. The opening theme of Yu Yu Hakusho anime is Hohoemi no Bakudan by Mawatari Matsuko. Look it up on YouTube or Spotify; it’s a great song. This is my Bat-Signal. 😉

Photo from IMDb

The Story

The soon-to-be-released series is based on the renowned Yoshihiro Togashi manga of the same name, which was first serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump (distributed by Shueisha as Jump Comics) beginning in 1990. The manga is beloved among readers and has sold more than 50 million copies just in Japan.

Yusuke Urameshi, a junior high school student who spends his days getting into fights and dies in an accident while attempting to defend a little child, is the main character of the manga. A woman named Botan, who describes herself as a guide to the spirit world, tells him the startling truth as he struggles to accept the fact that he is now looking down on his dead body: no one expected a delinquent like Yusuke to die doing a good deed, and there was no place for him in either heaven or hell.

Yusuke is offered the opportunity to be revived as a result, and after passing his trial, he is appointed an Underworld Detective. From there, Yusuke is drawn into a mystery that encompasses the realms of humans, demons, and spirits.

Live-Action Netflix Series

Yusuke’s fantastic journey will now be turned into a live-action Netflix series. As the director, Sho Tsukikawa explains, “When I first heard about Yu Yu Hakusho receiving a live-action adaptation, I honestly wondered if it would even be possible–but after being presented with the producer’s vision and possibilities with Netflix, my expectations grew and I found myself burning with passion to make this project come to life.”

Project Details:
Based on: Yoshihiro Togashi “Yu Yu Hakusho” (Shueisha Jump Comics)
Director: Sho Tsukikawa
Screenplay: Tatsuro Mishima
Cast: Takumi Kitamura (Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, Tokyo Revengers)
Executive Producer: Kaata Sakamoto (Netflix)
Producer: Akira Morii (ROBOT)
Production: ROBOT
Produced by: Netflix

Because I love Yu Yu Hakusho, I’m going to put a lot of effort into sharing with you their powers. 🙂

The main character “Yusuke Urameshi” is Takumi Kitamura.

The Reigun, also known as the “Spirit Gun” in the English anime, is Yusuke’s most frequently used technique. It involves an aura energy explosion that is launched from his right index finger as if his hand were a gun and the finger was the barrel. After practising with Genkai, he can fire numerous bullets each day and has also developed minor variations on the technique, such as the “shotgun” variety, in which Yusuke unleashes a spray of small spirit guns all at once while using his fist rather than his finger.

The role of “Kurama” is Jun Shison.

Kurama uses his demonic abilities to manipulate plants, especially his famous Rose Whip, a rose that he transforms into a steel-cutting whip. He also can think calmly and analytically under pressure, which helps him assess the strengths and weaknesses of his enemies. Kurama can briefly revert to his previous appearance during the Dark Tournament, which is the Fox Demon Kurama, a tall figure with silver hair, pointed nails, fox ears, and a tail. His abilities are far higher as Demon Kurama, and he is able to produce demonic plants with a variety of traits and incredibly potent abilities.

The role of “Hiei” is Kanata Hongo.

Hiei has an Evil Eye implanted in his forehead, giving him clairvoyance and the ability to command humans and other lesser demons with only a glance. He has the ability to change into a form with Evil Eyes all over it to increase his power.

The role of “Kazuma Kuwabara” is Uesugi Shuhei.

Kazuma Kuwabara attends Sarayashiki Junior High School with Yusuke. He is the second toughest delinquent in the school, often picking fights with Yusuke to show who is the strongest, but never succeeding. Kuwabara is extremely perceptive and has a highly developed sixth sense. Since Kuwabara learned how to create the Aura Sword during the tournament, he ends up helping Yusuke in the majority of his cases.

Just the main cast is listed here. But I can guarantee you that there are several wonderful characters you should get to know. I knew them as the Toguro Brothers, Charlene, Jericho, and Jeremiah. You can actually meet them right now. Visit Netflix and watch YuYu Hakusho: Ghost Files anime. There’s a whole new world there. I hope the live-action is even better. 🙂

For now, we wait.

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