In order to keep it’s already rapidly expanding lineup of original content, in addition to the streaming service directing its focus on anime series, Netflix has just announced a live-action version of Yū Yū Hakusho.
Netflix is currently gearing up for the adaptation of the highly acclaimed manga from Yoshihiro Togashi serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump back in the early part of the 90’s and later adapted to the small screen with an anime TV series that had a run of 1992-1995 that led to the creations of 2 original video anime (OVA) releases in addition to 2 movies. The upcoming live-action adaptation will have Kazutaka Sakamoto, the Director of Netflix Content Acquisition Division will be the executive producer with ROBOT COMMUNICATIONS serving as producer.
Sakamoto informs fans of the series that he grew up with the original impact of the manga and seeks to recreate the hype and excitement that he clearly recalls. The fan-base for the manga and its anime adaptations stretches worldwide, that being said, Netflix is speculated to be putting together a wide range of talents from Japan and many other areas across the globe.
Yū Yū Hakusho focuses on both the occult and martial arts, telling the story of a delinquent teen named Yusuke Urameshi who is killed in a car accident while attempting to save the life of a child. After many tests by the afterlife underworld ruler’s son Koenma, Yusuke is brought back to life as an “Underworld Detective”. Yusuke is then given the job of investigating several cases of demons and spirits invading the mortal world.
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