Netflix has revealed the first official trailer and first-look images for the upcoming live-action Yu Yu Hakusho TV adaptation. The film is scheduled to premiere on Netflix December 14, 2023.
The trailer showcases the lead character Yusuke Urameshi learning about the supernatural forces in his world.
The live-action series is directed by Shou Tsukikawa (Kimi wa Tsukiyo ni Hikari Kagayaku, Soshite Ikiru) with Robot Communications, who previously worked on the live-action Alice in Borderland Netflix project, serving as the production company for the series. Tatsurou Mishima (Sam no Koto) is credited a the screenwriter for the series for the majority of the episodes.
Meanwhile, the main cast includes:
- • Takumi Kitamura as Yusuke Urameshi
- • Jun Shison as Kurama
- • Kanata Hongo as Hiei
- • Shuuhei Uesugi as Kazuma Kuwabara
- • Kenichi Takito as Elder Toguro
- • Gou Ayano as Younger Toguro
- • Gorou Inagaki as Sakyo
The live-action Yu Yu Hakusho is based on the supernatural action manga by Yoshihiro Togashi, which ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump from December 3, 1990 to July 25, 1994. Nineteen tankoubon volumes were released in total.
The manga inspired an anime adaptation that ran from 1992 to 1995 and is currently available to stream on Netflix, Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu. It also inspired an anime film, a 2018 OVA, video game adaptations, and a stage adaptation in 2019.
Viz Media releases the manga in English and describes it as:
Yusuke Urameshi was a tough teen delinquent until one selfless act changed his life…by ending it. When he died saving a little kid from a speeding car, the afterlife didn’t know what to do with him, so it gave him a second chance at life. Now, Yusuke is a ghost with a mission, performing good deeds at the beshest of Botan, the spirit guide of the dead, and Koenma, her pacifier-sucking boss from the “other side.” But what strange things await him on the borderline between life and death?
Source: Netflix YouTube Channel