Netflix has finally revealed the release date for the live-action adaptation of Yoshihiro Togashi’s Yu Yu Hakusho: December 14, 2023. Netflix Japan via X (formerly Twitter) announced the news with a message and a short video:
After 5 years in production, the legendary and hugely popular manga from Weekly Shonen Jump will finally be adapted into a live-action film for the first time in the world!
As previously announced, the cast includes:
- Kazuma Kuwabara: Shuhei Uesugi (Man in a Business Suit, Shin Kamen Rider)
- Hiei: Kanata Hongo (Armin, Attack on Titan [live-action])
- Kurama: Jun Shison (Masa, The Way of the Househusband [live-action])
- Yusuke Urameshi: Takumi Kitamura (Takemichi, Tokyo Revengers [live-action])
The staff includes:
- Production studio: Robot
- Director: Sho Tsukikawa
- Script: Tatsuro Mishima
- VFX supervisor: Ryo Sakaguchi
- Producer: Akira Morii
- Executive producer: Kazutaka Sakamoto
The Yu Yu Hakusho manga was published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1990 to 1994, before being adapted into a critically acclaimed anime that spanned 112 episodes. The series established author Togashi’s name as an elite mangaka, going on to write Level E and Hunter x Hunter. With over 78 million copies in circulation, Yu Yu Hakusho is one of the best-selling manga of all time.
Netflix is exclusively streaming Yu Yu Hakusho and describes the upcoming series as:
His favorite food? Ramen. His signature move? The Spirit Gun. One unruly teenager must learn to wield his newfound powers to protect his loved ones.
Netflix also reveal that they took the same approach in Yu Yu Hakusho as they did with the recent adaptation of One Piece:
Utilizing a unique global one-team production strategy that spanned both Japan and the United States—the same approach to adapt the acclaimed “ONE PIECE” manga—Netflix took the same level of commitment to quality and authenticity in the live-action ONE PIECE to the production of Yu Yu Hakusho.