'Yu Yu Hakusho' Announces New Action RPG

Yu Yu Hakusho fans are setting up to have a great 2018. Not only is the series coming back as an [...]

Yu Yu Hakusho fans are setting up to have a great 2018. Not only is the series coming back as an anime special bundled to a blu-ray release, but it's also getting a brand new phone game.

Developers Mobcast and eitarosoft have announced they were working on a new smart phone game. The game is tentatively under the working title Project U, and will be a character raising RPG that will allow players to co-operate with others online to beat challenges.

Players will be able to fight one another, and be able to collect cards depicting famous scenes from the manga series.

Fans remember Yu Yu Hakusho for its fashion sense as it much as they do for its story and well animated fights. It is also one of the few anime series where the fandom is often evenly split between the original Japanese language release and the English dub. The fact it's returning with a new anime special sometime in 2018 will definitely be a huge get for fans who have been fondly looking back on the series for years now.

For those unfamiliar with Yu Yu Hakusho, the series was originally created by Yoshihiro Togashiand follows the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a teenage delinquent who loses his life when he is hit by a car trying to save a child's life. After passing a series of tests, Yusuke is allowed to return to the living world but with a few caveats. With the gained ability to see spirits and demons, Yusuke is given the title of "Underworld Detective" and must solve various cases of spirits running amok in the living world.

The series ran in Shuiesha's Weekly Shonen Jump from December 1990 to July 1994. It has been collected into 19 volumes, and was licensed for an English language release by Viz Media from 2003 to 2010. It was adapted into an anime series by Fuji Television, Yomiko Advertising, and Studio Pierrot and aired from October 1992 to December 1994 for 112 episodes.

It was licensed in North America by Funimation in 2001 where it first aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block, but later transferred to Toonami under the name Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files. The manga has sold over 50 million copies in Japan and was praised by both critics and fans for its writing. Unfortunately, production faced its own share of issues as Togashi was public about his stresses and health issues when drawing the manga and had ended the series on his own terms.

Yu Yu Hakusho is currently streaming on FunimationNow and Crunchyroll with both Japanese and English langugage audio.