With Netflix already working on live-action adaptations for both Cowboy Bebop and One Piece, it seems that their upcoming series translating the adventures of Yu Yu Hakusho is well underway as well. With photos emerging which reportedly give us our first look at the live-action version of Yusuke Urameshi, it definitely seems as if the streaming service is looking to stick close to the source material. Recently celebrating its 25th anniversary, we aren't sure if Yu Yu Hakusho will ever receive an official sequel to the original story, but it's clear that the world of anime hasn't seen the last of the spirit detectives.
The joint production of ROBOT, TOHO, and Netflix, a new live-action Yu Yu Hakusho series is on the way to Netflix. Reports have begun to spring up about it recently starting production, and it was further reported that a live-action Yusuke Urameshi was cast. @As spotted by GK90677366 and shared by @yullaineedesu on Twitter, we have gotten a reported first look at Takumi Kitamura as Yusuke Urameshi in the new series coming to Netflix. Check it out below:
Kitamura Takumi as Urameshi Yusuke in the upcoming Netflix Live–Action Adaptation of “Yu Yu Hakusho.”
Fantaken photo on the right was from yesterday’s filming!June 22, 2021
First announced to be in development last December, there have yet to be any confirmations about its story, casting, or staff details. What has been revealed, however was that it will feature Kazutaka Sakamoto (Aggretsuko, Devilman Crybaby) as executive producer and Teru Morii as producer. It's being developed as a Netflix Original production, and is currently being set for a worldwide release through Netflix. Executive producer Sakamoto also noted how the production staff would feature members in Japan and abroad.
TOHO Studios most recently announced that Netflix contracted two of their stage facilities (as well as a few other important acting and production centers) in Tokyo with a multi-year deal beginning earlier this Spring. They also confirmed that the live-action Yu Yu Hakusho series would be the first production as part of this contract. But that's all that has been confirmed at this point. So while this could be a first look at Takumi Kitamura (who will most recently be portraying another juvenile, Takemichi Hanegaki in the live-action Tokyo Revengers) as the live-action Yusuke, it's not confirmed!
But what do you think of this first look? What are you hoping to see in a live-action Yu Yu Hakusho series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!