Yu Yu Hakusho is currently working on a new live-action series adaptation with Netflix, and Netflix is celebrating by sharing the first synopsis for the new series! With the 30th Anniversary for the anime adaptation now kicking into high gear, Yoshihiro Togashi's action and manga franchise is now more celebrated than ever. It continues to be highly regarded as one of the best action franchises of all time with fans, and many had been asking for the sort of new comeback that many other classic anime franchises have gotten in recent years. But its comeback is going to be different than expected.
First announced to be in the works two years back, Netflix is working with Shueisha. TOHO, and ROBOT on this brand new live-action take on the classic franchise. Yu Yu Hakusho's live-action series is schedule for a release around the world sometime in December 2023, and thus the streaming service has been steadily revealing some of our first looks at the series along with teasing much of what we can expect from the upcoming adaptation. This includes the first synopsis for the series, which hammers home that it will be more closely adapting the manga than the anime had done.
Netflix begins to describe Yu Yu Hakusho's new live-action series as such, "The manga revolves around Yusuke Urameshi, a junior high school student who spends his days getting into fights and dies in an accident while trying to protect a young child. As he grapples with the fact that he is looking down on his dead body, a woman named Botan, who calls herself a guide to the spirit world, relays to him the shocking truth: no one expected a delinquent like Yusuke to die performing an act of goodness, and there was no place for him in either heaven or hell."
Elaborating further about the original manga source, the synopsis continues, "Thus, Yusuke is given a chance to be revived, and after passing his trial, he becomes an Underworld Detective. From there, Yusuke becomes entwined in a mystery that envelopes the human, demon and spirit worlds. The spectacular adventure of Yusuke will now become a live action series on Netflix." So it seems that for now, the series will be tackling the original Spirit Detective arc from the original series. This later involves Kuwabara, Hiei and Kurama, and will likely serve as a great introduction to this new take.
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