There's currently a new live-action series based on Yoshihiro Togashi's Yu Yu Hakusho now in the works for Netflix, and the main star behind Yusuke Urameshi has broken their silence about signing on for this big new adaptation. The original anime adaptation for Togashi's hit action manga remains one of the most well liked action anime series of all time. This is even more true as it celebrates its 30th Anniversary, and fans have been wondering how the franchise was going to come back as part of the celebration for this massive new milestone for fan favorite.
First confirmed to be in the works back in December 2020, Shueisha, TOHO, and ROBOT are working with Netflix on a new live-action series for Yu Yu Hakusho that's being touted as an adaptation of the manga (which has some differences from the way the anime played out) with Takumi Kitamura (who starred in the live-action Tokyo Revengers film as its lead, Takemichi Hanegaki) cast as the lead, Yusuke Urameshi. Kitamura is the first member of the cast revealed thus far, and broke his silence about joining the adaptation for such a massive franchise.
Speaking to IGN about the casting (of which Netflix is promising that we'll see even more cast members added to the series over the coming weeks), Kitamura stated the following about becoming Yusuke for the new Yu Yu Hakusho series, "The original work is a universal and unique masterpiece and a reason why Japan is so proud of its strong manga and anime culture. I am happy to share the masterpiece of Yu Yu Hakusho with the world and I hope we can create something people everywhere will enjoy." Now it's just a matter of seeing whether or not it lands.
Netflix's Yu Yu Hakusho live-action series is currently scheduled for a worldwide release some time next year, but there are still many details left to fill out as fans wonder exactly what to expect from the new take on the franchise. Thankfully it has been confirmed that Sho Tsukikawa will be directing the new series alongside Kazutaka Sakamoto (Aggretsuko, Devilman Crybaby) as executive producer and Teru Morii as producer.
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