The Live-Action Series of Yu Yu Hakusho Finds its Hiei, and Kuwabara

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The last couple of days have been exciting for fans of the Supernatural Manga Series, called Yu Yu Hakusho. The Streaming Company announced yesterday, that actor, Kanata Hongo (who is known for his roles as Armin Arlert in the live-action Attack on Titan, and Envy in the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist) will be taking on the role of Hiei.

This leads up to today, Netflix announced their pick for the role of Kuwabara. The role will be going to actor Shuhei Uesugi, who is known for playing Shinichiro Kazama, in the live-action film, My Boyfriend in Orange. Shuhei will be taking on the role of Kazuma Kuwabara.

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Takumi Kitamura will be taking up the role of Yusuke Urameshi. And actor Jun Shison will portray Yoko Kurama.

Directing the Netflix Yu Yu Hakusho live-action series will be Sho Tsukikawa (Hibiki), with Tatsuro Mishima writing the scripts. The series will be produced at Robot Communications with Kazutaka Sakamoto, Director of Content Acquisition at Netflix, serving as executive producer and Teru Morii as producer (Alice in Borderland).  The series will premiere in December 2023.

The Live-Action series is an adaption of Yoshihiro Togashi’s Supernatural Manga of the same name. It was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from December 1990 to July 1994. The manga consists of 175 chapters collected in 19 tankōbon volumes. In North America, the manga ran completely in Viz’s Shonen Jump from January 2003 to January 2010, it would later pick up an anime adaption from October 1992 to December 1994. Yu Yu Hakusho would pick up two films, video games, and much more. You can catch the anime on Crunchyroll today!

Yu Yu Hakusho Live Action Visual
Image Credit: Netflix

From cutting classes to brawling in the streets, Yusuke Urameshi is not your typical role model. In fact, this kid’s nothing more than a fourteen-year-old delinquent with a talent for trouble. But in a single selfless act Yusuke dies while saving another. For such noble sacrifice he is given a second chance at life, but it’s to be a life far different than the one left behind. Now a Spirit Detective, the young man must track down demons and humans alike who desire to rule over the three realms of reality.

Source: Crunchyroll (1,2)

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