The anime world will shake again. While Netflix will soon be releasing its live-action version of Cowboy Bebop and has just started production of its own series One Piece, the streaming platform took advantage of the Netflix Festival Japan 2021 organized this Tuesday, November 9 to teaser a new very special project.
Netflix tackles Yu Yu Hakusho
On the program this time? It is a live-action series Yu Yu Hakusho, adapted from the cult manga by Yoshihiro Togashi published between 1990 and 1994 (available in France from Kana), which is currently in preparation. For now, no details are yet known about it (cast, director, story), but Netflix would have the ambition to put it online by December 2023.
A project which again has something to worry about fans from the very beginning, even if Kazutaka Sakamoto (director of content acquisition of the platform) has already tried to reassure everyone. As revealed ANN, the latter would have revealed in particular “to have grown up being a fan of manga and that he still vividly remembered the emotions procured and its impact on his life.“In other words, he should be the first guarantor of the quality of the series and its respect for the original work. A good start.
A cult work
As a reminder, Yu Yu Hakusho – whose anime is recently available on Netflix, follows the adventures of Yusuke Urameshi, a young thug who prefers to make the 400 blows than to go to class. Following an accident (he prevents a child from being run over by a car), the hero dies … before his time. Faced with this, the Almighty gives him a second chance: he is ready to resuscitate him, but in return he will have to put himself at the service of good as an occult detective. Helped by new powers and a few relatives, Yusuke then faces a new life as intense as it is dangerous.
Created by daddy of Hunter x Hunter, Yu Yu Hakusho – which really launched the career of Yoshihiro Togashi, quickly became cult in Japan, but also around the world, a rare thing for its time. Composed of 19 volumes, this manga – awarded the “Shōgakukan prize for the best Shōnen” in 1993, notably laid the foundations for many works published since, of which one of its most outstanding successors is none other than Jujutsu Kaisen.
At this time, it is not known whether the mangaka – plagued by numerous health problems (which is why it is unable to finish Hunter x Hunter), will be behind this live-action series project.