If you grew up in the ‘90s and early 2000s, indulging in your favourite series and anime likely constituted a significant portion of your afternoons. These shows may have subtly influenced you in ways that you might not even recognise. Sadly, many of the shows that ‘90s and ‘00s kids grew up watching are no longer available on TV or online. Fortunately, there’s a silver lining: studios and production companies are now breathing new life into these classics through remakes and live-action series – such as the Yu Yu Hakusho live-action series, now streaming on Netflix.
Yu Yu Hakusho live-action adaptation
Fans of anime are all too familiar with the Yu Yu Hakusho anime series. Based on the manga created by Yoshihiro Togashi, the narrative follows the life of Yusuke Urameshi, a teenage delinquent who is killed but resurrected and appointed as the ‘Underworld Detective’. With this unique title, he embarks on investigations involving demons and apparitions within the Human World.
It was eventually adapted into an animated series that aired from October 1992 to December 1994. Its acclaim was resounding, earning it the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize for Best Anime in 1993 and 1994.
Why you should watch Yu Yu Hakusho live-action series
1. The cast and crew are top notch
Keep a look out for the cast and crew behind the live-action adaptation. For starters, it features Takumi Kitamura (Tokyo Revengers) as Yusuke Urameshi, Jun Shison (Senpai to Kanojo) as Kurama, and Kanata Hongo (Prince of Tennis live-action) as Hiei. To add on, legendary Japanese actress Meiko Kaji, who has been in over 100 movies and shows in her career, is also part of the cast as Genkai. Directed by Sho Tsukikawa (The Black Devil), and boasting visually stunning effects by Scanline (Shadow and Bone, Stranger Things), the series is a compelling blend of cinematic expertise and visual allure.