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Legendary Manga Yu Yu Hakusho Comes to Life in Netflix's Live-Action Adaptation

The biggest debut of a Japanese series ever - all five episodes now available.

Image: Tomas Mazowski
Updated: January 12, 2024

Over 30 years after the iconic battle-action manga series Yu Yu Hakusho's debut, fans rejoice as the eagerly awaited live-action adaptation hit Netflix last month.

Adapted from the manga series that captivated readers from 1990 to 1994 and later became an animated series airing from 1992 to 1994, Yu Yu Hakusho sold over 78 million copies worldwide, solidifying its status as one of the bestselling manga series ever.

The narrative revolves around Yusuke, a rebellious teenager who sacrifices himself to save a young boy from an oncoming car. Confronted with his death, Yusuke meets Botan (Kotone Furukawa), a woman guiding him to the spirit world. There, he learns that his premature and unexpected death leaves him in a unique situation—neither heaven nor hell claims him due to the seemingly inconceivable selfless act. To earn a second chance at life, Yusuke must undergo a trial and, if successful, return to the human world as an underworld detective tasked with investigating demons.

The trailer provides a glimpse into the Yu Yu Hakusho world, opening with a car accident. Yusuke (Kitamura) finds himself standing over his lifeless body, realizing his demise. His journey unfolds as he travels to the spirit world and encounters Koenma (Keita Machida), who proposes an intriguing offer—to return Yusuke to life as an Underworld Detective.

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