Netflix has shared its first, albeit brief, teaser of the upcoming live-action adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho, a classic manga by Yoshihiro Togashi.
While the manga was made into a popular animated series in the 1990s, this is the first time the tale will get a live-action treatment. The show will follow the Spirit Detective Yusuke Urameshi, who dies after saving a child. Subsequently, he protects the world from threats caused by supernatural entities.
Netflix included a clip of the forthcoming show in the trailer for their ‘Geeked Week’ event. The scene sees Takumi Kitamura as Yusuke, standing amongst apparent chaos in the street.
A press release revealed, “Utilizing a unique global one-team production strategy that spanned both Japan and the United States—the same approach to adapt the acclaimed ONE PIECE manga— [we] took the same level of commitment to quality and authenticity in the live-action ONE PIECE to the production of Yu Yu Hakusho.“
The streaming service also explained that they have used the “most advanced CG and VFX technologies from around the world.” They continued, “Known as ‘the most innovative VFX studio in the world’ and lauded for their work on major Hollywood productions, Scanline VFX was instrumental in giving life to all the characters, both human and yokai [spirits] while delivering realistic battle action sequences.”
The show has taken “five years” to develop, adding, “the team painstakingly ensured that the subtleties of every character’s emotions were accurately depicted in the adaptation.”
“The fusion of state-of-the-art technology and a passion for staying true to the source material promises to make this adaptation a standout in the world of live-action anime.”
Watch the trailer for ‘Geeked Week’ below.