I’m something of a late bloomer for my anime intake, having grown up dieting mostly on American shows. Needless to say that a proper viewing of the 1992 animated succession of the hit manga series, Yu Yu Hakusho, was more than filling when I finally caught it about five years ago. Even the prospects of it becoming a potential live-action banger at some point drowned out all the other noise in my head, albeit much to the chagrin of fans of the series who are nothing short of skeptical when it comes to live-action re-renderings of IP faves like the work of mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi.
YU YU HAKUSHO Teaser Introduces The First, Action-Packed Look At The New Series Starring Takumi Kitamura!
Buried deep in the content dump of Netflix’s Geeked Week special on Friday finally came the official first teaser trailer for Yu Yu Hakusho, based on Yoshihiro Togashi’s longstanding manga and beloved anime fave.
I’ll wait as long as it takes for Tsutomu Hanabusa’s inaugural Tokyo Revengers flick to get a Western distributor. It was a favorite among faves back in 2019 and I would love to help share it with audiences in my neck of the globe if possible, especially with Warner Bros. Japan now shepherding a back-to-back sequel this Spring and Summer based on Ken Wakui’s hit manga.
TOKYO REVENGERS 2: BLOODY HALLOWEEN ARC: Tsutomu Hanabusa’s Live-Action Manga Sequel Teases Two-Part 2023 Blitz!
It was back in July when Warner Bros. Japan teased a sequel to Tsutomu Hanabusa’s hit adaptation of Ken Wakui’s gangbuster manga, Tokyo Revengers. As of Tuesday, the studio is staying steady with a brief, brand-new teaser signaling the sequel’s two-part 2023 rollout titled Tokyo Revengers 2: Bloody Halloween Arc, with the first part set to arrive in Spring titled “Fate” and the second being “Decisive Battle” by the Summer.
YU YU HAKUSHO: Takumi Kitamura Is Yusuke Urameshi In The First Promotional Image For The Netflix Live-Action Series
Netflix is getting its spirit energy up this weekend with a first official look at actor Takumi Kitamura (Tokyo Revengers) in the lead role of the upcoming live-action series adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho, following its 2020 announcement. Sho Tsukikawa is directing the series from a screenplay by Tatsuro Mishima, with Akira Morii producing for ROBOT, and Kaata Sakamoto exec producing for Netflix.
There’s ample reason why it is anyone in my time zone, or living within three hours within it, can tell you their perceptions about the state of live-action projects based on any Japanese IP to negative avail for the past decade. Granted, barring any such announcements made in the last four or five years, it still bears noting the phenomena of what we’ve seen on the feature film front, specifically with Japanese studios.