Tokyo Revengers live-action star Takumi Kitamura will play Yusuke Urameshi in the upcoming Yu Yu Hakusho live-action series.
Netflix’s live-action adaptation of YuYu Hakusho cast Takumi Kitamura as the series protagonist Yusuke Urameshi.
The announcement was made in a Variety report. Their article was later taken down, but the news was confirmed by Anime News Network. Kitamura is best known for his starring role as Takemichi Hanagaki, the time-traveling protagonist of the live-action adaptation of Tokyo Revenge. He is also the vocalist and lead guitarist of the rock band DISH //, which performed the opening themes of several popular anime including my hero academia and Naruto Shippuden. by Netflix live action Yu Yu Hakusho The series will debut worldwide in December 2023. The announcement is official confirmation that Kitamura will take on the role, as he was previously seen in Urameshi’s costume in a leaked photo from the show’s Japanese set.
Sho Tsukikawa (live-action Let me eat your pancreas) leads the project at Robot Communications (often abbreviated as Robot). Kazutaka Sakamoto, who also participated in the production of the live action Alice in Borderlands series, will work as an executive producer for YuYu Hakusho, while Akira Morii (Wild 7) will work as a producer on the series. Toho Studios, the famous company behind the Godzilla franchise, collaborates with Netflix to Yu Yu Hakusho by renting several of its facilities for the production of the series. These include two of the main soundstages, two game centers and a production center.
Yoshihiro Togashi’s supernatural action manga has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from December 1990 to July 1994. The series was later adapted into an anime which debuted in October 1992 and ran for 112 episodes. The story revolved around a teenage delinquent named Yusuke Urameshi who dies trying to push a child out of oncoming traffic. He then encounters an emissary from the Spirit World named Botan who informs Yusuke that he died before he was and therefore has the option of being resurrected. In the process of returning to life, Yusuke is granted extraordinary powers and becomes a spiritual detective, working to protect humanity from dangerous supernatural forces.
In addition to the anime series, Yu Yu Hakusho‘s popularity has also led to the production of two animated films, a live-action film, and over twenty different video games. Yu Yu Hakusho: the movie was directed by series director Noriyuki Abe and released in 1993, while YuYu Hakusho The Movie: The Poltergeist Report was directed by Masakatsu Iijima (Lupine III: Part III) and was released in 1994. The 2020 live-action Yu Yu Hakusho film was written and directed by Chuji Mikasano (Tokyo Ghoul: re).
The Yu Yu Hakusho the anime is available on Crunchyroll and Hulu. The manga is available in English from Viz Media.
Source: Variety, Anime News Network