In its first three weeks of release, Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the anime and manga series Yu Yu Hakusho entered the top five global rankings for non-English speakers.
As reported by Netflix via Anime News Network, the live-action film Yu Yu Hakusho has been in the top 5 global non-English charts for three consecutive weeks after its December 14, 2023 debut on Netflix. During the first two weeks, Yu Yu Hakusho was ranked No. 1 in the same category. This is in line with a previous report from late December last year, which stated that Yu Yu Hakusho was the first Japanese production to top the global charts on the streaming platform.
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Yu Yu Hakusho reportedly had “2.6 million total views, with 11 million watch hours and an average run time of 4:11 hours” from December 25 to 31, 2023. From December 18 to December 24, 2023, Yu Yu Hakusho has “6.2 million views, with 26.1 million watch hours and an average run time of 4:11 hours.” Takumi Kitamura, the actor who plays Yusuke Urameshi, also recently shared an optimistic update about the possibility of a Season 2 renewal.
Yu Yu Hakusho’s live-action adaptation is based on the 1990 manga by Yoshihiro Togashi (Hunter x Hunter). After sacrificing his life to save a child from a horrific traffic accident, 14-year-old Yusuke is given another chance at life as a spiritual detective responsible for protecting Protect the human world from supernatural threats. An anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot (Bleach, Naruto, Black Clover) ran from October 10, 1992 to December 17, 1994, for a total of 112 episodes. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Yu Yu Hakusho, Crunchyroll has released a new home media box set containing two previously unnamed OVAs, alongside extras such as views and writer commentary. .
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Reception for the live-action Yu Yu Hakusho has been generally warm, with reviews favoring the fight scenes but criticizing its frenetic pacing. Zack Snyder, former DC Extended Universe director and current Rebel Moon filmmaker, praised the live-action anime adaptation in a promotional clip with Kitamura. Even before its release, Yu Yu Hakusho fans have been praising the film on Netflix, with some even believing it to be better than the recent live-action adaptation of One Piece.
Source: Netflix via Anime News Network