Uhhhh, thank you for waking me up? So, here’s another shocker for the anime community, looks like the great, the fantastic, the classic Yu Yu Hakusho is getting a live action series Netflix remake. Now, the idea of Netflix taking on a live-action production of an acclaimed anime is not entirely new, but as we all know, the end results can be somewhat…divisive. Some of us are still recovering from 2017’s Death Note, but here’s hoping that this adaptation isn’t a dumpster fire the way so, so, so many other live-action anime adaptations are. Although, credit where credit is due, 2013’s Yamada Kun and The Seven Witches did pretty good, so maybe there’s hope?
Okay no, probably not. And this isn’t me sending any hate to anyone behind the production. A lot of people work hard to make television, so please remember that before you start raging and sending death threats to those who are just trying to make a living in this cold, cruel, world. It’s just that Yu Yu Hakusho would just be immensely difficult to enact outside of the realm of animation.
If you are somehow unaware of this monumental series, here’s a quick rundown. Originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1990 to 1994, Yoshihiro Togashi’s Yu Yu Hakusho follows a 14-year-old delinquent with a heart of gold, Yusuke Urameshi. After dying selflessly and going on a few ghostly adventures, Yusuke is revived and charged with keeping the demons rampaging his city in check using the supernatural powers he’s acquired.
But really, if you’re reading this article, you probably already know about Yu Yu Hakusho, AKA, Good Bleach. The series has been instrumental to the anime culture, especially for kids who were lucky enough to grow up with a cable package that contained Toonami. Yu Yu Hakusho captivated a generation with a rich world of characters ranging from a demon with height issues, the world’s most beautiful pompadour sporting ugly bastard, killer atmospheric music, and a lead who gives one of the most appealing iterations of the Shonen Protagonist.
Suffice to say, I love Yu Yu Hakusho and would like for this adaptation to be done well. But a lot of what makes the show charming would make it difficult to adapt without flooding the screen with CGI abominations and the suspension of disbelief necessary to believe that anyone with magenta hair could look natural.
But here’s to hesitant optomism! Might as well live in a world where we beleive something may turn out nice!
But if he’s not in the show, I will toss someone’s television out a window.
Source: Comic Natalie