Home MANGA NEWS Yu Yu Hakusho Live-Action Series Hits Top 5 on Netflix’s Global Non-English Chart in 3rd Week

Yu Yu Hakusho Live-Action Series Hits Top 5 on Netflix’s Global Non-English Chart in 3rd Week

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has reported that the new
live action series
based on
Yoshihiro Togashi
‘s manga
Yu Yu Hakusho, has been in the top five on Netflix’s non-English international charts for three consecutive weeks, and held the number one spot for the first two weeks. The show amassed a total of 2.6 million views by the end of the week on December 25-31, with 11 million hours viewed and an average runtime of 4:11 hours.

In the week of December 18-24, the series saw even more views, with a total of 6.2 million, viewers spent a whopping 26.1 million hours watching the show, which maintained an average runtime of 4:11 hours. During this week, the series claimed the fifth spot in the global rankings across all shows.

Launched globally on December 14, the show managed to secure the top spot on Netflix‘s global non-English-language charts in its debut week.

The series was directed by Sho Tsukikawa (known for directing the live-action seriesLet Me Eat Your Pancreas), and was written by Tatsurō Mishima. The visual effects were overseen by Ryō Sakaguchi, known for his work on “The Lord of the Rings” and “X-Men.”

The manga focuses on 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi, a young troublemaker who, after dying in a car accident while trying to save a child, is given the chance to return to life by the Spirit World. His new life, however, involves becoming a “spirit detective” and battling demons.

Netflix tied up with TOHO Studios in April 2021, signing a multi-year contract to lease two of TOHO’s studios in Tokyo. The first series produced in collaboration was the live action adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho.

Yoshihiro Togashi, also known for his work on Hunter x Hunter, created the original Yu Yu Hakusho manga which was published from 1990 to 1994. Distributor Viz Media began translating and publishing the manga in English in 2002, with all 19 volumes being released in print.

The manga was also adapted into a TV anime that aired from 1992 to 1995, two films and two original video anime (OVA) versions. Funimation released the TV series and OVAs on home video in North America, while Media Blasters and later Funimation handled the release of the first film. Central Park Media took care of the second film. The anime series aired on Adult Swim and later on Toonami.

In 2018, a new OVA premiered in October, and an extended version was included as part of the anime’s 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Box collection later that month. The new anime adapted the “Two Shot” bonus chapter from seventh volume of the manga, as well as the next-to-last chapter of the series, “All or Nothing.”

The manga also served as the inspiration for a stage play that was performed in Japan from August to September 2019.

References: Netflix (link 2), ICv2 (Jeffrey Dohm-Sanchez)

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