Funimation to Release New Yu Yu Hakusho OVA With Subtitles, English Dub
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Funimation announced at its Yu Yu Hakusho Reunion panel in New York Comic Con on Thursday that it will release the new Yu Yu Hakusho original video animation (OVA), including the episodes "Two Shots" and "All or Nothing," with both English subtitles and an English dub. Justin Cook and Christopher R. Sabat, who played the characters Yusuke Urameshi and Kazuma Kuwabara in the earlier television anime's English dub, participated in the panel and indicated that they will return to their roles.
Funimation did not confirm a release date for the anime.
The anime screened at TOHO Cinemas Shinjuku in October 2018, and also shipped with the fourth part of the anime's 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Box collection later that month in Japan.
The anime adapted the "Two Shots" bonus chapter from the manga's seventh volume, as well as the manga's penultimate chapter "All or Nothing." The "Two Shots" chapter tells the story of how Kurama and Hiei met, while "All or Nothing" shows the main characters reuniting to solve a hostage crisis in the spirit world. The anime featured a returning staff, including director and storyboarder Noriyuki Abe at the studio Pierrot. Returning cast members included Nozomu Sasaki as Yusuke Urameshi, Shigeru Chiba as Kazuma Kuwabara, Megumi Ogata as Kurama, and Nobuyuki Hiyama as Hiei.
Yoshihiro Togashi (Hunter x Hunter) published the original Yu Yu Hakusho manga from 1990 to 1994. Viz Media began publishing the manga in its English edition of Shonen Jump in 2002, and it also released all 19 volumes. The manga follows 14-year-old delinquent Yusuke Urameshi, who dies after saving a child in a car accident. The Spirit World is surprised by his death and offers him a chance to come back as a "spirit detective" who is tasked with defeating demons.
The television anime adaptation ran from 1992 to 1995, and spawned two films and two original video anime (OVAs). FUNimation Entertainment released the television series and OVAs on home video in North America. Media Blasters and later Funimation released the first film, and Central Park Media released the second film. The television series ran on Adult Swim and later Toonami.