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Live-Action Yu Yu Hakusho Series Ranks in Top 5 on Netflix's Global Non-English Rankings in 3rd Week

posted on by Adriana Hazra
Series ranked at #1 for 1st 2 weeks straight

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Netflix is listing the live-action series based on Yoshihiro Togashi's Yu Yu Hakusho manga in the top five on Netflix's global non-English-language rankings for its first three weeks straight and as #1 for its first two weeks straight. The series had 2.6 million total views, with 11 million hours viewed and an average runtime of 4:11 hours, at the end of the period of December 25-31.

The show had 6.2 million total views, with 26.1 million hours viewed and an average runtime of 4:11 hours, during the period of December 18-24. It ranked #5 out of all shows globally in the same week.

The show debuted worldwide on December 14 and ranked at #1 on Netflix's global non-English-language rankings for its first week.

Sho Tsukikawa (live-action Let Me Eat Your Pancreas) directed the series, and Tatsurō Mishima wrote the script. Ryō Sakaguchi (The Lord of the Rings, X-Men) was the VFX supervisor.

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.

TOHO Studios and Netflix signed a multi-year contract to lease two of TOHO's stage facilities in Tokyo starting in April 2021. Netflix's first production there is the live-action Yu Yu Hakusho series.

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 in print.

A television anime adaptation ran from 1992 to 1995, and spawned two films and two original video anime (OVA) releases. Funimation 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.

A new OVA debuted at a screening event in October 2018, and later shipped with the fourth part of the anime's 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Box collection in the same month. The new anime adapted the "Two Shot" bonus chapter from the manga's seventh compiled book volume, as well as the manga's penultimate chapter "All or Nothing."

The manga inspired a stage play that ran in Japan from August to September 2019.

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

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