Yu Yu Hakusho Must Avoid the Netflix Curse That Tanked Henry Cavill’s Witcher

Yu Yu Hakusho live-action adaptation can become a money-making machine for Netflix if they avoid a crucial mistake they made with Henry Cavill's The Witcher.

Yu Yu Hakusho Must Avoid the Netflix Curse That Tanked Henry Cavill's Witcher

SUMMARY

  • Yu Yu Hakusho live-action series is now streaming on Netflix.
  • The streaming giant needs to ensure they break their curse of leaving source material out when adapting a series.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho currently consists of five hour-long episodes on Netflix.
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The era of Netflix adapting fan-favorite anime is officially underway following the success of One Piece live-action success for the streaming juggernaut. Following that, the streaming giant recently unveiled the live-action adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho.

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Netflix's Yu Yu Hakusho live-action
Netflix’s Yu Yu Hakusho live-action

The original manga began publishing in 1991, and it didn’t take long for the series to get an anime. After all, the anime adaptation of the manga arrived in 1992. Now, more than three decades later, Netflix has released the live-action series adaptation of the same, but the streaming giant should avoid making one mistake that ruined Henry Cavill’s The Witcher.

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Netflix Needs to Avoid Skipping Through Original Content from Yu Yu Hakusho Manga

Netflix has made a plethora of live-action adaptations of classic and new-generation manga series. From One Piece to Alice in Borderland, Netflix is on a streak of releasing new movies and TV shows based on them.

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With Netflix’s Yu Yu Hakusho, the showrunners need to ensure that they don’t skip through the original content from the manga. After all, the manga is known for being extremely precise with its storytelling.

In the One Piece live-action series, there were a few details left off the manga, but the same cannot be said for Yu Yu Hakusho’s live-action show. An example of how Netflix has fumbled a similar series in the past is The Witcher.

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Henry Cavill in The Witcher
Henry Cavill in The Witcher

The Henry Cavill starrer had a phenomenal run during the show’s first two seasons. However, the quality started to dip in season 3 of the series, which will also be Cavill’s final season. A key reason behind Cavill’s exit is the showrunners leaving a lot of source material out from their live-action adaptation of The Witcher.

While the shooting for The Witcher season 4 is yet to begin, it’s been confirmed that the show will move ahead without Henry Cavill. Hopefully, Netflix doesn’t make the same mistake with Yoshihiro Togashi’s Yu Yu Hakusho.

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Is Yu Yu Hakusho Live-Action Released on Netflix?

The series debuted on Netflix with five episodes on December 14, 2023. Each episode of the series will have a runtime of around an hour.

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The early reviews of the series have dropped, and most of them suggest that the showrunners have failed to grasp the emotional aspect of the series. A vital reason behind the flaw is its fast-paced episodes.

Netflix's Yu Yu Hakusho live-action
Netflix’s Yu Yu Hakusho live-action

Despite that, the series has seemingly hit a home run in terms of adapting the action side of the manga-anime series. All things considered, the show is not bad by any means, but it’s hard to see it reach the same height One Piece live-action did.

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Hopefully, Netflix can do a much better job of staying true to the manga content if it gets renewed for future seasons.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

Written by Aikansh Chaudhary

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