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Yu Yu Hakusho, Netflix's next anime adaptation, gets December release date

If they don't include a rendition of Smile Bomb, what even is the point?

The Yu Yu Hakusho Netflix series title logo
Image credit: Netflix

Hot on the heels of the remarkable success of their live-action One Piece adaptation, Netflix is eager to give the people more of what they want. Their next anime project will be a live-action version of Yu Yu Hakusho. Previously, Netflix had given us the main cast of the show and little else, but they’ve finally given fans the most important bit of information of all – the show’s release date.

In a Twitter post early this morning, Netflix announced that the Yu Yu Hakusho live-action series finally had a release date, and it isn’t that far away. The series will drop on 14 December, almost three years after the project was first announced by the streaming giant. There will also be a special viewing event for a select group of guests in Tokyo on the day before. That leaves the company precious little time to build up hype for the show, especially considering we haven’t even had a full trailer for it yet.

The Yu Yu Hakusho manga was first published in 1990 and follows Yusuke Urameshi, a high school delinquent who spends more time brawling than studying, as he fights to return to life after performing an uncharacteristic act of self-sacrifice. The anime adaptation of the manga found an audience among Western audiences when it aired as part of the Adult Swim and Toonami blocks of programming on Cartoon Network between 2002 and 2006. You can stream all the episodes on the Crunchyroll.

With so little information about the show available to us, it is difficult to draw any real conclusions about the show's quality. We’re certainly hoping for a repeat of this year’s One Piece rather than their rather dismal attempts to adapt Cowboy Bebop and Death Note in the past, but we'll have to wait until December to find out.

Looking for more shows coming to binge while you’re waiting for Yu Yu Hakusho to finally release this December? We have a list of every TV show coming to broadcast and streaming services in the next several months so you’ll never be short of something to watch.