The hype for Netflix’s live action adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho intensifies as we are slowly getting character reveals for the 4 main characters, and now we have our first look at Kuwabara!
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The Netflix live action Yu Yu Hakusho adaptation casts Shuhei Uesugi as Kuwabara. Uesugi is a Japanese actor with roles in films including My Boyfriend in Orange and River’s Edge.
Known in the Philippine dub as Alfred, his main weapon is his Spirit Sword which is a concentration of spirit energy coming out of his hand. In the events on the manga/anime, he can make variants of this weapon by making it into a Javelin, throwing spirit shards and eventually, dual-wielding and gaining the ability to tear spirit barriers.
About Yu Yu Hakusho:
“The story revolves around Yusuke Urameshi, a high school student who spends his days getting into fights. One day, he dies in an accident while trying to protect a young child, and as he grapples with the fact that he is looking down on his dead body, a woman named Botan who calls herself a guide to the spirit world relays to him the shocking truth: no one expected a delinquent like Yusuke to die performing an act of goodness, and there was no place for him in either heaven or hell. Thus, Yusuke is given a chance to be revived, and after passing his trial, he becomes an Underworld Detective. From there, Yusuke quickly becomes entwined in a mystery that envelopes the human, demon and spirit worlds.”
The series is being helmed by Kazutaka Sakamoto, the same producer behind Alice in Borderland, which is also streaming on Netflix.
Yu Yu Hakusho will be available on Netflix in December 2023.