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Netflix’s Yu Yu Hakusho Was Top 10 Title in 76 Countries

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The live-action Yu Yu Hakusho series hit Netflix on December 14, and now that it’s been out for a little bit, Netflix is revealing its rankings. During its first week out, Yu Yu Hakusho received 7.7 million views, and was watched for 32.1 million hours. On average, people spent 4:11 hours checking it out.

Yu Yu Hakusho nabbed the top spot in seven different nations, and reached the top 10 in 76. In America, it topped out in fifth place among shows watched. Altogether, Netflix says it was their top title during the week of December 11-17 for their non-English TV ratings. Since Yu Yu Hakusho wasn’t even airing the first few days of the week, it shows how it beat out the competition of other non-English titles.

The show was directed by Sho Tsukikawa, who previously worked on the live-action adaptation of Let Me Eat Your Pancreas. Credit for scriptwriting goes to Tatsurō Mishima. The person supervising the VFX was Ryō Sakaguchi, who has worked on X-Men, Thor, Game of Thrones and others. This show was created because of Netflix and TOHO Studios inking a deal to work together over multiple years.

VIZ Media publishes the original Yu Yu Hakusho manga by popular mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi, and gave this description for the first volume:

Yusuke Urameshi was a tough teen delinquent until one selfless act changed his life…by ending it. When he died saving a little kid from a speeding car, the afterlife didn’t know what to do with him, so it gave him a second chance at life. Now, Yusuke is a ghost with a mission, performing good deeds at the beshest of Botan, the spirit guide of the dead, and Koenma, her pacifier-sucking boss from the “other side.” But what strange things await him on the borderline between life and death?

Source: ANN


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