How many episodes is ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’?

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The adaptation of anime series into live-action renditions by streaming platforms has often resulted in disappointing outcomes. Among these attempts, ‘One Piece’ stands out as an exception in its own league, defying the generally lackluster adaptations. Consequently, fans were eager for a similar treatment with ‘Yu Yu Hakusho.’ While not as utterly disappointing as Netflix’s botched adaptations like ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ or ‘Cowboy Bebop,’ it still didn’t meet the anticipated standards.

The recently premiered first season of ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’ featured some commendable fight sequences and introduced a surprisingly attractive Shûhei Uesugi as Kuwabara, a character known for his unconventional looks. However, what truly caught fans off guard was the overly condensed storytelling. Typically, anime and their manga source material span over extensive volumes and episodes, leaving ample room for trimming redundant content in adaptations. Yet, despite having rich source material, Netflix’s take on ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’ turned out remarkably short.

The original ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’ manga by Yoshihiro Togashi is notably lengthy, spanning 175 chapters. Similarly, the anime, which debuted in 1992, comprises 112 episodes across four seasons.

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Contrastingly, Netflix’s live-action adaptation defied expectations by not extending beyond five episodes. This deviation from the usual streaming series length of around eight episodes left audiences baffled. Moreover, there’s no indication of additional episodes arriving soon, making the entire first season a mere five episodes long, leading fans to speculate that Netflix might have concluded the series already.

This abrupt decision significantly condensed content from four seasons of the anime into what might typically constitute just half a season in the streaming landscape, resulting in a rushed and inevitably incomplete portrayal. Despite its brevity, the live-action adaptation isn’t necessarily terrible; however, its painfully short runtime leaves much to be desired. Fortunately, the anime version remains available for streaming on platforms like Hulu, offering both subtitled and dubbed versions for fans to enjoy the original story in its entirety.