Netflix’s Yu Yu Hakusho live-action series unveils Kanata Hongo as Hiei

Yu Yu Hakusho live-action released visuals.
Yu Yu Hakusho live-action released visuals. Pic credit: Netflix

Netflix is open and honest about its passion for anime. The streaming service has invested a lot of money in anime over the last four years, and the gamble has been profitable. Netflix has anime for everyone, from exclusive licensing to original series—and that doesn’t even mention its live-action adaptations.

Now, fans have been given their first glimpse of Hiei as production on its Yu Yu Hakusho live-action proceeds.

Hiel live-action look

The casting announcement, which was published via Netflix’s anime-focused Twitter account, not only gave fans a look at the character’s revised looks but also revealed actress Kanata Hongo will play the broody fire demon in the upcoming adaptation.

Hongo has acted in numerous notable live-action anime adaptations, including Armin Arlert in the live-action Attack on Titan and Envy in the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist.

Check out the visual below:

Live-action look of Hiel played by Hongo Kanata
Live-action look of Hiel played by Hongo Kanata. Pic credit: Netflix

Hiei’s eyes, which are a startling blue in this photograph as you can see, are as pale as you would anticipate for the protagonist. Hiei is sporting a haircut that defies gravity while wearing a white headband, and Kanata is expertly rocking the high-neck blouse that the character wears.

If you are unfamiliar with Kanata, the Japanese actor has been active since 2002, appearing in both films and television. After being chosen to play Ryoma Echizen in the live-action Prince of Tennis movies, the actor had his big break.

Since then, the actor has portrayed Shin in Nana 2 and Armin Arlert in the Attack on Titan live-action trilogy. The actor pledges to bring Hiei to life in a way that Yu Yu Hakusho lovers have never seen before. Kanata has previously lent his voice to anime series.

Yu Yu Hakusho live-action cast and more

For YuYu Hakusho on Netflix, the cast for two additional members of the primary heroic squad has already been announced. While actor Jun Shison, who previously participated in the live-action adaptations of The Way of the Househusband, is scheduled to play fan-favorite fox demon Kurama, rock band DISH/’s Takumi Kitamura has been cast to play protagonist Yusuke Urameshi.

As of this writing, it is uncertain who will play Kazuma Kuwabara, the team’s final member, as well as other significant figures like Genkai, Koenma, Botan, and Keiko.

Sho Tsukikawa is helming the live-action YuYu Hakusho series, which is being made by studio Robot (Alive in Borderlands). In addition, Toho Studios, the renowned production studio that created the enduring Godzilla series, is supporting the endeavor by letting Netflix rent out a number of its locations.

If you are unaware of Netflix Japan’s approval of Yu Yu Hakusho’s live-action plans, you should know that the project was approved several years ago. The first character posters for the show started appearing days ago, thus it appears to be in post-production right now.

How do you feel about this interpretation of Hiei? Do you so far like Netflix’s plan for Yu Yu Hakusho? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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