IGN can exclusively reveal that Netflix has announced its selection of Kurama in its upcoming Yu Yu Hakusho live series. Japanese voice actor and artist Jun Chisun will play the lovable fox demon.
Kurama character in the original manga and anime is one of the most popular and loved characters among fans. He is a fox demon who, after being injured, puts his soul into a newborn human to recover, and over time, he becomes enamored with his human mother.
He first meets protagonist Yusuke after Kurama steals a mirror that can grant wishes with the intent of using it to save his sick mother. Later, he joins Yusuke to fight against his former comrade Hiei, and fight alongside him in multiple arcs afterwards including Saving Ice Yukina and Dark Tournament. He is known for his ability to transform into the form of a silver-haired fox demon, as well as his attack on the Rose Whip.
“The original work has been popular for over 30 years now and I’m sure many people are thinking well – and they have their own interpretation of it. We are all working together to create the best series possible, with all we can express in this day and age here in Japan. I hope Enjoy it!”
Jun Shison is part of the D2 group of Japanese actors, and has played a number of voice and acting roles over the years in various animations and adaptations dating back to 2011. He is known for portraying Kōmei Sakakibara in 2017’s Battle of Supreme High, and more recently for playing Massa in The Way of the Househouse (both TV series and 2022 movie), and Hibiki in Bubble.
Netflix first announced its direct adaptation of the popular manga late last year along with a number of other animation investments. Yu Yu Hakusho’s release date isn’t set until December 2023, so we have some time to wait, but the original anime is still available on the streaming service until then.
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