Yu Yu Hakusho #1 Most-Watched Non-English TV Show on Netflix

The Yu Yu Hakusho live-action series premiered on Netflix on December 14th and, with just four days of streaming during the period December 11th to December 17th, shot to the #1 spot on the Netflix Most-Watched Non-English TV Series chart.

According to Netflix via their Tudum website, the Yu Yu Hakusho live-action adaptation of the hit manga series was viewed 7.7 million times during those four days for a total of 32.1 million hours watched.

Its closest rival the Korean drama My Demon, which was in the #2 spot, was watched 4.2 million times during the entire December 11th to December 17th period.

In other words, Yu Yu Hakusho was watched 3.5 million more times in just the four days it streamed than the also popular My Demon was watched for a week.

Meanwhile, the Japanese supernatural series was also in the Top 10 on Netflix in 76 countries including Argentina, El Salvador, Ecuador, Brazil, Austria, Germany, France, Spain, Egypt, South Africa, India, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Jordan and New Zealand.

What is Yu Yu Hakusho?

The five episode Yu Yu Hakusho live-action series is based on the classic manga of the same name by mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi.

One of the best-selling manga of all-time, Yu Yu Hakusho tells the story of Urameshi Yusuke, a delinquent who is killed when he saves a young child from a speeding truck.

Rather than dying and going to heaven or hell, however, Koenma the son of the Underworld ruler offers to allow Yusuke to return to his body and continue to live as long as he promises to become an Underworld Detective and solve mysteries involving yokai or spirits.

Shō Tsukikawa (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas) directed the Yu Yu Hakusho live-action series, with Tatsurō Mishima (Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead) in charge of scripts and Ryō Sakaguchi (The Day After Tomorrow) as VFX supervisor.

The cast features Takumi Kitamura (Tokyo Revengers) in the starring role of Urameshi Yusuke, Shuhei Uesugi (One Room Angel) as Kuwabara Kazuma, Jun Shison (Gokushufudou) as Kurama, Machida Keita (Cherry Magic! 30 Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?!) as Koenma, and Kanata Hongo (Crime Family) as Hiei.

All five episodes of the Japanese action adventure are now being streamed on Netflix, with fans loving the new series so much, they are already hoping a second season will be on the way soon.


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.