Rejoice YU YU HAKUSHO fans! On July 29th, screenshots of the new OVAs were released. It’s been nearly twenty-five years since fans had new original images of Yusuke, Kuwabara, Hiei, and Kurama, and now we have twelve of them.

YU YU HAKUSHO ran from 1995 to 1998 in Japan while the English dubs ran in the United States from 2002 to 2006. The show was a mainstay of the very popular animation block TOONAMI on CARTOON NETWORK. Additionally, ADULT SWIM ran an uncensored version of YU YU HAKUSHO late at night in the mid-2000’s. It was on these anime blocks that the show really struck a chord with fans. The series quickly became as popular in the United States as it was in Japan.

Now YU YU HAKUSHO is finally getting some new content. Fans have been waiting a while to catch a glimpse of the new episodes. The anticipation has been growing ever since the announcement back in May 2018. The OVAs, or Original Video Animations, will show in theaters in Japan on October 6th, 2018. The OVAs will then be part of the 25th-anniversary blu-ray, releasing in Japan on October 26th.

Everything Looks Good So Far

The screenshots, six for each OVA, were unveiled to the world on Bandai Namco Arts’ V-Storage news page. These new episodes are each based on bonus chapters of the YU YU HAKUSHO manga that never made it into the original series.

Hiei and Kurama fight a thing! | Courtesy of V-Storage

Studio Pierrot, which animated the original anime series, returns for the new episodes. With Studio Pierrot comes the original director of the series, Noriyuki Abe, and much of the original voice cast as well. Nozomu Sasaki as Yusuke Urameshi, Shigeru Chiba as Kazuma Kuwabara, Megumi Ogata as Kurama, and Nobuyuki Hiyama as Hiei will reprise their roles.

The first OVA, “Two Shot,” features the story of how Hiei and Kurama met. For those of you who worried you won’t get to see the rest of the gang, fear not. In the second OVA, “All or Nothing,” Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama, and Hiei work together to resolve a hostage crisis.

Anime Retrospectives: OUTLAW STAR

For Those Unfamiliar With YU YU HAKUSHO

Once upon a time, there was a 14-year-old punk named Yusuke Urameshi. Yusuke was constantly getting into a lot of fights and was considered a bully by many. However, one day, Yusuke saves a small child from a speeding car at the cost of his own life. When Botan, a grim reaper, greets Yusuke, she informs him that his death had caught the Underworld by surprise. No one had expected someone like Yusuke to make such a sacrifice, not even in the afterlife apparently.

Urameshi! (Read with Kuwabara’s voice) | Image: V-Storage

Because of this, they offer Yusuke a chance to get his body back, which he does through a series of trials. Upon returning to his body, however, Yusuke is recruited by the ruler of the Underworld, Koenma, to work for them. Naming Yusuke a “Spirit Detective,” Koenma charges him with hunting down spirits and demons on the loose in the living world.

Using his spirit gun, a beam of spirit energy shot from his finger, Yusuke’s power grows stronger with each fight. Throughout his adventures, he makes several friends out of former enemies. These include one of his classmates, Kuwabara, and two powerful demons, Kurama and Hiei. Together the four of them form a bond as they protect the world from the evil beings who would see it ruined.

Excited Yet?

There are still a few months to go before the OVAs release in Japan. And we’re still waiting on an announcement as to when this box set will hit the United States.

But the excitement is undeniable. YU YU HAKUSHO is often regarded as a cornerstone of action anime. You can see its influence all over the place in today’s anime, especially in anime like BLEACH.

There are plenty of places you can catch up on the show before the OVAs air. YU YU HAKUSHO is currently available on streaming sites like Hulu and Crunchyroll. Stay tuned for more YU YU HAKUSHO OVA updates! Meanwhile check out all twelve images here!

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