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‘Ghost Fighter’ special episodes to premiere in October

/ 04:01 PM July 31, 2018
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Makers of the anime “Ghost Fighter” (Yu Yu Hakusho) gave a sneak peak of the upcoming original video animation (OVA), which will premiere in October. It was also made to celebrate the franchise’s 25th anniversary.

Several screengrabs from the upcoming “Ghost Fighter” OVA were released by Bandai Namco Arts as a teaser for fans. The OVA will debut at Toho Cinemas during the Anime Film Festival Tokyo 2018, which will will run from Oct. 6 to 22, according to a Bandai Namco Arts statement via Anime News Network.

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This new installment to the “Ghost Fighter” franchise were adapted from the stories “Two Shot” and “All or Nothing” from the manga comic. “Two Shot” focuses on how Kurama (Dennis) and Hiei (Vincent) met, while “All or Nothing” has the main cast reunite to take care of a hostage crisis in the spirit world.

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Most of the original staff from the TV anime returned to produce the OVA. This included director and story boarder Noriyuki Abe from studio Pierrot, the studio responsible for the anime series. Voice actors Nozomu Sasaki (Yusuke Urameshi/Eugene), Shigeru Chiba (Kazuma Kuwabara/Alfred), Megumi Ogata (Kurama/Vincent) and Nobuyuki Hiyama (Hiei/Vincent) also reprised their respective roles.

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After the theater premiere, the OVA will be available on the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Box collection and will begin shipping on Oct. 26 in Japan.

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Image: Bandai Namco Arts/V-Storage

“Yu Yu Hakusho,” the manga by “Hunter x Hunter” creator Yoshihiro Togashi, debuted in 1990 and was serialized until 1994 on Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. It was later adopted as an anime in 1992 by Studio Pierrot and ran until 1994. The English-language version renamed the title to “Ghost Fighter,” which eventually made its way to the Philippines in Tagalog-dubbed format during the mid 1990s. It proved popular to Filipinos, prompting a rerun in 1999. Its fandom has continued to be strong up to this day.  Alfred Bayle /ra

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