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Yu Yu Hakusho (Ghost Fighter) is getting a Netflix live action series

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Our favorite childhood animé is getting the live action treatment. Today, Netflix announced that Yu Yu Hakusho or more commonly remembered in the Philippines as Ghost Fighter.

Netflix hasn’t shared that many details yet or when we can expect its release but said that it will be released worldwide only on Netflix.

Yu Yu Hakusho was originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump (published by Shueisha as part of the Jump Comics line). It ran for four years starting1990. it was later adapted into an anime series that aired from 1992 to 1995.

With a vast vision that straddles the worlds of humans, spirits and demons, the colorful and charming characters take on a series of challenges in this fantasy adventure series. The manga series is still talked about among its fans even after ending over a quarter century ago.

The story revolves around Yusuke Urameshi (Eugene). He’s a high school student who spends his days getting into fights. One day, he dies in an accident while trying to protect a young child. As he grapples with the fact that he is looking down on his dead body, a woman named Botan (Charlene) who calls herself a guide to the spirit world relays to him the shocking truth: no one expected a delinquent like Yusuke to die performing an act of goodness, and there was no place for him in either heaven or hell.

Yusuke is given a chance to be revived, and after passing his trial, he becomes an Underworld Detective. From there, Yusuke quickly becomes entwined in a mystery that envelopes the human, demon and spirit worlds.

The anime is currently available to watch on Netflix.

What moment from the animé  are you most looking forward to be see in live action?

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Netflix is experimenting with livestreaming content

For reality shows and comedy specials

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Netflix is in a bit of a rough patch. After losing subscribers for the first time, the platform is trying other strategies to retain its userbase including more stringent ways to police password sharing. This time, Netflix is trying a more additive approach. According to a report, the company is experimenting with livestreaming content.

First reported by Deadline, the company is currently in the early stages of creating such content. More specifically, Netflix will try the format for its catalog of “unscripted shows and stand-up specials.” There is no timetable for the experiment’s launch, but the company hopes to launch it soon.

A move towards livestreaming does make sense with Netflix’s current catalog of titles. Over the years, the platform has slowly curated an expansive lineup of reality shows and stand-up comedy specials. For example, Netflix’s Drive to Survive quickly became one of its biggest titles in reality television, bringing a lot of eyes to Formula One racing. Likewise, the platform has always been a stronghold for comedy specials since the advent of its popularity.

Besides its strong slate of content, the company has also experimented with user input including shows that mimicked Choose Your Own Adventure books. Under a livestreaming format, the audience might be able to provide input for the title as well, such as voting for (or against) contestants in a game show.

That said, it’s still too early to tell how livestreaming might appear on Netflix. For now, at least.

SEE ALSO: Netflix considers cheaper, ad-supported subscription

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Campaign putting seizure, epilepsy warnings to YouTube gaming content initiated

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Seizure Warning

Whenever on YouTube, people tend to have the urge to skip annoying or uninteresting ads.

But Digitas Philippines is trying to change that with an all-important online campaign that puts the safety of the gaming community first.

With the Seizure Warning Pre-Rolls project, Digitas Philippines turns YouTube’s 6-second pre-rolls before videos play into dedicated spaces, where instead of ads, PSAs get played.

Digitas will focus on showing warnings that effectively alert viewers of possible adverse of conditions such as seizures and photosensitive epilepsy.

To ensure that such warnings draw the attention of YouTube viewers, Digitas’ team included flashy animations, fast and mind-bending gameplay, and vivid, ultra-colorful visuals.

Such components make gaming content extremely visually stimulating, yet can also seriously affect those who have had seizures or epilepsy in the past, as well as those who have not had them before.

Avoiding risk on YouTube 

With more than 40 million active gaming channels, users definitely have a chance of running into possible seizure risks.

This pushed Digitas to jumpstart the campaign, trying to address the lack of warning signs before the start of videos and more.

Through their campaign, notices will be placed before anyone views gaming-related content to boost safety and lower the risk of getting a seizure or epilepsy.

The initiative will already cover all YouTube videos with gaming content tags in its initial phase. It will feature highly-targeted and specific warning messages for viewers’ protection.

The group is also in the process of partnering with more institutions to follow up and go beyond the first phase.

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Apple releases Thai horror film shot on iPhone 13 Pro

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Movies shot on phones aren’t novel ideas anymore. For a few years now, filmmakers and smartphone makers have worked together to create films without using any professional camera equipment. Among their rivals, both Apple and Samsung are the most notorious for these projects. Today, Apple is trying something new: a Thai horror film shot entirely on the iPhone 13 Pro.

In Thailand, Apple has revealed a collaboration with renowned Thai horror director Parkpoom Wongpoom for a short film called Those That Follow. The short film revolves around the Thai belief of Phi Ta Khon, wherein ghosts follow people. More specifically, the 20-minute film follows two teenage robbers on the run after a botched robbery.

The two Pro variants of the iPhone 13 series both carry impressive camera setups. Both carry three 12-megapixel cameras for wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto shooting. They are also compatible with Apple ProRAW shooting, allowing for a lot of production value for films. Plus, as confirmed by Parkpoom, the phone performs brilliantly in low light conditions, an important prerequisite for horror films.

The smartphone is available now starting at US$ 999. The series also has three other variants available for customers: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Meanwhile, Those That Follow is available on Apple Thailand’s website and YouTube account.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max review: After the hype

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