The Best Episodes of Yu Yu Hakusho
Last Updated: Mar 17, 2019
Fourteen-year-old Yusuke Urameshi is having a typical day. He's cutting class, arguing with teachers, and getting into fistfights with his rival Kuwabara. But when Yusuke dives in front of a speeding car to save a little boy, things take an unexpected twist! As a result of his self-sacrifice, Yusuke is taken to the Spirit World where he meets Koenma, a 700 year-old ruler with the body of a toddler - pacifier and all! There's no room for laughs, as Koenma gives Yusuke an ordeal that could restore his life - or end all chances for revival. Yusuke has reclaimed his life, but has only one
#1 - Wielder of the Dragon
Season 2 - Episode 33
Hiei unleashes his most powerful attack, the Dragon of the Darkness Flame! But Bui is able to turn the Dragon against his master. Will Hiei be swallowed and destroyed by his own power?
#2 - Jin, the Wind Master
Season 2 - Episode 15
The episode starts with Jin in the air, admiring the island. He swoops down and flys by Yusuke. Yusuke turns around and takes a punch to the face. He tries to counter with a kick but misses. Jin pulls out his signature move, the Tornado Fist. It is literally a tornado on his wrist. The punch misses Yusuke but the force pushes him back. Yusuke goes the hand to hand combat. Jin blocks everything but one punch. He flees into the air and recovers. While he is recovering, Yusuke shoots a spirt gun. Jin makes a tornado around him and deflects it. On the sideline, Botan realizes the Yusuke can't fight close and far away. Koenma is concerned because Jin uses wind for offense and defense. Jin comes down with another Tornado Fist. Yusuke doesn't even move. When Jin is at pointblank, Yusuke fires spirit gun into the Tornado. There is a huge explosion. Yusuke is blown back to the medical tent. Hiei tells him that Jin blocked with the Tornado Fist, saving both of their lives. He tells Yusuke that a
#3 - Yusuke's Despair
Season 2 - Episode 38
As Yusuke lies beaten on the arena floor, Toguro taunts the Spirit Detective. Toguro begins to suck the souls of the spectators in order to enrage Yusuke to once again bring out his full power. But Toguro soon learns that the best way to provoke Yusuke is to kill one of his friends!
#4 - Toguro's Desire
Season 2 - Episode 39
As one of his friends lies on the arena floor, Yusuke powers up to the same level as Toguro. To defend himself, Toguro must power up to 120% of his capacity. Can either fighter, each completely devoid of any remaining energy, survive to claim the prize?
#5 - Yoko's Magic
Season 2 - Episode 31
With Karasu able to counter Yoko Kurama's attacks, the vicious member of Team Toguro is set to take the victory. Taking his own life into his hands, Kurama prepares to sacrifice his life energy in a final chance to defeat the demon. But with no life energy remaining, Kurama may stay down forever.
#6 - Ambition Destroyed: A Trail of Light
Season 2 - Episode 11
The doctor’s human experiments are clearly fighting against their will! As Yusuke prepares to put them out of their misery, the Masked Fighter intervenes and suggests a peculiar plan.
#7 - The Shadow of Elder Toguro
Season 2 - Episode 34
During his match with Toguro, Kuwabara is told of Genkai's death. With extreme rage Kuwabara strikes Toguro with the Trial Sword splitting the demon in half! The arena watches in horror as the evil Toguro rises from the arena floor unharmed.
#8 - Crushing Revenge
Season 2 - Episode 14
Kurama is unconscious, and getting beaten to death by Baken. The announcer Koto tries to give a 10-count to stop the fight, but Baken ignores her and kicks her out of the ring. Just as Baken is about to kill Kurama, the team captain, Risho, tells him to stop. As it turns out, Yusuke was about to fire his spirit gun right at Baken if he had tried to kill Kurama. Kurama then is tossed out of the ring. Baken is declared the winner. Yusuke then gets onto the ring to confront him. Baken uses a technique built from his sweat to cover the entire arena in mist, so Yusuke won't be able to see now. Baken delivers a few blows, but the barely harm Yusuke, and he then fires a spirit gun through the arena, causing the mist to vanish. With Baken wide open, Yusuke delivers a punch to his ribs. Before he can cause any more damage though, Baken pleads for Yusuke to grant him mercy, saying he was caught up in the heat of battle when he beat up Kurama. Yusuke actually believes him for a few seco
#9 - Toguro's Wish
Season 2 - Episode 41
Team Urameshi prepares to depart Hanging Neck Island the victor of the sinister Dark Tournament to return to the world of the living leaving their fallen mentor and friend behind. But somewhere far away a chance encounter between two former allies seems to hint at what is to come as the most unlikely of people reveals a most shocking secret.
#10 - Dragon of the Darkness Flame
Season 2 - Episode 5
Hiei takes on Rokuyukai’s leader, Zeru, whose explosive fire attacks ravage the stadium. Hiei must resort to an unbelievable technique, one that could take his life as well: he must summon the power of a dragon.
#11 - Kurama's Anger, Gourmet's Guest
Season 3 - Episode 18
Yusuke and his entourage have made it to Sensui's lair, but their battle to save the human race is just beginning. The opening to the Demon World is widening rapidly and shows no signs of slowing down. What's more, an old nemesis reveals his own master plan. His target, Kurama!
#12 - Out with a Bang
Season 2 - Episode 40
With the Dark Tournament at an end, Yusuke must beign to cope with the loss of his best friend at the hands of Toguro. After Sakyo asks Koenma to take his life, the evil billionaire unveils his final evil plan to destroy the entire stadium with everyone still inside!
#13 - The Proof
Season 3 - Episode 26
After being saved in the nick of time by Puu, Yusuke revels in his new power and resumes his battle with Sensui. Although Yusuke's skill and strength have increased, he is still clumsy with his new abilities. But there is no time to practice as Sensui bears down for the final confrontation.
#14 - Death of a Spirit Detective
Season 3 - Episode 23
Yusuke comes to terms with the fact that he cannot defeat Sensui. Watching but unable to help, Kuwabara fights off emotion with rage as he remembers all the good times and bad he's had with his best friend. Kuwabara manages to free Kurama and Hiei, but it's too late. Yusuke Urameshi has been destroyed.
#15 - If You Could Play Forever
Season 3 - Episode 16
Yusuke's team has won the first round, but they'll need to win three more to defeat the Game Master and move on to Sensui's lair. The hole to the Demon World is rapidly expanding. Can they make it there in time to prevent the end of the world?
#16 - The Beast Within
Season 2 - Episode 30
The Dark Tournament finals have just begun and Kurama finds himself facing the strangely magnetic yet dangerous Karasu. Kurama, believing that it's his only chance to defeat his eerie opponent, transforms himself into the powerful and equally ruthless Yoko Kurama. Things seem to be looking up, but will Kurama's metamorphosis be enough to conquer Karasu?
#17 - Reverse Decisions
Season 2 - Episode 16
This episode starts with Jin in the air with his Double Tornado Fist ready for the kill. All of a sudden Yusuke says, ""Time for something stupid."" His body becomes surrounded with spirit energy. Everyone is surprised-Botan, Kuwabara, Kayko, Koenma. Then Jin attacks with the first tornado fist. Yusuke somehow catches the fist. Jin exclaims, ""No one can catch a tornado!"" Yusuke throws the fist, rendering it useless. When Jin attacks with the second fist, Yusuke catches it with his foot. He also makes the Tornado Fist useless. He yells, ""SPIRIT WAVE"" and a punch full of blue energy nails Jin right in the stomach. Jin goes flying in the air. The Masked Fighter explains that the Spirit Wave is like Yusuke's shotgun attack and that he must have learned it from Genkai. In the stands, Kayko is shocked, but Shizuru says, ""Let's move."" All of a sudden, a sparkle is seen in the sky and Jin's body comes crashing down in the stands. Koto makes a ten count, and Yusuke is the winner. Shizuru and Kayk
#18 - The True Face of Sensui
Season 3 - Episode 22
Koenma's tactics have saved Yusuke for now. But mysteriously Yusuke won't allow the Prince of Spirit World to use his pacifier. While they discuss their next move, the terrible gateway between Demon World and Living World opens.
#19 - Genkai's Strength
Season 2 - Episode 24
The match between Shishiwakamaru and Genkai begins. Genkai is very weak because she has given Yusuke her Spirit Wave power through the Spirit Wave Orb. Genkai however, has a great deal more wit than Shishi, and really nails him a few times. Shishi then decides to use his second item: the Banshee Shriek. Shishi is really excited beacause he thinks by using his sword to defeat Genkai, he'll become famous. He then shows off his power of the Chorus of a Thousand Skulls on the audience, killing many. Genkai is able to dodge it. After one more chorus, Shishi uses another of his new sword's power, the Death Cage. Genkai and Shishi are surrounded by a barrier of energy. Shishi goes in for the kill with an attack in which he puts his spirit energy into his sword when Genkai catches it and fires the Spirit Reflection Blast, blasting Shishi right through the cage. We then see Genkai has transformed into her younger form by stealing Shishi's energy. He tries two more times to kill her when finall
#20 - Flowers of Blood
Season 2 - Episode 4
Left hanging in the previous episode, Rinku drops Kuwabara to the ground, preparing to deal the finishing blow. In a last-ditch effort, Kuwabara fires his Spirit Sword from his hand, using it as a cushion to stop the fall. It changes his direction from downwards to towards Rinku, and he prepares to knock the kid out. Rinku, in retaliation, fires his Yo-Yos again, but Kuwabara has one more trick up his sleeve. He can manuever his Spirit Sword as well, and twirls it around the strings and hits Rinku straight through the chest. His Yo-Yos strike home as well, and both fighters are sent out of the ring. The announcer states that the fighters can only stay out of the ring for ten seconds, (why didn't she mention this in the rules?) and begins the count. Rinku comes up after five, and Yusuke, still presumably sleeping, shouts for Kuwabara to wake up. Kuwabara gets mad, and gets up and confronts Yusuke. Just then, Rinku stops from healing himself and causes his Yo-Yos to squeeze Kuwabara, pre
#21 - Suzuki's Challenge
Season 2 - Episode 25
In the last match against Team Uraotogi, Genkai overwhelmed Suzuka, an old demon with many tricks and specialties, but little strength. Meanwhile, Yusuke recovers from the torturous absorption of Genkai's Spirit Wave Orb, which promises to give him unfathomable power. Yusuke's team has claimed their spot in the Dark Tournament's final round. Now Team Toguro must try to do the same.
#22 - Kurama's Stand
Season 2 - Episode 13
Okay, brief recap to what happened last episode: Kurama has just had his arms and legs frozen, but used his spirit energy through his hair when he used the rose whip to slice Gama apart. And like in the last episode, Gama tries to hit Kurama through his wounds, splattering his blood all over him. Right before he dies, Gama tells Kurama that his blood has sealed his spirit energy. Uh-oh. To make matters worse, the next member, Touya is ready to fight and avenge his dead teammate. Touya attacks just as Gama's first spell wears off, allowing him to move, but with his energy still sealed, he's still in a bad situation. Kurama spends all of the time trying to keep himself from getting killed by Touya's attacks. Eventually, he forms a plan to defeat Touya, and gets himself cut on purpose to plant one of his death plant seeds inside his own body right so it can manifest as a weapon. Right as Touya as is about to deliver a death blow, Kurama's death plant finally sprouts, and he has it
#23 - A Matter of Love and Death
Season 2 - Episode 17
This episode begins with the fight between Risho and Kuwabara underway. Risho is beating the crap out of Kuwabara, who can't even use his spirit sword. Outside Shizuru, Kayko, Botan and Yukina are trying to get back inside. The demon security guard won't let all four back in, so they show him some human butt kicking. They get chased by more security guards unless they see Toguro. Yukina has flashback to her kidnapping. Toguro, however, lets the four go by. He wants the Urameshi team to win because he wants a rematch with Yusuke, as Sakyo promised. Eventually Kuwabara get cocky and forces Risho to show his Shinobi strength. Risho is the Master of Earth. He holds up his finger and the ground shakes. Risho uses his Armor of Clay techinique to cover his body with earthen armor. He jumps up in the air and crashes into the ring like a giant meteor. Kuwabara refuses to go down. Eventually Kuwabara realizes he can't win. He decides to use his life energy like Yusuke did against the final Saint
#24 - The Death of Genkai
Season 2 - Episode 27
Fifty years ago, Genkai and Toguro were actually teammates who fought and won their own Dark Tournament, before becoming violently estranged. Yusuke Urameshi arrived just in time to see his teacher slain, and assaulted Toguro in a rage, only to be knocked away by one devastating blow. With the final round of the tournament soon to begin against Toguro, Yusuke must find a way to keep that from happening again.
#25 - Waking the Lost
Season 3 - Episode 25
With no thought to their own safety, Kuwabara, Kurama, and Hiei charge deep into the tunnel in an effort to rid all worlds of Sensui forever. Meanwhile, King Yama's soldiers arrive to take Yusuke's body away to ensure he is never revived. As Koenma does his best to stop them, help arrives on the horizon in a very different form.