The BEST Episodes of Yu Yu Hakusho

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 5, 2020

Network: Fuji TV

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

Wielder of the Dragon

#1 - Wielder of the Dragon

Season 2 - Episode 33 - Aired Nov 27, 1993

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?

star 9.40
70 votes
Waking the Lost

#2 - Waking the Lost

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired Jul 23, 1994

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.

star 9.27
51 votes
Yusuke's Despair

#3 - Yusuke's Despair

Season 2 - Episode 38 - Aired Jan 8, 1994

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!

star 9.19
64 votes
Toguro's Desire

#4 - Toguro's Desire

Season 2 - Episode 39 - Aired Jan 15, 1994

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?

star 9.18
66 votes
The Proof

#5 - The Proof

Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired Jul 30, 1994

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.

star 9.16
55 votes
Yoko's Magic

#6 - Yoko's Magic

Season 2 - Episode 31 - Aired Nov 13, 1993

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.

star 9.16
63 votes
The Shadow of Elder Toguro

#7 - The Shadow of Elder Toguro

Season 2 - Episode 34 - Aired Dec 4, 1993

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.

star 9.12
66 votes
Moving Target

#8 - Moving Target

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired May 7, 1994

Yusuke continues to evade Sniper's dangerous attacks, but the horrible villain may still have a few tricks up his sleeve. Meanwhile, Hiei has finally returned to his former teammates to join in their crusade, but will that be enough to free Kuwabara before Gourmet can consume his power, and tear the Kekkai Barrier to shreds?

star 9.11
53 votes
If You Could Play Forever

#9 - If You Could Play Forever

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired May 21, 1994

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?

star 9.11
56 votes
Toguro's Wish

#10 - Toguro's Wish

Season 2 - Episode 41 - Aired Jan 29, 1994

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.

star 9.10
63 votes
The True Face of Sensui

#11 - The True Face of Sensui

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Jul 2, 1994

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.

star 9.09
81 votes
Ambition Destroyed: A Trail of Light

#12 - Ambition Destroyed: A Trail of Light

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 26, 1993

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.

star 9.09
70 votes
Jin, the Wind Master

#13 - Jin, the Wind Master

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 24, 1993

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

star 9.08
71 votes
Death of a Spirit Detective

#14 - Death of a Spirit Detective

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Jul 9, 1994

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.

star 9.07
82 votes
Out with a Bang

#15 - Out with a Bang

Season 2 - Episode 40 - Aired Jan 22, 1994

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!

star 9.06
67 votes
Attempting Revenge

#16 - Attempting Revenge

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Jul 16, 1994

Too late to save their friend's life, Kuwabara, Kurama, and Hiei unleash their most devastating attacks on Sensui, who retreats within the tunnel. King Yama reveals a dark secret to Botan. What news would cause her to tremble in terror? What does King Yama know about Yusuke that the others do not?

star 9.06
51 votes
Crushing Revenge

#17 - Crushing Revenge

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 17, 1993

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

star 9.06
71 votes
The Death of Genkai

#18 - The Death of Genkai

Season 2 - Episode 27 - Aired Oct 16, 1993

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.

star 9.05
65 votes
A Matter of Love and Death

#19 - A Matter of Love and Death

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Aug 7, 1993

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

star 9.03
63 votes
The Beast Within

#20 - The Beast Within

Season 2 - Episode 30 - Aired Nov 6, 1993

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?

star 9.03
67 votes
Sensui's End

#21 - Sensui's End

Season 3 - Episode 27 - Aired Aug 6, 1994

Yusuke's body has undergone an intense transformation as his dormant demon blood takes hold. As the battle against Sensui concludes, Koenma tells Yusuke that he must choose between Demon World and Living World. Without hesitation, Yusuke makes his decision!

star 9.02
54 votes
Kuwabara: Awakening

#22 - Kuwabara: Awakening

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 9, 1994

Kuwabara is continuing to get the crap beaten out of him by Mitari, or Seaman's, monster. Mitari is confused why Kuwabara is not running for his life and Kuwabara says because he wants to save his friends. (whose names all escape me)Mitari gets frustrated and begins to store Kuwabara's friends inside the monster, so they will drown. Next, the monster captures Kuwabara inside of him, so Kuwabara just starts punching, hoping that he can destroy the monster. As Kuwabara is punching, Mitari suddenly get's a cut on his cheek. Mitari is shocked, but the he realizes that Kuwabara is the one Sensui has been looking for, a person who can break dimentional walls, including the kikai barrier! Kuwabara finally gets his spirit energy back and uses his new dimention sword to slice the heck out of the monster and Mitari. Mitari is barely alive and he thinks Kuwabara will kill him. But insted, Kuwabara drags all 4 of them to Yusuke's apartment, then he passes out. Mitari wakes up all bandaged up and i

star 9.02
55 votes
The Reader

#23 - The Reader

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 12, 1994

The Spirit Detective's best chance to uncover the truth behind the tunnel lies with the mind reader, Murota. But mere hours after entering Mushiyori City, Yusuke and team find themselves being hunted by an unseen evil. Just who are Black Angel, Gate Keeper, Sniper, Gourmet, Game Master, Doctor, and Sea Man?

star 9.02
58 votes
Yusuke vs. Toguro

#24 - Yusuke vs. Toguro

Season 2 - Episode 36 - Aired Dec 18, 1993

The ultimate showdown between Yusuke and Toguro finally begins, and everyone is on the edge of their seats -- at least everyone that hasn't been melted into their seats by Toguro's intense Spirit Energy. Yusuke reveals the power he inherited from Genkai with a colossal blast of his Spirit Gun, but is it enough to bring down Toguro once and for all?

star 9.00
64 votes
Reverse Decisions

#25 - Reverse Decisions

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 31, 1993

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

star 8.99
68 votes