The WORST Episodes of Yu Yu Hakusho

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2019

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

The Preliminaries

#1 - The Preliminaries

Season 4 - Episode 11

Yomi and Mukuro, preventing a full-scale Demon War, have embraced Yusuke's unlikely proposal. Peace is secured for the moment. But the battle for control of Demon World must begin. Who will win the tournament, and grasp complete power?

star 7.12
17 votes
The Demon World Tournament Begins

#2 - The Demon World Tournament Begins

Season 4 - Episode 13

As the main bouts of the Demon World tournament get underway, some of the best and most familiar fighters are removed rather quickly. While it looks like some of the fighters' motivations for entering aren't exactly what they seemed, they all have their eyes on one warrior as the prize--Yusuke.

star 7.24
17 votes
Torn Between Identities

#3 - Torn Between Identities

Season 4 - Episode 8

In a brutal power play, Yomi has forced Kurama to serve as his advisor. If he doesn't, Yomi will destroy the one person Kurama loves more than anyone. But the alliance is hardly stable, for ancient seeds of hatred lie between them. Meanwhile, a group of familiar faces from the past return for one more shot against Yusuke!

star 7.29
17 votes
The Cape of No Return

#4 - The Cape of No Return

Season 2 - Episode 23

Kuwabara starts his battle against Shishiwakamaru. It's a duel between a sword of energy and a sword of steel.shishi is obviously the more skillful of the two. They battle on and on until Shishi unleashes one of his two special items known as the Cape of No Return. Shishi throws the cape at Kuwabara and it surrounds him. He falls through a dimensional portal into the ring that was used before the semi-finals. He finds Botan, Kayko, Yukina, and his sister there; lost. He leads them to the new ring. Meanwhile, they roll the dice again to decide the fight. It comes up on a free space for Team Uratogi, and the Masked Fighter for Team Urameshi. Hiei is prepared to take her place when she magically shows up behind him and stops him. Shishi is curious about the identity, and cuts the mask. Shishi tries to get them disqualified by saying that they're using the mask to sneak in fighters. But Toguro steps in and the comittee finds nothing wrong. A new chapter in the semi-finals is set to begin.

star 7.41
34 votes
Farewell, Kurama

#5 - Farewell, Kurama

Season 4 - Episode 14

Kurama faces down Shigure in the ring! But Kurama has to deal with the demons of his past: namely his choice to remain in the Human World. With the boiling up of tempers and anxieties comes the resurgence of Yoko Kurama! But will Kurama find a way to keep his anger from taking over?

star 7.44
16 votes

#6 - Topside

Season 3 - Episode 28

Yusuke and team return topside to the waiting arms of their friends. But all is not well. King Yama's soldiers arrive saying that they must destroy Yusuke once and for all. Could this be the end? How much energy does the Spirit Detective have after his exhausting battle with Sensui?

star 7.46
24 votes
Haunted By The Past

#7 - Haunted By The Past

Season 4 - Episode 5

After years of searching, Hiei finally returns to his homeland. Hiei clearly remembers the traumatic banishing he was forced to endure. But despite his many losses, one thing was never far from his mind: complete and utter revenge! But to complete his mission Hiei must first survive an encounter with yet another demon from his past.

star 7.47
19 votes
Reunion of the Bandits

#8 - Reunion of the Bandits

Season 4 - Episode 7

Just as Yusuke and Hiei were forced to confront their demons, Kurama boldly ventures through his own past. Yomi, one of the three Kings of Demon World has summoned his former partner in crime to his inner sanctum. What secrets haunt Kurama? And why has Yomi prepared for the worst?

star 7.53
19 votes
The Battle of Father and Son

#9 - The Battle of Father and Son

Season 4 - Episode 12

As the tournament to decide the king of Demon World wraps up it's preliminary round, one match continues to wage on. A father and son were pitted against each other in the random drawing. Now the vigor of youth has to beat out the patience of age. Which one will come out on top? Who will finally advance to the main tournament?

star 7.59
17 votes
Caught in the Rain

#10 - Caught in the Rain

Season 3 - Episode 9

As Sensui's plan continues, Kuwabara and his friends attend a rock concert. However, they are ambushed by Sensui's next minion: Seaman, a person with the ability to create monsters out of water. With his friends held hostage, Kuwabara must battle Seaman alone...

star 7.61
28 votes
The Secret of the Jagan

#11 - The Secret of the Jagan

Season 4 - Episode 6

This episode begins with the duel between Hiei and Shigure (the one who gave Hiei his Jagan). Hiei has a flashback to his early. In the Ice World, he was thrown off a cliff because he was "the Forbidden Child". He was found by a demon clan. They were fascinated by Hiei teargem from the Ice World. He made a name for himself as a ruthless killer. Eventually, Hiei left the clan of demons. He went to Shigure for the Jagan eye. He wanted the eye to find the Ice World and the teargem, which was cut off of his neck during a fight. Shigure refused to give Hiei the eye because he did not think Hiei could endure the pain. Hiei proves he is worthy by sticking his katana through his own hand. After the operation, Shigure asked Hiei to stay because the operation drained all of his spirit energy. Hiei agrees, figuring he will never see the surgeon again. The duel begins. Shigure throws his circle sword/boomerang at Hiei. Hiei blocks the sword, losing his left arm in the process. Shigure recovers and cuts Hiei.

star 7.61
18 votes

#12 - Inheritance

Season 4 - Episode 9

It's been nearly a year since Yusuke, Hiei and Kurama arrived in Demon World, each firmly enmeshed in its tense power struggle. Now, the three former teammates are in high positions on conflicting sides, as they head towards an inevitable clash. With Raizen's time drawing to an end, Yusuke must act fast in order to keep the tenuous peace in Demon World.

star 7.61
18 votes
The Deadly Triad

#13 - The Deadly Triad

Season 1 - Episode 24

Struggling their way to the front gates of Tarukane's stronghold, Yusuke, Kuwabara, and Botan now face a much greater challenge: three notorious demon fighters known throughout Spirit World as the Triad! Can the Spirit Detective team fight three outlandish opponents on after another, and save the tortured Yukina?

star 7.64
58 votes
The Beasts of Maze Castle

#14 - The Beasts of Maze Castle

Season 1 - Episode 14

Yusuke returns from training with the great psychic Genkai, and not a moment too soon! Dreadful Makai Insects are invading his own city, part of a sinister scheme to flood the earth with demons! With Kuwabara at his side, Yusuke dives into a forbidden demon city. His target: four deadly creatures known as the Saint Beasts!

star 7.66
58 votes
The Three Eyes of Hiei

#15 - The Three Eyes of Hiei

Season 1 - Episode 8

With two artifacts under his belt, Yusuke heads for his most dangerous challenge yet – the ruthless demon Hiei. But unbeknownst to Yusuke, Hiei is chasing him, and kidnaps his girlfriend Kayko! Unless Yusuke can retrieve the antidote inside Hiei's Shadow Sword, Keiko will become a brainless, monster slave! Can Yusuke close the case?

star 7.66
80 votes
Spirit Detective Showdown

#16 - Spirit Detective Showdown

Season 3 - Episode 19

Kurama's anger has sentenced Toguro to an eternity of suffering, forever chasing his foiled revenge. But the tunnel to Demon World is opening. Can Yusuke's team still save the human race? Only a dramatic showdown between the past and present Spirit Detectives will reveal the truth!

star 7.67
21 votes
Sensui's Fall

#17 - Sensui's Fall

Season 3 - Episode 11

Shinobu Sensui, the former Spirit Detective, is revealed to be the mastermind behind the plot to remove the barrier to Makai. Koemna discusses his fall into insanity with Yusuke's group.

star 7.67
24 votes
Lamenting Beauty

#18 - Lamenting Beauty

Season 1 - Episode 22

Yukina is a beautiful ice apparition whose tears transform into priceless jewels. Now a filthy human crime lord named Tarukane has kidnapped Yukina, planning to extract her tears through torture and make a fortune! Yusuke, Kuwabara, and Botan must quickly mount a rescue mission. But why is Hiei not allowed to know?

star 7.67
52 votes
Three Monsters

#19 - Three Monsters

Season 1 - Episode 6

Yusuke receives his first real case as Spirit Detective. Three demon thieves have muscled their way into King Yama's sacred vault, stealing the three Artifacts of Darkness. Yusuke must recover the artifacts and bring the thieves to justice before they unleash dark and deadly powers on the people of Earth.

star 7.68
81 votes
A Reason to Fight

#20 - A Reason to Fight

Season 4 - Episode 16

As the fighters make their way through the main bracket of the Demon World Tournament, Yusuke Urameshi finds himself staring down Yomi. Both powerful warriors had their own reasons for entering, but one soon learns that he may not have any reason to continue. Which will be left standing when the dust settles?

star 7.68
19 votes
Power Between the Teeth

#21 - Power Between the Teeth

Season 3 - Episode 21

As Itsuki explains more about the bizarre Sensui, Koenma prepares to use his most powerful weapon: his pacifier! It can create a barrier that would stop the demons from flooding Living World. Koenma knows that Sensui must be stopped or his evil plan will come to fruition dooming the entire human race!

star 7.68
19 votes
Every Demon for Himself

#22 - Every Demon for Himself

Season 4 - Episode 10

Raizen's death has upset the balance of power in Demon World. Now it is up to Yusuke to prevent the threat of total upheaval. As Mukuro and Yomi prepare their next move, Yusuke arrives at a brilliant decision that just might preserve the peace. But at what cost?

star 7.71
17 votes
Hard Fights for Yusuke

#23 - Hard Fights for Yusuke

Season 1 - Episode 11

In his first match of the tournament, Yusuke faces an impossible disadvantage. He can't see a thing in the pitch-black arena, but a hi-tech helmet allows Kibano to follow Yusuke's every move. Even if the battle-worn detective can survive Kibano, he'll have to fight his second match immediately -— against a lethal ninja!

star 7.71
72 votes
Koenma Appears

#24 - Koenma Appears

Season 1 - Episode 2

Pulled by the sprightly, pink-robed Botan, Yusuke enters a realm that is not quite normal -- the Spirit World. There, Yusuke meets Koenma, a 700 year-old ruler with the body of a toddler, pacifier and all! But there's no room for laughs as Koenma gives Yusuke an ordeal to restore his life. Hatching a Spirit Beast!

star 7.71
101 votes

#25 - Arch-Rivals

Season 2 - Episode 26

The members of Team Toguro demonstrate their power in the semifinals by utterly defeating another team with minimal effort.

star 7.72
32 votes