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The episodes of the Japanese animated television series Yu Yu Hakusho (幽☆遊☆白書 YūYū Hakusho?, lit. "Ghost Files" or "Poltergeist Report", romanized as Yu Yu HAKUSHO), part of the Yu Yu Hakusho media franchise are directed by Akiyuki Arafusa and Noriyuki Abe and produced by Fuji Television, Yomiko Advertising and Studio Pierrot.[1] They are based on the YuYu Hakusho manga series by Yoshihiro Togashi, incorporating nineteen volumes of the source material over one hundred and twelve episodes. The series concentrates on the adventures of Yusuke Urameshi, who after his death becomes a Spirit Detective, the protector of the Living World against supernatural threats.

The series aired weekly from October 10, 1992 to December 17, 1994, on Fuji Television in Japan.

Episode list[edit]

A note on the "season" nomenclature: The seasons that comprise the following list correspond to the box sets released in North America by Funimation. However, these "seasons" only correspond to story arcs, and not to the pattern in which the show actually aired in either Japan or the United States. In Japan, Yu Yu Hakusho was aired year-round continuously, with regular pre-emptions for sporting events and television specials taking place, not split into standard seasonal cycles.

Season 1: Spirit Detective Saga (1992-1993)[edit]

EP# Title Original airdate English airdate
1 "Surprised to be Dead"
"Shindara Odoroita!" (死んだらオドロいた) 
October 10, 1992 February 23, 2002
A 14-year-old narcissistic, street-fighting slacker Yusuke Urameshi dies an unlikely hero, after he is hit by a car after saving a young child who was playing with a ball in the street. He soon learns that the child would have lived anyway, and that the Spirit World was not expecting him to die. For this reason, he is then offered the chance to be revived by the mysterious Botan, Guardian of the river Styx. At first, Yusuke initially refuses the proposal, but ultimately accepts after seeing the people he thought did not care for him, including his childhood friend Keiko Yukimura, his mother Atsuko, and his rival Kazuma Kuwabara grieving for him at his wake. 
2 "Koenma Appears" (Koenma of the Spirit Realm! A Trial Towards Resurrection)
"Reikai no Koenma! Fukkatsu e no Shiren" (霊界のコエンマ! 復活への試練) 
October 17, 1992 March 2, 2002
Yusuke meets Koenma, son of the ruler of the Spirit World, and is given the task of raising a spirit egg that, when hatched, may return him to his body. Yusuke appears to Keiko in a dream to tell her that he will soon be revived. He later possesses the body of Kuwabara for one hour to find Keiko to inform Atsuko not to have his body cremated since he will attempt to come back to life. 
3 "Kuwabara: A Promise Between Men" (Kuwabara in a Corner! A Man's Oath)
"Oitsumerareta Kuwabara! Otoko no Chikai" (追いつめられた桑原! 男の誓い) 
October 24, 1992 March 9, 2002
Yusuke discovers that Kuwabara has been forced by a cruel and corrupt teacher into a policy of strict nonviolence for a week, having the risk of one of his own friends losing his after-school job and being unable to support his family. The teacher, witnessing Kuwabara's determination to keep his promise (going so far as not to offer resistance whenever he is harassed by punks), then puts an additional stipulation that Kuwabara must score 50% or higher on the upcoming physical science exam. Yusuke later helps him study by communicating to him in his dreams. Kuwabara becomes furious after the teacher attempts to alter his passing grade, yet Yusuke is able to prevent his violence. The teacher is forced to change the paper back under the orders of Principal Takenaka, and Kuwabara's friend keeps his job, with Kuwabara thanking Yusuke. 
4 "Requirements for Lovers" (Hot Flames! Ties of the Beloved)
"Atsuki Honō! Koibito no Kizuna" (熱き炎! 恋人のきずな) 
October 31, 1992 March 16, 2002
Keiko goes to Yusuke's house to watch over him. Multiple house fires were reported around the area. It is soon realized that Yusuke's house becomes kindled after Keiko leaves. She returns to try to retrieve him from the flames. Yusuke has to decide between saving the girl he loves most and having any chance of returning to life. Yusuke chooses to throw his spirit egg into the fire to save Keiko, and in so doing, earns the right to return to life. 
5 "Yusuke's Back" (Yusuke's Resurrection! A New Trial)
"Yūsuke Fukkatsu! Aratanaru Shimei" (幽助復活! 新たなる使命) 
November 7, 1992 March 23, 2002
Yusuke is told by Koenma that, in order to complete his resurrection, he must get someone who cares about him to kiss his body within one day, this being the conduit of his soul back into his body. As he was unable to convince Kuwabara and Atsuko, he manages to get Keiko to do so just in time. Yusuke witnesses Kuwabara falling victim to a gang leader who has kept his pet cat hostage. He catches sight of a demon after defeating the gang leader, as it turns out that Koenma has other plans for Yusuke now that he is alive again. 
6 "Three Monsters" (The Three Yokai! Hiei, Kurama, and Gouki)
"Sanbiki no Yōkai! Hiei Kurama Gōki" (三匹の妖怪! 飛影·蔵馬·剛鬼) 
November 14, 1992 March 30, 2002
Koenma reveals to Yusuke that he is a spirit detective, and must use his own unique abilities to battle demons and other threats to the Living World. Koenma additionally gives Yusuke a mission to recover three artifacts stolen by master thieves of the Spirit World. Yusuke first encounters Gouki, the first thief who possesses the Orb of Baast: an artifact that enables the user to steal human souls, especially those of children. Gouki proves to be much stronger than Yusuke, threatening to eat him alive. 
7 "Gouki and Kurama" (Kurama's Secret!? The Ties Between Mother and Son)
"Kurama no Himitsu?! Haha To Ko no Kizuna" (蔵馬の秘密?! 母と子のきずな) 
November 21, 1992 April 6, 2002
Gouki retreats after hearing Botan's voice, and Yusuke is brought safely back to his home. Yusuke later fights and defeats Gouki in a forest, recovering his artifact. He then meets with Kurama, the second thief who possesses the Forlorn Hope: an artifact that enables its user to have any wish they want, but at the cost of their own life. Kurama plans to use this artifact to sacrifice himself to save his human mother Shiori, who's currently suffering from a terrible illness. Yusuke, believing that Kurama's sacrifice would cause his mother pain, gives some of his life force towards the mirror so that Kurama will not have to die, and claims the mirror in the end while Kurama is relieved to know that his mother will be okay. 
8 "The Three Eyes of Hiei" (Keiko in Peril! Hiei, the Jagan Master)
"Keiko Ayaushi! Jaganshi Hiei" (螢子あやうし! 邪眼師·飛影) 
November 28, 1992 April 13, 2002
The last thief, Hiei, who possesses the Shadow Sword: an artifact that has the power to turn any human it strikes into the lowest level of the demon class, has taken Keiko hostage in order to get both the Orb of Baast and the Forlorn Hope from Yusuke. Making matters worse, Yusuke and Botan are shocked to learn that Hiei had struck Keiko with the Shadow Sword and that she's slowly turning into a demon, which causes Botan to use her own spiritual power to prevent this from happening. Yusuke realizes that he must quickly defeat Hiei so that he can get the antidote needed to stop the transformation, which is currently sealed from within the hilt of the Shadow Sword. Hiei use the Jagan eye, affording him additional perception, which, in turn, presents Yusuke a battle much too difficult. Kurama steps in to assist Yusuke and to help Botan prevent Keiko from becoming a demon. Yusuke manages to trick Hiei by firing his spirit gun off the Forlorn Hope in order to hit Hiei in his blind spot, defeating him. The artifacts are taken back to the Spirit World, and Keiko reverts back to normal thanks to the antidote. 
9 "The Search Begins" (The Successor to Genkai! The Tournament Begins)
"Genkai no Keishōsha Tournament Kaishi" (幻海の継承者トーナメント開始) 
December 5, 1992 April 20, 2002
Yusuke enters a fighting tournament at Koenma's behest. The winner of the tournament gets to learn the secret techniques of Genkai, a master psychic, and Koenma knows that there is a demon named Rando will be after Genkai's techniques. To his surprise, Yusuke finds his old rival Kuwabara at the tournament, seeking to learn more about his powers. Yusuke and Kuwabara inadvertently qualify for Genkai's tournament due to their high amount of spirit energy. After a series of arcade games testing the awareness, strength, and growth of spirit energy, only twenty finalists are left. As the next challenge is to travel through a forest onto the other side, Yusuke comes across and triumphs over a vampire bat-like demon named Baldok the Bat Tamer. 
10 "Kuwabara's Spirit Sword" (Death Battle in the Dark! Kuwabara's Reiki Sword)
"Kurayami no Shitō! Kuwabara Reiki no Ken" (暗闇の死闘! 桑原·霊気の剣) 
December 12, 1992 April 27, 2002
The eight remaining finalists are entered into a tournament of one-on-one matches. The first round takes place in a temple of complete darkness. During his match, Kuwabara is faced with an opponent who can cloak his spirit energy. He soon discovers that he has a special technique of his own, that of spirit energy in the form of a sword. Using this technique, he defeats his first opponent, moving onto the next round of the tournament. Yusuke is to fight an opponent who wears a helmet that detects and absorbs spirit energy. 
11 "Hard Fights for Yusuke" (Yusuke's Hard Battle! A Bruised and Bloody Counterattack)
"Yūsuke Kurusen! Kizudarake Hangeki" (幽助苦戦! 傷だらけの反撃!!) 
December 19, 1992 May 4, 2002
Yusuke defeats his first opponent by placing Genkai's lit cigarette on him, allowing him to see him and shoot him in the darkness. The semifinal round then take place on a hill, and Yusuke has to face an opponent who uses shuriken as his preferred weapon, having the ability to home in on their targets. Yusuke ultimately manages to overcome him, proceeding onto the final round of the tournament. 
12 "Rando Rises, Kuwabara Falls" (Rando Appears! Kuwabara's Grievous Defeat)
"Randō Arawaru! Kuwabara Munen no Haiboku" (乱童あらわる! 桑原無念の敗北) 
December 26, 1992 May 11, 2002
Kuwabara faces Shorin, who reveals more that his initial demeanor entails. Using techniques of spirit mediums and masters of centuries past, Shorin is identified to be Rando by Genkai. Rando shrinks Kuwabara in size, proving to be much too powerful for him, as Rando literally almost crushes Kuwabara to death before returning him to normal size. The final battle between Yusuke and Rando ensues. Yusuke is able to break through one of Rando's destructive attacks, seemingly defeating him. However, Yusuke learns that Rando is far from defeated and that the real battle will soon begin. 
13 "Yusuke vs. Rando: 99 Attacks" (Yusuke vs. Rando, Sorcery Thrown Into Chaos!!)
"Yūsuke vs. Randō Midariretobu Yōjitsu" (幽助VS乱童 乱れとぶ妖術!!) 
January 9, 1993 May 18, 2002
Rando reveals his true demonic form to Yusuke, using a barrage of stolen techniques against him. As Yusuke struggles with one of Rando's dangerous attacks, Kuwabara's soul travels to motivate him to keep fighting. Yusuke manages to overcome Rando by tricking him, turning his shrinking technique against him and crushing him with a hard elbow drop, defeating him for good and thereby becoming the student of Genkai for a month (six months in the English dub version). Genkai is also able to heal Kuwabara's harsh wounds. 
14 "The Beasts of Maze Castle" (The Four Holy Beasts in the Labyrinthine Castle! A Challenge to the Spiritual Realm)
"Meikyū Shiro no Shiseijū! Reikai e no Chōsen" (迷宮城の四聖獣! 霊界への挑戦) 
January 16, 1993 May 25, 2002
Yusuke returns from training with Genkai to discover that his home city has been invaded by Makai insects inhabiting humans controlled by the Makai Whistle used by the four Saint Beasts. Yusuke and Kuwabara enter a hidden portal which takes them to the location of the Saint Beasts' castle. Kurama and Hiei, with the offer of pardons from their past crimes, have been sent to help Yusuke and Kuwabara with this new mission. Once inside, the four are faced with holding up a collapsed ceiling, trying not to betray one another in order to escape. 
15 "Genbu, the Stone Beast" (The Beautiful Dance of the Rose! The Elegant Kurama)
"Utsukushiki Bara no Mai! Karei Naru Kurama" (美しきバラの舞! 華麗なる蔵馬) 
January 23, 1993 June 8, 2002
Hiei finds the switch to raise the ceiling, freeing the others from being flattened. Kurama faces off against Genbu, the first of the four Saint Beasts and a master of stone-based abilities. Using his plant abilities and intuition, Kurama splits Genbu apart. However, Genbu is able to reassemble and disassemble as one of his attacks. Kurama is able to defeat him by identifying his weakness in assembling. 
16 "Byakko, the White Tiger" (Grow, Rei-ken! Kuwabara — A Man's Fight)
"Tobi Yo Reiken! Kuwabara Otoko no Shōbu" (伸びよ霊剣! 桑原·男の勝負) 
January 30, 1993 June 15, 2002
Botan figures out that the Makai insects can inhabit depressed adults and children. Kuwabara demands to fight the next opponent himself, and encounters Byakko, the second Saint Beast. Byakko summons beasts from within his mane to attack Kuwabara. Nonetheless, Kuwabara uses his spirit sword to stab through each and every beast. With Byakko's ability to absorb spirit energy, Kuwabara's attacks prove fruitless. Determined to win, Kuwabara devises a plan to defeat Byakko. 
17 "Byakko's Lair" (Byakko's Hellish Roar)
"Byakko Jigoku no Otakebi" (白虎·地獄の雄叫び) 
February 6, 1993 June 22, 2002
Byakko is seemingly defeated after absorbing too much spirit energy, yet Byakko appears once more to fight Kuwabara in a room full of molten lava. Kuwabara is faced with the obstacles of being eaten by Byakko and being burned by the lava. Using a new technique, Byakko turns the tables on Kuwabara, who desperately claims victory by sending Byakko into the lava. 
18 "Seiryu, the Blue Dragon" (Hiei Comes Forward to Battle! A Slashing Sword)
"Hiei Shusen! Kirisaku Ken" (飛影出戦! 切り裂く剣) 
February 13, 1993 June 29, 2002
As the four travel deeper within the castle, Seiryu, the third Saint Beast, appears. When Byakko weakly arrives and asks for Seiryu's help in fighting against the quartet, Seiryu freezes and shatters him to death after declaring him a failure and a disgrace to the Four Saint Beasts. Hiei chooses to battle Seiryu afterward. Although Seiryu seems to have the advantage, Hiei reveals that he has been merely toying with him, and easily reverses all of his ice attacks. As Seriyu attempts to respond, Hiei cuts him down with his sword. Meanwhile, the leader of the Saint Beasts learns about Yusuke's relationship with Keiko and decides to target her with the Makai-infested civilians in an attempt to weaken Yusuke's determination to stop him from carrying out his plan. 
19 "Suzaku, Leader of the Beasts" (The Last of the Four Holy Beasts, Suzaku!)
"Saigo no Shiseijū Suzaku" (最後の四聖獣·朱雀!) 
February 20, 1993 July 6, 2002
Botan contacts Yusuke and informs him that the Makai-infested civilians are searching for Keiko in an attempt to kill her. As Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama, and Hiei run towards the watchtower in a desperate manner to defeat the last Saint Beast and destroy the Makai Whistle, an army of cultivated humans barricade their entrance. Yusuke jumps into the watchtower to face off against Suzaku, the last of the Saint Beasts, who controls the Makai insects with the Makai Whistle. Despite his determination to win, Yusuke has difficulty in dealing with Suzaku's lightning abilities. 
20 "Seven Ways to Die" (Secret Techniques Clash! The Seven Suzaku)
"Okugi Gekitotsu! Shichi Nin no Suzaku" (奥義激突! 七人の朱雀) 
February 27, 1993 July 6, 2002
Yusuke tried to snatch the Makai Whistle from Suzaku, but to no avail. Suzaku then reveals his secret technique, which is the ability to split himself into seven entities. Yusuke becomes overwhelmed by the massive attacks Suzaku unleashes. Meanwhile, Botan and Keiko must avoid harm from the Makai-infested civilians. Also, Kuwabara, Kurama, and Hiei are still occupied with the cultivated humans, even when entering the watchtower. Yusuke is reminded of his training under critical condition from Genkai, committing himself to fight even approaching death. 
21 "Yusuke's Sacrifice" (Yusuke's Life or Death Counterattack)
"Yūsuke Inochi o Kaketa Hangeki" (幽助·命を賭けた反撃) 
March 6, 1993 July 6, 2002
Yusuke uses up almost all of his spirit energy, seemingly murdering Suzaku's entities, to which Suzaku restores the spirit energies of the six. Kuwabara, Kurama, and Hiei make it to the top of the watchtower. Yusuke, confronted with an image of Keiko with her life threatened by the Makai-infested civilians, finally defeats Suzaku by using the last of his life energy to destroy all of his clones as well as to shatter the Makai Whistle from within the process of his action, reverting the Makai-infested civilians back to normal while saving Keiko and Botan at the same time. Kuwabara transfers some of his spirit energy to the barely surviving Yusuke before the four return to the Living World. 
22 "Lamenting Beauty" (A Sorrowful Young Beauty — Yukina)
"Kanashimi Bishōjo Yukina" (悲しみの美少女·雪菜) 
March 13, 1993 April 2, 2003
Hiei gives Yusuke a cassette, sent from Koenma, that will describe his next case. Yusuke, Kuwabara, and Botan are recruited to rescue the ice maiden, Yukina, from the greedy and cruel human crime lord, Gonzo Tarukane, deep within the mountains. Tarukane forces Yukina to cry in order to secrete jewels from the tears of her eyes, which are considered to be highly rare and valuable. It is revealed that Yukina is actually Hiei's sister, in which Hiei plans to kill Tarukane if he arrives before the others. 
23 "The Toguro Brothers Gang" (Envoys of Darkness! The Toguro Brothers)
"Yami no Shisha! Toguro Kyōdai" (闇の使者! 戸愚呂兄弟) 
March 20, 1993 April 3, 2003
Yusuke and his friends must fight their way through the human and demon guards surrounding Tarukane's stronghold. Meanwhile, Tarukane bets on his human and demon guards killing the protagonist group with his fellow members of the Black Black Club, a human group of cruel and ruthless crime lords. However, Tarukane loses money every round to fellow Black Black Club member Sakyo, who bets on the side of the protagonists. 
24 "The Deadly Triad" (Terrifyingly Mighty Foes! The Sankishu)
"Osoroshiki Kyōteki! San Kishū" (恐ろしき強敵! 三鬼衆) 
March 27, 1993 April 4, 2003
Yusuke, Kuwabara, and Botan must face off against three specific demons known throughout the Spirit World as the Triad. All three members of the Triad are overwhelmed by the protagonists one by one. At the same time, Sakyo's successful bets on the protagonists have earned him an enormous amount of money. 
25 "Kuwabara's Fight of Love" (Burn, Kuwabara! The Underlying Power of Love)
"Moero Kuwabara! Ai no Sokojikara" (燃えろ桑原! 愛の底力) 
April 10, 1993 April 7, 2003
Yusuke, Kuwabara, and Botan encounter the powerful Younger Toguro and Elder Toguro while Kurama tries to keep Hiei from carrying out his own personal plan of vengeance against Tarukane. At the same time, Sakyo has bet an enormous fortune on the victory of the protagonists, constituting all of his assets. Kuwabara's determination and love for Yukina enables him and Yusuke to defeat the Toguro Brothers, and Yukina prevents Hiei from killing Tarukane. 

Season 2: Dark Tournament Saga (1993-1994)[edit]

EP# Title Original airdate English airdate
26 "Toguro Returns" (Invitees To The Dark Tournament)
"Ankoku Bujutsukai e no Shōtaisha" (暗黒武術会への招待者) 
April 17, 1993 April 8, 2003
Yusuke Urameshi unexpectedly crosses paths with the Younger Toguro on a street intersection, who shows Yusuke a demonstration of his true strength in a parking garage. Yusuke is given an ultimatum, in that he must participate in the Dark Tournament two months ahead, organized by human crime lords and drawn in by fierce apparitions, or have him and his friends killed. Left no choice and feeling helpless, Yusuke and his allies begin a two-month training period. Soon after, Yusuke, along with Kazuma Kuwabara, Kurama, Hiei, and a mysterious masked fighter, band together a board a ship leading to the Dark Tournament grounds. 
27 "The Dark Tournament Begins" (Departure of Death! To The Island of Hell)
"Shi no Funede! Jigoku no Shima e" (死の船出! 地獄の島へ) 
April 24, 1993 April 9, 2003
Team Urameshi finds out that the preliminary competition is on the ship itself. While Yusuke sleeps due to exhaustion from training, Kuwabara, Kurama, Hiei, and the masked fighter quickly dispose of the attacking competitors, qualifying for the next level of the tournament in the process. Upon arriving at the hotel, the five are briefly visited by Rinku and Zeru, two members of Team Rokuyukai
28 "First Fight" (The Little Mighty Foe! Rinku's Secret Technique)
"Chiisana Kyōteki! Rinku no Higi" (小さな強敵! 鈴駒の秘技) 
May 1, 1993 April 10, 2003
Koenma as well as Botan, Keiko Yukimura and Shizuru Kuwabara, come to witness the Dark Tournament. Kuwabara faces off against Rinku, the first member of Team Rokuyukai. Kuwabara is overwhelmed by Rinku's acrobatic maneuverability, almost being knocked out. Although Kuwabara displays his newfound ability to wield two spirit swords at once, he is unable to overcome Rinku's assault of yo-yos. 
29 "Flowers of Blood" (Kurama Makes Blood Flowers Blossom)
"Chi no Hana o Sakasu Kurama!" (血の花を咲かす蔵馬!) 
May 8, 1993 April 11, 2003
Both Kuwabara and Rinku display the ability to control their spirit energies using their spirit sword and yo-yos, respectively. They both are pushed outside of the ring, yet Rinku manages to defeat Kuwabara. Kurama battles Roto, one who can morph his finger into a sickle, who threatens to have his brother kill Kurama's human mother. However, Kurama deceives Roto by conversing with him until a seed Kurama planted in Roto at the start of the round blooms, killing Roto from the inside. 
30 "Dragon of the Darkness Flame" (The Unfinished Secret Technique--Ensatsu Kokuryuha)
"Mikan no Oshigi Ensatsu Kokuryūha" (未完の奥義·炎殺黒龍波) 
May 15, 1993 April 14, 2003
The leader of Team Rokuyukai, Zeru, challenges Hiei, who is seemingly overwhelmed by Zeru's initial fiery assault. However, Hiei uses the jagan eye, enabling him to shrug off the assault without a scratch. Hiei later uses his new technique, the dragon of the darkness flame, to obliterate Zeru. The final member of Team Rokuyukai is Chu, introduced as a drunkard. Yusuke finally wakes up from his long slumber to begin his match. 
31 "Stumbling Warrior" (The Drunken Warrior! Chu's Sui-ken)
"Yoidore Senshi! Chū no Suiken" (よいどれ戦士! 酎の酔拳) 
May 22, 1993 April 15, 2003
Yusuke is annoyed by Chu's unpredictable movements, as he is constantly being pummeled to the ground. Yusuke shows his ability to use his spirit gun on each of his fingers on his right hand. Chu then unleashes his special attack, resembling much of the power of the spirit gun. They are evenly matched as both have exhausted all of their spirit energies. 
32 "Knife Edge Death-Match"
"Naifu Ejji Desu Matchi" (ナイフエッジデスマッチ) 
May 29, 1993 April 16, 2003
Yusuke and Chu agree to have a hand-to-hand combat with one foot pressed against the edge of a knife, with the loser receiving death at the hands of the victor. Keiko cannot stand to see Yusuke fight anymore, but Kuwabara explains that Yusuke must fight in order to rematch the Younger Toguro once more. Yusuke brutally counters a headbutt executed by Chu, overcoming him. Though it was designed to be a death match, Yusuke spares Chu's life. 
33 "A Day in Waiting" (Clash! The Best 8 are Decided)
"Gekitotsu! Best 8 Derō" (激突! ベスト8出そろう) 
June 5, 1993 April 17, 2003
Yusuke realizes that he cannot use his spirit gun after encountering a member of the Spirit Warriors in a forest, who is shortly killed by his leader thereafter. Hiei endures the pain of a paralyzed right arm near the seashore after having used the dangerous technique from before. Upon returning to the stadium, Yusuke and Kuwabara watches as the Younger Toguro effortlessly defeats the Spirit Warriors by himself, of which the leader of the team had been acquainted by Yusuke earlier in the forest. 
34 "Percentage of Victory" (A Desperate Battle, With a 0.05% Chance of Winning)
"Shōritsu Maru Ten Maru Go Pāsento no Shitō" (勝率0.05%の死闘!) 
June 12, 1993 April 18, 2003
Yusuke, Kuwabara, and the masked fighter participate in a three-on-three battle with Yen, Ryu, and Kai of Team Ichigaki. As the members of this team are revealed to be humans, they are unwittingly under the control of Dr. Ichigaki. After realizing this, they essentially refuse to fight and Team Ichigaki gains the upper hand very quickly. Meanwhile, Kurama and Hiei has to deal with two other members of Team Ichigaki, who unleash the robot Gatasval to attack the two. 
35 "Glimpse Beneath the Mask" (The Identity of Mask?! A Beautiful Warrior)
"Fukumen no Shōtai?! Utsukushiki Senshi" (覆面の正体?! 美しき戦士) 
June 19, 1993 April 21, 2003
The masked fighter saves Yusuke and Kuwabara from direct attacks by Team Ichigaki, later revealed to be a young woman with pink hair, yet her name is still unknown. Kurama and Hiei defeats Gatasval, mentioning how Dr. Ichigaki took command of Yen, Ryu, and Kai using the blood-saver node as his invention. The three shed tears of blood after Kuwabara uses himself as a human shield to bear the combined attack of the three. Yusuke takes them all on and is able to sense and counter their attacks. 
36 "Ambition Destroyed: A Trail of Light" (Ambition Crushed! A Baptism by Light)
"Yabō o Funsai! Hikari no Senrei" (野望を粉砕! 光りの洗礼) 
June 26, 1993 April 22, 2003
The masked fighter uses the spirit wave technique to remove the blood-saver node from their bodies, thereby defeating them. Dr. Ichigaki transforms himself into a monstrous creature as a last resort to win the battle, however he is quickly bested by an enraged Yusuke. Due to the mechanics of the spirit wave technique, it is realized that En, Ryu, and Kai are able to regain control of their bodies, as they make their way back home. Team Urameshi is forced to battle back-to-back with Team Mashotsukai, a group of shadow channels, much to their chagrin. 
37 "Master of Disguise" (Stealthy Figures of Darkness, The Mashotsukai Team)
"Yami no Shinobi Mashōtsukai Team" (闇の忍·魔性使いチーム) 
July 3, 1993 April 23, 2003
Kuwabara is unable to fight due to the attack by Team Ichigaki. Ruka, the nurse of the Dark Tournament, is summoned to hold custody of Hiei and the masked fighter, creating a barrier around them, and rendering them unable to escape due to their depleted spirit energy. Kurama is to face off against Gama, who uses paint to immobilize his opponent. Kurama unexpectedly uses his rose whip with his hair to severely wound Gama, gradually bleeding to death. 
38 "Kurama's Stand" (A Desperate Kurama! Bodypaint of Death)
"Kurama Muzan! Shi no Keshō" (蔵馬無惨! 死の化粧) 
July 10, 1993 April 24, 2003
Kurama's spirit energy is sealed by the dying efforts of Gama, as his paint was actually mixed with his blood. Kurama is to battle Toya, described as an ice master. Kurama breaks free of paralysis, but is denied access to his spirit energy. Toya attacks Kurama multiple times, but is unable to target his vital points. Kurama defeats Toya by implanting his plants into his own body to use as a weapon, however falling unconscious. 
39 "Crushing Revenge" (Annihilation! Yusuke's Iron Fist of Fury)
"Funsai! Yūsuke Ikari no Tekken" (粉砕! 幽助怒りの鉄拳) 
July 17, 1993 April 25, 2003
Bakken, another member of Team Mashotsukai, brutally assaults the comatose Kurama. Nevertheless, Kurama's life is spared after noticing Yusuke preparing to use his spirit gun in retaliation. Bakken uses his sweat glands to create a fog of mist in the ring, attacking a blindsided Yusuke. It is apparent, however, that Yusuke uses his spirit gun in order to clear the mist, making the ring visible. Yusuke punches Bakken in the stomach for payback of his cruelty, utterly damaging his thoracic cage and knocking him out of the ring. Jin, the wind user of Team Masho, then faces off against Yusuke, displaying the ability of flight. 
40 "Jin, the Wind Master" (Jin, the Wind Tamer! A Stormy Air Battle)
"Kazetsukai Jin! Arashi no Kuchūsen" (風使い陣! 嵐の空中戦) 
July 24, 1993 April 28, 2003
Jin uses his tornado fist to land a hit on Yusuke, who is literally blown away from the attack. Yusuke later counterattacks with a series of punches, yet Jin flies after being hit in the stomach. Yusuke then uses the spirit gun on him, only to see Jin create a whirlwind to deflect the blast. When Jin dives down from the sky using tornado fist a second time, Yusuke uses spirit gun again to cause a mass explosion, however both are surprising still alive. Both contenders prepare for their ultimate attacks. 
41 "Reverse Decisions" (Reikodan! An Unexpected Conclusion?!)
"Reikōdan! Igai Na Ketchaku?!" (霊光弾! 意外な決着?!) 
July 31, 1993 April 29, 2003
While Jin has initiated a double tornado fist, Yusuke begins to use the spirit wave technique. After disabling both fist, Yusuke catapults Jin out of the ring, overcoming him. Before Yusuke is about to fight with the next opponent of Team Masho, it has been realized that he has been disqualified by a technicality. Yukina arrives outside the stadium, meeting up with Botan, Keiko, and Shizuru. Kuwabara, though still seriously injured volunteers himself to fight the last battle against Risho, the leader of the team. 
42 "A Matter of Love and Death" (A Desperate Kuwabara! The Charge of Love)
"Kesshi no Kuwabara! Ai no Totsugeki" (決死の桑原! 愛の突撃) 
August 7, 1993 April 30, 2003
Risho easily inflicts further pain upon Kuwabara. He later unleashes his earth powers, initially overwhelming Kuwabara, who is able to stand up to his feet and every critical hit. Kuwabara sees Yukina in the audience, who has arrived to gives him moral support, in which he manages to overcome his injuries and defeats Risho with his spirit sword. 
43 "The Masked Fighter Revealed" (The Masked Warrior's Stern Face!)
"Fukumen Senshi no Kubishiki Sugao" (覆面戦士の厳しき素顔) 
August 14, 1993 May 1, 2003
The spirit beast of Yusuke, as his ordeal succeeding his death a year ago, has hatched, resembling that of a penguin, now named Pu. Team Urameshi catches a glimpse of Team Toguro in the stadium. The masker fighter takes Yusuke into the forest to reveal herself to be Genkai. She begins the final step of training in order to perfect Yusuke's spirit gun. 
44 "Yusuke's Final Test" (The Greatest Trial from Genkai)
"Genkai Kara no Saidai no Shiren" (幻海からの最大の試練) 
August 21, 1993 May 2, 2003
Yusuke is told that he must take Genkai's life in order to take her power, though this was a test administered to see if Yusuke cared about Genkai's death at all. Genkai creates a spirit wave orb and fuses it into Yusuke's body as a test of endurance. Meanwhile, as the semifinal rounds begin, the remaining members of Team Urameshi prepare to face off against Team Uraotogi. In the first match, Hiei fights the ogreish fighter Makintaro, slicing off his left arm. Even when Makintaro transforms his arm into an ax, Hiei effortlessly dispatches him. 
45 "Hiei Battles On" (Hiei Battles Consecutively! Shoot Your Kokuryuha!)
"Hiei Rensen! Gekite Kokuryūha!" (飛影連戦! 撃て黒龍波!) 
August 28, 1993 May 5, 2003
Yusuke struggles as he bears the pain of the spirit wave orb within him. Even when Genkai attempts to remove it, Yusuke still chooses to handle the torture. Hiei is to battle Kuro Momotaro, able to transform with apelike instincts, making Hiei's techniques useless. Unable to use the dragon of the darkness flame, lest it consume him in the process, Hiei is left with dwindling options. 
46 "Many Faces, Many Forms" (Tremble! Kuromomotaro's Transformation)
"Senritsu! Kuromomotarō no Henshin" (戦慄! 黒桃太郎の変身) 
September 4, 1993 May 6, 2003
As Kuro Momotaro then transforms with birdlike qualities, Hiei's attacks are proven ineffective. Kuro Momotaro later transforms with wolfish capabilities, forcing Hiei to use his powers in an unorthodox fashion by channeling the dragon of the darkness flame through his sword in order to dispatch Kuro Momotaro. Kurama is to fight the unwitting Ura Urashima, as it is the rose whip versus the fishing pole whip, in which a telepathic conversation between the two leads to deception of the former. Kurama is introduced to the Idunn Box, reverting to his demon form, Yoko Kurama, as the ring is covered in fog. 
47 "Legendary Bandit: Yoko Kurama" (The Legendary Thief! Yoko Kurama!)
"Densetsu no Tōsoku! Yōko Kurama" (伝説の盗賊! 妖狐·蔵馬) 
September 11, 1993 May 7, 2003
It is explained that Kurama had gone into human form fifteen years past, recovering his spirit energy from when he was a fox demon. While Yoko Kurama grows a manlike tree, having acidic saliva to melt its prey. He interrogates Ura Urashima to discover the secret of the Idun Box, however Ura Urashima is murdered by Shishiwakamaru, the leader of Team Uraotogi, before he can reveal any information, clearing the fog. Kuwabara is chosen to fight against Shishiwakamaru after a game of rock-paper-scissors, much to the dismay of Kurama and Hiei. Pu flies to Yusuke inside the cave in order to nurture him with water to ease his ongoing pain, soon overcame when Yusuke smashes a boulder that was headed towards Pu. 
48 "The Cape of No Return" (Item of Darkness: The Mantle of Death)
"Yami Item Shide no Hagoromo" (闇アイテム·死出の羽衣) 
September 18, 1993 May 8, 2003
As Kuwabara fights against Shishiwakamaru with the spirit sword, the latter quickly sends the former through the cape of no return, transporting him outside of the ring. Kuwabara lands in another stadium, meeting up with Botan, Keiko, Shizuru, and Yukina. Shishiwakamaru then is to battle the masked fighter, as to which Genkai is shown now as elderly and not youthful from before. The legality of the battle is called into question, concerning the occurrence of disqualification. After the match has been approved, Shishi Wakamaru unsheathes his banshee shriek sword. Kuwabara, Botan, Keiko, Shizuru, and Yukina find Yusuke and Pu in the forest on their way to the semifinals stadium. 
49 "Genkai's Strength" (Remaining Power! Genkai's Life or Death Battle)
"Sareta Chikara! Genkai no Shitō" (残された力! 幻海の死闘) 
September 25, 1993 May 9, 2003
Shishiwakamaru twirls his banshee shriek sword to resonance the shrill call of the reaper, disturbing the ears of the audience. Moreover, he dissipates the chorus of a thousand skulls from the sword and devours much of the audience. Kuwabara arrives as Shishiwakamaru forms the cage of hell, trapping Genkai. It is then that Genkai turns the tables on Shishiwakamaru by using her spirit reflection blast against his attack. Kuwabara must now face off against Onji, who appears to be just an old man. 
50 "Suzuki's Challenge" (Demon Battler Suzuki's Challenge!)
October 2, 1993 May 12, 2003
Keiko is almost attacked by demons in the forest, but is saved by the appearance of Chu, Rinku, Jin, and Toya. They note that Yusuke has become stronger. Onji creates the dimensional travel sphere and sends Kuwabara back to the other stadium. This elderly fighter then reveals himself to be the clownish Suzuki, as Genkai is elected to fight him. Suzuki strives to be known as a god after first defeating Genkai. He whooshes his rainbow cyclone attack on an unharmed Genkai, who abruptly takes his rubber nose. The two engage in hand-to-hand combat, as Suzuki demonstrates his body of steel muscle explosion technique. Yet despite this, Genkai easily defeats him. 
51 "Arch-Rivals" (Confrontation of Destiny! The Shadow of Toguro)
"Shukumei no Taiketsu! Toguro no Kage" (宿命の対決! 戸愚呂の影) 
October 9, 1993 May 13, 2003
Three members of Team Toguro demonstrate their power on another team in the semifinals. Kuwabara watches over Yusuke in the hotel room, Kurama spectates the fights, and Hiei goes to the seashore to improve his technique. Team Toguro utterly slaughters this team with minimal effort. Genkai meets with the Younger Toguro in the forest, mentioning a conflict between them from fifty years ago. Yusuke wakes up and runs into the forest after sensing the Younger Toguro's immense spirit energy. 
52 "The Death of Genkai" (Genkai Falls! Settled After 50 Years)
"Genkai Chiru! 50 Nen Me no Ketchaku" (幻海散る! 50年目の決着) 
October 16, 1993 May 14, 2003
It is explained that Genkai and the Younger Toguro were once a pair fifty years back, however the Younger Toguro was greedy for eternal youth and ultimate strength. The Younger Toguro confronts and battles a weakened Genkai. Despite a final effort using her feeble energy, Genkai is overwhelmed by Toguro and becomes mortally wounded as Yusuke arrives. Giving Yusuke her dying words, she passes away and the Younger Toguro subsequently launches an enraged Yusuke through the forest. It is then that Yusuke reminisces of when he trained under Genkai, mourning for her death. 
53 "Overcoming Grief" (Before the Storm! Overcoming Sorrow)
"Arashi no Mae! Kanashimi o Koete" (嵐の前! 悲しみを越えて) 
October 23, 1993 May 15, 2003
Suzuki encounters Kuwabara and Kurama, giving them an elixir and a hilt, respectively, to enhance their natural abilities. Koenma finds Yusuke in deep depression over Genkai. Sakyo proposes to make a portal between the Spirit World and the Living World. Yusuke is motivated to prepare himself for the final round against Team Toguro. 
54 "The Beginning of the End" (The Turbulent Final Round Begins!)
"Haran no Kesshō Sen Kaishi!" (波瀾の決勝戦開始!) 
October 30, 1993 May 16, 2003
Team Urameshi, now with ameliorative spirit energies, are ready for the final round begins, with Sakyo and Koenma arriving to fill the vacancies on each of their teams. The first match begins with Kurama facing Karasu
55 "The Beast Within" (Explosion! The Yoko Awakened)
"Bakuretsu! Mezame Ta Yōko" (爆烈! 目覚めた妖狐) 
November 6, 1993 May 8, 2004
Karasu's bomb abilities overwhelm Kurama's plants. Just when all seemed grim, Kurama transforms into Yoko Kurama, due to ingesting the fruit of previous life he received from Suzuki before the fight. Attaining new and improved abilities, Yoko Kurama's demon plants prove too much for Karasu to handle. 
56 "Yoko's Magic" (The Desperate Kurama! A Final Measure)
"Kesshi no Kurama! Saigo no Te" (決死の蔵馬! 最後の手段) 
November 13, 1993 May 15, 2004
Kurasu loses his mask, the only thing inhibiting his full power. He unleashes a massive explosion, seemingly killing Yoko Kurama, and although he survived, however, the fruit of previous life reaches its time limit and Yoko Kurama reverts into his human form, giving Karasu the advantage. In response, Kurama plays on Karasu's overconfidence, and uses a desperate final attack to secure victory. 
57 "Beneath Bui's Armor" (Intimidation! Bui Removes his Armor)
"Kyōi! Yoroi o Hazushi Ta Bui" (脅威! 鎧を外した武威) 
November 20, 1993 May 22, 2004
Despite Karasu's death, Kurama loses the fight on a technicality. Hiei begins to fight Bui, able to deal with his immense ax attacks with little effort. Bui is later forced to remove his armor in order to effectively fight Hiei. 
58 "Wielder of the Dragon" (The Ultimate Secret Technique! Roar of the Kokuryuha)
"Kyūkyoku Ougi! Hoero Kokuryūha" (究極奥義! ほえろ黒龍波) 
November 27, 1993 May 29, 2004
In response to Bui's increased abilities, Hiei uses the dragon of the darkness flame. Although Bui reflects the attacks back to Hiei, Hiei absorbs the flames drastically increasing his physical abilities. Bui is later defeated in the process. Hiei goes into hibernation after having drained all his spirit energy. 
59 "The Shadow of Elder Toguro" (The Eerie Shadow of Toguro the Elder)
"Toguro Kei no Bukimi na Kage" (戸愚呂兄の不気味な影) 
December 4, 1993 June 5, 2004
A long intermission is called for replacing the ring after it was highly damaged. Kuwabara fights the Elder Toguro, and grows incensed when he is the last to learn of Genkai's death. However, the Elder Toguro's regenerative abilities makes Kuwabara's attacks useless. 
60 "Sakyo's Proposal" (Explosion of Anger! Kuwabara's Counterattack)
"Ikari Bakuhatsu! Kuwabara no Hangeki" (怒り爆発! 桑原の反撃) 
December 11, 1993 June 12, 2004
Using the trial sword given to him by Suzuki, Kuwabara manages to crush the Elder Toguro, ensuring him the victory. Due to Sakyo feeling that a fight with Koenma would be meaningless, he bets his life on victory of the Younger Toguro, and Koenma follows suit. Sakyo explains to the Younger Toguro how his gambling obsession first emerged. Despite the survival of the Elder Toguro, who gloats over the wagers placed between the two fighters, the Younger Toguro denied his assistance in the battle against Yusuke and kicks him off the island. 
61 "Yusuke vs. Toguro" (Confrontation of Destiny! The Tempestuous Battle of Captains Commences)
"Shukumei no Taiketsu! Arashi no Taishō Sen Kaishi" (宿命の対決! 嵐の大将戦開始) 
December 18, 1993 June 19, 2004
Rinko, Chu, Toya, and Jin come to watch the final match between Yusuke and the Younger Toguro. The fight becomes a standstill, as both contestants prepare to attack. Yusuke shoots a massive spirit gun blast that sends the Younger Toguro out of the stadium. However, the Younger Toguro returns, surprisingly uninjured by Yusuke's attack. 
62 "Toguro's Full Power" (Toguro's 100 Percent Terror!)
"Toguro Hyaku Pāsento no Kyōfu!" (戸愚呂100%の恐怖!) 
December 25, 1993 June 26, 2004
Yusuke removes the spirit cuffs from the arms and legs, chained to him by Genkai, unlocking the full power of his spirit energy. Even after Yusuke inflicts a barrage of hits towards the Younger Toguro, the latter remains uninjured. The Younger Toguro presents one hundred percent of his total strength, overwhelming Yusuke. 
63 "Yusuke's Despair" (Yusuke! A Trial to the Limits of Sorrow)
"Yūsuke Jo! Genkai He no Kanashii Shiren" (幽助! 限界への悲しい試練) 
January 8, 1994 July 3, 2004
Yusuke is reminded of his childhood life with Keiko when she cries out his name during the battle. Genkai possess Pu and suggests the Younger Toguro to kill one of Yusuke's friends in order to increase his power exponentially. The Younger Toguro choose Kuwabara to die at his hands. 
64 "Toguro's Desire" (Deathbattle Concluded! A Final Full Power)
"Shitō Ketchaku! Saigo no Furu Pawā" (死闘決着! 最後のフルパワー) 
January 15, 1994 July 10, 2004
With Kuwabara dead, Yusuke's power rises with his grief. In response, Toguro powers to one hundred and twenty percent of his total power. As the two clash, Toguro manages to block the final blast of Yusuke's spirit gun, but ends up crumbling down in defeat after its completion. 
65 "Out With a Bang" (The Scheme Vanishes, Together With the Stadium)
"Tōgi Jō Totomoni Kieru Yabō" (闘技場と共に消える野望) 
January 22, 1994 July 17, 2004
It is quite a shock that Kuwabara is actually alive, as his vital points were not damaged. To fulfill his promise of defeat, Sakyo commits suicide by detonating the stadium, with the participants and spectators barely able to escape, destroying all his progress in his proposal. Keiko, feeling catatonic, is unresponsive to Botan's voice, and Yusuke later slaps her back to her senses. The protagonists make it out alive at the last minute. 
66 "Toguro's Wish" (Toguro's Atonement -- His Greatest Desire)
"Toguro no Tsugunai. Ichiban no Nozomi" (戸愚呂の償い・一番の望み) 
January 29, 1994 July 24, 2004
The protagonists prepare to sail home since the tournament has ended. In the Spirit World, the Younger Toguro demands to go to the most brutal level of the underworld to repent for his deeds in life. It is explained that the Younger Toguro had been psychologically scarred fifty years ago by a demon named Kairin, who killed all the students of his dojo. Genkai confront the Younger Toguro for blaming himself for his wrongdoings. Genkai is resurrected in the Living World as the prize for winning the tournament. 

Season 3: Chapter Black Saga (1994)[edit]

EP# Title Original airdate English airdate
67 "Return to Living World" (A New Prologue)
"Aratanaru Purorōgu" (新たなるプロローグ) 
February 5, 1994 July 31, 2004
Koenma receives a report about strange activities happening in the Living World. Both Kurama and Hiei find out about makai insects trying to inhabit the city once again. Yusuke Urameshi runs afoul of three high school boys, named Asato Kido, Yu Kaito, and Mitsunari Yanagisawa. Using his psychic abilities, Kido paralyzes Yusuke by stepping on his shadow, and they kidnap him in the process. Kido, Kaito, and Yanagisawa leave a message for Kazuma Kuwabara and Botan, who decide to rescue Yusuke. 
68 "Setting the Trap" (The Traps Lurking Inside Yojigen Mansion)
"Yon Jigen Yashiki Ni Hisomu Wana" (四次元屋敷にひそむ罠) 
February 12, 1994 August 7, 2004
Kuwabara and Botan find gather Kurama and Hiei to aid them in rescuing Yusuke. Although Hiei is reluctant to do so, Botan convinces him to come with them. The four head to the mansion where Yusuke is held, and find Kaito in the first room. Kaito explains that they have entered a realm of four dimensions, in which fantasy can be altered into reality. Hiei has been turned to stone after falling prey by one of Kaito's attacks, one that forbids from saying the word "hot". Kuwabara is unable to snatch from Yanagisawa the key to the room leading toward Yusuke. Kurama has agreed to a game of taboo against Kaito. 
69 "The Power of Taboo" (The Power of Taboo! Kurama's Intellect)
"Kinku no Pawā! Kurama no Zunō" (禁句のパワー! 蔵馬の頭脳) 
February 19, 1994 August 14, 2004
Kuwabara and Botan also turns into stone due to saying hot as well. Kurama discreetly takes the key from Yanagisawa. Kurama challenges Kaito to a game of taboo in which letters of the alphabet become taboo one by one over the course of the game, waging their souls as their bids. Kurama surrounds himself with his manifested plants while Kaito goes to the restroom, emerging when only the first two letters are left. Kurama yells to scare him, but he manages not to cry out. It is until Kurama makes silly faces at Kaito that cause the latter to laugh, thereby breaking the taboo. Kaito loses his own soul, thus freeing the others. 
70 "Genkai's Ruse" (The Terrifying Truth! A New Mystery)
"Osorubeki Shinjitsu! Arata Na Nazo" (恐るべき真実! 新たな謎) 
February 26, 1994 August 21, 2004
Yanagisawa shows Kuwabara, Botan, Kurama, and Hiei to four aberrant stairways that will lead to Yusuke. Yanagisawa disguises himself as one of the four, forcing Yusuke to determine who is the impostor. Unable to figure out who actually is the fraud, Yusuke manages to use his intuition to successfully identify that Kuwabara has been impersonated. It is revealed that Genkai orchestrated this test of perception, in which the mind will be needed as much as the body. 
71 "The Tunnel" (The Coming Terror! The Gateway To The Demon World!)
"Semari Kuru Kyōfu! Makai no Tobira" (迫り来る恐怖! 魔界の扉) 
March 5, 1994 August 28, 2004
Genkai informs that a breach within the city is carving a tunnel toward the Demon World, causing humans to experience supernatural powers. Koenma further explains that violent apparitions with chaotically flood the streets and the tunnel will soon be opened. Only B-class demons will be able to pass the tunnel, while the S-class and A-class demons will be repelled by the barrier. The protagonists are given three weeks to seek and destroy the ones responsible for the breach. 
72 "The Reader" (Envoys of the Demon Realm! Seven Enemies)
"Makai no Shisha! Nananin no Teki" (魔界の使者! 七人の敵) 
March 12, 1994 September 4, 2004
Yusuke, Genkai, Kido, and Yanagisawa go to a local bar, only to find Murota, another psychic human with the ability to tap into peoples minds, in an attempt to recruit him. Yusuke challenges Murota to a boxing match, easily defeating him. Murota agrees to assist the four in finding the person causing the breach. Murota is sent to the hospital after being injured due to a pencil eraser shot by Kaname "Sniper" Hagiri. He then finds out that seven people are responsible for the breach. 
73 "The Doctor's Disease" (The Stalking, Demonic Hand of the Doctor)
"Shinobiyoru Dokutā no Ma no Te" (忍び寄るドクターの魔の手) 
March 19, 1994 September 11, 2004
Yanagisawa and Murota have been incapacitated due to viral insects released by Minoru "Doctor" Kamiya. Kido later has his spinal cord severed by Doctor's psychic scalpel. Yusuke arrives when a group of doctors surround Kido. Yusuke is able to determine Doctor's identity after Kido uses his shadow to write his name. Yusuke chases after Doctor, recognizes his talents of cutting and stitching. 
74 "Sleep, Doctor, Sleep" (Bring Down the Territory!!)
"Teritorī o Uchi Yabure!!" (テリトリーを打ちやぶれ!!) 
March 26, 1994 September 18, 2004
For their concern over Yusuke and Kuwabara, Keiko Yukimura and Shizuru Kuwabara go to the hospital, albeit the former becomes poisoned by a viral insect. Yusuke battles Doctor, and is forced to come to a decision whether to kill him to save the people in the hospital. Kuwabara, Botan, Kurama, and Kaito make it to the hospital, alert of the situation. Kurama finds Keiko and Shizuru in the elevator. Ultimately, Yusuke blasts Doctor outside of his territory, rendering him unconscious and resolving the situation. 
75 "Caught in the Rain" (Seaman--A Trap Lurking in the Rain)
"Shīman. U Ni Hisomu Wana" (シーマン・雨に潜む罠) 
April 2, 1994 October 2, 2004
Koenma updates Yusuke, Kuwabara, and Botan that the breach will occur in one week, due to its spherical shape. Yusuke and Kuwabara part ways after the latter decides to attend a concert with his friends. Meanwhile, Kurama goes to see Koenma, as he suspects that Koenma may already know the identity of who is behind the plot to destroy the barrier. Kuwabara and his friends are soon attacked by Kiyoshi "Seaman" Mitarai. While Seaman traps Kuwabara's friends inside his aquatic creature, Kuwabara's inability to use his powers force him into a critical situation. 
76 "Kuwabara: Awakening" (Kuwabara Restored?! A Power Awakened)
"Kuwabara Fukkatsu?! Mezame Ta Chikara" (桑原復活?! 目覚めた力) 
April 9, 1994 October 9, 2004
The dormant powers of Kuwabara have awaken, as he continues his fight against Seaman. Seaman realizes that Kuwabara is the one that can shatter barriers between different dimensions. Using his new spirit sword, Kuwabara frees his friends and defeats Seaman. Kuwabara brings his friends, along with Seaman, back to his home. Seaman talks about a video called Chapter Black, showing footage of victims of humankind's atrocities against their fellow men. Viewing of this footage can change a human against its own kind. Shinobu "Black Angel" Sensui, is revealed to be a former spirit detective, unveiled as the mastermind behind the plot to remove the barrier to the Demon World. 
77 "Sensui's Fall" (The Dark Past of the Spirit Realm Detective)
"Reikai Tantei no Kuroi Kako" (霊界探偵の黒い過去) 
April 16, 1994 October 16, 2004
Sensui, being able to sense and destroy apparitions, was responsible for sealing up a smaller tunnel to the Demon World, in which only lower class demons were allowed through. Sakyo sold these demons in his black market, acquiring millions of dollars in profit. Sensui witnesses humans practicing sacrificial rituals on demons, causing him to insanely murder the humans for their cruelty. Therefore, the breach will serve as atonement for the sin of the human race. Sensui and Sniper make their appearance, launching an attack on Seaman. Indicating that there is only two days preceding the breach, it is up to Yusuke, Kuwabara, and Kurama to stop Sensui. 
78 "Divide and Conquer" (Charge! Dark Angel)
"Shutsugeki! Dāku Enjeru" (出撃! ダークエンジェル) 
April 23, 1994 October 23, 2004
Yusuke battles Sensui in the streets, being overwhelmed by his moves. Elsewhere, Botan and Seaman are dealt with Sniper, who is constantly firing small objects, of which Shizuru is badly injured by a diverted attack orchestrated by Sensui. Yusuke, Kuwabara, and Kurama chase Sensui inside a building, fighting against him one by one, only to be equally matched. Sensui leaves as Sniper arrives, devising a scheme to kidnap Kuwabara. 
79 "The Human Race" (Yusuke's Mad Dash! Save Kuwabara!)
"Yūsuke Jo Gekisou! Kuwabara o Sukue!" (幽助激走! 桑原を救え!) 
April 30, 1994 October 30, 2004
Sensui travels away while Yusuke is forced to contend with Sniper. Genkai arrives to heal wounds of Botan and Shizuru. Sniper eventually marks Yusuke with targets, enabling his projectiles to be sent without him even having to aim. Koenma and Genkai are informed by Seaman of Kurabara's potential ability to shatter barriers. Sniper sends hundreds of rock projectiles at Yusuke with pinpoint accuracy, putting the latter in a dangerous situation. 
80 "Moving Target" (Hagiri's Targets! Death Crest Cross Spots)
"Hagiri no Hyōteki! Shi Mon Jūji Madara" (刃霧の標的! 死紋十字斑) 
May 7, 1994 November 6, 2004
Sniper continues his battle against Yusuke, using a semi-trailer truck as a projectile, and is nearly victorious until Hiei arrives. In a swing of his sword, Hiei incapacitates him. Hiei later fights Yusuke, only to prove the point the motivation that harnesses spirit energy. Hiei decides to join in the group in an attempt to stop Sensui. 
81 "Let the Games Begin" (The Game World Inside the Cave)
"Dōkutsu no Naka no Gēmu Wārudo" (洞窟の中のゲームワールド) 
May 14, 1994 November 13, 2004
Seaman leads Yusuke, Kurama, Hiei, Genkai, Kaito, and Yanagisawa to the breach hideout, where they face Tsukihito "Gamemaster" Amanuma, a young boy and a stellar gamer whose territory lets him bring any video game to life. The seven must participate in a video game testing seven areas of skills. Seaman is to play in a tennis match in the first round, becoming triumphant in the end. 
82 "If You Could Play Forever" (Gamemaster's Fearsome Aptitude)
"Gēmu Masutā Kyōi no Jitsuryoku" (ゲームマスター脅威の実力) 
May 21, 1994 November 20, 2004
Genkai plays battleship target game, easily winning the round. Yusuke plays in a fighting tournament, eventually becoming the victor. Gamemaster decides to play against Kaito, in a trivial pursuit. Kaito is handily defeated when Gamemaster answers each question before they are displayed. 
83 "Game Over" (The Remaining Measure! Kurama's Resolve)
"Nokosa Re Ta Shudan! Kurama no Ketsudan" (残された手段! 蔵馬の決断) 
May 28, 1994 November 27, 2004
Kurama and Gamemaster play a variation of Tetris. Kurama reveals to Gamemaster that he will die if he loses the game. This emotional control and intimidation result in Gamemaster forfeiting the game and his life in the process. Koenma tells Botan that he will remove his pacifier to prevent the breach. Yusuke, Kurama, Hiei, and Seaman arrive at Sensui's lair, seeing Kuwabara held hostage and the breach nearly opened. 
84 "Kurama's Anger, Gourmet's Guest" (Kurama's Fury! Who is That, Really?!)
"Kurama no Ikari! Shōtai Ha Dare Da?!" (蔵馬の怒り! 正体は誰だ?!) 
June 4, 1994 December 4, 2004
Kurama, still torn over the outcome of the Gamemaster, attacks Sadao "Gourmet" Makihara, who is responsible for consuming Murota. Gourmet is revealed to have been taken over by the Elder Toguro, in which Kurama traps him within the sinning tree, forcing him to hallucinate his worst fear for all eternity. Kuwabara is no longer held captive. 
85 "Spirit Detective Showdown" (Spirit Realm Detectives--A fated One-on-One Battle)
"Reikai Tantei. Shukumei no Ichi Ki Uchi" (霊界探偵・宿命の一騎討ち) 
June 11, 1994 December 11, 2004
While Kuwabara, Kurama, Hiei, and Seaman are placed into another dimension by "Gatekeeper" Itsuki, Yusuke must face Sensui alone. Itsuki explains to the four of his first encounter with Sensui, recognizing him for his affection. It is apparent that Sensui's experience and long-trained abilities as a spirit detective put Yusuke at a disadvantage. 
86 "The Difference Maker" (Yusuke's Tough Battle! A Decisive Difference)
"Yūsuke Jo Kusen! Ketteiteki Na Sa" (幽助苦戦! 決定的な差) 
June 18, 1994 December 18, 2004
Sensui repeatedly launches his splinter resshūken, sending blasts of energy spheres, at Yusuke. Koenma journeys his way toward Sensui's lair. As Yusuke manages to gain the advantage through sheer determination, Sensui switches personalities to Kazuya, a merciless killer. Itsuki construes that Sensui has dissociative identity disorder, having seven split personalities that had emerged from the traumatic encounter with humans who had sacrificed demons in his past. As Yusuke is about to lose his life from the trigger of the gun, Koenma appears just in the nick of time. 
87 "Power Between the Teeth" (Koenma--Primed With The Mafukan!)
"Koenma. Kakugo no Mafūkan!" (コエンマ・覚悟の魔封環!) 
June 25, 1994 January 1, 2005
Koenma threatens Sensui with his wicked seal conscience ring, a defensive spell in his pacifier that can trap even S-class demons. Yusuke stops Koenma before he attacks and handily defeats Kazuya. Shinobu, the primary personality, takes control of Sensui's body. 
88 "The True Face of Sensui" (Sensui--Sacred Light Energy Unleashed!)
"Sensui. Tokihanata Re Ta Hijiri Hikari Ki" (仙水・解き放たれた聖光気) 
July 2, 1994 January 8, 2005
Sensui reveals his sacred energy, which places him on par with S-class demons. To stop him, Koenma releases the wicked seal conscience ring, but Sensui's power enables him to destroy it, making the situation seem hopeless. 
89 "Death of a Spirit Detective" (Foreboding! When Everything Comes to a Halt)
"Yokan! Subete Ga Tomaru Toki" (予感! 全てが止まる時) 
July 9, 1994 October 22, 2005
Yusuke fares poorly against Sensui's sacred energy, while his allies desperately attempt to break through Itsuki's dimension. Kuwabara manages to do so with his dimension sword, reminiscing of his times with Yusuke. However, before Kuwabara can get to him, Yusuke is struck down by Sensui. 
90 "Attempting Revenge" (Carrying On Their Friend's Will!)
"Tomo no Ishi o Tsuge!" (友の意志を継げ!) 
July 16, 1994 October 29, 2005
Kuwabara, Kurama, and Hiei increase their power and pursue Sensui through the breach, incensed by the death of Yusuke. Kurama transforms into Yoko Kurama, as Hiei releases the dragon of the darkness flame. Since Kurama and Hiei only have demon energy, they are unable to pass the barrier, unlike Sensui, who possesses sacred energy. Kuwabara slices through the barrier between worlds to pursue Sensui into the Demon World. Though they have him outnumbered, they prove to be outmatched against Sensui's attacks. 
91 "Waking the Lost" (A Time of Awakening! The Battle Commences Again)
"Kakusei no Toki! Batoru Futatabi" (覚醒の時! バトル再び) 
July 23, 1994 November 5, 2005
The spirit defense force is dispatched from the Spirit World to seal the breach. They are also ordered to terminate Yusuke, for he is a genetically inherited half-demon. However, Yusuke discovers his half-demon nature and awakens. Pu is transported to the lair and transformed into a phoenix. Yusuke and Koenma enter into the breach, making their way toward Sensui. 
92 "The Proof" (The Ultimate Battle! Proof of Demon Kinship)
"Kyūkyoku no Tatakai! Mazoku no Akashi" (究極の戦い! 魔族の証) 
July 30, 1994 November 12, 2005
A newly-revived Yusuke resumes his battle with Sensui. Kuwabara Kurama, Hiei, and Koenma watch as Yusuke collides with Sensui, demon energy versus sacred energy. Nonetheless, Yusuke's body is taken over by a mysterious force, fully awakening his demon side. 
93 "Sensui's End" (A Conclusion! Deathbattle in the Demon Realm)
"Ketchaku! Makai no Shitō!" (決着! 魔界の死闘!) 
August 6, 1994 November 19, 2005
Yusuke's enhanced powers easily enable him to overcome Sensui, much to his surprise. Itsuki arrives and tells the group that Sensui was plagued with an internal disease, only having a month left to live. It is revealed that Koenma had used his wicked seal conscience ring to resurrect Gamemaster. Sensui clarify the reason for opening a tunnel to the Demon World, for which it is his grave as well as his repentance. Itsuki takes Sensui's body into his dimension, in solitude and peace. 
94 "Topside" (Epilogue! Towards Tomorrow!)
"Epirōgu! Ashita e!" (エピローグ! 明日へ!) 
August 13, 1994 November 26, 2005
Doctor, Sniper, Seaman, Gamemaster, Kido, Kaito, and Yanagisawa resume their normal lives. Kurama and Hiei lay low, keeping an eye on Yusuke. Kuwabara and Keiko return to junior high school life. Yusuke feels unsatisfied that his match with Sensui was interrupted, and is conflicted over his half-demon nature. 

Season 4: Three Kings Saga (1994)[edit]

EP# Title Original airdate English airdate
95 "Yusuke's Destiny" (Yusuke's Destiny--Footsteps of Danger)
"Yūsuke no Unmei. Kiken no Ashioto" (幽助の運命・危険の足音) 
August 20, 1994 December 3, 2005
Yusuke Urameshi is informed that Koenma is hiding from the Spirit World for disobeying the direct order of having Yusuke erased from existence. Desperate to find a solution to his situation, Yusuke later visits Genkai, who advises him to go to the home of a former spirit detective named Kuroko, getting to know her children and husband as well as their talents. He is approached by three men, who offer an invitation for Yusuke to travel back to the Demon World. 
96 "Three Strangers, Three Kings" (Visitors of Darkness--The Mystery Deepens)
"Yami no Hōmon Sha. Fukamaru Nazo" (闇の訪問者・深まる謎) 
August 27, 1994 December 10, 2005
The three men reveal they are present on the behalf of Raizen, one of the three kings of the Demon World. These three kings has been on a debate concerning the feasting of human bodies for over half a millennium long. Yusuke tests his strength and agility against one of the men, Hokushin, who has the ability of elasticity. Upon defeat, Yusuke punches him back for not telling the whole story about the three kings. 
97 "Departing Living World" (Parting--Our Respective Departures)
"Wakare. Sorezore no Tabidachi" (別れ・それぞれの旅立ち) 
September 3, 1994 December 17, 2005
After the three men leave, Kuroko tells Yusuke to leave as well. Kurama and Hiei have received invitations from the other two kings, Yomi and Mukuro, respectively. As Yusuke ponders on whether to accept Raizen's invitation, he says his final farewell to Keiko Yukimura, saying he will return on his 18th birthday. 
98 "Return to Demon World" (To the Demon Realm! A Meeting with the Father)
"Makai he! Chichi to no Taimen" (魔界へ! 父との対面) 
September 10, 1994 December 24, 2005
Kazuma Kuwabara receives the news that Yusuke, Kurama, and Hiei are on their way toward the Demon World. The three men escort Yusuke into the fortress of Raizen. Yusuke, incensed at Raizen's interference in his fight with Shinobu "Black Angel" Sensui, encounters and attacks him, but is easily defeated. Raizen then begins to train Yusuke as his successor. 
99 "Haunted by the Past" (Unforgettable Memories! A Time of Birth)
"Wasure e nu Kioku. Tanjō no Toki" (忘れ得ぬ記憶・誕生の時) 
September 17, 1994 December 31, 2005
Hiei undergoes the harsh training of Mukuro, being pushed him to his limits. He recounts to when he was born, sent into exile for being a curse to his village as a fire demon. Mukuro later brings Shigure, the surgeon that implanted the Jagan eye, to fight Hiei, for the reward of seeing Mukuro unmasked. 
100 "The Secret of the Jagan" (The Secrets of the Jagan Revealed)
"Akasareru Jagan no Himitsu" (明かされる邪眼の秘密) 
September 24, 1994 January 7, 2006
Hiei ponders his past of how he was raised by a group of bandits after being exiled. He recalls to when Shigure implanted the Jagan eye on his forehead as well as to when he trained with Shigure. Back to the present, he and Shigure simultaneously deal fatal blows to each other. Hiei thinks back to when he returned to the village in learning the aftermath of his banishment. Mukuro heals Hiei and reveals her true form as her sign of trust in him. 
101 "Reunion of the Bandits" (Demon Realm Thieves--A Thousand-Year Reunion)
"Makai Tōzoku. Sennen me no Saikai" (魔界盗賊・千年目の再会) 
October 1, 1994 January 14, 2006
Kurama travels to the territory of Yomi, Kurama's former second-in-command. Yomi tells of when the two were close friends a millennium ago, recalling their lives as bandits. He further remembers about when he was first struck by blindness. However, he finds out that Kurama was responsible for this, as he had hired an assassin for obvious reasons. Consequently, Yomi forces Kurama to serve him under threat of killing his human mother. 
102 "Torn Between Identities" (Yoko Transformation! A Creeping Bloodlust)
"Yōko Henka! Shinobiyoru Satsui" (妖狐変化! 忍び寄る殺意) 
October 8, 1994 January 21, 2006
As Kurama mulls over Yomi's offer, he goes back to the Living World to gather allies for Yomi, those who survived the Dark Tournament. After Sachi, one of Yomi's subordinates, attacks him, Kurama transforms into Yoko Kurama, with his demon side seemingly dominating his personality. 
103 "Inheritance" (A Father's Last Words-- Memories of a Distant Day)
"Chichi no Yuigon. Tōi hi no Omoi" (父の遺言・遠い日の想い) 
October 15, 1994 January 28, 2006
As Raizen is on death's doorstep, he tells Yusuke the story of his lineage, falling in love with a female human who treated his wounds. After making love with this woman, he vowed never to eat another human again, understanding that the two came from opposite backgrounds. Raizen dies, and Yusuke is left to find a way to stop total war from taking place in the Demon World. 
104 "Every Demon For Himself" (An Unexpected Proposal -- A Change in the Demon Realm)
"Igai na Teian. Makai no Hendō" (意外な提案・魔界の変動) 
October 22, 1994 February 4, 2006
Due to Raizen's demise, Mukuro intends to attack Yomi with full force. To avert the situation, Yusuke offers an alternative to war, being a tournament whose winner will be crowned the king of the Demon World. Much of Raizen's friends visit his tombstone, all preparing to fight in the upcoming tournament in his honor. 
105 "The Preliminaries" (Great Battle in the Demon Realm -- The Preliminaries Commence!)
"Makai Taisen. Yosen Kaishi!" (魔界大戦・予選開始!) 
October 29, 1994 February 11, 2006
Yusuke arrives for the competition, meeting Kurama, Hiei, Yomi, Mukuro, and a host of former competitors from the Dark Tournament. In the preliminary matches, the aforementioned combatants easily advance. 
106 "The Battle of Father and Son" (Father and Son Battle! Yomi and Shura)
"Tatakau Oyako! Yomi to Shura" (闘う親子! 黄泉と修羅) 
November 5, 1994 February 18, 2006
Yomi battles his son Shura in the preliminaries, and his overwhelming power coerces Shura to eventually concede. Yusuke announces that the tournament should be held every few years, much like a presidential election, to promote fair rule of the Demon World. 
107 "The Demon World Tournament Begins" (Fierce Fighting! Men Fighting for their Dreams)
"Gekitō! Yume ni Kake ta Otoko Tachi" (激闘! 夢に賭けた男たち) 
November 12, 1994 February 25, 2006
The initial matches continue, with many of the Dark Tournament combatants finding their match in Raizen's S-class demon friends that joined the tournament. 
108 "Farewell, Kurama" (Kurama, A Break with the Past)
"Kurama, Kako to no Ketsubetsu" (蔵馬, 過去との決別) 
November 19, 1994 March 4, 2006
Kurama battles Shigure, and is torn over his conflicting identities. Finally determining that he will live as a human, Kurama dispatches Shigure with his full power. 
109 "Love and War" (Showdown! Hiei and Mukuro)
"Taiketsu! Hiei to Mukuro" (対決! 飛影とムクロ) 
November 26, 1994 March 11, 2006
Hiei and Mukuro battle, each questioning the chains that each others' past have left on them. As the battle concludes, Hiei is defeated, but manages to shatter Mukuro's shackles in the process. 
110 "A Reason to Fight" (My Power--This is My All!)
"Ore no Chikara. Kore ga Subete Da!" (俺の力・これが全てだ!) 
December 3, 1994 March 18, 2006
Yusuke battles Yomi, who is incensed that Yusuke suddenly finds no reason for fighting. Realizing that he must fight for the sake of his friends, Yusuke calls upon all his power to battle Yomi. 
111 "Closure" (Concluded! The End of the Conflict)
"Ketchaku! Gekitō no Hate Ni" (決着! 激闘の果てに) 
December 10, 1994 March 25, 2006
As the two combatants release all their power, they simultaneously hit each other, with Yusuke being rendered unconscious and Yomi barely remaining standing. Ultimately, a weakened Yomi proves unable to win the tournament, and Enki, one of Raizen's friends, becomes the ruler of the Demon World, and institutes an era of peace for three years. Yusuke prepares to leave for the Living World, hoping to come back to the Demon World sometime soon. 
112 "To the Future" (Forever YuYu Hakusho!)
"Fōebā! YūYūHakusho" (フォーエバー!幽遊白書) 
December 17, 1994 April 1, 2006
2 years after the tournament, the protagonists have found peace in their lives. Kazuma Kuwabara, Kurama, Keiko, and Shizuru Kuwabara pass by Genkai, meeting with Yukina, Botan, and Koenma as well. Genkai tells the group to protect her estate after she dies. They all decide to go to the beach, where Keiko yells for Yusuke at the beach. Yusuke suddenly appears, and is tackled by Keiko, who kisses him. Soon, the gang is seen splashing water at each other while the rest of the cast is shown before the end of the series. 


  1. ^ "Yu Yu Hakusho staff" (in Japanese). Studio Pierrot. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 

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