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The Best Episodes of Yu Yu Hakusho

Every episode of Yu Yu Hakusho ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Yu Yu Hakusho!

One day, 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi suddenly finds himself dead, having died pushing a child out of the way of oncoming traffic. Since he has such a bad personality, even the Spirit World was caught by surprise that he would sacrifice himself. Yusuke soon finds out he wasn't supposed to die and has a chance for resurrection and bringing his body back to life. After being resurrected, Yusuke becomes a Spirit Detective, along with his comrades, and one adventure after another happens, whether it be an investigation or a fighting tournament.

Genres:AnimationAction & AdventureSci-Fi & Fantasy
Network:Fuji TV

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The best episode of "Yu Yu Hakusho" is "Toguro Returns", rated 8.5/10 from 2 user votes. It was directed by Shigeru Ueda and written by Hiroshi Hashimoto. "Toguro Returns" aired on 4/17/1993 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Stumbling Warrior".

  • Toguro Returns
    8.5/10 2 votes

    #1 - Toguro Returns

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 1993-04-17

    Having rescued Yukina and defeated Toguro, Yusuke is spending some time with Keiko in the city. However, when a huge chunk of building is blown up, Yusuke sees Toguro, and they have a little chat. Turns out that Yusuke and Kuwabara really didn't defeat the Toguro brothers, as they were faking and working for Sakyo, and now Toguro wants Yusuke to enter a competition called the ""Dark Tournament"". Compiled of a group of greedy mafia warlords, Toguro convinces Yusuke, as Yusuke gathers Kurama, Hiei, and Kuwabara for his team, the gang sets out to compete in the tournament.

    Director: Shigeru Ueda

    Writer: Hiroshi Hashimoto

  • Stumbling Warrior
    8.5/10 2 votes

    #2 - Stumbling Warrior

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 1993-05-22

    Yusuke jumps out of his slumber, ready for the final fight against a new fighter named Chu. He’s rude, he’s crude -and he claims to be Team Rokuyukai’s true leader.

    Director: Hitoyuki Matsui

    Writer: Shikichi Ohashi

  • Yusuke's Destiny
    8.5/10 2 votes

    #3 - Yusuke's Destiny

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 1994-08-20

    Yusuke Urameshi suffers from a recurring nightmare that he just can't shake. Is this a mere inconvenience? Or are there deeper meanings hidden behind the bizarre occurrences? Genkai sends Yusuke to the home of a former Spirit Detective. But what he doesn't know is that someone knows his destination... and more about his past than he ever thought possible!

    Director: Akiyuki Simbo

    Writer: Katsuyuki Sumisawa

  • Three Strangers, Three Kings
    8.5/10 2 votes

    #4 - Three Strangers, Three Kings

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 1994-08-27

    As the three strangers in Kuroko's house explain the reason for their presence, Yusuke begins to sense that something is amiss. These demons have come to him to reveal one thing: that Yusuke's ancestor resides as a king of Demon World! And unless Yusuke travels to Demon World soon, the balance of power could shift and spell the end of humans reign at the top of the food chain.

    Director: Haruo Nakayama

    Writer: Shikichi Ohashi

  • Surprised to be Dead
    8.0/10 524 votes

    #5 - Surprised to be Dead

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 1992-10-10

    Yusuke Urameshi is having a typical day. He's cutting class, arguing with teachers and getting into fights with his rival Kuwabara. But then Yusuke does something that betrays his killer rep. He dives in front of a speeding car to push a little boy out of harm's way! Yusuke has sacrificed his life for the sake of another, but is this really the end of this brash young man?

    Director: Noriyuki Abe

    Writer: Yukiyoshi Ôhashi

  • Kuwabara's Fight of Love
    8.0/10 286 votes

    #6 - Kuwabara's Fight of Love

    Season 1 Episode 25 - Aired 1993-04-10

    One giant battle stands in the way of rescuing Yukina. Yusuke and Kuwabara versus the leaders of the demon mercenaries, the immensely powerful and bizarre - Toguro Brothers! What will it take to defeat the freakish duo in a fight where anything goes? Elsewhere, Kurama races to stop Hiei, who is entering Tarukane's stronghold with his own violent agenda!

    Director: Hitoyuki Matsui

    Writer: Katsuyuki Sumisawa

  • Kuwabara: A Promise Between Men
    7.7/10 414 votes

    #7 - Kuwabara: A Promise Between Men

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 1992-10-24

    Kuwabara was tormented by his rival's death. The loser in all 156 of his brawls against Yusuke , he's now lost any chance he ever had of evening the score! But with Yusuke out of the way, Kuwabara is the new kid to beat... which means he's making plenty of enemies. Yusuke isn't fond of this classmate, but if he wants to win back his life, he will need to give him a ghostly hand.

    Director: Kazunori Mizuno

    Writer: Yukiyoshi Ôhashi

  • The Three Eyes of Hiei
    7.7/10 356 votes

    #8 - The Three Eyes of Hiei

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 1992-11-28

    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?

    Director: Junya Koshiba

    Writer: Sukehiro Tomita

  • Kuwabara's Spirit Sword
    7.7/10 324 votes

    #9 - Kuwabara's Spirit Sword

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 1992-12-12

    The candidates for Genkai's apprenticeship have been narrowed to eight. Among them: Yusuke, Kuwabara, and the disguised demon Rando! Genkai announces the final test will be a tournament, fought in total darkness. And Kuwabara's first opponent is swinging a supernatural sword!

    Director: Kazunori Mizuno

    Writer: Hiroshi Hashimoto

  • Yusuke vs. Rando: 99 Attacks
    7.7/10 318 votes

    #10 - Yusuke vs. Rando: 99 Attacks

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 1993-01-09

    Kuwabara's body lays broken. Shorin is nowhere to be found. And with Yusuke's energy dwindling every minute, the evil Rando reveals his true and monstrous form. Now, can the injured Yusuke battle the human-hunting demon and close the case? How can he, when Rando has ninety-nine deadly techniques in his arsenal.

    Director: Junya Koshiba

    Writer: Katsuyuki Sumisawa

  • Byakko's Lair
    7.7/10 301 votes

    #11 - Byakko's Lair

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 1993-02-06

    After a harrowing fight on a collapsing bridge, Byakko is seemingly defeated. But as soon as the Spirit Detective team enters the castle's next wing, a fearsome tiger roar bids Kuwabara to round two -- in Byakko's secret lair. Can this Beast be beaten once and for all, in a room of molten lava?

    Director: Junya Koshiba

    Writer: Katsuyuki Sumisawa

  • Gouki and Kurama
    7.6/10 349 votes

    #12 - Gouki and Kurama

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 1992-11-21

    The oafish demon Gouki is using the stolen Orb of Baast to capture children's souls. If Yusuke doesn't track down and defeat this monster quickly, those souls will become the monster's next meal. But Gouki isn't the only one Yusuke has to worry about when the second thief suddenly appears. His name is Kurama, and to great surprise, he asks Yusuke for a favor...

    Director: Akiyuki Simbo

    Writer: Shikichi Ohashi

  • Hard Fights for Yusuke
    7.6/10 327 votes

    #13 - Hard Fights for Yusuke

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 1992-12-19

    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!

    Director: Hitoyuki Matsui

    Writer: Shikichi Ohashi

  • Rando Rises, Kuwabara Falls
    7.6/10 321 votes

    #14 - Rando Rises, Kuwabara Falls

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 1992-12-26

    Yusuke, Kuwabara, and young Shorin are the only fighters still standing in the Genkai Tournament. Yet Rando has not been found. Could this mean that Shorin is actually Rando? Or is the demon lurking somewhere in the shadows? The truth will soon be known, as Kuwabara faces Shorin on the haunted field of battle.

    Director: Akiyuki Simbo

    Writer: Sukehiro Tomita

  • Byakko, the White Tiger
    7.6/10 295 votes

    #15 - Byakko, the White Tiger

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 1993-01-30

    One of Yusuke's teammates has been badly injured, and Kuwabara insists on fighting the next enemy all by himself -— revealing his amazingly improved Spirit Sword! Before the bickering group can disagree, a ferocious roar slices through the castle. Byakko, the second Saint Beast, is waiting!

    Director: Akiyuki Simbo

    Writer: Sukehiro Tomita

  • Koenma Appears
    7.5/10 420 votes

    #16 - Koenma Appears

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 1992-10-17

    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 rom for laughs as Koenma gives Yusuke an ordeal to restore his life. Hatching a Spirit Beast!

    Director: Shigeru Ueda

    Writer: Yukiyoshi Ôhashi

  • Yusuke's Back
    7.5/10 374 votes

    #17 - Yusuke's Back

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 1992-11-07

    Yusuke has reclaimed his life, but has only one day to be revived by someone's kiss -— And that someone might be Kuwabara! Back in the flesh, Yusuke finds he can see supernatural creatures hiding in the living world, and quickly hunts down a demon criminal. With this move, he learns his adventure is only beginning. Yusuke is a Spirit Detective.

    Director: Junya Koshiba

    Writer: Katsuyuki Sumisawa

  • The Search Begins
    7.5/10 330 votes

    #18 - The Search Begins

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 1992-12-05

    Yusuke's three-day weekend is cut short when Botan delivers his next big case. Genkai, an aging psychic, will hold a contest to find a worthy apprentice to her powerful technique: the Spirit Wave. But an evil demon, Rando, plans to steal the technique and use it for mass destruction! Yusuke must go undercover and infiltrate Genkai's compound!

    Director: Shigeru Ueda

    Writer: Katsuyuki Sumisawa

  • Genbu, the Stone Beast
    7.5/10 301 votes

    #19 - Genbu, the Stone Beast

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 1993-01-23

    Kurama and Hiei, two demons Yusuke beat in his first case, join Yusuke and Kuwabara to battle the Saint Beasts. This awkward alliance must learn to trust each other quickly, as they struggle through the Gate of Betrayal. And waiting just beyond this trap is the first Beast —- a giant made of solid stone!

    Director: Kazunori Mizuno

    Writer: Shikichi Ohashi

  • Yusuke's Sacrifice
    7.5/10 289 votes

    #20 - Yusuke's Sacrifice

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 1993-03-06

    Suzaku releases another lightning fist attack, but Yusuke was up to the task as he himself unleashes his full power and he blasts Suzaku with his devastating spirit shotgun!

    Director: Akiyuki Simbo

    Writer: Katsuyuki Sumisawa

  • The Toguro Brothers Gang
    7.5/10 271 votes

    #21 - The Toguro Brothers Gang

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 1993-03-20

    Yusuke's Spirit Detective team continues toward Tarukane's mountain stronghold, facing a small army of grotesque demon guards. It seems an alliance has formed between human criminals and demon mercenaries, with money as the bottom line. Yet Kuwabara plows fearlessly ahead declaring he's in love with Yukina!

    Director: Noriyuki Abe

    Writer: Yukiyoshi Ôhashi

  • The Deadly Triad
    7.5/10 277 votes

    #22 - The Deadly Triad

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 1993-03-27

    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?

    Director: Akiyuki Simbo

    Writer: Sukehiro Tomita

  • Lamenting Beauty
    7.4/10 276 votes

    #23 - Lamenting Beauty

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 1993-03-13

    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?

    Director: Haruo Nakayama

    Writer: Hiroshi Hashimoto

  • Requirements for Lovers
    7.3/10 384 votes

    #24 - Requirements for Lovers

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 1992-10-31

    The Spirit World forgot an important question -- does anyone want Yusuke back? Koenma sends an Investigator to find out, and Yusuke's friends answer quickly when a fire threatens to char his earthly body. But will Yusuke give up the Spirit Beast, his one chance for revival, to rescue his friends?

    Director: Akiyuki Simbo

    Writer: Sukehiro Tomita

  • Three Monsters
    7.3/10 358 votes

    #25 - Three Monsters

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 1992-11-14

    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.

    Director: Hitoyuki Matsui

    Writer: Hiroshi Hashimoto