Yu Yu Hakusho Episode 3 Recap: Yu Yu Hakusho is a thrilling action-fantasy adventure series brought to you by Netflix. Based on the 1990-94 manga series by Yoshihiro Togashi, the live-action adaptation was created by Akira Morii and Kazutaka Sakamoto and produced by Robot Communications.
Kurama and Yusuke return to the human world, Kazuma apologizes to Yusuke, Tarukane sends Yukina to him, and Hiei terminates his contract with Sakyo.
The third episode of this series follows Yusuke on his mission to find Hiei, who has been instructed by Koenma and Botan. During their confrontation, Yusuke demands the Shadow Sword and challenges Hiei to a fight, but Hiei’s speed proves to be too much for him.
Meanwhile, Tarukane makes his way to Sakyo’s House on Kubikukuri Island, where he brings Yakina along with him. There, Sakyo introduces Tarukane to two potential investors for their new club.
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The battle between Younger Toguro and another Yokai creature has come to an end, with Younger Toguro emerging victorious. After the fight, Sakyo requests that Yakina be taken inside, but to everyone’s surprise, her cage is empty. Guards scour the area in search of Yakina, but their efforts are cut short when Elder Toguro confronts them. A guard shoots at Elder Toguro, but the retaliation is swift and deadly. Elder Toguro seizes Yakina and takes her back inside.
In the episode, Tarukane expresses his admiration for Yakina’s impressive ice tears while Hiei and Yusuke’s intense rivalry is on full display outside of his mansion. Additionally, the Black Book Club is entertained with a Yokai battle, courtesy of Sakyo. Meanwhile, Yusuke is tasked with training alongside Master Genkai, an ancient and skilled female fighter who teaches combatants how to utilize their spiritual energy.
Yusuke is eager to learn from Genkai, but struggles to harness his Spirit Energy. To help him improve, Genkai pushes Yusuke to acknowledge his shortcomings and urges him to work on himself. Meanwhile, Kazuma demonstrates his dedication to training by attempting to break a stone with a wooden stick, and Butan commends him on his efforts, leaving Yusuke feeling envious. Genkai decides to take Yusuke under her wing for some more intense practice.
In “Yu Yu Hakusho,” Kurama assists Hiei in locating Yakina, while Sakyo establishes a connection between the Underworld and the Human World. Meanwhile, Younger Toguro advises Sakyo to travel to the demon world. Yusuke trains with Genkai but faces difficulty channeling Spirit Energy, which ultimately leads to disappointment for Genkai. She later informs Butan and Koenma about the situation.
Under the veil of night, Yusuke catches sight of Kazuma engrossed in intense training with a wooden stick. Driven by an unwavering resolve to surpass the menacing Yokai forces and outshine even Yusuke in power, Kazuma successfully channels his Spirit Energy, demonstrating his newfound strength by shattering a formidable rock.
This display of prowess serves as a catalyst for Yusuke, motivating him to push his own limits. With sheer determination, he endeavors to utilize his Spirit Energy in a novel way, attempting the seemingly impossible feat of balancing upside down on his index finger. Intrigued and impressed by Yusuke’s dedication, Genkai takes on the role of mentor, imparting the secrets of harnessing Spirit Energy to shoot the potent Spirit Gun with precision using his finger.
In the episode “Genkai’s Fight,” Genkai sends Yusuke and Kazuma on a mission to fight the Yokai, who have returned to her shrine and reminisce about their past romance. During the encounter, Genkai accuses Younger Toguro of cheating by transforming into a Yokai, which prompts him to challenge her to a battle. Meanwhile, Yusuke witnesses Hiei abducting Keiko, and Botan notifies Kazuma of the situation.
Episode 3 ends with Yusuke fighting Hiei to rescue Keiko, but their conflict is interrupted by Kurama. Kurama then exposes that Hiei was impersonating someone else to provoke Yusuke, and that Sakyo has taken Hiei’s twin sister, Yakina, captive.
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To rescue the two girls, the trio decides to take part in the Dark Tournament Saga – a competition that seeks to identify the most dominant Yokai group. Along the way, Kazuma joins the group and engages in a heated argument with Hiei as they board the boat to Sakyo’s Island. The episode concludes here.