Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 55

Day of the Samurai

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Feb 23, 1993 on FOX
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Kyodai Ken kidnaps the star student of Bruce Wayne's old martial arts instructor and ransoms her for an ancient scroll that teaches the Death Touch.

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  • Road trip to Japan for a more action-packed episode than usual.

    "Batman" takes a globe-trotting diversion from Gotham in an episode that serves as a sequel to "Night of the Ninja." I think this is the better of the two episodes, largely because of the change in scenery and the climax set atop a soon-to-be-active volcano.

    Kyodai Ken is the best kind of Bat-bad guy. He's more than a physical match for the Dark Knight (most of the Rogues Gallery can't take him punch for punch) and he knows that Batman and Bruce Wayne are one in the same. And, like other Bat-villains, he is motivated by revenge. This episode is a bit more action-packed than some of the others and gets surprisingly dark with the "death touch" being introduced into the story. But it also shows why Batman ultimately triumphs - it's his brain that makes him such a threat to the underworld moreso than his brawn. After all, he is a detective first and foremost, and it's his sleuthing in the dojo that enables him to fend off the "death touch."

    A solid effort all around and a good bookend to "Night of the Ninja."moreless
Goh Misawa

Goh Misawa

Sensei Yoru

Guest Star

Julia Kato

Julia Kato


Guest Star

Robert Ito

Robert Ito

Ninja/Kyodai Ken

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In Bruce's hotel room a dragon statute used to hold incense repeatedly disappears and changes in color and shape.

    • Yuro is said to be the great-great-great grandson of the man who invented "the way of the fang". That hardly seems like a long enough lineage to span the five hundred years since the fighting style was invented.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Kyodai Ken: The O-Nemuri touch?! How could you withstand it?
      Batman: It's all over, Kyodai! Your precious technique doesn't work!

    • Sensei Yoru: If you see Batman, tell him I have great respect for him.
      Bruce: Why? He's as much a ninja as Kyodai was.
      Sensei Yoru: Not so. Batman offered to help his adversary and a lesser man would have used the knowledge of the O-Nemuri touch against his opponent. Batman is the essence of Samurai, Wayne-san. You would do well to remember that.

    • Kyodai Ken: Once again, you approach unseen, dark one. You would have made a good ninja.
      Batman: I would prefer to be a Samurai.
      Kyodai Ken: But you are like me, a warrior of the night.
      Batman: So it would seem.

  • NOTES (7)

    • This episode is episode 16 on the Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2 DVD.

    • Kyodai Ken is one of the few Batman villain to discover Batman's identity and faced Batman unmasked. The only others to know of Batman's identitty is Ra's Al Ghul and his daughter Taila. (It should be noted that Dr. Hugo Strange discovered Batman's secret identity through his mind reading machine in "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne," but Batman foiled this by having Dick Grayson pose as him and appearing by his side.)

    • The fatal touch Kyodai tried using is called "o-nemuri", meaning "big sleep" (as in eternal sleep), according to Batman.

    • The forbidden martial art that was at the heart of this episode is called "kiba-no-hoko" or "the way of the fang".

    • Kairi later appeared as an old woman in Batman Beyond's "Curse of the Kobra" two parter.

    • Concludes the storyline begun in "Night of the Ninja".

    • The drawing that Bruce was looking at in the plane was the tattoo Kyodai Ken has on his back (we saw it in "Night of the Ninja").


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