Yu Yu Hakusho

Season 3 Episode 1

Return to the Living World

Aired Saturday 6:30 PM Jul 31, 2004 on Fuji TV
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Episode Summary

Return to the Living World
Despite his stunning victory at the Dark Tournament, Yusuke Urameshi learns firsthand that there are others wishing to challenge him. Yusuke makes the first mistake by underestimating the strengths of these new adversaries. With his best friend kidnapped, Kuwabara must round up the old gang in order to stage a rescue attempt...or suffer the consequences!moreless

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  • Baby Penguin

    And so starts Chapter Black.

    Human world is boring, so our hero gets a little careless - Yusuke is kidnapped by three seemingly-normal human teens.

    Great intrigue for a first episode, along with that ransom note - makes for a compelling new saga.
  • An awesome episode, but please watch the original Japanese version instead of the American edited version.

    As you may know by now if you have read any of my reviews, I prefer the original unedited Japanese version of anime series. The same goes for Yu Yu Hakusho. Take it from me, the Japanese version of Yu Yu Hakusho is better than what aired on Cartoon Network. Now that I have that out of the way I will now review this episode.

    This was a good episode and it really entertained me. There was not much action but this series is so good that it needs no action. This episode is about Yusuke and his acquaintances returning to the Living world and getting back into the regular routine of going to school. Yusuke is tired after his fight with Toguro but unfortunately for him a new threat has arrived on the scene. I will leave you with that because i do not want to spoil anything. So yeah, it is pretty much the start of a new story arc.moreless
  • Yusuke is challenged by three high school boys. Even with Yusuke's newfound power, could he possibly be defeated by this mysterious group?

    Elder Toguro is still alive, as he pulls out of the ocean a mysterious figure appears out of the forest. Life is boring for Yusuke and Kuwabara now. Kurama is now attending their school, pulling #1 grades. He and Heie both discover demon bugs being drawn to the city because of a weird energy. Kuwabara can't use any spirit energy since the Tournament, he thinks it has to do with Suzuka's hilt.

    At the end of the school day Yusuke and Kuwabara are confronted by three high school students who want to fight. Yusuke tells Kuwabara to go meet Boton who was supposed to tell him about his new mission. Yusuke hits the leader a few times but the kid then uses some technique which paralyzes Yusuke and Puu goes to tell Boton and Kuwabara the news. When they arrive their is a letter telling Kuwabara, Heie and Kurama to go to a mansion by 10 or else....moreless
  • Great episode.

    The best arc in Yu Yu Hakusho. This arc introduces many new things like: Yusuke getting kidnapped, Yusuke's great and incredible and Suspensful battle against Hiei, Shinobu Sensui, the Spirit Detective before Yusuke Urameshi, Itsuki, a gay guy who loves Shinobu Sensui, and this new arc reveals that Yusuke Urameshi dies, but comes back finding out he's a Mazaku, a demon race. He also finds out about his ancestral father, Raizen.moreless
  • Nothing special, but still good.

    This episode begins the Chapter Black saga, which in my opinion is the best saga of them all. Anyway's, it's for the most part, an ordinary day. Yusuke and the others are adjusting to ordinary life. Sooner or later it had to happen, Yusuke get's challenged to a fight by 3 guys who apear to be normal....... I wont spoil too much, but let's just say there's something surprising about these three. This episode doesnt exactly kick off the chapter black saga in a way you would think, but it does introduce something that's a little different. So overall, a good episode, but not great.moreless
Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert


Guest Star

Brice Armstrong

Brice Armstrong


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Chris Cason

Chris Cason


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Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey


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Cynthia Cranz

Cynthia Cranz


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Justin Cook

Justin Cook


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • One of the thugs mentioned that Yusuke has the eyes of a War Veteran and that he has seen "something rough".  They also mentioned that they weren't "normal kids". All from the look that Yusuke was giving them.

    • In the image of Yusuke and Kuwabara as a married couple, the child in the stroller is Koenma.

    • Chris Cason as Miyamoto is credited twice during the credits of this episode

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Kuwabara: Haven't you ever seen a blue baby penguin before?!

    • Koenma: (annoyed noises) The world is a happy flower.

    • Yusuke: (to Kido) In case you missed the news updates, this is a bad day to piss me off.

    • Blue Ogre: Koenma sir! We've got problems!
      Koenma: Yes, I agree. He's big and blue and wears leopard underwear, and he never seems to leave me alone.

    • Koenma: (to Blue Ogre) One horned ninny! You've just mixed up the paradises with the punishments! I'll have to start all over!

    • Yusuke: (yawns) After this Dark Tournament, all I've felt like doing is sleeping and watching stupid day time t.v.
      Kuwabara: Yeah, and it's such a pretty day too, doesn't feel right to be locked up in a school.
      Yusuke: (smiling) Uh oh, I think I just got sick.
      Kuwabara: Me too. Heard the arcade's got medicine.
      Yusuke: I'll guess we'll have to go then.
      Kayko: (hits Yusuke) Don't even think about skipping school, Yusuke. Your mom had to do lots of convincing just to keep you from failing this year.
      Yusuke: Guy saves the world, still has to do algebra, makes sense.

    • Yusuke: (to Kuwabara) So that's how you treat the guy that wins the whole Dark Tournament?! (imitating Kuwabara) Thanks for savin' my life and all pal, but my sandwich is just too damn good!
      Kuwabara: My manly power is what carried us, when have you ever saved me?
      Yusuke: Oh, I'm sorry, I can't count them all, I only have ten fingers!
      Kuwabara: Why you cocky little...

    • Kuwabara: (catching up to Yusuke after school) Hey Urameshi! Did Botan give you another case?
      Yusuke: (calmly) Nah, we just made out then Kayko found us and a fight broke up.
      Kuwabara: Come on Urameshi! Seriously!

    • (Kuwabara hits Yusuke)
      Yusuke: Ow! What the hell was that for?!
      Kuwabara: Cuz I was feelin' sorry for ya for nothin'! Whining for no good reason!

  • NOTES (3)