Yu Yu Hakusho

Season 2 Episode 29

The Beginning of the End

Aired Saturday 6:30 PM May 16, 2003 on Fuji TV
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The Beginning of the End
The tournament finals are set to begin. But the rules state that each team must have five members to compete. With each team having only four fighters, two competitors step up to join with each team no matter what the consequences. Who are the two new fighters and what could they possibly bring to the team?moreless

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  • Crawling

    A nice episode to stall before the final round of the tournament begins.

    Koenma and Sakyou step up for their teams and the fact Genkai isn't present is glossed over. There's really not much to the episode beyond that. Cartoon Network managed to leave the series off at this point for multiple runs before continuing, which really makes this episode stick out in my mind as annoying.

    So without further ado, let's move in to the finals, shall we?moreless
  • Team Yurameshi prepares for what they know will be their hardest battle by far. Kurama is up first.

    Team Yurameshi meets up by the waterfront as Yusuke is channeling his power. He tells them all that Genkai is merely sick and will not fight in the finals. Though he didn't tell them she was dead, most of them sensed her demise. Boton gives a narative on how this is the beginning of the end, there is nothing else left but to fight. Sakio and Koenma join the teams as the required 5th man for the each team in the final match. The girls steal tickets from some demons to get into the stadium. The first match is Karasu vs. Kurama.moreless
  • The beginning of something sweet.

    After testing out the hilt given to him by Suzuka, Kuwabara decides to brag about it to Yusuke. He finds him training with the new powers he received just recently. Heia comes shortly after with a heavily punished arm, claiming that since it didn't do what he told it to do, it deserved injury. Kurama, with the faint presence of a white wolf, also appears. The four of them are just waiting for the day to arrive so they can get it over with.

    When the day of the final match arrives, Team Urameshi and Team Toguro finds themselves ineligable to participate due to being short on a team member. Sakyo fills in for Team Toguro, while Koenma for Team Urameshi. Karasu is the first to step up, while Kurama follows. This really isn't my most favourite episode. It kind of drags things a little, and felt it could have been much shorter. The scene where the four girls find a method into getting in the stadium felt like filler, and we all know about filler if you watch Naruto.moreless
Jeremy Inman

Jeremy Inman


Guest Star

Vic Mignogna

Vic Mignogna


Guest Star

Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert


Guest Star

Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey


Recurring Role

Cynthia Cranz

Cynthia Cranz


Recurring Role

Sean Teague

Sean Teague


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Kurama seems to be unusually unprepared in this episode. He did not take the potion at an earlier time, so that he would have transformed into his Yoko form when he stepped up to fight Karasu.

    • At the beginning of this scene, Yusuke is training with his spirit energy. While he's doing so his entire body appears blue, which makes sense, because his body is surrounded by blue spirit energy. But after he finishes his training, his eyes remain blue throught the rest of the scene, instead of brown.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Kuwabara: Hey, you did say you got somebody for Genkai but I just wanted you to know that imaginary friends don't count.
      Yusuke: Riiiight. I think it'd be best if you didn't talk for the rest of the tournament.

    • Kuwabara: Wow Urameshi, this fighter you got must be using some kind of magical smoke.
      Koenma: Actually, I just thought that dry ice would be a nice touch.

    • Kuwabara: (referring to Genkai) Well, I don't see why the old broad doesn't have to be here like the rest of us.
      Yusuke: She's sick. I told you that.
      Kuwabara: Aha! It just so happens I know a secret remedy that can cure all kinds of sickness. Let me think: first you hang upside down for a while, then you eat five large lemons, drink some two day old tea with pepper in it, and wrap your body in seaweed.

    • Kuwabara: (to Yusuke) My totally rad bad guy slicin' and dicin' mega awesome super sword!

    • Koenma: The Koenma-Tron 5000 Jetpack! What do you think?

    • Hiei: So tell me. What's it like living in a constant haze of stupidity?
      Kuwabara: Daahh, I've had enough of your lip, half-pint!

    • Hiei: Do you think it's possible for to shut up?
      Yusuke: (calmly) Hey, Hiei.
      Kuwabara: Hey you really shouldn't sneak up on a guy who's holding the world's most powerful sword! (looks at Hiei's bloody arm) AHG! EWW! What the heck happened to your arm?!
      Hiei: (looking at his arm) It wouldn't obey when I gave it a specific command so I decided it needed to be punished.
      Kuwabara: Ha ha ha (thinking) Ok, he's weird. (out loud) Too much information for me.

  • NOTES (4)