Yu Yu Hakusho

Season 1 Episode 9

The Search Begins

Aired Unknown Apr 20, 2002 on Cartoon Network
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The Search Begins
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!moreless

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  • Training and searching begins

    Master Genkai is retiring and looking for one last apprentice to whom to pass along her special psychic fighting powers. Koenma wants Yusuke to enter her contest for that apprenticeship, not only to gain those special powers but to discover a homicidal master criminal named Rando who's surely to be one of the contestants as well. Arriving for the qualification tests, Yusuke meets a familiar acquaintance.
  • Phase One

    And so begins the Genkai tournament.

    I love that Yusuke doesn't immediately see Genkai's technique as the prize here, allowing the viewers to see it with him to understand her power. The first few qualifying rounds do speed by rather quickly, but there's really no reason for it to take more time than it does. It's all about eliminating people quickly to get to the real demon Yusuke's been sent to find.

    I think the most important thing this episode does is show us that Kuwabara's more than just a punch-happy thug (and great friend), foreshadowing his role later in the series.moreless
  • Introducing : Genkai

    Yusuke is given his second major case. An old but powerful psychic named Genkai is wanting to choose an apprentice to pass on her knowledge and techniques. Botan tells Yusuke to go and become that apprentice at any cost as there is a powerful apparition named Rando who has stolen the techniques of 99 psychics and will most definitely be after Genkai’s. Thus, Yusuke ends up going to genkai’s house instead of enjoying a comfortable 3 day weekend. There, he meets up with Kuwabara who is wanting to see Genkai for his own reasons. There are also many other better accomplished fighters who want to be Genkai’s apprentice. First, she makes them all pick lots and tells them that the ones whose lot contains a red paper are selected. Yusuke and Kuwabara both go through(unknown to them is the fact that if they have enough spirit energy, they turn the paper red themselves). After that, there are a series of odd test (including karaoke). 20 people go through to the final test which is to pass through a forest infested with demons using your spirit awareness. Kuwabara is gifted with spirit awareness whereas Yusuke is more gifted with destructive power (this observation was made by Genkai). Yusuke decides to go straight through the forest and encounters a bat like creature named Baldock. While Yusuke is preoccupied, Kuwabara comes first to the other side followed by 6 others. After spending half an hour reading Baldock’s movements, Yusuke comes to the other side well outside the time limit but Genkai makes an exception with him and selects him as the eighth candidate. Thus, the board is set and the tournament to decide Genkai’s apprentice gets underway.moreless
  • This episode felt rushed......

    This episode is about Yusuke trying to find a demon named Rando. Rando is a demon who takes psycic's techniques then klls them. Rando's next target is the famous Genkai.

    The episode starts out with Botan persuading Yusuke to go to Genkai and find Rando. Yusuke eventualy goes, and to his surprise, finds Kuwabara there! The tests soon begin, and they are a bit strange to say the least. The final test, the forest of death eliinates almost everyone except eight people, and now these eight will compete to be Genkai's next student.

    This episode really felt rushed, but it was still so fun to compare the fighters. They probably should have split it into 2 episodes, but the episode was still good, and fun to watch.moreless
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    The Sucsessor To Genkai! (Original Japanese Episode Title) The Search Begins! (Edited English Episode Title) My God Damned Computer Was On the frizz, so I have to write it on My Sister's Computer. Humanity Or Vcation? I'd Choose the vacation, cause the work of the Spirit Detective Title Is Pissing me off. Ok, this review was TOTALLY worthess.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Genkai's fighting style in the English version is called the Spirit Wave Technique. In the Japanese version it is called the Rei Kou Haduo Ken (Spirit Light Wave Fist Fighting Technique).

    • According to the manga, the fighters are ranked by Rei response strength, Rei hitting power, and Reiki amount.

    • Several characters from the Street Fighter video game series make appearances during this episode. When Yusuke first talks to Kuwabara, Zangeif and Dhalsim can be seen. When Kuwabara points at Yusuke's face, one person bares a strong resemblance to E. Honda, and when Yusuke is waiting in line to draw lots, Chun-Li is visible in the background.

    • This is the first episode to use the term "Psychic", which would be used throughout the series as a human with supernatural powers. This term only exists in the English dub; the manga and Japanese version do not use a term to define people with these powers.

    • When all the fighters line up to enter the forest, Yusuke is shown with his jacket on, then when we see them in a view from above Yusuke has his jacket off, and finally when the race begins Yusuke has his jacket back on.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Genkai: Ha ha ha! Yes, run along. I don't blame you. Even a person with the slightest spirit awareness can feel this forest will tear you into pieces if you let it.

    • Kuwabara: (grabs Yusuke's shirt) Don't you see that you've got no reason to laugh, idiot you went over the time limit!
      Yusuke: What? Is that true?
      Genkai: Its seems to be, but I believe I will make an exception
      Yusuke: (laughing and hugs Kuwabara) Yeah!
      Kuwabara: (hugs Yusuke) We did it!
      Yusuke: (stops hugging) Why don't you quiet hugging me, you weirdo!
      Kuwabara: You're the one hugging. I was trying to squeeze you to death!

    • Yusuke: All of this seems like a pretty major crisis for mankind.
      Botan: So let's go!
      Yusuke: But on the other hand it means I won't be able to do anything relaxing on this three day weekend.
      Botan: (falls overs) Aaah!! Mankind or vacation!!
      Yusuke: Well they got the same importance to me, okay!

    • Koenma: There are so many people on Earth who would give anything to learn Genkai's ability, which is quite understandable, considering what it can do. It is a powerful psychic technique that can, depending on the user, either protect or destroy hundreds of people.

    • Baldock: He'll eat you!
      Yusuke: Shut your face! I must have wasted a half an hour memorizing your stupid attack style and I happen to be under a time limit!
      Baldock: Baldock is sorry.
      Yusuke: And I'm so tired of the way you talk!

    • Genkai: The only difference between larger fighters is that they are louder when they whine. Can't you blockheads understand? I'm just trying to save you from embarrassment.

    • Genkai: Those who won, please follow me! Those who lost, please get lost!

  • NOTES (5)

    • (Differences in the manga)
      1: Yusuke asked if he was going to Demon World, not Spirit World.
      2: Yusuke does mention his upcoming three-day weekend, but nothing about which is more important to him.
      3: Kuwabara wasn't wearing his uniform.
      4: Kuwabara says that it was his sister who encouraged him to see Genkai.
      5: After meeting up with Yusuke, Kuwabara goes on to explain the Spirit Wave's abilities.
      6: We are shown the crowd's response to the two fighters dejection.
      7: Kuwabara asks Yusuke what he's doing, not about his broken watch.
      8: When speaking to the fighters, Genkai was standing in front, not in a hanging basket.
      9: 10 wins were required to pass the Rock, Paper, Scissors game, 120 plus points for the Punching game, and 70 plus points for Karaoke.
      10: Genkai mentions that the playing fee is 100 yen.
      11: Genkei thought that Yusuke would make a great demon exterminator, there was no mention about him becoming a warrior.
      12: In the Rock, Paper, Scissors game, Yusuke lost 2 to 13.
      13: One of the fighters is able to pick up on the youki being emitted.
      14: Yusuke didn't want to retreat after seeing Genkai's powers, and there was nothing about him being scared by the forest.
      15: When we see Genkai again, only an hour had passed, not longer.
      16: Inside the forest, various demons are shown; Youkai bibirabos (Little Head Monster), and Youkai shokubutsu michikusagusa (Plant type monster, var roadside).
      17: Yusuke was in 10th place.
      18: Baldock's appearance is much different, in fact he didn't even have a name.
      19: We only see Kuwabara arrive first, not the order in which the others came.
      20: There was still one minute left before Yusuke showed up.
      21: Yusuke's fight wasn't shown, however he did bring Baldock to Genkai.
      22: The last scene was Genkai speaking about the fourth test.

    • This episode is based on the events from chapters 25 and 26 in volume 3 of the manga.

    • This episode first aired in Japan on December 5th, 1992.

    • Japanese title: 幻海の継承者トーナメント開始
      Romaji title: Genkai no Keishōsha Tournamento Kaishi
      Translated title: The Successor to Genkai Tournament Begins

    • Kazamaru, one of the contestants competing to be trained by Genkai, originally had a manji (a holy symbol in Buddhism) tatooed on his head. It's not a swastika, because the arms are pointing in the wrong direction. But Funimation edited it out because they either thought it WAS a swastika, or didn't want to offend anyone who'd get the two confused.


    • The demon Baldock could be a reference toward Golem, a character from the Lord of The Rings book series, they both look and speak in a similar manner.