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Yuusuke Urameshi (Japanese Version)
Kazuma Kuwabara (Japanese Version)
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.
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!
(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.
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