Yu Yu Hakusho

Season 1 Episode 21

Yusuke's Sacrifice

Aired Saturday 6:30 PM Jul 06, 2002 on Fuji TV
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Yusuke's Sacrifice
Yusuke and Suzaku finish their battle.

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  • Life Energy

    Finally, the battle's over!

    In all reality, the past two episodes could have been combined into one with this one left alone for the conclusion. The end of the Yusuke/Suzaku battle was brilliant, aside from Yusuke getting lucky again by breaking Suzaku's tentacle. There was great dialogue and a wonderful wrap-up, including the feint by Kuwabara implying that Keiko and Botan didn't make it. The episode is a good end to Yusuke's second case.moreless
  • Sacrifice for the lovers... it's a evidence why Yusuke love and take care Keiko much....not as Old friend.. but as girlfriend...

    This is my special episode to watch. Especially for lovebirds. Evidencally, love can't been destroyed wirhout anything. Look at Yusuke, he willing sacrifice his life to his friend or Lover, Keiko. That's explain to us that Yusuke is really love and care about Keiko's condition as his feelings to her. This episode is always reminds me while I reading novels about love. Hahaha... Joking... Well, maybe this episode it's beginning of the love story between Urameshi Yusuke and Ukimura Keiko. In this episode we can know Yusuke's fatal weakness. Yeah, as think we know as well, Yusuke 1st point fatal weakness if he try to said about his apologize, chase, and etc... in front of Keiko.moreless
  • The power of life energy................

    This episode is the final showsdown between Yusuke and Suzaku........

    It seems that Yusuke is out of spirit energy, and luck strikes when he has an opportunity to get the makai whistle and stop all of this! But he fails in his atempt. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew finaly get's through all of the harvested humans! They try to get to Yusuke in time to help him. Yusuke, out of options, decides to use his life energy to save Keiko, but this will have a bad result, as it will kill Yusuke if he uses it. Yusuke goes on and uses life energy to defeat Suzuka! Kuwabara also saves Yusuke's like by giving him some of his life energy. The day is saved!

    Overall, a great conclusion to the whole saint beast fiasco....... Had lots of emotion action and exitment built up. Certainly a classic episode.moreless
  • Yusuke has to fight Suzaku without any spirit energy, but Keiko's life is at stake and he has to do something. He's ready to make the ultimate sacrifice.

    This is definitely one of my favorite episodes. I guess I love any of the episodes where Yusuke dies!

    It was just so emotional, and I love the relationship between Yusuke and Keiko. This is also one of the few episodes where I like Kuwabara. He really is a great character. In both this episode and the one where he fights seaman. I don't understand why so many people dislike him.

    This is another one of the amazing fights, like Toguro and Sensui. It also shows off Yusuke's strength, which has grown a lot since he trained with Genkai. It's just a great episode overall.moreless
  • It really isn't much of a sacrifice if you still lived through it all.

    Yusuke, buffing up his stats when unleashing his potential, seemed to have finish Suzaku off by unleashing a shotgun that hits them all in one shot. However, he drained most of his energy, and can barely walk. His thoughts aren't even clear when he starts talking to himself, wondering where the whistle is. Suzaku pulls another trick up his sleeve by replenishing his energy through his created clones. In fact, you know what else? He creates even more clones! It's as if he was never damaged in the first place. Suzaku seems to have the upperhand, since Yusuke admitted to be dry on spirit energy. Luckily for him that he dented Suzaku's antenna that gives him accuracy, or he would have been done. Yusuke uses a final solution to use life energy instead, which gives him enough power to fire a final shotgun attack that kills all the Suzakus.

    As if unleashing your potential wasn't enough, he went even further! There's kind of a limit to how stronger you can get when you've reached your limit, even when you're super mad and just turned super saiyan. Plus, Yusuke doesn't even die! Well, not like I want him to, since he's the focal point of one of the best animes out there. Still, you'd think the writers could have found another logical way. But other than that, what really got me in this episode is Keiko's acting when she discusses things with Yusuke. Her voice just flowed so smoothly, and it was fully convincing.moreless
Nobou Tonda

Nobou Tonda


Guest Star

Kara Edwards

Kara Edwards


Guest Star

Chisa Yokoyama

Chisa Yokoyama


Guest Star

Jerry Jewell

Jerry Jewell


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Suzaku: I was wrong about you once again, Yusuke. It wasn't because you weren't human that I lost. I lost because you were. Feelings are your power. Touché, human. At last I understand.

    • Suzaku: I've been treating you like a normal human when obviously you're not.

    • Kayko: (to Yusuke) You've made me feel like a fool the way everyone else around you is in on your little secret life except for me, it's like I don't count.
      Yusuke: ...I didn't tell my mom.
      Kayko: Yusuke, you don't tell your mom anything.

    • Hiei: (about Yusuke saving Kayko) Here's what I don't understand, why would he bother saving her if he died in the process?
      Kurama: Trust me Hiei, there are reasons.
      Hiei: (scoffs) Maybe for a person who's lived there, but I'd never do it. The challenge is enough without taking someone else's slack.

    • Suzaku: (to Yusuke) The lives of you and your miserable friends are all coming to a close at the same time, I love good endings.

    • Suzaku: Let me ask you a philosophical question. If you take the lives of yourselves in order to save yourself, is it murder?

  • NOTES (4)

    • (Differences in the manga)
      1: We don't actually see Botan getting struck in the head.
      2: Yusuke didn't bluff to Murugu.
      3: Nothing is shown in Spirit World.
      4: The battle against the plant people isn't shown. When we do see them again, they're standing outside the tower.
      5: Suzaku didn't notice that he had been damaged until after Yusuke's final attack.
      6: Instead of being silent, Kuwabara told Yusuke about what had happened to the teachers.
      7: Yusuke got even with Kuwabara for his prank.

    • This episode is based on the events from the second half of chapter 43 and chapter 44 from volume 5 of the manga.

    • This episode originally aired in Japan on March 6th, 1993.

    • Japanese title: 幽助・命を賭けた反撃
      Romaji title: Yūsuke ・Inochi o kaketa hangeki
      Translated title: Yusuke's Life or Death Counterattack


    • When Yusuke awakens in Kuwabara's room after the Maze Castle battle, it appears that he has an Oingo Boingo poster on his wall in the background.

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