This is the Fan-made Anime Filler Guide. It contains spoilers and summaries of the anime filler episodes and the manga they were based on.
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What is Yu Yu Hakusho?
Yu Yu Hakusho (幽☆遊☆白書, Yū Yū Hakusho?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. The story follows Yusuke Urameshi, a teenage delinquent who is struck and killed by a car while trying to save a child’s life. His spirit is brought before the King of the Underworld, Enma Daio, who offers him a chance to return to Earth as a “spirit detective” or “reaper” in exchange for solving cases involving ghosts and demons.
The manga was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from December 1990 to July 1994, when it moved to the monthly magazine called chapters of the collected volumes. The chapters were collected into 18 tankobon volumes released under Shueisha’s Jump Comics imprint between April 22, 1992, and May 17, 1994. The manga was later adapted into an anime television series produced by Fuji Television, YuYu Hakusho (幽☆遊☆白書?, lit. “Ghost Files”). It premiered across Japan on Fuji TV on October 12, 1992, and ran for 114 episodes until its conclusion on October 26, 2018.
Yu Yu Hakusho Plot
The series focuses on Yusuke Urameshi, a street-brawling delinquent who is struck and killed by a car while attempting to save a child’s life. His spirit is retrieved by Botan, a ferrywoman for the Underworld, and he is revived in the form of a fourteen-year-old child. Yusuke is installed as the detective of the afterlife and must solve cases involving demons and apparitions.
How Much Filler is in Yu Yu Hakusho?
A total of 114 episodes aired with a low filler rate of 4%.
Quick Filler & Canon Lists
Complete Filler List
|1||Surprised to be Dead||Canon||10/10/1992|
|3||Kuwabara: A Promise Between Men||Canon||10/24/1992|
|4||Requirements for Lovers||Canon||10/31/1992|
|7||Gouki and Kurama||Canon||11/21/1992|
|8||The Three Eyes of Hiei||Canon||11/28/1992|
|9||The Search Begins||Canon||12/05/1992|
|10||Kuwabara's Spirit Sword||Canon||12/12/1992|
|11||Hard Fights for Yusuke||Mostly Canon||12/19/1992|
|12||Rando Rises, Kuwabara Falls||Canon||12/26/1992|
|13||Yusuke vs. Rando: 99 Attacks||Mostly Canon||01/09/1993|
|14||The Beasts of Maze Castle||Canon||01/16/1993|
|15||Genbu, the Stone Beast||Canon||01/23/1993|
|16||Byakko, the White Tiger||Canon||01/30/1993|
|18||Seiryu, the Blue Dragon||Canon||02/13/1993|
|19||Suzaku, Leader of the Beasts||Canon||02/20/1993|
|20||Seven Ways to Die||Canon||02/27/1993|
|23||The Toguro Brothers Gang||Canon||03/20/1993|
|24||The Deadly Triad||Canon||03/27/1993|
|25||Kuwabara's Fight of Love||Canon||04/10/1993|
|27||The Dark Tournament Begins||Canon||04/24/1993|
|29||Flowers of Blood||Canon||05/08/1993|
|30||Dragon of the Darkness Flame||Canon||05/15/1993|
|32||Knife Edge Death-Match||Canon||05/29/1993|
|33||A Day in Waiting||Canon||06/05/1993|
|34||Percentage of Victory||Canon||06/12/1993|
|35||Glimpse Beneath the Mask||Canon||06/19/1993|
|36||Ambition Destroyed: A Trial of Light||Canon||06/26/1993|
|37||Master of Disguise||Canon||07/03/1993|
|40||Jin, the Wind Master||Canon||07/24/1993|
|42||A Master of Love and Death||Canon||08/07/1993|
|43||The Masked Fighter Revealed||Canon||08/14/1993|
|44||Yusuke's Final Test||Canon||08/21/1993|
|45||Hiei Battles On||Canon||08/28/1993|
|46||Many Faces, Many Forms||Canon||09/04/1993|
|47||Legendary Bandit: Yoko Kurama||Canon||09/11/1993|
|48||The Cape of No Return||Canon||09/18/1993|
|52||The Death of Genkai||Canon||10/16/1993|
|54||The Beginning of the End||Canon||10/30/1993|
|55||The Beast Within the Dark||Canon||11/06/1993|
|57||Beneath Bui's Armor||Canon||11/20/1993|
|58||Wielder of the Dragon||Canon||11/27/1993|
|59||The Shadow of Elder Toguro||Canon||12/04/1993|
|61||Yusuke vs. Toguro||Canon||12/18/1993|
|62||Toguro's Full Power||Canon||12/25/1993|
|65||Out With a Bang||Canon||01/22/1994|
|67||Return to Living World||Canon||02/05/1994|
|68||Setting the Trap||Canon||02/12/1994|
|69||The Power of Taboo||Canon||02/19/1994|
|73||The Doctor's Disease||Canon||03/19/1994|
|74||Sleep, Doctor, Sleep||Canon||03/26/1994|
|75||Caught in the Rain||Canon||04/02/1994|
|78||Divide and Conquer||Canon||04/23/1994|
|79||The Human Race||Canon||04/30/1994|
|81||Let the Games Begin||Canon||05/14/1994|
|82||If You Could Play Forever||Canon||05/21/1994|
|84||Kurama's Anger, Gourmet's Guest||Canon||06/04/1994|
|85||Spirit Detective Showdown||Canon||06/11/1994|
|86||The Difference Maker||Canon||06/18/1994|
|87||Power Between the Teeth||Canon||06/25/1994|
|88||The True Face of Sensui||Canon||07/02/1994|
|89||Death of a Spirit Detective||Canon||07/09/1994|
|91||Waking the Lost||Canon||07/23/1994|
|96||Three Strangers, Three Kings||Canon||08/27/1994|
|97||Departing Living World||Canon||09/03/1994|
|98||Return to Demon World||Canon||09/10/1994|
|99||Haunted by the Past||Canon||09/17/1994|
|100||The Secret of the Jagan||Canon||09/24/1994|
|101||Reunion of the Bandits||Canon||10/01/1994|
|102||Torn Between Identities||Canon||10/08/1994|
|104||Every Demon for Himself||Canon||10/22/1994|
|106||The Battle of Father and Son||Canon||11/05/1994|
|107||The Demon World Tournament Begins||Filler||11/12/1994|
|109||Love and War||Filler||11/26/1994|
|110||A Reason to Fight||Canon||12/03/1994|
|112||To the Future||Canon||12/17/1994|
|114||All or Nothing||Filler||10/26/2018|
List of filler episodes for Yu Yu Hakusho in chronological order – Learn if it is worth watching
Episode 107: The Demon World Tournament Begins
Kurama is initially against Raizen’s decision of having the local tournament promoter, Rui, to hold the Dark Tournament in his place, since he believes that Rui isn’t a worthy match for him. However, after seeing the strength of many of his friends who were participating in the tournament, Kurama decides to join it after all.
This episode begins with the start of the third fight, as Mitarai faces Abe in battle. Mitarai is able to gain the upper hand against his opponent, even though he is at a disadvantage due to his inability to use any of his tricks. However, Abe manages to break through his defenses by utilizing an invisible reflective barrier between him and Mitarai. With this, he manages to gain the upper hand in the battle. Mitarai is then injured by a powerful attack that damages his body and causes him to cough up blood.
Kurama teleports in at this moment, and challenges Abe to a fight instead. Kurama seems to have gained a lot of power since their last battle, but Abe isn’t intimidated and decides to take on Kurama anyway. Kurama uses one of his more powerful techniques on him, but Abe’s barrier manages to block it again. After this he tries another technique on Abe that almost breaks through the barrier, but instead it gives off an explosion that damages both combatants equally. The battle continues with Kurama using another of his techniques on him that seems like it will work this time around only for it too be blocked by the barrier one more time for both fighters.
This is a filler episode as it doesn’t have any connection to the main plot and has no real bearing on the rest of the story. It was most likely added in as a way to show how strong all of the demons are that Rui invited to the tournament.
In addition, Mitarai’s defeat at the hands of Abe is also another reason why this is a filler episode. It is clear that Mitarai isn’t a very powerful demon since he lost to Abe in one blow.
Finally, Kurama’s invitation to fight and defeat Abe is another reason why it was included as filler. His challenge to Abe could have been easily ignored if it was part of the main plot, as he would have had no reason to do so. However, since this fight stems from a filler episode, it makes sense for Kurama to want to challenge him after seeing his power in the tournament.
Episode 108: Farewell, Kurama
Kurama is battling Shigure, a demon hunter who has been sent to kill him. Shigure is very skilled and is using both blades and magic to try and defeat Kurama. Kurama has the upper hand, but he doesn’t want to kill Shigure, because he can’t bring himself to do so. He finally uses his full power against Shigure defeating him.
This episode of Yu Yu Hakusho was a filler episode that aired between episodes 107 and 108 of the anime series. It was created in order to provide more character development for Kurama as he goes through some inner struggles over how he feels about being human again, and his conflicting views on whether or not it is right for him to kill humans or demons who are threatening the lives of others. The fact that this episode focused on developing Kurama’s character was a good decision on the part of the creators of Yu Yu Hakusho , because it gave you a better understanding about his character before his relationship with Hiei becomes much more tense in later episodes of the anime series, especially during their battle against Sensui’s team in episode 112 of Yu Yu Hakusho .
The reason why this particular episode was classified as filler material is because it did not advance the overall storyline of Yu Yu Hakusho any further. Kurama’s relationship with his human identity is fully developed by the end of this episode, and there is nothing that happens in this episode that would affect the way that Kurama and Hiei will fight against Sensui’s team in later episodes. It does show Kurama’s character at a different point than he was in during episodes 107 and 108, but it doesn’t have an effect on his role in future episodes of Yu Yu Hakusho .
Episode 109: Love and War
The episode starts out with Hiei and Mukuro in a battle. Each seem to be evenly matched, neither one able to gain the upper hand.
The episode then switches back a few days earlier, where Mukuro is getting ready for the battle. It shows that he’s planning on not holding back, and he’s training hard to attain victory. In the day of the battle, both fighters are shown to be even in terms of power, and they both hit each other with harsh blows.
Mukuro ends up getting a cut in his shoulder during the fight, and Hiei notices that he was holding back before. He then states that he was going easy on him before because he didn’t want to hurt him too much. As they continue fighting, Mukuro gets more and more injured (one of his ribs was broken), but still continues fighting as if nothing happened (the same way Hiei has always fought). At one point during this time frame, Hiei manages to break off Mukuro’s chains from his past life chain-wrapped around his body. This causes him to go berserk and attack with everything he has left, but it’s still not enough to win against Hiei.
This episode is a filler episode, because it doesn’t happen in the manga. It does however, take place in the anime during the Yu Yu Hakusho series.
The reason that this is a filler episode is because of the fact that it wasn’t in the manga (the story was created specifically for the anime). The creator of Yu Yu Hakusho wanted to add an extra twist to Mukuro’s character, and so he created a storyline for him that didn’t exist before (in his manga). The only events that actually happened in this episode were Hiei fighting Mukuro and breaking his chains from his past life. The rest of the episode was made up entirely by the anime writers.
In the end, Hiei defeats Mukuro and breaks his chains from his past. Mukuro isn’t able to recover from the damage Hiei caused him, and so he is left unable to fight.
One of the most interesting things about this episode is that it shows how much Hiei has changed over the course of the anime. At first, he was an evil guy who didn’t care about anyone but himself. But throughout the series, he grew closer to his friends, and became a better person because of them. He even started to care about other people outside of his group (such as Sensui), although it was mostly because of his mission to kill him. This episode showed that he had grown enough that he was willing to fight someone else’s battle for them, and risk getting hurt in order to help someone out (this is something even Kurama had trouble doing). It also showed how much power Hiei gained in the time it took for this episode to occur (he gained more power than any one else has in the series up until this point).
Episode 111: Closure
In this episode, the final round of the Makai tournament is held, with Yusuke and Yomi fighting for their respective positions as King.
After learning of his friends’ betrayal, Yusuke decides to fight against Yomi in the Makai Tournament. However, Yomi is too strong for him and would have defeated him if not for Hiei’s interruption and attempt at killing him. As such, Yusuke is knocked unconscious while Yomi is barely able to stand. The episode ends before deciding a winner.
The episode is a filler. The Makai Tournament is not a part of the main plot, and the episode can be skipped without losing anything from the overall story.
The events of this episode are covered in a later episode, 112, and therefore, the events of this episode are not relevant to the story.
Episode 114: All or Nothing
The episode starts with a group of high school students starting an investigation of an abandoned mannequin factory rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman. They split into two groups, with one group exploring the building while the other waits in their cars. Suddenly, a demon appears and begins to attack everybody. The first group flees, but is too scared to go back and help their friends. The second group goes back to try and help them, but they get scared off as well.
Meanwhile, Kurama was walking home with Hiei when they see Maya coming toward them. Hiei quickly hides behind Kurama so that he can’t be seen by Maya. Kurama sees her and stops her, asking her not to go home because his mother is sick and he has to stay home tonight. She hesitates for a moment before saying that she’ll go home then come back another night instead, so that Kurama won’t have to worry about his mother.
When she leaves, Hiei tells Kurama that he was worried about nothing since nothing happened. He says that there’s no proof that Yatsude is actually still alive since it had been seven years since he was last seen. He then tells Kurama that he’s never seen Hiei so concerned about someone before.
Later that night, Kurama is sitting in the park when Hiei shows up again to look for Yatsude. He tells Hiei that he’s already looked for him over ten times before but found nothing, and has no intention of looking for him again because it’s too hard. When Hiei sees how tired Kurama is, he decides to give up on looking for Yatsude and go home to get some rest as well.
This episode is filler because in the manga story line, there are no chapters/episodes which take place during this time period (which is covered in the anime). This is due to how quickly the anime series catches up with the manga series and skips over them (some episodes/chapters were skipped over). The story line of this episode had nothing important in it that wasn’t covered in previous episodes/chapters of Yu Yu Hakusho or would have been covered later on in later episodes/chapters of Yu Yu Hakusho, so it is filler.