Things I Like: Genkai (Yu Yu Hakusho)

Genkai first appearance Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

Genkai is one of the best characters on the show.

Genkai holds tournament Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

We first learned of her early on in the series as she’s an aging martial arts master looking to pass her secret technique to a successor before she dies.

Genkai tournament spirit challenges Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

Most of the applicants thought her goofy games were dumb, but they were secretly measuring their spirit power.

Genkai declares Yusuke Urameshi as her apprentice Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

And Yusuke wins her tournament, but with some luck.

Genkai training Yusuke Urameshi Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

Which he initially regrets, as her training is very brutal.

Genkai masked fighter Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

She joins her apprentice and his friends for the Dark Tournament, hiding under the name Masked Fighter.

Genkai masked fighter uses spirit wave Dr ichigaki team Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

We really only get to see her use the Spirit Wave at full power once. And it was used to heal, instead of to hurt.

Genkai vs shishiwakamaru semifinals dark tournament Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

Even after giving her apprentice the majority of her power, she was still able to defeat demons of incredible strength.

Genkai vs suzuka dark tournament semifinals Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

This fight made me laugh out loud.

Younger toguro vs genkai Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

What didn’t make me laugh, was her fight with Toguro.

Young genkai and toguro dark tournament Champions Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

Turns out they were lovers over half a century before. But they broke up after he wanted to become a demon.

Genkai dies in Yusuke's arms Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

And he brutally murdered her.

Genkai says goodbye to toguro in afterlife Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

Turns out that even he planned for her death to be temporary. But they had their goodbyes in spirit world.

Yusuke and genkai chapter black saga Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

Her role is rather limited in the last two sagas. She was pretty essential in the fight against Sensui.

Genkai trains demons for Yomi Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

In the last saga, she trains some of the Dark Tournament demons to fight for Yomi as a favor to Kurama. I don’t think she dies in the anime, but I know she passes away of old age in the manga.

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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