The Three Eyes of Hiei is the eighth episode of season 1 of the anime/manga series YuYu Hakusho. It aired on November 28, 1992 in Japan and April 13, 2002 in the United States.



Hiei prepares to kidnap Keiko

Unknown to Yusuke the last enemy he has to face is the most demonic of them all. Hiei, the spiky-haired demon that was seen earlier, learned about his other two comrades and planned on stealing the relics back from Yusuke and using it together with his Shadow Sword to conquer the human world, so he decides to take a closer look on Yusuke.

Meanwhile, Yusuke enjoys his life of cutting class when Botan arrives and explains about the third relic and the demon holding it. This makes things a bit complicated then suddenly Keiko runs out and sees her. Botan greets, but then Yusuke reminds her (with a smack to the head) that she doesn't belong to this world and might get things a bit tangled. Botan runs off, leaving him to deal with explaining to Keiko all the weird things going on. Then from afar Hiei can be seen surveying, ready for his plan to take back the relics.


Hiei swears to kill Yusuke

Later as Keiko goes home, still a bit dismayed about Botan and Yusue, she passes by Hiei who out of nowhere knocks her out cold. Yusuke then detects from his Demon Compass that a demon is close by so he decides to follow, then Botan appears and tells him that the last enemy he is going to face has Keiko as hostage. This angers him even more, and as they arrive at the place (an old abandoned warehouse) they are welcomed by people with red circles in their forehead. Hiei then appears telling them that he controls this people with his Jagan (third eye) and he presents Keiko, still out cold. Then Hiei demands the relics in exchange for her, which Yusuke obliges to offer. Just then Hiei double-crosses Yusuke, saying he controls Keiko's life, and then a red, demonic eye suddenly formed over her forehead. Botan tries to stop the awakening of this eye with her spiritual power, as Yusuke prepares himself to fight Hiei.

Hiei proving to be much faster than Yusuke

Hiei explains that the antidote for the eye is in the sword he is carrying, and he dares Yusuke to try and get it if he can. Out of the blue, Yusuke flies high and smashes him in the jaw, and an unexpecting Hiei falls down. Now enraged, Hiei uses his hyperspeed to daze Yusuke, but he follows the demon's movements and lands another right hand on his jaw as he tries to attack. Now more furious than ever, Hiei transforms himself into his demonic form, as red demonic eyes began to pop out of his body and his complexion turns green. This shocks Yusuke, and then Hiei gets the upper hand when he traps him in some kind of spiritual bindings. Now Hiei beats up Yusuke, and then as he was about to land the finishing blow with his sword, Kurama suddenly steps into the way and absorbs his attack. He also made an effort of blinding Hiei with his blood, giving Yusuke enough time to recover a little bit. Now stronger than before, he matches up with Hiei, landing every attack as he is getting hit by his opponent at the same time. When Yusuke realizes he won't win this way, he runs away from Hiei. As Hiei follows Yusuke turns back and unleashes his Spirit Gun on a him, however Hiei's hyperspeed allowed him evade the blast, and Yusuke loses his strength upon releasing the attack. Seeing he has finally "won" the battle, Hiei gets overconfident when all of a sudden the Spirit Gun returns to him and nails him from behind, knocking him unconscious. It turned out that the Forlorn Hope was there behind Hiei and the Spirit Gun attack reflected on it and hit an unsuspecting Hiei. Yusuke wins the battle, gives the antidote to Keiko, and recovers the three artifacts and his mission is finally complete.

As Yusuke Urameshi goes back to his lifestyle of cutting class, Botan approaches him and tells him that the relics were back to the spirit world just in time for the arrival of King Enma, however since the Orb of Baast was soiled, the Forlorn Hope shattered, and the Shadow Sword rusted, King Enma discovers what happened, but since the relics were recovered he decides to only give a minor punishment to Koenma, a spanking. Keiko suddenly appears giving Yusuke the scare of his life as the episode ends.

Charecters in Order of AppearanceEdit


  • This episode marks the first and last use of hiei's "demon form" in the anime
  • This is the last episode of the Artifacts of Darkness Arc
  • The Forlorn Hope is partially destroyed in this episode
  • It's shown that Yusuke's spirit energy can reflect off mirrors (albeit destroys them in the process)



e v Spirit Detective Saga
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Anime: Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3|Season 4
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