Xena and Gabrielle travel to Jappa to help an old friend of Xena's past.
- Booze Flamethrower: Evil Xena does this in order to disperse a mob. Unfortunately, the flames spread quickly, killing 40,000 people in the resulting inferno. It is the last time that she does this trick on the show.
- Breath Weapon: Yodoshi uses the ice variety to freeze a poor victim solid.
- Grand Finale: The first part of the story.
- Honey Trap: Yodoshi forced Akemi into this position, luring unsuspecting travelers into her house for the demon to kill and eat their souls.
- Katanas Are Just Better: When past Xena clashed swords with the blacksmith, her sword is cut in half in one blow. Xena was more impressed with the craftsmanship than anything.
- Les Yay: With how Xena portrayed her relationship with Akemi, including that she was heartbroken by Akemi's suicide, it's heavily implied that there was more going on between the two.
- Multi-Part Episode
- Pressure Point: Gabrielle found out that Xena taught Akemi 'The Pinch' far earlier than she did to Gabrielle. She later shows Gabrielle how to do it.
- Seppuku: After killing her father, Akemi does this outside the house, with Xena assisting with a decapitation.
- Soul Eating: Yodoshi's preferred method to take souls.
- Warrior Poet: Akemi. Fitting, as the setting is in Japan.
- Youkai: Yodoshi is referred to as a 'demon', but he does look the part in being a youkai.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Yodoshi seized on the opportunity from Xena's blunder by stealling the 40,000 souls for himself. He continued to do so for countless other souls up to that point.