The episode moves back a few minutes to show Kuwabara getting thrown around like a rag doll again. Rinku gets bored and decides to let science do the work and uses his yo-yo’s to lift Kuwabara high into the air. After letting him hang there for a few minutes, Rinku releases his grip and lets Kuwabara fall.
As Kuwabara himself points out, this was a dumb move as Kuwabara’s hands are now free. Kuwabara uses his extended spirit sword to absorb the impact and then vaults himself at Rinku in a last ditch effort to win the fight. Rinku’s impressed with Kuwabara’s quick thinking, but unleashes his yo-yo’s again to end it. Kuwabara unveils a new ability, to manipulate his spirit sword, much like Rinku manipulated the yo-yo’s, so that it can bend and twist.
Both Rinku and Kuwabara land solid blows and knock each other out of the ring. The official begins the count, and much like the end to Rocky II, the fight comes down to who can get up first. Rinku gets to his feet first, but Kuwabara is awakened by Yusuke’s mumbling.
Rinku is legitimately scared to continue the fight and ties Kuwabara up. Oddly enough, Kuwabara’s legs were still free, so he could’ve entered the ring if he wanted to. Sure, he couldn’t put up much of a fight, but he didn’t have to go down the way he did. Kuwabara challenges Rinku to a straight fight outside the stadium, but the demon runs away in fear. Kuwabara loses the match, but he does get something of a spiritual victory, no pun intended.
Kurama steps up for the next match and battles the demon, Roto. Kurama clearly has him beat as Roto can barely land a blow, but the tables turn when Roto reveals that his brother is stalking Kurama’s human mother and with the push of a button, will be told to rip her head off. It’s a cheap tactic, but as Roto’s teammates point out, it works. Roto tells Kurama to stand still and let him whale on the red headed demon.
After getting pummeled, Kurama flicks Roto with a pebble. It seems like a random, juvenile attack, but it proves to be Kurama’s key to victory as it’s revealed that the pebble was a distraction so that Kurama could shoot the seed of a death plant into Roto’s body. It first renders Roto immobile, allowing Kurama to take the device from him, and then explodes into a bush that bursts from Roto’s chest. We get a glimpse of Kurama’s ruthlessness as Roto begs for mercy, but receives none.
The fact that a good quarter of the episode is spent bringing us back to where the previous episode ended is unfortunate, but I’m not sure how they could’ve extended the two fights any more than they did.
While the girls are on the sidelines, we get to see that they have a part to play as well. Keiko runs down to try and awaken Yusuke, only to be accosted by a demon. She puts on a brave front, but Shizuru has to step in and burn the monster’s tongue with her cigarette. Botan, meanwhile, declares herself the team manager. Rather than heal Kuwabara, she takes another stab at trying to wake up Yusuke.
This episode shows off both Kuwabara’s and Kurama’s abilities as fighters. While the prior loses, he still shows that he can hold his own in a fight and that he can obtain the upper hand even after being pummeled. We also see that Kurama can win a fight without even having to throw a punch.
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