The team leader of the Rikuyaki group, a demon named Zeru, steps forward for the next match. With Yusuke still asleep, Hiei decides to take him on.
It’s revealed that Zeru can control heat energy, and he uses it to put on an impressive fire show that roasts a significant portion of the stadium crowd. Considering that Hiei is a fire demon, I’m not sure what Zeru hoped to accomplish, but Hiei still goes out of his way to dodge Zeru’s later attacks.
Much like the previous fight, it seems like the challenger is no match for our hero, but the demon gets caught off guard and Zeru manages to deliver a devastating blow that even catches the stoic Hiei off guard.
It seems like the half pint demon is down for the count, but he taunts Zeru as he is walking away and reveals a deadly new attack. It’s called the Dragon of the Darkness Flame, a monster summoned from the depths of Spirit World. The darkness energy is something of an urban legend and no one thought that any spirit was capable of conjuring it. Thanks to his Jagann eye, Hiei shows that he is capable of doing so.
Even with the eye, Hiei says that the dragon is beyond his control and that it will do pretty much whatever it wants to. With that, Hiei unleashes the dragon and Zeru is vaporized. It was rather amusing to see the horrified looks on the demons’ faces after the match was finished.
Hiei walks off giving the act little more thought. Kurama reveals that while Hiei played it cool for effect, the attack really was a last ditch effort. Hiei’s arm is badly burned and Kurama doubts he’ll ever be able to use it again.
The other two team members of Team Rikuyaki are so horrified by seeing their leader get killed that they run off in terror into the dark tunnel that leads into the arena. We hear them bump into someone, followed by cracking bones, only to see their bodies fly back into the main stadium. A drunk named Chu follows them and says that he is the team’s alternate fighter, who can step in if the team needs a backup.
Chu doesn’t impress anyone, though he does try to flirt with the announcer a bit before telling everyone that the only reason he’s the alternate is because he’s apparently terrible at rock/paper/scissors.
Kudos to the announcer for picking up on what Chu was trying to say because on it’s own it really borders on random non-sequitur humor.
Yusuke finally wakes up and decides to step in for this fight. Even though he’s been sleeping for a whole day, he’s sure that he can beat up the drunkard with little trouble. While Chu seems like a low level foe, the remaining members of Team Urameshi are skeptical and believe that there is more to this foe than meets the eye. The episode ends with Chu beginning to get into his bizarre fighting rhythm.
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