It’s drunk vs street punk as Yusuke takes on the inebriated Chu in the next round of the tournament. Just as the fight is about to start, Chu seems to sober up long enough to go on the offensive, though he reverts to stumbling drunk shortly afterwards. Chu’s bizarre fighting style, along with his great speed, make it difficult for Yusuke to defend himself. Even Hiei gives Chu credit for managing to deliver five punches in a split second.
Urameshi seems down for the count, but springs into action at the last second and goes on the offensive. It still seems hopeless, as the spirit detective can’t seem to land a blow. Over the course of the fight, things start to even out. Chu’s spirit attack is even equal in power to Yusuke’s spirit gun.
It’s revealed that Yusuke can now fire his spirit gun four times, compared to his previous one. Chu unleashes a second attack, this one more powerful. You’d think that the shotgun attack would be a suitable counter, actually I wondered why Yusuke didn’t try that before when he was clearly having trouble landing hits, but it’s moot.
Yusuke unveils his new double spirit gun technique, where he fires two shots, one immediately after the other. Math tells you that he should still have one bullet left, but I guess Yusuke packed more energy into each bullet as the attack leaves him completely drained. Luckily, Chu is also defenseless after his offensive attempt.
The banter between the two fighters was rather amusing. They seem to get along well enough and it’s one of those “worthy adversary” setups where they both acknowledge the skill of their opponent.
The announcer shows a more compassionate side here. Throughout the tournament, she would enthusiastically cheer for violence, broken bones, and death, yet when Chu gets sick as a result of drinking a potent spirit (alcoholic beverage, I decided to play with words a little), she’s by his side, sympathetically asking if he’s OK.
With both fighters completely drained of energy, they both engage in a good laugh and Chu proposes a way to settle the fight once and for all. Considering their aforementioned roots, it’s nice to see that the show is willing to show a good old fashioned brawl under the right circumstances. The episode ends with Yusuke agreeing to Chu’s yet to be announced terms.
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