After returning from his six-month training session with Genkai, Yusuke plans on having some downtime. For those who wanted to see Yusuke go through a training montage, we do get glimpses of his sessions with Genkai through flashbacks as he tells Kuwabara what he went through.
Just as he’s about to go on a date with Keiko, he notices that they are being followed and quickly pulls Kuwabara aside, telling Keiko that they have some quick shopping to do.
The followers are a group of knife wielding zombies who attack. While outnumbered and facing armed opponents, the pair seems to maintain the upper hand. Yusuke also gets a chance to show off a new technique called the shotgun, that blasts a spray of spirit bullets in a wide area.
They notice another creature watching them and begin pursuing. Surprisingly, it’s Botan who delivers the final blow with a baseball bat, knocking the demon out. She explains that the zombie people were infected by a spirit parasite that reduces people to their most violent impulses. It’s a plot by a group of demons that have been exiled and imprisoned; they want to return to the mortal world and are using the insects as leverage. It’s up to Yusuke to stop them.
You have to feel a little sorry for Yusuke. He went through the ordeal with Rando, trained for six months in spirit boot camp and is then called on another assignment on the day he gets back. That’s just bad luck.
Kuwabara agrees to help since, as he so eloquently put it, he has a sword. The pair enters the city through a breach that Koenma made to allow them entry and the pair is quickly attacked by what look like demonic jawas.
The two put up a decent fight but are quickly overwhelmed simply due to the sheer number of them. Hiei and Kurama save them, however. Kurama explains that Koenma offered to wipe their slate clean if they help since Yusuke is going to need some more backup.
Kuwabara is happy for the assistance, but Hiei’s cold personality gets on his nerves. The “fight” between the two was pretty funny; you have to wonder why no one else really reacted.
Even though this arc doesn’t have a tournament, you can tell that it will have a similar format, as there are four beasts and four of them. You’d think they’d go for a four on one attack each round, but as this episode shows us, they don’t really have a sense of camaraderie yet.
As they enter the castle, an eye-bat creature approaches them. It tells them that in order to enter the castle, they will have to pass the gate of betrayal. It pulls a lever on a wall, causing the ceiling to come down. The creature explains that sensors give the device a reading of everyone’s strength and applies just enough pressure so that all of their strength is required to hold it up. The weight is heavy enough that they can’t stay that way forever as they’ll be crushed; but if one goes to pull the lever, the others will die. As the creature explains, you have to betray your friends to survive, thus the name.
Hiei says that he has no problem leaving them as he has no intention of dying with them, but he is the fastest of the bunch. You’d think he could zip right over, and turn it off before they get crushed.
On the other hand, Kuwabara is the weakest so his strength would be the easiest to compensate for. While the idea makes for an effective cliffhanger, they actually do have quite a few options to work with. Heck, Hiei could go into his demon form or Yusuke could power up as he is wont to do.
The episode is entertaining enough. As it’s primary job is to get the ball rolling, it may not seem as enjoyable as later ones, but it sets the stage and shows us what a legitimate threat this enemy poses. Unlike the other cases, this threat carries some weight behind it as it is much larger in scale than the others.
Yu Yu Hakusho fans in the local Wichita area can pick up the series in its entirety on DVD at their local Best Buy or order it online through websites like Amazon.