Karasu & Kurama


Kurama

Kurama is a demon thief who, after being fatally wounded, fuses with the unborn child of Shiori Minamino. He is born as Shuichi Minamino, a human, though he retains his demon powers at a much lower level. Kurama had originally planned to return to his demon form after regenerating his powers. However, while he has an accident his mother saves him, injuring herself in the process. This forms a bond of love and loyalty which Kurama cannot bear to break, and he stays as Shuichi to keep Shiori happy. He attends the Meioh Private Academy, where his grades are among the top in his year. During the Dark Tournament Kurama is temporarily reverted back to his original form, the Demon Fox. Kurama uses his aura to control plants, including his signature weapon, a rose he keeps in his hair which he turns into a whip of thorns capable of cutting through steel. He also possesses a skill for analytical thinking which allows him to gauge his opponents' strengths and weaknesses and formulate effective strategies. As the Demon Fox, his powers are far greater and he is capable of creating demonic plants which possess various attributes and highly formidable powers.

Karasu

Karasu is a demon bomber who joined Team Toguro after losing in a battle to Younger Toguro. He is able to use his aura to create bombs undetectable by lower level demons, as well as create bombs within his victims. He wears a mask over his mouth which restricts his unstable powers. He is also able to use his entire body as an explosive.

Relationship

One might characterize the relationship between Karasu and Kurama as twisted, sadistic, and one-sided. In the Dark Tournament saga, the demon Karasu takes a liking to Kurama in human form - but what he loves, he attempts to kill. In the finals, Kurama faces Karasu, whose ability manipulates the intangible world. Kurama had taken a transformation potion a few minutes before the match, so he later turned into Youko and nearly killed Karasu using a plant that could track movement. However, Karasu survives and Kurama returns to normal. Only by making Karasu bleed and then unleashing a blood-thirsty plant is he able to kill Karasu.