Shikon Rider Hibiki
Episode 1: The Pink Haired Oni
It was another clear and sunny day for InuYasha and company. They were walking down a path when InuYasha's stomach suddenly began to growl.
"Hey, we've got anything to eat?" asked the hanyou.
"Not much left," Kagome grimaced as she checked her giant bag.
"We'll be heading into a town soon, so we can restock there" Sango assured the rest of the group.
"Great, 'cause I'm starving" complained Shippo.
Just then a young boy's scream was heard. The group looked up to see a boy. He looked to be about 13. What was strange about him was that he wore clothes similar to Kagome, wearing a black coat, with black jeans and matching boots. On the right lobe of his ear was a short string with a small bell attached. The strangest thing about him was that his eyes and hair were...PINK! The boy was being chased by a giant lizard demon.
"SOMEBODY HELP ME!" the boy cried out.
InuYasha quickly jumped into action, unsheathing his Tetsusaiga. Kagome distracted the lizard with one of her arrows, catching it off guard. InuYasha blindsided the demon and cut off its tail amking it scream in pain.
"Heh, you got guts pickin' on little kids," InuYasha smirked. "How about pickin' on somebody your own size!"
The demon charged at InuYasha, only to be dodged and kicked to the side. Then, with a strong swing, InuYasha sliced the giant lizard in half. With victory in hand, InuYasha sheathed his giant sword and returned to the group.
"You OK kid?" InuYasha asked the pink-haired youth.
Instead of a voiced reply, InuYasha was glomped by the child who was crying a river.
"You saved me! Arigato, Onii-chan!" cried the boy.
"Hey! Get off!" InuYasha growled.
"C'mon, InuYasha." Kagome pleaded. "He's just thankful you saved his life."
"Well he doesn't have to so teary-eyed about!" InuYasha said, struggling to get out of the boy's strangely powerful grasp.
The boy remembered something and released InuYasha and rushed to Kagome's side, giving her firm but soft hug around the waist.
"Thak you too, Onee-chan," the boy smiled.
"Aw, he's so adorable," Kagome cooed as she returned the hug.
"Hey, what about me?!" complained Shippo.
"Looks like Shippo's got some competition for Kagome's affection," Sango giggled.
Miroku wore a stern face as he observed the pink-haired boy. His clothing was strangely similar to Kagome's and his aura was also similar to InuYasha in terms of demonic aura.
"Excuse me, but could you be a half-demon, by any chance?" the monk asked.
"He's a half-demon?" Kagome repeated.
"Now that you mention it, he does smell like a demon" InuYasha commented.
"Huh?" the boy blinked. "Oh, I forgot to introduce myself. I'm Haruki, Sakurai Haruki. Nice to meet ya!"
The group went through their introductions and decided to ask some questions.
"So, why did that lizard demon attack you, Haruki-kun?" asked the demon slayer.
"I have no idea" Haruki shook his head. "All I remember was waking up in a forest about a day ago. A little while ago, I found a pretty glowing gem and then that lizard came after me."
"May I see it?" Kagome asked politely.
"OK." Hauruki complied. He reached into his pocket and revealed a purple glowing piece of a gem.
"A Shikon jewel shard!" everyone gasped.
"Is that what this is?" Haruki asked. "It's really pretty isn't it," Haruki said, gazing at the shard's glow.
"Give it here!" InuYasha demanded.
"No way! It's mine! Onii-chan can't have it!" he stuck out his tongue.
"InuYasha, sit!" Kagome ordered. InuYasha then was pulled to the floor, face-first, by the power of his necklace. "He's just a little kid!"
"Please understand Haruki-kun," Sango tried to explain. "That shard holds a lot of power and can be very dangerous if not handled properly."
"We need to purify the jewel shard," Miroku added.
"NO! No, no, no, no, no, no, NO!" Haruki then ran to kagome and hid behind her. "Onee-chan, they're trying to take my treasure from me." Haruki cried. "I found it so it should be mine, right?"
Kagome was in a bind. She knew they needed to gather the jewel shards, but she couldn't ignore Haruki's plea for help. In a way, he reminded her of her own little brother. Reacting to her maternal instincts, Kagome turned around to face Haruki, embraced him, and stroked his long, pink hair.
"I't's OK, Haru-kun. You don't have to give us the shard if you don't want to." Kagome then brought his face to hers, their eyes meeting. "But you have to keep it safe in return, OK?" Cheeks flushed, Haruki smiled and nodded, burying his face in Kagome's bosom, causing her to blush.
The group could only sigh at how motherly Kagome was acting. Then Shippo was the next to speak up.
"Say, Haruki, why are your clothes like Kagome's?" the young fox demon asked.
Haruki wiped his tears with his arm and replied, "I don't know. Like I said, I woke up and I find myself in a forest and wearing these clothes."
"Sounds like he has amnesia," Miroku concluded.
"So he can't remember anything?" Kagome asked worriedly.
"Doesn't seem too bad if he can remember his name," InuYasha observed.
"Well, let's get to town and figure this out later," Kagome suggested.
The group then made their way into town. Haruki held onto Kagome's hand, refusing to let go. Also, Miroku was informed that a demon was terrorizing the village at night. Miroku offered to exorcise the demon and the group was given a room for the night.
"So, this demon is causing trouble for this village," Miroku surmised.
"If this demon doesn't have a jewel shard, then I ain't gettin' involved" InuYasha huffed.
"But Onii-chan, you have to help!" Haruki protested.
"Why should I?"
"Because, you're strong! The strong have a duty to protect the weak since they can't fight for themselves!"
"That's what you think," InuYasha snorted. "But not me."
"InuYasha!" Kagome scolded.
Tears began to weld up in Haruki's eyes and everyone backed away, fearing the boy may start crying loudly again. Instead, Haruki lowered his head so his pink locks hid his eyes.
"Onii-chan..." Haruki spoke in a hushed tone.
"BAKA!" Haruki decked InuYasha in the eye, sending him flying through the wall. Haruki then ran out of the room crying.
"Haru-kun, wait!" Kagome called, giving chase.
"Smooth," Sango said sarcastically.
"What did I do?" InuYasha asked, rubbing his sore eye.
"I don't know, question and ridicule his beliefs?" Miroku frowned.
Haruki stopped running, catching his breath at a lake near the village. He sat at the edge of the lake, wiping his tears.
"Onii-chan no baka..." the boy sniffled.
"Are you OK?"
Haruki raised his head to see Kagome sitting next to him with a smile hiding a concerned look.
"Why does Onii-chan have to act like that?" Haruki asked eyeing the lake. "He's super-strong, so why doesn't he help?"
Kagome sighed as she slung her right arm over Haruki's shoulder, resting his head on her shoulder.
"Onii-chan's just a little cranky today since we haven't found any jewel shards, aside from your yours," Kagome explained. "Don't let what he said get to you. He's just a big softie on the inside. Like you." She poked Haruki in the ribs, causing him to giggle.
Haruki then tensed up. he stood up quickly and got into a defensive stance.
"What's wrong?" Kagome asked.
"Something's coming," Haruki growled.
From behind the trees, a large ogre came stomping towards the human girl and hanyou boy. It was muscular and gray, wore a loincloth, had a horn atop its head, and was weilding a kanabo.
"Well, looks like I found my next meals," the ogre sneered.
"I don't think so!" Kagome protested. She then fired an arrow but the ogre deflected it with his kanabo.
"Your flimsy arrows can't do thing against my kanabo," the ogre laughed. The kanabo gave off a purple glow.
"A jewel shard!" Kagome exclaimed.
"Onee-chan, run. Get the others." Haruki ordered.
"Eh?! What about you?" Kagome asked.
"I'll do my best to stall him. Go!"
Seeing the look in Haruki's eyes, Kagome made a break for it to call for InuYasha. Seeing that she was safe, Haruki turned to his opponent
"So, you're a half-demon," the ogre assumed.
"So what if I am?" Haruki retorted
"He, he, I'm gonna enjoy hearing your bones break!" The ogre charged forward, swinging down his club.
Haruki rolled to the side to dodge the weapon
"What makes you think you can!?" Haruki taunted.
"InuYasha, Haru-kun's fighting the demon!" Kagome exclaimed.
"What?!" InuYasha took hold of his sword and left the inn. "Let's go!"
He then spotted Haruki fighting the ogre at the edge of the forest. The ogre kept swing his kanabo at haruki, attempting to break the hanyou boy in half. Haruki only dodged and rolled from the ogre's attacks.
"A weapon is nothing if you can't hit the target," Haruki grinned.
"Oh yeah?" The ogre then kicked Haruki in the chest, sending him flying through a hut.
"Haruki!" InuYasha called out.
"Haru-kun!" Kagome gasped.
"He's too young to take on that demon!" Sango assumed.
Haruki came out from the hut coughing dust and dusting off his clothes. "Man, this guy's persistent. Guess I got no choice." He reached for his back pocket and pulled out a black and gold device. He flipped it open, revealing it to look like a tuning fork. He flicked the metal piece, causing it to ring as he held it to his head. An ornament, shaped like an oni face, appeared on his forehead. "Henshin!" he called out. Haruki's body turned red and was engulfed in purple flames, causing eveyone to gasp.
Music: "Kagayaki" (TV Version)
With a wave of his right arm, Haruki dispelled the flames to reveal a new appearance. He appeared to be wearing a kind of purple bodysuit, red gloves and boots, silver straps covering his chest, a belt around his waist, and what looked like a purple helmet with a purple opaque visor lined with red markings, silver horns, and the same oni face decorating the forehead. Haruki was taller as well, around InuYasha's height.
InyuYasha and the others, as well as the villagers, gazed at the transformed Haruki with wide eyes and mouths gaping.
"Is that...Haru-kun?" Kagome asked cautiously.
"That's definitely him" InuYasha answered. "His scent is still the same... but older."
"That must must be Hauki-kun's true form" Miroku speculated.
"Cool" Shippo breathed
"OK, let's rock!" the transformed Haruki declared with a deeper voice. He charged forward with a fyling kick to the ogre's gut, causing him to stumble back. Haruki continued with some punch combos and a leg sweep, tripping the giant giant ogre. Cheers could be heard from the villagers, as they watched the smaller demon fight against the giant ogre.
"You bastard..." the ogre grunted. "Who the hell are you?!"
"You can call me...Hibiki!" Haruki, now Hibiki, said dramatically.
"Hibiki?" everyone parroted.
Hibiki took his jewel shard and examined it. "If this thing can make a kanabo stronger than iron, let's see what it does to my Ongekibou Rekka."
Hibiki reached behind his back to reveal a pair of red drum clubs with small rings attached, and ruby oni shaped heads. He then drove the shard into one of his drum clubs. The club began to grow bright before it died down.
The ogre charged and swung down, only to be blocked by Hibiki's jewel empowered drum club. He tried again and again, not noticing that his kanabo was beginning to crack. Hibki then swung upward at the giant club, causing it to shatter and smacked the ogre in the gut with the other, sending the demon flying.
"That's what happens when you don't take care of your weapons," Hibiki teased.
He then removed his Ongekikou Kaenstuzumi from his buckle and flung at the ogre's chest, paralyzing it. A glowing drum appeared, prompting Hibiki to finish the fight.
"Ongeki Da Renda no Kata!" Hibiki declared. Hibiki began beating his clubs no the glowing drum in a rhythmic fashion, pounding shockwaves in to the demon's body. After several beats, Hibki raised his arms dramatically. "Haaah..." He clicked the clubs together. "Hyaah!" Hibiki pounded into the demon's gut with a final one-two beat. The ogre exploded into pieces.
The villagers cheered as they rushed over to Hibiki.
"Thank you, Oni-sama!"
"He vanquished the demon!"
Hibiki rubbed the back of his helmet sheepishly. He wasn't expecting to get so much attention. He noticed the ogre's jewel shard at his feet and picked it up.
"To the victor goes the spoils," he said to himself. He took his normal drum club and inserted the shard into it.
"Hey! What do you think you're doing!?" InuYasha exclaimed.
Hibiki looked up to seee InuYasha and the others running to him.
"Uh, I don't know, claiming my prize?" Hibiki asked sarcastically.
"I'm talking about the jewel shard you took! Hand it over!"
"InuYasha, cut it out!" Kagome scolded.
"Oh, which reminds me." Hibiki recalled.
InuYasha was on the floor with another black eye.
"Why you..." InuYasha growled.
"Don't give me that, 'Onii-chan.' That's for insulting my beliefs. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, challenges what I believe in! As for the jewel shard, I won it fair and square! So if you want it, you better be prepared to die for it!" Hibiki drew his drum clubs and got into a fighting stance.
"That's fine by me. But you're the one who's gonna die!" InuYasha grinned, cracking his knuckles.
InuYasha slammed into the ground super-hard.
Kagome then walked up to Hibiki and gazed upon his armored visage. "Haru-kun...you're Haru-kun, aren't you?"
Hibiki stared at the school girl with intensity in his covered eyes. This woman before him reminded him so much of...he holstered his drum clubs and removed his helmet, revealing his long and messy pink hair and vibrant...red eyes.
"Well, you're half right, Onee-chan," Hibiki answered. "We need to talk."
"So there are two Harukis?" Shippo asked
Hibiki shook his head. "Haruki told you, right? He's a hanyou. A half-demon. I'm his demon-half."
"So, what kind of demon are you?" Sango asked.
"I'm an Oni. Specifically a higher class of Oni. We're trained in the martial arts of Ongeki-dou."
"Ongeki-dou?" InuYasha parroted.
"We fight demons with pure sound." Hibiki clarified.
"So how did you get here, Hibiki-san?" Miroku asked.
"It happened when I was with my friends, fighting an enemy. That bastard put a curse on me, turning me in to a child. Because of that, I'm not at full power. He tried to kill me too, figuring I'd be weak as a child. So we escaped, but we fell into a well."
"A well?!" Kagome gasped.
"Next thing I know, I wake up alone and started moving" Hibiki nodded.
"Who could've done such a thing to you?" Kagome frowned.
"Can't remember. When he turned me into a kid, he wiped most of my memories to add insult to injury. Next time I see that-ARGH!"
"I've used up more energy than I thought...I can't hold this form for long..." Hibiki then collapsed over Kagome's shoulder and reverted to his child form.
"Is he alright?" Sango asked worriedly.
"I think he's just exhausted," Kagome assured while stroking Haruki's hair.
"Well, Haruki-kun has the right idea. Let's get some sleep." Miroku suggested.
It was late at night but InuYasha wasn't asleep. He was thinking over what Hibiki, or rather Haruki had said before he ran off. It's true that InuYasha was strong, but he only used that strength to fight. He never thought of using that power to protect. He turned his head to watch Haruki sleeping with Kagome.
"Onee-chan...can't eat anymore..." Haruki mumbled.
InuYasha silently chuckled to himself. The kid was such a baby, despite being so strong. But a thought crossed his mind.
'He said something about having friends...does that mean there are more Oni like him out there somewehre?'
Somewhere, in the woods, a dark figure was stumbling through the trees.
"Where am I? And how did I get here?" the figure asked himself.
To Be Continued...
Bushido: What do you think? I was checkin' out Hibiki on YouTube and was wondering how it would fit with InuYasha. This is a test of that theory. InuYasha doesn't belong to me and neither does Kamen Rider Hibiki. The only character that's mine is Sakurai Haruki. I also added the "Henshin" command for effect. Please R+R and tell me what you think!
Next Episode: The Roaring Oni