We ought to set up a poll somewhere in the forums…
Is a villain more fearsome when he poses an additional, sexual threat?
Funi plays it safe and coy in this dub. They don’t come out and say that Kurama’s gay, nor do they have Karasu explicitly state that he’d rather hook up with the fox dude than pummel him… but c’mon, it’s all pretty obvious. And it does add a different level of danger to this brawl (different from the dozens of others, certainly.) For as big and scary an adversary as Toguro’s been to Yusuke’s, there’s never been the possibility of him maybe wanting to molest the guy after he kicks the crap out of him. Such a threat comes up far more often in the heroine shows, certainly, but it's something of a novelty here.
On another note, I’ve got to say that the image of Kurama directing a torrent of razor-sharp rose petals at Karasu, and Karasu then popping all those petals out of the air like little balloons, had to be one of the most absurd images I’ve seen throughout the lengthy course of this show. Understand, I’m saying this after I didn’t snicker at all when Kurasu was throwing his little warheads at Kurama
Honestly, it's been overall pretty creative how they played Kurama’s “flower power” out with him enveloping the ring in some overflowing plant monster. But such a concept is delicate - - one that can look silly far more often than it can look cool - - and the show fumbled it pretty damn hilariously in that instance.
Look up this episode, "The Beast Within" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.