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|This article is about a/an episode in Choujin Sentai Jetman.|
When three Jetman have their souls taken by Radiguet, Ryu must pursue them into the spiritual world to rescue them.
Ako calls desperately for help, and her fellows find her dead on a path in the park. Stunned, they bring her body back to base. Gai later returns to the park, riding his motorcycle, searching for some trace of whatever it was that took Ako's life. He passes a hearse going the opposite direction. Suddenly he is caught as if in a tractor beam and pulled back, back into the hearse! The remaining three find his dead body and Kaori sobs over him. The hearse rolls out of thin air and a rope loops around Raita's neck, dragging him inside the thing. It disappears, then a moment later reappears, dumping Raita's lifeless body from the back. There's a lovely red rope-burn around his neck.
Radiguet appears, but something is strange. He is like a ghost. His body is see-through. But though Ryu can't touch him, he can touch Ryu! Fighting, Ryu falls halfway into the hearse and finds he is staring into a vision of Hell. Demons of Japanese legend wait for him. Radiguet grabs him and starts dragging him in when a wooden staff seems to leap past Ryu's shoulders and knocks the Vyram away.
Aya has brought in a Shinto/Buddhist Priest. It seems the other three aren't EXACTLY dead. Radigyet has stolen their souls and trapped them in Hell. It's up to Ryu and Kaori to get them out. Ryu, though terrified and trembling from his vision of Hell, volunteers to negotiate the paths of the dead to find his teammates.
It is a frightening journey. Several traps lie in wait for him. I'm out of order here, but heck. He finds himself in a dark dungeon. Stumbling upon a crying little girl, he picks her up on his back to carry her out, but she turns into stone and he flees, pursued by demons. Out, he meets an old woman beside a river. She tosses him in and he sees a vision of the others being tortured in Hell, by demons and the shades of several of the monsters the Vyram have sent against them. He stumbles into a field where three lovely maidens are gathering flowers. He almost stays with them, but Kaori (her astral self at the waterfall, which is an anchor-point) calls out a warning. Which is good, because it turns out these aren't really women after all, but Radiguet and the demons! Radiguet and Ryu fight. To our hero's horror, he cannot change into his suit. Ryu abandons his fear and lets himself fall off a cliff. By strength of will he changes into costume and becomes a firebird. He goes to the others and tells them they can do it, to.
They all transform and summon the spirit-forms of Jet Icarus and Jet Garuda to fight the monsters' shades. Two monsters take over Jet Icarus for a time, but in the end our heroes prevail! They return to their bodies and bound happily out of the Buddhist caves where they've been while all this was going on. It is SO good to be alive! Aya bids farewell to the Priest.
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- The priest who helps the Jetman is portrayed by recurring Sentai actor Masashi Ishibashi.
Choujin Sentai Jetman Volume 3 features episodes 21-30.