With Meno's life on the line, Recca throws himself into the fight with Genjuro, and quickly learns of the powerful technique that the old man commands- the Genjutsu Wakemi, a complex illusion that creates several lifelike duplicates of himself. Outmatched, Recca finds himself completely at the mercy of the leader of the Uruha Maboroshi, and struggles valiantly as Genjuro finally reveals his ultimate intention- to steal the eight Karyu from his opponent and defeat Kurei by himself. Using his psychic surgery, Genjuro digs into the young ninja's torso, causing him great pain, and removes one of the flame dragons- Setsuna.
Despite his apparent disadvantage, Recca prepares to counterattack and reclaim his dragon. At the last minute, however, another one of the Karyu, Saiha, intervenes, and informs Recca that the dragon Genjuro stole is an extremely vengeful being, and that the old man has already sealed his own fate. Just as Saiha predicted, as soon as Genjuro attempts to command his new Karyu, Setsuna rebels against him, and Genjuro is mortally burned by the dragon's powerful Shun En- a flame that surrounds anyone who looks into his burning eye.
With Genjuro rendered helpless by the Shun En, Recca is declared the winner of the match, and Team Hokage advance to the third round. As per his agreement with Recca, Genjuro removes the Shiki Gami from Meno's body, and is killed by Neon, the leader of the Uruha Oto, for his betrayal of Kurei.moreless