Kaburagi serves as the Gym assistant for the Blackthorn Gym. Although his main job is to officiate matches between Clair and her opponents, he also helps her out in non-Gym affairs. He appears to be very knowledgeable about Blackthorn City and its history.
In his debut, he and Clair were in charge of performing a purification ritual. However, much to his concern, Clair was concentrating more on her Dratini, which was preparing to evolve, and not on the ritual. Eventually, Kaburagi and Clair were able to perform the ritual without any major problems.
Kaburagi later refereed the Gym battle between Clair and Ash Ketchum; however, the match was abandoned after Team Rocket stole the Dragon Fang and fled to the Dragon Holy Land. He accompanied Clair in pursuit of the villains, while also providing Ash and friends with some history of the area they found themselves in. He later witnessed the Holy Land's guardian, an old and powerful Dragonite, helping Team Rocket in their escape, and then saw the arrival of Liza, Charla, and Ash's Charizard.
Kaburagi continued to accompany the others as they traveled further into the Dragon's Holy Land and approached the Dragon Shrine, only to find a raging fire and Team Rocket fleeing from a berserk Dragonite. While Ash's friends helped evacuate the wild Pokémon, Kaburagi retrieved the Dragon Fang from James and realized that Dragonite had somehow fallen into attack rage. After James revealed the cause of Dragonite's fury (a botched attempt to steal the Prayer Flame from the Dragon Shrine, Kaburagi was left in charge of restoring the shrine while Clair went to help Ash break Dragonite out of the attack rage.
When Dragonite was finally calmed down, Kaburagi ordered Team Rocket out of the Holy Land, only to realize that the crooks had swiped the Dragon Fang once again. After the villainous trio was stopped for good, he returned to Blackthorn Gym with the others and officiated Clair and Ash's second Gym battle.
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