At Kenshin and Tomoe’s hiding place.
“We found the traitor. It’s
Tomoe. Over the
mountain is a temple with her contacts.
Tomoe should be there. Get
rid os her,” says Iizuka.
Scene changing, Tomoe is walking on the way to the temple.
When she’s getting there, Enishi is watching from behind
the tree near the temple as she’s about to enter the place.
“Sister...” he says and holding the umbrella from Tomoe.
Tomoe opens the door, and somebody’s expecting her inside.
Scene changing to Kenshin on the way chasing Tomoe, he’s taking
Tomoe’s blue shawl with him.
The wound bleeds. Many
thoughts running around in his head, when he killed the patrol men,
including Tomoe’s fiancee Kiyosato.
Tomoe’s shawl falls, and he stops walking.
On his sight it turns to be sakura flower on Kiyasato’s
blood the other day, then it turns to be Tomoe’s shawl again, and
he picks it up.
Scene at Kenshin and Tomoe’s hiding place, Iizuka is still there,
“Well then... No point in lingering...” he says and stands up,
walking to the door, stops for a moment then smiling and waves,
“So long, Himura.”
Scene changing back at Kenshin. Snow falls from a tree and he attacks it with his sword,
he’s starting to hallucinating.
And he’s having flashback memory, nighttime on full moon.
“How long can we continue this way?” it’s Tomoe’s voice.
At the temple, Tomoe is talking to the man there, his name is
did you get Enishi involved?” asks her.
“That kid who was asking around about his sister... Those
above brought him. He
is in the same situation as you,” replies Tatsumi.
Tomoe was asking around about who killed her fiancee too that time
and then she met this man and his gang.
“Where are the others?” asks Tomoe again.
“Scattered around the mountains. They are waiting for him.”
Without hearing about my news?”
“News? Yes, regarding
the weakness of the Hitokiri Battousai... We don’t need it
“What have I gone through all the trouble for...” says Tomoe.
“That’s right. No
matter how cold a killer he may be, there is not a one who does not
want a conversation. His
greatest weakness right now is you.
He is on his way here now.
Of course, that is to see you.
Now that he knows the woman he loves is a traitor, his heart
must be in chaos. He probably in unable to draw from his true inner strength
right now. This is out
true goal. Do you
“You knew that from the beginning,” says Tomoe.
“What are you going to do about it?” replies Tatsumi.
Kenshin is still walking. Someone’s
watching him. He
swallows some snow before he’s preparing to attack Kenshin, so
that his body’s temperature decreases and his breathing cannot be seen when he exhales.
Then he’s attacking Kenshin from behind.
Kenshin still can defence himself on the first attack, but
got wound on his shoulder from that ninja’s secret weapon.
The ninja quickly running away after attacking, and
swallowing some snow again. Kenshin
pulls the weapon that sticks on his shoulder, and he’s on his
knees in so much pain.
At the temple, Tomoe is trying to draw her dagger in order to reduce
numbers of enemies Kenshin is about to face.
But Tatsumi finds out about it and hit Tomoe, takes the
dagger from Tomoe’s hand. Tomoe
falls to the floor.
“Foolish of you,” he says, “But you can’t help it.
People’s desires are powerful.
The stronger there are, the more beyond one’s control they
become. Perhaps the gap
between love and hate is paper thin.
This is the fate of people.
In the face of fate, anyone is but an infant.”
Tomoe is trying to get up from the floor.
“You knew that much from the beginning,” she says.
Then Tomoe is trying to kill herself by biting her own tongue.
Tatsumi knows it and put his fingers into her mouth to hold
“Don’t do it. It
takes much determination to bite off your own tongue. Even if you killed yourself, what will you gain?” he says.
Scene back at Kenshin. The
ninja is attacking him again with his secret weapon but Kenshin
makes it to avoid it. Then
the ninja is attacking with his sword.
But Kenshin can easily slashes him on his chest.
Badly injured, that ninja is trying to get away and pulls a
hidden rope that is a trigger to make a bomb explodes.
the temple, Tatsumi pulls out his fingers off of Tomoe’s mouth.
“If you want to kill yourself, it is your decision.
But have you not forgotten the beginnings, as to why Kiyosato
had to die?” he says.
Scene changing to Kenshin who’s injured and got his ears bleed and
become deaf because of the sound of the blown up bomb.
Back at the temple, Tatsumi is talking to Tomoe.
She’s sitting on the floor in pain.
“Who was Kiyosato to you? Wa
he not the one you cared for dearly?
At least you were the one that he cared for deeply.
Otherwise, having no confidence in his martial skills, he
would not have come out to the capital in the midst of anarchy.
He risked his life to make you happy.”
“I just wanted him near me, just to be near me,” says Tomoe.
“That is the fate of man. To
make his woman happy, he must secure his home, his village, and
finally this world of the Tokugawa clan.
There can be no family bliss without a peaceful world.
Thus we have supported the 300 years of the Tokugawa lineage
of great peace...
that even if it were the slightest disturbance, that we
would quell it. That is
our fate... We are protecting the happiness of the people, with our
All of us men with deep fates... And by virtue of this predestinated
fate, we live or die. It
is the fate of men... Thus to protect the Tokugawa lineage, we will
defeat him. He himself
is under the sway of fate. There
is no one who doesn’t make a mistake. Remember the one who you cared deeply... Remember Kiyosato.”
In the mean time Kenshin is attacked by two men.
Holding down one attack using a big axe, Kenshin got pushed
to the tree, and the other one attacking him with the slaw on
Kenshin’s shoulder. Then
the guy with big axe is attacking him again.
“To..mo..e..” says Kenshin, he covers wound on his shoulder with
says him again. And the
two guys are attacking him together, Kenshin is stabbing the guy
with claw on his hand with his wakizashi (short sword), then slicing
the other one’s throat with his katana (long sword).
The one with the claw is running away and pulling a rope to
make the bomb explodes. Ken
sees the explosion and that makes his sight blur.
“Tomoe,” he says.
“It has taken six months and many victims.
But all this is understood.
I will assuredly get him.
This is the way to make amends for Kiyosato... Fot feudal
government, and for the many who have given their lives... This is
the only way that their deaths would not be in vain.
You witness this with your own eyes.
Such would do honor to Kiyosato, who dies trying to protect
“Kiyosato,” says Tomoe.
Outside the temple, Enishi is still standing behind the tree.
Back at Kenshin, he is trying hard to continue walking.
With his blur
sight, deaf hearing, and injured in the middle of freezing
temperature. Then he
falls. He gets up again and sees his own blood on the snow.
And he’s beginning to hallucinate, that he’s walking in
the dark, with flower petals raining, on his dead bodies of his
victims. Words about
Tomoe are running aound on his mind.
“Landlady, I need a room.”
“Choushuu-han keep you busy don’t they.
An assassin, now you’re a caretaker.”
“I am not saying she is my woman.”
“No one thinks that... It’s a woman you saved,
“Katsura... You’re OK.”
“Being dead would suit me fine. Now I have lost everything.”
Scene changing at the temple, Tatsumi is going outside the temple to
wait for Kenshin’s arrival, and Tomoe is still inside.
Kenshin is still hallucinating, now that Tomoe is walking behind
him, and about they’re hiding place at peaceful mountain village.
must go... to Otsu...I must go to Otsu... I must go to Otsu... To
Otsu... I must go to Otsu!”
||At the temple, Kenshin has finally arrived.
Tomoe opens the door and watching Kenshin approaching the
temple, he’s very tired and badly injured.
“Your appearance as I see it is that of a man who has
used up all his strength to arrive here.
You might be the Battousai, but fighting with no one to
protect is indeed cruel. You
had no one to protect from the beginning anyway, but we do.
In the name of our feudal government, I must now conclude
this matter, and at the same time, I will avange my losses.
That would be the one way I can make amends for not being
able to protect them,” says Tatsumi.
is attacking Kenshin, and he got hit on his face by Tatsumi’s
knucke who’s wearing iron gloves.
With blur sight, deaf hearing, badly injured, tired, and the
cold, Battousai can’t attack like he used to be.
can avoid all of his efforts easily.
Inside the temple Tomoe can’t see the fight, she’s covering her
ears and closing her eyes. But
then she’s remembering about Kiyosato, as if he’s there in front
of her. That he died
because of Tomoe didn’t prevent him to go to Kyoto.
And she gave up everything to avange his death to the person
who killed him at first, but then she fell is love with that person,
her supposedly enemy, the one who’s she supposed to hate.
And she realizes that she doesn’t want to loose the one she
loves for the second time.
Outside the temple the two are still fighting with the
advantage on Tatsumi’s side.
Kenshin got hit, and pushed behind and falls.
Then Tatsumi is taking out Tomoe’s dagger. Kenshin gets up again and with very strong determination
he’s running toward Tatsumi with his katana ready.
“I have killed people to protect the happiness of those who are
weak. But it was
because of me that you lost your happiness.
I have stolen that precious thing away from you... In
ignorance. I... have no
right to protect you... I... did that to you... I love you...” he
||Kenshin is swinging his sword but then suddenly he smells
Tomoe’s fragrant, the hakubai-kou.
Then he’s beginning to have flashback memory again, as is
he’s standing and Tomoe’s coming from behind and covering his
eyes with her hands.
“And it sold better than I thought... You ate it so
deliciously, that... I just feel tired.
This evening I had a dream of you...”
when he looks back he can’t find Tomoe there, but instead he sees
himself at the graveyard he made when he was little, and one of the
wooden cross-shape stick has Tomoe’s blue shawl.
“Tomoe, I have no right to protect... you...”
Kenshin can’t stop his attack, he slashes both Tatsumi and Tomoe
who’s jumping in front of
Tatsumi to protect Kenshin and trying to take the dagger
“I don’t understand... women...” says Tatsumi.
Blood sheds on the snow.
“TOMOE!!” Kenshin screams.
Tomoe falls and Kenshin takes her in his arms.
She has the dagger with her.
“T... Tomoe...” says Kenshin.
Then with her last strength she slices the dagger on Kenshin’s
left cheek to make cross wound with the wound made by Kiyosato
tears with a little bit of his blood falls to Tomoe’s cheek.
By doing that Tomoe has fulfilled her pledge to avange the
killer of her fiancée.
“I’m sorry... my love...” she says and the dagger falls, she
Kenshin holds her tight. And
not far from there Enishi is watching from behind the tree.
He’s really shocked and he falls the umbrella.
His eyes are wide open.
“Sister...” he says.
nighttime at Kenshin and Tomoe’s hiding place.
Kenshin brought Tomoe there, changed her blood stained
clothes with the clean one, lay her down on the bed, her hair is
loosen. Kenshin is
sitting beside the bed.
that you are gone, I finally understand you pain.
You have endured such feelings all this time. It must have been awful.
You must hate me. But
you protected me. A guy
like me... You let me live... But you don’t have to suffer
anymore... I will bear your pain for you now, and find a path of
repentance... I must make amends for you who gave your life to
protect me, for those who I have killed... It will be hard, but I
think I will be alright. As
long as I can remember what human warmth feels like.
I... I... I must bid farewell to you... But now, with you,
Tomoe, for now, we are together...”
Kenshin touches Tomoe’s face and then his cross-wound.
Tears are falling from his eyes.
Scene changing, at someplace in Otsu, awhile ago.
“Boat is leaving!!” somebody’s screaming.
“I better scoot out before they find out,” says Iizuka as he’s
walking with a coin in his hand.
Somebody is waiting for him at an alley.
“So now it’s my turn to be examined.
That’s the way of the world, I guess.
Which way will the dice roll... I’ll have to see it out
either way,” he says and he’s taking out his sword and getting
Back at the mountain village, the hiding place.
Somebody is coming.
“Himura, I have inspected the events around here.
I’m sorry,” he says.
“Katsura,” says Kenshin.
“I have taken care of the spy. I have found a skilled swordsman, and he took care of it.”
Scene changing of when the swordsman could easily beat Iizuka.
He fell and looking at the coin.
“It’s new year, and I’m outta luck,” he says.
Katsura was watching to make sure the execution has already done
well by the swordsman.
Scene back at Kenshin’s place.
“All assassination has been delegated to the new man...
Nonetheless, I must have you to wield the sword even the more now.
Today’s situation is very bad.
The feudal government us continuing its hunt, using the
Shinsen Gumi at its forefront.
We must retaliate with sword, or else, we will be
destroyed,” says Katsura.
“I see,” Kenshin replies.
“I have asked Tomoe in the past, that she become the sheath to
“She is your sheath, even now. I want to believe that.”
“All I can do now is to keep wielding the sword.
I believe that Tomoe desired this of me, thus she protected
“But when the new era arrives...” says Kenshin.
“You will throw away the sword?” asks Katsura.
“I do not know. But
when that time comes, I will never kill anyone again.
Later on, Katsura is walking on the way back to Kyoto.
He’s remembering about when Takasugi said he’s worried
that Katsura will destroy Kenshin’s life path.
“Shinsaku, it has become just as you said.
It is my error. The sword is not for the sake of destroying the old era... It
should have been used for protecting the new.
Forgive me, Himura.”
At the hiding place.
“Tomoe... I’m going now...”
Then Kenshin is leaving the house, he brings Tomoe’s
shawl and journal. He
left his childhood top-toy and Tomoe’s body there.
He’s burning down the house, and leaving to Kyoto to
continue the Choushuu Ishin Shishi movement.
Nighttime at Kyoto. The
Shinsen Gumi patrol is chasing the Ishin Shishi.
“This way. Hurry
someone is coming in front of them from the dark.
“Withdraw!” he says.
“What did you say?” asks one Shinsen Gumi.
And another one put the light on that guy’s face.
He’s the Hitokiri Battousai.
“If you withdraw, I will spare your lives.
If you do not...” says Kenshin.
“Red hair! Cross scar
on the left cheek!” says one of the Shinsen Gumi.
“You are the Hitokiri!” says the other.
Young Okita is approaching Kenshin and his men step aside giving him
a way. He draws his
sword and ready to attack the Hitokiri Battousai.
Then they’re fighting but it’s obvious that Okita is no
match for the Hitokiri Battousai.
Okita is injured.
“Okita!” a voice says.
“Saitoh,” says Okita.
“I’m sensitive to the smell of blood.
You are not a match for him!” he says, and getting ready to
“Let’s go!” Saitoh says and they’re fighting.
On January 3rd 1868 at 17:00 a cannon fire is a sign for
the beginning of “Boshin War” that is the last and biggest in
Bakumatsu history. First
round of the war isToba Fushimi war.
Shinsen Gumi join the war, and loosing many of their people. With seriously lung problem, Takasugi Shinsaku leads Choushuu
cavallery until they get victory.
The Emperor’s flag stand on Toba and Fushimi territories,
marks on the victory of Ishin Shishi to Bakufu lead by Shogun.
The new era arrives.
Realizes that they have won the war and the new era has
arrived, Kenshin Himura decides to disappear.
In Kyoto, there was a man named Hitokiri Battousai.
Like a demon, he slashed men, and with his bloody sword he
opened the gates to the new age of the Meiji Era.
As the chaos subsided and came to an end, he vanished from
the people’s sight.
Scene of Kenshin’s master Hiko at the graveyard.
He’s looking at the 3 stones there and surprised to see one
wooden cross-shape stick there with blue shawl tied on it.
He’s having a flashback memory.
“Kid, what’s your name?”
“Sounds too kind. It’s
not a very intimidating name. You
must name yourself Kenshin (Heart of Sword) from now on.”
Early Evening In A Mountain Village