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Blade of the Immortal

From volume 24, Massacre

There's three major parties (in addition to Rin and Manji).



The school where anything goes. Leader: Kagehisa Anotsu. They'd agreed to leave Edo. But what they actually did was send a decoy team away, while four (Anotsu, three others) stormed the Edo castle and are hacking and slashing their way inside.

Habaki Kagimura

The leader of the Shogun's Banshu samurai, the Bangashira, and secret leader of the Mugai-ryū and later the Rokki-Dan. The Rokki-dan are a private army divided into six divisions and fall under Kagimura's direct command. They are the successors to the Mugai-ryu and also consist of criminals. Should they fail to destroy the Itto-ryu before Habaki's execution, they will be executed as well.


Hanabusa, the master mind that is pitting the Ittō-ryū against Habaki Kagimura. Would let Rin and Manji live in the hopes that more people die. Wants to get rid of both Ittō-ryū and Habaki Kagimura.

Tried to force Habaki Kagimura while holding his wife hostage. His wife committed suicide, and Habaki is even more determined to go after the Ittō-ryū.

Other characters likely to reappear

Shira: Member of the Mugai-ryu, a school very similar to the Ittō-ryū. Super sadistic. Last seen alone on the road, killed some of Hanabusa's ninja. Had one hand taken off, sharpened the bones on his arm to be a weapon.

Meguro and Tanpopo (a recurring joke is that Tanpopo's buxomness saves her over and over). Kunoichi of the Rokki-dan. They were students of the art teacher, Master Sori, that Rin stayed with for a while, too. They were spies for Kagimura as members of the Rokki-dan.

From Vol 25: Snowfall at Dawn

Baro (Shida) Sukezane Itto Ryu, lover of Tsukiji. Scar across nose.

Sadamasa had memories of Shida Sukezane and Tsukiji. Commanded the death of Sukezane.

Shira and Renzo (son of an Itto Ryu that Rin hired Manji to kill) tied Rin under water to force Manji to choose to save her and freeze/drown himself, or let her die.

From Vol 26: Blizzard

Meguro and Tanpopo arrive and save (the pokey haired Itto Ryu guy from Shira) and Rin from the water. Manji and the pokey haired guy barely defeat Shira, leaving him in the snow. Later, wild dogs tear Shira apart in front of Renzo. Renzo returns to the cabin where everyone is recuperating. Renzo threatens to slice the arms off of Manji, but is told to learn more about his father before acting.

Habaki learns that Anotsu Kagehisa and three other Itto Ryu infiltrated Edo castle and killed over a hundred Banshi. He's determined to get vengance.

From Vol 27: Mist on the Spider's Web

Manji goes with Rin (carrying her sometimes, because she's still got frostbite) to Hitachi to catch Anotsu.

Meanwhile, Anotsu is delayed because every available horse for hire has been killed. He hopes Abayama can stay alive for him.

Meanwhile, at Abayama's group, Koji, an old man with glasses, splits off from them, to lead some of Kagimura's men, the Hana-gumi, (and daughter, Soma Ryō) into a trap in the woods on the hillside. (There are pots that emit carbonic acid gas.) Soma defeats Koji and is the sole survivor of the encounter.

On her way back, Mitake tries to take her to safety on horseback, away from the upcoming battle. They meet Giichi (bald with circular glasses) and Hyakurin on the way. They agree to watch Soma.

Kagimura sends three on horseback to try and delay (or fight) Abayama's remaining group. Abayama prepares to fight, but all the other Ittō-ryū "quit" the Ittō-ryū in order to kidnap Abayama to safety (to preserve the Ittō-ryū) and to take on the three men of Kagimura.

Abayama and his few "kidnappers" debate whether they all should have quit and stayed to fight Kagimura's men when Giichi and Hyakurin suddenly appear on horseback. (That's how it ends.)

From Vol 28: Raining Chaos

Abayama Sosuke, despite having only one arm, cuts off Giichi's ear (Giichi of the Mugai Ryu), making him lose and break his glasses. Abayama had lost and arm, and in its place are two chains with weights.

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