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- September, 29th, 1973
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[ Story ]
Baian is outwardly an acupuncturist but really one of the professional assassins of Edo. He is a hired killer but kills only those people who are better off dead, doing good but poisoning the world around them. One day, Otowaya, the leader of the assassins, assigns Baian to do away with Izuya, a candlemaker, who came to Edo five years ago.
Izuya's life before his arrival in Edo is wrapped in mystery. Fortunately, Baian learns from Kosugi, a samurai, that he is after Dr. Sohaku, formerly of Numata, for having raped the mother of a girl he knows.
Baian discovers Izuya is also from Numata. Since he has seen him with Sohaku, he has a hunch that there is something between them.
From there, it does not take much time for Baian to find out that Izuya and Sohaku are brothers. At the request of two chamberlains, Izuya had used Sohaku's poison to kill his clan lord, to set up the chamberlains' choice as the new ruler. For this, Izuya is still blackmailing the chamberlains.
In desperation, the chamberlains had asked Otowaya to get rid of Izuya for this and many other crimes. It is festival time again and the outwardly generous Izuya appears on a high scaffold and throws gift money to the crowds below. Suddenly, a man wearing a mask stands beside him. The next moment, a needle pierces the back of his neck. IZuya falls from the scaffold. Meanwhile, Sohaku is also killed by Kosugi on his way to a remote refuge.
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