|The Onslaught of War|
|Original Air date||April 27, 2005|
|English Air date||January 24, 2008|
|Animation Work by||Gonzo|
|Script/Screenplay by||Okada Mari|
|Episode Direction by||Mugino Aisu|
|Animation Direction by||Ishino Satoshi|
|Storyboard by||Ootsuka Ken|
|Opening Theme||Kouga Ninpou Chou|
|Ending Theme||Wild Eyes|
|Episode 2||Episode 4|
The episode begins with a palanquin being carried along a path by two men, with Juubei Jimushi concealed inside. Meanwhile the Iga prepare to make their move, though Tenzen sends Jingorou back to Iga before they leave, telling him to keep an eye on Gennosuke. Jingorou grudgingly agrees and the group sets off, soon coming across Jimushi's palanquin. Koshirou kills the carriers and Rousai removes the top, revealing Jimushi to the shocked Iga. Tenzen assures the group he can kill Jimushi alone and orders them to track down Shougen alone. Tenzen begins to interrogate Jimushi but is caught off-guard when he attacks with a knife concealed in his throat and is killed instantly. Jimushi then continues his search for Shougen and Danjou.
Elsewhere Oboro, Gennosuke, Akeginu and Jousuke are seen walking down a mountainside on their way back to Iga. Oboro plays with the shadows on the wall, making it seem she is holding Gennosuke's hand. He notices this and turns to take her hand, cheering Oboro immensely. Jousuke tries to convince Akeginu to do the same and jumps at her, but she swiftly dodges and he rolls off down the mountain. Later at night the Iga group ambush Shougen but, due to their recklessness, Nenki, Koshirou and Rousai find themselves caught in Shougen's web. Shougen brags about his accomplishment and relishes in his victory, giving Hotarubi plenty time to summon a swarm of butterflies. With Shougen distracted she throws Koshirou's sycthe to Nenki, who uses his hair to impale Shougen in the head. As he falls Shougen throws the scroll to a nearby Jimushi, who speeds off with it, followed but Nenki, Koshirou and Rousai. Hotarubi tries to find out about Yashamaru but Shougen refuses to answer and, in a fit of rage, she violently stabs him to death.
Deeper in the woods the three Iga are unable to catch Jimushi and, just when he thinks he can escape, his path is blocked by Tenzen. Confused Jimushi jumps to attack the man in his way but he is swiftly cut in two. The group then light a fire and, upon learning of Shougen's status from the recently returned Hotarubi, burn the spare copy of the scroll. They then set their sights on attacking Manjidani themselves. Elsewhere, Oboro et all have arrived at Tsubagakure and are greeted by an unwelcoming Jingorou. The group enters into Tsubagakure but Gennosuke notices that Ogen's hawk is staring at him intently.
Characters Included (In Order of Appearance)Edit
- Juubei Jimushi
- Tenzen Yakushiji
- Koshirou Chikuma
- Nenki Mino
- Jingorou Amayo
- Rousai Azuki
- Gennosuke Kouga
- Jousuke Udono
- Shougen Kazamachi