Kanna is bombarded by rainfall as the Bandits make their final assault on the village. They attack from every direction, and in the battle's furious climax, it becomes clear that not all of the samurai will survive.
The first battle has finally arrived. Are the villagers ready? Or has all of their hard work been in vain? They will find out only when their defenses are tested at last.
Threats from the Bandits have shaken the farmers' resolve, and as preparations for war begin, the samurai must confront a new danger: betrayal from the farmers who have hired them.
Knowing that the Nobuseri will be searching for them soon, Kambei decides the group must go to Kanna. To avoid detection, they divide into small groups and take three separate paths to the village.
The samurai must leave the caves to rescue Kikuchiyo, but as soon as they reach daylight, the towering machines ambush them. Clearly a traitor is in their midst.
Kambei leads the samurai into a city of relaxation and pays a visit to an old friend from the Great War, Shichiroji. He now lives a peaceful life with a woman he adores. Will he take up his sword again?
Kambei's frustrated group hears of a wandering, moneyless man who chops wood with his sword to pay for meals. As they soon learn, that is only the start of this nomad's peculiar, rice-loving, philosophizing ways.
Kambei is in a prison cell, awaiting his fate as the purported assassin of the Imperial Envoy. But the turmoil at the Capital is far from over; a political whirlwind has engulfed the empire with Ukyo at its center.
While Katsushiro and Kirara battle with their feelings for each other, Kyuzo embarks on a solo mission into the heart of the enemy camp.
Little is known about the Capital and the divine ruler responsible for the rise of the Merchants, the energy trade, and the Bandits torment of the peasants. With sword in hand, Kambei is about to find out more.
The samurai must come to terms with the aftermath of battle. They can't look to Kambei for leadership; he departs on a solitary trek to the Guardian's cave, having an even more perilous mission in mind.
Kirara feels she's pushed Katsushiro into making his first kill before he was ready. Meanwhile, the village debates what to do with the traitor, and only Kikuchiyo's surprising revelation can reunite the group.
A young priestess sets out on a quest to hire Samurai to protect her village from the Nobuseri, a vicious breed of warrior more machine than man. One by one, these men of skill and honor gather to stand between the helpless and the hated.
Don't miss this series based on Akira Kurosawa's cinematic masterpiece, in which gigantic robots do some serious harvesting. New episode premieres Saturday at 12:30 on Toonami.
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