Section 1: Combat Practice
It’s a new day at the Hanzo National Academy. Inside the ninja room from within the school, Asuka is sleeping while her teacher, Kiriya, is teaching. Kiriya notices Asuka sleeping and tries to wake her up. After a couple of attempts, Asuka finally wakes up from her dream. Kiriya mocks Asuka by asking her if she finally found her path of the shinobi. Feeling surprised, Asuka asks Kiriya how he knows about that. Another student, Katsuragi, intervenes in the conversation and explains to Asuka how she talks in her sleep while also making suggestive noises. Asuka didn’t understand while the rest of her classmates, Ikaruga, Yagyū, and Hibari, either sigh or chuckle to themselves. Kiriya then tells Asuka to try and stay awake and to read up on Secret Ninja Arts to the class. Asuka nods as she begins reading.
As she reads out loud, Kiriya helps elaborate by reminding everyone what guardian they have. He then explains how to use Secret Ninja Arts, which can only be done by wielding the secret ninja arts scroll at all times. Katsuragi states how she keeps her secret ninja arts scroll under her skirt while Asuka keeps hers in her cleavage. Surprised to hear that, Katsuragi sexually harasses Asuka about wanting to check out her cleavage. However, Kiriya tells Katsuragi to not sexually harass others during class. With that said, Kiriya tells Asuka to continue reading out loud to the class.
As Asuka reads about the Super-Secret Ninja Art, she becomes confused about the fact that the description is short. However, Kiriya questions Asuka why that’s the case while saying that there’s a reason behind that. The reason being is because the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll is the school’s pride and joy and its content must be kept an absolute secret. Asuka begins to wonder what’s inside the scroll, but as she does so, the school bell rings. Kiriya tells the class that it’s time for basic martial arts instruction and that all students must meet him on the school’s rooftop. With that said, the students did as they were told and went to the school’s rooftop.
On the school’s rooftop, Kiriya begins explaining about how there are shinobi out there known as “evil shinobi”. The class nods while Asuka states that as good shinobi, they must work to uphold justice. Kiriya then states to the class that from the moment they set foot on Hanzo National Academy, they were shinobi and that he would like for all five of them to set aside their instincts as students. With that said, Kiriya believes that he worked the student hard enough for them to be prepared to face what awaits them.
The class nods as Kiriya begins explaining about the shinobi barrier. It is a shinobi dueling space that blockades off a space of a fixed size, impenetrable to the average person. While it can be useful to covert activities, the downside of using a shinobi barrier is since shinobi can sense its activation, you’ll give away your position.
The class nods again while Kiriya tells them that it’s time to begin practical combat training. He then explains to them that they’ll be fighting dummies he made himself. Since there’s no regular students around, he’s allowing all five of them to give it everything they got. With that said, Kiriya begins the training and disappears into thin air and the students begins their training.
Section 3: Street Sweeping
Later on in class, Ikaruga sees the other students all huddle up arguing about something. They didn’t respond but Ikaruga begins to get annoyed as she states how she would like to know what’s wrong. Still being ignored, Ikaruga raises her voice and tells everyone to be quiet and listen to her. Asuka notices Ikaruga and apologizes. With everyone finally giving Ikaruga their attention, Ikaruga asks again what’s the problem. Asuka explains how it wasn’t a big deal at first as they were wondering what to eat when they get home. No one was agreeing with one another and because of that, things escalated. Ikaruga understands as she asks Asuka what everyone wishes to eat. Asuka replies with her saying how she wants sushi rolls, Katsuragi wants ramen, Yagyū wants dried squid, and Hibari wants sweets. Ikaruga realizes how this situation is problematic, but as class rep, she decides to help find a way to resolve this predicament. With that said, Ikaruga went out to find the solution.
In the ninja room after Ikaruga gathered the food and put together something, Ikaruga shows Asuka and the other her creation, which she calls “Sweet Squid Ramen Roll”. Ikaruga explains how friends should partake be happy to partake of the same foods together. However, Asuka begins to wonder how she should say what she wants say regarding Ikaruga’s creation in a delicate way. However, Asuka realizes that Ikaruga worked hard to gather everything for everyone, so she decides to give the Sweet Squid Ramen Roll a try. As she eats it, she begins to feel sick for a second, but then she begins to like it. Ikaruga was happy to hear it, but Asuka tells Ikaruga that she was in the mood for just a plain old sushi roll.
Section 4: Get Back the Purse
Inside the ninja room after Asuka meets the boy, the entire morning passes with a daze with Asuka thinking about that boy from earlier and how he confessed to her. Since no one has ever confessed to her before, Asuka doesn’t know how to react to that. Hibari notices Asuka not eating her lunch as she asks her what’s wrong. Asuka replies as she shakes her head and explains to her what happened to her earlier. Everyone is the room becomes stunned with the news as they begin asking Asuka for the details. Asuka begins telling everyone everything that happened.
Afterwards, Ikaruga wants to confirm to Asuka that this boy she encountered earlier was a baseball player from another school. Asuka nods and Katsuragi becomes impressed about the fact that Asuka was able get a nice catch. Hibari then asks Ikaruga about baseball in general while Ikaruga explains to her how pro baseball players are in par with any shinobi. Ikaruga turns to Asuka asking her what she’s going to do about this. However, Yagyū quietly reminds everyone that they are shinobi and that they mustn’t forget that. The ninja room went from being active to complete silence. Asuka states that she already knows and how she just wants to be a shinobi. She doesn’t even know how a date works to begin with or who that boy really is. With her mood now improved, Asuka begins to eat her lunch.
On the next day inside the ninja room, the morning classes’ ends and the ninja room’s door flies open with the sushi chef coming in with a burst of laughter. Asuka realizes that the chef was none other than his grandfather, Hanzo. Asuka was happy to see him while Kiriya bows his head to him. However, Hanzo tells Kiriya to stops since he’s now retired. Beforehand, Hanzo was a legendary shinobi that a lot of people respected. There has been rumors saying that Hanzo National Academy was named after him to honor him. However, no civilians know anything about him or his activities. With that said, Asuka asks Hanzo what he’s doing here at Hanzo National Academy while Hanzo explains how he figures he should make some lunch for her and her friends.
As everyone quickly gathers around Hanzo, he gives Asuka a bucket of sushi rolls he made himself and tells Asuka to pass them out to everyone. Everyone begins to eat the sushi rolls with smiles on their faces. Hanzo watches the students while smiling and then asks Asuka to come over for a minute.
Section 6: Wager the Plushie
In the shopping district, both Yagyū and Hibari are doing some shopping. As Hibari shows Yagyū a plushie, she asks if that’s the one she wanted. Yagyū doesn’t say a word but Hibari continues by saying how she’s wanted it for a long while. Finally speaking, Yagyū acknowledges how Hibari has been wanting that plushie. Hibari then begins to ask Yagyū if she could have it instead. Right when Yagyū was about to say something, Hibari interrupts her by saying how Yagyū won’t give up the plushie because of how cute it is. Yagyū tries again to say what she’s trying to say, but Hibari continues to interrupt her by suggesting a duel for the plushie. Yagyū questions her suggestion but Hibari insists, even though she doesn’t feel confident about being able to beat Yagyū. With some thought, Yagyū accepts the challenge and then the two began.
Afterwards, Yagyū was victorious and Hibari begins to cry for losing. However, Yagyū decides to give the plushie to her. Hibari was surprised while Yagyū explains how she was going to give the plushie to her as a gift from the start. However, Hibari questions Yagyū about why she agreed on the duel then. Yagyū explains to Hibari how she is competent and that she shouldn’t put herself down so much. Being assertive can be a good thing sometimes. Realizing that, Hibari thanks Yagyū for caring about her while Yagyū begins to blush and say that it was nothing.
Section 7: Hibari's Tutoring
In the ninja room, Hibari is apologizing to Kiriya while Kiriya explains to Hibari how difficult it is to take the particular class without a kunai, which Hibari forgot her own back at home. As he sighs, Kiriya tell Hibari that she’ll have to take supplemental lessons after school, which shocks Hibari since she was planning on eating banana crepes with everyone after school. Suddenly, Asuka intervenes and states that she and the other students are going to take those lessons as well. Kiriya asks her why and Asuka responds by saying how they’re all in this together since that’s what friends do. Kiriya understands and tell the students that the lessons will take place outside in the yard and whoever scores lowest will be remanded for additional lessons. With that said, the students went out and beings the lesson.
Afterwards, Hibari was surprised to see that she won while Asuka was in last place. However, both Kiriya and Hibari realizes that Asuka lost on purpose. Asuka tries to hide the fact, but it only makes Hibari feel even worst. She begins to sincerely apologize as she states how hard it is being the shield for your friends. However, Hibari understands what Asuka was trying to do for her, which she appreciates. With that said, the two prepare for their extra lessons.
Section 8: Hebijo Assassin
After Katsuragi kicks the ball in half and scans her surroundings for enemies, Asuka asking her what’s wrong from the distance. She’s came into the room at some point. Katsuragi turns to Asuka and tells her that there’s nothing wrong. Asuka then points towards the unfinished ramen while telling Katsuragi how she’s late for class and the ramen is unfinished, so she knows something is wrong. Katsuragi gives up and tells Asuka that she’ll explain everything once everyone else arrives.
Once everyone is present, Katsuragi tells them what happened earlier. Hibari suggests that they should let Kiriya know, which Yagyū agrees to, but Ikaruga mentions how Kiriya is out on business at the moment, which everyone nods to as they remembered. Hibari then wonders what they’ll all do once the enemy attacks, but Yagyū quickly comforts Hibari by telling her that they’re not sure if they will attack. Katsuragi nods as she begins to think about how she wants to know how strong she really is and how she wants to fight someone tough. She also figures how the enemy will definitely come at some point due to Kiriya not being present at the moment.
Suddenly, Hibari notices a girl outside on the courtyard. Katsuragi was able to notice the girl’s thirst for blood up in the air. The enemy has finally arrived and the students quickly moved to the courtyard as a group. As they arrived, Katsuragi asks for the black-haired girl’s name. However, the black-haired girl asks them if they are shinobi students as she steps forward. The black-haired girl introduces herself as Homura, a shinobi student from Hebijo Clandestine Academy. Katsuragi recalls of the academy and how notorious it is while also mysterious. Homura asks them if they’re Hanzo students but Ikaruga tries to deny the fact that they are. However, Homura takes out a photograph of Katsuragi about to kick the ball while invoking a shinobi barrier. As Homura grins at the Hanzo students, she states how they’re still around after she invoked a shinobi barrier, clarifying the fact that they’re shinobi. Katsuragi asks Homura what if they are shinobi students while Homura replies by telling them to hand over the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll. However, Ikaruga tells her that they have no plans to do so. As Katsuragi grins and asks Homura what would happen if they don’t give it up, Homura laughs and draws a sword while saying how she’ll take by force instead.
Katsuragi’s interests piqued as she prepares for a fight, but Asuka tells her to step aside. Confused about whether Asuka and Homura are already acquainted, Katsuragi steps aside since she knows that shinobi battles are supposed to be one-on-one. However, another girl but with an expressionless look on her face walks up and tells Katsuragi that she’ll fight her instead. Katsuragi asks for the expressionless girl’s name as the girl calls herself Hikage. Quickly, Hikage takes out her knife and slashes at Katsuragi with Katsuragu managing to dodge at the last moment. Katsuragi then asks Hikage if she strong while Hikage replies by saying that she has to be. Katsuragi follows up by asking her why while Hikage tells her that if she’s not strong then she’s not following orders.
Katsuragi begins to smile as she’s finally able to fight a tough opponent. She then tells the rest of the Hanzo students to stand back as both herself and Asuka will handle both Homura and Hikage. The others does so as both Asuka and Katsuragi prepare for their first taste of real combat.
Section 1: Katsuragi's Training
After the thrashing from Hebijo Clandestine Academy, the ninja room’s atmosphere becomes thick and heavy. Kiriya notices his students’ faces filled with despair. He isn’t surprised since there’s a world of difference between classwork and actual combat. Finally speaking, Kiriya tells his students that the principal told him what happened to them. He stops speaking right there not being able to find the words to continue. He begins to feel conflicted if he should praise them for managing to stay alive, which is noteworthy since what they went through was their first real battle. Suddenly, Asuka calls out to Kiriya with a despair look in his eyes. The looks reminds Kiriya of a former student of his that goes by the name of “Rin”. He then remembers that he’ll never let what happened in the past happen again. Finally, Kiriya was able to find the words to continue speaking by telling all five of them that if it bothers them so much that they’ve been defeated by Hebijo students, then they should all give up on being a shinobi and get out. As he said that, he begins having more flashbacks of Rin.
Kiriya tells his students again that they should just give up and get out if they’re going to let their defeat by the Hebijo student bother them so much. Suddenly, the change in the atmosphere changed in the ninja room. Ikaruga tells Kiriya about what he said sounds a bit harsh while Katsuragi follows up with a nod but with irritation. She then tells Kiriya how it doesn’t matter what he says about her, but how Asuka is still a 2nd year and she took on some serious competition while surviving, which isn’t a small task. Katsuragi then asks Kiriya to at least praise her for that. However, Asuka looks downward with the rims of her eyes becoming red. Kiriya wants to praise her, but she knows a half-hearted praise will only result in more sorrow down the road. Next, Kiriya explains how Hebijo is known for producing shinobi involved in politics and business while also having no qualms about very nasty work. The students remains breathless at Kiriya’s words. Kiriya continues by saying how they cannot be bargained or reasoned with and how they absolutely will not stop until they achieve their goal, which is much like their namesake, the serpent. Ikaruga asks Kiriya with a frown on her face if there’s no way of avoiding the conflict. Kiriya answers by telling her that they don’t negotiate and how they’ll attack. With that said, Katsuragi asks Kiriya what if they go on the offensive themselves. Sadly, Kiriya shakes his head slightly while explaining how even though that’s a nice thought, they don’t have any idea where the Hebijo Headquarters is located. The explanations causes Katsuragi to sink at his words. However, Hibari speaks up to break the tension by saying how Kiriya is now around, so they’ll all be fine while Ikaruga agrees with her. The statement causes relief to flood the students faces while Kiriya realizes that they all rely on him and how it’s true that he can help them, considering the students are still studying as shinobi and how they left their normal lives years ago. It’s only natural for all five of them to feel intimidated at fighting a powerful opponent.
However, despite all of that, Kiriya tells them that he will not be assisting them against the Hebijo, which stunned the students into silence. Both Ikaruga and Hibari pleads Kiriya with Hibari being on the verge of tears with the thought of Kiriya abandoning all five of them. However, with an authoritative voice, Kiriya reminds them that they’re shinobi students and they must always be prepared for the worst. Suddenly, Kiriya remembers what happened on Rin’s final examination.
Kiriya tells the students that those who rely on him during the fight with Hebijo should give up on being a shinobi and leave. He knows that if he helps them fight off Hebijo, it wouldn’t help them at all. The Path of a Shinobi is a harsh one. One must continue to fight, even with no help coming. Despite what Kiriya has said, there is one thing that he can do for those who seek to become a part of that world, which is teaching them not to be overcome with emotion. He knows that he can’t let Rin’s fate happen again. With that said, the students’ beings to listen to Kiriya’s words in silence. No one of them decided to move.
Suddenly, Asuka speaks up with her hands raised by telling Kiriya that she needs more training. Katsuragi follows up and does the same. Afterwards, the other students raises their hands as well. Hibari also tells Kiriya to work her hard. Despite what the students said, Kiriya is still feeling a natural doubt, but since their passion was so infectious, he smiles. With that said, Kiriya tells the students that he sees their resolves and then tells them to prepare for training. He knows that he can’t protect them directly, but he will teach them everything he knows since that’s the only way for him to protect them.
Section 2: The Lovable Hibari
At the shops district, Yagyū asks Hibari what’s wrong since Hibari was feeling down. Hibari doesn’t respond but Yagyū asks again but wonders if her stomach is bothering her. Finally responding, Hibari tells Yagyū that maybe she’s not really not cut out to be a shinobi. Yagyū asks her why she thinks that while Hibari explains that she’s not feeling any stronger despite training as hard as she can. On top of that, Hibari keeps getting hurt during training, which causes trouble for everyone, according to her. However, Yagyū tells her that no one thinks she trouble, but Hibari disagrees as she says that no matter how hard she tries, she’s terrible. As a suggestion to help cheer up Hibari, Yagyū suggests taking Hibari somewhere to eat.
With that said, Yagyū attempts to get a doughnut bunny, but suddenly, a woman appears trying to get her hands on it. Yagyū tells her that the doughnut bunny belongs to Hibari, but the woman doesn’t listen and threatens to roughen her up. Yagyū then asks her if she’s just jealous that she got the last doughnut bunny and she didn’t. Either way, Yagyū decides to fight the woman for the last doughnut bunny.
After winning, Yagyū compliments the woman and her band of thugs for being tough despite losing. Hibari is impressed with how strong Yagyū is, but she then begins to put down herself while also telling Yagyū that she won’t be able to understand where she’s coming from. Suddenly, Yagyū suggests Hibari to spar with her. Hibari asks why and Yagyū replies by saying that she wants to test her just to see how strong she really is. Despite what Yagyū said, Hibari continues to put her sound down, seeing that fighting her is pointless. Yagyū tells Hibari to prepare herself regardless and then the two begins their spar.
Afterwards, both Yagyū and Hibari are huffing and puffing from the spar. Hibari knew that she was going to lose. However, Hibari somehow feels better and realizes that she has no time to be moping around. Yagyū nods to Hibari’s statement and Hibari thanks Yagyū for helping her. With that said, Yagyū hands Hibari the doughnut bunny, which she enjoys a lot to the point where she tells Yagyū that if she keeps feeding her good food, she’ll love her forever. However, Yagyū is just glad that Hibari liked it. Hibari then tells Yagyū that she promise that she won’t give up and that she’ll show her just how strong she can be. Yagyū understands as she nods while also telling herself that her motivation is what makes her special to her. Hibari wonders what she said under her breath but Yagyū tells her not to worry about it as she blushes and looks away.
Section 3: Intercept Hebijos
As Ikaruga begins maintaining her sword, Hien, inside the ninja room, Asuka and the others walks inside. They all exchange a friendly “good morning” and then a lively conversation begins. Despite all of the hardship and rigorous training they all go through, Ikaruga is impressed with Asuka the most since despite what happens, she never loses her bright and cheerful expression. She greets everything with a smile. While Ikaruga also goes through the same difficulty to keep her classmates organized as class representative, she begins to wonder if Asuka should lead the team instead of her.
As Ikaruga begins to lose herself in her thought, Kiriya walks into the classroom. He tells the class that he’ll be teaching them genealogy as part of the day’s lessons. Quickly, Katsuragi complains to Kiriya about how they should be focusing on training instead of family trees. However, Kiriya lets out a sigh and explains to her that breaks are a crucial aspect to training. With that said, Hibari questions Kirya what they’ll be doing with genealogy while Kiriya explains to them that they’ll be making a shinobi family tree to see if they have any shinobi ancestors while learning what they might have inherited from them. Suddenly, Asuka raises her hand and asks Kiriya how far back they should go, which Kiriya answers by telling them to start from the earliest shinobi, up to themselves. Asuka nods with enthusiasm as she quickly makes her shinobi family tree, which consists of three generations: her grandfather, her mother, and herself. Asuka then explains how her mother is a shinobi like her grandfather, how her father is a civilian who wasn’t completely happy with Asuka becoming a shinobi. However, Asuka wishes to be a powerful one, just like her grandfather. As Katsuragi and Yagyū writes in silence, Hibari begins to moan about how she has to write down everyone from her long line of shinobi. Suddenly, Kiriya asks Ikaruga what’s wrong as Ikaruga stops writing. Ikaruga apologizes as she notices that she’s almost finished making her family tree. However, when she thinks about her family, she’s reminded of her older brother. He is studying business management, following in the footsteps of their father. In truth, however, he wished to become a shinobi.
Ikaruga finishes her family tree by writing down her own name at the end. Her family tree is simply a straight line, from the head of the family, to herself. However, her brother’s’ name wasn’t included. His name would be where Ikaruga’s name is at if he was a shinobi. With that thought of feeling a burden of what happened in the past, Ikaruga’s eyes begins to well. Asuka notices Ikaruga looking upset and asks her what’s wrong, but she tells her that it’s nothing while forcing a smile.
As time went by, it’s now lunch time. The breeze was nice, so the students decided to eat outside for a change. As they begin to eat, Hibari is bothered by how Yagyū is eating dried squid again. However, Yagyū tells Hibari to not make light of the dried squid. As Ikaruga prepares her multi-course meal, she realizes that she forgot the tea. She tells the others that she’ll be back as she heads back to the ninja room to get the Japanese tea set.
Later on during the day, Asuka begins to feel tired from training all day, but she knows that she can’t complain because of how important it is for her to get stronger. She then begins to wonder why the Hebijo girls have to be so focused on fighting to grow stronger while also wonder if there’s no other way.
Suddenly, a shinobi barrier appeared. Asuka begins sensing a couple of enemies around the area. One of them being Homura as she walks up to Asuka and tells her how no one will be able to interrupt them. Homura tells Asuka to hand over the Super-Secret Ninja Scroll once again while also threatening to slaughter the entire student body. Asuka begins asking her why she would involve innocent people into their quarrel while Homura explains to Asuka how shinobi are awful by nature. Asuka then tells her how that isn’t the Path of the Shinobi. With that said, Homura asks Asuka what the Path of the Shinobi really is from her perspective. However, Asuka tells her that she doesn’t know yet, but she will once she does one day. Homura then tells her that she wouldn’t be able to since she won’t be walking out alive according to her while also telling her how she’s not alone. Asuka begins to wonder what she can do when suddenly, the rest of the Hanzo students steps in to help her. With that said, the group went on to take down the mob.
Afterwards, Homura is impressed with the show the Hanzo students performed as she suggests a one on one match between the Hanzo students and the Hebijo students. Asuka accepts the challenge of fighting Homura one on one while Homura tells her that they should fight in an open space, which is beneficial for Asuka since she won’t have to worry about the other students. As Asuka asks her where, Homura gives her a letter for her to first, which consists of the locations each participating student must go to. With that said, the Hanzo students prepare themselves as they spread out and head for the five specific locations for their one on one matches with the Hebijo students.
Section 6: Yagyū vs Mirai
At Yagyū’s location, Yagyū begins to wonder if Hibari is doing alright by herself. Suddenly, a gothic lolita who goes by the name of Mirai walks up to Yagyū and tells her how it’s dangerous for her to be by herself. However, Yagyū quickly begins attacking Mirai, but Mirai manages to dodge the strike. Mirai then begins to wonder if all Hanzo students are nothing but cowards. Yagyū tries attacking again, but Mirai manages to dodge the strikes once again. Mirai asks Yagyū why she’s in a hurry while Yagyū states that she has no time to deal with her. The statement infuriates Mirai as she realizes that Yagyū is ignoring her. However, it makes her want to fight Yagyū a lot more. Yagyū then tells Mirai to hurry up since she needs to find Hibari as soon as possible. With that said, the two begin to fight.
During it, Mirai becomes impressed with how skilled Yagyū is and then tells her that it’s time for her to go all out. As she was talking, Yagyū tries attacking Mirai again, but Mirai dodges the swift attack. She then tells Yagyū to at least let her finish talking, but Yagyū insists that she’s in a hurry. The response infuriates Mirai once again as she realizes that Yagyū is still ignoring her. She then begins to chuckle to herself when suddenly, she begins to yell at Yagyū for ignoring her and how she won’t allow her to get away for doing so. Yagyū asks Mirai what she’s talking about while telling her that she has no interest in her. Mirai responds by saying how she will make her be interested in her. As Yagyū sigh, she decides to let Mirai do as she please and then the two continue to fight.
Afterwards, Mirai begins to pant constantly while Yagyū quickly goes off to find Hibari. As she leaves, Mirai accepts the fact that Yagyū is ignoring her. However, she decides that she will find a way to make Yagyū notice her, even if it means chasing her to the end of the Earth.
Section 1: Summer Mistake
On a train ride to the beach, the Hanzo students are playing a game of cards. As Yagyū chooses the right side instead of left, it reveals the joker instead of the ace of diamonds. Katsuragi looks down at Yagyū triumphantly while Hibari becomes disappointed. It was time for the losers to pay the price according to Katsuragi. As Katsuragi advances forward towards Hibari while laughing evily, Yagyū steps in and tries to convince Katsuragi that she’ll pay the price instead. However, Katsuragi explains that since the card game was a team battle, if one person loses in that team, everyone in the team is responsible. With that said, Katsuragi approaches both Hibari and Yagyū and flicks both of their foreheads as hard as she can. As Hibari complains about the pain she received by Katsuragi, Yagyū looks at the joker card in her hand and slowly starts to crush it. Quickly, Katsuragi grabs Yagyū’s hand and tells her to not destroy the cards and to not be a sore loser.
Suddenly, Ikaruga intervenes and tells them to be quiet to prevent them from disturbing the other passengers. They all took a quick glance around and notice that all of the passengers were staring at them. Katsuragi quickly apologizes and takes her seat. As they settle down, Hibari states how they might have overdid it a little as she sticks out her tongue playfully. Suddenly, they all began to smell the scent of the ocean as the train leaves a tunnel. Asuka peers out of the window and notice the ocean while stating how they should smell the salty air around them. While Katsuragi agrees, she states that she prefers the scent of young women as she begins to press her nose against Asuka’s body. Asuka demands Katsuragi to stop the sexual harassment while feeling embarrassed but Katsuragi insists that she smells nice and how she’ll take three cups instead of two. Suddenly, Hibari decides to join in on smelling Asuka, but then Ikaruga intervenes and tells all of them to be quiet as she raises her voice. The entire car was silent and all eyes were on Ikaruga. Ikaruga quickly apologizes to everyone.
In her mind, Yagyū recalls that they’re not going on a mission but instead, a genuine vacation on the beach. She then recalls how confused everyone was when Kiriya told them to go on a vacation. In a flashback, Yagyū questioned Kiriya why they should go on a vacation given what’s going on with them at the moment, but Kiriya responds by telling them how there’s no better time. Yagyū then figured what Kiriya meant by his statement considering how in the future, the battles will grow more intense, so it would be wise to grow memories as regular students first.
Yagyū then recalls of the day when the Hanzo students went to their designated spots to fight the Hebijo students. Hebijo’s plan was to distract the Hanzo students while keeping Hanzo Academy defenseless in order to obtain the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll. However, when both Hibari and Yagyū came back from their fight in a panic, they found dozens of lesser Hebijo shinobi lying defeated in the courtyards. Near them was Asuka, Ikaruga, and Katsuragi. Hibari asked them if they were the ones that took them down, but they all shook their heads. They then reminded them that Kiriya wasn’t participating in the battle between Hanzo and Hebijo. Suddenly, a loud voice appeared saying that the enemy have been vanquished. The Hanzo students looked around but couldn’t find out where the voice is coming from. Asuka then yells out to the voice, telling it to show themselves to allow them to express gratitude. The voice calls themselves Daidouji and how she’s a shinobi of Hanzo. The Hanzo students then gave each other glances and recalled Daidouji being a legendary senior with unusual power. She was ready to take the final exam on her freshman year, but for some reason, she never graduated. Instead, she repeats her senior year endlessly.
As Hibari tries thanking Daidouji while still looking for her, Daidouji states how she’s not affiliated with them, causing Hibari’s faced to be clouded over with anxiety as she asks why she helped them. Daidouji then tells them that she’ll explain why once they all obtain true power. With that said, Daidouji’s voice disappeared.
As the Hanzo students begins to change into their bathing suit in the dressing room on the beach, Katsuragi steps out with enthusiasm and announces the annual swimsuit inspection. The first to come out was Yagyū as she’s wearing a frilly pink-checkered bikini. As Katsuragi examines her, Yagyū starts becoming uncomfortable. Suddenly, Asuka comes out of the dressing room with a towel around her as she tells Katsuragi to stop being a perv. Katsuragi quickly calls foul on Asuka as she approaches her and immediately tears off Asuka’s towel, revealing a multi-colored striped bikini. Katsuragi then examines Asuka and was liking Asuka’s figure to the point of wanting to tear off the bikini as well. Next, Ikaruga steps out of the dressing room, wearing a simple, dark brown bikini as she tells Katsuragi to stop her nonsense. As Katsuragi examines Ikaruga and expresses how much she likes the way Ikaruga looks, Ikaruga ignores Katsuragi and briskly moves to the beach. Lastly, Hibari cheerfully leaves the dressing room, wearing a frilly ruffled pink-polka dots bikini. Katsuragi compliments Hibari as she appears to be on the verge of fainting due to Hibari’s looks. Yagyū was about to lose it, but then she notices how she’s wearing the same color as Hibari, which made her feel a little happy.
Afterwards, Asuka tells the group that they should all go swimming as she runs towards the water. Katsuragi and Hibari follow suit, but Yagyū decides to walk slowly as she’s enjoying the warmth of the and on her feet. She then sits down on the sand as she watches the others play on the surf. She begins to think about the amount of training they would all be doing starting tomorrow, and then they’ll be fighting the Hebijo students once again, but then she feels how good it is to take it easy for a while as regular students. Suddenly, Yagyū notices Hibari waving at her. She asks Yagyū to come and join them and Yagyū nods as she gets up, wipe the sand off her butt, and then went for the ocean.
Later on, Asuka entrusts Hibari with the key to the dressing room while Hibari nods and tells her how she’ll keep the key in a special hiding spot. With that said, the two go back to playing in the water. Meanwhile, Haruka manages to find the key Hibari hid. When they were all finished playing, Asuka asks Hibari for the key. However, Hibari couldn’t find the key anywhere. Asuka notice someone selling their clothes past the beach. Quickly, the group hurried to get their belongings back.
Afterwards, while Hibari was happy they got their belongings back, she feels guilty about losing the key in the first place. She then wonders why no one is angry at her at all. Meanwhile in the distance, Haruka was annoyed about why no one was angry at Hibari for what happened. She then figures that she’s going to have to do something about it herself personally.
Section 2: Solo-Sneaking Hibari
Inside a café at the shopping district, Hibari is eating parfaits as she tries to relief her stress. She then gets angry at herself about how she messed up her technique fifteen times in class and how she dragged everyone down with her. Beforehand, she messed up eight times, and then twelve times. She then guessed that at her rate, she’ll mess up twenty times next time. With that said, she begins to think that she’s just terrible as a shinobi and should drop out. As she eats her parfait, shuriken began to riddle the table. Confused with what’s going on, Hibari notices a lesser Hebijo shinobi clinging on the ceiling. As the lesser Hebijo shinobi asks Hibari if she was a Hanzo student, a shinobi barrier appeared around them. She then throws a shuriken at Hibari but Hibari uses the table as a shield. Hibari asks the lesser Hebijo shinobi why start something at the café. As Hibari prepares for a counter attack, the lesser Hebijo shinobi disappears from the ceiling as she then grabs Hibari’s hands and bind them behind her. As Hibari realizes that she fell for one of the oldest tricks, she felt like crying, but instead, she realizes that she needs to solve this problem on her own. She frantically tries to come up with ideas, but suddenly, the lesser Hebijo shinobi goes limp and fell to the ground. Yagyū asks Hibari if she was alright while Hibari realizes that it was her that saved her. Hibari then asks Yagyū when she arrived while Yagyū responds by saying how she’ll always be nearby just in case she gets in trouble. Hearing those words only gave Hibari Hibari nothing but emotions as she quickly storms out of the café without even thanking Yagyū.
She begins walking with the intent of being alone, but Yagyū catches up with Hibari asking her what’s wrong. However, Hibari tells Yagyū to not following her. The words causes Yagyū to be filled with bewilderment. Hibari then states that she figured she could find a way out after she was attacked by the lesser Hebijo shinobi. Yagyū didn’t understand but Hibari continues by saying how the problem was her alone while asking Yagyū why she decided to come and help her. She then asks Yagyū if she doesn’t think that she can’t do anything by herself. Yagyū tries to reason with Hibari, but Hibari tells Yagyū to not treat her like an idiot as she starts walking away swiftly again, leaving Yagyū behind.
After all that, Hibari realizes that she went too far with what she said, despite the fact that Yagyū did come to help her. The weight of the guild builds within Hibari’s stomach. Hibari then agrees that she should apologize to Yagyū as soon as possible. She quickly turns around but she didn’t see Yagyū anywhere. As she stands there alone, a plant in a shaped of a coiled spring falls out of Hibari’s outfit. She figures that it must have been stuck on her ever since the lesser Hebijo Shinobi had binded her. Hibari then recognizes the plant as maliceweed as she recalls was Kiriya taught her and the class. It’s a plant that grows in the Thickwood, which is an area that is considered a suicide spot. Because of that, no one goes there. Suddenly, Hibari believes that Hebijo Academy must be in the forest. With that said, Hibari heads for the Thickwood.
Inside the Thickwood, Hibari begins making landmarks to prevent herself from getting lost as she wanders deeper in the Thickwood. Eventually, Hibari comes across a field of maliceweed, but there’s no sign of Hebijo Academy. She then wonders if she made a mistake when suddenly, the maliceweed began spewing toxic smoke. Hibari falls to her knees as the toxic smoke builds up around her. She wonders what she can do in this situation while also thinking about Yagyū. She then recalls Yagyū explaining to her about the maliceweed and how using the ninja art of water escape can help her. She remembered how old the technique was as she complained about it and then threw her bamboo pipe. Then, Yagyū spoke to her saying that she doesn’t want her to die while Hibari tells her that she shouldn’t take this seriously since she can’t use the bamboo pipe. Yagyū then explains to Hibari how even a skilled shinobi can get killed if their respiratory system is attacked while also explaining how the water escape technique isn’t only for underwater, but it could also be used in case you’re buried underground or hit with poison gas. She then gives Hibari back her bamboo pipe she threw and tell her to keep it on her at all times just in case.
Back in the present, Hibari quickly took out her bamboo pipe, put it in her mouth, and then points the pipe upwards while breathing clean air. As she slowly moved beyond the maliceweed field, she stumbles upon a brutal wasteland. Quickly, Hibari hid behind a nearby tree as she sees a large group of Hebijo students training desperately. She also saw Hikage training with them alongside Yomi. She overheard the two talking about how the vegetable prices are going up and how it would have been better if the vegetables the wealthy bought went up instead. As they talk, Hibari believes that she really did find Hebijo Academy. She then feels that with her discovery, she won’t be a burden to everyone in her class anymore. With that in mind, Hibari quickly tries to leave before she gets detected when suddenly, someone found her, which was Mirai.
Hibari tries to escape, but she was already surrounded by lesser Hebijo students. Mirai was rather impressed with Hibari to be able to get through the maliceweed and made it. As Hibari puts on her bravest face, Mirai asks her if she’ll be able to make it out alive after coming so far. Hibari knows that reinforcements could come any second now since she left landmarks, but she knows she can’t afford to die. She wants to see Yagyū again and apologize to her about what happened earlier. As Hibari gets in her defensive stance, Mirai smiles at her fearlessly. Hibari then states that she’ll get through this alive no matter what.
Mirai then recognizes Hibari from before while stating how she’s more “together” than she expected. Hibari wonders what she meant by “together” and asks if she’s making fun of her. However, Mirai states that it’s just how she sees her. However, she admits that she lied and actually sees Hibari as stupid instead. Hibari begins to feel confused while Mirai apologizes as she meant “out there” instead. Once again, Hibari asks her what she means while Mirai tells her how she thought it was going to be easy for her to find Hebijo Academy just like that, making her careless. Hibari becomes surprised as Mirai explains how the area they’re in is the Hebijo practice ground and how it’s used to trap shinobi like Hibari. With that said, Hibari starts feeling the despair after all the hard work she did. Mirai then wonders what would happen to Yagyū if she sees Hibari getting tortured to death and wonders if she’ll finally pay attention to her. However, Hibari states that she won’t lose easily while Mirai wonders how much of a fight she can put up.
After dealing with a good sum of lesser Hebijo shinobis, Yagyū finds Hibari, which caught Hibari off guard. Yagyū then explains how she followed the trail Hibari left and then tells her that they should go back as soon as possible. As they’re running, Mirai begins to shoot at both of them with her gun.
Back at the ninja room at Hanzo Academy, Hibari thanks Yagyū for saving her and apologizes that she has to keep bailing her out of trouble. Yagyū tells her to not worry about it, but Hibari tells Yagyū how she’s always leaning on her. Yagyū then states how she doesn’t mind if Hibari leans on her and how anytime she calls, she’ll come running. As she says that, Yagyū starts feeling sick all of a sudden. Hibari asks her what’s wrong and Yagyū states that she was shot, but then she tells Hibari to not worry since it’s just a scratch as she passed out on the ground. Quickly, Hibari calls everyone to come and help Yagyū.
Section 5: Hibari's Transfer
In Yagyū’s room, Yagyū decides that she can’t keep lying down and how she needs to find Hibari. Suddenly, Mirai appear in the room and tells Yagyū not to worry about Hibari. She then tells her how Hibari transferred to Hebijo Academy while also saying how Hibari blamed herself for what happened her and how she took the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll and handed it to them. As Yagyū becomes confused, Mirai tells Yagyū how Hibari was going to get revenge, but she couldn’t use the scroll. Yagyū then demands Mirai to tell her where Hibari is, but Mirai restated that Hibari transferred to Hebijo Academy. Yagyū denies it and questions Mirai why she would try and get revenge and then change schools. With that said, Yagyū decides to fight Mirai to get Mirai to spill everything. However, Mirai was happy that Yagyū has her full attention.
Afterwards, Yagyū demands Mirai to tell her everything about Hibari. However, Mirai begins to feel ignored and starts laughing to herself. She then snaps at Yagyū and tells her how no one ignores her and gets away with it. However, Yagyū tells Mirai how she’s not ignoring her and all she wants to know info regarding Hibari. However, Mirai interrupted her and tells her if she really knows how it feels to be ignored. Yagyū states that she doesn’t know what she’s feeling but she wants Mirai to answer her question. Mirai begins to understand that once Yagyū knows what real betrayal feels like, she’ll understand how she feels about being ignored. She then tells Yagyū that once Hibari stole the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll, she can never go back to Hanzo Academy. Although, Hibari still wants to become a shinobi, so she decided to transfer to Hebijo in order to continue her shinobi life while also throwing Yagyū away. Yagyū denies that but Mirai restates that it’s true. Yagyū then tells her to stop speaking nonsense, but then Mirai tells her to come to Hebijo Academy to see for herself. However, since Yagyū doesn’t know where it’s located, Mirai begins to laugh at her as she leaves. Yagyū still can’t believe what happened.
Section 8: Hibari's Location
Meanwhile, Yagyū has finally arrive at Hebijo Academy. She wonders where Hibari is with frustration. The receiver in her ear emits a small beep. Earlier, she let Mirai go but without her noticing, she planted a little plant called a remora flower onto her back. The remora flower is good for camouflage and it has a tracking device within it. Suddenly, the beeping from Yagyū’s receiver starts beeping rapidly. With Mirai coming closer, Yagyū decides to conceal herself within the shadow of a tree. Shortly after, she notices Mirai with Homura, but there was no sign of Hibari. She waits for them to go away. She recalls seeing Haruka and Hibari together a while back. She could have get her from there but due to her current condition, she wouldn’t have survive. She then pulls away the fabric from her skin while noticing how the area that’s injured is dark red. The fight with Mirai she had earlier caused the wound to reopen. She decides to wait until Hibari is alone before she can rescue her. However, she begins to grind her teeth while feeling disappointed in herself. She begin to regret what she said to the others earlier since she didn’t expect to be in that particular predicament.
After dealing with Mirai, she placed the receiver in her ear. The beeping started becoming fainter as Mirai gets farther away from the shinobi hospital. As she prepared to leave the hospital, the others came in with Asuka telling her that she needs to rest. As Yagyū surveyed their faces, she grew exceedingly angry. She then asked them why they let Hibari go all by herself. Everyone stepped back as they couldn’t respond to that question. Yagyū figured that Hibari would do something so reckless in a situation like what happened before. Yagyū then tells everyone to stand aside. Ikaruga asked Yagyū what she could possibly do in her condition. Yagyū knew that in Ikaruga’s voice, she was concerned, but mostly, she decided to think that it was meddling. Katsuragi then protested telling Yagyū that she can’t find her by just blindly searching. With that said, Asuka states that they should all search for Hibari together since she’s their friend. However, Asuka’s words only annoyed Yagyū. Yagyū then asked all of them that if they’re Hibari’s friend, why did they leave Hibari alone. Asuka had no retort as she simply hung her head. Yagyū then tells them that she doesn’t don’t need friends how they’ll just get in the way, so she decided to push Asuka’s hands away and go and look for Hibari by herself. She heard Asuka calling for her but Yagyū didn’t look back.
Thinking about it now, Yagyū feels that she went too and how the blame wasn’t all of them. She feels that it was also her own fault for being wounded. If Yagyū wasn’t injured, Hibari wouldn’t have done what she did. However, Yagyū knows that she can’t sit back and do nothing. She then bind a strip of fabric tightly around the wound to stop the bleeding as she bites back the scream of pain. Yagyū feels that she can’t be without Hibari as no one could ever replace her. She’s scared of being alone and she was always scared of being in true solitude. The feeling reminds Yagyū of her deceased sister. She loved her so much but she died without warning, which crushed her deeply. There were times where Yagyū would be distracted by thinking about her little sister.
Suddenly, without paying attention, an enemy attacked Yagyū. Yagyū quickly dodges at the nick of time. In front of her was a solidarity lesser shinobi, demanding Yagyū to tell her what she’s doing at Hebijo. The shinobi then whistles, calling forth twenty all circling Yagyū. Yagyū begins to wonder what her choices are due to her current strength. She then begins to pull out grass with anesthetic properties and chews on them, despite being bitter while also taking out her umbrella and got in a stance. If she gets out alive, she wishes she could apologize to everyone about what she said earlier while also wishing she could talk to Hibari one last time. Despite her regrets, she puts them to aside and get ahold of her breathing. Once it was at the right pace, Yagyū begins attacking the shinobi.
One by one, the Hebijo shinobi fall to the ground, but more was still coming towards Yagyū. With how quickly Yagyū is moving, her wound begins reopening. As she loses more blood, Yagyū begins to feel faint. However, despite how she feels, all she could think about was getting to Hibari. However, she finally got to her knees with no strength left. The Hebijo shinobi circile around her. As they prepare to attack, Yagyū closes her eyes, feeling that they will never open again. While doing so, recalls something in her past. She begins imagining Hibari.
The scenery was raining. Yagyū was heading to Hanzo Academy for the entrance ceremony, when suddenly, she saw a girl playing on the schoolyard without an umbrella. The girl was Hibari and she was stomping on the puddles while laughing merrily. To Yagyū’s surprised, she found herself transfixed. Hibari reminded Yagyū of her little sister so much to the point that Yagyū felt that her little sister came back. However, she knows that her little sister is gone. Yagyū knew that her little sister was killed in a traffic accident. Hibari noticed Yagyū and ran over to her, smiling. Hibari asked Yagyū if she loved the rain, but Yagyū didn’t know how to respond to that. She then realized that the ceremony was about to start and they should hurry, so Hibari grabbed Yagyū’s hand and the two started to run.
Suddenly, Yagyū hear the sound of a sword striking a knife as she opens her eyes. There, she sees Asuka, Ikaruga, and Katsuragi. All of the Hebijo shinobi were neatly dispatched. Asuka turns to Yagyū with an innocent smile and tell her that even though they’re in her way, they decided to follow her anyways. Ikaruga draws closer and begins inspecting Yagyū’s injury. She then apply basic first aid to stop the bleeding. Yagyū then asks all three of them why they followed her. They all gave each other a glance and then Asuka tells Yagyū that they’re friends. That’s why. She recalls how she effectively told them that they’re not her friends anymore, but she couldn’t hold a candle to Asuka. Yagyū realizes that she can’t compete against someone that pure of spirit and thinks that maybe she can save her from her own stubbornness.
Asuka then asks Yagyū to fill them with the information on Hibari and the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll. Yagyū told Asuka what she knows and then Asuka decides to go and save Hibari on her own. When it comes to infiltrating the castle keep, it would be wise to infiltrate it alone. As Asuka departs for the keep, Yagyū quietly tells Asuka to please take care of Hibari because you’re her friend, so she can count on you. Asuka looks back and gives Yagyū a thumbs-up.
Section 1: The Grey Area
Back at the ninja room in Hanzo Academy, Katsuragi tries to cheer up Hibari by being as cheerful as possible, but Hibari’s still down in the dumps. The group have realize that Hibari has been acting strange ever since she got back from Hebijo. Ikaruga then tries cheering her up, but it was no use. With Hibari not acting like her usual self, the mood has dropped. Suddenly, Kiriya walks in as he looks exhausted and sighs. He then tells everyone that he would like to have a moment with Hibari alone. Katsuragi tries to ask Kiriya what they’re going to talk about, but Kiriya didn’t reply. The group left Kiriya and Hibari by themselves as they left the room. Once they were outside, Asuka, Ikaruga, and Yagyū went in separate directions. Katsuragi understands how the others feel, so she decides to be by herself as well.
When Katsuragi went back to the ninja room, everyone’s standing at the door, looking confused. She’s surprised that Kiriya isn’t finished talking to Hibari. She then begins to strain to hear them. Kiriya asks Hibari that if she feels responsible for what happened, she should try and retrieve the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll. However, Hibari didn’t say a word. Katsuragi begins to feel that the conversation has been like that the majority of the time. She then decides to head inside the ninja room, disregarding Kiriya’s wish to speak with Hibari by himself. Kiriya asks Katsuragi who told her to come in but Katsuragi responds by telling him that he’s not getting anywhere. Yagyū then walks in and tells Kiriya that they would like to participate in the discussion while Ikaruga and Asuka walks in as well. Ikaruga then tells Kiriya that if it involves the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll, it’s a problem for all of them while Asuka agrees. Beaten down by his own students with words, Kiriya understands and tells them to take their seats. He then stands on the podium, looks out at all of his students, and then tells them that due to the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll not being in their possession, all shinobi studies at Hanzo Academy are suspended. The announcement causes all of the students to look pale. This also means that no shinobi school would accept them. Asuka then asks if it means they can’t be shinobi, which Kiriya nods to. Asuka begins to slump but Katsuragi gives Asuka a big slap on her back. Katsuragi then tells the others in a firm voice to cheer up because all they have to do is get the scroll back from Hebijo. Deep inside, Katsuragi knows that she can’t give up on being a shinobi since it’s the only way for her to reunite with her parents. With that said, everyone except for Hibari became motivated to get the scroll back. Katsuragi asks Hibari what the problem was and then Hibari asks Katsuragi how exactly are they supposed to get the Super-Secret Ninja Art Scroll back from Hebijo. Katsuragi replies by saying that they just have to beat them, but then Hibari begins telling them how the students at Hebijo are similar to them since they study just as hard and they look out for one another, meaning they’re not bad people as they thought. Just by saying that, Hibari looks like she threw up something she was holding back for a long while. She looks like she’s about to cry. Hibari then asks what’s the difference between a good shinobi and an evil one and why do they have to fight each other.
The Ninja Room goes quiet as Katsuragi didn’t have anything to say. She never thought of Hebijo as anything other than opponents before. Now that Hibari mentioned that, it all makes sense to Katsuragi that what’s considered good and evil is all a matter of perspective. She then remembers how even though renegade shinobi are “evil”, Katsuragi’s parents aren’t bad people since they did what they felt was right to protect her. She also now understands how Hebijo is the same since they’re doing what they feel is right. Hibari starts to say how she doesn’t know what she’s supposed to do after learning all of that. Suddenly, Asuka broke the silence and asks Kiriya for a favor. Kiriya asks what it was and then Asuka asks Kiriya to let her train. Kiriya wonders what Asuka is thinking while Katsuragi begins to think that Asuka has an idea and wants to show Hibari through training. She also begins to think that overtime, Asuka has turned into a real leader type, so she’ll let Asuka do as she pleases.
Section 6: Yagyū's Training
In the training area where Yagyū is at, Yagyū realizes how she never cared about losing anyone important and how she felt about being better off alone. However, ever since she met Hibari, Yagyū feels lonely whenever she’s not around her. She also found her classmates annoying at first, but now, they’ve became part of her life as important people to her. She even never thought she could come to know someone she couldn’t bear to lose. She knows that losing someone hurts, but to live alone out of fear of that loss would hurt far worse. With that said, she begins training while knowing that she’s no longer alone.
Afterwards, Yagyū’s power increases. She knows that if more things becomes important to her, she has to become stronger, as protecting those that are important to her is the main reason she would use her power.
Section 1: Hebijo Battle Plan
Night has fallen completely. Kiriya stands at the entrance of the shinobi village, waiting for his students to come back from their training. Little by little, footsteps are drawing near. Kiriya notices his students are all present and they’re shining more brightly than before. He even notices how Asuka mastered the Yin Scroll and everyone else’s blood boiling from the training they went through. As Kiriya spreads his arms and welcomes them, Asuka, Katsuragi, and Hibari approaches him while Yagyū and Ikaruga stand back, but their facial expressions was filled with joy instead of reserved. Asuka tells Kiriya with confidence that they’ll be going to Hebijo now. However, Kiriya shakes his head and tells them that they have a vacation day tomorrow. The students look at Kiriya confused while Asuka asks him why. Kiriya explains that before a decisive battle, you should spend the day before doing what you like. Right as he said that, the students’ faces become clear and determined. With that said, the students nod to one another and leave simultaneously. As they leave, Kiriya heads to the dressing room.
While arranging the equipment, Kiriya suddenly hears Asuka calling him from behind. He looks back surprised seeing all of his students. He realizes that he couldn’t feel any signs of their presence, to the point where he believes that they’ve become advanced enough to utterly deceive his perceptions. He begins to think about how far they’ve, to the point of showing a wry smile. Asuka tells Kiriya with no uncertain terms to not worry as they’re going to settle the fight with Hebijo Academy. However, Kiriya still feels worried that they all might die. But Asuka tells him that even if they die, they have no regrets since they’ll die as the shinobi they’ve always wanted to become. The others nod in agreement. Suddenly, an image of Rin appear in Kiriya’s mind as he wonders if she was the same in regards to dying as a shinobi. In the end though, Kiriya feels that he’s right back where he started. He still can’t get over Rin’s death. With spirit, Asuka tells Kiriya that they’ll all come back alive and safely. Kiriya looks at all of his students and notices how they’re no longer young girls of students, but adult shinobi. Something within Kiriya’s heart begins to grow lighter. Kiriya begins to understand and decide to trust them. If they come back alive, Kiriya feels that he could finally get over Rin’s death. With all of that talking, Kiriya realizes the morning sun peeking out from over the mountains.
Asuka tells everyone to huddle up. As they did, they all place their hands down in the middle and Asuka tells them to beat Hebijo and come back in one piece. All of their fists lift in the air as the sun climbs high, shining down on them. The curtain for the final battle has risen.
Section 5: Solitude's Last Days
At Yagyū’s location, Yagyū spots Homura with her guard down. Right when she was about to strike her, Mirai stops her. She then asks if she’s going to pretend she’s not there again. Yagyū states that she doesn’t want to deal with senseless fighting, so she doesn’t want to deal with Mirai. However, Mirai figures as much but she still threatens to kill Yagyū if she continues to ignore her. Yagyū asks Mirai why being ignored hurts her so much. The question catches Mirai off guard for a bit, but Mirai tells Yagyū that it’s far too late for that. With that said, the two begin their fight.
Afterwards, Yagyū is victorious as she states that the fight is over. As Mirai collapse to the ground, Yagyū takes her aim on Homura. However, Mirai quickly gets back up and takes the shot Yagyū fired head on. The action surprises Yagyū while Mirai tells her that she did so because she ignored her. Yagyū then questions Mirai how ridiculous it was for Mirai to do such a thing and why would she be so upset about being ignored. Mirai then explains how she was teased ever since she was little and how everyone ignored her, causing her to feel miserable. Mirai felt angry while the people that ignored her thought it was funny. No one ever saw any merit in her, causing her to feel worthless. However, Mirai realizes that being noticed for being angry won’t accomplish anything as she looks at Yagyū’s face. Yagyū then tells Mirai how she can never ignore her after what she did to protect her leader since it’s an act of a great shinobi and how she should be respected. Mirai thanks Yagyū for the compliment and states how it’s isn’t so bad to get attention as she dies. With that said, Mirai collapse to the ground as she slowly dies.
Section 7: Path of the Shinobi
After Asuka defeats Orochi, it's body begins to melt away, leaving nothing but its echoing death rattle. A strong wind picks up and the debris shines in the light of the evening sun. All signs of its malice and hatred has disappeared. Asuka stands atop the mountain of rubble, clutching the two Super-Secret Ninja Art Scrolls. Asuka says to herself that everything is over ash she lets out a huge sigh. She begins to feel that all of her energy is leaving her body. As she was about to collapse, she begins to feel warm hands supporting her. One of the hands were Katsuragi as she congratulates Asuka. The other hands were Ikaruga’s, Hibari’s, and Yagyū’s. Feeling overjoyed about seeing her friends in one piece, strength returns to Asuka’s body. Ikaruga anxiously examines Asuka’s body to see if she’s alright, but Asuka insists that she’s alright. However, Katsuragi didn’t buy it and begins to feel up on Asuka. Asuka tells her to stop while Hibari tells Katsuragi to wait until she has more energy before she can sexually harass her, which Yagyū also agrees to. However Asuka states that she rather she didn’t wait until later. With that said, everyone begins to laugh. Despite how messed up everyone looks, they all still smile and laugh.
Suddenly, they all see similar figures across the mountain of rubble. They couldn’t see clearly due to the morning sun, but they know that the four figures are Homura and the others. Homura and the others looked at them as they then turn around and walk away. Hibari begins to chase after Haruka, but Asuka stops her by grabbing her shoulder and telling her to just let them go, despite Hibari crying in joy. Asuka then tells her that she’s sure she’ll see them again at some point. As they watched Homura and the others get farther away, Ikaruga wonders if it’s okay to let them go, but Asuka states that they’re not the enemy and that when they meet, it’ll be when they’re all shinobi. Ikaruga smiles at Asuka’s statement. Asuka then takes a deep breath and then shouts out to Homura saying that she will continue getting stronger and how they’ll meet again. She then wonders if Homura heard her, but then she saw Homura raising her right hand as a sign of acknowledgement. With that said, Asuka tells the others that it’s time for all of them to go back home to Hanzo Academy which everyone agrees to. They then come together smiling and begin walking. Their bodies feel heavier than lead, but their hearts feel light as feathers. The glare of the sunrise gently warms their backs while their shadows extend out before them to Hanzo Academy as if nothing is blocking their way. As Asuka looks down at those shadows, she begins to wonder if this the Path of the Shinobi.