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Prologue: Death Spirit. In the small fictional Japanese town named Wakaba, lives a young 15 year old high school boy named Akira Kenichi, of whom ever since he was naught but 10 years old has had the powers to see the spirits of the dead. Five years ago, he lost his elder sister named Shino to a car accident and ever since then, Akira has closed himself off to the world, even to his best friend since childhood and former girlfriend named Hoshi Kokoromaru, despite him having broken off their romantic relationship, Hoshi still cares for Aka-Chan, as she calls him due to the colour of his hair being red and whilst keeping an eye on Akira, she notices strange things happening around Akira that have never happened before, like Akira also, Hoshi has spiritual awareness of things, due to having lost a loved one just like him, in Hoshi's case, her father when she was just 5 years old. Losing his sister placed a great ordeal upon Akira, as not only must he deal with Hoshi worrying about him constantly all the time but he also receives requests from ghosts of the dead that refuse to pass on until their last requests have been fulfilled, being a kind and caring person by nature, Akira agrees to help them fulfil their requests, despite saying that it's only to get them out of his earshot. One day, as he was helping the spirit of a lost little girl, trying to reunite with the spirits of her parents, Akira encounters a both strange and mysterious young man with blue coloured hair about a few years older then him and upon immediately seeing Akira, the blue haired young man suddenly attacks both Akira and the young girl by shockingly summoning a scythe from within his mouth and then wielding it to try and slice Akira in half. Akira manages to save the girl before she got caught being sliced by the young man's scythe, as Akira shouts out to the young man just who in the hell is he? The young man reveals himself, as Shinigami and that he is the God of Death within the town of Wakaba and per his obligations and his duties, not to mention having a sense of a code of honour, it is Shinigami's job to wipe out all evil within Wakaba town, no matter who they are and/or where they came from and upon seeing Akira through first contact, he deemed and judged Akira to be one of the evil ones that Shinigami must eliminate, Akira, having no idea just what the hell this guy is talking about, knows he must run away, as far, as possible away from him, for two reasons: one, he can't directly take on Shinigami because of his scythe and two, because of the small girl, having no other option, Akira grabs the girl and escapes with her, leaving Shinigami to chase after them. Whilst being chased, suddenly, the colour of Akira's eyes start to change to the colour red and he starts seeing vivid images of something, something horrifying involving someone, upon being backed into a corner at a children's playground, Akira told the little girl to hide whilst he took care of Shinigami, the girl agreed and left Akira to fend for himself. Shinigami then arrived and said to Akira that it was his time to die, Akira disagreed, having only just met Shinigami and not knowing the reason just why he has to die all of a sudden, Shinigami said he had no reason to answer Akira's questions and instead, proceeded to use his scythe to cut through all the playground things that were getting in the way of him killing Akira and of which Akira himself was using to his advantage to throw off Shinigami's perception, since Akira had keen spiritual awareness that could allow him to quickly react to things. Suddenly, Akira started to hurt inside his head and his eyes turned red again, Shinigami saw this and, as he was about to use this opportunity and behead Akira, Akira remembered something...he remembered...the night that his sister died in the car accident, Akira broke his left arm that night, along with his father suffering an injury that caused him to be paralysed from the waist down, now living out the rest of his life in a wheelchair and his mother to wear an eye-patch over her right eye for the rest of her life too, having sustained a glass injury to the eye that night. Upon seeing his elder sister Shino laying dead right next to him, Akira then saw just outside her car window a visual image of someone, it was shockingly none other: then Shinigami! the same age, as he is now. Remembering this causes Akira to go into a full blown rage, causing Shinigami to stand back, wondering what was happening to Akira, as Akira shockingly underwent a serious transformation, there were blue patches in his red hair, his red hair lit aflame like a real fire itself and summoned into Akira's left hand from out of thin air was a Katana with a unique design, its scabbard resembled a snake crawling up to where the wielder places their hand upon the hilt and draws the Katana with the Katana itself resembling a snake itself, a snake crawling shaped Katana lit on fire exactly like Akira's red hair, Shinigami was shocked by this, seeing the form that was right in front of him that Akira took on all of a sudden without warning. Shinigami then talked to himself inside of his head about an old legend amongst his kind, the legend was that when the snake bearer would appear...would the entire world itself end, Shinigami believed Akira to be the one from this legend, the one that the Shinigami would call in this legend, the one named: ...Yamata no Orochi, the Eight-Forked Serpent! Chapter I: Orochi and Shini. Upon transforming into this new form all of a sudden, upon remembering that Shinigami was there the night his older sister died...Akira lost all sense of reason and instead, merely went in for the kill, clashing with Shinigami's scythe, trying to kill him for what Akira subconsciously believes to be that Shinigami was there that night and he was the one responsible for killing Shino, the young girl was watching to what was happening to her caretaker, upon seeing his bloodthirsty form, she became both scared and frightened, becoming full of tears. Shinigami tried to reason with Akira despite previously trying to kill him but to no avail, Akira was filled with so much hate and anger, that he could not see reason and instead, continued to clash against Shinigami's scythe, Shinigami, having no choice, decided that he would resort to his earlier method and kill Akira just like he originally planned, however, Akira proved no easy opponent and instead, he used a powerful technique to push Shinigami back, Shinigami recognized this technique, it was named Kagu-tsuchi, it was the signature technique amongst the Shinigami clan, it was when the Shinigami would lift their scythes all the way up or all the way backwards whilst wielding them and upon doing so, they would build up spiritual energy that would appear in the form of black coloured fire and release it, as a highly pressured density swing, the power of both the swing itself and the black fire would be used to incinerate all of the evil ones that would dare oppose the Shinigami clan but Shinigami himself had never imagined that Akira, or Orochi, as he was calling Akira from this point onwards would be capable of it himself. Seeing the Kagu-tsuchi being aimed straight at him, Shinigami used his bare right hand to block the Kagu-tsuchi and then all of a sudden, like a black hole, the palm of the right hand swallowed up the Kagu-tsuchi, allowing Shinigami to survive the attack with the Kanji for the word Seal appearing on his right hand's palm, signifying that absorbing the Kagu-tsuchi right into it was successful, although this took a great deal of stamina out of Shinigami, leaving him defenceless. Just, as Akira was about to cut off Shinigami's head like he was planning to do to Akira earlier, suddenly, the small girl leapt in the way and protected Shinigami, without warning, she rid herself of all her tears and tried to talk sense to Akira, telling him that he's acting like a bad guy and that he was scaring the girl, causing her to cry again, upon seeing this and upon seeing a tear drop touch his Katana on fire, causing the tip of it to burn out from the water of the tear drop, suddenly, Akira recalled happy memories of his time with Shino and without warning, he suddenly turned back into his old self before losing conciousness and falling right on-top of Shinigami, Akira passed out on Shinigami's left shoulder, the girl started to fully cry again, as rain started to drop, Shinigami was then wondering just who was this young man? Elsewhere, walking back from a convenient store was seen Hoshi, noticing the rain dropping, as she looked up, as a drip of water fell upon her brow, down her right eye, she started to cry a little from her left before noticing this, wondering why she was crying all of a sudden before clearing the tear up and then lastly wondering about Akira, hoping that he was allright... ...It was the next day, Akira suddenly awoke to find himself somehow back home and in his room no less of all places, his mother named Miyako called out for Akira, telling him to wake up, Akira rubbed his head back and forth, trying to remember what happened yesterday, it was then shockingly and surprisingly that Shinigami appeared outside Akira's bedroom window, shocking the poor lad and comically scaring him half to death. Akira then suddenly remembered who Shinigami was and was about to pick a fight with him before wondering what happened to the little girl that was with Akira yesterday, he had hoped that Shinigami didn't kill her, only for him to reply now why would he do that? those of Shinigami blood and/or heritage are tasked with guiding the ghosts of the dead to the afterlife and eliminating all traces of evil, Akira then said but what about her unfinished business? to find her missing family? Shinigami rest assured Akira that that was taken care of since that too is part of the job for the Shinigami clan, Shinigami in place of Akira helped the girl find her parents and all together, they ascended to the Sanzu River, the gateway to the afterlife. Before leaving, the girl left a message for Shinigami to give to Akira, saying that hope he gets better Onii-Chan and please don't be a baddie no more, that was the final message the girl had left to Akira before heading to the Sanzu River, Akira upon hearing this message cried a little, as he was mad with himself for not helping the little girl when he had the chance and instead went maverick against Shinigami like a raving lunatic, however, Shinigami again assured Akira that the young girl held no hard feelings against him and that she was happy despite being scared, being protected by Akira who she viewed like an elder brother, despite all that happened, Akira still protected the girl despite losing his way near the end and he would have given his life to save that of a ghost's if he was willing which of course at the time Akira was, all in all, the young girl forgives Akira and only hopes that once she has passed on, he will continue helping other spirits just like both her and her family, upon hearing all this, Akira now proceeds to cry tears of joy instead of tears of pain, however, he knew that this did not relieve him of his charge and that he honestly tried to kill Shinigami yesterday. Speaking of which, Shinigami wonders why Akira went all berserk the way he did, he says he cannot remember exactly other then the certain fact that when he was younger, his sister died in a car accident and when she did, a young man who looks exactly like Shinigami appeared that day, on that night, December 20th, 2018, upon hearing this, Shinigami reveals to Akira that that wasn't Shinigami, at least, not the Shinigami standing right in front of Akira, Akira is confused by this. Shinigami reveals that he comes from the Shinigami clan from which all of the members who are born into that clan are named Shinigami, they are all given the exact same name upon birth and a unique trait of the Shinigami clan is that they all have both blue coloured hair and blue coloured eyes, Shinigami remarks that he noticed that yesterday during their fight that Akira when he transformed gained blue coloured patches in his fiery red coloured hair and now having reverted back to normal the blue patches have disappeared leaving only the red entirety of hair, Shinigami knows he can't ask Akira of how he gained the blue patches since that transformation was all new to him, however, Shinigami does share with Akira certain news, the legend Shinigami was talking to himself about before. Long ago, just when the Shinigami clan came to be, making their home on the front and back bedsides of the Sanzu River where the spirits of the departed go to cross to the afterlife, there was a monster, a monster of terrible proportions and great havoc, it was named by the Shinigami clan elders the Yamata no Orochi, the Eight-Forked Serpent and you see with its mighty power did it lay waste to the Sanzu River, causing the Shinigami clan to rise up, forging scythes of both great and terrible power equal to the monster's power itself from simply the waters of the Sanzu River alone and together with the scythes, the first generation of the Shinigami clan rose up to power and fought the Yamata no Orochi, the battle was hard fought and many Shinigami lost their lives until finally, the Shinigami clan leader fought by himself, one on one against the Yamata no Orochi and upon cutting off all of the monster's eight tails after seeing an opportunity, greatly weaking the monster, proceeded to craft a Katana out of spiritual energy, exactly just like the Shinigami's scythes thanks to that of the Sanzu River and seal the monster inside the Katana, forever keeping it at bay so that it would never harm an innocent spirit ever again. The Katana was dubbed the snake bearer and it was told by the Shinigami clan elders that if the snake bearer were to ever be set loose upon both the spirit world and the mortal world, would both worlds be in grave and mortal danger, thus the Shinigami clan decided to keep it hidden, however, after 3000 years of secretly guarding it, the snake bearer was then stolen! no one knows who did it, except that he left a calling card, it said on the card simply Watatsumi and it is believed that whoever this Watatsumi person is, he is currently in this exact era that Akira lives in, manipulating strings involving spirits, the Shinigami clan highly believe that he is the one orchestrating the actions of evil doers everywhere in Wakaba. Shinigami was sent by his clan for two reasons, one, to regularly maintain the cycle of transporting the ghosts of the deceased to the Sanzu River so that they can be reincarnated back into Human life, as different people, animals, living things, etc and two, to retrieve the snake bearer wherever it may be...and kill the one who wields it, after seeing Akira possess the snake bearer, it is undeniable that he has a connection to Watatsumi and thus...Shinigami intends to try to kill Akira once more. Akira tries to comically convince Shinigami to change his mind, since the two had finally worked things out, however, Shinigami is adamant, he must kill Akira, reclaim the snake bearer, take it back to his people before returning to the Human world and finding where this Watatsumi is and bring him in for questioning, it is then Akira has a light bulb idea, how about both he and Shini work together to find Watatsumi? if they work together and find Watatsumi, he might prove to be a challenge for Shini alone, however, if Akira can aid Shini in battle, wielding the snake bearer more better then he did yesterday, in other-words, he masters and controls the blade, not the blade controlling him the other way around like before, Akira could prove to be a valuable ally to Shini in his quest to bring justice to whoever Watatsumi is. ...Shini ponders for a moment before then coming to a quick conclusion, he will accept Akira's proposal, seeing, as how Akira has spiritual awareness and helps the local ghosts around town, together with Akira's help, Shini intends to find Watatsumi and bring him down with Akira's help whilst on a gamble, Shini trusts that Akira will master the snake bearer and its powers before the confrontation, hoping that he will not succumb to its malevolent influence, otherwise...Shini will have to kill Akira and nothing will be done about that then, he is breaking a lot of rules in allowing someone to wield the snake bearer when Shini was originally supposed to kill the wielder and bring the snake bearer back to the Sanzu River, however, trusting Akira's morals, principles, ideals and good judge of character, Shini is willing to risk neck and limb for Akira, seeing, as how he just did for the ghost of the little girl yesterday, despite having only met Akira... ...It was then that Shini realised that he was being called Shini by Akira, wondering why? Akira believes that since everyone in the Shinigami clan is named Shinigami that Shini should have an identity of his own, thus Akira shortened Shinigami's name Shini, Shini thought to himself that when a Shinigami is born, all they must know is that they have no individual identity of their very own and that all they must do is carry out the cycle of reincarnation until they die and become reincarnated themselves, becoming the next Shinigami after the Shinigami that they are now, Shini always believed in that principle and didn't care for anything else otherwise, however, upon being called Shini by Akira, Shini suddenly felt something that he never felt before, he felt a sense of...identity and with that, he decided to just go along with it and call Akira Orochi, something Akira suddenly noticed out of the blue unlike Shini with his own nickname, the reason Shini will call Akira Orochi instead of just plain old Akira is because, as long, as he wields the snake bearer, he is technically the Yamata no Orochi in Human form and thus, it is Shini's job to watch over Orochi no matter what, Akira comically complains that that is just too complex for a nickname for him to have and wants Shini to come up with something better, Shini comically denies and the two then start to comically argue with one another, thus beginning the partnership of the Yamata no Orochi and the Shinigami, what will happen from here on out? Chapter II: Welcome to Yamato High School! Akira's mother Miyako shouted for Akira to get out of bed, as he then comically fell out of bed and noticed that he didn't have any underpants on, Akira comically squeals at this before using his bed covers with a Chinese dragon on them to cover himself up, as he questions Shini to this rather awkward development, saying that Shini was the one who brought Akira back home so why does Akira have no pants on whilst he is still wearing his high school shirt from yesterday, Shini says to Akira that back home at the Sanzu River, Shini would get most uncomfortable wearing pants on in bed so he would strip naked from the bottom, making him feel very comfortable afterwards, not feeling like there was something trying to claw and bite at him, he assumed that it was this way for the male Humans of their world, just like it was for him, Akira comically grows a big stress X mark on his forehead and his face turns red, as a tomato, saying to Shini hell no! that's not how we sleep in this world! just because you've got a strange sleeping habit doesn't mean that we males in this world have--huh? suddenly, Miyako appeared opening the bedroom with Akira's breakfast in hand before noticing Akira's pants hanging outside on the TV satellite just outside Akira's bedroom right next to it, something that Akira just notices now and his face turns purple and his eyeballs curl up inside the eyebrows, dropping the bedsheets covering his lower region by accident upon noticing his pants outside, as Miyako sees this, she comically shrieks out in horror, causing Akira to comically freak out and tell his mother to go away whilst he gets bathed and changed. An hour later, Miyako says to Akira comically its okay for young men to do stuff like that but not hang their pants outside, especially on their TV satellite of all things, Akira, so embarrassed just tells his mother to shut up, as he never wants to speak about it ever again, plus, he corrects her that he wasn't doing what she thought he was doing, it was the doing of a bastard Shinigami that led to the incident Akira comically replies whilst eating toast at the breakfast table, it is then that Akira's father named Shinra tells Akira to shut up, finish his breakfast and come pray with him alongside Miyako to their small portable altar showing Shino's picture inside it, to which Akira then remains silent upon seeing the picture, thinks about it and then lastly proceeds to eat his breakfast. After finishing praying to Shino, Akira proceeds to head out to school with his mother telling him to keep his pants up at all times with Akira saying to his mother to shut up, as he notices the time on his watch, noticing that he's now just 5 minutes away from being late, Miyako waves goodbye to Akira whilst Shini sitting up top of Akira's house's rooftop wonders where Akira is going and what will he possibly be doing? Akira knows that his high school is just around the corner and catching him off guard then suddenly, covering his eyeballs from behind was surprisingly Hoshi, asking for a password, wanting Akira to guess the answer to the password, however, Akira declines, as he already knows the answer to the password and proceeds to turn around and flick Hoshi on her forehead, as she replies with a boo and that wasn't very nice, Akira tells off Hoshi, saying that they are too old to be playing games like this anymore and that they have already finished dating, Akira broke up with Hoshi just before middle school ended for them, however, Hoshi declares that she still loves Akira and tries to swoop in and kiss Akira directly, only for him to hold up his notebook from his school bag and use it to cover Hoshi's kiss towards, causing to kiss the notebook instead, Hoshi again says that wasn't very nice and Akira replies with a comedic deadpan look upon his face, saying the words what is this, deja vu? 2 minutes later, the two are seen walking side by side with one another with Hoshi locking arms with Akira, as he tells her to knock it off and let go, Hoshi however replies that whenever she locked arms with Akira, she would always feel comfortable and not have to worry about anything...even, death itself, Akira just remained silent for a moment before replying so, you can still see ghosts like i can right? said Akira, however, Hoshi nodded her head left and right in a nope answer manner, saying that unlike Akira who can actually see ghosts, she can only sense them and from time to time, she would sense Akira a little, helping the spirits of the departed finally depart to the Sanzu River and the ones that would make sure that the spirits got there safely were the Mikos, you see, Hoshi comes from a long, long line of Kokoromaru Mikos, it is told in the old history books at the library of the town that whilst in the physical plane it was the Mikos who would help the spirits pass on from the mortal world, it would be the Shinigami of the spirit world that would await them and then proceed alongside them whilst protecting them to the Sanzu River, where there, the spirits would await reincarnation and a messenger from the Shinigami would appear before the Kokoromaru Mikos, telling them that they had succeeded in their job and it was a job well done. Akira is shocked to hear this, he didn't realise that Hoshi's family had a connection to the Shinigami, suddenly Akira asks Hoshi a bunch upon bunch of questions, like who is the messenger or what does Hoshi know of the Shinigami!? Hoshi, a bit weird and freaked out by Akira's reaction found it impossible to answer, instead just giving a answer that wasn't good enough for Akira to swallow but nevertheless he took it anyways, just surprised that Hoshi still had at least a connection to the Shinigami was all. Hoshi was curious, Akira was never this interested before about her Miko lineage, even when they were dating in middle school, still, Hoshi smiled a little at this, hoping this would be the start to something both grand and new and it certainly was new allright, as suddenly appearing in-between the former couple was Shini carrying his scythe on his left shoulder simply saying yo. Hoshi panicked, dropping her school bag, wondering where that voice came from, as she could not see Shini just like Miyako couldn't during the fiasco before Akira left the house, however, the difference being was that Miyako did not have spiritual awareness so she couldn't even hear Shini's voice let alone see him, whereas Hoshi because of her Miko heritage has spiritual awareness but cannot see Shini and can only hear his voice due to her awareness not being strong enough unlike Akira's, she wondered if Akira was planning a trick on her by blowing through her ear, however, Akira assured her that Hoshi was only just imagining it and looked up towards Shini floating behind the two walking to school with a comedic grumpy face and gave Shini the censored finger, Shini twinkled his eyes at this, as Akira did not understand the meaning until only a few seconds later when a stray dog was passing by and upon looking at Akira's finger pointing up, to the dog it looked like a hot dog and thus the stray decided to hunt down and eat Akira's finger, causing Akira to grab Hoshi comically in the form of a cardboard stand and rush straight on to school, Hoshi comically took this, as Akira's way of carrying her like a princess and she felt overjoyed, feeling like she was in paradise, Akira ran like the wind, causing Shini to snigger at Akira's misfortune but thankfully, he helped both Akira and Hoshi arrive to their high school to which Shini was curious about, the school itself was named Yamato High School and it was here that both Akira and Hoshi would be attending their 1st years of high school for the next few years. Upon arriving at the front entrance of Yamato High School, the bell had then immediately rung, signalling that it was now time for the entrance to close up and the students to get to their classrooms straight away with the gate just behind both Akira and Hoshi closing on them, as the two got inside the school entry grounds just in the nick of time, Akira noticed how he was holding Hoshi like a cardboard stand though she didn't seem to mind it, in fact she loved it and dreamed that it would happen to her everytime but nevertheless, proceeded to let her down gently and normally, causing Hoshi to boo Akira once more, spoiling her fun. Now that the home-rooms were about to go under-way, Akira and Hoshi went their separate ways, as they were in different classes, Akira was in class C-1 and Hoshi class B-2, upon arriving in the classroom, everyone that knew Akira looked at him with disgust, something that Akira seemed familiar with, his seat was located next to the window, the name of his home-room teacher was Kin-gin Jinnosube and the name of his peer sitting right next to him on the left side of Akira whilst he faced the window directly on the right was Tora Ryojisuke. Jinnosube was known for eccentric behaviour and Ryojisuke was known to be a delinquent that was the head of a Bosozoku group of fellow delinquents named the Crouching Tigers of Wakaba and you see, they are always constantly butting heads with the student council and especially its leader of Yamato High School that they themselves are named by everyone else within the school, as the Hidden Dragons of Yamato, led by a sophomore and Tora's one year older brother named Ryu Ryojisuke. For, as long, as anyone can always remember, the two brothers have always been at odds with one another due to their different personalities, Tora was hot headed and Ryu was cold and calculating but nevertheless, despite their differences, they made sure not to bother both the school and especially the citizens of Wakaba through needless fighting, only calling for it when a major difference of opinion was to be called, in fact, Tora leads his Bosozoku friends in helping out the town from time to time whilst Ryu keeps the peace at high school, all in all, despite their differences, the two brothers, although Tora would never admit it himself personally were a team, the adults back in town would refer to the two, as the famously named chivalrous brothers of the Ryojisuke clan. The reason why Akira is recalling all this to himself is because he remembered one day not too very long ago, a memory that suddenly just popped up inside his head that like Hoshi, it would seem that Tora was spiritually aware but could not see ghosts, only hearing their voices and sensing their presence, also, Hoshi and her friends one day got themselves into trouble with a rival high school and it was only thanks to the efforts of both Tora and his Crouching Tigers that they had beat up the delinquents of the rival high school, sending them scared like hell, Tora telling them never to bug the students of Yamato High School ever again, although Hoshi saw this, as an act of kindness, this was actually also because Tora had a crush on Hoshi without her knowing for a very long, long time, something that Akira has known about since he, Hoshi and Tora all attended the same middle school and it was only after breaking up with Hoshi that Akira started to notice Tora building up his courage and trying to ask Hoshi out a couple of times, only to be flatter out rejected or the stress got to him those times, unable to allow him to speak in those moments, because of the relationship that both Akira and Hoshi share despite no longer being a romantic couple, Tora sees Akira, as his number one rival in both any and all things but more importantly, the trial that is both in and of love itself. Although Akira is exasperated by Tora and his rivalry towards Akira, he is more exasperated by his home-room teacher Jinnosube because, as previously mentioned, he had eccentric behaviour and this was always in the form of coming to their home-room without a shirt on, showing his bare masculine chest to everyone, causing the school girls to go gaga over Jinnosube, as he was a very handsome man, despite conduct that was rather very inappropriate for a teacher to have in front of his students, especially the young female ones, Jinnosube was allowed to continue his eccentric behaviour, as his fellow teachers knew he meant no harm by it and they believed that this was one of his crazy methods to get his students to teach, he would show his masculine torso to the high school girls to get them so jittery that they would focus on doing their school work whilst for the male half of his class, he would disgust them so much that they would have no choice but to resign to do their school work, just to get Jinnosube's image out of their heads, as such is the cases with both Akira and Tora, the latter one time reprimanded Jinnosube for his improper behaviour in front of students at a school, even if it was a high school, however, Jinnosube was adamant, he would go so far, as to make a mockery of himself and a sight for the high school girls to swoon over if it would help them study and concentrate on their high school work that would help them study to become proper adults and move on to college and even university one day, a manly resolve to the testament of him being a high school teacher, upon seeing this, Tora would comically break down into tears and call Jinnosube a man amongst men despite his weirdo way of getting the students to teach, believing that his resolve was to benefit others, especially those younger then him, wanting them to grow up to be proper adults unlike him that can help teach society how to make itself a better place, believing Jinnosube was only doing what Tora believed that that was the only thing Jinnosube could do to help his students work and mature themselves so that they don't end up like him, Tora and Jinnosube would comically give manly hugs to one another, believing each other to be fellow men of romance in the term of man's dream for the future of humanity, Akira merely had a comedic deadpan look upon his face, thinking to himself that Jinnosube was merely a strip tease pervert and Tora a Baka but nevertheless, Akira knew that these two, however tiring they may be to him were still at heart, good people, even if they were bat crap crazy. It was then shockingly and suddenly whilst Jinnosube buttoned his shirt back up, believing that the female students have had enough eye candy for one day that he announces the arrival of an all brand new transfer student out of the blue, at first, Akira doesn't seem bothered by this until he discovers just who exactly it was that walked into the classroom, it was none other then Shini! using the alias Shinji Yamamoto, as his student name and that unlike before with Hoshi, people can now actually see Shini in the flesh! how was this possible!? thought Akira to himself, as he comically gritted his teeth and smashed his pencil in half, annoyed that Shini has now even intruded onto his personal school life, as well. During break time, Akira questions Shini on both what and how in the hell is he able to let everyone see him despite being a spirit, as well, as why is here at Yamato? Shini however asks that Akira refer to him, as Shinji whilst at school and the reason why he is here at Yamato is because he was curious about Akira's school life and so decided to make a quick based decision and adapt himself to said school life of Akira's, also believing that by being at Akira's side at all times will allow Shini to find out where and especially who Watatsumi is, Akira comically calls Shini annoying for this before moving onto the question of how everyone is able to see Shini despite just being a spirit before, Shini reveals that Shinigami that go undercover amongst the Humans in their world in the physical plane use a technique named Sono Sakashima Oujou Waza, translated, as The Reverse Death Technique and you see, by channelling spiritual energy that they receive from drinking the waters of the Sanzu River into their bodies which they have done since the very beginning and formation of the Shinigami clan, the spiritual energy inside their bodies can be used to create a sort of hologram for everyone to see the Shinigami using the technique, it may show them being on the physical plane but here is where lays the back-draws of the technique, the Shinigami are exactly just that, holograms in the eyes of the people and if said people were to touch the Shinigami, their hands would just go right through them, plus, upon eating food and drinking something, their insides are shown digesting their food, basically, the only real good thing about the technique is that it allows Shinigami to not only go undercover in the physical plane but also taste actual real food in the mortal realm too, the man who invented this technique was a deity of food whose name the Shinigami cannot remember but either way, do not care less, preferring just the technique itself again either way, Akira comically makes a cross symbol there and then with his hands, saying that the Shinigami can't just overlook something, as important, as the creator of the technique, otherwise, what will they know about other things all related to the technique? Shini doesn't mind that he says whilst Akira says he does, not wanting people anywhere to see him eating with a ghost and the ghost eating down all his food for the whole world to see, think of the panic that would cause man! is the message Akira tries to relay to Shini, however, he fails, Shini failing to take in how that could be seen, as a bad thing, as Akira lastly says to himself oy vey, you Shinigami really do need to learn on how to interact with Humans, especially know how Humans will react to some certain things! It is then that a both strange and mysterious voice appears from out of the blue, sounding all squeaky like, saying to Akira ah shut the hell up! your so annoying!! Akira has a comic surprised look upon his face, as he turns around and sees below him a talking rat that freaks him the hell out comically, Shini tells Akira to relax and not to worry and that this was simply the messenger from the Shinigami clan sent to the Kokoromarus for a job well done on their Miko related duties, Akira then regains his composure and starts poking at the rat's belly, wondering how someone this small could actually be that messenger he heard about from before and then the rat shockingly scratches Akira, telling him not to poke his fat jelly like body and for Akira to correct himself, to say that the rat is not a rat but is actually a mouse, due to the short tail that it has, it reveals its name, as Nezumi-kami, the god of all mice related and the eater of all fine, delicious cheeses from around the entire world itself, lastly not to mention the heavenly messenger sent by the Shinigami clan to whisper through the ears of the Mikos, telling them jobs well done for their assistances in helping guide spirits to the Sanzu River. Akira after recovering from his scratch is really surprised to hear that Nezumi-kami is the one that is helping Hoshi with her Miko duties whilst Nezumi for short, as Akira starts to call him is unimpressed by the way Akira treats Hoshi, he tells Akira that because of the way he broke up with Hoshi by the time their final year in middle school ended, she was heartbroken and could do naught but immerse herself in being a Miko, just to wipe away the tears from falling, upon hearing this, Akira thinks back to how he dumped Hoshi and feels bad about it, causing him to think about it before Shini gets Akira's attention back, telling him that Nezumi has important news for the two of them, surprised by this, Akira wishes to hear what Nezumi has to say, feeling that it might be a clue, as to the location of this mysterious Watatsumi person, Akira was of course still concerned about Hoshi and remembering why he dumped her but decided to put that aside for the moment, believing he could get back to that once matters with Shini have been settled. Nezumi reveals to both Akira and Shini that the reason why Nezumi was the one himself coming up for Shini's Shinji Human disguise at school was because Nezumi believes that someone related to Watatsumi is amongst Akira's peers, Akira could not believe what he was hearing and would not, he said to Nezumi that if there was someone that Akira didn't feel right about then it would be Hoshi and/or Tora, since they are the two who like Akira are spiritually aware of things, however, Nezumi corrects Akira, saying to him but what if there is a person amongst all the people at your school who was also spiritually aware but was hiding himself/herself from being detected that he/she was spiritually aware? Akira became shocked by this and Shini then asks Nezumi if he has a lead on this mysterious person, Nezumi replies that he does and the name of his lead is the 2nd in command of the Crouching Tigers, directly under Tora himself named Kubo Uehara, known by his Crouching Tiger title name, as the three headed Ino-shika-cho, because it is said that he has the strength of a boar, the speed of a deer and finally, last but not least, the grace of a butterfly. Akira refused to believe that Kubo was the one Nezumi was claiming to be related to Watatsumi, Kubo has been loyal to Tora since, as far back, as kindergarten from what Akira knows about the two's relationship but it is then that Nezumi raises his finger, saying the key phrase there is because of what Akira knows about Kubo, Nezumi knows that Akira, Hoshi and Tora have all attended middle school together, that includes Kubo, as well, however, Akira only knows so much, as back to when both he and Tora were in middle school, who is to say what kind of relationship that both Tora and Kubo themselves had in kindergarten and whilst growing up? Kubo maybe was secretly jealous of Tora and now wants to usurp his position, so much so, that Kubo received help from Watatsumi who saw right through the desperation within Kubo's eyes, believing that Kubo's goal is to kill Tora, Nezumi orders both Akira and Shini to protect Tora with their very lives, even with their very spirits if they so much have to, Akira, despite not agreeing with any of this, nevertheless, decides to go along with this plan, since it is the only hunch to go on to track down Watatsumi, for this plan to work, Nezumi believes that he must get Akira to help Shini join and infiltrate Tora's Crouching Tigers group in order to get closer to both Tora and especially Kubo, to find out what the latter is planning, it won't be an easy task and Nezumi expects great things from Akira to accomplish alongside Shini, since Nezumi too is keeping quiet about the fact that Akira is the wielder of the snake bearer and is not relaying that most important vital information to the other Shinigami back in the spiritual realm at the Sanzu River, sharing the same idea just like Shini that Akira could be useful in mastering the snake bearer and using it to combat Watatsumi should Akira confront him/her, otherwise, its game over for Akira if he can't master the Katana and Shini will be forced to kill Akira, upon the three all agreeing to the plan, Akira asks just one last thing of Nezumi, he comically asks why did he have Shini call himself Shinji Yamamoto of all names? Nezumi just goes that it was because Shinji sounded like Shini or Shinigami for longer words and that the 2nd and last name Yamamoto comes from the fact that Yamato High School both is short for and is originally named Yamamoto High School, in turn named after the founder of the town of Wakaba who named the town after in honour of his wife all the way back then all those years ago, Nezumi says he is proud to have witnessed that moment himself so in fond memory of that time, he named Shini Shinji Yamamoto to use, as his fake Human identity, Akira just has a sweat drop on the back of his head and goes right... Chapter III: Kubo Uehara, the three headed Ino-shika-cho! To start things off correctly in accordance with the plan, Shini must first catch Tora's attention without him being attentive, at first, Shini must look to Tora whilst in class and if Tora notices him, Tora will merely shrug Shini, believing him to be one of those stuck up pretty boy types that all the girls go for, given the information about Tora and what he's like by Akira to Shini, next, in order to further catch Tora's attention, a certain event must occur...at the next break, a fight must ensue outside on the main school grounds with all the students looking on at to see who is fighting between who? Tora will watch this fight out of interest alongside Kubo and see that the fight that is currently going on between who and who is between both Akira and Shini or Shinji known to the whole wide school. Akira and Shini will engage in a fist fight with no holds barred match rules, they will be fighting for whatever reason they decide to come up with, like if Shini accidentally spilled a canned drink's contents on Akira's pants, making it look like he wet himself on purpose and didn't apologize for it or Akira just happened to bump into Shini and Akira himself didn't apologize whilst the two give dirty looks to each other either way, personally, the damn rat that Akira comically called Nezumi inside his head wanted to go along with the first option, feeling like it had more life to it but really it was because Akira knows that Nezumi just doesn't like the former and so, despite both Nezumi and Shini's votes for the 1st option, everyone goes along with the latter option, earning Akira a boo from both Nezumi and Shini each, copying Hoshi which Akira notices and tells Nezumi not to copy Hoshi and not to teach Shini how to copy, as well. Finally, the fight went under-way, the fight had to look, as real, as real can be, like throwing insults towards one another or playing dirty, in all honesty, this hurt Shini on the inside, due to his code of honour, however, Akira wasn't the very least bit bugged by it for two specific reasons, one, he has been fighting with Tora like this almost all the time and two, because he could finally up-show the smug, smart-ass Shini for all the times up to now he's treated Akira, for Akira, this was like a dream come true and he didn't want it to end, however, Akira knew that he had to follow the plan so in order to proceed with it, he had to lose to Shini during this fight, this would allow Shini to be welcomed by the Crouching Tigers, by Tora personally and that way, Shini could spy and found out more on Kubo, Tora's right hand man, since this was his first fight, Shini didn't really know how to pick insults wisely and carefully and so he decided to chose the insults that would most definitely get Akira angry, he said that his mother looked ugly in the eye-patch that she was wearing, his father couldn't try out for sports because he was wheelchair bound and his sister probably died on him because she found Akira so damn boring... everyone was shocked by what they just heard from Shini's mouth, as Nezumi's face goes into horrified mode, this caused Tora to twitch his finger a little, looking sternly on at the fight, as he then notices Akira just standing still upon hearing those words, he looked down towards the ground, his expression not being seen by everyone, as he recalls the night his sister died and that a Shinigami was standing outside her car window, the anger boiled up inside Akira and he went into full rage mode without summoning the snake bearer but slowly summoning small blue patches in his red hair that went unnoticed by everyone, save for Tora, Hoshi and possibly Kubo, as Hoshi thought to herself upon sensing Akira's angered feelings what was he feeling? how could she make it stop? it was, as although she was being burned at a bonfire exactly just like a witch and that she was being burned to death by the fire on a wooden stick held by a Satan like imp or Satan himself the size of a beast with the beast shockingly bearing a demonic version of Akira's face with snake like features, eyes for example and a hissing tongue, as Hoshi envisioned this, she fell amongst the crowd watching the ongoing fight with no one, not even her friends watching her collapse, as she held both her hands across her mouth with tears falling down her face at an incredible speed, desperately thinking about Akira and watching him up closely, wanting his rampage full of both anger and especially hatred to stop, desperately pleading for him to stop, just stop... Realising the error in his mistake, Shini realises that if he doesn't act soon, upon seeing the blue patches emerging in Akira's red hair, he will fully transform into Orochi like he did at the playground just yesterday and he will wreck havoc amongst the innocent civilians here, following Nezumi's words telepathically speaking to him, Shini dodges blow for blow from Akira until receiving a devastating left hook inside the torso, causing different reactions from everyone, as Tora merely twitched his eye looking upon this, still looking sternly upon the fighting going on, as looking out through a nearby window on the 2nd floor of the school was seen a young man who looked exactly like Tora but seen wearing glasses and with longer hair, holding a pen and pad whilst standing right near him was a young woman who's entire head was seen covered in shadow and the only things that could be seen of her was that she had a curvy body type and that she had long hair that was braided right at the very end of it, she teased the man who looked like Tora, asking him if he was going to step in and stop the fight or not, the man replied he wasn't and that this was a job for the Crouching Tigers, not the Hidden Dragons, he says for the woman to remind herself of that, as he identifies her last name, as Honshoku whilst she confirms that this Tora lookalike is none other then Ryu Ryojisuke, the student council present and head of Tora's Crouching Tigers' rival faction, the Hidden Dragons of Yamato. After being hit straight in the gut by Akira's powerful punch, Shini spews up a little bit of saliva before leaning his hand against a post whilst Akira readies himself to hit Shini again straight away, as Shini, still listening to Nezumi inside his head sees a nearby water tap fountain faucet whilst Akira then goes in to literally kill Shini with his bare fist, Shini grabs the faucet and sprays it on Akira's face, sapping all the heat away that was emerging from him, signalling his transformation into Orochi, as Akira with blind eyes just looks on both dazed and bewildered, as the small blue patches on his slightly on fire red hair were disappearing, both the blue patches and the fire emerging on his hair were fading away quickly without everyone knowing that they were even there, Akira just stood there before very shockingly, punching him directly in the face with a straight punch was Shini, knocking Akira down and knocking him out, he was both down and out for the count, it took a few minutes for all the bystanders that were watching to take this in, looking shocked and surprised, until suddenly they screamed victory and applauded Shini's victory, now calling Shini the now 2nd strongest person in the school that there ever was, as Hoshi quickly gets up from off her legs laying on the ground and quickly rushes to Akira's side, holding him, caressing for him inside her arms, as she looks towards him with tearful concern whilst he remains unconscious before looking up towards Shini with hateful content for him, suddenly, clapping can be heard and everyone then went dead silent, as emerging from amongst the crowd was both Tora and Kubo, the former being the one clapping but the latter Shini is eye-balling with intent with Kubo upon noticing this shy-fully and bashfully looking away from Shini, his eyes unnerving him before Tora says to Shini, oi, death god, you want to beat down one of my men now? you've got some nerve, Shini upon hearing these words then looked straight at Tora who was seen grinning and smirking to himself whilst both he and Shini shared an equally sharp glare towards one another, the 1st part of the plan, despite some major hiccups was proceeding accordingly and now the next step was about to begin... Everyone talks amongst themselves, as both Shini and Tora glare at one another, they talk about who was the highest ranked in terms of the strongest fighter at Yamato High School, the 3rd ranked is Kubo, two contenders for the 2nd rank, sharing the position both together was Akira and Tora respectively and, as for the 1st ranked strongest in all of both Yamato High and the town of Wakaba that there ever was in their both the school and the town's shared entire history is Ryu, Tora's older brother, now that Akira has been defeated, he has been bumped down to the 4th strongest of Yamato whilst Shini has replaced Akira, sharing the 2nd strongest position alongside Tora, in other-words, he was now both Tora's new rival and a contender for the top ranked seat, as the top dog in all of Wakaba itself, everyone wonders what is going on through both the respective individuals' heads. Upon hearing what Tora just said to him, Shini became a little paranoid by what Tora meant, as in death god, as Tora next says to Shini what's wrong mate? you look like, as though if you have seen a ghost, again, Shini became suspicious by Tora's words, knowing that he was spiritually aware like Akira though not, as strong, Shini wonders if Tora was purposely referring to Shini being a Shinigami, since that is who the death gods truly are and if Tora knew all along about Shinji's true identity or if he was just playing on words to say towards Shini, to know for sure, Shini tried to find out if the latter was true by saying ...what do you, mean by that? death god? please, i only just slugged the poor bastard, its not my fault he got all angry and went rogue on me-- said Shini until suddenly, shouting out towards him was Hoshi saying to Shini HOW DARE YOU! you--YOU EVIL! --HOW DARE YOU SAY THOSE THINGS TO AKIRA! I'LL MAKE YOU PAY! -- shouted out Hoshi whilst holding Akira, as she tried to move from holding Akira to attack Shini for saying the both horrible and hurtful things that he said towards Akira during their fight, only to be stopped and held down by Hoshi's female friends, not wanting her to pick a fight with Shini, Shini, already realising what he had done looked down towards Akira unconscious with deep and solemn regret, having done something not only against his code of honour but, in genuinely hurting someone without realising it when he should of have right away immediately...nevertheless, Shini was determined to move on forwards, needing to continue the plan he, Akira and Nezumi all agreed upon, if they are ever to find out about both Kubo and especially Watatsumi, even so, Shini clutched his heart and felt in pain over what he had done...Tora notices this and surprisingly also looks on at Akira solemnly too... Tora reveals that he knows Akira's back-story and because of what Shini said to Akira during the fight, he would never accept someone like him into the Crouching Tigers, this caused both Shini and Nezumi to slightly panic upon the mentioning of this, however, they soon regained slight composure, as Tora continued with his words, he said to Shini that that would normally be the case, however, for some reason, there is something within Tora's heart, telling him to accept Shini within his Crouching Tigers group, especially after noticing him clutching his hand upon his heart after defeating Akira, he could see right through Shini's emotions and so, despite protesting from the rest of the Crouching Tigers members, especially Kubo, Tora says to Shini that he will accept him into the group, if that is, Shini completes a certain task that Tora needs fulfilling, Shini upon hearing this woefully accepts before looking straight at Kubo, who angrily looks away from Shini, feeling disgusted with him now instead of being both shy and bashful like he was before and with that, the Crouching Tigers, led by both Tora 1st and Kubo 2nd all leave, followed by the entire school, as the teachers were soon bound to arrive, wanting to learn of what had happened, some people were thrilled with Shini's success over the freak that they considered Akira to be whilst others just seemed both disappointed and especially disgusted that Shini, a handsome young man like himself, upon just transferring to their high school, would damage and especially ruin his reputation like that amongst his peers, now it seemed that nobody would ever like Shini, not, as a real friend anyways and, as soon, as everyone left, leaving only Shini by himself to look up towards the sky, as it started to rain whilst Akira was carried by some of Hoshi's male friends to the medical room upon her request, she looked back towards Shini who notices this and shows her cold, hateful expression for him whilst he only returned it with a cold, woeful expression upon his face, despite temporarily for a moment actually being convinced that Shini did not mean the things that he said to Akira during their fight, Hoshi reaffirmed to herself that Shini was the enemy and would stop at nothing to find a way to get her revenge upon him for what he both said and did to Akira, as everyone now left completely, leaving Shini left all alone with no one but Nezumi with the former looking upwards towards the rain, it started to pour heavier and Shini wonders if he has stayed in the Human world for too long now that he has now developed Human emotions, which are considered taboo amongst the Shinigami, as they are only meant to stay in the Human world long enough to fulfil their duties and report back to their home and headquarters, named Sanzaku town in the spiritual world on the front bedside of the Sanzu River, Nezumi reaffirms to Shini that what he did was right and that although it was a painful experience for everyone, even Shini especially himself, they needed to do what they thought was right, they needed to get close to Watatsumi, even if that meant if Akira hurt Shini and/or Shini hurt Akira in the process, either way, Shini had to win that fight to join the Crouching Tigers and now that he has, Nezumi says its now up to the two of them to complete the mission concerning Kubo until Akira awakens...Shini...agrees slightly and then decides to head back to class... Jinnosube upon hearing of the fight going down scolds Shinji and reminds him not to do it again, otherwise, the head principal of the school will chew Jinnosube out again, of which he has done so many times and not wanting to go through it again, Jinnosube gives Shinji this warning so that it doesn't ever happen again, now upon finishing up classes for today, Jinnosube believes that Shinji should go see Akira and see how he is doing, believing that to be the right thing to do and because judging from Shinji's expression that he should go because deep in his heart that he wants to, like Tora before him, Jinnosube was able to see right through Shini's emotions and this causes Shini to wonder if Jinnosube was spiritually aware himself, either way, it didn't matter to Shini, he wanted to go and see Akira and apologize to him for what he did and with that, Shini left the room, leaving only Jinnosube in the teachers' office... Suddenly, appearing out of the blue behind Jinnosube was Ryu, asking Jinnosube-Sensei was that wise to send Shini to see Akira after all that just happened? Jinnosube says that it is, for without both Shini and Akira bonding, they won't be the good friends that Jinnosube eventually sees them to become and without that, everything will not go according to Watatsumi's designs, said Jinnosube, very shockingly revealing both his and Ryu's connection to Watatsumi, the very person who stole the snake bearer that Akira currently wields, as Ryu merely tilts his glasses upwards, not saying a thing... Upon entering the medical room, Shini shockingly finds Hoshi by Akira's bedside and Akira's forehead completely bandaged, as Hoshi sees Shini she tries to get a nurse's medical needle from amongst the medical tools shown out in the open and stab Shini with it, however, using his swift moves, Shini dodges Hoshi's assault towards him and pins her down to the ground, looking deeply into her eyes, as she looks deeply into his, as they look into each other's eyes, Shini says to Hoshi that he is sorry for hurting Akira the way he did and although Hoshi seems to believe him, she nevertheless calls Shini a liar and that Hoshi will one day get revenge for Akira for what Shini did to him, as she then starts crying, saying to Shini which shocks him, that because Akira is a kind, caring and good natured, not to mention especially loving person, despite all his pent up rage and hatred for the death of his sister Shino, Hoshi cries out, yelling to Shini that Akira would never seek revenge, even if he had the chance to kill someone who deeply hurt one of his friends and/or family relatives, its just not in Akira and so, Hoshi says, as Shini releases her from his grip, shocked by her words whilst she gets up that if Akira won't do what Akira won't do for himself then Hoshi will in his place, if he won't seek revenge then Hoshi will for Akira in his stead, because...she loves Akira, so much so that it pains her to see Akira in pain just like he was when both he and Shini were fist fighting, Shini upon hearing this has a solemn expression upon his face and decides to turn around and leave, saying to Hoshi that he will not report Hoshi for the attempted assault, as she dries up her tears and Shini then tells Hoshi to look after and over Akira at all times...always, since without her, Akira may never be able to find his light at the end of the road and may forever end up wandering in darkness, crawling like a snake on it's belly, never growing and having wings like the mighty Quetzalcoatl from Aztec mythology that Shini read up about whilst attending here at Yamato High School, flying free into the heavens, shocked by these words, Hoshi wonders what does Shini mean by that? only for him to lastly repeat his words of Hoshi looking over Akira, as he closes the door behind him, leaving Hoshi to get angry and shout out DAMN YOU! before falling to the ground again like she did before, crying, right next to Akira's bed, as he is then seen twitching a finger whilst Shini stands outside the door, contemplating certain things and remembering all the things that have happened since just yesterday when he met Akira, wondering if Shini himself truly has developed Human emotions...? When Shini grabbed the arm of Hoshi with the hand holding the medical needle, upon grabbing her, it fell to the ground and shattered into pieces, the liquid substance inside spilling out everywhere onto the floor after the needle shattered, as Shini outside the medical room proceed to leave to parts elsewhere, very shockingly, without her presence being seen and/or especially detected by everyone, also especially by Shini himself, a young woman's face could be seen passing through a wall of the inside of the medical room, it was a young gorgeous woman's face that had a star marking on the left side of her face and a crescent moon marking on the right side, this face belonging to this young woman was spying on everyone, having seen the whole conversation play out whilst slightly giggling to herself, saying upon seeing the broken needle and the liquid water substance flowing everywhere that aw, you know, you should really be careful and clean up after yourselves after that, you don't want to get hurt now do you, though still, i have to admit, that was an interesting show to watch said the young woman without been heard whatsoever at all, as it seemed she had the power to completely erase her presence, even from those that belong to the spiritual realm, namely, people exactly like both Shini and Nezumi, this person was then being telepathically communicated by the voice of Ryu, telling Honshoku to return back to the student council room and not spy on the Shinigami and everyone else, thus revealing that this young woman was actually in truth the woman that was standing in shadow next to Ryu whilst watching Akira and Shini's fist fight from before named Honshoku, her full name was actually Trishiki Honshoku or Trish or finally Tri, as she prefers to nickname herself, telling Ryu to refer to her by either her first name, her nickname, Trish-Chan, Trish-Onee-Chan, Tri-Chan or lastly Tri-Onee-Chan and not just her last name unlike everyone else that knows her and with that, upon receiving Ryu's mental call to leave inside her head, she proceeded to do so, not wanting to upset her president of whom she serves, as the 2nd in command to...however, overall, from this point onwards, she thought that things were going to be quite, amusing... It was the final lesson of the day and Jinnosube decided to do one last roll call to see that everyone was in class, upon reaching Shinji's name, he was nowhere to be found at his seat, others wondered where he currently was, others couldn't care less, some called him a cheapskate because of how he won his fist fight against Akira, although some praised Shini for his victory, since they did not like Akira and considered him a freak, either way, those that did care had wondered where he could possibly be? skipping class on the rooftop of the school to take a nap for his hard earned and hard worked victory which some people said in a mocking tone for example? or had he left the school entirely? Jinnosube however thought that he had a pretty good idea of where Shini currently was... Shini had skipped class and had returned to the site of the fist fight between both him and Akira with all of the students of the whole school looking on at them upon that time, Shini was reminiscing whilst looking both solemn and depressed, as he made his way circling around the school grounds, he eventually found himself standing in front of the water tap fountain faucet that he used to cool down Akira with who was partially transforming into Orochi during the fight, after Shini accidentally said harsh things towards Akira since this was Shini's 1st official brawl ever and both he and Akira were working towards the plan of getting close to the Crouching Tigers, in order to find out if Kubo, Tora's 2nd in command, could be in league with Watatsumi, the person that both Akira and especially Shini have been trying to hunt down in order to get answers, however, although Shini doesn't regret stopping Akira's transformation fully into Orochi whatsoever, since if that had happened, he would have gone into a full blind rage and would have most definitely especially endangered all of the lives of the entire school populace itself, Shini does regret and especially hate how all of the rest of the fight went for it was because of Shini's naivety about how to trash talk to someone during a fight that led to all of this, despite Nezumi convincing Shini it was all part of and especially for the plan that Nezumi, Shini and especially Akira all agreed to, nevertheless, Shini felt like that there was a bottomless pit emerging inside of his stomach, something he felt like that he would never, ever be able to fill up, it was then, shockingly and surprisingly, appearing to Shini and telling him why does he regret the fact that he won the fight against Akira despite although using such harsh and very hurtful words against him to do so was Tora, suddenly, the sky started to darken and black clouds filled it up, followed by a very heavy downpour of rain... Shini sees Tora and notices that he has a stern look upon his face, however, Shini merely just looks away from him, looking down towards the ground in sadness, Tora remained silent for a moment whilst having his hands kept inside the pockets of his Bosozoku group leader's coat with the sentence for Chivalrous Spirit written on the back of the entire coat in Kanji before saying to Shini that it was his choice to use the tactic that he did against Akira, even though Shini may not have fully known what he was getting himself into, Shini was surprised to hear Tora's words, as the latter knew exactly what Shini was both thinking at this moment and what his true feelings are, Tora proceeded to say that he does not know of how Shini knew all that he did of Akira's past, having just transferred to Yamato and barely knowing anyone here at all whatsoever, although this is due in part that Tora does not know the true identity both behind and of Shini himself, however, nevertheless, Tora proceeded to continue talking, he said to Shini that Tora knew that Shini was a novice when it came to actual bare fist fighting and that this was his very 1st fist fight ever and so because of that, he may have not known how to trash talk properly to someone during a fight of which was confirmed during the fight earlier on but Tora proceeds to give Shini helpful advice, he must learn to read peoples' emotions and think about how they must feel about their individual respective pasts, Tora thinks that Shini may have learned about Akira's past from others whispering about Akira himself, Tora tells Shini that the reason why everyone hates Akira so much is because of two reasons, the 1st reason is that they consider him a freak for being spiritually aware and that when they see him helping ghosts when it just looks to them that he's acting like a real weirdo in public since they themselves cannot see the ghosts, not being spiritually aware, they treat him like he's a monster and that they want nothing to do with him, some even went, as far, as framing him for things related to school and tried to have him expelled or worse, killed, those that are gifted with spiritual awareness are what Tora refers to, as the cursed clan and lastly, the 2nd reason why they especially treat Akira so badly is because his elder sister Shino, who used to attend Yamato was the most spiritually aware person in all of Wakaba so naturally to them, they hated her like they hate Akira now and when she died, they laughed at Akira and his family, stepping on the flowers at Shino's grave and dishonouring her memory at every chance they could get and still do now, they passed their hatred of Shino onto Akira after she died and they tried everything they could to get Akira angry, however, just recently that stopped happening for some reason, Tora claims that they claim that when the last group of bullies tried to hurt Akira in his final year of middle school, they saw him with snake like eyes, they thought they had seen the visual of a giant eight tailed serpent standing above him behind his back, protecting him from all sorts of harm, Akira was able to withstand the bullies and push them back, he was now stronger then anyone had ever dared and/or especially dreamed him to be, although Akira felt no different, he felt, as though he just gained more confidence at that point, Tora could tell otherwise, Akira rose through the ranks of strength without himself knowing until eventually, rivalling Tora himself, asides from Tora's personal love for Hoshi, this is the other reason that Tora considered Akira to be his rival, because of Akira's spiritual awareness and this snake like demon that seems to protect him and give him awesome strength, Shini was both shocked and especially horrified upon hearing all of this... Tora proceeds to move on from Akira to Shini, saying to him that the reason why he is going to give Shini a trial to join the Crouching Tigers is because of his potential, this potential that might be able to even surpass the awesome strength of Akira that Tora has held in regard for so long, however, he makes one thing clear to Shini, as the rain suddenly starts to dry up just immediately after starting pouring down, Tora said to Shini before about despite the dirty method he used to win against Akira that because of that, Shini is now regretting having won against Akira, however, Tora tells Shini one thing, one very most important thing, that a fight to Tora himself has certain rules or rather certain codes, codes of honour to be precise, one of those codes of honour is that the victor must not complain afterwards about how they won a fight, they chose the method of fighting that they went with and so they must stick with that method, in other-words, a win is a win and no matter how bad, how disgraceful they feel about it afterwards, Tora reminds Shini that the victor won because of what they chose to do and by feeling bad about it now is just making the person who won but feels bad about their very own victory look like a hypocrite, it is disgraceful behaviour towards Tora and he would never, ever let someone like that join the Crouching Tigers, however, he is making this a one time exception, as he senses that whilst Shini did use a unthoughtful trick, not thinking about his opponent in battle and how they would fill, Tora senses about Shini that he has a strong will, strong determination and especially not to mention, a strong code of honour, although Shini was trying to uphold his code of honour, he just got lost along the way, Tora can forgive screw ups like that from time to time, as long, as he knows that they were meant in earnest and seeing Shini both during and especially how he fight Akira, he knows that Shini would never waver from his code of honour, it seems to be engrained in him from upon birth and so because of that, Tora will allow Shini the chance to join the Crouching Tigers, provided that he can clear a test for him to pass given to him by Tora personally, it is a simple one and Tora expects great things from Shini from now on, he also expects him to be a good--no, a great friend to Akira, as just before the fight began, from the way they looked, they looked, as though they were the best of friends...or partners in crime, the latter of which shakes Shini nervously, believing that Tora caught onto Shini, however, the latter decides to put faith in the fact that he hasn't and will proceed onwards with the plan that he, Nezumi and Akira all came up with together, thanks to the conviction of Tora's words, Shini felt inspired and felt that Tora could be trusted, there was simply just no way that a man this chivalrous could be in league with the likes of Watatsumi, now Shini had to find that out about Kubo, Tora's 2nd and see if he could truly be trustworthy, as well, just then, the school bell rang, signalling that school was over for today, Tora comically notices this and says that he will catch Shini later, giving him the task they were speaking about tomorrow 1st break and with that, Tora dashed like a madman, causing Shini to have a comic deadpan look upon his face with a comedic sweat drop on the front of his forehead, however, Shini regained his resolve now and thanks to Tora, he thought about how Humans were strong beings and that Shini was only starting to notice this now, thanks to Hoshi, to Tora and to especially Akira himself, the one who bears the snake bearer and who has been Shini's partner since just yesterday in all of this, Shini thought to himself that all who are born, named and die Shinigami live, as Shinigami only according to Shinigami rules, they must eliminate evil, guide good spirits to the Sanzu River and continue this task over and over until the very end of time itself which is never-ending, having emotions would only get in the way of their work, as thinking and feeling exactly like a Human would would only compromise the eternal mission that they are given at birth and must work their way through throughout all of the durations of the entire lives until the day they die, however, Shini is starting to wonder would emotions really compromise the mission itself, starting to think otherwise after interacting with both Akira and the others, either way, Shini felt more stronger because of it and was determined to outdo both Akira and Tora and prove himself stronger, despite him looking in Human physical appearance a few years older then them, something that he was somehow able to convince the school that he was younger, at any rate, Shini was prepared to fulfil his role, as a Shinigami, find Watatsumi and bring him to Shinigami justice with the help of Nezumi-kami and especially Akira, as Shini then decided on where he would camp-out until tomorrow, trying to figure that out whilst walking out towards the school front gates, appearing from the shadows, lurking behind a school pillar was seen none other then Kubo Uehara himself, thinking to himself, as he lurked within the shadows, watching Shini leave the school... Somewhere, in the midst of the night, located somewhere both strange and mysterious was seen Nezumi, he was seen in a meditating pose with his eyes closed, telepathically communicating to someone elsewhere, this certain elsewhere was the spiritual world and the whereabouts Nezumi was trying to communicate to was namely Sanzaku town, home of all Shinigami and what lays on the front bedside of the Sanzu River, the town of Sanzaku was seen at the back of its small Japanese rural like village being connected to a giant bridge that the Shinigami named Sono Kyouryou Ue Sono Ryuuchou Mizu, translated, as The Bridge Above The Flowing Water, or otherwise named for short, as Sono Anshoku Kyouryou, translation The Dark-colour Bridge, this bridge earned its other name because of how jet/pitch black coloured it was and demonic looking in appearance, the bridge itself connected the back of Sanzaku to what looked like a both huge and old looking Japanese city, this city was named Yomi-no-kuni by the Shinigami and was to them, the imperial capital where all the good spirits are sent to live upon reaching the spiritual realm thanks to the help of the Shinigami themselves, it is the central spot within all of the spiritual world and where good spirits must go to live upon arriving in the spiritual realm whilst all of the Shinigami live in Sanzaku town, guarding the capital on the front bedside whilst it stands firmly on the back bedside of the Sanzu River, the Shinigami named the capital Yomi for short and the symbol of both the capital of Yomi and all of the Shinigami, together, as a working group back in Sanzaku representing them was a threefold Tomoe, the Tomoe itself represented three aspects, life, death and limbo, life belonged to the Human world, death belonged to the spiritual realm and limbo belonged to both the mortal realm and the spiritual world, it was said that limbo was the crossing of the two worlds intersecting with one another for brief moments, allowing in those brief moments for the Shinigami to do their job and collect good spirits to bring to the spiritual world whilst going to the mortal realm to eliminate all sorts and all kinds of evil that only they can handle with their maximum spiritual awareness powers, by doing this, the cycle of reincarnation can begin for the good spirits and the Shinigami are praised for their efforts by the citizens of Yomi, in other-words all of the good spirits that they had collected and had brought to Yomi to live there, thanking the Shinigami for all that they have done for them, the good spirits live in Yomi so that they can await reincarnation, given to them by the imperial king of Yomi-no-kuni, named Sono Sennen Seijin, the translation for that being The Millennium Sage, it is by the power of the sage and the sage alone who serves, as the king of Yomi that good spirits can receive reincarnation and can be reborn within the Human realm no matter how many years it takes, decades, centuries, you name it. At any rate, back to Nezumi in Sanzaku town, he was seen floating about in spiritual form with shining light blue coloured eyes, heading for what looked like a Buddhist temple at the highest small hill peak of the town, where there, Nezumi kneel down with his head bowing before in the presence of a both mighty and big looking man, almost causing him to resemble Buddha himself that Nezumi called by his name, as Kashira Sou Saishi Shinigami, Head Monk Priest Shinigami, the leader of all Shinigami that has served that position and still currently continues to do so in the last 2,999 years and was there at the battle with the Yamata no Orochi, he served, as a direct pupil to the very 1st generation of the Shinigami clan's both founder and leader who cut off all of the monster's eight tails and imprisoned the Yamata no Orochi by sealing it inside the snake bearer Katana, its both original and actual name being Orochi Keito, Orochi Prisoner, Kashira, as he preferred to be named for short was seen smoking in and blowing out from a Kiseru, he preferred to just chill and relax whilst giving out orders to the other higher ranking Shinigami in charge directly below him to in turn give to lower ranking Shinigami, Shini for example being one of them. Kashira wonders how things are going on in the Human world and if the lower ranking Shinigami that was sent to find Watatsumi and bring that person in has also killed the wielder of the Orochi Keito yet, Nezumi gulps at this without Kashira noticing for if the Head Monk Priest himself were to learn that both Shini and Nezumi himself were actually working with the wielder of the Orochi Keito then Kashira would send a higher ranking Shinigami to go and kill both Shini and Akira whilst Nezumi again himself would be killed by Kashira, since despite his lax nature on the outside, on the inside, Kashira is truly a beast to be reckoned with and not so lightly mind you, Kashira is so strong that he would kill all evil within the Human world itself with naught but just a single swing from his ten bladed scythe laying right behind Kashira whilst he was sitting down, very different in appearance to the normal one bladed scythes wielded by the rest of the Shinigami, not just because it has ten blades but because of its both immense and powerful aura, Nezumi knew that unlike all of the other Shinigami's scythes that were without names, this ten bladed scythe had a name, its name was Amenonuhoko and with it, Kashira could actually change the world orders of both the mortal realm and the spiritual realm if he so wanted to, the reason why he doesn't and why he hasn't eliminated all evil from the Human world to this day remains a mystery but Nezumi thinks it might have something to do with the cycle of reincarnation that the Shinigami monitor, in other-words, their job of bringing good spirits to live in Yomi whilst they await reincarnation from the king of the capital, at any rate, Nezumi was trying to keep quiet about the whole ordeal involving both Shini and Akira until the time was right, however, Kashira then throws a wrench into Nezumi's plans, he shockingly reveals to the small mouse god that he has sent another lower ranking Shinigami to keep an eye on the one that was sent previously to deal with Watatsumi, namely Shini, upon learning of this, Nezumi becomes horrified and believes he must return back to his physical form in the Human realm immediately to warn Shini, Kashira merely just strokes his long dark blue coloured beard with the prayer breads he is wearing around his neck becoming slightly moved up and down from the stroking, he wonders if Nezumi is allright or if something is bothering his dear old mouse friend, however, Nezumi assures Kashira whilst putting on a brave face that everything is allright and that there is nothing to worry about, Nezumi knows he can't ask Kashira to rescind the more enforcement backup for the Watatsumi matter because once Kashira's mind is made up, its made up with no way whatsoever of changing it, Nezumi can only hope that things will go smoothly despite the bleakness of the current situation, meanwhile, in the Human world, a young woman with dark blue coloured long hair in a ponytail could be seen eating a stick full of Takoyaki whilst carrying and leaning a Shinigami's scythe upon her right shoulder before lastly grinning to herself, saying that she could feel that she was now in for one heck of a ride from this point onwards and with that, the screen blacks out, making people wonder what will happen next...? It was the next day, Akira suddenly awoke and found himself back in his room once more after losing consciousness, just like the day before yesterday, as Akira tries to remember and make sense of what happened exactly yesterday, he recalls the fist fight with Shini and of how he badmouthed Akira by accident, upon remembering this, Akira looks down upon his bed sheets covering him up, looking glum, suddenly, the bandage upon his forehead falls off and upon seeing it, Akira is shocked to see that it was there to begin with, he suddenly had a mental image of Hoshi inside of his mind, sensing that this bandage was done up by her, he could sense her spiritual power inside of the bandage and it appears that she used her Miko powers to bless the bandage with power, enough so that Akira's spiritual wounds would heal and in turn, this would heal his physical wounds, as well, this technique had apparently done the trick, as Akira got up from out of his bed and felt like his entire body was better then before, in fact, it felt like it was entirely brand new, upon getting out of bed, he comically then realised something and checked to see if he was wearing pants or not, thank goodness he was, however, he was then reminded of Shini and had wondered what had happened to him after the fight concluded, just then, very shockingly, a voice from out of nowhere spoke to Akira, calling him a useless idiot, as Akira tried to identity where the voice was coming from he then looked upon his left arm and in both shock and horror, he saw that it turned into that of a snake, this snake was shown with green coloured fire emitting both from and around its eyes, as well, as at the tip of its hissing tongue. The snake called Akira a useless idiot and said to him that he was not worthy of its power, this causes Akira to suddenly realise that the snake that was speaking towards him was none other then the Yamata no Orochi itself in physical form, using his left arm to speak with him, to keep the name short for Akira, the snake, the Orochi just tells Akira to simply call it Hebi and that Hebi was both the Yamata no Orochi itself in physical form and at the same time, it was not, it was rather just one of the eight tails that make up the Orochi and that the actual Orochi itself would not appear until it had taken over exactly eight parts of Akira's body, just like the left arm its using now for example, Hebi says that the Orochi must first take over the left arm, then the right arm, followed by the left leg, then the right leg, that makes four parts, as for the other four, three snakes would appear from behind Akira and form tail like body parts all together and finally, the eighth and final snake would take over Akira's entire head, completing the full transformation into a Humanoid Yamata no Orochi, Akira was not pleased upon hearing all of this at all whatsoever, especially after hearing the legend about the Orochi when it was fighting the Shinigami back 3000 years ago, not to mention Akira didn't want this to happen to him at all whatsoever to begin with obviously, he asked the Hebi just how did it both manifest and take over his left arm, the Hebi reveals that because Akira has already transformed into Orochi twice now, partially and/or fully, it did not matter either way, Hebi was able to form because of that and now he states that he intends to take over Akira's entire body until eventually there is nothing left of him, Yamata no Orochi will be reborn anew from using a Human body and finally, fully be free of the snake bearer Katana that has kept it imprisoned for so very, very long--however, just then, comically, Akira grabs the Hebi's hissing tongue, telling it to shut up and tell him how to get rid of Hebi, now knowing its intentions but the Hebi refuses to speak, which at the current moment it actually can't ironically, only able to mumble of which Akira can hear that there is no stopping the transformation and even if there was, why would Hebi tell Akira, Akira then replies because if he doesn't then Hebi is going to have to face up to some very mean and very spirited Shinigami which of whom are just dying to kill the snake bearer wielder and if Akira goes down by confessing then Hebi will go down too, since the Hebi is apart of Akira and cannot separate from him so easily, upon realising this, Akira lets go of the Hebi's tongue and it replies that it has no choice then and it will have to obey its temporary master, until the time is right that it can fight back it thinks to itself comically without Akira knowing, the snake proceeds to say to Akira that, as long, as he doesn't give into rage and/or hatred of all kinds then the transformation will slowly revert and not only will Hebi disappear but also, it will go straight back into the snake bearer and not crawl its way up through Akira's body, trying to take him over and transform him completely into the Orochi. Akira despite being hesitant about how to proceed with this agrees and promises that he won't do wrong by Hebi if he doesn't do wrong by Akira, which slightly surprises the snake but nevertheless agrees to Akira's terms, upon hearing Akira's mother Miyako knocking on his door, checking to see if he is awake and especially allright or not, Akira panics about what to do with Hebi, as he was still controlling his left arm and there wasn't any time for Hebi to spiritually disappear, back inside of Akira's body, as Miyako enters, she comically finds herself with a shocked expression, as Akira has a long sock covering his entire left arm, she wonders what Akira was doing with the sock, as he says that its not what she thinks before she then screams out loud, causing Akira to call out mom, not wanting her to get the wrong idea, at the breakfast table, Miyako whilst eating something with chopsticks comically tells Akira that not once but twice he has done what young man do at his age in the last few days altogether, she says to Akira that she is honestly exasperated from it all and just wishes that Akira would keep it to himself, Akira comically tells his mom to shut up, saying that again it was so not like that, however, Shinra, Akira's father tells the two to shut up and come pray to Shino's altar before Akira heads out to school, after doing the usual praying once more, Akira heads out from home to school and wonders what happened to Shini after Akira fainted from the fight, did the former succeed in getting into the Crouching Tigers and convince Tora, only going to school would tell Akira the answers he wanted--that he needed to, despite his mother trying to hold him back from going to school today because of what happened yesterday, Akira nevertheless persevered and moved forward, determined to see his goals through right to the very end. Upon reaching the usual corner that goes around and leads to his school, Akira accidentally bumped into someone, it was none other then Hoshi, after bumping into one another, Akira sees Hoshi and whilst getting up, he looks at something that he really shouldn't have, causing Hoshi to wonder where Akira was looking whilst averting his gaze more or less, as he was blushing very badly, she then realized where Akira was looking and whilst letting out a big shriek, she comically slaps him on the right cheek, causing him to wonder why does he have such bad luck with women, after the small fiasco that just occurred, the two walk to school next to one another together, remaining silent, as they faced away from one another, the two of them both knowing and recalling the fight from just yesterday and wondering what the other person is currently thinking about the other walking alongside them, it was then that Hoshi broke the silence and revealed that she was waiting for Akira, Akira solemnly replies that he sees and Hoshi asks Akira why did he get into a fight with that horrible person, by that horrible person, she meant Shini, Akira says to Hoshi that its none of her business in a cold and brooding manner but she replies that its exactly her business, she cares about Akira, they used to date one another, they have known each ever since they were just kids and that she has every right to care about Akira because...she still loves him she says, Akira then grits his teeth before angrily replying that all of those reasons have nothing to do with her, she has no right butting into Akira's life simply because she loves him, that's no excuse, Akira says to Hoshi that he just wishes she would just shut up and leave him alone and especially stopping clinging to the past, Hoshi covers her mouth upon hearing all of this before in anger, she slaps Akira's other cheek and telling him to fine be that way before running off, crying in both frustration and sadness, after feeling the slap of Hoshi's hand on his left cheek, Akira stops for a moment and says to himself in silence that he is sorry to Hoshi but he cannot, will not endanger her exactly the way that he is now with the Hebi, Watatsumi, everything, once all is said and done, Akira intends to apologize to Hoshi once everything is all over, though, Akira lastly thinks to himself that that may not be even enough to apologize for what he's done to her, she may not forgive Akira at all now at this point, because of the argument just now, Akira suddenly recalls how he called things off with Hoshi back in their final year of middle school together, it was at night and it was raining...it was the day before the graduation from middle school. The night before graduation both Akira and Hoshi decided to pay their respects to Shino at her grave with Wisteria, her favourite kind of plants, only to find a group of delinquents from their school messing up all the flowers of the graves of people who previously had spiritual awareness in their lifetimes, Shinra and Miyako previously visited Shino's grave before and that was the last grave stone with flowers that the delinquents proceeded to ruin, upon seeing this, Akira and Hoshi tried to stop them but to no avail, as the two fought against the delinquents and failed, they recognized both Akira and Hoshi, as the number one freak and the number one most popular girl of their school respectively, as they proceeded to harm Akira, beating him up and leaving him both bloody and battered, Hoshi proceeded to try and scream out for someone nearby to hear, only to fail, as there was no one nearby and so, the delinquents, believing that they had won and had the upper advantage decided that they would both cripple Akira so that he would never walk again, just like his father whilst having in front of him dark fun with Hoshi, as the leader of the delinquents that the rest of them called him by his name, known, as Koji Masasawa proceeded to lick his lips and squeeze Hoshi's face, preparing to do unspeakable evil to her with the rest of the delinquents following his lead and proceeding to hurt Akira so badly that he would never be able to show his face in front of anyone ever again, not even Hoshi after this, who Koji planned to spare after having his way with her, intending to make her live with the shame, something he found laughable, as both he and the rest of the delinquents proceeded to start laughing whilst Hoshi started crying, unable to escape Koji's grip, suddenly, Akira, upon seeing Hoshi in danger, felt, as though he was entering a trance and upon his body taking control of its own without Akira's commands, he snapped one of the delinquents bullying him's fingers, breaking it by snapping it exactly like a twig in half before proceeding to make moves with his footwork, looking, as though he was moving exactly like a martial artist would, using drunken fist style fighting, Akira fought against all of the delinquents, hitting their pressure points within inside their bodies from their outside, hitting like their kidneys, their lungs, their hearts, etc, causing them to become paralysed and unable to move whatsoever, looking exactly like strange pieces of artwork laying on the ground with their bodies all messed up despite being able to still feel their body parts moving, Koji notices this and proceeds to leave Hoshi alone and now focus all of his attention on Akira alone, Koji reveals that he is an up and coming prized champion boxer in middle school, as he takes off both his school coat and shirt, leaving the coat to land on someone's grave disrespectfully, as Koji tells Akira that he doesn't stand a chance against his Right Golden Eagle's Claw Fist, in other-words, Koji had a mean right hook and wasn't even the slightest bit concerned and/or afraid of the consequences that he might kill Akira with his right fist, as Hoshi screamed for Akira to run and escape, he wouldn't, he said Hoshi's name whilst still in a trance, unable to focus his mind properly and instead, solely focus on Koji, subconsciously intending to make him pay for all that he has done. Koji seemed slightly unnerved by Akira's movements, to Koji, he felt like he was seeing a huge python move right in front of him but nevertheless, Koji convinced himself that he was a eagle in that case, both a bird and a predator and what do the latter do when they see snakes? they grab them and then eat them for food, Koji was determined to do the same to Akira more or less, grab him and then actually kill him, Koji would say to himself inside of his head that he would use his famous, rich and powerful Masasawa family connections to cover up Akira's death, hide and dispose of the body whilst having other uses for Hoshi, inside Koji's mind, he had it all planned out until suddenly, he saw a visual of a giant eight tailed serpent behind Akira's back and upon seeing it, Koji became so scared, as hell that he accidentally wet his pants, he nevertheless tried to attack Akira with his right punch but Akira then grabbed the fist within a tight grip and smashed all of the bones within the hand, causing Koji immense and utter pain, suddenly, Akira's voice pitch starting getting lower and he then started talking like he was a completely different person, he released a huge amount of spiritual awareness power aura distribution that brought back to life the Wisteria flowers that he and Hoshi were planning on placing upon Shino's grave earlier after they were crushed by both Koji and his men whilst slowly knocking out Hoshi, causing her to faint and not watch the rest of the fight unfold and whilst causing Koji to become afraid completely, entirely for the very 1st time in his life, wondering if he was going to die here, he proceeded to continue wetting his pants until Akira slowly walked towards Koji, cornering him, shocking him and terrifying him right out of his mind by simply saying the word boo to him, Akira whilst he was possessed by this unknown spiritual force had said to Koji to never, ever lay a hand on the graves of the dead and especially Hoshi ever, EVER again, otherwise...the snake will swallow the eagle whole and whilst digesting it, it will show the eagle inside the snake's body who the true, REAL predator is, Akira wanted Koji to nod his head if he knew, Koji nodded fast both back and forth and promised by giving his word that he would no longer harm Akira and/or his friends ever, EVER again, they would leave the graveyard alone and never, ever come back, Koji gave his solemn vow whilst begging Akira to spare him, not wanting to die, Akira whilst possessed remained silent for a moment before telling Koji to get his men, leave this place and never come back, not...ever...as Koji complied, he gathered up the rest of the delinquents and they then all left upon seeing the eight tailed serpent visual behind Akira's back, as it hissed, this was enough to cause them to run away in fear, never ever coming back to the graveyard, Akira saw Koji had left behind his coat on one of the graves and, as he went to take the coat off from the grave to give it proper respect, he saw the name Musha Kokoromaru on the grave's head stone, it was the name of Hoshi's father, who although she wasn't bringing flowers for him today was still going to pay her respects to him after paying her respects to Akira's sister Shino, Akira saw Hoshi unconscious and had proceeded to carry her out of the graveyard, but not before lastly placing the Wisteria flowers Shino loved during her time when she was alive upon her grave, after placing the flowers on the grave, Akira proceeded to carry Hoshi out of the graveyard and although it seemed that no one was there, it turns out that Tora was actually there, hiding the whole time, he arrived just around the time when Akira had started transforming and was possessed into a trance by an unknown entity, Tora could sense this, coming from a family full of spiritually aware people, although Tora could not see the spirit, he nevertheless sensed its presence and knew that something was going on with Akira, something big...something, sinister...a few hours had passed and it was daytime, Akira and Hoshi were seen laying next to a riverbank nearby the graveyard with Hoshi rested very well and safely protected by Akira upon a bench whilst Akira laid next to her on the ground right next to the bench, as Hoshi was seen facing Akira's feet up above, the latter was seen facing the former's feet down below, the two resting peacefully, as though nothing had ever happened...it was then that they were found and awoken by a passing police night officer, things would continue from there and both Akira and Hoshi would return to their respective homes to be scolded by their parents for being out all night and especially not having contacted them during that time at all whatsoever, making them worried sick about what could have possibly happened to them, Akira and Hoshi assured their parents that they were both fine but that for some both strange and mysterious reason, the two of them cannot recall what had happened to them previously whilst they were delivering the Wisteria flowers to Shino's grave and paying their respects to both her and Musha, this was just the beginning for the two of them, as from here on, things would grow tough and then tougher...it was the day of graduation from middle school, Hoshi was the leading representative to give the final farewell parting speech to everyone that each other studied alongside one another throughout all their years of middle school, now finally moving on to high school, the very next step into their journey both into and of adulthood, as Hoshi whilst saying the speech wondered what Akira wanted to talk to her about something after the final graduation meeting had ended, as he had a very stern look upon his face... As everyone heads out to their respective exits both inside and outside of the school, Akira stands below a Sakura cherry blossom tree, awaiting Hoshi, he recalls that it was at this very tree that he asked Hoshi to become his girlfriend during their 2nd year of middle school to which Hoshi gladly accepted with no doubt in her heart whatsoever, as Akira happily recalls this, he then shows a solemn look upon his face, as Hoshi appears and asks why does Akira look so glum, Akira says to Hoshi that the reason he called her out here beneath the cherry tree was because he wanted to talk about last night, does Hoshi recall anything at all whatsoever about what just happened exactly last night, Hoshi twists and turns her head, as she says she can't remember, Akira then says himself that he has vague images, vague memories of what happened and because of these vague images and memories, he feels absolutely terrible about them and...wants to break up with Hoshi because of them, Hoshi couldn't hear what Akira just said to her, she asked what was that you just said Akira and he replied again that he wants to break up, Hoshi could not believe what Akira just said to her, she asks on what grounds and what purpose does Akira want to break up with her all of a sudden, especially since graduation is over and now they have the whole summer to themselves--however Akira stops Hoshi right there, saying that he feels that he will endanger her if she stays close to him like she has done always at all times that is until up to now at this very point in time, he feels that his spiritual awareness nearly cost Hoshi something last night and that not wanting to ever feel that very same type of feeling again, he wants to protect Hoshi by breaking up with her, Hoshi reminds Akira that she has spiritual awareness too albeit not, as strong, as Akira's and that she wants to stay by his side no matter what, she truly, earnest, honestly loves Akira and does not want to be apart from him, she says that she can handle herself in a fight since she learned karate martial arts here at school, however Akira is adamant, saying to Hoshi its not about holding one's own in a fight and/or whatever but about what affects both parties of a couples' relationship and thus, wanting to protect Hoshi no matter what, Akira is willing to go, as far, as cutting off all ties to Hoshi, their friendship for example, everything, Hoshi is distraught by this news and upon hearing that Akira will do this no matter what, learning and knowing exactly the type of man that he is better then anyone else, Hoshi proceeds to kick Akira where a man should not be kicked and leave, giving him merely a hmph whilst turning around before running away in tears, as she places her hands upon her face whilst running, Akira sees Hoshi's back run in slow motion, as he thinks about her... We now return to the present where Akira realizes that the reason that he actually dumped Hoshi in the first place was because of his Orochi powers, he calls upon Hebi currently residing in his left arm and says to him why the hell did he choose Akira, as Yamata no Orochi's vessel, Hebi replies that he cannot answer that, for he himself is only apart of the bigger snake itself and not even its attachments know what both the main mind and the main body are thinking, all Hebi knows is that Akira is the vessel for Orochi, no more, no less, before Akira asks the reason, as to why it helped him that night stop Koji and his goons from hurting Hoshi, Hebi again says that he does not know, only that Orochi acted on pure instinct when that happened, something that it would never normally do out of the blue or rather would never ever do, given its personality, causing Akira to grit his teeth and get angry, shouting at Hebi, saying then why the hell is all this currently happening now!? does this have something to do with spiritually aware people!? is this the real reason why my sister died that night!? it wasn't a normal accident!? tell me! TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW!! shouted Akira, as he started panting after shouting out so loud, Hebi then remains silent and proceeds to go back to sleep, causing Akira to say that he is not done with the snake living within his left arm just yet, however, despite all that he tried to do, it was no use, Akira could not get Hebi to answer any further questions or even awaken for that matter...Akira was furious, as he said damn it all before then recalling Shini, Akira says to himself that its because of that no good Shinigami bastard that things ended up the way that they currently did, just then, a young woman bumps into him from behind, a young woman with long dark blue coloured hair in a ponytail, Akira apologizes if he himself had bumped into the young woman, however the young woman herself had actually bumped into Akira on purpose, upon closer inspection of the young woman's face, Akira is very shocked to find that this young woman resembles a female version of Shini exactly right down to the very last bit of her entire body, she was then seen both summoning and wielding her scythe before drawing its blade right around Akira's neck, wondering if he is the one that wields the Orochi Keito, the snake bearer... Shini is seen yawning whilst coming out of a market store, stocking up for supplies to eat at school, since its not yet time to go just yet, its then that shockingly crashing right into his face from the sky was Nezumi, saying to Shini that they have a problem, a rather big, HUGE problem! Shini wonders what Nezumi is going on about until sensing aura distribution of spiritual awareness powers being emitted somewhere nearby, Shini recognizes the aura pattern and could not believe who it was, elsewhere, Akira confronts the female Shinigami, who had him at blade point, he asked her what was her name and she replied huh? isn't that obvious? i'm Shinigami, A Shinigami, not like the half-assed guy that you've been hanging around with...Orochimaru, said the female Shinigami shockingly, as she called Akira by the name of Orochimaru all of a sudden, what did that mean and what did she mean by Orochi Keito, as well? since he did not know the true name of the snake bearer since both Nezumi and Shini felt that there was no need to reveal the true name of the snake bearer, not even the title of Orochimaru either, just both who and what the hell is this young woman Akira said, she said huh? are your ears deaf? i already told you, my name is Shinigami and i am a Shinigami! dolt!! now then, prepare...to die Orochimaru vessel!! said the female Shinigami, as just when she was about to lop off Akira's head by pulling down her scythe upon it, suddenly, very shockingly appearing from out of nowhere, blocking the female Shinigami's scythe with his very own scythe was none other then Shini himself! this was the 1st time Shini and Akira had met with one another since their fight the other day, Akira was both very shocked and very surprised to see that Shini had arrived out of the blue, protecting the red haired young man from the female Shinigami's fatal attack, this causes the female Shinigami to move back a bit and rethink her strategy whilst fighting Shini, as Akira looks on at Shini, prepared to say something to him, Shini merely says that he is sorry, sorry for all the hurtful things that he said yesterday during their fist fight, he apologizes to Akira and will continue to apologize more then a thousand times more, that is, after until both Shini and Akira work together to defeat the female Shinigami, seeing new conviction within Shini's eyes, like he was a completely changed man from yesterday, Akira merely smirks after pausing for a moment to take in everything, saying that he expects a full blown out big, HUGE apology once more from Shini after the two work together to take down the female Shinigami, the female Shinigami takes this, as an act from Shini that he is a traitor now, allying himself with the one who bares the title of Orochimaru, however, Shini does not care, saying that it was this Human in particular who taught him more about honour and for that, he thanks Akira but putting that matter aside for the moment, he asks what is the female Shinigami doing here of all places? Nezumi proceeds to answer that question, she was sent to back Shini up with his mission involving Watatsumi and eliminate the Orochi Keito Katana wielder, however, now knowing of both Shini and Nezumi's deception, the female Shinigami intends to report back to the Shinigami high council, the Shinigami Seven, as they are both named and called, led by their leader, the head of all Shinigami themselves, Kashira, the only one to wield a ten bladed scythe, however, Akira refuses to let Gami have her way and let that happen, not wanting to die anytime soon and at all, catching everyone, especially Gami comically off-guard by what Akira just called her, Shini with a comic deadpan look asks Akira why he called her Gami just now, Akira says that its because he was the 1st Shinigami to have met, thus Shini and now she is the 2nd Shinigami to have met, thus Gami, as everyone talks about Gami's new name, Gami shows a comedic angry look upon her face, telling Akira to take that name back, however, Akira refuses to do so, instead making an annoying expression towards Gami using his fingers and his nose, this causes Gami to be disgusted by Akira and she says that this has now sullied the great title that is both Shinigami and her name, the only name alone that she will ever carry in this lifetime and that she cannot understand why Shini has allowed himself to give into Human emotions and take on such a ridiculous name like Shini, Shini says that he doesn't know but that he now quite prefers both Shini and Shinji, the latter his high school and overall Human identity name, this further enrages Gami, as Akira becomes even more surprised by Shini's sudden change of character, considering that it has only been just a single day since the fist fight yesterday, Akira was curious about what this new Shini was like, however, Nezumi assured Akira that Shini still likes to sleep in bed without pants, something Akira says comically that he didn't really need to know that, as he looks towards the screen, finally, Gami was about to make her move and attack both Akira and Shini, the two prepared themselves, as the former entered his Orochi mode, his red hair lighting on fire once more with blue patches emerging inside parts of the hair, Gami was taken aback by this, as this now confirmed that she was dealing with the vessel of the Orochi Keito, the Orochimaru, the name given to those who are the vessels that wield the snake bearer, Shini warns Akira that he knows this female Shinigami and that she is not one to be taken so very lightly with, he warns Akira to stay on his guard, Akira however says to Shini that he doesn't plan on losing to a woman today, since he has already lost to a woman today, in other-words, Akira is referring to Hoshi and of how he hurt her feelings once again... Speaking of whom, we see Hoshi standing in front of the gates leading to Yamato, having finally dried up her tears a little whilst noting to herself that she has been making a very bad habit of crying so much lately, as whilst she tries to figure things out inside her mind about everything, we then see a both strange and mysterious stalker standing both right above and right behind her, it was revealed to be Kubo! of whom had a stern look upon his face, Hoshi does not notice his presence, as Kubo proceeds to reach out an arm towards her from behind, meanwhile, the battle between both Akira and Shini against Gami finally begins! Gami, seeing, as how it is a two on one fight mocks her opponents, saying to them can't they go easy on her since she's a woman? Akira says to Gami considering that Gami has a petite figure, she looks more like a child then an actual grown woman, something that enrages Gami, as she reveals that she is conscious about not looking so womanly like both Hoshi and especially Trishiki for examples whilst Akira asks Shini will this affect both him and his code of honour fighting both a fellow Shinigami and especially a woman since Gami did make a fair point, Gami regains her composure and then wonders what Shini's answer will be, wishing to hear it, for a moment Shini's expression goes unnoticed before he looks up towards Gami and says to Akira that it will not since it is because Gami is both a fellow Shinigami and a woman that his code of honour demands Shini that he sees Gami, as an equal and not just someone of the opposite sex, Gami remains silent at this for a moment before then smiling like a mad fool, saying to Shini good answer for someone who's such a weakling amongst the rest of the Shinigami unlike herself, she reveals that she is part of Sono Ashi Kari Ninmu Buryoku, The Evil Hunting Task Force, otherwise named, as Sono Kaigaishii, The Gallant, a group of courageous Shinigami willing to risk their very lives themselves to put down those of evil itself and that right now, she will uphold her very own version of justice and strike down the traitors Shini and Nezumi-kami, as well, as kill the Orochimaru, Akira, in the name of the title of the Shinigami who bares the leadership of The Gallant, his title named Jiraiya, Jiraiya of The Gallant, upon hearing this name, Akira felt something within his body, something, not right...seeing what was happening with Akira, as he felt his entire body was feeling more or less woozy, unable to control its balance, something Shini immediately notices and calls out Akira's name, Gami smirked at this and proceeded to use this, as both a distraction and a diversion to go in and immediately cut off Akira's neck, not enough time for Shini to block Gami's attack again like before, as he desperately tries to move in and save Akira before it's too late... Gami says to Akira before just about to attack him with her scythe that all Orochimaru vessels deserve to die, such is, as their both poor and terrible fates, as Gami says in that manner, something that she found slight sadism in, as she showed a slight evil grinning expression upon her face whilst she was then about to suddenly attack Akira by the neck, Shini unable to make it in time, shouting out Akira's name, wanting him to regain consciousness and save himself quickly before it was too late which it just seemed like it already was...suddenly, very shockingly, stopping the blade of the scythe before it could reach its target was a snake biting on the actual blade of the scythe or more accurately, it was none other then Hebi! stretching from Akira's left arm to protect him from being killed, very shocking everyone currently present, baring witness to this event, as Hebi tells Akira off and helps him regain consciousness, saying not to doze off during a fight or else they will both be killed! Hebi says that he will agree to lend Akira its full strength just this one time, since they are up against a Shinigami and upon calculating everything within the inside of his head, not to mention sharing a telepathic link with Hebi's mind, since Hebi himself is apart of Akira's body, the two agree to become partners in this battle and stop Gami before she goes on a rampage, Akira and Hebi with the latter returning back into Akira's left arm and then transforming his Katana wielding left hand into Hebi's head proceeds to swing Akira's Katana straight upwards at Gami, unleashing a very powerful Kagu-tsuchi technique attack, however, this was no ordinary Kagu-tsuchi, as covering all around the black flames that were the Kagu-tsuchi technique on-top of them were green flames, as Akira shockingly showed his red hair on fire turning into green hair on fire and the blue patches on the hair proceeded to extend further across Akira's entire body, almost, as though they were exactly like snake body markings, Gami is caught off guard by this sudden transformation and wonders how could a mere Human suddenly transform so far into an Orochi state, Akira proceeds to end things off by saying the name of this variation of his of the Kagu-tsuchi technique named Kagu-tsuchi: Doku Kasai Hebi Shikon!! which took on the form of both black and green flames combined to form what looked like a snake's poisonous fang, using it to catch Gami by her left arm before being lastly followed by a huge, giant explosion for people even without spiritual awareness to see, wondering just what the heck had just happened just now, what was that within the sky just a few seconds ago, amongst the people thinking this was Tora, sitting on his assigned class chair in his, Akira and Shini's classroom, looking outside the window, as he wondered just what the hell was that and was it Akira acting up again like he did before at the graveyard at that one time that night, Tora couldn't be sure what to make of it but nevertheless, he decided to sit this one out, hoping nothing bad would come of it, as Jinnosube notices Tora's reaction and merely smirks to himself that things seemed to be going according to Watatsumi's designs...that was the impression Jinnosube was giving off from himself, at the student council classroom, both Ryu and Trish could also sense and see what was going on through outside the window, the huge black cloud that looked like the aftermath of an explosion within the sky, Ryu tightly held his pencil on his pad before accidentally shattering it into small pieces which Trish notices, showing that just like his younger brother Tora, the elder brother Ryu was also unnerved by what just happened, unable to comprehend it... After a huge gust of wind suddenly appears and brushes away the huge black cloud of smoke that the explosion caused upon impact with Gami within the sky, Akira is then seen both completely and utterly drained of his energy, falling on both his knees and then his hands towards the ground with Shini going to Akira's side, as he calls out Akira's name and asks him if he is allright whilst he huffs and puffs badly a little before replying by saying Shini's name and saying to him that he is, although he is completely spent, he will have to skip school today because of what just happened, Shini for a moment pauses before then asking the question about the snake suddenly appearing from Akira's left arm, saving him when it did, not to mention it proceeded to transform into the arm itself when Akira launched his attack just now at Gami, Akira goes silent for a few seconds before he was about to say something--however, stopping Akira from saying another word was Gami, shockingly emerging from the explosion of the attack, as she was just able to survive it, she says in anger you...you...YOU...I'LL NEVER FORGIVE YOU FOR THAT! DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO MY HAIR!? ITS RUINED!! NOW ITS SHORT!! I'LL KILL YOU FOR THAT!! shouted out Gami, as the back of her ponytail was missing, meaning that she lost her long hair within the explosion of the attack and now is hellbent on revenge against Akira for destroying her long hair, just before she can lift up her scythe and prepare to use a variation of Kagu-tsuchi named Homusubi on Akira despite Shini standing in Gami's way, suddenly, Gami felt her entire body more or less going numb, as she then noticed that upon her left arm there was a scrape, a bruise emitting a small, tiny, itty bitty green flame on it, she shouted out just what the hell was this and then she heard a voice coming from Akira, it was Hebi using Akira's tongue to speak to the young Shinigami woman, saying to her that the Kagu-tsuchi that Akira used on her a few moments ago is no normal Kagu-tsuchi, it was a Kagu-tsuchi embedded with the power of the Yamata no Orochi, the technique that was combined with Akira's Kagu-tsuchi was named Doku Kasai Hebi Shikon, which translates, as Poison Fire Snake Fang and that the ability of the Poison Fire allows whoever it touches upon skin contact to be affected by a poison belonging to the Orochi, every time the Snake Fang is used, a new poison is randomly chosen each time to attack and effect the victim and upon the makeup of the victim's physical/spiritual body, a different poison could be activated and mixed with the opponent's body, giving that opponent like fatal instant death for example, however, it appears that from the random poison that has mixed with Gami's body due to her physiology, the poison she merely gained was fatal instant paralysis or otherwise named fatal instant numbness, depending on how long the fight had lasted, the poison's numbing effect should only work on Gami for about 48 hours precisely, since the fight didn't go on that very long, if it did, the effect of the poison would have worn off and Akira would have been in some dead serious trouble, this is Hebi's way of protecting both Akira and himself, though the former clarifies that it was simply just trying to protect itself and is only merely using its respective vessel, something that Akira thinks about upon hearing the words of the Hebi speaking using his tongue, suddenly, his tongue goes back to normal without warning, meaning that Hebi has done talking with Gami and has decided to leave the rest up to both Akira himself and the others. Judging from what the snake had said, Shini had surmised that the green flame still lit on Gami's arm is what is sapping her strength and by doing this, any and all attacks that she would try to use on Akira and Shini now would have no effect whatsoever, even if it was a fully powered Kagu-tsuchi, the technique would have no effect, at least not for the next 48 hours and so before Gami could even think of having the chance to escape and inform Sanzaku town of the events that have occurred just now, Shini uses a special type of spirit binding rope named Seirei Mizu Sakujou, Spirit Water Rope, draped in the waters of the Sanzu River which have a nullifying effect on all Shinigami powers and use it to restrain Gami, binding her arms, legs and mouth and causing to fall to the ground, Akira says that that was a bit sudden and he should show a little mercy to a defeated opponent, especially since that opponent is a Shinigami just like Shini, however, Shini, remembering Tora's words tells Akira to not complain of his victory and of how they deal with their opponent afterwards, they chose to fight Gami and thus, they have no right to complain about what happens next, Akira is shocked to hear this upon hearing these words, he realizes that Shini has talked with Tora since this is something Tora would most definitely say, having heard these similar words once himself from the leader of the Crouching Tigers. Gami tries to struggle out of her binding but fails to do so, Shini walks over to her and kneels down, removing her mouth binding, she says to Shini that she will kill him and snake boy for this once the green flame has died out and that once Sanzaku has heard of what has transpired, Gami looks to Nezumi and tells him that he will be stripped of his Kami, God status and even if he is the oldest spiritual familiar tied to a Shinigami, namely Kashira of all people himself, he and the rest of the Shinigami Seven will not stand for it and the Seven will send either a member of The Gallant or one of the Seven themselves to deal with Akira and all those related to him with his spiritual awareness, regardless if they are Kokoromarus, the Mikos who have faithfully served and helped the Shinigami all this time, just because of one of their relatives being tied to Akira himself, the whole family will be both immediately tried and executed just because of his crimes and his crimes when they had had absolutely nothing to do with it whatsoever, upon hearing this, Akira gets angry at Gami, saying that if he dares threaten Hoshi and her family, Akira will make the Shinigami pay if this is what they are truly like on the inside and with their personalities, Shini says Akira's name before going mute from the whole conversation, sensing and realizing Akira's pent up rage and anger towards Gami's threat, as Gami wonders how Akira can back up his own words with his own threat, Akira says to her that he doesn't need any backing, he'll just swear to it, swear to himself that he will take all of the corrupt Shinigami and make them pay for involving lives to be trialed and then simply killed off just like that when they have nothing to do whatsoever with the crimes of a/the person they are connected to one way and/or another, the Shinigami are supposed to be the guides of good spirits and eliminate all evil, isn't that correct? if so...WHY THE HELL ARE THEY HURTING INNOCENT PEOPLE!? shouted out Akira, not understanding their laws and their motives, something that very clearly shocks Shini, as even Gami herself gets slightly taken aback by this, not knowing how to reply, as all she could do was look upon Akira's face and see his earnest, truthful expressions and very real anger about what Gami had just said to him, wondering if this man was truly the vessel both of and for the Yamata no Orochi, the very enemy of all Shinigami since time began for their people in the spiritual world, upon seeing him more up close and taking a very good look at what kind of person Akira truly is and who both Shini and Nezumi-kami know him to be, Gami starts to wonder about just who in the hell is this man who changed a single Shinigami, one she has known for over 100 years exactly that was completely dedicated to his work like all other Shinigami and would have not even hesitated in killing the vessel of the Yamata no Orochi and all of the people connected to that vessel in one way and/or another before, who...just who truly was Akira Kenichi? the man that is the vessel of the Eight-Forked Serpent itself. Gami recalls a flashback from when she first met Shini about over 100 years ago exactly in the spiritual world, in Sanzaku town, Gami was seen with her long hair but without the ponytail and Shini was seen with long hair himself, it was here at Sanzaku town that Gami met Shini for the very first time and thought to herself how cold looking he appeared, it was almost, as though that he was both completely and utterly emotionless, however, this made Shini in both Gami and every other Shinigami's eyes the very most perfect Shinigami without equal whatsoever, as both according to and per the law of the Shinigami clan, they were not allowed to show any kind of emotions, as that would disrupt their mission within the Human world, however, this was not to say that the Shinigami weren't allowed to express emotion, only that it not get in the way of the mission but to Shini, the mission was at all times and so at all times, he remained emotionless, not even showing the least bit of a smile and/or shedding a tear when sad in the very slightest, he was dedicated to the mission and the mission only, this made Gami give high praise towards Shini who was known by his fellow Shinigami, as named Sono Nashini Reikon Shinigami, The Without Soul Shinigami, during the time he bore this title, he completed all of his tasks without end and without error, showing that he truly had the markings and the makings of a true born, pure blooded Shinigami, however, for some reason that remains unknown to Gami to this very day, Shini had lost the title of Sono Nashini Reikon Shinigami and had started exhibiting emotions, stating that he now had a personal code of honour unlike before when honour didn't even matter to him, this certain symptom to both her and the other Shinigami first started to appear over 50 years ago exactly, Shini was assigned a mission that he took on without caring about the details, however, upon coming back from said mission, Shini was seen all both bloodied and battered from the very top of his head to the very bottom of his feet, carrying a dead good spirit young woman's body within his arms and with tears falling down from Shini's very eyelids, Gami was shocked by this sudden event and had wondered just what the hell had happened to Shini, who was the deceased young woman that he was seen carrying within his hands very tightly and most especially above all else, why did this change the way Shini previously was from being the perfect Shinigami to a mediocre one, now no longer held high in praise and instead thought less of by his Shinigami peers, Gami just could not understand the reason behind Shini's sudden change, even after 50 years, even now, as she looked at him, his eyes brimming with emotion, the very thing a Shinigami is exactly not to have whilst during a mission... Gami asks Shini how can he now be the way that he currently is and not the way that he was before, before coming back from that certain mission, Shini knows what Gami is talking about and tells her that he can never go back to the way that he was before, as he has now lost faith in that version of Shini himself, Gami doesn't understand what Shini means by that version of him, its then that Akira interrupts the conversation, saying to everyone that they should leave this place where the explosion occurred, not wanting to attract any unwanted people that most very possibly saw that explosion occur within the sky to be witnessed by all, Shini agrees and hoists up Gami onto his shoulder before grabbing Shini and transporting him, alongside both Shini himself and Gami to somewhere else, Shini uses the technique named Seirei Tobikomi, Spirit Jump in order to do this, as Shini and everyone else end up elsewhere, near an abandoned construction site, Gami says to Shini after being put down on the ground by him that he shall not and will not get away with this, the Shinigami Seven and her superior Jiraiya will see to that, its then that Akira asks about the latter Jiraiya, about who he truly is, its then that Gami realizes that both Shini and Nezumi have not told him anything about the Shinigami system whatsoever, Gami laughs at this but proceeds to tell Akira how the system works anyways, there is the Head Monk Priest Shinigami who rules over all other Shinigami and the ones that directly answer to him are eight Shinigami in total, they are the Shinigami Seven and Gami's superior Jiraiya of The Gallant, the Shinigami Seven are named: I-Suzaku, II-Seiryu, III-Byakko, IV-Genbu, V-Amaterasu, VI-Tsukuyomi and VII-Susanoo, the latter three alongside Jiraiya had once served, as the direct pupils of the Head Monk Priest himself whilst the former four were chosen by the latter three, as by per the order of the Head Monk Priest to fill up a power gap that needed to rival Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi, Susanoo and Jiraiya's strengths respectively, by having eight strong Shinigami under his direct control, Kashira could send them orders to send to the lesser Shinigami to fulfill, as their missions whilst going to the Human world to eliminate evil, each of the eight commands a different unit of Shinigami that encompasses the whole clan, Suzaku commands the Vermilion Bird unit, Seiryu commands the Azure Dragon unit, Byakko commands the White Tiger unit, Genbu commands the Black Tortoise unit, Amaterasu of the Sun unit, Tsukuyomi of the Moon unit and Susanoo of the Storm unit, Jiraiya, although a very strong Shinigami in his own right does not lead a regular unit like the Shinigami Seven before him, instead he leads his own private unit that he handpicks from the best of the best, as Gami says herself and that these so called best of the best are known, as The Gallant and they themselves primary handle missions none other then exterminating and obliterating evil within the Human world whilst the other units of the Shinigami Seven handle missions besides just evil extermination alone, Shini, the Shinigami that Akira knows so very well and almost treats like he was a very dear friend is part of the Moon unit under the command of Tsukuyomi and that under the direct authority of both Tsukuyomi himself and especially Kashira, the Head Monk Priest was Shini sent from Sanzaku town to Akira's hometown of Wakaba to both find Watatsumi, the criminal who stole the Orochi Keito, otherwise known, as the snake bearer and kill the wielder of that Katana containing the sealed spirit of the both mighty and evil Yamata no Orochi before it could take over the wielder of the Katana and use his/her body, as a vessel to wreak havoc on not just the spiritual world but the Human world also, as a precaution, those that were related to the wielder and had spiritual awareness were to be executed also, in case the Orochi's influence had extended towards them, that's why Gami mentioned about killing all of Akira's loved ones previously, now that Gami has been defeated and both Shini and Nezumi-kami will be branded traitors by the Shinigami clan, they will all be executed, Gami in her case because she had simply failed her mission, the Shinigami cannot and will not overlook mistakes, especially if those mistakes belong to they themselves, if word were to get out to Yomi, the imperial capital of The Millennium Sage about all this then the good spirit people would panic and the Shinigami will have failed them and their mission, as protectors of the spiritual realm, just one mistake, just one and the people will fall in despair and fight amongst themselves, not even the Sage himself can prevent that massive an outbreak and if that were to happen, the whole system of the spiritual world would crumble and this would in turn affect the system of the Human world, that's why its so important to the Shinigami that they must upheld their mission at all times and not be allowed to permit even just one single itty bitty mistake, they must set a perfect example by becoming and being perfection itself and with that, Gami finishes her explanation about the system of the Shinigami clan, of how it all works. However, Gami then recalls that there was one thing that she forgot to mention, it was about the messengers of the Shinigami to those who help them guide good spirits to the afterlife, the Mikos, like Nezumi-kami is the Kami, God of the Kokoromaru clan, there are 11 other clans living in Wakaba that also have personal Kamis appear to them and tell them job well done on their services in helping the Shinigami in turn help the spirits of the good, Nezumi, despite having the appearance of a mouse of which he is so very proud of is actually the Rat Kami of the Kokoromaru clan and that the other 11 Kamis are based on animals belonging to the Human world in appearance just like Nezumi himself, they are Oushi-kami, the Ox Kami, Tora-kami, the Tiger Kami, Usagi-kami, the Rabbit Kami, Ryu-kami, the Dragon Kami, Hebi-kami, the Snake Kami, Uma-kami, the Horse Kami, Yagi-kami, the Goat Kami, Saru-kami, the Monkey Kami, Ondori-kami, the Rooster Kami, Inu-kami, the Dog Kami and Buta-kami, the Pig Kami, together, all 12 of these respective animal Kamis make up what is named by the Shinigami, as Sono Kami Koudoutai, The God Zodiac, together, alongside the Shinigami, they are entrusted by The Millennium Sage to help guide the balance between sending good spirits to the afterlife whilst eliminating all kinds of evil in the mortal realm, The God Zodiac also serve, as familiars to the Shinigami and believe it or not, despite his boastful personality, Nezumi is the familiar of Kashira and that Kashira had assigned Nezumi to watch over the Kokoromaru clan, since they are the leading Mikos in all of Wakaba, another family that Akira knows very well also have a Kami, as well, however, they do not have a Miko, at least not currently present at the moment and that family in particular that Akira knows very well is the Ryojisuke clan, their Kami is Oushi-kami, the Ox Kami of the God Zodiac and both he and Nezumi have known each other for a very long, long time, in fact, they are the best of friends and that Oushi who knows more about all of Wakaba itself due to both Tora Ryojisuke and Ryu Ryojisuke being the heads of both the Crouching Tigers of Wakaba and the Hidden Dragons of Yamato groups respectively since they basically look over, watch, protect and control the entire town itself is the one who always supplies the information that Nezumi has to give to both Akira and Shini about certain things, causing Akira to comically pause for a moment before shouting out towards Nezumi, saying that all this time that the information that Nezumi was so proud of giving to both Akira and Shini came from another source, Nezumi comically pauses for a moment also before then looking away, trying to deny the truth and admitting it towards Akira, as he realizes that earlier on, he made Akira pay money for some other unrelated to the mission information and that he conned Akira out of money, Akira then comically tries to strangle the mouse god, telling him to give back the money he stole from Akira, Gami then looks in shock at this mere Human doing what he is to basically a god himself and just when she tries to tell him to stop, Shini stops Gami, saying that no matter what she does, she can't get Akira to change his mind for once his mind is made up is it made up both completely and utterly, as Gami looks on at Shini confidently looking towards both Akira and Nezumi, the latter two comically trying to beat up one another, Gami then starts to sense something about these three, something unlike she has ever felt before, she starts to sense that Akira is not the oh so willing vessel of the Orochi that she stubbornly thought him to be before and that this young man has the power to change people, even if they had just met, Gami...was absolutely terrified of this power and thought to herself that she must eliminate Akira right away before his influence affects her too, not wanting to end up like both Shini and Nezumi, as soon, as the 48 hours were over and the green flame on her arm keeping her at bay had disappeared, Gami would find the right opportunity to strike and kill Akira, as her pride and especially, as her existence not, as an individual but, as apart of the more or less hive mind Shinigami clan was at stake, not wanting Akira to change her entirely like he did with Shini and Nezumi, she was frightful now not just because of Akira being the Orochimaru but also because of Akira being just himself, true to his heart. Now that everything was truly said and done, Akira, Shini and Nezumi consulted amongst themselves on what to do with Gami, it was then that Nezumi had decided that by using the Spirit Water Robe which they are currently using to entrap Gami to begin with, they can take Gami back to Nezumi and Shini's secret headquarters, Akira wonders what secret headquarters? it is then that both Shini and Nezumi smirk towards one another before having Akira follow them, it was then that comically, Akira, twitching his eye sees a huge tent with demonic like features on it laying on the front lawn of his house, this was what Nezumi called by its name Sono Eimin Toride, which translates, as The Eternal-sleep Fortress, it is a portable sleeping tent that the Shinigami carry on their persons at all times in case they need to stay and sleep within the mortal realm for who knows how many days in order to complete their given mission, here, they can instantly recover their strength through sleep through one night's sleep alone and it is here that Nezumi will keep watch over Gami, contact Oushi and together decide on what to do with Gami, Akira comically gets angry at the fact that both Shini and Nezumi have been using the front lawn of his house to sleep on, as Shini says to Akira that they didn't have any other place to stay so this was the only way, Akira says the only way my butt and then starts to mutter to himself, Gami remains silent throughout the whole conversation, something that Nezumi notices, he asks Gami what is she planning, however, she remains silent whilst starring daggers right directly at both Akira and Shini, causing Nezumi to wonder just what is she scheming and if she tries to attack both Akira and Shini again, it will only end in her downfall just like last time, that is what Nezumi truly believes, Akira then says to Shini how in the hell does his parents not notice this and Shini replies that it is because the tent is visible only to those with spiritual awareness, Akira says oh i see...WAIT! that means anyone with spiritual awareness can see it! how in the bloody hell do you then keep THAT secret HUH!? shouted out Akira, as Shini then reassured him that the tent has a spiritual connection to the house Akira lives in, only those that have Akira's blood since he is the person living in the house, one of the technical owners basically, this is what keeps the tent hidden entirely, even from other spiritually aware people, as long, as they don't have spiritual awareness, like both Akira's father Shinra and mother Miyako and, as long, as they don't technically own the property of the house Akira's family lives in, which Akira in a way technically does, this allows the tent absolute both complete and utter hidden invisibility, Shini jokes that Akira should think of it exactly like a little kid's secret base, to them completely undetectable to others, namely adults, Akira then gives a censored middle finger up towards Shini, not liking his joke whatsoever and calling him an ass, speaking of which, he wants to hear that apology that Shini owes Akira right now, upon hearing this, Shini goes down in the slumps, something that Akira was completely not expecting, as that is a touchy subject for Shini, Gami wonders just what the hell is going on and Nezumi proceeds to give her the details despite her being a prisoner... Shini says to Akira but beforehand kneels down on all four limbs, shocking Akira, as Shini's head is buried into the ground that he is sorry, sorry and ashamed for what he said during their fist fight, he should have known that with both private and sensitive information like that that Shini shouldn't have tried to taunt Akira with said info but nevertheless did so anyways by mistake, Shini is prepared to accept any and all kinds of punishment from Akira that he would inflict on Shini, as that is what Shini believes to be the ultimate form of atoning for one's sins, Akira tries to talk Shini out of it, calling him weird the way that he is apologizing, however, Gami suddenly calls Akira an idiot, catching his attention, she explains that that is what a Shinigami when apologizing to either a good spirit and/or a spiritually aware person, it is called the Royal Bow and by committing the Royal Bow, the Shinigami committing it offers himself/herself up to the good spirit and/or spiritually aware person completely, treating themselves like slaves in order to help the good spirit whatever way the Shinigami can for the good spirits to move on, as for spiritually aware people, the Shinigami are holding themselves hostage to the desires of the spiritually aware people until they are satisfied with their desires and allow the Shinigami to move on, however, the problem with the Royal Bow is that in the case of spiritually aware people, in case they turn out to be abusive towards the Shinigami serving them, the Shinigami will have no choice but to serve, since they believe they have committed a great and terrible grave sin towards them, Akira is both very shocked and very horrified to learn this news, saying that that goes against the principles of the Shinigami eliminating evil within the Human realm, it is a both complete and utter paradox, if they turn out to be abusive, why don't the Shinigami fight back? it just doesn't make any sense, however, Gami says to Akira that for the Shinigami it does make sense for them and that despite not having codes of honour, they are subservient to the will of the good natured, even if they aren't exactly good natured at all whatsoever and Akira says that that is what doesn't make sense at all, the Shinigami shouldn't answer to scumbags like that if they are just going to mistreat the Shinigami, something that shocks Gami but nevertheless she shrugs it off, not wanting to be influenced by Akira, Akira cannot believe this Royal Bow thing and tells Shini to get up, get up now, however, Shini refuses to do so, not until he has accepted punishment from Akira, Akira says that he doesn't want Shini to be punished, only that he realizes his mistake and not do it ever again but Shini again says he cannot accept this, he feels that it is simply just wrong in his Shinigami nature, Akira was dumbfounded, as he brushed through his hair both back and forth, Nezumi then asks Akira what will he do? ...Akira for a moment remains silent but then says finally he has reached his verdict, he will not punish Shini and that is punishment alone, as Akira sees it, both Shini and Gami are greatly shocked by this answer, Akira says that by not punishing them at all, that in a way can be seen from a certain point of view, as a punishment for Shini's actions, it could also be very slightly compared to getting the silent treatment, Akira is ignoring Shini's answer for punishment and so, he is punishing him by not punishing him, that is a way to think right out of the box but pushed up against it, literally, Akira says that whoever came up with the rules for this dumb vow, once the Watatsumi matter has been dealt with will answer to Akira personally, he will not let the Shinigami punish themselves and become slaves any longer to the Royal Bow, Shini pauses for a moment, as Gami tries to convince Shini that that is not a real punishment, only to be corrected by Shini, he says that that it is a punishment if you look at it in one way and by not receiving punishment is that punishment itself, maybe not in and of itself but still punishment nevertheless, Gami could not believe what she was hearing and Nezumi nodded happily his head in acknowledgement to this and Akira then helps Shini up from off the ground, saying to him that they are partners and no matter what mistakes they have made up to this current point, they must work together if they are to take down Watatsumi--together, Shini is surprised by agrees to Akira's statement, shaking hands with him, this greatly angers Gami, infuriated that the once soulless Shinigami is now full of emotion, she grits her teeth and causes her mouth to bleed slightly, starting to feel a different kind of emotion, what was this emotion that Gami was feeling inside her heart, just what in the hell was it she thought to herself... It is then, coming out of Akira's house was his mother Miyako, shocked and surprised to see Akira standing outside their house when he should be at school, Akira then gets all scared and sweats very fast, as behind Miyako appearing was his father Shinra, Shinra shouts at Akira, saying to him JUST WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING HERE BOY!? shouted out Shinra, as the shout was so big that it was enough to scare even Shini, Nezumi and Gami all together, Nezumi fell down to the ground and held a flower in both his hands, a ghostly spirit appeared outside of Nezumi's body before pulling itself back into the body, Shini sweat dropped whilst using a handkerchief with a skull and crossbones symbol on the four edges of it to wipe the sweat off from his head, cannot believing the strong presence and aura that Shinra despite being wheelchair bound, Miyako grabs Akira by the ear and pulls him into the house, her and Shinra wanting words with Akira and with that, the front entrance closed behind Akira, as he was pulled in, Shini and Nezumi could only pray that Akira would not get killed by his parents, causing Gami to say oi in a comedic manner, not believing the attitude of these two, just then, appearing on the scene, saying that Akira got into trouble again with his folks was a giant Ox with makeup on it's face, it was none other then Oushi, the Ox Kami of the God Zodiac, Nezumi greeted his good friend though looked a bit pale upon seeing that he had makeup upon his face, asking Oushi if he was seriously going for a Okama Ox look, Oushi believed that by using reverse psychology, by bringing out his female side would this attract the female members of the God Zodiac, although he doesn't seem to be yielding such very successful results yet, he wonders why to himself, Nezumi could only laugh in sarcasm a little with both Shini and Gami unnerved by Oushi's makeup, it is then that Oushi notices Gami and asks Nezumi if he was prepared for the consequences of having tied her up, given the current status of things, Nezumi may lose his position within the God Zodiac and, as Kashira's familiar or worse, he could be killed by Kashira himself, Nezumi states that he has made a gamble and is placing his bet on it, Oushi remains silent upon hearing this before then saying the words very well, you've made your choice Nezu-Chan, just...don't go back on it okay said Oushi, concerned for his friend, as Nezumi merely nods his head, Shini after getting over Oushi's makeup then asks him how are things here in Wakaba and at Sanzaku town in the spiritual world, surely the Shinigami high council haven't noticed a thing yet, Oushi replies that Shini is correct in that they don't and that they expect to hear from Gami who Shini and the others have captured in the next 72 hours, that gives them three whole days to complete their mission, however, Oushi warns Shini and Nezumi of a sudden new development, one that will shake the entire town of Wakaba itself right down to its very knees, it turns out that a Joutou Joretsu A, First-class Rank A criminal has escaped from the prison of the Shinigami known, as Hebi Wakame Hako Uwabyoushi Keimusho, Snake Seaweed Box Cover Prison located within the Human world, inside of down below at its deepest, most darkest depths the river just outside of Wakaba itself called Tsukishima River, Shini is shocked by this and is hesitant to ask just which criminal has escaped...Oushi replies with a grief stricken face the name of the escaped convict...: Wataru Yoshikongo, the most heinous, most evillest man in all of Wakaba, a prisoner who was given the death sentence, this man being both most famously named after and most notorious for the title of Bloodlust, his thirst for blood knowing no boundaries, no obstacles, no end...everyone was very shocked and especially very horrified to hear that the man named Bloodlust was on the loose once more and that whilst everyone is talking amongst themselves about this Bloodlust person, meanwhile, a man seen wearing a broken Kitsune mask that he is somehow holding all the pieces of its cracks all together is also seen with two holsters for two Khukuri blades on his back, standing on-top of a lamppost, licking his tongue, on it is shown blood, proving that this man wearing the Kitsune mask was none other then who Oushi was just talking about to everyone elsewhere, the one who escaped from a highly guarded and heavy security Shinigami prison, the man named Wataru Yoshikongo, otherwise known, as...Bloodlust, Bloodlust speaks to himself, saying that he is searching for both Watatsumi and the Yamata no Orochi, now that Bloodlust was back in his hometown, where would he start first? his aura brought forth a tremendous shiver of both evil and darkness to those that could feel it, even if they weren't spiritually aware, Tora being one of them, as whilst taking a bath he senses Bloodlust's killer instinct and wonders just where the hell that kind of evil yet powerful feeling was coming from? the next moment, Bloodlust had disappeared from where he stood upon on-top of the lamppost, no one knowing where he has gone and most importantly especially not even being able to sense his presence anywhere, not anywhere at all...a grave new danger and enemy has just now appeared in the town of Wakaba, what...will happen next? At the town of the Shinigami within the spiritual realm, Sanzaku, a tribunal is held amongst Kashira, the Shinigami Seven and Jiraiya about the recent breakout of Bloodlust, A-K-A Wataru Yoshikongo and that if he is not stopped, the whole town of Wakaba will suffer his wrath, Susanoo, the man who serves, as leader of the Shinigami's Storm unit, offers to go to the Human world himself and bring The Lustful-man Vampire, Sono Onnazuki Kyuuketsuki, as he is called to justice, however, Amaterasu, the woman who serves, as leader of the Shinigami's Sun unit rebukes Susanoo's demand, saying to him and the rest of the council that both Tsukuyomi's Shinigami and Jiraiya's Shinigami are still active within the Human world and going there now could disrupt the investigation into Watatsumi, Genbu says to Amaterasu however that searching for the stealer of the Orochi Keito doesn't take, as much priority, as stopping Bloodlust right now, who they consider to be the pure incarnation of evil itself, Suzaku, Seiryu, Tsukuyomi and Jiraiya all remain silent at Genbu's claim whilst Byakko speaks up, saying that unless if something is done right now, Yoshikongo will terrorize Wakaba just like he did in the past and not even the Shinigami Seven could possibly stop him, even if they all combined their powers and pooled them into one, as Kashira smokes, he says to everyone that they could always use The Human-being Representative, Sono Ningen Daihyousha, shocking everyone present, however, both Genbu and Susanoo disagree with this, the former says that the Daihyousha should only be used if dealing with a S class criminal, since Bloodlust is only a A class criminal, the Daihyousha would only complicate things, the latter agreeing with Genbu's opinion, Susanoo saying his own opinion that the Daihyousha must not be called upon under any and all circumstances and that they wish that their leader Kashira would take things more seriously, being the head of all Shinigami after all, it is then that Kashira decides to get serious and comes to a final decision, if Bloodlust is not apprehended within the next 72 hours by both Tsukuyomi's chosen Shinigami Shini and Jiraiya's chosen Shinigami Gami then Kashira will have no choice but to send in the Daihyousha to settle things and stop both Bloodlust and Watatsumi, this is Kashira's final decision, leaving the Shinigami high council only speechless and nodding towards the final decision of their leader whilst leaving Susanoo, Amaterasu and Genbu gritting their teeth whilst Suzaku, Seiryu, Byakko, Tsukuyomi and Jiraiya merely agree with Kashira's decision, all of them having closed eyes and folded arms, things did not seem to be looking up for our heroes back in the real world, not looking up whatsoever... Gami shouts out to Shini and Nezumi, saying that if things are this dire then they should free her and get all the help they will need in stopping Bloodlust, however, Shini disagrees, knowing that Gami will immediately go after Akira first so that she can put an end to him, Gami merely tchs upon Shini realizing her true goal, it is then that Nezumi says to Shini that by guessing from the circumstances, it will be placed upon both Shini and Gami to capture Bloodlust without the Shinigami high council needing to say anything, Shini agrees and believes that despite the matter going on with Watatsumi, Shini himself will have to deal with Bloodlust alone, not wanting to involve Akira in the matter, as he has already been involved far too much, Gami scoffs at this and wonders once more just why, just why does Shini stick up for Akira and Shini says to Gami that it is because of three reasons, one, he has involved Akira in this matter and by Shini's code of honour, he must do whatever he can to assure that Akira doesn't get hurt anymore then he already has and the last two reasons Shini says is quite simple, the 1st one is just like Akira said beforehand, both he and Shini are partners and the 2nd and final reason why Shini sticks up for Akira Gami probably won't understand since she is a pure blooded Shinigami is because...Shini and Akira are friends, sure they may very well not be the best and/or good, heck even the greatest of friends but nevertheless, despite having just met one another just very recently, Shini considers Akira the 1st real friend that the former has ever had in his entire life, even when he was in the spiritual world, Gami is shocked by this and grits her teeth, thinking to herself why? just...why? as a tear falls down her right eye, something that Nezumi notices and is shocked by, however, the Rat God proceeds to shrug it off and say to Shini what will he do now? will they continue investigating into Watatsumi or track down Bloodlust? Shini says that the momentary plan of action for now is to continue their search for Watatsumi by getting Shini inducted into the Crouching Tigers of Wakaba by Tora Ryojisuke, its leader and then once having entered the group, Shini can then approach Tora's 2nd in command Kubo Uehara and question him on his possible connection to Watatsumi, by doing this, both Bloodlust himself and maybe even Watatsumi may very well possibly reveal themselves right out into the open and then, as Shini puts it, they can kill two or three birds with one stone, although Nezumi doesn't really like the idea, he nevertheless goes along with it, seeing the authenticity in that plan, Gami calls Shini a fool, planning to take on a suicide mission like that all by himself, he will most surely die from all of that involved, he should untie Gami and have her help Shini but Shini refuses, not wanting to endanger a fellow Shinigami's life like that, however, Gami takes that, as an insult to her Shinigami pride, it is the mission that they always live for and if they don't fulfill their mission, what is the point, the sake of having their Shinigami pride, she asks Shini whats him so different from her? its not because of gender, Gami knows that much so why is Shini willing to do this, he answers that it is for the safety both for and of the people of Wakaba that Shini capture both Watatsumi and Bloodlust, even if he has to do it all on his own, plus, due to his code of honour, he is returning the debt, as he puts it to Akira, for all that he has done in his contributions and that he must live, for the sake of his loved ones, especially the girl Hoshi, who Shini met before, Gami is once yet again shocked by Shini's words but at this point, decides not to question and/or even think about everything anymore, knowing that this is who Shini truly, honestly is and what he intends to do from this point onwards, he is no longer the soulless Shinigami that Gami once knew, took pride in knowing and had even respected him and because of his recent actions, Gami now just treats Shini with pity and no longer has any respect for him whatsoever, believing that he has both abandoned and betrayed his Shinigami clan's laws and even the clan itself, Gami swears to herself that by the law of the clan of the Shinigami, her name being Shinigami itself, she will kill Shini once she is free, she will strike down both him and Akira, as well, as all those related to Akira, believing that there was no return from this point and that the only course of action she could take, as in her mind a respectable Shinigami herself, is to put Shini out of his misery and free him from the shackles that are emotions themselves, forevermore, in other-words, she believes that she will grant him a both quick and painless death, as that is the only thing that she can do for the fellow Shinigami she once respected so very long ago.