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Gabimaru the Hollow, a former ninja assassin of Iwagakure who is known and feared as a heartless husk of a man, spends his days on death row wondering when an executioner skilled enough to so much as harm him will arrive, as he thinks nothing of seeing an end to his meaningless existence... Or so he thought. After a skilled female executioner belonging to the Yamada clan by the name of Yamada Asaemon Sagiri confronts him, she makes the young ninja open his eyes to the fact that he wants live in order to reunite with his wife and offers him a proposition: if he ever wishes to see his beloved wife again, he is, under the auspices of the shogunate, to embark on a perilous voyage to a mysterious mystic island said to house the Elixir of Life. Should he be the one among many rival death-row fiends and scoundrels to find the elixir and return with it for the shogun, he will earn a full exoneration, and, more importantly, a chance at an ordinary married life with the light of his life--the woman who made the world seem not so ugly. Gabimaru gladly accepts the task but soon finds out that he has recieved more than what he bargained for. Is what awaiting him and the other contenders Hell? Paradise? Or Hell's Paradise?
Rien reclaims the Elixir of Life after finding it lying next to the defeated Shugen. She then wonders as to why he had it on him but quickly dismisses the question after having it back in her hands. With the elixir returned, Rien sees that all that is left to do is put her faith in the Paradise Butterflies and becomes happy to know that her dream will soon come true. As things were going well in her favor, the puppet starts to feel its body suffering due to the real Rien's Tao and control starting to lessen. With time running short, Rien hopes that she reaches Japan soon. Meanwhile on deck, Gantetsusai finds Shugen unconscious and starts to wonder as to why his severed arm is not bleeding. Shugen then wakes up badly injured and sees Gantetsusai standing right in front of him without Fuchi by his side but soon remembers as to why this was not the case. Gantetsusai tells Shugen that he was glad that he managed to wake up, since it would not feel right to cut him while he was still down, and prepares to swing his sword down on him.
With the Zhu Jin-fused Banko becoming a problem in their plans to escape the island, the remaining surviving criminals and Asaemons from the first team ally with Yamada Asaemon Isuzu, Yamada Asaemon Kiyomaru, and Yamada Asaemon Jikka in order to destroy the monster and proceed their way to the floodgates. As stated by Mei, the group must pair up with the person with the right Tao attribute for strengthening and destroy the monster's five elemental tandens scattered around the palace simultaneously before they suffer the risk of Arborification around morning. However, each duo are met with a hinderance after the tandens create clones of the members of Lord Tensen to fight them off. Meanwhile, Gabimaru and Sagiri face a more troublesome matter after Shija approaches them with the drive to fight Gabimaru to the death. Gabimaru finds himself in a tight spot against the shinobi but manages to unlock the strength to stand up to them once again after being reassured of something very important.
After Gabimaru manages to persuade Gantetsusai and Fuchi into joining forces with him, he becomes shocked to see that Mei has grown and is now able to slightly talk. Each of the survivors then come to learn about the power known as Tao and how Lord Tensen are true masters at wielding it. Chōbē and Tōma manage to escape the pit they were dropped into but are approached by a Dōshi sent by Lord Tensen. Chōbē defeats the Dōshi after awakening his Tao and gaining regeneration powers from his time down in the pit. Gabimaru's group also comes into contact with twoDōshi who reveals that Mei is similar to Lord Tensen and desire to take her back to Hōrai in order to complete their Tao training. Gabimaru refuses to allow the Dōshi to take her and manages to defeat them after having his Tao awaken with Mei's help. However, Gabimaru falls unconscious as an after effect of his firsthand experience using Tao. After arriving at Hōrai, Sagiri's group comes face to face with a member of Lord Tensen named Mu Dan who has come to eliminate them. Meanwhile in Edo, Yamada Asaemon Shugen, Yamada Asaemon Jikka, and twoothers are tasked by the shogun to depart to the island along with a band of Iwagakure shinobi to speed up the process of gaining the Elixir of Life.
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