Episode #1: "Kaleidoscope"
Midnight in a nameless swamp. Eight men fight a terrible and desperate battle
against an unearthly host. Eight men of strength and valor unequaled.
In 1457, in the Awa territory of Japan. The ford of Awa, Yshizane Satomi and his clan
are trapped within their besieged castle; surrounded by the army of Kagetsura Anzai.
Neither food nor fuel are to be found in the castle filled with the dead and dying.
Murmuring his last despair to heaven, Yoshizane muses that if any could bring back
the head of their enemy they would have his daughter, the Princess Fuse for a bride. No one hears, except the bare walls and
Yoshizane's dog, Yatsufusa. But that is enough, as that night, Yatsufusa steals into
the enemy camp, and in the morning returns to lay Kagetsura's head at the feet of
The Satomi clan is saved, but Yoshizane is forced to keep his bargain, marrying
Princess Fuse to the beast. In shame, Fuse accompanies Yatsufusa to a solitary
existence in the mountains. When she discovers she is pregnant, Fuse prays for
Daisuke Kanawa, one of Satomi clan's greatest warriors and the fiance of the Princess,
thought killed by Kagetsura, returns after a long journey to Castle Satomi. Learning of
his bride-to-be's sad fate, Kanawa journeys into the mountains to kill Yatsufusa. He
succeeds, but inadvertently slays Fuse as well. With her final words, Fuse tells
Kanawa that he is not to blame for her death, that she has been possessed by the
vengeful spirit of Tamazusa, killed years before by Yoshizane, whose machinations
have caused the tragedies which have befallen the Satomi clan. She begs Kanawa to
somehow save her family from the destruction that has come upon them. With Fuse's
death, the chain of eight beads hung from her neck scatter and disappear into the sky.