(Japan / Japon)
The Meiji Restoration (ushered in by the Toba-Foshima battle during the Boshin War, 1868) allowed Japan to transform from a feudal to a modern industrial nation. It was at this moment that the ruthless assassin Battousai decides to abandon his blood-soaked past to seek peace and justice. His abandoned sword is picked up by a malevolent and mysterious new owner. Ten years later, after wandering the countryside, he settles at a swordsmanship training school run by Kaoru. His quest for peace is shattered when a young woman with a secret recipe for Opium escapes a ruthless crime boss, Takeda.