Bantaro was cured by Shiro's mother. As things begin back to normal, Hajime appears and asks Shiro to join their clan; Shiro explains that he has no intentions of doing so, but Hajime reminds him that he knows Shiro has a longing to fight Jubei II and lea.
Mikage and her husband are requested to defeat Jubei II, they kidnap both Sai and Koinosuke in order to force Jiyu to give up the Eyepatch in exchange for the hostages. When Mikage puts on the Eyepatch, though, it starts burning her.
In order to release Jiyu from the burden of becoming Yagyu Jubei and being targeted by the Ryujoji, Shiro challenges her to a duel. Later, Jiyu meets a Ryujoji assassin, he explains their 300-year-old grudge and goal to her.