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|Rōmaji||Arata naru Tatakai! Tobikonde kita Nazo no Bijo|
|English Title||A New Battle! The Mysterious Beauty From Nowhere|
|Air Date||February 28, 1996|
March 26, 2003 (US)
A New Battle! The Mysterious Beauty From Nowhere is the eighth episode of the Rurouni Kenshin anime series.
PlotEditA mysterious woman, later identified as Takani Megumi, is running away from two people that are chasing her. Meanwhile, Sano is gambling with his friends, Ginji and Tomo, seeking Kenshin's advice while doing so. However he is constantly losing each game he plays. Despite this, he seems to be in a good mood, until he is told that a friend of his named Yoita passed away. He learns from Ginji, that Yoita died as a result of opium, which he was misled into believing was beneficial for him and by the time he realized what he had taken into his body, it was too late.
The woman running away in the beginning suddenly appears in the house where Sano and his friends were gambling. She notices Kenshin's sword lying next to him and jumps towards him, embracing him and asking for his help. The two men chasing her also appear and identify her as Megumi. One of them tries to capture her, but is easily tossed aside by Sano (who is in an especially bad mood, after learning of Yoita's fate). It is learned that these two are henchmen for an underground criminal, named Takeda Kanryū. Megumi is asked why they are after her and she claims to have no knowledge of what they are after.
Back at the Kamiya Dojo, Kamiya Kaoru and Myōjin Yahiko continue training. Kenshin and Sano return home with Megumi and Kaoru is not too happy to see her, especially after she begins flirting with Kenshin right in front of her, calling him "Ken San" and "handsome" in a sensual tone. This causes Kaoru to start beating up Kenshin to a pulp, despite the fact that he didn't do anything. Megumi is surprised by Kaoru's rash and unlady like behavior. Kaoru asks her about her association with Kenshin and she simply says that Kenshin is important to her and will protect her. Megumi then asks her the same question, only Kaoru is dumbstruck. Megumi doubts that a little "sweaty" dojo girl like her can be Kenshin's lover. Megumi then starts holding Kenshin in a sensual manner, asking him whether or not he prefers her to Kaoru. This completely enrages Kaoru.
During that incident, Kenshin noticed someone spying on them (Han'nya).
Back in the Dojo, Megumi informs Kenshin of Kanryu, saying that he has 60 bodyguards and separate from them are the his most dangerous associates, the Okashira's soldiers. She tells Kenshin that these soldiers are distinct from his other bodyguards and are members of the Oniwabanshū, defenders of the Edo Castle, a group that gave command to a 15 year old prodegy named Shinomori Aoshi (the Okashira), just before the Bakumatsu. Megumi thinks to herself that if the Oniwabanshu pursues her, even Kenshin won't be able to help her and that she must escape somewhere else soon.
Kenshin then asks Megumi why Kanryu is so bent on finding her, but she refuses to answer him, saying that it is none of his business. Meanwhile, Kaoru attempts to eavesdrop on their conversation, however Sano notices this and reprimands her, saying that her position as Shihandai (assistant master) of the Kamiya Kasshin-ryū has been dampened. She tries to make excuses, saying that she only wants to know what is happening since Kenshin and Megumi have been spending all night together in a single room.
Kenshin then comes out of the room and tells Kaoru and Sano that they are dealing with the Oniwabanshu, who are probably already aware of Megumi's location. Kenshin tells Kaoru that there will most likely be trouble ahead, but that she can be assured that he will protect her. Yahiko, who has been hiding underneath the floor of the Dojo the entire time, suddenly appears and says that now that he knows what's going on, he wants to get in on the action too, saying that he too is part of the Kenshin-gumi (i.e. Kenshin group, a term he just coined).
Preview Hyottoko appears out of nowhere and breaks through the Dojo's surrounding wall. He confirms that he is among the Oniwabanshu and commands the group to return Megumi. Sano tells Kenshin to leave Hyottoko to him and although Kenshin advises him to be weary, because the opponents are members of the Oniwabanshu. Sano says that no matter what the challenge is, he refuses to back down. He then attacks Hyottoko with a punch straight in the gut, but the latter simply laughs, grabs Sano and breathes fire on him. Sano barely manages to escape. Hyottoko is impressed but says that he won't be able to survive a second round. Beshimi is watching the encounter nearby.
Kenshin then jumps into the fight, saying that Hyottoko's attack is merely a childish trick that won't affect him in the least. This angers Hyottoko, who attacks Kenshin, but Kenshin blocks off the attack by spinning his sword around extremely quickly in the face of the flame, preventing the it from reaching him. Meanwhile, Megumi, who is seeing the battle, attempts to make her escape, but is caught by Kaoru, who tells her how shameful her action is, i.e. abandoning those who are protecting her. Megumi says that the Oniwabanshu will have no mercy on even women and children and that Kaoru too, should save her own life while she has the change. Kaoru refuses, saying that no matter who the enemy, Kenshin will always keep his promise to protect her. On the battlefield, Hyottoko's flame runs out and Kenshin remains unaffected by it, to the former's surprise.
Sano then returns, saying that this is his battle and he wants to battle Hyottoko himself without help. Hyottoko, meanwhile has drank a gallon of oil and is once again able to use his fire technique. Sano charges straight towards him. Kenshin notes that a straight-forward attack is a lot wiser than backing away, since this reduces the risk of being affected by the flame. Sano punches Hyottoko right into the mouth and the latter is hurt badly, but punches him right back in the face. Hyottoko regurgitates out all of the oil, due to the punch. Sano then finishes off Hyottoko with a hard kick right to the face.
Megumi is stunned by how powerful both Kenshin and Sano were and asks who they are. Kaoru says that they are her close comrades. Yahiko says that he is among them too. Beshimi, who is nearby, is angered by Hyottoko's defeat and decides to finish off Megumi right there for causing him all that trouble, regardless of Kanryu's orders to bring her back alive. As he fires his poison darts towards Megumi, Kenshin notices it and Yahiko quickly jumps in the way, causing him to be struck on the arm. Kaoru tends to him, but he says that it is nothing he can't handle before suddenly collapsing on her.
Beshimi is angered that he missed his chance, but comes out into the open, saying that the kid (i.e. Yahiko) had it coming for interfering and that he'll be dead within one hour. He then says that he'll kill all of them right there, starting with the swordsman (i.e. Kenshin). Kenshin then attacks him from above, knocking him out and almost simultaneously, Han'nya appears out of nowhere, grabbing his comrades and making his escape, after telling Kenshin that he is surprised by his skills and is looking forward to challenging him in the near future. Kenshin realizes that Han'nya too is a very skilled warrior.
Right afterwards, Kaoru is about to suck the poison out of Yahiko's arm, but is stopped by Megumi, who tells her that sucking poison out of the wound causes infections and that such an ailment cannot be treated by an ordinary person. She analyzes Yahiko's conditions and says that the poison is from a thorn apple, thereby ordering Kenshin and the others to bring her specific ingredients neccessary to cure the poison.
She then picks up Yahiko, bringing him back inside the dojo but as she does leaves, three mysterious tiny packets drop from her pocket, which are picked up by Sano. He has a taste and realizes that it is opium. Sano is disturbed by this and begins to suspect Megumi. Back in the Dojo, Yahiko continues to suffer and is being watched over by Megumi, Kenshin and Sano, as Kaoru runs to buy the medicine Megumi ordered.
Differences between the Manga and anime:
- In the manga, Kenshin's advice to Sano results in him constantly winning gambles, in contrast to the anime, whre it results in him constantly losing.
- In the manga, Kaoru beats up Kenshin because she believes he won Megumi as a gambling prize (a result of Sano's suggestion to keep the truth from her), whereas in the anime she simply beats him up, after seeing Megumi flirt with him.
- Kenshin has a little scuffle with Han'nya in the manga, before the latter makes his escape. In the anime, however, Han'nya simply commends Kenshin's skills, before escaping immediately.