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Hotsuma

  • ...
  • The closed city of Shibuya... Hmm. Interesting choice.
  • He too must be one who walks the path of shadows.
  • ...
  • (But still, something feels odd.)
  • (All my investigations suggest this place is unstable, with mysterious connections to strange worlds. I shouldn't stay here long.)

(The building on the right of Hotsuma starts to emit a purple aura)

  • A fissure in space! Is something going to come out of it?

(The hole is torn into the building which becomes a portal, with Strider Hiryu popping out of it)

  • A... human?!

Hiryu

  • ...
  • This scenery seems familiar... Ah yes, this must be Japan. In the Earth's past.

Hotsuma

  • (The Earth's past?)
  • You! Who are you?

Hiryu

  • ...

Hotsuma

  • Kanji on your chest... I'm guessing you're not some monster from another dimension.

Hiryu

  • ...
  • ...Hiryu. And who are you? Are you from this era?

Hotsuma

  • Hotsuma. That's all you need to know.
  • Am I "from this era?" Are you implying that... That you've come from another time?

Hiryu

  • It's currently early in the 21st century. Am I correct?

Hotsuma

  • ...You are, yes.

Hiryu

  • Have you seen a suspicious woman? Someone in Chinese-style clothing, skilled in martial arts?

Hotsuma

  • I have not. This city is sealed off... It's just the two of us here.
  • I've seen records before of travelers who came from the past or the future. Am I to assume you're one of them?

Hiryu

  • To you, I come from the future. You can believe me or not; I don't much care.

Hotsuma

  • If so, then that enormous hole in the wall should lead to...

(The portal lights up again)

  • What in the...?!

Hiryu

  • ...Could it be her?

(Hibana comes out of the portal)

Hibana

  • ...

Hiryu

  • Apparently not. Who are you?

Hotsuma

  • That uniform... Are you a shinobi?

Hibana

  • Is this... Shibuya? Who are you people?
  • !

Hotsuma

  • Hm?

Hibana

Hotsuma

  • ...I had a feeling you had government ties.
  • My name is Hotsuma. I have done work for the Agency in the past.

Hibana

  • (Hotsuma! I just knew it... But what in the world is going on?)
  • ...
  • Where have you been hiding all this time? And that blade... Did you reconstruct it?

Hotsuma

  • (This woman... Have we met somewhere?)
  • I wasn't aware I had been hiding. And if it's Akujiki you're after, I have no intention of parting with it.
  • Akujiki is a dangerous blade. I can't entrust it to anyone besides myself.

Hibana

  • Akujiki... The cursed blade that devours men's souls, linchpin of the Ariake Seal...

Hotsuma

  • What? But how do you--?! Who are you?!

Hibana

  • ...Hibana. Just another shinobi the Agency makes use of.
  • About the sword... Yes, I've seen the Agency's files. It's held by the leader of the Oboro warrior clan, no?

Hotsuma

  • ...
  • (Hibana... The name is completely unfamiliar--and yet this woman appears to know me?)

Hiryu

  • Hotsuma... Bear in mind this woman may have come from another era.

Hotsuma

  • Good point. If what you say is true, then Shibuya is currently--

Hibana

  • Another era? Care to wipe off that smug look off your face and explain?

Hiryu

  • I suspect you come from a future soon after this current age. From your perspective, you would have traveled to the past.

Hibana

  • I'm... I'm in the past? I was just out on a mission, and now you say I've traveled through TIME?!

Hiryu

  • You asked where Hotsuma had been hiding. So, in your era, this man is no longer around, I take it.

Hotsuma

  • I'm not?

Hibana

  • ...

Hotsuma

  • I am aware of previous encounters with those who transcended time.
  • In particular, right here in Shibuya. I know you're disinclined to believe me, but...

Hibana

  • ...
  • ...I believe you. After all, you're standing right here in front of me.
  • And here it was supposed to be a simple mission... This is so not my day.

Hotsuma

  • (I see... An attempt to demonstrate her truthfulness by revealing her own face.)
  • All right, Hibana. Then I trust you as well.

Hibana

  • Thank you. That makes things easier.

Hiryu

  • It's best if we don't interfere with each other. We should both return to our own eras.

Hibana

  • Do we just jump back in? Is it that easy?

(The portal lights up again)

Hotsuma

  • Wait... Is something else coming through?!

(Natsu comes out of the portal)

Natsu

  • Eyaahh! What the heck?! This is messed up!
  • Well, THAT was wiggy. What on earth is that hole?
  • Ground and walls here made of stone... Where am I? And who are you?

Hibana

  • That's what we're wondering. Exactly who are you, and where did you come from?

Natsu

  • (Something's not right. Master said a shinobi should not reveal her name lightly...)

Hotsuma

  • She's got a sword. Hibana, does this girl work for the Shinobi Agency?

Hibana

  • That I don't know. I'll admit she doesn't look much like a shinobi, though.

Natsu

  • Hey, who asked you, sister?! Like you guys are any ones to talk!
  • Wait, are you all supposed to be ninja? What are you doing here? Who do you serve?

Hiryu

  • ...

Hibana

  • I'm not much for small talk.

Hotsuma

  • I'm not saying a word until I know who you are.

Natsu

  • Holy rice-cakes, why do ninja always gotta be such a drag?! Not that Master was any different, really.
  • Ugh! I'm Natsu of the Fu-Ma clan, trained in Musoh-Battoh-Ryu fighting style! Happy now?!

Hotsuma

  • Fu-Ma clan? Can't say I've heard of it.

Hibana

  • Musoh-Battoh-Ryu? I think I've seen that before... In some very ancient records.

Hiryu

  • Fu-Ma Village, Musoh-Battoh-Ryu. You've come from the past, haven't you?

Natsu

  • The past? You OK, mister? I came from this morning, just like you.

Hibana

  • Hiryu. Do you have a hunch?

Hiryu

  • I met someone similar once, on a past mission. She came from before the year 1600.

Hotsuma

  • You're saying this shinobi girl might have come from over 400 years in the past?

Natsu

  • Whoa, whoa, is anyone gonna talk in a language I can understand?
  • Hold on. Someone from Fu-Ma Village, who knows the ways of Musoh-Battoh-Ryu, who's not me...
  • (Wait?! Could he mean...?!)
  • Your name's Hiryu, right? Tell me everything you know about that woman!
  • My master went missing, and I'm looking for her!

Hiryu

  • The shinobi I met returned to her own world. I have no reason to believe she's here.

Natsu

  • So I missed her... Crap.
  • So, lemme guess, you all warped here through time too? How do we get back, then?

Hotsuma

  • I'm from here, so I'm fine.

Hibana

  • ...

Hiryu

  • ...

Natsu

  • You don't know how?! Are you fricking SERIOUS?!

(The camera pans to the intersection with Akira and Kage Maru arriving there)

Kage Maru

  • This is the spot, Akira.

Akira

  • Is this really where you set up the meeting, Kage Maru?
  • Shibuya's sealed off. You can't exactly just waltz in here whenever you feel like it.

Kage Maru

  • Akira. We're meeting with the leader of a combat unit with ties to the government...
  • For someone like that, steps such as these are expected.

Akira

  • Still, is it OK to bring me along to a place like this?

Kage Maru

  • You've fought that metal thing in battle before. You're no simple bystander.

Akira

  • You mean the combat cyborg, Dural?

Kage Maru

  • V-Dural, to be precise. Not quite the same as the real Dural.

Akira

  • Not the real Dural? What do you mean?

Kage Maru

  • ...
  • We'll save that talk for later. Our first priority is tracking our targets down.

Akira

  • Understood. So... Who exactly are we meeting?

Kage Maru

  • A modern-day ninja like myself. Quiet and reserved, but exceptionally skilled.

Natsu

  • Come on, you nutballs! How'm I gonna know what's going on if you won't TALK to me?!
  • You seriously don't know the way back? Are you incompetent or just stubborn?!

Kage Maru

  • ...

Akira

  • Quiet and reserved, huh?

Kage Maru

  • The person we're meeting is a man.

Akira

  • So what, did he bring his girlfriend? We better check this out.

(Akira and Kage Maru walk towards the other ninjas)

Natsu

  • C'mon! You just jump back in, right? What are you waiting for?!

Hotsuma

  • The near future, the distant future, hundreds of years in the past... We know this portal connects to a variety of time periods.

Hibana

  • How exactly are you planning to get back to the era you come from, Natsu?

Hiryu

  • It's not like we have equipment here that'll let us set the destination.

Natsu

  • Argh, I don't know what you're talking about, but I'm sick of it!

Akira

  • ...There seems to be some kind of dispute.
  • Ninja, ninja, ninja... Kage Maru, are ALL of these people ninja?

Kage Maru

  • ...

Hibana

  • Who's there?

Natsu

  • Oh good! FINALLY someone who looks like a proper ninja.

Kage Maru

  • I have business with Hotsuma, leader of the Oboro clan.

Hotsuma

  • Are you Kage Maru of the Hagakure?

Kage Maru

  • I am. I thought you said you were coming alone.

Hotsuma

  • That was the plan, yes. Perhaps I'd better explain what's going on.

Akira

  • Oh boy, I've got a bad feeling about this...

(Hotsuma explains what's going on)

Kage Maru

  • You're saying you all arrived in Shibuya from various times in the past and future? Am I expected to believe that?

Hiryu

  • It's the simple truth.

Akira

  • I believe you, actually.
  • I was caught up once in a similar battle. The past, the future, even alternate dimensions were involved.

Natsu

  • You know, that sounds an awful lot like something my master mentioned happened to her...

Kage Maru

  • Hotsuma, what's your plan?

Hotsuma

  • I probably ought to report this to the Shinobi Agency.

Hibana

  • The Agency, huh? I'm not on the same timeline, so maybe it's best I don't get involved.

Akira

  • If we're talking government agencies, how about Shinra? They helped out with a battle of ours a while back.

Hotsuma

  • The special ops unit that deals with supernatural phenomena? Come to think of it, this might be right up their alley.

Hiryu

  • Hm? Hold on! The portal is looking a bit... strange.

(Solo comes out of the portal)

Solo

  • ...

Akira

  • What? A... robot?

Solo

  • Strider Hiryu detected. Target will be obliterated.

Hibana

  • Strider? Hiryu, is this metal man here your friend? He seems to have it in for you.

Hiryu

  • Solo the assassin. He used to serve under a man called Meio.

Hotsuma

  • Looks like he followed you here.

Natsu

  • So does that mean right now the hole is connected to Hiryu's era?

Hiryu

  • ... Most likely.

Kage Maru

  • Huh? Something else is coming!

(Two Kyokashinobi Oozutsu and three Kyokashinobi Kusa appear)

Akira

  • More ninja? Is it Ninja Day today?

Hibana

Hiryu

  • There's no longer any doubt. This portal is connected to each of our worlds.

Natsu

  • Then let's quit dawdling and finish 'em off while it's still connected!

Hotsuma

  • Yes. What I have to do is clear. My mission starts now.

After defeating Solo[]

Solo

  • Cannot complete mission. Retreating now.

(Solo leaves)

Kage Maru

  • Where'd he go?

Akira

  • He jumped into that big hole in the building. Wait, so if you went and followed him...

Hiryu

  • I'd return to my own time?

Outro[]

Hiryu

  • I'm going in after Solo.

Hotsuma

  • It's true that right now you'd likely be able to return to your own era.

Hibana

  • Who knows when this hole will close... I'm going too. I still have a mission to complete.

Akira

  • Natsu, what's your plan? You're the only one who came from the past... Right?

Natsu

  • I guess? I'm not really understanding all of this, but... Well, whatever happens, happens.

Kage Maru

  • Let the current take you, and truth will find you.

Hiryu

  • I'll go first.

Hotsuma

  • All right then. So long, Hiryu.

Hiryu

  • Farewell.

(Hiryu enters the portal)

Natsu

  • Oh, crap, that's right! I was gonna talk to Hiryu about something!

Kage Maru

  • ...What?

Natsu

  • I need to ask more about that shinobi from Fu-Ma Village he said he met.
  • Right! I'm outta here too. See ya!
  • Hiryu! Wait for me!

(Natsu enters the portal)

Hibana

  • Phew... Well, she's a party and a half. Anyway, I'm off as well.

Hotsuma

  • It might be best if neither of us reports this incident to the Agency.

Hibana

  • You may be right.
  • ...
  • Just one word of advice. That cursed sword of yours, Akujiki... I think it's best you keep ahold of it.

Hotsuma

  • I hadn't planned on giving it up. Is there something you're trying to say, Hibana?

Hibana

  • No, nothing. Goodbye, clan leader.

(Hibana enters the portal)

Kage Maru

  • That shinobi... Just what was she trying to tell you, Hotsuma?

Hotsuma

  • I couldn't say.
  • (Something about me in the future? And Akujiki?)

Akira

  • Huh?! Look, quick!

(The portal closes and the hole in the building undoes itself)

Kage Maru

  • So the road connecting the past and the future has closed.

Hotsuma

  • It's for the best.

Akira

  • I'll admit, I didn't expect this when I got up this morning. Anyway, back to business.

Kage Maru

  • Very well, Hotsuma. I wish to speak with you about Dural.

Hotsuma

  • ...
  • She's a cyborg formerly used by S.I.N., a division of the criminal organization Shadaloo.
  • She was provided to them by J6... Are you following all this?

Akira

  • Yeah, and it looks like they went ahead with mass production. I fought a whole bunch of 'em.

Kage Maru

  • S.I.N.'s leader has gone missing... And I hear someone's snatched up all the existing Dural models.

Hotsuma

  • I have intel saying they were loaded onto a ship... One that's already left port.
  • The Queen Zenobia... Sources say it's resting on the bottom of the ocean.

Kage Maru

  • ...

Hotsuma

  • That's all I report to you of this matter.

Kage Maru

  • I'm grateful for your help, Hotsuma.

Hotsuma

  • Not at all; I'm in the Hagakure clan's debt. But I will say this: Don't throw your life away unnecessarily.
  • Akira Yuki, if you want to remain a simple fighter, it's best you not get involved.

Akira

  • Dural is my business too. I've fought her before. Remember?
  • The Zenobia... That ship has already set sail, in more ways than one. There's no turning back for me now.

Hotsuma

  • ...I see. In that case, I have nothing else to say.

Kage Maru

  • Hotsuma, thank you again. Akira. Let's be on our way.

Akira

  • OK. See you, Hotsuma.

Hotsuma

  • Best of luck to you.

(Akira and Kage Maru leave)

  • I really ought to look further into this strange incident in Shibuya.
  • As Akira suggested, perhaps I'll ask for help from that special ops unit, Shinra.

(Three flashes occur around Hotsuma)

  • Ahh!
  • Wh-What?! This power...
  • Could this be a "rift"?! So the incident just now really was--
  • Rgh!

(Hotsuma disappears)


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