Kyoto, the old Capital of Japan, a place of culture, art and history, mysterious things lurk and roam. Ghost of the past, demons and monsters, yet most of them are kept in bay by the Japanese Hidden World Affairs Bureau, but sometimes not even them can cover the whole country alone and have to outsource their work, most of the time of the Bounty Hunter Association’s Yatagarasu Branch. This is one of these occasions as a group of mischievous Tanuki have taken human form an attacked a bank, only stealing gold, regular police can’t handle them and the JHWAB agents are too busy to capture them. The Bureau posted a bounty on this gang, known as the Kintama Sentai, 4 Tanuki with strength, speed and durability over the human average, not to mention their powers of levitation and shape shifting, capable of bluffing the most advanced technology of the Mundane World. Let’s see what they are up to, shall we?
-HAHAHAHA! Ichigo you totally peeked under that cashier skirt didn’t you?- A Japanese man with bleached hair and blue hoodie laughed at another one a bit larger than him, with black hair and red hoodie.- Shut the hell up Nigo, who the hell do you think I am? You, but Santa totally checked her out, I saw him.- The Red Hoodie one, Ichigo, pointed at another of the four running over Kyoto’s skyline, one with black and purple hair with and a loose green Hoodie. –I would never do something so unrefined, which is Nigo’s area of expertise. - The Blue Hooded one, Nigo, shouted at him. –I take offense to that, I wouldn’t be so crude. I’m a gentleman. - The last one, with a golden hoodie and the largest in size, porting a buzz cut roared at the others. –SHADDAP Greenhorns! I can’t stand yer stupid whining, we need to go back to our temple before those JHWAB dogs get here. - The other three lowered their heads and replied. –Yes Shikin-onisan, sorry Shikin-onisan.-
The 4 Kintama brothers stopped in a new building rooftop to scan the area for possible pursuers, each one taking a side while regaining their breath, as they mostly levitated in their real forms running was a bit tiresome even if they were stronger than the regular humans. Ichigo took the word, he turned around giving his back to the ledge and called them out, and all of them did the same. –I think we are good, we don’t have anybody behind us.- As he said that a sudden red blur passed behind him upwards to the sky, Nigo, Santa and Shikin gasped and all looked up as somebody was blocking the sun and his shadowy silhouette landed in between the 4 brothers with his crimson cloak waving with the wind. –HUH!?- The quartet of crooks shouted surprised by the sudden apparition of Callis Nomene, the Beast Knight, with his worn out jacket and pants, battle scarred armor and both swords unsheathed, ready to fight.
-Who the hell is this guy? He ain’t a member a dog of the Bureau, I would know him if he was.- Shikin roared to his brothers as all of them got ready to attack, Ichigo was the first to charge. –We are 4 vs 1, who cares who this guy is! We can take him!- The red hooded Tanuki charged forward in his human body and threw a punch at the back of the Knight’s head, but when his punch arrived to its intended destination Callis wasn’t there anymore. Curled under the punch and the massive frame of the second largest Tanuki disguised as human he launched a kick from an impossible stance, thanks to his inhuman agility and flexibility, connecting his heel deep into Ichigo’s gut. The Red Hooded Tanuki bent over in pain as his brothers, Nigo and Santa charged towards the Knight. Nigo turned his arm into a blade and charged forward, while Santa took a gun from his hoodie and started shooting at Callis.
-You’re going down blondie! - Nigo launched a series of slashes but Callis, with his arms stuck to his sides moved like a ghost, passing besides the wide arcs with expert skill, the other Tanuki, with the Green Hoodie, started shooting, but the Beast Knight perceived his movements thanks to his enhanced senses and jumped over him with a massive back flip. The bullets intended to damage Callis reached Nigo that fell in the ground groaning in pain. The Lost Knight also felt pain, as the sound of the gunshots irritated his sensitive ears, yet he knew how to power through pain with conviction, something his opponent seem to lack. Santa noticed him landing behind him and immediately dropped to the ground and tried to kick Callis with a Windmill, a break dancing move retooled as a kick, but the Beast Knight predicted his movement and stopped it by stomping on the Tanuki’s spinning foot and then shifting his weight to keep the opponent pinned down finished with a kick to the chin.
The Knight released his opponent foot and faced Shikin, the largest of the Tanuki gang, who was waiting leaning into the wall. Callis didn’t seem to be even agitated after such violent and fast paced action. The Beast Knight took the word. –I’m sorry for the unnecessary violence, but I was defending myself, as you can see, I’m not attacking you because you didn’t attack me.- Shikin face got a hint of anger, but he contained it, as the mystery behind the newcomer identity was larger than his rage. –Who the hell are you, you don’t seem to be with the JHWAB or the BHA, I’ve never seen ya anywhere and you are clearly not human, so who are you swordsman? - Callis considered the inquiry valid and bowed. –I’m Callis Nomene, Royal Knight of Via, General of the Northern Armies and Regulus Australis Ensis. I’m enemy to those who break the law and ally to those who protect the innocent, native of the land of Centris. - Shikin was surprised upon that elaborate and strange presentation. –So you are a westerner aint you? What brings you to Kyoto?- Callis denied shrugging his head. –I’m not from the west, nor the east, south or north. And today I’m here to stop you, so please surrender or I’ll have to…..defend myself.- Callis looked around the rooftop indicating Shikin that a similar fate awaited him if they fought.
Shikin started laughing. –BWHAHAHAHAAHAHAH! You think I’m like them, I’m a tougher nut to crack Swordsman-san.- The oldest of the Tanuki brothers started to grow, breaking his clothing as he turned into a 3 mts humanoid, with reddish skin, horns and a single red eye glowing on his ogre-like face. Shikin had turned into an Oni and seemed to be a source of troubles for Callis, unless the Beast Knight got help. He took a stance with his swords ready for the fight, or at least to check his chances before an strategic retreat.