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Takaya Oge believes himself to be haunted by the ghosts of ancient warriors and keeps seeing people surrounded by a strange aura of purplish flames. A mysterious man, Nobutsuna Naoe, appears in his room and saves him from the visions; he claims to be a reincarnated warlord from Japan's civil war era, and says that Takaya and others like him are warrior spirits reborn in modern Tokyo-like Ikki Tousen, but not as silly. The Feudal Underworld is seeping into the modern world and threatens to repeat ancient clan battles and devastate the present; Takaya is one of those who can use his ancient powers to prevent this. Takaya doesn't remember his past life at first, but as his powers return he begins to recall the passionate and sometimes abusive relationship that he and Naoe once shared. This series is based on the popular novel series by Mizuna Kuwahara and 32-volume manga series by Shoko Hamada, which was stuffed with beautiful young men brooding mysteriously while calling up purple flames (the "blaze" of the title) that give them power to destroy objects and people by thought. It was followed in 2004 by the video series MoB: Rebels of the River Edge (HnS: Minagiwa no Hangyakusha) in which Takaya hunts down a rebel in Kyoto who deserted the clan and uncovers a 400-year-old tale of love and betrayal. V