The start of a new story arc, as "The Sparrow Net" begins! Hyakurin, disturbed by her recent encounter with Giichi, takes a break to drink and cry on a stranger's shoulder. Döa and Isaku have two surprise reunions. One will reinforce deep-seated beliefs and long-term goals. The other will have them fighting for their lives in the streets of Edo! Deep in an underground cell, Manji is imprisoned and tortured--all in the name of "modern Japanese medicine." Hiroaki Samura's hilarious "Biography" text piece continues, with exclusive pinups, and this issue features another color back cover by Stan Shaw that will link up with other covers to form an exciting, extended image!