For Manji, even the gift of death is not welcome when given at the wrong time by the wrong man. Shizuma Eikuu, a mysterious monk challenges Manji. He shares Manji's curse of eternal life, and he fights with a special poison that can even kill the worms that hold Manji together. But even that is no match for the posion that lives in the human heart. The latest Ittou-Ryuu challenger is the most troubled of them all, and this makes her the strongest one-on-one fighter Manji has ever seen.