“Storm and Stress / Shippū Dotō” (疾風怒涛)
Fuu, a waitress falls in bad situation of being intimidated by the village prefect’s son and his guards, begs the rakish warrior Mugen to help her. Across town, skilled ronin Jin kills the prefect’s bodyguards as they prepare to kill a peasant. Jin enters the restaurant, where Mugen mistakes him for the prefect’s elite bodyguards and seeking a worthy adversary, engages him in combat. One of the prefect’s son guards sets the restaurant on fire and it burns to the ground. The local authorities capture both Mugen and Jin, who were knocked unconscious by coal gas, and sentence them to death. After escaping their execution with some help from Fuu, she asks them to join her on a quest to find a mysterious man who smells of sunflowers.