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Opening theme: Itooshii Hito no Tame Ni
Ending theme: Tokimeki no Doukasen
Title: Wolf in the Fortress (Toride no Okami )
|Wolf in the fortress|
Toride no Okami
Miaka tells Hotohori and Nuriko to stay still and will check if any of the Mt. Reikaku bandits have marks on their bodies. Miaka is then kidnapped by a group of bandits and is nearly raped by the bandit leader, Eiken. Hotohori and Nuriko rescue Miaka and force the bandit to tell them of the Suzaku Warrior among the bandits, and he is tortured by Nuriko until he tells them that it is Tasuki . However, just before Eiken can tell them who Tasuki was, Miaka is carried off by a young man whom Eiken calls Genrō and who escapes using talismans that summoned phantom wolves.
Genrō brings Miaka to a secret place, where they are soon joined by Kouji , Genrō's fellow bandit, and best friend. Miaka learns that Genrō was supposed to be the leader of the bandits, and she promises to help them if in return they will help her find Tasuki.
They fight with the rest of the bandits, and soon Tamahome mysteriously appears to help them, and he wins. Genrō finally becomes what he was meant to be – the bandits' leader – and attains the tessen, a magical fan that emitted fire through a spell, "Rekka Shinen". Miaka approaches Tamahome, but Tamahome vanishes into thin air, and Miaka is sad to learn that he was only a phantom, summoned by one of Genrō's talismans on which Miaka herself had written Tamahome's name.