Plot > Summaries Anime Episodes > 1-5
1: The story begins with the big
and dark protagonist that, after getting into
a tavern, saves Colette ( a girl who probably
dwells nearby ) from four thugs. Gatsu fights
against these four men who work for Koca, lord
of the town. He kills three of them, and tells
the fourth to go and inform Koca about what happened.
The lord isn’t obviously very pleased, and
he decides to burn the entire village and slaughter
all the citizens: the mayor tries to persuade
him not to do such a massacre, Koca answers that
he wants to have fun and nobody is going to stop
him. The fight between Gatsu and Koca is inevitable.
They have an extremely violent duel. All of a
sudden, Koca transforms into a monster, similar
to a giant snake. The battle becomes a way harder
for Gatsu, but in the end he is able to prevail
on the monster, beating him thanks to his giant
sword and to a cannon hidden inside his mechanic-arm.
The black swordsman tortures Koca and asks him
about the God Hand. Koca answers that he doesn’t
know anything about them, and recognises a mysterious
brand on Gatsu’s neck. He dies soon after.
Episode 2: A very long flashback
about Gatsu’s youth begins with this episode.
Gatsu is still a child, doing the mercenary as
main job tu survive. He is indeed a very good
warrior, despite of the young age. A city is under
assault; Gatsu’s army is invading it. Gatsu
seems to be a fearless boy, and he is able to
defeat a strong enemy who was creating troubles
to his companions. After the end of the battle,
he leaves his group and starts travelling alone.
During the way though, he is suddenly attacked
by some guys who appear to be brigands riding
horses. Gatsu easily takes care of them. A girl
(good with the sword, but not as good as Gatsu)
and Grifis (leader of the people who attacked
him) engage a fight against him. The duel is very
short: Grifis hits Gatsu with his sword, but he
spares his life, since he’s been impressed
by Gatsu’s abilities in combat. Gatsu has
been seriously wounded, and he is brought at Grifis’
camp, where he is healed. Caska (the girl who
attacked him) is forced to take care of him while
he is unconscious. Two days after, Gatsu is able
to stand up. Grifis doesn’t waste any time,
and asks him to join his army, the Band of the
Hawks. Gatsu refuses, and he challenges Grifis
in a new duel, to conquer his freedom.