Guren tosses a white energy dragon at Seimei.
Guren: Flaming Dragons! Now that I have left the party and become an opponent, my level has increased to 99!
Suzaku: We won’t give up! Screen Time Slash!
Taiin: Useless Wind Vortex!
Rikugou: Pointless Spear Waving!
Between them, the party are able to defend themselves, but only just.
Guren: This body burns with the heat of passion- nothing shall stop me!
Crow: Gwakaka, everything is going to plan! Now, Kazane, come over here!
Rikugou: Don’t do it, Kazane! You have the character design of a person who will eventually turn to the side of good.
Kazane: I’m sorry, but I have to foolishly follow the path of evil for a little while longer.
Kazane renders Nagako unconscious and heads towards Guren and the crow.
Crow: That’s it, come over here and attack Seimei, the villain who cause your father to die and your mother to disappear- or was it the other way round?
Rikugou: That’s not true!
Crow: Now, now, who’s more likely to be telling the truth- the righteous heroes, or a suspicious and evil two-headed crow?
Rikugou throws his spear, slicing the second head off the crow.
Kazane starts glowing with destined power, causing the giant spider to appear and stop Guren.
Suzaku: Good old deus ex machina- it never gets old.
The spider approaches Kazane.
Spider: In a convenient and entirely predictable plot twist, you are the daughter of the Chigaeshi no Miko- the very person needed to seal up the underworld!
Guren attacks again, burning the giant spider.
Guren: I hate spiders!
Spider: Even though I easily bested you moments before, your flames have suddenly become too strong for me! Final Attack- Curse Breaker!
The spider gives its life to dispel the cursed zone, enabling the hero party to escape. They are teleported to Kifune by Takao no Kami.
Takao no Kami: I probably could have done this anytime, but where would be the fun in that?
(Seimei: This could be my chance to score with a beautiful lady- and a god at that.)
Seimei: Taiin, use your wind to send everyone home- I’d like to talk to Takao in private.
Unfortunately, the giant centipede is still there to chaperone them.
(Seimei: Damn, I guess we’ll only be talking about plot matters after all.)
Takao: This isn’t good- our enemy has Guren and Kazane, the two keys needed to open up the underworld. Seimei, we need your help in stopping him.
Seimei: In a main character-like role? I am so there!
By the next day, Akiko and Nagako have recovered, but Masahiro has only just awakened.
Masahiro: I had a terrible dream- Mokkun left me and Grandpa became the main character!
Whilst Seimei confers with the Shinshou, Chishiki no Guuji paces around his villain’s lair.
Chishiki no Guuji: Gwakaka, everything is going to plan! Nothing can stop me now!
To be continued…