Sefuru reports back to Akram.
Akram: You fool! How dare you take the eight-stringed kin without my permission? Did you really think your puny intellect could devise a plan superior to my grand design?
Ikutidal: Let me handle Sefuru, Master; after all, I have played punishment games with him for years.
Akram: Do what you want. I have decided that it is time to bring the barely mentioned Ran into the plot.
A veiled woman suddenly appears in Kyou- could it possibly be Ran?
Ran moves through the town. She stops to magically heal a little boy’s bruised knee and transform it into a butterfly.
Generics: Wow, what amazing and useful powers! You must be the Ryuujin no Miko!
Flying high above, Kotengu sees what is happening.
Kotengu: If I report this back to Akane, I will be of some use to the plot! Farewell, comedy sidekick days!
Meanwhile, Tenma is searching for his sister.
(Tenma: I found a ring that looked like the one Ran had, so it is only logical that she was sucked into this world many years ago. If I can have her back, she can return to my harem.)
At the palace, Tomomasa and the emperor have just enjoyed some HARD GAY when Eisen arrives.
(Eisen: I shouldn’t feel guilty about taking other partners when my brother does it so openly.)
Emperor: It’s all right, Eisen, there’s no need to be shy; we could even have a threesome if you want. Now, let me see your destined gem.
Unfortunately, the Emperor cannot see the gem.
Emperor: Oh well, I guess I need to be a named character in order to see it. Anyway, Eisen, I have more important things to discuss with you. Now that you are a destined bishounen, have you developed any feelings for the Miko?
Eisen: Brother, how can you say such a thing? I will only ever have feelings for men.
Tomomasa: Eisen, it is okay to be BI- that way you can get the best of both worlds.
Eisen gets flustered.
(Eisen: These feelings for women, they are tempting me from the true path…)
Outside, Akane and Shimon talk.
Shimon: Akane, whilst everyone else was out doing something constructive, I was sitting at home and watching over you.
Inori: If you want someone to protect you, try a proper bishounen, not a loli shota.
Shimon: I may be completely useless, but I can still do my part in protecting Akane! My character-based episode will come along sooner or later!
Kotengu arrives and explains the situation. Akane, Kotengu, Inori and Shimon wander out into town.
Inori: Another Priestess? This sounds like a trap to me.
Shimon: You shouldn’t assume anything, Inori. After all, if a slavering monster starts ripping all your fingers off, he may not be evil- just misunderstood.
Inori: Like hell it is! Why are you even here, anyway, Useless Shota?
Shimon: Well, uh, I’ve been stuck in the manor for several episodes, so I thought I should come out and do something.
The group walks on, and meets up with Tenma.
Tenma: Akane, what are you doing out with other men?
Akane: We’re looking for the other Ryuujin no Miko.
Tenma: There’s another one? Does that make any sense with regards to the main plot?
Akane: Um, well…Convenient Sensing Powers!
Akane senses the presence of Ran, and turns around. Ran absorbs a butterfly and multiplies it into many butterflies of evil. As she does so, her veil drifts away, revealing her face.
Tenma: Ran! You are the person I know the best in the entire world, but I didn’t recognise you whilst your face was obscured!
As Ran disappears, Akane sinks to the ground.
Akane: I’m too weak…
(Tenma: Even if it means leaving Akane in the care of other men, I must not pass up this opportunity to get my beloved sister back.)
Tenma: Take Akane straight home whilst I randomly run around in the hopes of finding Ran!
Tenma runs off.
Akane: That girl, it almost looked as if she was in pain…
Inori: Hah, who cares about her? She had black hair, so she was clearly a demon, for all demons have blonde hair and blue eyes.
Takamichi and Yorihisa arrives.
Yorihisa: Miko-dono, are you okay?
Akane: Well, Shimon is pretty useless, but Inori can probably protect me with his Raging Hard-On siscon powers.
Takamichi: You should really be more careful. We haven’t identified the monster of the week yet, so it could appear from anywhere.
Meanwhile, Tenma has caught up with Ran.
Tenma: Ran, I’ve found you at last! Come here and let me give you a slap for being away so long.
(Ran: Oh no, I thought that I could get away from onii-chan if I went to another world, but here he is! I’d better pretend not to remember him.)
Ran: I’m sorry, but who are you?
Ikutidal: Get away from the girl.
Tenma: She was mine first!
Tenma tries to attack Ikutidal, who easily deflects his blows. Ran sends butterflies of evil to attack Tenma’s arm before following Ikutidal back to Akram.
(Ran: Here, brother, have a taste of the pain that you regularly inflicted on me.)
Tenma returns to the manor, impurity covering his left arm.
Akane: Magical Convenient Healing Powers.
Akane runs her hand over Tenma’s arm, dissolving the impurity.
(Tenma: Akane is even more useful than I imagined. She can be second wife once I get Ran back.)
Tenma: Akane, I have to tell you something…somehow, my sister is in this world. I hope you’ll understand that she’ll be first wife once she returns to the harem, but don’t worry, I’ll still want you as a backup.
That night, Ran appears to Akane.
Ran: Why are you here? I was here for years, doing nothing, waiting for the time when I could be main character of my own story…and then you came along and stole the limelight.
Akane: It’s not my fault; Akram called me here.
Ran: Akram is my lover! His bishiness is too great for you!
Ran attacks Akane with the butterflies of evil; Akane screams and awakens, only to find charred butterflies everywhere. Naturally, it was only meant to seem like a dream for two seconds.
Yorihisa rushes in.
Yorihisa: Miko, I’ll protect you from the incredibly evil butterflies of doom, for thry are deadlier than any leaf or piece of bamboo!
Tenma, Shimon and Yasuaki enter. Yasuaki investigates a black pot.
Yasuaki: Just as I thought. Miko-dono, your name has randomly been written on this nondescript black pot. That means you have been cursed, and will die tomorrow night.
Akane: So Ran was serious…she wants to kill me and take my place as main character!
Yasuaki: It will be fine as long as she doesn’t have eight destined bishounen of her own.
At Akram’s lair, Akram talks to Ran.
Akram: Ran, I have decided that I might want to be HARD GAY with your brother…
To be continued…