The city is plagued with a variety of problems, including the disappearance of eels (and food in general), restless spirits in the surrounding forest, and increased bandit activity in the area.
Kumakira and Tsukuda Raku drive off some bandits when they attack Kumakira’s patron as he visits Tsukuda’s shrine.
Chudoku both loses and makes money gambling, but remains in debt to the oni that runs his favorite gambling hall.
Takumi hires Katashi Noboru to help guard her remaining supply of eels and they discover a neko demon stealing them. They capture it, but learn it is but one of a litter of neko demons in the area.