No, she's not marrying Yukimaru. You knew that, right?
Writer/Artist: Rinko Ueda
Translation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki
Adaptation: Tetusichiro Miyaki
What They Say
Usagi must decide whether she'll continue to hold on to her feelings for Hanzo or give up and marry Yuki instead. She becomes even more torn when Yuki reveals that the mysterious ninja who saved Usagi earlier may have been Hanzo himself...!
Usagi finds herself back in Azuchi, the scene of her previous imprisonment, in the entourage of Lord Ieyasu, who has been summoned by Lord Nobunaga. Usagi has an ulterior motive for being in Azuchi and her rash behavior nearly costs her life with only a chance reunion with a member of of Nobunaga's court (not Ranmaru!) saving her skin. The chastened and wiser Usagi must make accommodation to political reality amid demonstration of Nobunaga's ruthlessness.
Usagi has always been a character who must make one step back to move two forward. In this volume, Usagi's step backward is very serious, and Rinko Ueda, using the voice of Tokugawa Ieyasu, has much to say about responsibility and sacrifice for the greater good, ideas that Usagi must embrace in this new reality. Usagi in her new maturity might be able to move on, but can Hanzo? As the series begins to wind down, Usagi still faces the challenges she faced at the opening of the series - winning over Hanzo and the protection family and friends. The situation is much more grave and the stakes are much higher now, but this is a very different Usagi.