Sabu & Ichi's Arrest Note (1968–…): Season 1, Episode 10 - Jigoku no okite - full transcript

Here we go, Ichi.


Hate the sin, but love
the sinner, for whether you
bind or slay, you do it for others...

They are the men
who slash through the darkness.
Sabu and Ichi, of the misty, moonlit night.

Sabu-to-Ichi Torimono Hikae
(Sabu and Ichi's Arrest Warrant)

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Get lost-!

Please, have mercy...

Hey, how many times do I have to tell you?!

Get out of here! don't have to be so...

Shut up!

If I had food to spare
for beggars, I wouldn't be
living in this dump in the first place!

I’d be eating white rice, making
a decent living, or even better!

I'd live like a samurai
or a government purveyor!

There, there, sir.

Here, let me top you off.

Best of luck on the bid!

Yes...alright, alright! Just leave it to me!

Sir, please don't forget our agreement...

No worries!

I mean it!

Beware of house fires!

Stay on your watch!

Beware of house fires!

Meanwhile, Edo was
plagued by a mysterious thief...

...who would ravage the storehouses
of the greedy Daimyo and their vassals...

...and distribute the
stolen money to the poor.

He was what they call a "chivalrous thief."

In spite of the harsh
pursuit of the lawmen...

...when anyone had glimpse of him,
he would vanish back into the darkness.

Thus, people called him "Lightning Boy."

Found him! He's up there!

It's him! After him!

After him!

You're under arrest! You're under arrest!

You're under arrest! You're under arrest!

You're under arrest! You're under arrest!

Whoa, there!

Ah, my apologies.

Oh, looks like your sandal strap's broken.

Must be hard being blind. Come over here.

Just hold on. I'll tie it up for you.

No, that's too...

It's alright! Don't mention it!

I can't thank you enough...

Hey! You there!

We’re looking for Lightning
Boy! Did he pass by here?

No, haven’t seen anyone like that...

Then he must've gone that
way! Hurry! You're under arrest!

There you go!

Thank you so much for your kindness.

Take care!

Yes. And the same to you.

This district's still crawling with lawmen.

Now...pardon my leaving.

Masseur for hire...

Upper and lower...only 18 mon...

Good morning, Ichi.

Oh, Sabu! You sound tired.
Out all night enjoying yourself, were you?

That's not funny!

I was all night
searching for Lightning Boy!

I see. So did you catch him?

No. His speed really does deserve
the title, "Lightning."

When I realised I’d
seen him, he was already gone...

Santa, you brat!


That's a gold coin!

A gold coin?

Yes! I'm going to go buy
a lot of sweets with this!

Oh! Chief Sabu...

What a fine morning this is!

What's going on here?

You must be really well-off,
to let Santa play with a gold coin.

Well, you see...

Just between us...

Last night, Master Lightning
came to our tenement house!

Master Lightning? You mean Lightning Boy?

When I woke up, I found three
gold coins at the foot of my bed! he came this close...

Hey, Brother! Lightning Boy's a hero?

Well you see, Santa...

Anyone who takes other
people's things is still a robber.

But Brother, Lightning Boy gave my family money!

He's not a robber!

Santa's got you there!

Still, that's a nice way to start the day.


There are children here!
You need to watch what you say!

Or are you saying it's alright for him to steal,
just like those so-called chivalrous thieves?

Oh, my...Sabu...

Don't you think that's going a little too far?

Just because you failed to
catch Lightning Boy last night...

...doesn't mean you
have to take it out on us!

Hmph! I'm not taking it out on anyone!

I just think it's sad that
some people are grateful to him!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Lightning Boy strikes again!

The ever-elusive Lightning Boy...

...snuck into the Daimyo
Matsudaira Unshu’s mansion...

...and made off with a thousand-ryo box!

Now, what do you think
happened to the money?

That's the best thing about Lightning Boy!

He distributed every last man to
the poverty-stricken citizens of Edo!

Well, how admirable!

- I think I'm in love with him!
- Dumb woman...

If you wanna know more, buy the paper!

- Excuse me, everyone!
Would you mind letting me through?

Certainly! Thank you very much!

Wait, what does a blind
man want with a newspaper?

Mind your own business.

There's something wrong with
the world when a thief is celebrated.

Come on and buy the paper!

I'll have one, too.

Sure, gladly!

This is the Edo estate
of the lord of the 100,000-koku
Nihonmat'su domain of Oshu Province.

Taking advantage of their lord's absence...

...the Caretaker and the Storage
Manager have conspired to line their
pockets with large sums of money.

But they panicked when they
heard their lord would be returning soon.

Do you have an idea?

Right here. If we blame it on this
Lightning Boy, we shall be off the hook.

Oh, I see!

I should've expected such
brilliance from you, Caretaker!

It's all a matter of how you use your head.

So what do you say? Rather
than just a thousand or two ryo...

...why don't we have that cover
a deficit of ten thousand ryo?

How depraved a villain are you?

Yet that does not sound too bad...

Yes! Perfect!

Then let's use this opportunity
to take care of one more thing...

What do you mean by that?


Shonosuke the chief officer.

He may be young,
but he is loyal to our lord...

...and is keeping an eye out for him.

If he finds out about this...

The thorn in our side
must be plucked quickly...

You truly are the brains
between us, Sir Tanba...

I hear you need to see me urgently.


I have some unfortunate news.

We've just received this letter by arrow.

"I shall be here by the Hour
of the Rat tonight. --Lightning Boy!"

Lightning Boy?

An elusive thief.

Should anything happen, we would be in peril.

Prepare the guard!

Very well, sir!

Good work.

Yes, sir!

Now remember. While I believe we
should be safe with this much of a watch...

...this is Lightning Boy of whom we speak.

- Understood! I, Shonosuke, shall protect
this storehouse as if my life depends on it!
- Then I leave all in your care.

How did it go?

That fool is honest to a fault. He's out
there defending an empty storehouse!

For shame!

Oh, good work.

The Hour of the Rat has passed. Is all well?

Yes, sir! Nothing to report!

That is good to hear.
But just to be sure, let us check inside.

Storage Manager, the key, please.

Yes, sir!

Shonosuke, bring me a light.

They’re gone!

What happened to the money boxes?

Look at that!

"I have taken the ten-thousand ryo.
--Lightning Boy!"

Caretaker! The window's broken!

Yes. Shonosuke! How could
this happen under your watch?!

But I had enough men standing
watch around the storehouse...

I don't understand!

That's no excuse!

How are you going to
explain this to our lord?

Then I shall give my life in return!

He did it again! He did it again!

This time, Lightning Boy
has stolen ten thousand ryo!

And he even announced he'd steal it at the
Hour of the Rat, and still managed to sneak in!

No ordinary man could do that!

But this time, the tragedy was that a
young samurai named Yuki Shonosuke...

...took responsibility for the stolen money...

...and plunged his blade deep into his belly!

Ah, the poor guy!

What? Aren't you going to buy one, Ichi?

I thought you were one
of Lightning Boy's fans.

- Hey you! Want a good time?
- Hey, I'm buying nothing!

Oh, really?

What ?!
I misjudged Lightning Boy entirely!

Know what I'm saying? His value came from
the way he'd slip through the law's fingers...

...Shocking the rich and
proud and giving it to the poor!

Yes, so what?

So why did he destroy an
innocent young man's life in the process?

And why'd he arrogantly
announce his arrival?

He ought to get off his high horse...

You said it!

So, you men think so too?

That voice sounds familiar...

If you ask me, that was the work of a fake.

Huh? A fake?

Hear me out. Lightning
Boy works alone.

How do you think he can carry
ten money boxes all on his own?

And besides, the newspaper didn't say
a thing about him distributing the money.

That's not Lightning
Boy's usual modus operandi.

He got greedy from stealing so much!

That's just the sort of
thing a thief would do!

You think so?

Well, I suppose you have
every reason to think that...

But I think he's got
his reasons for doing this!

Ah! I remember!

Don't scare me like that!

Oh, what a waste!

That's right...we met
that night of the chase!

That's right...we met
that night of the chase!

The night of the chase?

You have good intuition, blind man.

I must give you my thanks.

Bad news! There's been a jumper!

A woman just jumped
into the river over there!

Excuse me!

You're the sister of the man
who died at the mansion last night...

My brother was Yuki Shonosuke.

He served as chief officer.

But he took responsibility for
the storehouse being broken into...

...and committed seppuku.

Our mother had such
high hopes for my brother...

...but she committed
suicide out of despair.

I'm all alone...

What a pity.

I applauded Lightning
Boy's feats out of curiosity...

...but I guess he leaves such unfortunate
folk as these in his, Shinkichi?

So what was the situation like?

The watch around the storehouse was
so tight not even an ant could get inside...

...and there was no way
anyone could have made off with
ten thousand ryo in such a short timespan...


Hmm, sounds like there must've
been some kind of trick involved...

Oh...hold it!

Ah! Ouch!

What was that for, Ichi?

You’ll have to pardon me. I'm blind, you see.

This is not the time for jests!



I must thank you for bringing
these in so inconspicuously.

I'd love to see the look on Shonosuke's face!

The nuisance is gone,
and the ten thousand ryo is ours!

Guess this means it's springtime for us.

We can indulge in the
flesh for the rest of our lives!

So this was their trick!


Thief! Stop him! Stop him!

Stop him!

There he is! Go! Go! Go! Go!

I'm not dying!

I don't know what you're talking about...

Be honest with me, Ichi!
You're being really tight-lipped!

Unlike my blindness,
I was born with a tight lip.

Well, it's alright.

I don't need to ask you.
I've already got a good enough guess.

Eh? What?

Oh? Is something the matter?

Well, Edo's a big place.

I shouldn't be surprised at seeing
the same kind of hand towel twice.

Am I right, Ichi?

Well, no point in hiding it anymore, Sabu.

He's just who you think he is.

But I believe in him.

He'll take care of it, I swear!

Oh! You're...

What happened to you?

Kurosawa Tanba the Caretaker...

He's taking the stolen
gold to Negishi tonight...

Shinkichi! You've really done it!

I had Lightning Boy all wrong!

You're really a good guy!


Let me, Ichi, handle the rest.

Thank you. Now I can gladly pay my dues.

Here...bind me...

Arrest me...


Now hurry! Hurry!

Yes, sir!

Who goes there?

I am a messenger for Lightning Boy.


Lightning Boy just breathed his last.

But he can't rest in peace
until his name is cleared.

So he asked me to take the money back!

So you've found us out...

Kill him! Cut him down!

Seems to me like your ranks are thinning...

Kill him! Kill him!

You're not going anywhere!



The m-m-money...

The money...

Here! Order up!

It's too bad you didn't
get the credit for this case.

No matter. I think it's better
than letting the case go cold.

If you ask me...

Lightning Boy may have been
a messenger sent by the Heavens...

...because the world
of men was so topsy-turvy...

Hmm, you may be right.

And now his job's done,
so he's returned to Heaven.

Thanks for the food! Keep the change!

Thank you for your patronage!

The faint friendship
towards the chivalrous thief
Lightning Boy that sprouted in Ichi's heart...

...vanished like a shooting star
streaking through the night sky.

Only emptiness remained in Ichi's heart.

Money, money, money.

Money, the root of all evil.

In such a world, whatever
can be slain ought to be slain...

...and the hand that rubs
shoulders holds a sword-cane.

Is this an accident or a murder?

As blood is coughed up,
and Sabu looks towards the sky,
he cannot overlook that possibility.

The death of a roof tile merchant.
Highwaymen. A red-light district.

What is the connection
between these things?

Tsuru the prostitute.

Not discouraged by her tragic fate...

...her lovely smile touches
the young Sabu's heart.

Next week on Sabu and
Ichi's Arrest Warrant...

Don't miss "The Spiteful Tempo Coin!"

Subtitles produced by The Skaro Hunting Society / Hokuto no Gun
Translated by Systematic Chaos, Edited/Timed by Nanto
English localisation by lxs602