Sabu & Ichi's Arrest Note (1968–…): Season 1, Episode 20 - Urami - full transcript

Ichi! Let's do it!

Ready, Sabu!

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

They are true 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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Here he comes!


Hold it right there, blind man.

Hey, why are you attacking me?

Well? Why? Why?



Why. . .why?

Written by: Directed by:
Yo'i Nishikawa Fumio Kurokawa

Sabu, I'm sorry I caused
you all this trouble.

Oh, don't act like a stranger.

At any rate, they were known
criminals, so no charges against you.

Besides, all four of them needed
to have their wounds treated first.

It'll take another three or four
days for a more in-depth investigation.

So how bad were their wounds?

Two of them had gashes on their right arms, while
the third had a clean cut across both of his eyes.

What...his eyes? Did you say his eyes?

You don't need to worry.
They got what was coming to them.

Hey, what's the matter, Ichi?

Wow, you're burning up!

I've been a bit
feverish since last night...

A blind man?

I hate to admit it, but he
was too much for us to handle.

With all due respect,
I don't think even you’d be a...


Oh, I didn't mean to cause offence!

That's just how incredible he is.


I'm begging you.

I'm begging you! I want
him dead! Please help me!

Please, sir!

Why do you want this
blind man dead so badly?

Old woman next
door, come over here!

There are demons
outside, so I can't go!

Then put a pot over your
head and come over here!

But then I can't see, so I can't go!

Now, now, who do you want?

I want that child!

Oh! He's home!

Sorry I'm late.

Welcome back. You must be
cold. Here, have some hot tea.


Young lady, I've found
a great second for us.


He's a Ronin this time,
and he's sure in his skills.

He won't screw
things up, like last night.

Okay, Ichi.
You'd better rest up.

Thank you. I can't believe I'm
going to bed while the sun's still up.

It's almost blasphemous, isn't it?

What're you talking about?
You're sick, so you can't help it.

Oh, right. You'd probably sleep
better with the storm shutters closed.

This is making a
total coward out of me.

All right, I’m going out for a bit now.

I'll tell Midori to come
by with some medicine.

Much obliged.

Get some rest, okay?

Thank you.

The storm shutters...

I appreciate the thought...

...but closing the storm shutters
doesn't make any difference to me.

I'll always be living in a
world of darkness, after all.

A world of darkness...



It hurts! It hurts!

It hurts!

Ah, my cane...

My cane...


Come on, Ichi!

Oh, it's just you, Midori.

What's the matter? Were
you having a nightmare?

Ah, just a dream...

Your fever's so high!
You need to lie down!

I brought you some medicine.

Thank you.
Sorry to be such a bother.

What are you talking about?
You're not acting like your usual self.

Here, drink up.

I'll go heat up
some gruel for you.

Sabu told me that you
helped with an arrest last night.

Sabu's just on his way
to the Magistrate's office...

...but I hear the Magistrate is very
happy that you saved him the trouble.

Will that man from last night...

...have to live in a world of darkness, too?

Young lady, I'm just going to
scout him out today, so I'll go alone.

No, I'm coming with you.

All right, then.

Well, my fever's
gone down quite a bit.

I can't lie around sleeping here forever.

That's his house. He always leaves
for work when the bell tolls five.


Masseur for hire...

Only 18 mon...

What is it?

He has a bamboo cane this time.

Not a sword-cane!

But why?

Now's my chance!

I guess I was pushing
myself a little too hard...

Oh? That's a fine smell.

Excuse me.

I'd like something hot, please.

Yes, sir! Have a seat!

Hey, Ichi. How're you feeling?

Hey, Ichi?

He left his sword-cane behind...

It's cold...


And who might you be?

I must slay you to
appease my boss' grudge!

Grudge. ..?



Why do you suppose he was
using a bamboo cane today?

What do you mean, "why?"

He was just attacked last night.
You'd think he would be more cautious.

You shouldn't have
pushed yourself like that-!

By the way, why'd you leave
without your sword-cane today?

You didn't forget it, did you?

I just thought that I should carry...

...a normal cane,
like a normal blind man would.


Yes, normal.

That's what I was thinking.

What're you talking about?
You were just attacked last night.

You have to carry
your sword-cane.

You're blind, which is why
you have to protect yourself.

That's why you have to use it.

I know you're worried about
those men from last night...

...but you didn't cut them,
or anyone else, because you wanted to.

You didn't have a choice?

You've only slain bad men who had to be slain,
in order to protect yourself and the righteous.

You don't cut anyone indiscriminately.

Aren't I right, Ichi?

What's the matter with
you? Pull yourself together!

It's not like you to fret like this.

Sanji, you're certain that it was this
masseur Ichi who slew my father?

Oh, please, young lady! I was
accompanying your father when it happened!

How could I have mistaken him?

I know that saying this
might only anger you...

Huh? What?

Can you please stop trying to kill him?

What did you say?!

He knew that we were after him...

...yet he still went out
with only a bamboo cane...

No, no, young lady!

You can't be faint-hearted about this!

Listen to me, Sanji!

I never was right
about this from the start.

But I just was so grateful
that you cared for my father, so...

That's why I've
accompanied you to this day.

But now I've had enough!

I can't spend day after day, and night
after night, attempting to kill a man!

Sanji, why don't we just stop?

Let's stop doing this!

I'm sure my father
would understand.

You know, young lady...

As you know, I was once an
urchin abandoned on the streets.

And it was your father
who took me in and raised me.

He cared for me like I was his
own, more than that!

He was even more than a father to me!

I must avenge his grudge, no matter what!

Does my father really
have a legitimate grudge?


You must think I'm ignorant...

...but I know what kinds of things
my father was involved in back then.

I mean no disrespect to my father...

...but he was doing things so crooked,
he could not even show his face in public.

That's why he was killed.

Young lady...

If you take this cane from me...

I become just a normal blind man.

Just a pathetic weakling.

Just a blind man, trembling
in the world of darkness.


Perhaps that would
have been a better way.

I feared the darkness so much, that I
started swinging this sword to protect myself.

And I've slain so many because of it.

People who still
wanted to go on living.

People who had families.

It's no wonder they
hold a grudge against me...

In fact, I'd be surprised if they didn't.

Ah, I'm sorry I kept you waiting.

Shall we get moving?

We're still a little early.

Let's have a drink before we go.

A grudge...


All humans seem to
bear grudges, do they not?

You bear a grudge against another...

...while I bear a
grudge against myself.


I may not look it, but I was once
the fencing instructor of a certain fief.

Wow, I had no idea!

I had quite the short
fuse in my youth, you see.

I started a fight over the most trivial matter
and slew five men. Then I was banished.

I've been living as
a Ronin ever since.

What a shame.
You're so skilled.

It was these very skills that
reduced me to this sorry state.

They led me to being so rash.

That is why I have cursed
my skills, and cursed myself...

It sounds like I'll have a
worthwhile opponent for once.

Please slay him,
whatever it takes!

Masseur! My father wants
you to rub his shoulders!

Where's your house?

In Sekigawa District!

Oh? Where in Sekigawa District?

I'll take you there!

Well, at least it's a customer.

All right, boy. Lead the way.



Wait, boy! N-N-Not so fast!

Where shall we do it?

Well, I was thinking of
somewhere wide open.

We're almost there.

We're going pretty far, boy.

These must be the
outskirts of Sekigawa District.

We're almost there!

Is this it?

Yes. This is Mizuotoshi Riverbed.

What are those?

You've set a
pointless trap, haven't you?

Take this back!

Please, don't be upset!
It's not that I doubt you!

I just want to kill him, no matter what,
by any means! Please trust me on this!

Are we there yet?

I'm going home now.

Huh? Hey, wait!

Over here, masseur!

I’ve been expecting you, Matsu-no-Ichi!

Now come! Have at you!

This time I will avenge my boss!

Please, Chief! You
have to help him! Chief!


The idiot!

Where are you?
Where'd you go, Ichi?

You must be the
man from last night!

Killing me is one thing...

...but I can't stand being deceived!


Hurry up and tell
me! Which house is it?

I can't understand you,
when you keep crying like that!

That one!

Ah! Chief! Is this
the masseur's house?

Do you mean you led him away?

So where is he now?

Mizuotoshi Riverbed,
in Sekigawa District.

Wait! What should
I do with this ryo coin?

I thought it was suspicious that
someone would give a child a ryo coin...

...and that's why
I came all the way here!

I know I may not look it,
but I'm an honest woman!


Ichi! Hang on!

How'd you like that? The
smoke is throwing off your senses!

Ichi! Your sword-cane!

Thank goodness, Ichi!

Thank you, Sabu.

Why didn't you take your
sword-cane with you, after I warned you?

It was as if I wouldn't mind being slain.

But I guess when it came down
to it, I wanted to cling to life.

Just you wait, you ! My
grudge hasn’t been satisfied yet!


Grudge? Grudge?

I, too, have a grudge.

If only I hadn't been blinded...

I wouldn't be carrying this around.

Then you would've
lived without that grudge.

When I was a child...

I spent years cursing the
samurai who put my eyes out.

He was a young samurai with
a cross-shaped scar on his cheek...

The sky, which had
been heavy all day...

...finally began to let
loose its white flakes.

As if it was trying to cover
the ugliness in the city of Edo...

On the night of a crescent
moon, the crows were calling.

The cold, wintry wind blows,
scattering the autumn leaves to the fields.

A cry is heard at the
sight of a hanged body.

The callous and cruel
mayhem that is the city of Edo.

As night and day dance in their eternal cycle,
the opium den is filled with a purple haze.

Pale naked bodies dance in a
frenzy, intertwining together.

Hell and Paradise are
but a hair's breadth apart.

As Sabu dares to speak out,
even if might cost him his life...

Ichi stands up to protect him.

Once again, Sabu and Ichi run forth, with
the Magistrate of Edo's honour on the line.

Next time on Sabu and Ichi's Arrest Warrant:
"Ter of the Den of Thieves!" Don't miss it.

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