Sabu & Ichi's Arrest Note (1968–…): Season 1, Episode 23 - Aitsu no koroshita komoriuta - 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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Episode 23: The lullaby that killed him
First aired: 6th March 1969

"A whistling thief will
break into Omiya the day after
tomorrow, at the Hour of the Rat."

That letter came two nights ago.

It's just a common prank.

Ichi convinced me to stake
out the place just to be sure, and
it looks like the message was true.

You're under arrest!


Who's there?

Sorry to steal your thunder.

Curse you, blind man!

Why don’t you take a
closer look at your blowgun?

Sorry for breaking
your prized possession.


Are you okay, Sabu?


Thanks for the save, Ichi!

Don’t mention it.

You're under arrest!

Give it up!

Fine! You win!

Spring in Edo was
just around the corner.

You're under arrest, Rokurota!

Having just captured the
great thief Rokurota, Sabu's
reputation was growing even more.

The {one thief Rokurota, eh?

y won't he give me the names of his accomplices

My name's Rokurota. I have no family.

I don't know where I was born.

I did break into that storehouse.

Accomplices? Don't have any!

I'm a lone wolf! Have
been since I was born!

Everything I do, I do alone!

Why, you...

I wonder if he'll
get the death penalty...

Sabu! What's the matter?

You seem upset.

Still worried about him, are you?

He's covering up for someone.

And something about
his eyes bothers me.

Guess he's a lonely orphan, too.

If I had taken the wrong turn,
I might've turned out like him.

Ichi! I'm going to run over
to the magistrate's office!

There may be
something that can save him.

Your mercy might be in vain.

"Mercy is wasted on evildoers,"
was the prevailing attitude of Edo.

And yet, this did not
sit well with Sabu or Ichi.

Please, let me see Rokurota!

No! We cannot let you see
a felon under questioning!

Just for a moment!

I have something I must tell him!

I said, no!


I beg of you!

I said no, and that means no!


I'm begging you!

Enough! Leave!



Excuse me, ma'am.
I'm a thief-taker named Sabu...

So you're the one
who arrested Rokurota?

I'll bet you feel great having
another feather in your cap.

But it's not as though he's
been sentenced to death yet...

Even if he's not sentenced
to death, he shall be killed!

Killed? Why?

Oh, wait up!


Rokurota shall
be killed in prison?

Get inside!

What? You want a
cane to help you walk?

Well, aren't you helpless? Here!


You must be Rokurota.

You’re that blind man!

Every person has a scent
that follows them around, though
they never notice it themselves.

And what scent
are you saying I have?

A dark, tragic scent of blood.
You could call it the scent of death.

The scent of death?

Who are you covering up for?


The accomplice you're trying so hard to
cover up for is the one who gave you up!

"A whistling thief will break into Omiya the
day after tomorrow, at the Hour of the Rat."

You're such a fool. You could
be sentenced to death, you know.

I don't care if I do.

Just my imagination...


This isn't fair, Brother...

Hang tight!

In February of Bunka year 3 (1806),
an unexplained fire broke out at the
Kitamachi Magistrate's Office's jail cell.

It burned so fiercely that it
[it up the sky all night long.

Rokurota's body was not among
the prisoners who failed to escape.

Thus, the Magistrate ordered a
search for Rokurota and the other
prisoners who escaped during the fire.

The other prisoners turned
themselves in a few days later...

...but Rokurota was
nowhere to be found.

This is Kojimaya in
the Kuramae district.

A store that rents
palanquins to palanquin-bearers.

Good work today
from all of you.

Here's your tip. I'm afraid it's not
much. Keep up the good work tomorrow.

Yes, sir!

Aki! Hey, Aki!

Still thinking about Rokurota?

He's dead.

He can't have survived the fire with
those wounds. You should forget about him.

No. He's alive.

I'm sure that Rokurota's alive!

I want to see him again...

Just once would be enough...

But I don't even
have the right to see him.

If only it weren't
for that accursed night...

I killed my brother Rokurota.

You would never
understand why.

I just had to separate
you from Rokurota.

I wanted to live an
honest life with you.

I wanted to wash my
hands of my thieving ways.

But Rokurota refused, even though
he was going to be arrested eventually.

This was all for your
sake, Aki. Please be with me!




Wh-Who's there?

I have returned, Brother.

Wait! I'm sorry!

Please forgive me!

Rokurota! Wait!



Aki, you're...

No! No!

I am yours!

My heart has always been yours.

I swear upon this hairpin!

Shut up! You're a
bunch of self-serving scum!

How could I ever forgive you!


I refuse to die!


You were so kind back then.

How I miss those days.

And we were able to accomplish
the most dangerous feats together.




Those were good days...

We made it rain gold every day...

I just can't forget that rain of gold...



An unidentified drowned corpse was found
near a deserted bridge early this morning.

To think that it'd be
Rokurota the thief...

I couldn't do
anything for him.

Cheer up, Sabu.

What's done is done.

I'm going to find out
who killed Rokurota!

The head of Rokurota, the
criminal who broke into the storehouse...

...was placed on display
at the Suzugamori execution
grounds for three days and nights.

Do the wicked not have the right to
be laid at peace like any other men?


I won't let you die alone...

I won't let you die alone!

With this hairpin you bought me...

I shall follow you!


Killing yourself
wouldn't make Rokurota happy.

Look up at the moon.

He’s watching you from up there.

But he didn't have to die...

Even when he was imprisoned,
his eyes were full of bitter tears.

Aki, don't you
want to avenge him?

Who's there?

Begging your pardon, sir.

Your woman Aki's collapsed at a
teahouse in Yotsuya. She's got a bad fever.

That doesn't sound
good. Let's hurry!

Hey, you. You said Aki's
collapsed at a teahouse in Yotsuya.

Aren't we going
the wrong way?


You haven't deceived me, have you?

That wasn't my intent.

I hear you're a
villain, aren't you?

What? Who are you?!

I'm here to reunite
you with your brother.

Gorota the thief!

You're under arrest!


You killed your own brother,
just to turn over a new leaf.

But it's not that easy to
wash your hands of evil.

You must atone
for your sins properly!

I don't want to die!

I don't want to die!

I don’t want to die!

I don't want to die...



Give it up!


Stop resisting!

Shut up! I refuse to
have my head on display!

Enough is enough!

We're not letting you escape,
no matter how hard you try!

I don't want to die!

Ichi, look out!

Rokurota...I'm sorry...please forgive me...

We only came to frighten
him, but it cost him his life.

I suppose this is destiny.

The two orphans have passed on.