Former assassin Kenshin Himura and his friends are called back into action when a ghost from the past era rises to wreak havoc across Japan. Makoto Shishio, another ex-assassin, was betrayed, burned, and left for dead at the end of the war.
Badly scarred - but very much alive - Shishio has put together an army and aims to overthrow the new government - burning anything and killing anyone who stands in his way. After witnessing his brutality firsthand, Kenshin agrees to intervene and help keep the peace.
Will the wanderer with a blade bathed in blood be able to withstand the fury of the swordsman forged by fire?