Genre: Action, Historical, Supernatural, Shoujo
Original Name: Donten ni Warau
In 1878, the Meiji Restoration occurred. Because of this, the country faced many criminals, such as samurai rebelling against their fallen positions. Many were arrested, but they soon broke out of their jail cells and rampaged across Japan. Therefore, the government did their best to prevent this by building a giant prison in the middle of Lake Biwa. However, to get these criminals to the prison, they needed a form of transport. In this way, the Kumō brothers were given the responsibility to take these criminals to their final resting place.
Tenka is the eldest of the three Kumō brothers, as well as the 14th head of the shrine. He is both the father and mother figure to his younger brothers after the death of their parents. When in combat, Tenka is known to be strong enough to defeat dozens of prisoners in an instant with nothing but a fan, as well as being quick on his feet. He refuses to let his siblings take part in any battles, always rescuing them from dangerous situations. He shows symptoms of being the Orochi’s vessel, and is promptly prosecuted without a trial, but is later revealed to be alive under the protection of the police. After fighting against the Orochi and Fuma ninjas (including Shirazu and his younger brother), he sustained wounds that left him at wheelchair, unable to walk again.
Soramaru is the second eldest of the Kumō family. His elder brother, Tenka, entrusted him with the family’s twin swords, which he practices with everyday. Even throughout combat and practice, the swords remained in their sheath. Soramaru also struggles with the fact that he is weaker than Tenka, not being able to be recognized as a strong man who is worthy of protecting his household. He suffers from memory loss due to the childhood trauma of witnessing his parents’ murder and nearly being strangled to death. This experience also causes him to develop an extreme aversion to having his neck touched. After Tenka’s alleged death, Chutaro’s disappearance and Shirasu’s betrayal, Soramaru’s negative feelings causes his mental state to deteriorate and he eventually turns into the real vessel of the Orochi. Later, with Nishiki, Chutaro and Tenka´s help, Orochi is separated from Soramaru, and with Sousei Abeno´s Katana, and Chutaro and Takeda´s help, kills the Orochi once for all.
The youngest of the family, Chutaro is the fastest of the brothers when it comes to speed. He also has a friendly relationship with the shrine’s tanuki. After learning that Tenka was actually not the real vessel of the Orochi and has died for nothing, he decides to seek revenge and leaves the Kumō Shrine with Kogami Naoto. Later, he discovers that Tenka is still alive, and reforms his way. He cooperates with Soramaru and Takeda in the finishing blow to kill Orochi.
Kinjou is a freeloader at the Kumō shrine. Because of this, he does a lot of the household chores, such as serving tea to guests. He is also one of the last remaining members of the Fuma clan, known as ninjas that were independent of master or money, loyal only to themselves. Kinjou was rescued by Tenka and is now his close friend. It is later revealed that his true identity is the 10th head of the Fuma clan, Fūma Kotarō, and that his real objective has always been to resurrect the Orochi. He and his younger twin brother faked the Fuma massacre then separated ten years ago in order to lie low and prepare for the return of the Orochi. The younger brother was planted within Gokumonjou to gather support, while the elder brother joined the Kumō family to protect the Orochi’s vessel. He was also responsible for the murder of the Kumō brothers’ father. “Kinjou Shirasu” is only an alias given to him by the Kumōs and means nothing to him. Later, when Orochi is killed, he is confronted by the Kumō siblings, but he prefers commit suicide by throwing himself from a mountain.