It was raining like any other day. In the distance, screams were heard as gunshots flew through the air.

"I don't want to kill anymore," Kagura said as she defeated the last of the enemies.

Kamui turned around and wiped the blood off his face.

"It's not up to you whether you want to kill or not. We were taken in by the Yato Corps. They could have easily killed us. If we were to run away now, it would be the end of us."

"I don't want to live my life like this anymore, brother. I don't want to live my life taking other people's lives," the orange-haired girl stated with tears forming in her eyes.

"Look, for every beginning, there is an ending. Let's go back to Headquarters and rest for the night, okay?"

It was a normal day at Gintama High. The sensei for 3Z was late as usual. Everyone was chatting and minding their own business until the classroom door slid open.

It was Ginpachi-sensei with a cigarette in his mouth.

"Mou, Ginpachi-sensei. There's a no-smoking rule in school. Put that out," the class representative Shimura Shinpachi nagged.

"It's a lollipop," the silver-haired sensei replied.


Ginpachi takes the object out of his mouth. It indeed was a pink lollipop, with the end smoking. Shinpachi froze in speechlessness. The rest of the class were chatting away, doing what they were doing before.

"Anyway, we have a new student today," Ginpachi stated with a bored tone. "Okay, you can come in now, new student."

Everyone stopped and stared. They had never seen someone with bright orange hair put into Chinese-style buns and blue eyes that shone.

"Kagura-desu. Nice to meet you all."

Yamazaki, who sat behind Okita, nudged the sleeping boy who was wearing his trademark red eye mask.

"Oi oi, Okita. I think you should wake up for this. We have a new student, and she's quite a looker."

Okita lifted one side of his eye mask to see what the commotion his friend was talking about. He saw her and thought he had seen her somewhere.

"You can sit beside the Sadis—Soichirou, the boy with eye mask over his head," Ginpachi-sensei pointed.

"It's Sougo," Okita corrected him for the fiftieth time.

Soon, class started and Okita drifted off to sleep. It's not that he had to study anyway since he was a genius. In fact, Hijikata, Kondo, and Yamazaki already learned this stuff a few years ago. They were high school students in appearance, but these four have a deeper, darker secret.

They were members of the much-feared Shinsengumi Corps, a secret branch said to have contained the wildest and most violent human beings who do all the dirty work for the Shogun. They were elite in everything—from shooting to melee fighting, from surviving in harsh conditions to solving complicated math problems. No one in Edo knows who is in this group since every trace is erased perfectly.

Class ended for the day and everyone was packing and getting ready to go home. Okita was woken up by his cell phone vibrating in his pocket.

It was a text from Hijikata. "Emergency meeting, usual place." was all it said.