Is it me, or are we seeing an awful lot of Nattori lately?
Fudzuki-sama (Touchi Hiroki). There’s a problem though – this time Houdzuki-sama is missing, and if Fudzuki wins, the area will be stricken by drought. A mysterious man (Taniguchi Takashi) hires Nattori to find the missing and presumed sealed Houdzuki-sama, and to seal Fudzuki-sama if he can’t.
Meanwhile, Houdziki’s followers – the “White Hats” – have begged Natsume to help them by pretending to be Houdzuki-sama. Natsume has trouble saying no, as always, and he tries to play the role the best he can – much the Nattori’s surprise when he spots the boy in the procession at the start of the matsuri. Fudzuki’s followers – the “Black Robes” – sense something is up but can’t prove it. The battle – determined by a divination – is the hunting of an ayakashi that looks eerily like a silver-grey version of Madara. But where things get most interesting is when Hiiragi reveals her suspicion that Nattori has been set up – with the task of finding Houdzuki in a day impossible, the real job is to seal Fudzuki so this problem won’t come up every ten years.