Akitsu Masanosuke is a timid ronin on his way to Edo from the countryside when he accidentally encounters a playboy named Yaichi, who asks him to be his bodyguard. But it turns out that Yaichi is actually the leader of a group of bandits called the “Five Leaves,” and he’s hoping that Masanosuke will join them. Masanosuke is reluctant to help them, but as grows closer to his eccentric new companions, he learns to relate to them and grow as a person in the process.
Subaru is a young girl who discovers that her best friend Aoi is part of magical group trying to recover alien engine fragments so that a little being from the Pleiades star system can return to his home. Subaru considers joining them as she was selected by the Pleiadian, president of this afterschool club, as the possible new member.
* Adaptation of Matsuura Hisaki’s serialized novel Kawa no Hikari (River’s Light).
The environmental awareness story about a family of rats that set off in search of a new home after losing their habitat to human construction has been serialized in the Yomiuri Newspaper since July 2006.