It seems to be a normal, nice day in Touyama, when a cloud gathers overhead and casts a strangely shaped shadow on the buildings below. Demonic laughter resounds. In a room at a university nearby, Mia Koji is busy with a computer, working for her grandfather, Doctor Koji. Her grandfather is worried. The armor of the Ronin Warriors have disappeared, which could mean that the Demon Lord Tulpa -- whom he has researched for years as a folklorist -- may be ready to manifest once again. (Unfortunately, the symbols which show up on the computer screen are so much garbage, not a real readout even in Japanese...) In Touyama's shopping district, Yuli and his parents are window-shopping when Yuli almost runs into White Blaze -- and gets a wet lick as a greeting from the huge white tiger. Then the tiger's human companion (partner more than master), Ryo, speaks with him. Yuli's parents then pull him away, fearful for his life, as Ryo and White Blaze continue about their business. But someone has called the police about the appearance of the tiger, and the media arrive, too. Mia and Doctor Koji see a news broadcast about the young man and his "pet." Doctor Koji identifies Ryo as a Samurai Trooper. He sends Mia off to bring Ryo to him. Dark clouds suddenly appear, traveling too fast to be natural. Mia's "Samurai" (jeep look-alike) dies, as do all the cars around her. She steals a policeman's bike to continue her mission. A helicopter falls from the sky, its motor quitting. Ryo and the police surrounding them watch in horror.
Lightning strikes around them, breaking windows as people panic -and Yuli loses his parents in the crowd. Behind Ryo, a deadly-looking suit of samurai armor materializes. It's a warrior of Tulpa's demon army. White Blaze senses it and responds, giving Ryo enough warning to leap out of the way of its first blow. The demon soldier's scythe cuts open the back of his shirt, and we see the red body armor he wears through the slit. Ryo turns and challenges the warrior, discarding the rest of his civies to display the body armor that was concealed underneath them. "I'm Ryo of the Wildfire," he declares. The warrior merely laughs, twirling the chain that is part of his weapon and then striking at Ryo. Ryo's own attacks have little effect on this opponent.
Buildings and roads begin to crumble around them. Yuli stumbles into the battle zone, looking for his parents (everyone else is gone -suppose they've all been smart enough to take cover?). Yuli is nearly killed by the warrior (wrong time, wrong place more than by deliberate intent) but Mia arrives in time to save him. Ryo is not doing very well at all in his first battle, and it is the arrival of Rowen of Strata that saves his life. They are then joined by the other three Troopers – Kento of Hardrock, Cye of the Torrent, and Sage of the Halo. The warrior seems unconcerned; he's quite willing to take on all five humans by himself. Mia is telling Yuli a little about Tulpa and the Ronin Warriors as the battle continues. The others have no better luck that Ryo did in affecting Tulpa's warrior. Mia yells at them to put on their armor; the warrior responds by taking her and Jun hostage. Ryo calls the Wildfire armor; and the other four are armored as well. The warrior laughs once more, "So you are the Ronin Warriors!" he gloats. Ryo attacks, but the warrior parries his blows.
"You don't know how to use your armor yet!" the warrior taunts as he knocks Ryo into the ground. Then he throws Mia and Yuli into a magic "screen" where their image appears -- and demonstrates that whatever is done to him (hitting his armor, for example) the two hostages will feel. (He gets a perverse enjoyment out of the demonstration, too!) Ryo puts his swords away and lets the demon warrior wrap him up in his chains, whereupon which Ryo gets thrown against all sorts of the things... Yuli calls to him, and Ryo discovers how to power up, using his "FLARE UP NOW!!" to destroy his opponent. Mia and Yuli are released, White Blaze catching them before they can be hurt. The others have almost no chance to congratulate Ryo before nasty laughter is heard from the roofs overhead. They look upward to see four men dressed in armor somewhat like their own. The foremost tells them that Tulpa has just been testing his newest foes, and introduces himself as Anubis, warlord of Cruelty -- and sworn to Tulpa's service. The other three also introduce themselves – Cale, warlord of Corruption, Sekhmet, warlord of Venom, and Dais, warlord of Illusion. With a warning that they'll be back, all four teleport skyward as Tulpa's voice is heard. The clouds clear somewhat, and for the first time we see Tulpa's Dark Castle floating above the city.moreless