Walkthrough: Bakumatsu Chapter
Walkthrough By: Macc Maverick
This scenario is one of the more unique RPG scenarios I've played. To get the most out of it, you should play it multiple times, choosing different paths every time, as there are a lot of ways that can lead you to the end of the scenario. I'll cover the four main ones here, but even these don't contain all your possibilities.
In the intro, you'll be prompted to enter a name. The default is Oboro, or, if you're using the latest English patch for the game, Obo [you can still change it to Oboro!]. No matter if you're playing the Japanese or English version, there will always be some unremovable Japanese-looking stuff after your name. In case you're curious, I've been told that it stands for "Maru", which means "Circle". I'm guessing that must be the character's Shinobi codename. In other words, no matter what name you select, you'll actually be called (yourname)-Circle. Anyway, next, you'll learn of your mission (or not, if you say you understand your mission before it's explained :P) and receive the Cloak of Invisibility from Hayate. After that, you're off on your mission. And now's the time to decide how you're going to handle this.
There's basically four ways to do this scenario. 1: The violent way- Kill all 100 people. 2: The stealthy way- Kill no people at all. 3: The optimal way- Kill everyone who doesn't help you. 4: The bad way- Abort the mission.
Starting with #4... that way is not recommended, since it always leads to a "game over" one way or another. But if you want to try it, all you have to do is walk out of the castle before you get the Prisoner in your party. You'll be reminded that you'll become an outcast if you do. Confirm your action three times, and you'll flee the castle, abandoning the mission and your clan. Now you have to fight five consecutive battles, each against 4 FlareNinjas of your former clan. They're pretty tough, so you'll need to have gathered some good equipment, experience, and healing items to be able to beat them. If you do beat them all, your former master, Hayate, will challenge you. Defeating him is hard, you'll probably find it to be even harder than defeating the last boss. But it doesn't matter whether you beat him or not... the end result will be the same. Guess it only serves to prove the old Shinobi adage "There is only death in dishonor". :P
The other options each call for a detailed battle plan. So without further ado, here they are.