As expected, the next battle was against Ryouma. When they meet up with him, Kamui is trying to keep the whole issue of what happened to Hinoka under wraps, but Macbeth forces Kamui to announce what happened to Hinoka in front of Ryouma. Since Kamui can't admit that he let her go, he awkwardly, slowly, with probably a thousand 'this is a lie, don't really believe it' winks at Ryouma, says that he killed her. The camera zooms in on Ryouma's shocked face as he goes berserk and attacks Kamui - the poor guy just couldn't take the hint that it was a lie. The room they're in shuts out everyone but Kamui and Ryouma for a duel. This map had a bit of a trick to it, the room Kamui and Ryouma are in is impenetrable until the rest of the party takes out at least one of Ryouma's retainers. Anyway, we win and while out of earshot of King Garon and Macbeth, Kamui tells Ryouma that he let Hinoka live, and to believe in him, that he'll end things with as few sacrifices as possible. There's no time for more talking though as Garon and Macbeth come back and order Kamui to kill Ryouma. Kamui can't do it, but Ryouma's so goddamn Japanese that he commits seppuku right there on his lightning katana to save Kamui from having to do the deed, and entrusting the future of the country to him.
- The choice between Anya and Byakuya is forced on the player way too early. The player barely knows anything about either country besides 'Anya bad, Byakuya good' and isn't given enough time to get to know the characters from each side.
- Kamui's choice in Anya just doesn't make sense. He's seen at the beginning of the game willing to defy King Garon's orders by refusing to kill Byakuya soldiers, yet he's a wimp who lets Garon carry out mass slaughter of innocent civilians later on while he just cries about it.
- Kamui and Aqua's plan to help Garon take over Byakuya just to get him to sit on the throne so his true form would be revealed was irredeemably stupid. Them not being able to prove it because they can't speak of the Invisible Kingdom was a poor plot excuse for it.
For good things about this route, I liked most of the Anya royalty, especially Marx and Leon. The gameplay itself was very fun, with varied maps and objectives, and a sense of caution raising your units because of your inability to grind outside of story battles. You really have to choose well when deciding who to raise and what to buy.