|Hell Amidst the Steam,|
Lodging for Travelers
Yukemuri Jigoku, Tabi No Yado
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"Hell Amidst the Steam, Lodging for Travelers" is the 19th episode of the season "Two Mirrors" and the 45th episode from total.
Ai, her three assistants, and Kikuri check themselves in a family owned inn in the mountains, renowned for its hot springs. The place is familiar to both Ai and Wanyuudou, because it is where they met many years ago.
Wanyuudou's past is explored, and it is shown that Wanyuudou used to be a wheel of a two-wheeled carriage that used to be pulled by two oxen, which is to say that he was a tsukumogami. The carriage used to belong to a royal family, and all was well for everyone, until a war broke out. In the war, the princess was trying to make a getaway with a few other people and warriors on the carriage. But the carriage was eventually made to fall off a cliff as the enemies struck it with a fire arrow. killing everyone as it fell. But this event transformed Wanyuudou from a tsukumogami to a demon, and he started terrorizing people nearby in the form of a flaming wheel with his own enlarged, infuriated face as the hubcap. Ai found him one day in this state, and requested him to become her first assistant, to which he agreed.
At the inn, a woman named Yurie Hanae receives Hone Onna as a straw doll, wanting revenge for a curse placed on her family from the family that own the inn. The patrons torture the poor woman and she pulls the string, sending the owner to hell. The woman informs the three assistants about the curse; her ancestors owned the inn about 300 years ago, but the rivaling family sent the father to hell, therefore they took over. Ichiko oppressed Yurie and asked money from her with the evidence for a long time, and finally she couldn't bear any more so she sent Ichiko to hell, only to let Ichiko's patrons telling the truth (the hot spring is fake) to the media. So the spring with 400 years of history has to be closed at last. Wanyuudou and Ai were the first customers of this inn 400 years ago, and also the last customers now.