The Lightning Tree

Synopsis: The mentally troubled son of a shogun falls for a girl who's been raised in the mountains.
Genre: Romance
133 min



There are goblins ahead.

Let's go back.

That is why I'm going there.

No one has ever picked brackens and

angelica sprouts in Seta Mountain before.

Let's go!

There are people with no clear

whereabouts living in here.

Some were in dispute with the nearby

Iwamoto domain over water rights,

that's why they spread rumors

and avoided meeting people.

If you are scared, go back!




I'm going first!

Wait for me!



Shigeji. Shigeji!

What is it?

I can hear something.


I don't hear anything.

Okay let's go!


Hey, we can go back now

can't we?

No, let's pick some more.

A goblin?

A goblin!

"Raiou - The Lightning Tree"


What happened, Rai?

You went tough on villagers again?

Yeah. I chased them away.

I don't want them

to disturb the mountain.





You were dozing off

during your guard duty?

I am terribly sorry.

I am terribly sorry.


Dono! Dono!


Dono... Dono...


Dono! I beg for your forgiveness.

Too late!

Please hang on, Dono!

Dono, with all due respect...

Killing people... a serious thing, Dono.

Step aside!

Insolent fellow.






This is...

Leave the door open.


The wind feels good...

Dono's disease is one rooted from childhood.

He has suffered a lot

ever since he was young.

Perhaps it is a disease of the heart?

Why do you think so?

Ever since I started working here,

I have never once heard

Dono smile before.

Sorry for speaking unnecessarily.

Your father is a village headman,

is he not?

He is merely the chief of a small village

and is also a petty peasant.

You are not a peasant any longer.

You are a samurai.

From now, you are officially...

...promoted to a vassal

of the Shimizu family.


We need retainers like you... stay by Dono's side.

For tonight's guard duty,

Seta Sukejirou will be taking over.


If you had beheaded Sakakibara

at that moment,

your status will be gravely affected.

Seta had shield him with his own body.

He had come to your rescue, Dono.

From now onwards, he will be

working by your side.

Young Master!

Mother is here.

Come, smile.

Come, smile.

Smile! Smile!


Smile! Why are you...

Please stop.

You hateful child.


Did something happen?

I cannot sleep.

Tell me a story.

Even if you ask me to tell you a story...

since I'm just a country bumpkin,

I can talk about nothing but my hometown.


Seta Village is...

a small village surrounded by mountains.

There are vast meadows on the outskirts.

They have become

a splendid hunting ground.

And then?

The thawing snow that

flows into the river...


You don't have

anything else to talk?

There is a mountain called Seta Mountain.

Can one hunt there as well?


One can't?



There are goblins in Seta Mountain.

Do not talk nonsense.

It is the truth.

Who asked you to tell me

children's fairy tales?

There are indeed goblins.

If there are not,

I would be in deep trouble.

You like it that much?

What a strange tree.

Gingko and sakura...

...were both living.

But the ginko tree collapsed

due to thunder.

After that, sakura bud sprouted out.

It is a sturdy tree.

You were born

on that day the thunder struck.

Even in the midst of cracking thunder,

you still smiled happily.

You are saying that again.

Everything is thanks to this tree.

Your devotion hitherto... fully acknowledged

by Kubou-sama.

From now on too, you shall

remain in service for Sir Narimichi.

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Masato Kato

Masato Kato (加藤 正人, Katō Masato, born March 28, 1963) is a Japanese video game artist, scenario writer and director. In the early days of his career, he was credited under the pseudonyms of "Runmaru" and "Runmal". He then joined Square, and was most famous for penning the script of Chrono Trigger (based on a story draft by Yuji Horii), as well as Radical Dreamers, Xenogears, Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy XI and parts of Final Fantasy VII. more…

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