Kurogane has killed King Ashura, activating a curse placed upon Fay by Fei Wong Reed to trap them in Celes Country using Fai's own magic. Fai's remaining magic is insufficient to send them all to another dimension, so Kurogane cuts off his arm to sacrifice the necessary magic. They arrive in Nihon Country, Kurogane's home world. Princess Tomoyo tells Kurogane that he has begun to understand the meaning of true strength. Fellow hunter Seishirō arrives in search of the vampire twins Kamui and Subaru. Syaoran attacks Seishiro to reacquire the feather of Sakura's he was seen with in the Ōto arc. Syaoran seizes the feather and is transported into the world of dreams, where he meets Sakura, Watanuki Kimihiro, and the clone Syaoran, whom he prepares to fight.
When reporter Jean Craddock interviews Bad Blake -- an alcoholic, seen-better-days country music legend -- they connect, and the hard-living crooner sees a possible saving grace in a life with Jean and her young son.