Esdeath is tasked by the emperor (under manipulation by the prime minister) to hunt down Night Raid in exchange for a suitor. In the wake of Sheele's death, Night Raid has no other choice but to get on with their lives. However, Tatsumi is still greatly affected by this, but admires how Akame is so calm and composed about the entire matter. However, he finds out, after a midnight confrontation, that she has been utterly devastated ever since hearing the news. Shortly thereafter, Night Raid is tasked with bringing down a new threat: a group of skilled fighters and Imperial Arms users who (under the command of Esdeath) are killing politicians who opposed the prime minister's rule, trying to put the blame of the murders on Night Raid afterwards. Leone is tasked with watching over Esdeath, Akame and Lubbock are to act as bodyguards for a potential target, and Tatsumi and Bulat are to act as bodyguards for a second potential target, who is aboard the Ryuusen, a massive luxury liner. While watching over their politician, Tatsumi learns of Bulat's past as a member of the Imperial Guard, whose general was punished for not accepting a bribe from a higher superior. Later, an impostor, Nyau, uses his Imperial Arm, a flute-like instrument called Scream, to subdue everyone on the ship, except for Tatsumi, who resists Scream's ability and is subsequently confronted by another impostor, Daidara. After a brief fight, Bulat intervenes, also being unaffected by Scream, and fights Daidara, Nyau, and the third impostor. He quickly kills Daidara and subdues the other two. The third impostor quickly recovers and confronts Bulat, who recognizes him as his former general, Liver.