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|The Ten Brides of Takezo Kensei|
|Released:||December 31, 2007|
|Story by:||Chuck Kim|
|Art and colors by:||Peter Steigerwald|
|Produced by:||Aspen MLT Inc.|
|Easter Egg:||Behind the scenes image of David Anders|
|Say "I do" at your own risk.|
|Over four hundred years old, Takezo Kensei has outlived entire lineages of families.|
But what of his own?
Who were the lovers of Takezo Kensei?
Trapped in his coffin, Adam Monroe laments that he has survived 'the greatest men and women on the planet', even those who could bend steal or wield the raw power of the elements. All except one; Hiro Nakamura. He asks what he can measure his centuries of life by; a few dozen names? He thinks that immortality is worthless, if he's buried alive, and the loves of his life are all dead.
He remembers these loves, starting with his wife Helene in Diedenshausen, Germany in 1692. When Monroe turned 42, he realised he did not age, and his wife fled into the forest, calling him a devil. He heard that she died years later in a nunnery. He then recounts the tale of his second wife, Maria, who bore him two sons while he lived in Milan, Italy. He realised he did not like children, and left them with two sacks of coin as he departed to the new country. He met his third wife, Frederica, at Versailles, in Paris, France in 1782. She was vain, never out of her rouge and face powder; it was this affinity for lead-based cosmetics that led to her death.
Next, he recounts the story of how he went to Japan in 1784 to meet his fourth wife, Yumi, the great grand daughter of Yaeko. He left her after faking his own death, and travelled to the New World, where in 1787 he married Angelica to whom he confessed his greatest secret. They were together for 62 years, introducing themselves as husband and wife, mother and son, and, finally, grandmother and grandson, before she died at the age of 87. In 1864, in Atlanta, Georgia, Kensei married his sixth wife, the second named Maria. While he battled in the American Civil War, she died of smoke inhalation during a fire at their plantation.
In Montreal, Canada in 1901, he married Diane. She contracted tubercolosis one winter. Desperate to save his love from dying, Adam injected her with a vial of his blood. Her recovery was hailed as a miracle and she died peacefull 20 years later. After a vicious mugging in Chicago, Illinois in 1926, Adam regenerated his left eye and spleen in front of his eighth wife Louisa. She drank herself to death within four months. His ninth wife, Theresa, whom he met in Los Angeles, California, in 1958. She never truly loved him; she and her lover shot him in the chest and dumped him off a cliff. He swam back to shore and killed them in their sleep. He married his tenth wife in 1977. A woman named Trina, she remarried after his imprisonment, and had children and grandchildren. She died in 2001, in a car accident. Adam blamed Kaito Nakamura and the others for depriving him of the opportunity to say goodbye.
Finally, Adam says that he has died dozens of times in his tomb, and that Hiro is a cruel man. He looks at an eleventh ring, and remarks that his latest bride will be coming for him soon enough.
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