Titre original : The Dreamlike Pale Sakura
Hijikata's army has a few victories in Futamata-guchi, but Ootori's army falls in Matsumae-guchi. Hijikata and his army is forced to retreat before the enemies arrive. When another blood thirst strikes, he realizes that his body cannot hold out much longer. In Benten Daiba, Hijikata meets up with Shimada and Ootori, who blames himself for the loss at Matsumae-guchi. Hijikata tells him that it wasn't his fault and shakes his hand in the end. Later when they are alone, Hijikata ends up confessing to Chizuru and kissing her. When the New Government Army attacks Benten Daiba, Hijikata is shot while on horseback. Refusing to let him die, Chizuru gives him some of her blood. While attempting to go back to Goryoukaku, Kazama Chikage appears under a beautiful cherry blossom tree. Kazama declares Hijikata not a Rasetsu, but an Oni. He gives Hijikata an Oni name--"Hakuouki" meaning pale sakura oni.They fight and Hijikata kills Kazama. Hijikata is shown unconscious in the last few minutes of the episode but he does not die because he did not turn into ashes and disappear.
Chizuru did however hallucinate the fact that he wiped her tears and whispered her name. Regardless Hijikata did not die in the last episode.