Okay, finally got the new one loaded and read.
I'm not a big Mifune fan (not really by choice, I just haven't seen a lot of Kurosawa stuff), so I didn't catch whatever reference was made, though I assume it was regarding a tale with a Tomoe character. Regardless, loved it. I'd originally thought Mari was created to house souls, but it looks like she was completely normal at first. :O
Also, completely random side-note: I get the feeling young
Kimiko Tomi's story would make an awesome action-adventure game. But that's just my brain doing the things it does 24/7.