Late one night at Mukoda’s Gym, Kosaku sits on a bench eating while talking to his two friends. In the ring, Ishida is training another young boxer.
Kosaku: Did Coach go out somewhere?
Dark-haired Boxer: He said it was something about your next match.
Kosaku starts eating right in front of his friends.
Kosaku: Huh, really.
Dark-haired Boxer: Uh, Hatanaka-senpai.
Shunpei: Cut it out, you know we don’t eat at the gym.
Coach Mukoda comes through the door and hits Kosaku for eating.
Dark-haired Boxer: Ah, Coach.
Shunpei: You’re back.
Mukoda grabs Kohaku and is shaking, apparently with anger.
Mukoda: Everybody just settle down.
Dark-haired Boxer: Huh?
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Mukoda clenches his fist and sheds a tear.
Mukoda: It’s been a long time coming.
Two or three times I’ve thought the gym was done for.
Mukoda grabs Kosaku and everyone looks shocked.
Mukoda: Kosaku, you’ve got a title fight!
The Orient Pacific champ picked you!
Kosaku stares into space, dumbfounded.
Kosaku: A title fight… me…
The next day at the church, Angela is equally surprised by the news.
So if you’ll win, you’ll be the champion?
Kosaku stares at the ground looking very determined.
Kosaku: Yeah… but from here on,
Kosaku clinches his fist and looks off dramatically.
Kosaku: I’ll work my hardest because I know God will be watching.
Kosaku closes his eyes.
Kosaku: And most of all…
Kosaku clutches Angela’s hand as she looks down with embarrassment.
Kosaku: Sister Angela!
You’ve always watched over me…
Angela: Um, Mr. Hatakana.
Mukoda rides up on his bicycle and slaps Kosaku on the back.
Taiyaki fish cookies fall out of Kosaku’s shirt after he gets slapped on the back.
Mukoda looks irritated while Angela and Kosaku laugh nervously.
Angela: Hello, Coach.
Mukoda looks exhausted from having to deal with Kosaku.
Mukoda: Kosaku, don’t you get it?
This isn’t like all your other fights.
Kosaku nibbles on his taiyaki.
Kosaku: I know.
When I win, I’ll be the champ, right?
Mukoda punches Kosaku in the head while Sister Angela watches.
Mukoda: Then you might want to consider loosing some weight!
Kosaku: But, the match isn’t for another two months though…
Mukoda rides off on his bicycle dragging Kosaku behind him.
Mukoda: Excuse us, Sister.
Kosaku: I hope you’ll come see me at the fight.
Angela: Please do your best.
Angela holds her hands over her heart.
Angela thinks: Mr. Hatanaka could be the champion…
It seems like a dream.
A shot of the gym at night…
Voice: Who knows why they picked Hatanaka-senpai for the match,
The dark haired boxer and Shunpei whisper to one another while watching Kosaku.
Dark-haired Boxer: But they did.
Kosaku hits the heavy bag.
Voice: He’s got a ten win/six loss record, which is pretty fair,
Shunpei and the other boxer watch, somewhat mystified.
Dark-haired Boxer: And is famous for not being able to drop weight.
Shunpei: And so he’s basically in rough shape before his fights even start.
Mukoda watches Kosaku working out.
You look like a real paper tiger, Kosaku.
Kosaku looks supremely confident.
Kosaku: Forget it, there’s no need to worry.
I’ve got ten wins, all
Kosaku uppercuts the heavy bag while everyone watches him unenthusiastically.
Dark-haired boxer: And six sloppy losses, all from
Shunpei: That’s what he wants us to forget.
Kosaku: Absolutely victory!
An empty panel with Kosaku’s declaration.
Kosaku: And when I become the champ…
Kosaku imagines himself lovingly gazing into Sister Angela’s eyes.
I want you to leave the convent and marry me.
Angela: I will!
Ishida hangs his arms over the ring ropes while he talks to Mukoda.
Ishida: Coach, I overheard something before,
It’s about the champ, Ryusei Kurenai…
Mukoda looks surprised as Ishida talks.
Ishida: In addition to being a boxer, I hear he’s got a job on the side.
Mukoda: Another job…?
Exterior shot of the church.
Voice: Sister Angela, Mother Abbess would like to speak to you.
Angela looks shocked as she stands in front of Mother Abbess’s desk.
Angela: What!? My mother…!?
Mother Abbess: It seems she’s been hospitalized.
I’m giving you permission to go visit her.
That night at the hospital…
Angela’s mother is lying in a hospital bed; her father is standing at her mother’s side.
How is mother doing?
Angela’s mother has her eyes closed tightly.
The devil’s party…
Angela looks worried.
Angela’s father looks at Angela.
Father: I’ve already called your aunt to help, since my blood pressure has been so high lately.
Auntie bursts into the room carrying flowers.
Auntie: Sis, are you alright?
I was shocked when I heard. This came right out of the blue.
Angela and her father turn to see Auntie enter.
Auntie laughs cheerfully.
Auntie: Oh, Marie-chan, how are you?
Angela’s mother reaches out towards her daughter.
Please save Mizue.
Angela’s mother looks weakly at her.
Mother: Mizue has been bewitched by the devil himself.
It’s a demon with the face of an angel.
Auntie laughs while Angela leans over her mother’s bed.
Mother: If she doesn’t repent she’ll surely go to hell.
Auntie: Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho!
Auntie’s Mercedes driving down the street at night.
Auntie: My God, Marie-chan, your mother… she really has lead a sheltered life.
Angela: Um, Auntie…
In the back of the car, Auntie smokes a cigarette while she chats with Angela.
Angela: I’m not really sure what this is all about.
Auntie smiles at Angela.
Auntie: Well then, shall we go there together?
Angela looks nervously at Auntie.
The car zooms off into the night.
Auntie: To heaven!
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An exterior shot of Club Ring, and then an interior showing a lot of handsome young men.
Guys: Come on in!
Welcome to Club Ring!!
Angela stares in stunned silence.
Auntie looks eagerly at Angela.
Angela: Um, Auntie, this is a….
Auntie: You got it, it’s a host club.
An incredibly handsome blonde haired man in a white suit enters the room.
You look beautiful tonight.
Auntie holds up her glass, toasting the man.
Auntie: Ryusei-chan, come over here.
Ryusei sits down next to Auntie and leans over to look at Angela.
Ryusei: And this is?
Auntie: My niece, Marie.
The other hosts watch closely while Ryusei chats with Angela.
Ryusei: Cool costume.
What store do you work at?
Angela thinks: I have no idea what he’s talking about.
Auntie: Oh, she doesn’t work at an image club. (((Translation note: An image club is a brothel where prostitutes dress in costumes.)))
Two of the other hosts are excited.
Host: No kidding, you’re a real nun!?
Other host: That’s unusual.
Auntie smiles, while Angela gets mad.
Auntie: Oh no, she’s still just a novice.
She can quit anytime.
Ryusei lights Auntie’s cigarette while they chat.
Ryusei: Huh, is that so Marie-chan.
Angela: My name is Sister Angela, and no, I’m not going to quit.
Ryusei gazes at Angela.
Ryusei: I want to be a god too.
I could really fall for a pretty girl like you.
Angela is taken aback.
What a suspicious man.
The hosts cheer while Angela looks on nervously.
Host: Let’s break out the Dom Perignon!
Shouts: Dom Perignon! Open it! Awright! This is great!
Angela: I don’t understand any of this.
This is supposed to be fun?
Angela looks concerned and turns towards Auntie.
Angela: Auntie, let’s hurry up and go.
Auntie gets on her cell phone, which shocks Angela.
Auntie: Hey Mother Abbess, sorry, but we’re going to be late tonight…
Marie’s mother is knocking on death’s door…
Yes, she’s going to have to stay here tonight…
Auntie hangs up the phone with a big smile on her face.
Auntie: I got her permission.
Angela: But you lied…
Auntie cheerfully waves to Angela as she gets up.
Auntie: I’m going to go to the bathroom.
Ryusei-chan, take care of Marie.
Angela looks nervous.
You know, Auntie is married.
Ryusei doesn’t seem phased as Angela pleads with him.
Angela: Please, don’t try to tempt her.
Ryusei leans in and stares into Angela’s eyes.
Angela: It’s Sister Angela.
Ryusei looks serious and somewhat sad.
Ryusei: Well then, Sister.
Would you like to hear a story about why I became a host?
Angela seems interested.
Your parents sold you?
Ryusei closes his eyes and scratches his head.
Ryusei: They were severely in debt…
But I was blessed with a beautiful face…
Ryusei looks even sadder now.
Ryusei: No matter how hard they worked, they couldn’t repay it.
Angela: Were they really that far in debt?
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Ryusei is nonchalant while Angela is shocked.
Ryusei: 300 million yen.
Ryusei smiles weakly.
Ryusei: And so,
That’s why I work as hard as I can.
Angela looks concerned after what she has heard.
Angela thinks: Is he telling the truth…?
Angela: That’s unfortunate.
Angela stares at the floor.
Angela: I wish I could help.
Ryusei closes his eyes.
Ryusei: Don’t worry about it.
Ryusei still looks sad as Angela listens to him.
Ryusei: As for your aunt, she seems to like the pink champagne, but I couldn’t ask you to…
Angela looks at Ryusei calmly.
Angela: Maybe a little champagne then…
Angela thinks: I’m sure it’s only about 2000 yen.
Ryusei gets really, really excited.
Ryusei: Really!? Sister!
Ryusei throws his arms in the air as everyone cheers.
Host: Open the pink Dom Perignon!
Auntie returns as all the hosts applaud.
Shouts: Dom Perignon! Open it!
Auntie: Hang on Marie-chan.
Auntie looks surprised.
Auntie: You ordered pink Dom Perignon?
The other hosts are in awe of Ryusei.
Host: I can’t believe it, Ryusei-san.
Other host: You tricked the Sister.
Angela looks confused.
Angela thinks: Tricked…?
Angela: Um… but…
He said he had a 300 million yet debt…
Angela is still shocked and confused.
What do you mean you lied…
Auntie looks disappointed.
Auntie: Marie-chan, you are such an idiot.
Pink Dom Perignon,…
Ryusei holds up his glass and winks.
Ryusei: …Costs 400,000 yen!
Angela is shocked.
Angela stares blankly at her aunt.
Angela: … are you lying…?
Auntie: I’m dead serious.
Outside the convent.
Voice: So… you mother has made a dramatic recovery?
Angela: Yes, Mother Abbess.
Mother Abbess sits behind her desk while Angela looks worried.
Mother Abbess: That’s good to hear.
Angela: Thank you so much.
Angela says a silent prayer.
Angela thinks: Lord, please forgive me.
It was because I was lied to after all.
Angela thinks back to her aunt and Ryusei laughing at the club.
Auntie: Marie-chan’s ignorant in the ways of the world.
Just but it on my bill, Ryusei-baby.
Angela kneels before an altar.
Angela thinks: I’m such a fool for being tricked like that.
It really is the devil’s party!
At the gym that night.
Mukoda: What’s going on Kosaku?
You’re actually losing weight for a change.
Kosaku is standing on a scale while Mukoda weighs him.
Kosaku smiles confidently.
Kosaku: I’m taking this fight seriously, because I’ve got a lot riding on it.
Kosaku and Mukoda both grin while Ishida, Shunpei and his friend look glum as they watch them spar.
Mukoda: Great, no more half-assing it!
Even I don’t have any reason to be depressed about this one.
Ishida: After just a month and a half…
Dark-haired boxer: That’s something to be scared about in itself.
Kosaku happily jogs into the church.
Kosaku: Sister Angela.
Angela looks up.
Angela: Mr. Hatanaka…
Kosaku jogs in place while Angela chats with him.
Angela: Is your weight loss going smoothly?
Kosaku: Yeah, it’s great!
Kosaku looks serious as he twiddles his thumbs.
Kosaku: And because of that, I’d like to talk to you about something again.
Kosaku looks really happy.
Kosaku: If I win the championship,
Will you mar…
Kosaku stops talking as he hears a horn honking outside.
FX: Honk honk honk
A gorgeous white sports car pulls outside.
Kosaku: Whoa, cool Porsche.
Angela is mortified to see Ryusei get out of the car. Kosaku looks pretty calm.
Ryusei: Ah, you’re here.
Kosaku thinks: He called her Marie-chan…
Does he know her?
Angela’s mother is agape as she speaks to Ryusei.
What are you doing at the church?
Ryusei puts on his lover boy expression.
It’s the end of the month, isn’t it?
Ryusei happily presents Angela with his bill.
Ryusei: The bill for the 400,000 yen of pink Dom Perignon,
I’m here to collect.
Both Angela and Kosaku are stunned.
Both think: What!?
Kosaku snatches the bill as Angela pleads with Ryusei.
Angela: U-um… but…
But I thought my aunt was…
Kosaku: A host club!?
Ryusei shakes his head.
Ryusei: Mizue-chan forgot to pay me before she took off to
Kosaku cries as he shouts at Angela, who yells back at him.
You went to a host club?
Angela: Mr. Hatanaka, lower your voice!
Ryusei looks somewhat surprised when he hears Kosaku’s name.
Ryusei approaches Kosaku.
Are you really Hatanaka-kun?
Kosaku looks surprised.
Have we met before?
Ryusei glares at Kosaku.
Ryusei: … you don’t know me?
Because I certainly know you.
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Angela looks shocked as Ryusei throws a punch at Kosaku, who catches it in his hand.
Ryusei continues to stare at Kosaku.
Ryusei: I know you all too well.
You’re challenging the champion, so I’ve watch all the videos.
Kosaku is shocked when he realizes who he is talking to.
Ryusei puts his sunglasses on and turns to leave.
Ryusei: I’ll see you at Korakuen Hall.
But I think I’ll hold on to my belt.
Kosaku and Angela are both shocked.
Kosaku thinks: That’s the champ.
Angela thinks: That’s who Mr. Hatanaka is going to fight!?
Ryusei drives away.
I forgot to get my money.