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Page 1

 

Panel 1

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.

 

Panel 2

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.

 

Panel 3

Coach Mukoda comes through the door and hits Kosaku for eating.

 

Dark-haired Boxer:  Ah, Coach.

 

Shunpei: You’re back.

 

Panel 4

Mukoda grabs Kohaku and is shaking, apparently with anger.

 

Mukoda: Everybody just settle down.

 

Dark-haired Boxer: Huh?

 

Shunpei: Okay.

 

Page 2 and 3

 

Panel 1

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.

 

But now,

 

Panel 3

Mukoda grabs Kosaku and everyone looks shocked.

 

Mukoda: Kosaku, you’ve got a title fight!

 

The Orient Pacific champ picked you!

 

Panel 4

Kosaku stares into space, dumbfounded.

 

Kosaku: A title fight… me…

 

 

Page 4

 

Panel 1

The next day at the church, Angela is equally surprised by the news.

 

Angela: Wha…

 

So if you’ll win, you’ll be the champion?

 

Panel 3

Kosaku stares at the ground looking very determined.

 

Kosaku: Yeah… but from here on,

 

Panel 4

Kosaku clinches his fist and looks off dramatically.

 

Kosaku: I’ll work my hardest because I know God will be watching.

 

Angela: …Yes.

 

Panel 5

Kosaku closes his eyes.

 

Kosaku: And most of all…

 

 

Page 5

 

Panel 1

Kosaku clutches Angela’s hand as she looks down with embarrassment.

 

Kosaku: Sister Angela!

 

You’ve always watched over me…

 

Angela: Um, Mr. Hatakana.

 

Panel 2

Mukoda rides up on his bicycle and slaps Kosaku on the back.

 

Mukoda: Hey!

 

Panel 3

Taiyaki fish cookies fall out of Kosaku’s shirt after he gets slapped on the back.

 

Panel 4

Mukoda looks irritated while Angela and Kosaku laugh nervously.

 

Mukoda: So…

 

Kosaku: C-Coach…

 

Angela: Hello, Coach.

 

Panel 6

Mukoda looks exhausted from having to deal with Kosaku.

 

Mukoda: Kosaku, don’t you get it?

 

This isn’t like all your other fights.

 

Panel 7

Kosaku nibbles on his taiyaki.

 

Kosaku: I know.

 

When I win, I’ll be the champ, right?

 

 

Page 6

 

Panel 1

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…

 

Panel 2

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.

 

Panel 3

Angela holds her hands over her heart.

 

Angela thinks: Mr. Hatanaka could be the champion…

 

It seems like a dream.

 

Panel 4

A shot of the gym at night…

 

Voice: Who knows why they picked Hatanaka-senpai for the match,

 

Panel 5

The dark haired boxer and Shunpei whisper to one another while watching Kosaku.

 

Dark-haired Boxer: But they did.

 

Shunpei: Yeah.

 

 

Page 7

 

Panel 1

Kosaku hits the heavy bag.

 

Voice: He’s got  a ten win/six loss record, which is pretty fair,

 

Panel 2

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.

 

Panel 3

Mukoda watches Kosaku working out.

 

Mukoda: Mmm.

 

You look like a real paper tiger, Kosaku.

 

Kosaku: Feh.

 

 

Page 8

 

Panel 1

Kosaku looks supremely confident.

 

Kosaku: Forget it, there’s no need to worry.

 

I’ve got ten wins, all KOs.

 

Panel 2

Kosaku uppercuts the heavy bag while everyone watches him unenthusiastically.

 

Dark-haired boxer: And six sloppy losses, all from KOs.

 

Shunpei: That’s what he wants us to forget.

 

Kosaku: Absolutely victory!

 

Panel 3

An empty panel with Kosaku’s declaration.

 

Kosaku: And when I become the champ…

 

Panel 4

Kosaku imagines himself lovingly gazing into Sister Angela’s eyes.

 

Kosaku: Sister,

 

I want you to leave the convent and marry me.

 

Angela: I will!

 

 

Page 9

 

Panel 1

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: Yeah?

 

Panel 2

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…?

 

Like what?

 

Panel 3

Exterior shot of the church.

 

Voice: Sister Angela, Mother Abbess would like to speak to you.

 

Angela: Alright.

 

Panel 4

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.

 

 

Page 10

 

Panel 1

That night at the hospital…

 

Angela: Mother!

 

Panel 2

Angela’s mother is lying in a hospital bed; her father is standing at her mother’s side.

 

Father: Marie…

 

Angela: Father,

 

How is mother doing?

 

Panel 3

Angela’s mother has her eyes closed tightly.

 

Mother:

The devil’s party…

 

Panel 4

Angela looks worried.

 

Angela: Devil!?

 

Panel 5

Angela’s father looks at Angela.

 

Father: I’ve already called your aunt to help, since my blood pressure has been so high lately.

 

Angela: Auntie…?

 

 

Page 11

 

Panel 1

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.

 

Panel 2

Angela and her father turn to see Auntie enter.

 

Father: Mizue-san.

 

Angela: Auntie.

 

Panel 3

Auntie laughs cheerfully.

 

Auntie: Oh, Marie-chan, how are you?

 

Panel 4

Angela’s mother reaches out towards her daughter.

 

Mother: Marie-chan,

 

Please save Mizue.

 

Angela: Mother…

 

Panel 5

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.

 

Panel 6

Auntie laughs while Angela leans over her mother’s bed.

 

Mother: If she doesn’t repent she’ll surely go to hell.

 

Angela: Mother!?

 

Auntie: Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho!

 

 

Page 12

 

Panel 1

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…

 

Panel 2

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: Oh.

 

Panel 3

Auntie smiles at Angela.

 

Auntie: Well then, shall we go there together?

 

Panel 4

Angela looks nervously at Auntie.

 

Angela: Um…

 

To hell?

 

Auntie: Idiot.

 

Panel 5

The car zooms off into the night.

 

Auntie: To heaven!

 

 

 

Page 13

 

Panel 1 and 2

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!!

 

Panel 3

Angela stares in stunned silence.

 

Panel 4

Auntie looks eagerly at Angela.

Angela: Um, Auntie, this is a….

 

Auntie: You got it, it’s a host club.

 

 

Page 14

 

Panel 1

An incredibly handsome blonde haired man in a white suit enters the room.

 

Man: Mizue-chan.

 

You look beautiful tonight.

 

Panel 2

Auntie holds up her glass, toasting the man.

 

Auntie: Ryusei-chan, come over here.

 

Panel 3

Ryusei sits down next to Auntie and leans over to look at Angela.

 

Ryusei: And this is?

 

Auntie: My niece, Marie.

 

 

Page 15

 

Panel 1

The other hosts watch closely while Ryusei chats with Angela.

 

Ryusei: Cool costume.

 

What store do you work at?

 

Angela: Huh!?

 

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.)))

 

Panel 2

Two of the other hosts are excited.

 

Host: No kidding, you’re a real nun!?

 

Other host: That’s unusual.

 

Panel 3

Auntie smiles, while Angela gets mad.

 

Auntie: Oh no, she’s still just a novice.

 

She can quit anytime.

 

Angela: Auntie!

 

Panel 4

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.

 

Panel 5

Ryusei gazes at Angela.

 

Ryusei: I want to be a god too.

 

I could really fall for a pretty girl like you.

 

Panel 6

Angela is taken aback.

 

Angela: Ah,

 

What a suspicious man.

 

 

Page 16

 

Panel 1

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?

 

Panel 2

Angela looks concerned and turns towards Auntie.

 

Angela: Auntie, let’s hurry up and go.

 

Panel 3

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…

 

Panel 4

Auntie hangs up the phone with a big smile on her face.

 

Auntie: I got her permission.

 

Angela: But you lied…

 

Panel 5

Auntie cheerfully waves to Angela as she gets up.

 

Auntie: I’m going to go to the bathroom.

 

Ryusei-chan, take care of Marie.

 

 

Page 17

 

Panel 1

Angela looks nervous.

 

Angela: Um,

 

You know, Auntie is married.

 

Panel 2

Ryusei doesn’t seem phased as Angela pleads with him.

 

Ryusei: And?

 

 

Angela: Please, don’t try to tempt her.

 

Panel 3

Ryusei leans in and stares into Angela’s eyes.

 

Ryusei: Marie-chan.

 

Angela: It’s Sister Angela.

 

Panel 4

Ryusei looks serious and somewhat sad.

 

Ryusei: Well then, Sister.

 

Would you like to hear a story about why I became a host?

 

 

Panel 5

Angela seems interested.

 

Angela: Huh?

 

Your parents sold you?

 

Panel 6

Ryusei closes his eyes and scratches his head.

 

Ryusei: They were severely in debt…

 

But I was blessed with a beautiful face…

 

Ryusei: Oh…

 

Panel 7

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?

 

 

 

Page 18

 

Panel 1 and 2

Ryusei is nonchalant while Angela is shocked.

 

Ryusei: 300 million yen.

 

Panel 3

Ryusei smiles weakly.

 

Ryusei: And so,

 

That’s why I work as hard as I can.

 

Panel 4

Angela looks concerned after what she has heard.

 

Angela thinks: Is he telling the truth…?

 

Angela: That’s unfortunate.

 

Panel 5

Angela stares at the floor.

 

Angela: I wish I could help.

 

Panel 6

Ryusei closes his eyes.

 

Ryusei: Don’t worry about it.

 

Panel 7

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: Oh.

 

Panel 8

Angela looks at Ryusei calmly.

 

Angela: Maybe a little champagne then…

 

Angela thinks: I’m sure it’s only about 2000 yen.

 

Panel 9

Ryusei gets really, really excited.

 

Ryusei: Really!? Sister!

 

 

Page 19

 

Panel 1

Ryusei throws his arms in the air as everyone cheers.

 

Host: Open the pink Dom Perignon!

 

Panel 2

Auntie returns as all the hosts applaud.

 

Auntie: Huh?

 

Shouts: Dom Perignon! Open it!

 

Auntie: Hang on Marie-chan.

 

 

Panel 3

Auntie looks surprised.

 

Auntie: You ordered pink Dom Perignon?

 

Angel: Um…

 

Panel 4

The other hosts are in awe of Ryusei.

 

Host: I can’t believe it, Ryusei-san.

 

Other host: You tricked the Sister.

 

Angela: Huh?

 

 

Page 20

 

Panel 1

Angela looks confused.

 

Angela thinks: Tricked…?

 

Angela: Um… but…

 

He said he had a 300 million yet debt…

 

Panel 2

Ryusei laughs.

 

Ryusei: Soooory.

 

I lied.

 

Panel 3

Angela is still shocked and confused.

 

Angela: But…

 

What do you mean you lied…

 

Panel 4

Auntie looks disappointed.

 

Auntie: Marie-chan, you are such an idiot.

 

Pink Dom Perignon,…

 

 

Page 21

 

Panel 1

Ryusei holds up his glass and winks.

 

Ryusei: …Costs 400,000 yen!

 

Panel 2

Angela is shocked.

 

Angela:  Wha!?

 

Panel 3

Angela stares blankly at her aunt.

 

Angela: … are you lying…?

 

Auntie: I’m dead serious.

 

 

Page 22

 

Panel 2

Outside the convent.

Voice: So… you mother has made a dramatic recovery?

 

Angela: Yes, Mother Abbess.

 

Panel 3

Mother Abbess sits behind her desk while Angela looks worried.

 

Mother Abbess: That’s good to hear.

 

Angela: Thank you so much.

 

Panel 4

Angela says a silent prayer.

 

Angela thinks: Lord, please forgive me.

 

It was because I was lied to after all.

 

And…

 

Panel 5

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.

 

Ryusei: Oookay.

 

Panel 6

Angela kneels before an altar.

 

Angela thinks: I’m such a fool for being tricked like that.

 

It really is the devil’s party!

 

 

Page 23

 

Panel 1

At the gym that night.

 

Mukoda: What’s going on Kosaku?

 

You’re actually losing weight for a change.

 

Panel 2

Kosaku is standing on a scale while Mukoda weighs him.

 

Koasku: Feh.

 

Panel 3

Kosaku smiles confidently.

 

Kosaku: I’m taking this fight seriously, because I’ve got a lot riding on it.

 

Panel 4

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.

 

Panel 5

Kosaku happily jogs into the church.

 

Kosaku: Sister Angela.

 

Panel 6

Angela looks up.

 

Angela: Mr. Hatanaka…

 

 

Page 24

 

Panel 1

Kosaku jogs in place while Angela chats with him.

 

Angela: Is your weight loss going smoothly?

 

Kosaku: Yeah, it’s great!

 

Panel 2

Kosaku looks serious as he twiddles his thumbs.

 

Kosaku: And because of that, I’d like to talk to you about something again.

 

Angela: Alright.

 

Panel 3

Kosaku looks really happy.

 

Kosaku: If I win the championship,

 

Will you mar…

 

Panel 4

Kosaku stops talking as he hears a horn honking outside.

 

FX: Honk honk honk

 

Panel 5

A gorgeous white sports car pulls outside.

 

Kosaku: Whoa, cool Porsche.

 

 

Page 25

 

Panel 1

Angela is mortified to see Ryusei get out of the car. Kosaku looks pretty calm.

 

Ryusei: Ah, you’re here.

 

Marie-chaaaaan.

 

Kosaku thinks: He called her Marie-chan…

 

Does he know her?

 

Panel 2

Angela’s mother is agape as she speaks to Ryusei.

 

Angela: Um,

 

What are you doing at the church?

 

Panel 3

Ryusei puts on his lover boy expression.

 

Ryusei: Well,

 

It’s the end of the month, isn’t it?

 

 

Page 26

 

Panel 1

Ryusei happily presents Angela with his bill.

 

Ryusei: The bill for the 400,000 yen of pink Dom Perignon,

 

I’m here to collect.

 

Panel 2

Both Angela and Kosaku are stunned.

 

Both think: What!?

 

Panel 3

Kosaku snatches the bill as Angela pleads with Ryusei.

 

Angela: U-um… but…

 

But I thought my aunt was…

 

Kosaku: A host club!?

 

Panel 4

Ryusei shakes his head.

 

Ryusei: Mizue-chan forgot to pay me before she took off to Italy.

 

Angela: Th-that’s…

 

Panel 5

Kosaku cries as he shouts at Angela, who yells back at him.

 

Kosaku: Sister,

 

You went to a host club?

 

Angela: Mr. Hatanaka, lower your voice!

 

 

Page 27

 

Panel 1

Ryusei looks somewhat surprised when he hears Kosaku’s name.

 

Ryusei: Hatanaka…?

 

Panel 2

Ryusei approaches Kosaku.

 

Ryusei: Oh,

 

Are you really Hatanaka-kun?

 

Panel 3

Kosaku looks surprised.

 

Kosaku: Hmm?

 

Have we met before?

 

Panel 4

Ryusei glares at Kosaku.

 

Ryusei: … you don’t know me?

 

Because I certainly know you.

 

Panel 5 and 6

Angela looks shocked as Ryusei throws a punch at Kosaku, who catches it in his hand.

 

 

Page 28

 

Panel 1

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.

 

Panel 2

Kosaku is shocked when he realizes who he is talking to.

 

Kosaku: Champion…

 

Ryusei Kurenai!?

 

Panel 3

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.

 

Panel 4

Kosaku and Angela are both shocked.

 

Kosaku thinks: That’s the champ.

 

Angela thinks: That’s who Mr. Hatanaka is going to fight!?

 

Panel 5

Ryusei drives away.

 

Ryusei: Darn,

 

I forgot to get my money.

 








Translation by Harley Acres. Please do not reproduce or repost this translation elsewhere.