A view of the convent with leaves blowing in the wind.
Narration: The Convent
Angela looking concerned.
Angela: So its alright if I don’t pay him…
Kosaku jogs in place inside the church as he talks to Angela.
Kosaku: Yeah, surprisingly the champ is a really understanding guy.
Kosaku looking upbeat.
Angela in profile.
Angela: But, why…
Mukoda appears suddenly and smacks Kosaku in the back of his head.
Mukoda: ‘Scuse me.
I knew you’d probably be here, ya bum.
Mukoda grabs Kosaku by the collar of his shirt.
Mukoda: Kosaku, where the hell were you all night?
Kosaku waves to Angela as Mukoda drags him out of the church.
You’re staying at the gym from now on.
Kosaku: See ya, Sister!
Angela looks stunned as Kosaku leaves.
Did he go to the host club to discuss my debt…?
Kosaku in the ring, sparring with Mukoda.
Mukoda: Throw it more from the hips.
Kosaku lands a powerful punch to Mukoda’s padded hand.
Mukoda: That’s it! That’s the punch that’ll knock him out!
Kosaku: Yeah, knock him out!
Kosaku thinks back to his meeting with Ryusei.
Ryusei: And after our fight…
If you can beat me, I’ll cancel her debt.
Kosaku smiles confidently.
Kosaku: Sister Angela…
I’ll win your heart.
Ishida and Shunpei stand outside the ring, watching Kosaku spar.
Shunpei: So Ryusei Kurenai works at a host club?
Ishida: Yeah, nice way to earn a buck.
The dark haired boxer looks over to Shunpei as he works the speed bag.
Dark Haired Boxer: I heard there’s supposed to be an ad for the fight on TV tonight.
Shunpei: Oh yeah?
A closeup of a television set with Ryusei on the screen.
Announcer: This is Club Ring’s number one host, Ryusei-san.
But it’s a slightly different title we’re concerned with.
Everyone from Mukoda’s Gym is sitting around the television.
Announcer: He also holds the title of the Asian Pacific Boxing Championship.
Mukoda’s Gym Boxer: Those two titles….how does he handle it?
Ryusei being interviewed.
Announcer: What’s the best present you’ve ever received from a girl?
A watch, a car, and my condo…
Kosaku and Mukoda looking at the screen with curiosity.
Kosaku: That’s right he drives a Porsche.
Mukoda: Kosaku, you’ve met him?
Ryusei looking sensitive as photographer’s flashes go off behind him.
Ryusei: But probably the best gift of all…
Mukoda’s boxers looking at the screen.
Ishida: Hell of a way to make a living.
Dark Haired Boxer: I’ll say.
Ryusei sits outside the ring, propping his chin on his hands.
Ryusei: Sometimes I wonder…
Why is it that I fight?
You get hot and sweaty.
And there really isn’t any money in it.
Ryusei looks tired and bored as he postulates.
Announcer: So why continue?
Ryusei: Hm, I guess it’s because…
I’m so powerful.
A close-up of Ryusei.
Ryusei: No…more like,
It’s a man’s romance.
Shunpei and the Dark Haired Boxer watching the television.
Dark Haired Boxer: I think I’m gonna puke.
Everyone at the gym around the television.
Shunpei: Hatanaka-senpai, I hope you beat this guy’s ass.
Kosaku: I will…but he’s really not a bad guy.
Announcer: And you’ll be defending your title next month, Ryusei-san…
The convent at night.
The nuns are gathered around the television watching the same interview.
Mother Abbess: So that is Hatanaka-san’s next opponent.
Angela in profile, thinking.
Angela thinking: How could I have been fooled by such a lie?
A flashback to Angela in Club Ring with Ryusei.
Ryusei: I was sold off by my parents.
A dark panel.
Ryusei: They were three million yen in debt.
Angela closes her eyes and thinks.
Angela thinking: After all this time I can’t believe how foolish I still am.
But as for Ryusei-san,
I just can’t afford the 400,000 yen.
A cold gust of wind blows through the streets of
Sign: Christmas sale.
Kosaku looks exhausted as he jogs down the street with Mukoda following him on his bicycle.
Quit drag-assin’ around, Kosaku!
C’mon, catch your breath!
Kosaku: Huh, wheeze, gasp, pant.
Angela pulls up on her bicycle..
Mukoda elbow drops Kosaku as he notices Angela.
Angela: Good afternoon Coach.
Mukoda: Ah, Sister Angela.
The group stops on the street to chat.
Angela: Hatanaka-san, are you still making progress with your weight loss?
Same old, same old.
Kosaku: Sister Angela.
Angela smiles at Kosaku.
Angela: Hatanaka-san, I know its tough but,
Please do your best.
Kosaku smiles back and blushes.
Kosaku: I will.
Kosaku thinking: It’s all for you, Sister.
Several days later.
Voice: Sister Angela,
You have a visitor.
Mizue: Hi there, Marie-chan.
Angela approaches her Aunt.
Angela: Auntie Mizue.
Mizue: I’m sorry.
I totally forgot about…
Mother Abbess walks into the room and interjects herself into the conversation.
Mother Abbess: Sister, are you feeling better?
Mizue: Oh, she’s just fine Mother Abbess.
Mizue smiles happily at Mother Abbess as Angela begins to panic.
Mizue: I’ll tell you the whole story.
You see, this host…
Angela: Let’s go talk in the chapel!
Angela and Mizue alone in the chapel.
Angela: Well Auntie? Do you have the 400,000 yen?
A closeup of Angela.
Angela: Don’t you remember…
The money, I didn’t have enough.
Mizue looks perplexed.
But you asked Hatanaka for the money, didn’t you?
Angela and Mizue continue their discussion in the chapel, surrounded by stain glass windows.
Mizue: That’s what I heard from the other hosts.
A bead of sweat flows down the side of Angela’s face.
Took over my debt!?
Mizue responds matter-of-factly.
Mizue: They said if Hatanaka wins his next match the debt will be cancelled.
But then again…
Angela’s jaw drops as she hears the news.
Mizue: If he loses, he’ll owe 800,000 yen.
The sun is going down and the wind blows as Angela rides her bicycle to the gym.
Angela thinking: Why Hatanaka-san,
Why make such a ridiculous promise?
Sign: Mukoda’s Gym
Angela bursts into the gym.
Angela: Pardon me.
The boxers are crowded around a kneeling Kosaku.
Dark Haired Boxer: Oh, Sister Angela.
Kosaku: Water~ water~
Shunpei: Senpai, Sister’s here.
Angela frowns and raises her voice at Kosaku who is dazed and on the floor.
In Mukoda’s room, Kosaku has his face buried in his arms. Angela sits in front of him, with Mukoda and the two younger boxers standing in the doorway.
Kosaku: Sister, you came to see me…
I’ve heard something.
Angela’s gaze is lowered nervously.
Angela: I want you to take back your promise. Right now.
Kosaku lifts his head weakly.
Kosaku: Promise… oh…
Kosaku smiles weakly as Angela begins to yell at him.
Kosaku: You mean, the one where if I win the debt will be cancelled…?
Angela: And if you lose you’ll owe him 800,000 yen!
Mukoda looks concerned.
Mukoda thinking: Huh…!?
What the hell?
Angela with a stern look on her face..
Angela: This scheme of yours, it worries me.
Kosaku’s eyes are unfocused as he responds.
Kosaku: You said…
Angela is becoming frustrated.
Angela: You don’t have to…
Get revenge for me.
An overhead view of the room as Angela kneels in front of Kosaku.
Angela thinking: When I entered the monastery,
I swore to devote my existence to God.
Angela: There’s nothing I can do.
Kosaku stares at the floor.
Kosaku: It’s okay to watch from the sidelines.
There’s nothing else I need.
Angela looks surprised.
Angela thinking: What…?
Kosaku closes his eyes and speaks from his heart.
Kosaku: Sister, as long as you’re happy,
And smiling, then I’ll be fine.
Angela is taken aback as the others peer in from the doorway.
Angela’s demeanor quickly changes and she begins to yell at Kosaku.
What are you saying?
Kosaku sits in stunned silence, his eyes glassy.
Hands clasped to her chest, Angela continues to unload on Kosaku.
Are you only boxing for someone else!?
Frowning, Angela continues to argue her point.
Angela: Is it for me? Or for the money…?
Then you’re doing it for the wrong reasons!
If you’re fighting for my sake then…
Mukoda and the others look on as Angela continues to argue with Kosaku.
Angela: Don’t you think you owe Coach Mukoda an apology? Because he’s been sharing your hardships all this time!
Mukoda thinking: Me?
As long as he wins I won’t complain.
Kosaku looks up at Angela calmly.
Kosaku: At any rate…
The money is my problem now and mine alone.
Angela stares down at him.
Angela: And if you lose?
Kosaku’s face becomes serious.
Kosaku: I’ll win.
Angela is frustrated and it shows.
Angela: But if you lose...
Kosaku has had enough, and yells back.
Kosaku: Shut up!
I’m gonna triumph in that ring!
Angela is stunned, her mouth is wide up but she remains silent..
Mukoda, Ishida and the other boxers are all stunned as well.
Even Kosaku seems surprised by his words, as his mouth hangs open.
Angela staggers backwards as she and Kosaku look at one another nervously.
Angela turns and leaves the room, walking past Ishida and Mukoda.
Angela: Excuse me.
Kosaku watches as Angela leaves.
Angela peddling her bike, still looking stunned.
Angela: Mr. Hatanaka got so angry.
Kosaku looks up at Mukoda, who stands with his arms crossed, the two other boxers standing behind him.
Kosaku: Did I just really piss her off?
That was pretty scary.
Dark Haired Boxer: Man, I feel sorry for the Sister.