Outside the church at night…
Narration: Sister Angela, you are forbidden from going out for a week.
Mother Abbess looks angry.
Mother Abbess: If you choose to ignore this…
A red background with only these words written across it.
Mother Abbess: Then you will leave the monastery permanently.
Angela kneels by her bed and prays.
Sister Angela: …
Angela looks worried as she prays.
Angela thinks: I won’t be able to be a nun…
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Angela looks up clasping her hands together.
Angela thinks: The gong has already been rung.
Kosaku and Ryusei start to square off.
Ring announcer: Let’s get it on!
The Orient Pacific Featherweight fight is scheduled for twelve rounds.
Ryusei grins at Kosaku as they get ready to fight.
Ryusei: You remember your promise, right, Hatanaka-kun?
Kosaku: Of course.
Kosaku dashes forward ready to throw down.
Kosaku: When I win, you’ll forget about…
The 400,000 yen debt.
Calm and collected, Ryusei studies Kosaku.
Ryusei thinks: What an optimistic fool.
Ryusei blocks Kosaku’s punch and nails him with a left to the face.
Ryusei: And if you lose you owe me 800,000 yen.
And you’ll pay me in full!
Mukoda shouts at Kosaku from ringside.
Mukoda: Kosaku you moron, guard!
Ishida: The first thing they talk about is the money.
Shunpei and his friend look worried.
Shunpei: You’d think he’d focus a little more on just winning the title.
Dark-haired boxer: Yeah, I thought it was his dream.
Ryusei blocks one of Kosaku’s blows.
Ryusei throws a punch at Kosaku, which he blocks as he retreats.
Mukoda looks a little nervous as he watches them trade shots.
Mukoda: He… He’s fast.
Kosaku throws a jab at Ryusei’s face, which he easily side-steps.
The women in the crowd squeal as they fear that Ryusei’s handsome face will be damaged.
Woman 1: Kyaa, he’s aiming for his face!
Woman 2: A host’s face is his life!
The bell rings as the announcer comes over the PA system.
Announcer: That’s the end of the first round.
Mukoda works on Kosaku in the corner between rounds.
Mukoda: Kosaku, remember your footwork.
Kosaku looks out into the audience.
Kosaku scans the audience looking for Angela.
Kosaku: Sister Angela…
She’s not here yet…
In Ryusei’s corner, his coach is looking confident while he looks bored.
Ryusei’s Coach: Once you finish this title defense you’ll be able to go after the World Title.
Then you’ll be making some serious money.
Ryusei’s Coach looks excited as he gives his boxer a pep talk.
Ryusei’s Coach: Then you’ll be able to pay off your parents
300 million yen debt.
Ryusei closes his eyes and smirks.
Ryusei: Money isn’t…
The reason that I box.
The bell rings and Ryusei heads back to the center of the ring, as his coach watches him, confused.
Ryusei’s Coach: Is that so?
It’s just money is all you ever talk about.
Kosaku looks serious as he heads back to begin the round. Mukoda calls out to him.
Mukoda: Ya gotta go for his face, that’s his weak spot.
Break his defense and nail him.
Kosaku begins the round with a punch that Ryusei blocks.
A close-up of Ryusei.
Ryusei: I won’t let you touch my face.
Ryusei lands a hard punch to Kosaku’s face.
Ryusei: It’s how I make my living!
Ryusei backs Kosaku into the corner with another massive punch that Kosaku only barely manages to block.
Ryusei: If you so much as think you’re going to touch my face,
Then you’re going to have to pay!
Ishida and Shunpei look on from outside the ring.
Shunpei: A selfish little brat…
Kosaku is getting hammered by a barrage of punches from Ryusei.
Suddenly Kosaku lands a hard punch to Ryusei’s gut.
Kosaku’s ringside team looks on with excitement.
Dark-haired Boxer: A body blow.
Ryusei jumps back to regain his balance.
Kosaku charges forward.
Kosaku: Did it even hurt him!?
Ryusei covers his face, angered by Kosaku’s solid punch.
Ryusei: Damn, I got careless.
Ryusei comes back swinging and punches Kosaku in the face.
Shunpei and the Dark Haired Boxer feel Kosaku’s pain.
The bell sounds and the round ends just in time.
Announcer: That’s it for round two.
Ryusei’s Coach talks to him in the corner.
Ryusei’s Coach: Chill out, Ryusei.
Hatanaka could nail you with one hard hit.
Ryusei stares across the ring at Kosaku’s corner.
Ryusei: It was nothing,
It caught me on the hip.
You’re being careless out there.
Mukoda stares at Kosaku, who is sitting in a daze.
Mukoda slaps Kosaku in the face.
Mukoda gets right in Kosaku’s face, yelling at him.
This is the title fight!
Kosaku: Y… yeah.
The bell rings and Ryusei heads back into the center of the ring.
Ryusei’s Coach: Ryusei, watch out for those one punch power shots.
Ryusei approaches Kosaku, with a bored look on his face.
Ryusei thinking: Stop jerking me around, Hatanaka.
I was goofing off before, trying to look good out there, but I’m not playing around anymore.
Suddenly Ryusei lands a damaging punch to Kosaku’s head.
Ryusei: So I’m just gonna have to
Knock you out!
Kosaku pulls back his head, obviously hurt.
Kosaku attempts to land another body blow.
Ryusei’s corner becomes terrified as they realize what Kosaku is trying to do.
Ryusei’s Coach: He’s goin’ for the body!
Cutman: Look out!
Ryusei pulls his hands in the way of Kosaku’s punch.
Kosaku uses his other fist to aim a punch at Ryusei’s face.
Ryusei quickly pulls his hands up to protect his face.
Ryusei: The body shot was a faint?
He doesn’t have enough room to…
Kosaku punches Ryusei hard in the face.
All of Ryusei’s supporters in the crowd gasp.
Host 1: No, not his face.
That’s how he makes his money!
Ryusei falls back…
Shunpei: Whoa, he landed it!
Dark-Haired Boxer: He punched right through his defense!
Ryusei falls back with a stunned look on his face.
Ryusei manages to keep his balance and stay on his feet.
Mukoda shouts to Kosaku from outside the ring.
Mukoda: Don’t stop now Kosaku!
Rain hell down on him!
Kosaku readies himself for another attack.
Suddenly, Ryusei is in Kosaku’s face, catching Hatanaka off guard.
Ryusei thinking: I thought he’d say that.
Ryusei yells as he hits Kosaku with a hard uppercut to the jaw.
Ryusei: Let’s see how you like it in the face!
Kosaku falls to the canvas as the referee jumps in to begin the count.
Mukoda and Ishida look like its all over.
The audience screams.
Crowd: You did it, Ryusei-san!
A shot of the arena as the referee counts…
Ryusei returns to his corner looking disappointed.
I might not be able to work tomorrow.
Kosaku opens his eyes.
Kosaku springs to his feet ready to fight.
Shunpei and his friend are surprised as they watch Kosaku get up.
Shunpei: He’s up…
A shot of the ceiling as the announcer calls out the end of the round.
Announcer: And the third round comes to a close.
Mukoda sponges Kosaku down as Ishida tends to him in the corner.
Mukoda: Damn, you had me worried there.
Kosaku: I’m fine.
Mukoda and Kosaku look across the ring to Ryusei’s corner.
Mukoda: Well, at least it looks like you’ve put a dent in his day job for awhile.
Kosaku: This time I’m…
Kosaku looks ready to go at it again.
Kosaku: Ready to finish him off.
Mukoda looks irritated with Kosaku’s declaration.
And for you too Coach.
Mukoda: Thanks for clearing that up.
Kosaku thinks back to getting punched by Ryusei.
Kosaku thinks: I won’t lose.
Outside of the convent, a voice calls out in the night.
Voice: Mother Abbess,
It’s Sister Angela…
Inside Angela’s room…
Voice: She’s gone…
Two of the nuns look worried as they report the news.
Nun with glasses: We don’t know where…
Round-faced nun: Starting today she was supposed to get your permission for such things…
Mother Abbess is stone faced.
Mother Abbess thinks: Sister Angela…
Is this your answer?
Angela runs down the stairs at the train station.
Angela thinks: Please forgive me, Mother Abbess.
A blank panel with Angela’s thoughts…
Angela thinks: This week…
I’ve done almost nothing but pray.
Angela looks worried as the rushes ahead.
Angela thinks: The only thing I could think about was Hatanaka-san.
Another white panel with only Angela’s thoughts.
Angela’s thoughts: Hatanaka-san, I’m on my way.
Ryusei rushes in to finish off Kosaku.
Ryusei: Time for the knockout blow.
Kosaku fights back and almost lands a punch on Ryusei’s elbow.
Ryusei backtracks, narrowly avoiding another punch from Kosaku.
Ryusei: That was too close!
Ishida and Mukoda look on outside the ring.
Mukoda: He dodged!
Ishida: His body’s wide open, press him!
Kosaku once again tries to hit Ryusei in the head, but his opponent manages to pull up his glove to block.
Ryusei attempts to counter Kosaku.
Ryusei thinking: This bastard!
Mukoda and Ishida are beginning to get nervous.
Mukoda: This match is starting to get good, huh?
Ishida: I’ll say.
Mukoda: I wonder where he’s getting this strength since the Sister’s not here.
The other pair of boxers from Mukoda’s Gym watch Kosaku in awe.
Shunpei: He’s probably forgotten all about it.
Dark-Haired Boxer: Yeah.
It’s a good thing that senpai’s got a thick head.
The timer counts down the seconds left in the round.
Kosaku and Ryusei trade punches in the middle of the ring.
The ceiling of the arena.
Announcer: That’s it for the eleventh round!
Mukoda and Ishida tend to Kosaku in the corner.
Mukoda: Just one round left!
Can you do it, Kosaku!?
Kosaku: Ee’s ‘owin’ down.
Ishida: Is he really okay?
Ryusei’s Coach seems concerned as he questions his boxer.
Ryusei’s Coach: What’s going on, Ryusei,
Can’t you knock this guy out!?
Ryusei in profile.
Ryusei thinking: I can’t lay him out.
Mukoda is taking care of a cut under Kosaku’s eye.
Ryusei thinking: You bastard,
Now I’m really pissed.
Ryusei’s corner is trying to encourage him.
Ryusei’s Cutman: Hatanaka’s struggling, he’s not world class like you.
Ryusei’s Coach: Just remember your parent’s debt…
Ryusei stares at the ground, looking pensive.
Ryusei: Oh… the 300 million…
A shot of the crowd.
Announcer: This is it, the final round!
Ryusei: That’s… just something I made up.
Ryusei marches back into the center of the ring.
Ryusei’s Coach: Huh?
Ryusei walks up to Kosaku.
Ryusei: Hey Hatanaka, about my debt…
Ryusei delivers a devastating punch to Kosaku’s face.
Ryusei: It’s 700 million.
Ryusei’s Cutman: Huh?
Ryusei’s Coach: Is he serious!?
Kosaku falls to the ground once more as Rysei stands over him.
Mukoda and Ishida are shocked.
Mukoda: Ko, Kosaku.
Ryusei goes back to his corner as the referee begins to count.
Ryusei stares down at Kosaku, frowning.
Ryusei: 700 million, but my skills as a host,
have helped me almost pay it off,
A white panel.
Ryusei: Boxing alone just wasn’t profitable enough.
Because of my debt, I couldn’t quit boxing.
Ryusei turns away, thinking the match is over.
Ryusei: I guess you just didn’t have enough spirit…
Announcer: He’s up!
Kosaku is on his feet looking determined.
Ryusei: You want more, bastard?
A close up of Kosaku’s face.
Kosaku: I won’t…
Ryusei charges in but misses.
Kosaku thinking: Because if I lost,
Kosaku counter punches and lands a straight left to Ryusei’s face.
Kosaku thinking: Sister would be devastated!!
Angela rushes into the arena just in time to see Kosaku fighting back.
Kosaku’s corner yelling at him.
Mukoda: C’mon Kosaku, you gotta knock him out!
Ishida: We can’t risk a decision!
Ryusei’s corner yelling at him.
Ryusei’s Coach: You’ve gotta rally, Ryusei!
Ryusei’s Cutman: Get in close!
Ryusei rushes in.
Ryusei: So this is it, huh?
He’s going down for sure!
Ryusei punches Kosaku in the head.
Ryusei: Hey dumbass…
It was all for the money, huh!?
For a measly 80 thou!?
One of Kosaku’s eyes are closed as he hears Ryusei taunting him.
Kosaku: I didn’t do it for the money!
Kosaku lands a massive uppercut to Ryusei’s head knocking his mouthpiece out.
Kosaku: I did it for love!
Angela is stunned upon hearing Kosaku’s words.
Ishida, Mukoda and the others are on the verge of tears at seeing Kosaku knock down Ryusei.
Boxers: He did it!
The ceiling of the arena.
The Referee is kneeling next to Ryusei.
Ryusei thinking: Love…
Ryusei stares at the ceiling, lost in thought.
Ryusei thinking: What’s that…
The audience applauds.
Mukoda holds the ring ropes open for Kosaku as he gets out of the ring, his title belt over his shoulder as he sees Angela for the first time.
Close up of Kosaku’s smiling face.
You made it…
An empty panel.
Kosaku and Angela standing facing one another, as Angela takes off her habit.
Angela: Not “sister” anymore though.
Angela begins to cry as she looks at Kosaku.
Angela: I came because…
I wanted to see you.
Kosaku looks back at Angela.
Angela and Kosaku embrace.
Ryusei sits with his arm around Mizue at Club Ring.
Narration: And so…
Ryusei: Mizue-chan, why don’t we settle up regarding the money I’m owed.
Mizue: I’m so sorry, Ryusei-chan.
I’ll pay it.
Snow falling in the sky.
Outside the church.
Angela: I’m very…
Very sorry, Mother Abbess.
Angela and Mother Abess talking to one another.
Mother Abbess: It’s the path you’ve chosen.
I hope you follow it just as strongly.
Angela: Yes ma’am…
Mother Abbess speaks to her former novice.
Mother Abbess: And God…
Will always be on your side.
Angela is crying, she cannot look Mother Abbess in the face.
Thank you so much.
Angela looks over her shoulder as Mukoda rides past on his bicycle.
Mukoda: Kosaku, you moron, where do you think you’re going?
Angela calls out to Mukoda.
Angela: He’s at it again, Coach!?
Mukoda: Yes, again.
Mukoda: Now his whole defensive game
Is just shot to pieces.
Angela walks alongside Mukoda, not looking back.
Angela: I see, I’ll help look.
I’ll go check the water fountain and the restaurants.
Mother Abbess watches as Angela leaves the flock.
Mother Abbess thinking: Sister Angela…
Have you chosen the thorny path?
Snow falling in
A closeup of a greedy looking Kosaku as he is about to munch on some buns.
Kosaku: Heh heh heh…
Kosaku is surprised as he notices Angela standing behind him.
Kosaku looks embarrassed.
Kosaku: Oh, uh…
I uh… haven’t eaten anything yet…
Angela grabs Kosaku under his arm and pulls him off.
Angela: Well, let’s head back.
Coach is waiting.
Kosaku smiles at Angela.
Angela smiles back at Kosaku.
Narration: And that is the lamb’s blessing.
Written down the side:
Though the stomach is empty, the heart is full, and love is symbolized in a smile… Please look forward to Rumiko Takahashi-sensei’s next work.