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Page 1

 

Title Page

 

Panel 1

Outside the church at night…

 

Narration: Sister Angela, you are forbidden from going out for a week.

 

Panel 2

Mother Abbess looks angry.

 

Mother Abbess: If you choose to ignore this…

 

Panel 3

A red background with only these words written across it.

 

Mother Abbess: Then you will leave the monastery permanently.

 

Panel 4

Angela kneels by her bed and prays.

 

Sister Angela: …

 

Panel 5

Angela looks worried as she prays.

 

Angela thinks: I won’t be able to be a nun…

 

 

Page 2 – 3

 

Panel 1

Angela looks up clasping her hands together.

 

Angela thinks: The gong has already been rung.

 

Hatanaka-san…

 

Panel 2

Kosaku and Ryusei start to square off.

 

Ring announcer: Let’s get it on!

 

The Orient Pacific Featherweight fight is scheduled for twelve rounds.

 

 

Page 4

 

Panel 1

Ryusei grins at Kosaku as they get ready to fight.

 

Ryusei: You remember your promise, right, Hatanaka-kun?

 

Kosaku: Of course.

 

Panel 2

Kosaku dashes forward ready to throw down.

 

Kosaku: When I win, you’ll forget about…

 

The 400,000 yen debt.

 

Panel 3

Calm and collected, Ryusei studies Kosaku.

 

Ryusei thinks: What an optimistic fool.

 

Panel 4

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!

 

 

 

Page 5

 

Panel 1

Mukoda shouts at Kosaku from ringside.

 

Mukoda: Kosaku you moron, guard!

 

Ishida: The first thing they talk about is the money.

 

Panel 2

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.

 

Panel 3

Ryusei blocks one of Kosaku’s blows.

 

Kosaku: Gah,

 

Panel 4

Ryusei throws a punch at Kosaku, which he blocks as he retreats.

 

Kosaku: !

 

Panel 5

Mukoda looks a little nervous as he watches them trade shots.

 

Mukoda: He… He’s fast.

 

Panel 6

Kosaku throws a jab at Ryusei’s face, which he easily side-steps.

 

Ryusei: Oops.

 

Panel 7

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!

 

 

Page 6

 

Panel 1

The bell rings as the announcer comes over the PA system.

 

Announcer: That’s the end of the first round.

 

Panel 2

Mukoda works on Kosaku in the corner between rounds.

 

Mukoda: Kosaku, remember your footwork.

 

Kosaku: Yeah…

 

Panel 3

Kosaku looks out into the audience.

 

Panel 4

Kosaku scans the audience looking for Angela.

 

Kosaku: Sister Angela…

 

She’s not here yet…

 

Panel 5

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.

 

Panel 6

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.

 

Panel 7

Ryusei closes his eyes and smirks.

 

Ryusei: Money isn’t…

 

The reason that I box.

 

 

 

 

Page 7

 

Panel 1

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.

 

Panel 2

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.

 

Panel 3

Kosaku begins the round with a punch that Ryusei blocks.

 

Panel 4

A close-up of Ryusei.

 

Ryusei: I won’t let you touch my face.

 

Panel 5

Ryusei lands a hard punch to Kosaku’s face.

 

Ryusei: It’s how I make my living!

 

 

 

Page 8

 

 

Panel 1

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!

 

Panel 2

Ishida and Shunpei look on from outside the ring.

 

Ishida: He’s…

 

Shunpei: A selfish little brat…

 

 

Panel 3

Kosaku is getting hammered by a barrage of punches from Ryusei.

 

Kosaku: Ugh,

 

Gah,

 

Panel 4

Suddenly Kosaku lands a hard punch to Ryusei’s gut.

 

Ryusei: Oogh!

 

Panel 5

Kosaku’s ringside team looks on with excitement.

 

Mukoda: Awright!

 

Dark-haired Boxer: A body blow.

 

 

Page 9

 

Panel 1

Ryusei jumps back to regain his balance.

 

Kosaku:!

 

Panel 2

Kosaku charges forward.

 

Kosaku: Did it even hurt him!?

 

Panel 3

Ryusei covers his face, angered by Kosaku’s solid punch.

 

Ryusei: Damn, I got careless.

 

 

Panel 4

Ryusei comes back swinging and punches Kosaku in the face.

 

Panel 5

Shunpei and the Dark Haired Boxer feel Kosaku’s pain.

 

Oh.

 

Panel 6

The bell sounds and the round ends just in time.

 

Announcer: That’s it for round two.

 

Panel 7

Ryusei’s Coach talks to him in the corner.

 

Ryusei’s Coach: Chill out, Ryusei.

 

Hatanaka could nail you with one hard hit.

 

Panel 8

Ryusei stares across the ring at Kosaku’s corner.

 

Ryusei: It was nothing,

 

It caught me on the hip.

 

Mukoda: Kosaku?

 

You’re being careless out there.

 

 

Page 10

 

Panel 1

Mukoda stares at Kosaku, who is sitting in a daze.

 

Mukoda: Huh?

 

Kosaku: Sister…

 

Panel 2

Mukoda slaps Kosaku in the face.

 

Mukoda: HEY!

 

Panel 3

Mukoda gets right in Kosaku’s face, yelling at him.

 

Mukoda: Concentrate!

 

This is the title fight!

 

Kosaku: Y… yeah.

 

Panel 4

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: Pssh.

 

Panel 5

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.

 

Panel 6

Suddenly Ryusei lands a damaging punch to Kosaku’s head.

 

Ryusei: So I’m just gonna have to

 

Knock you out!

 

 

Page 11

 

Panel 1

Kosaku pulls back his head, obviously hurt.

 

Kosaku: Grr,

 

Panel 2

Kosaku attempts to land another body blow.

 

Panel 3

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!

 

Panel 4

Ryusei pulls his hands in the way of Kosaku’s punch.

 

Ryusei: Ugh,

 

Panel 5

Kosaku uses his other fist to aim a punch at Ryusei’s face.

 

Panel 6

Ryusei quickly pulls his hands up to protect his face.

 

Ryusei: The body shot was a faint?

 

He doesn’t have enough room to…

 

Panel 7

Kosaku punches Ryusei hard in the face.

 

Ryusei: !

 

 

Page 12

 

Panel 1

All of Ryusei’s supporters in the crowd gasp.

 

Host 1: No, not his face.

 

That’s how he makes his money!

 

Panel 3

Ryusei falls back…

 

Shunpei: Whoa, he landed it!

 

Dark-Haired Boxer: He punched right through his defense!

 

Panel 4

Ryusei falls back with a stunned look on his face.

 

 

 

 

Page 13

 

Panel  1

Ryusei manages to keep his balance and stay on his feet.

 

Panel  2

Mukoda shouts to Kosaku from outside the ring.

 

Mukoda: Don’t stop now Kosaku!

 

Rain hell down on him!

 

Panel 3

Kosaku readies himself for another attack.

 

Kosaku: Yeah!

 

Panel 4

Suddenly, Ryusei is in Kosaku’s face, catching Hatanaka off guard.

Ryusei thinking: I thought he’d say that.

 

Kosaku:!

 

Panel 5

Ryusei yells as he hits Kosaku with a hard uppercut to the jaw.

 

Ryusei: Let’s see how you like it in the face!

 

 

Page 14

 

Panel 1

Kosaku falls to the canvas as the referee jumps in to begin the count.

 

Panel 2

Mukoda and Ishida look like its all over.

 

Mukoda: Ko-Kosaku.

 

Panel 3

The audience screams.

 

Crowd: You did it, Ryusei-san!

 

Panel 4

A shot of the arena as the referee counts…

 

Referee: Two

 

Three

 

Four

 

 

 

Page 15

 

Panel 1

Ryusei returns to his corner looking disappointed.

 

Ryusei: Dammit,

 

 

I might not be able to work tomorrow.

 

Referee: Six.

 

Panel 2

Kosaku opens his eyes.

 

Panel 3

Kosaku springs to his feet ready to fight.

 

Referee: Eight…

 

Panel 4

Shunpei and his friend are surprised as they watch Kosaku get up.

 

Shunpei: He’s up…

 

Panel 5

A shot of the ceiling as the announcer calls out the end of the round.

 

Announcer: And the third round comes to a close.

 

Panel 6

Mukoda sponges Kosaku down as Ishida tends to him in the corner.

 

Mukoda: Damn, you had me worried there.

 

Kosaku: I’m fine.

 

Panel 7

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…

 

 

 

Page 16

 

Panel 1

Kosaku looks ready to go at it again.

 

Kosaku: Ready to finish him off.

 

For Sister!

 

Panel 2

Mukoda looks irritated with Kosaku’s declaration.

 

Kosaku: …Oh,

 

And for you too Coach.

 

Mukoda: Thanks for clearing that up.

 

Panel 3

Kosaku thinks back to getting punched by Ryusei.

 

Kosaku thinks: I won’t lose.

 

Panel 4

Outside of the convent, a voice calls out in the night.

 

Voice: Mother Abbess,

 

It’s Sister Angela…

 

Panel 5

Inside Angela’s room…

 

Voice: She’s gone…

 

Panel 6

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…

 

 

 

Page 17

 

Panel 1

Mother Abbess is stone faced.

 

Mother Abbess thinks: Sister Angela…

 

Is this your answer?

 

Panel 2

Angela runs down the stairs at the train station.

 

Angela thinks: Please forgive me, Mother Abbess.

 

Panel 3

A blank panel with Angela’s thoughts…

 

Angela thinks: This week…

 

I’ve done almost nothing but pray.

 

But…

 

Panel 4

Angela looks worried as the rushes ahead.

 

Angela thinks: The only thing I could think about was Hatanaka-san.

 

 

Page 18

 

Panel 1

Another white panel with only Angela’s thoughts.

 

Angela’s thoughts: Hatanaka-san, I’m on my way.

 

Panel 4

Ryusei rushes in to finish off Kosaku.

 

Ryusei: Time for the knockout blow.

 

Panel 5

Kosaku fights back and almost lands a punch on Ryusei’s elbow.

 

Ryusei: !

 

 

Page 19

 

Panel 1

Ryusei backtracks, narrowly avoiding another punch from Kosaku.

 

Ryusei: That was too close!

 

Panel 2

Ishida and Mukoda look on outside the ring.

 

Mukoda: He dodged!

 

Ishida: His body’s wide open, press him!

 

Panel 3

Kosaku once again tries to hit Ryusei in the head, but his opponent manages to pull up his glove to block.

 

Ryusei: Ugh!

 

Panel 4

Ryusei attempts to counter Kosaku.

 

Ryusei thinking: This bastard!

 

Panel 5

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.

 

Panel 6

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.

 

 

Page 20

 

Panel 1

The timer counts down the seconds left in the round.

 

Panel 2

Kosaku and Ryusei trade punches in the middle of the ring.

 

Panel 3

The ceiling of the arena.

 

Announcer: That’s it for the eleventh round!

 

Panel 4

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?

 

Panel 5

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!?

 

Panel 6

Ryusei in profile.

 

Ryusei thinking: I can’t lay him out.

 

Panel 7

Mukoda is taking care of a cut under Kosaku’s eye.

 

Ryusei thinking: You bastard,

 

Now I’m really pissed.

 

Panel 8

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…

 

 

Page 21

 

Panel 1

Ryusei stares at the ground, looking pensive.

Ryusei: Oh… the 300 million…

 

Panel 2

A shot of the crowd.

 

Announcer: This is it, the final round!

 

Ryusei: That’s… just something I made up.

 

Panel 3

Ryusei marches back into the center of the ring.

 

Ryusei’s Coach: Huh?

 

Panel 4

Ryusei walks up to Kosaku.

 

Ryusei: Hey Hatanaka, about my debt…

 

Kosaku:  !?

 

Panel 5

Ryusei delivers a devastating punch to Kosaku’s face.

 

Ryusei: It’s 700  million.

 

Kosaku:!

 

Panel 6

 

Ryusei’s Cutman: Huh?

 

Ryusei’s Coach: Is he serious!?

 

 

Page 22

 

Panel 1

Kosaku falls to the ground once more as Rysei stands over him.

 

Panel 2

Mukoda and Ishida are shocked.

 

Mukoda: Ko, Kosaku.

 

Panel  3

Ryusei goes back to his corner as the referee begins to count.

 

Referee: Two

 

Three

 

Panel 4

Ryusei stares down at Kosaku, frowning.

 

Ryusei: 700 million, but my skills as a host,

 

have helped me almost pay it off,

 

Referee: Five.

 

Panel 5

A white panel.

 

Ryusei: Boxing alone just wasn’t profitable enough.

 

And so…

 

Because of my debt, I couldn’t quit boxing.

 

 

 

Page 23

 

Panel 1

Ryusei turns away, thinking the match is over.

 

Ryusei: I guess you just didn’t have enough spirit…

 

!

 

Announcer: He’s up!

 

Panel 2

Kosaku is on his feet looking determined.

 

Ryusei: You want more, bastard?

 

Panel 3

A close up of Kosaku’s face.

 

Kosaku: I won’t…

 

Lose.

 

 

Page 24

 

Panel 1

Ryusei charges in but misses.

 

Kosaku thinking: Because if I lost,

 

Panel 2

Kosaku counter punches and lands a straight left to Ryusei’s face.

 

Kosaku thinking: Sister would be devastated!!

 

Panel 3

Angela rushes into the arena just in time to see Kosaku fighting back.

 

Angela: Hatanaka-san!

 

 

Page 25

 

Panel 1

Kosaku’s corner yelling at him.

 

Mukoda: C’mon Kosaku, you gotta knock him out!

 

Ishida: We can’t risk a decision!

 

Panel 2

Ryusei’s corner yelling at him.

 

Ryusei’s Coach: You’ve gotta rally, Ryusei!

 

Ryusei’s Cutman: Get in close!

 

Panel 4

Ryusei rushes in.

 

Ryusei: So this is it, huh?

 

He’s going down for sure!

 

Panel 4

Ryusei punches Kosaku in the head.

 

Ryusei: Hey dumbass…

 

It was all for the money, huh!?

 

For a measly 80 thou!?

 

Panel 4

One of Kosaku’s eyes are closed as he hears Ryusei taunting him.

 

Kosaku: I didn’t do it for the money!

 

 

Page 26

 

Panel 1

Kosaku lands a massive uppercut to Ryusei’s head knocking his mouthpiece out.

 

Kosaku: I did it for love!

 

 

Page 27

 

Panel 1

Angela is stunned upon hearing Kosaku’s words.

 

Panel 2

Ishida, Mukoda and the others are on the verge of tears at seeing Kosaku knock down Ryusei.

 

Mukoda: He…

 

Boxers: He did it!

 

Panel 3

The ceiling of the arena.

 

Referee: Five.

 

Six.

 

Panel 4

The Referee is kneeling next to Ryusei.

 

Refree: Eight.

 

Ryusei thinking: Love…

 

Panel 5

Ryusei stares at the ceiling, lost in thought.

 

Ryusei thinking: What’s that…

 

Refree: Ten.

 

 

Page 28

 

Panel 1

The audience applauds.

 

Panel 2

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.

 

Kosaku: Oh…

 

Panel 3

Close up of Kosaku’s smiling face.

 

Kosaku: Sister,

 

You made it…

 

Panel 4

An empty panel.

 

Angela: I’m…

 

Panel 5

Kosaku and Angela standing facing one another, as Angela takes off her habit.

 

Angela: Not “sister” anymore though.

 

 

Page 29

 

Panel 1

Angela begins to cry as she looks at Kosaku.

 

Angela: I came because…

 

I wanted to see you.

 

Panel 2

Kosaku looks back at Angela.

 

Kosaku: Sis…

 

 

Page 30

 

Panel 1

Angela and Kosaku embrace.

 

Kosaku: Marie-chan.

 

Boxers: Whaaaa!

 

Panel 2

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.

 

 

Page 31

 

Panel 1

Snow falling in the sky.

 

Panel 2

Outside the church.

 

Angela: I’m very…

 

Very sorry, Mother Abbess.

 

Panel 3

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…

 

Panel 4

Mother Abbess speaks to her former novice.

 

Mother Abbess: And God…

 

Will always be on your side.

 

Panel 5

Angela is crying, she cannot look Mother Abbess in the face.

 

Angela:

 

Thank you so much.

 

 

Page 32

 

Panel 1

Angela looks over her shoulder as Mukoda rides past on his bicycle.

 

Mukoda: Kosaku, you moron, where do you think you’re going?

 

Panel 2

Angela calls out to Mukoda.

 

Angela: He’s at it again, Coach!?

 

Mukoda: Yes, again.

 

Panel 3

Mukoda sighs.

 

Mukoda: Now his whole defensive game

 

Is just shot to pieces.

 

Panel 4

Angela walks alongside Mukoda, not looking back.

 

Angela: I see, I’ll help look.

 

I’ll go check the water fountain and the restaurants.

 

Panel 5

Mother Abbess watches as Angela leaves the flock.

 

Mother Abbess thinking: Sister Angela…

 

Have you chosen the thorny path?

 

 

 

Page 33

 

Panel 1

Snow falling in Tokyo.

 

Panel 2

A closeup of a greedy looking Kosaku as he is about to munch on some buns.

 

Kosaku: Heh heh heh…

 

Panel 3

Kosaku is surprised as he notices Angela standing behind him.

 

Panel 4

Kosaku looks embarrassed.

 

Kosaku: Oh, uh…

 

I uh… haven’t eaten anything yet…

 

Panel 5

Angela grabs Kosaku under his arm and pulls him off.

 

Angela: Well, let’s head back.

 

Coach is waiting.

 

 

 

Page 34

 

Panel 1

Kosaku smiles at Angela.

 

Panel 2

Angela smiles back at Kosaku.

 

Panel 3

Snow falling.

 

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.








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