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Kosaku angrily holds up his boxing gloves with an image of Angela behind him.
An exterior shot of the church.
Voice: Sister Angela.
Angela is holding a vase with flowers.
Angela: Mother Abbess...
Mother Abbess: I've heard that Mr. Hatanaka is retiring after his bout tomorrow.
Angela: Y... yes.
Mother Abbess stares at Angela.
Mother Abbess: Until now that man has been pretending to come to you with his boxing troubles, but now he won't be able to use that to bother you...
Turning to leave, Mother Abbess looks back over her shoulder.
Mother Abbess: Perhaps that dreadfulness is over with. I would be quite relieved.
Angela smiles nervously and sweats a bit.
Angela's thoughts: Mother Abbess... I think that might be a bit overly optimistic.
Panel 1 and 2
Angela thinks back to her previous conversation with Kosaku.
Kosaku: I'm going to quit boxing because, I want you to leave the church.
Angela's thoughts: I wonder... do you really plan to quit?
An exterior shot of the arena.
Narration: Weigh in one day prior to match.
Kosaku looks woozy as he gets weighed in.
Voice: 57.15 kg. Okay.
Kosaku's thoughts: My stomach's killing me.
Ishida and Mukouda talk to one another in the hallway.
Ishida: So coach, is the kid really gonna retire?
Mukoda: That's for Kosaku to decide.
Mukoda looks tired and fed up as he turns to look at Kosaku.
Mukoda: Hurry up and get dressed, Kosaku. Let's get home so you can rest your body.
Mukoda walks off with Ishida shushing him from behind and Kosaku even further back.
Mukoda: Since this is your last fight you'd better dominate. Anyhow your opponent...
Ishida: Ssh, coach.
Ishida leans in and whispers to Mukoda.
Ishida: Kosaku's opponent Manabu Sakura... I saw him around here a little while ago.
Sakura looks calm, wearing only his boxer shorts and no glasses.
Manabu walks over to Kosaku and Mukoda.
Ishida eyes Manabu as he speaks to Kosaku.
Ishida: Kosaku, do you know Manabu Sakura?
Manabu puts his glasses on.
Manabu: You're the delivery boy... you're a boxer too?
Kosaku recognizes Manabu now that he has his glasses on and points at him, looking very surprised.
Kosaku: Eh... Teach!?
Manabu stands next to Kosaku as Kosaku talks to Mukoda.
Manabu: I lecture at a private tutoring school.
Kosaku: He helped me study for my chef's licensing exam.
Manabu's coach comes over to chat.
Manabu's coach: Yo, Coach Mukoda. So your boy Hatanaka is retiring?
Manabu's coach pat's his boxer on the back as Kosaku's corner looks surprised by what they are hearing.
Manabu's coach: Let's have a good match then. Sakura can win by decision, but he's not flashy and he can't knock anyone out.
Ishida's thoughts: Erg.
Mukoda's thoughts: This coming from his coach...
Outside the area.
Voice: So Hatanaka... you're going to quit boxing?
Kosaku and Manabu chat.
Kosaku: It looks that way.
Manabu: So this is your last fight...
Manabu looks serious.
Manabu: Maybe I shouldn't say this but, I won't hold back.
Kosaku looks surprised.
Kosaku: Of course...
Manabu speaks calmly.
Manabu: You and I are opposites. As for me, when I fight you... I'm diong it so that I can continue to box.
Kosaku and Mukoda look surprised.
Mukoda: They recommended that you retire?
Manabu's coach pats him on the back. Manabu looks embarrassed.
Manabu's coach: Yeah, because this guy can only win by decision. He can't get knock outs. He just doesn't have what it takes. Honestly he's better off being a teacher.
Manabu adjusts his glasses.
Manabu points dramatically directly at Kosaku.
Manabu's glasses twinkle.
Manabu: I'll knock you out.
Kosaku looks surprised, while Mukoda looks pissed off.
An exterior night shot of the arena.
Narration: The next day, the day of the match.
Mother Abbess, Sister Angela and the other nuns take their seats.
Nun with glasses: We made it just in time, Mother Abbess.
Mother Abbess: Since this is his last match I wanted to see it with my own eyes.
Angela's thoughts: Mr. Hatanaka...
Kosaku, Shunpei and his friend watch as the nun's arrive from ringside.
Dark-haired boxer: Hey, it's the nuns.
Kosaku: Sister Angela.
Kosaku stares up into the stands he thinks to himself.
Kosaku: Sister... I don't know what to do. Is quitting really the right thing?
A shot of the lights on the ceiling.
Announcer: Featherweight fight, eight rounds coming up.
The bell rings.
Kosaku and Manabu size each other up in the ring.
Kosaku's thoughts: This is supposed to be my last match...
Manabu throws a punch, while Kosaku blocks it.
Kosaku's thoughts: But I won't stop boxing no matter what.
Manabu's thoughts: If I don't win with a knockout then I'm finished...
Kosaku thinks back to Coach Mukoda laying in bed.
Mukoda: Even though you just half-assed it, I never thought you'd quit until now.
Kosaku's thoughts: Damn.
Kosaku closes his eyes and throws a punch.
Kosaku's thoughts: I'll never say I quit again!
Kosaku is shocked to see his blind punch has knocked Manabu down.
Kosaku goes back to his corner still surprised at what has happened.
Referee: One. Two.
Kosaku: No way.
The nuns sit in the stands watching the match.
Mother Abbess: Is it over?
Angela: No... he has to count to ten...
Manabu's students come running in.
Kid with glasses: Ah, it's already started.
Wide-eyed kid: Mr. Sakura's really boxing.
A distant shot of the ring as Manabu is still lying on the canvas.
Kid's voice: Hey... Mr. Sakura is down already.
Kid's voice: H-his opponent is that stupid delivery boy.
Shunpei and his friend chat, prompting Mukoda to turn and bark at them impatiently.
Dark-haired boxer: Whoa, he's strong.
Shunpei: He was too good for him.
Mukoda: Hey, he would have knocked him down no matter what...
Mukoda watches intently.
Mukoda: This guy wants a knockout win.
Manabu wakes up.
Manabu gets to his feet as the referee continues to count.
Kosaku and Manabu prepare to start fighting again.
Kosaku's thoughts: I guess he's okay, he's standing back up...
Manabu's coaches shout orders from the sidelines.
Manabu's coach: He doesn't have a pattern, that k.o. declaration was a bad move...
Manabu's other coach: Sakura, just go with your usual style instead.
Kosaku throws a punch but Manabu blocks it.
Mukoda and Ishida watch from ringside.
Ishida: He's got a good defense.
Mukoda: Kosaku, throw before he comes out. Before!
Kosaku throws a punch, which connects with Manabu's gloves.
Mukoda looks surprised.
Mukoda: Tch, this guy.
A shot of the upper levels of the venue.
Announcer: Round one is over.
Mukoda and Ishida tend to Kosaku between rounds.
Mukoda: Kosaku you- you can't leave your hand way out like that. Otherwise he's gonna start pummeling you.
Mukoda barks at Kosaku, who rolls his eyes.
Mukoda: Or is that what you want? You got no motivation?
Kosaku angrily looks at Mukoda.
Kosaku: One more second... that's all I needed.
Mukoda is surprised by Kosaku's sudden seriousness.
Mukoda: Hmm, what's with that look in your eye?
Manabu's coaches tend to him across the ring.
Manabu's coach: You barely got out of that one, Sakura... with an offense like that Hatanaka can can end this.
Manabu's other coach: Have a little sympathy wouldja?
Panel 2 and 3
Manabu stares straight ahead.
Manabu's thoughts: I won't go out like that. Plus, with my method I'll get that K.O.
Manabu and Kosaku make their way towards the center of the ring as the bell rings again.
Manabu's thoughts: Hatanaka, you tried to put me out in the first round, but you missed.
Kosaku throws a punch, but Manabu blocks it.
Manabu ducks Kosaku's next punch and prepares to counters while Kosaku is over-extended.
Manabu dashes in and clinches with Kosaku.
Manabu still has Kosaku in the clinch and drives him back into the ropes, giving him a stiff shot to the chest.
Manabu refuses to let go and Kosaku tries to hit him in the ribs with his one free arm.
Referee: Break, break!
Both fighters have gotten out of the clinch situation and prepare to fight again.
Manabu rushes Kosaku again, catching him off guard.
Once again Manabu clinches with Kosaku and throws a punch into his ribs as Kosaku stumbles back.
The referee comes over to separate the fighters.
Shunpei and his friend chat at ringside.
Dark-haired boxer: What's that guy doing?
Shunpei: He's gonna fight from the clinch...
Ishida, Mukoda and the dark-haired boxer all watch the match.
Dark-haired boxer: This is his answer to Kosaku's one hit knockdown?
Mukoda: So that's Sakura's true style.
Mukoda and Shunpei continue to watch.
Mukoda: He earns points with the judges by clinching to avoid long rallies...
Shunpei and his friend can't believe it.
Dark-haired boxer and Shunpei: C'mon.
A shot of the venue.
Announcer: Round five.
Manabu continues his clinch technique against a visible frustrated Kosaku.
The nuns watch in the stands.
Nun in glasses: It seems as if he's only going to hold him.
Mother Abbess: Usually there's more fighting.
Manabu's students are studying their textbooks.
Kid with glasses: I wanna go home.
Wide-eyed kid: Yeah, I've got a lot of studying to do.
Mukoda shouts at Kosaku.
Mukoda: Kosaku! Don't let Sakura set the pace!
Kosaku dashes in.
Kosaku's thoughts: I gotcha. I gotta get a combo going.
Kosaku swings and Manabu side steps.
Manabu's coaches shout advice to him.
Manabu's coach: That's right Sakura, get away.
Manabu's other coach: Yeah, he's found his rhythm.
Kosaku swings, but Manabu dodges again. Kosaku is trying to move him against the ropes.
Ishida grins from the corner.
Ishida: Yeah, he's got him cornered.
Kosaku unloads a fast swing.
Kosaku: Let's go!
Manabu steps away as Kosaku swings out over the ropes with his missed punch.
Kosaku's boxing friends watch in shock.
Dark-haired boxer: Ah...
Shunpei: He's going for the body.
Once again Manabu clinches and nails Kosaku in the stomach.
Mukoda looks concerned.
Mukoda's thoughts: This guy Sakura... He may not look good out there but he is effective...
Both boxers come out of the clinch, and Kosaku swings, but misses Manabu again.
Another shot of the venue as the end of the round bell clangs.
Kosaku is breathing heavy as Mukoda and Ishida tend to him.
Mukoda: Are you outta breath?
Ishida: You're wasting too much energy out there.
On the other side of the ring Manabu's coaches talk to him.
Manabu's coach: Keep this up and you'll continue to earn points.
Manabu's other coach: Do that and we'll win by decision.
Manabu looks introspective.
Manabu's thoughts: Hatanaka's getting tired. He's throwing wild punches, going to the body is going to be my best shot.
The bell rings and Kosaku and Manabu prepare to fight.
Manabu's thoughts: Maybe I really can knock him out.
Kosaku moves towards Manabu.
Kosaku: God dammit. I'll nail him this time...
Kosaku swings and Manabu ducks.
Manabu nails Kosaku in the face with a right hook.
Mukoda and Ishida look shocked.
Kosaku falls to the mat as Manabu looks shocked.
Angela: M... Mr. Hatanaka...
Manabu's coaches are shocked as well.
Manabu's coach: He's...
Manabu's other coach: He's down!?
Manabu's students are surprised.
Manabu's students: Ah...
A shot of the lights around the ring.
Referee: One... Two...
Manabu's other coach: He's down!?
Manabu moves back to his corner and stares at Kosaku on the mat.
Manabu's thoughts: My... my first... knockdown...
The referee is counting over Kosaku.
Manabu is shocked as his heart beats loudly.
Manabu's thoughts: Am I good afterall!? My punches...
Mukoda slams his hands on the canvas and shouts at Kosaku.
Dark haired boxer: Wow, I guess taking it one round at a time really was the way to go.
Mukoda: Kosaku, you stupid shit, stand up!!
Mukoda continues to shout at Kosaku.
Mukoda: If you lose a goddamn match like this... I'm serious, you're fired!
Kosaku wakes up and looks angry.
Kosaku climbs to his feet.
Kosaku turns to Shunpei and his friend.
Kosaku: Guys... did you hear him?
The guys talk to Kosaku as Mukoda looks really irritated.
Dark haired boxer: Uh, yeah.
Shunpei: If you win he'll let you stay.
The two boxers prepare to fight again.
Manabu's thoughts: I'm good afterall.
Manabu quickly nails Kosaku again.
Mukoda shouts at Kosaku in the ring.
Mukoda: Kosaku, Y-you moron! Guard!
Manabu rushes in.
Manabu's thoughts: Here it comes!
Manabu's students shout at him.
Kid with glasses: Do it Mr. Sakura!
Fat kid: Lay him out!
Panel 2, 3 and 4
Angela clutches her hands together in thought as she watches Manabu prepare to hit Kosaku again.
Angela's thoughts: Fight back Mr. Hatanaka. If you keep going like this... he'll have the knockout he was looking for...
Fat kid: Lay him out!
Kosaku looks fired up as he dashes in.
Kosaku: Finally... I know that I love boxing!!
Both Manabu and Kosaku nail each other in the face.
Shunpei and his friend look on in awe.
Dark haired boxer: Th-they both connected...
Kosaku remains standing as Manabu goes crashing to the canvas.
The referee leans down to check on Manabu.
The ref signals that the fight is done.
Referee: It's over!
Manabu's coach: Ahh.
Ishida and Mukoda breathe a sigh of relief.
Mukoda: Geez... he had me worried for awhile there...
Kosaku stands in the middle of the ring looking exhausted.
Kosaku's thoughts: This feels... good.
Manabu's coach: Ahh.
Outside in the hallway after the match...
Mother Abbess: He's not going to quit boxing then?
Mother Abbess looks angry as she talks to Mukoda.
Mother Abbess: That's not what I was told.
Mukoda: So you said.
Manabu waves at Kosaku as he sees him in the hall.
Manabu: Hey Hatanaka.
Kosaku has a bandaid on his face as he chats with his opponent.
Kosaku: Uh teach... about boxing, are you...?
Manabu is wearing his glasses and is also bandaged up.
Manabu: I'm not going to quit after all. Even without a knock out victory.
Manabu's students come up to him.
Kid with glasses: Mr. Sakura, you looked awesome out there.
Wide-eyed kid: But the bento guy was cooler.
Sister Angela makes her way over to Kosaku.
Angela: Mr. Hatanaka.
Angela has a big smile on her face.
Angela: You did well... just like I thought, boxing suits you.
Kosaku looks at Angela.
Kosaku and Angela stare into each others eyes. Behind them Mukoda looks confused and Mother Abbess looks angry.
Kosaku's thoughts: I promise the two of us will have that bento store... Please wait for that day, Sister.
Narration: Several weeks later.
In Manabu's classroom Kosaku is back in his Calorie Cottage uniform and weeping.
Manabu: You failed your chef's licensing exam?
Kid with glasses: I knew he was dumb.
Translation by Harley Acres. Please do not reproduce or repost this translation elsewhere.