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Page 1

Title Page
Kosaku angrily holds up his boxing gloves with an image of Angela behind him.



Page 2

An exterior shot of the church.
Voice: Sister Angela.

Panel 3
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.

Panel 4
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...

Panel 5
Turning to leave, Mother Abbess looks back over her shoulder.
Mother Abbess: Perhaps that dreadfulness is over with. I would be quite relieved.

Panel 6
Angela smiles nervously and sweats a bit.
Angela's thoughts: Mother Abbess... I think that might be a bit overly optimistic.



Page 3

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?

Panel 3
An exterior shot of the arena.
Narration: Weigh in one day prior to match.

Panel 4
Kosaku looks woozy as he gets weighed in.
Voice: 57.15 kg. Okay.

Kosaku's thoughts: My stomach's killing me.

Panel 5
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.



Page 4

Panel 1
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.

Panel 2
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.

Panel 3
Ishida leans in and whispers to Mukoda.
Ishida: Kosaku's opponent Manabu Sakura... I saw him around here a little while ago.

Panel 4
Sakura looks calm, wearing only his boxer shorts and no glasses.
Panel 5
Manabu walks over to Kosaku and Mukoda.
Manabu: You.

Kosaku: Hmm?

Panel 6
Ishida eyes Manabu as he speaks to Kosaku.
Ishida: Kosaku, do you know Manabu Sakura?

Kosaku: Nope...

Panel 7
Manabu puts his glasses on.
Manabu: You're the delivery boy... you're a boxer too?



Page 5

Panel 1
Kosaku recognizes Manabu now that he has his glasses on and points at him, looking very surprised.
Kosaku: Eh... Teach!?

Mukoda: Teach...

Panel 2
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.

Panel 3
Manabu's coach comes over to chat.
Manabu's coach: Yo, Coach Mukoda. So your boy Hatanaka is retiring?

Panel 4
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...

Panel 5
Outside the area.
Voice: So Hatanaka... you're going to quit boxing?

Panel 6
Kosaku and Manabu chat.
Kosaku: It looks that way.

Manabu: So this is your last fight...

Panel 7
Manabu looks serious.
Manabu: Maybe I shouldn't say this but, I won't hold back.

Panel 8
Kosaku looks surprised.
Kosaku: Of course...



Page 6

Panel 1
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.

Panel 2
Kosaku and Mukoda look surprised.
Kosaku: Huh?

Mukoda: They recommended that you retire?

Panel 3
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.

Panel 4
Manabu adjusts his glasses.
Manabu: But...

Panel 5
Manabu points dramatically directly at Kosaku.


Panel 6
Manabu's glasses twinkle.
Manabu: I'll knock you out.

Panel 7
Kosaku looks surprised, while Mukoda looks pissed off.
Kosaku:...



Page 7

Panel 1
An exterior night shot of the arena.
Narration: The next day, the day of the match.

Panel 3
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...

Panel 4
Kosaku, Shunpei and his friend watch as the nun's arrive from ringside.
Dark-haired boxer: Hey, it's the nuns.

Kosaku: Sister Angela.

Panel 5
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?

Panel 6
A shot of the lights on the ceiling.
Announcer: Featherweight fight, eight rounds coming up.



Page 8

Panel 1
The bell rings.
Panel 2
Kosaku and Manabu size each other up in the ring.
Kosaku's thoughts: This is supposed to be my last match...

Panel 3
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...

Panel 4
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.

Panel 5
Kosaku closes his eyes and throws a punch.
Kosaku's thoughts: I'll never say I quit again!



Page 9

Panel 1
Kosaku is shocked to see his blind punch has knocked Manabu down.
Kosaku: Eh.

Referee: Down!

Manabu: Ugh.

Panel 2
Kosaku goes back to his corner still surprised at what has happened.
Referee: One. Two.

Kosaku: No way.

Panel 3
The nuns sit in the stands watching the match.
Mother Abbess: Is it over?

Angela: No... he has to count to ten...

Panel 4
Manabu's students come running in.
Kid with glasses: Ah, it's already started.

Wide-eyed kid: Mr. Sakura's really boxing.

Panel 5
A distant shot of the ring as Manabu is still lying on the canvas.
Kid's voice: Hey... Mr. Sakura is down already.

Referee: Five.

Kid's voice: H-his opponent is that stupid delivery boy.



Page 10

Panel 1
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...

Panel 2
Mukoda watches intently.
Mukoda: This guy wants a knockout win.

Panel 3
Manabu wakes up.
Panel 4
Manabu gets to his feet as the referee continues to count.
Referee: Seven.

Panel 5
Kosaku and Manabu prepare to start fighting again.
Referee: Fight.

Kosaku's thoughts: I guess he's okay, he's standing back up...

Panel 6
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.

Panel 7
Kosaku throws a punch but Manabu blocks it.


Page 11

Panel 1
Mukoda and Ishida watch from ringside.
Ishida: He's got a good defense.

Mukoda: Kosaku, throw before he comes out. Before!

Panel 2
Kosaku throws a punch, which connects with Manabu's gloves.
Panel 3
Mukoda looks surprised.
Mukoda: Tch, this guy.

Panel 4
A shot of the upper levels of the venue.
Announcer: Round one is over.

Panel 5
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.

Panel 6
Mukoda barks at Kosaku, who rolls his eyes.
Mukoda: Or is that what you want? You got no motivation?

Panel 7
Kosaku angrily looks at Mukoda.
Kosaku: One more second... that's all I needed.

Panel 8
Mukoda is surprised by Kosaku's sudden seriousness.
Mukoda: Hmm, what's with that look in your eye?



Page 12

Panel 1
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.

Panel 4
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.

Panel 5
Kosaku throws a punch, but Manabu blocks it.
Panel 6
Manabu ducks Kosaku's next punch and prepares to counters while Kosaku is over-extended.


Page 13

Panel 1
Manabu dashes in and clinches with Kosaku.



Panel 2
Manabu still has Kosaku in the clinch and drives him back into the ropes, giving him a stiff shot to the chest.
Kosaku: !

Panel 3
Manabu refuses to let go and Kosaku tries to hit him in the ribs with his one free arm.
Kosaku: Gah!

Referee: Break, break!

Panel 4
Both fighters have gotten out of the clinch situation and prepare to fight again.
Referee: Fight!

Panel 5
Manabu rushes Kosaku again, catching him off guard.


Page 14

Panel 1
Once again Manabu clinches with Kosaku and throws a punch into his ribs as Kosaku stumbles back.
Kosaku: Ugh!

Panel 2
The referee comes over to separate the fighters.
Kosaku: Shit!

Referee: Break.

Panel 3
Shunpei and his friend chat at ringside.
Dark-haired boxer: What's that guy doing?

Shunpei: He's gonna fight from the clinch...

Panel 4
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.

Panel 5
Mukoda and Shunpei continue to watch.
Shunpei: Huh...

Mukoda: He earns points with the judges by clinching to avoid long rallies...

Panel 6
Shunpei and his friend can't believe it.
Dark-haired boxer and Shunpei: C'mon.

Mukoda: Yeah.

Panel 7
A shot of the venue.
Announcer: Round five.

Panel 8
Manabu continues his clinch technique against a visible frustrated Kosaku.
Referee: Break!



Page 15

Panel 1
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.

Angela: !

Panel 2
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.

Panel 3
Mukoda shouts at Kosaku.
Mukoda: Kosaku! Don't let Sakura set the pace!

Panel 4
Kosaku dashes in.
Kosaku's thoughts: I gotcha. I gotta get a combo going.

Panel 5
Kosaku swings and Manabu side steps.
Panel 6
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.



Page 16

Panel 1
Kosaku swings, but Manabu dodges again. Kosaku is trying to move him against the ropes.
Panel 2
Ishida grins from the corner.
Ishida: Yeah, he's got him cornered.

Panel 3
Kosaku unloads a fast swing.
Kosaku: Let's go!

Panel 4
Manabu steps away as Kosaku swings out over the ropes with his missed punch.
Kosaku: !

Panel 5
Kosaku's boxing friends watch in shock.
Dark-haired boxer: Ah...

Shunpei: He's going for the body.

Panel 6
Once again Manabu clinches and nails Kosaku in the stomach.
Kosaku: Gah!

Panel 7
Mukoda looks concerned.
Mukoda's thoughts: This guy Sakura... He may not look good out there but he is effective...



Page 17

Panel 1
Both boxers come out of the clinch, and Kosaku swings, but misses Manabu again.
Kosaku: Dammit.

Panel 2
Another shot of the venue as the end of the round bell clangs.
Panel 3
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.

Panel 4
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.

Panel 5
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.

Panel 6
The bell rings and Kosaku and Manabu prepare to fight.
Manabu's thoughts: Maybe I really can knock him out.



Page 18

Panel 1
Kosaku moves towards Manabu.
Kosaku: God dammit. I'll nail him this time...

Panel 2
Kosaku swings and Manabu ducks.
Panel 3
Manabu nails Kosaku in the face with a right hook.
Panel 4
Mukoda and Ishida look shocked.
Mukoda: Ah...



Page 19

Panel 1
Kosaku falls to the mat as Manabu looks shocked.
Panel 2
Angela gasps.
Angela: M... Mr. Hatanaka...

Panel 3
Manabu's coaches are shocked as well.
Manabu's coach: He's...

Manabu's other coach: He's down!?

Panel 4
Manabu's students are surprised.
Manabu's students: Ah...

Panel 5
A shot of the lights around the ring.
Referee: One... Two...

Manabu's other coach: He's down!?



Page 20

Panel 1
Manabu moves back to his corner and stares at Kosaku on the mat.
Manabu's thoughts: My... my first... knockdown...

Panel 2
The referee is counting over Kosaku.
Referee: Five.

Panel 3
Manabu is shocked as his heart beats loudly.
Manabu's thoughts: Am I good afterall!? My punches...

Panel 4
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!!

Panel 5
Mukoda continues to shout at Kosaku.
Mukoda: If you lose a goddamn match like this... I'm serious, you're fired!

Panel 6
Kosaku wakes up and looks angry.
Referee: Seven.



Page 21

Panel 1
Kosaku climbs to his feet.
Referee: Eight...

Panel 2
Kosaku turns to Shunpei and his friend.
Kosaku: Guys... did you hear him?

Panel 3
The guys talk to Kosaku as Mukoda looks really irritated.
Dark haired boxer: Uh, yeah.

Shunpei: If you win he'll let you stay.

Panel 4
The two boxers prepare to fight again.
Referee: Fight!

Manabu's thoughts: I'm good afterall.

Panel 5
Manabu quickly nails Kosaku again.
Panel 6
Mukoda shouts at Kosaku in the ring.
Mukoda: Kosaku, Y-you moron! Guard!

Panel 7
Manabu rushes in.
Manabu's thoughts: Here it comes!



Page 22

Panel 1
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!



Page 23

Panel 1
Kosaku looks fired up as he dashes in.
Kosaku: Finally... I know that I love boxing!!

Panel 2
Both Manabu and Kosaku nail each other in the face.
Panel 3
Shunpei and his friend look on in awe.
Dark haired boxer: Th-they both connected...



Page 24

Panel 1
Kosaku remains standing as Manabu goes crashing to the canvas.
Panel 2
The referee leans down to check on Manabu.
Panel 3
The ref signals that the fight is done.
Referee: It's over!

Manabu's coach: Ahh.

Panel 4
Ishida and Mukoda breathe a sigh of relief.
Ishida: Whew...

Mukoda: Geez... he had me worried for awhile there...

Panel 5
Kosaku stands in the middle of the ring looking exhausted.
Kosaku's thoughts: This feels... good.

Manabu's coach: Ahh.



Page 25

Panel 1
Outside in the hallway after the match...
Mother Abbess: He's not going to quit boxing then?

Panel 2
Mother Abbess looks angry as she talks to Mukoda.
Mother Abbess: That's not what I was told.

Mukoda: So you said.

Panel 3
Manabu waves at Kosaku as he sees him in the hall.
Manabu: Hey Hatanaka.

Kosaku: Teach...

Panel 3
Kosaku has a bandaid on his face as he chats with his opponent.
Kosaku: Uh teach... about boxing, are you...?

Panel 3
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.

Panel 3
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.

Panel 4
Sister Angela makes her way over to Kosaku.
Angela: Mr. Hatanaka.

Kosaku: Sister.

Panel 5
Angela has a big smile on her face.
Angela: You did well... just like I thought, boxing suits you.

Panel 6
Kosaku looks at Angela.
Kosaku: Sister...



Page 26

Panel 1
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.



Panel 2
Narration: Several weeks later.

Panel 3
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.