Chapter 1: Double * Match
The day of Yawara's official debut came. Jigoro was performing the
opening ceremony with his judo kata for more than 30 minutes. It was
supposed to be a 5 minute exhibition, but it was still going on because
Yawara had not arrived at the Budoukan yet. In the dressing room, Sayaka
was complaining because she had to share the dressing room with everybody
else. She wanted her own room. Then she got into an argument with
Toudou, after calling her a female gorilla, about who will get a chance
to fight against Yawara. If they both keep winning, Sayaka and Toudou
were expected to fight each other in the semi-finals, and the winner
would face Yawara in the finals.
Meanwhile Yawara was with her high school teammates at the Setagaya gym
and she was giving them last minute advice and encouragement for their
match in the Tokyo preliminary tournament. After saying all that she
could, Sudou gave Yawara a ride on his bicycle to the train station.
Yawara made Sudou promise her that he will not use the judo that she had
taught him in any street fights. On the way back to the gym, Sudou ran
into some of his burnout friends. Sudou tried to ignore them, but they
beat up Sudou because of some things that he had done in the past. Since
Sudou kept his promise and didn't use any judo to defend himself, Sudou
got beaten up very badly.
After Yawara arrived at the Budoukan, the tournament began. While Yawara
was waiting for her match, she called her teammates on the phone to see
if everything was all right. They told her that Sudou had been beaten up
and that he could not fight in the match that day. Sudou had a fractured
arm, three broken teeth, and also hit his head very hard. So they didn't
have enough people because it was a five versus five style match.
Then Matsuda came running looking for Yawara as it was time for her first
match. He pulled her away from the phone and took her to the main gym.
Yawara's first opponent was Fujisawa, the Japan champion in the 52 kg
weight class. As the match was beginning, Yawara was thinking that she
should lose on purpose so that she can go to her high school teammates.
But the image of Kazamatsuri telling her that she is most brilliant when
she is doing judo came to her mind. When the referee started the match,
Fujisawa attacked Yawara right away, but Yawara instantaneously threw
Fujisawa over her shoulder for an ippon win.
After bowing to her opponent and being declared the winner, Yawara rushed
to the phone to call her teammates. They told her that Hanazono-kun,
with his broken leg, said that he will fight in the match because he was
in better condition than Sudou.
Chapter 3 & 4
Yawara also defeated her second opponent with an ippon throw in three
seconds. Then she again rushed to the phone to call her teammates. She
tried to tell Hanazono-kun to not fight in the match, but Hanazono-kun
cut off his cast with a chain saw and was determined to fight. Yawara
then tried to give them some more advice, but they hung up the phone.
When Yawara said that she should go there right away, Matsuda told Yawara
to record her advice on a tape. He said that he will bring it to them.
Yawara defeated her 68 kg opponent in the semi-final match in less than
five seconds with another ippon throw. When Yawara called the Setagaya
gym again, she found out that her team had already headed for their
match. Kazamatsuri came to Yawara to congratulate her and to tell her
that she is very brilliant. He also said that no matter who wins the
other semi-final match, they are no match for Yawara. Then he went with
Yawara to watch the match. Sayaka overheard this conversation and got
mad at Yawara.
Meanwhile, Matsuda brought the tape with Yawara's message to the Setagaya
gym and gave it to the Musashiyama high school team. When Hanazono-kun
asked about Yawara, Matsuda said, "She won all of her matches with ippons
and she is in the final. Listen! She is more worried about your match
than her own. You better win!" Then he hurried back to the Budoukan to
try to catch the final match.
Before the other semi-final match began, Sayaka and Toudou insulted each
other again. Toudou said, "Can't you do anything about that long hair?
It's in the way." Then Sayaka replied, "That large stomach is more in
After some more exchange of insults the semi-final match began. Yawara
and Kazamatsuri were watching the match together. But Yawara was still
thinking about her team. Toudou took Sayaka down by force, but could
not hold her down for any points as Sayaka struggled off of the mat.
The two kept fighting but neither was getting any advantage.
Chapter 5: Jirasanaide yo!!
Then Yawara began to worry about missing her team's match and yelled, "I don't care
which one, but hurry up!" This upset Sayaka, and she got a kouka and
took the lead. Toudou then tried to cover herself so that Sayaka could
not get any more points. But Sayaka became very intense thinking about
Yawara, and she lifted the very big and heavy Toudou. Then she turned
Toudou around and covered her for 30 seconds to get an ippon.
When Sayaka went off of the mat, she pulled Kazamatsuri away from Yawara.
Then she said that in the finals, she will show Yawara that what is hers
Meanwhile the Musashiyama high school team's judo match had begun. They
all listened to Yawara's voice on the tape. But the first member got
thrown for an ippon loss. The second member was also losing by points,
but then he remembered what Yawara had said and threw his opponent for a
come from behind ippon win. The whole Musashiyama team was so happy now
that the score was tied 1-1.
Chapter 6: Koi no Rival
Before the final match Jigoro stopped Yawara and talked to her about the
upcoming match. When Yawara said that she was in a hurry and tried to
get away from Jigoro, Jigoro said, "Yawara, you better not take Sayaka
too lightly!" Yawara replied that she wasn't, but Jigoro said, "You are
many levels better than her, but I feel something strange about her.
She's a great rival." Then Yawara was thinking that Sayaka was a rival
in love too, as she was trying to get Kazamatsuri.
The third member of the Musashiyama high school team fought a tough match
and neither person got any points. Hanazono-kun and the others thought
that the judges will give the decision to Musashiyama. But the judges
went for the opponent. Musashiyama was down 2-1 and could not afford to
A strange man bought popcorn, dried squid, beans, and some sea urchin
crackers from the refreshment stand. The lady smiled and said there was
an old man who had bought the same things a while ago. When Jigoro came
out of the restroom, he saw the strange man walking into the stands.
Jigoro thought that the man was his son, Kojiro, and ran after him. But
he had disappeared into the crowd.
Matsuda was hurrying on his moped to return to catch the final match.
But a police officer stopped him because he didn't have a helmet. The
policeman gave Matsuda a ticket and told him to push the moped.
"Inokuma Yawara, after I defeat you and settle everything, I will retire
from judo," Sayaka said to Yawara after the rei.
Matsuda rushed back to the Budoukan, jumped off the moped, and ran into
He was hoping that he didn't miss the final match. When
Matsuda opened the door was very quiet. It was too quiet. He thought
that everything had ended. But Matsuda was just in time to see Yawara
throw Sayaka over her shoulder for an ippon win. Yawara had thrown
Sayaka in a couple of seconds! Yawara bowed and ran out right after the
match, while everybody was stunned. Matsuda was very happy and ran to
try to get an interview with Yawara. Matsuda crashed right into Yawara
who was running out of the dressing room. Yawara asked Matsuda to take
her to the Setagaya gym. Matsuda said that she'll miss the awards
ceremony and she probably won't make it in time, but agreed to take her.
At the Setagaya gym, Yasui-kun had surprisingly thrown his bigger
opponent for an ippon win. The score was now 2-2 and everything would
be decided by the last match between Hanazono-kun and the other taishou.
Chapter 8: Hanazono-kun, Ganbare!!
Sayaka was arguing with the judges saying that Yawara had attacked her
before the referee had yelled "hajime". She said that otherwise she
would not have been thrown. Then the referee said that Yawara attacked
after he called out "hajime". He also pointed to the clock which showed
that two seconds had elapsed. Then Sayaka said that the time keeper must
have made a mistake. She called Tokunaga and told him to bring the car
so that she can leave right away. Sayaka also told Kazamatsuri to come
along so that she can start practice.
Coach Yutenji and the TV announcer were watching the video replay of the
match. Yutenji said that it was a great artistic move. The video showed
Sayaka attacking at the sound of "hajime". Then Yawara got herself in
the position for the throw in an instant. Yutenji said that this was the
perfect judo that he had been seeking for a long time. But Jigoro came
up from behind and said that it was still no good. Jigoro also said that
their goal was to win the gold medal in the Olympics and to get the
national medal of honor.
At the Setagaya gym, the final match had begun. Hanazono-kun's opponent
used a kick move and scored a yuukou. He also found out about the bad
leg. But Hanazono-kun was determined not to lose.
As Sayaka was leaving in her car, a man came up to her and said, "I saw
the match. You will get better." Then as the car was pulling away, he
said, "But my daughter will also get better."
Meanwhile, Yawara and Matsuda had arrived at the Setagaya gym. Since the
brakes on Matsuda's moped didn't work, Matsuda crashed the moped into the
the bushes. Yawara jumped off and ran into the gym.
At that moment,Hanazono-kun had been thrown for another yuukou and was caught in a hold.
Hanazono-kun could not fight the pain in his leg any longer and was about
to lose. Then Hanazono-kun heard Yawara's voice as she was running
toward the mat. Yawara immediately gave Hanazono-kun the instructions
for getting his opponent in a hell-lock choke hold. Hanazono-kun did
exactly what Yawara said and got his opponent in the hold. But the power
in his broken leg was running out along with the time.
Sayaka had Tokunaga find out more information about Yawara's father.
Tokunaga told Sayaka that Inokuma Kojiro had appeared out of nowhere and
won the Japanese judo championship in 1974. Then he mysteriously
disappeared the next year. Sayaka then told Tokunaga to find him so that
he can be her coach.
Hanazono-kun's determination in not releasing the hold paid off as his
opponent finally gave up. Hanazono-kun won, and then passed out. While
they were carrying him off on a stretcher, Hanazono-kun asked Yawara if
she had won her match. Yawara replied that she had. Then Hanazono-kun
said, "Is that so. You're really great Yawara!"
Yawara then said, "No. You're the ones that are great."
Then with tears in their eyes, the Musashiyama team members said, "We won
for the first time today. It's because you taught us judo, Yawara."
Yawara shook her head, started crying, and said, "No. You're the ones
that taught me." Yawara wiped some of her tears away and continued,
"That it's really good to try very hard."
Then they all started crying and Matsuda took a picture of Yawara with
tears in her eyes. The next day, all of the other sports newspapers had
front page pictures of Yawara throwing Sayaka. But the Nikkan Every
Newspaper had a front page picture of Yawara crying for the first time
because of a judo match.
Sayaka and Kazamatsuri had gone to Paris to see a great coach that had
raised many world champions. After watching Sayaka demonstrate her judo,
the coach could not believe that Sayaka had been thrown in two seconds.
When Kazamatsuri told coach Polnalef that Yawara was the granddaughter
of Inokuma Jigoro, Polnalef was shocked. He said no wonder Yawara was
so strong. Polnalef then told Sayaka and Kazamatsuri that Belkens,
Jody, Teleshikova, and Kim were training hard for a match with Yawara.
At school, Yawara told her teacher that she wanted to take the entrance
exam to enter Mitsuba Junior College. She also said that she learned
that "if you try hard enough, nothing is impossible" from her friends on
the judo team.
Matsuda and his photographer were at Narita airport doing an interview of
some star who had just come back from Japan. Actually Matsuda was just
standing apart from the crowd and not doing his work. Matsuda was mad
because he didn't want to do work like this. When he was turning to
leave, Matsuda spotted Jody Rockwell walking in a crowd of people who had
just gotten off of a plane. Jody had come from Australia where she had
won the world championship at the 72 kg weight class. When Matsuda went
up to her to ask why she had come to Japan, Jody asked him if he knew
Yawara. Matsuda tried to tell Jody that he was friends with her, but his
English didn't communicate well, so Jody just turned and left. Then
Matsuda followed her.
At a Chinese restaurant near Musashiyama High School, the judo team
members were enjoying a bowl of ramen. The lady of the store gave them
a lot of extra ramen because they had won the judo match. The lady told
them that she wanted to see them win more. Then Sudou came into the
store. He criticized his teammates because they were happy for just
winning one match. He said that if he had not gotten injured they could
have won the tournament. Just as he started arguing, someone came into
the store and bumped Sudou. Immediately he yelled at the person to watch
out, but when he turned around to look at who it was, he was shocked.
A very large foreign woman sat down next to him. Then the woman ordered
five bowls of ramen.
Coach Yutenji was showing Jigoro around the Saikai University judoujou
and training room. Jigoro tried out the weight training machines and
said that these machines will not make someone strong in judo. But he
also said that he will let Yutenji take care of Yawara.
Yawara was telling her friends that she had no intention of going to
Saikai University. She told them that she wanted to go to Mitsuba Junior
College. Her friends said that it's crazy because the entrance exam to
Mitsuba was very difficult, and the one to Saikai was very easy. But
Yawara said that she wanted to study hard, and then begin her happy
women's college life.
Then two of the high school judo team members came running for Yawara.
They said that a large foreign woman, who had eaten five bowls of ramen,
was dressed in a judo uniform and waiting in the judoujou for Yawara.
After Yawara went to the judoujou she asked her teammates who the woman
was. They said that they didn't know. Then when Jody saw Yawara, Jody
went up to her and said, "Oh! You are very cute! Let's fight!"
Matsuda and Kamoda were looking through the window and were very excited as they
had a chance for a big scoop. But Yawara said that she had to study for
her entrance exams. Then Jody yelled out again. Yawara didn't know how
to refuse, but the judo team members helped her to run away.
After Yawara got home, Jigoro told her that he had gone to Saikai
University and had promised Coach Yutenji that she will go there. Yawara
argued with Jigoro and said that she will not go. She told him that she
wanted to go to Mitsuba Junior College. When Jigoro asked what kind of
judo team they had, Yawara told him that Mitsuba didn't have any judo
team and that she will not do judo. When she turned to leave, Yawara ran
into Jody who had just found Yawara's house.
Jody again asked Yawara to fight. Yawara told Jigoro that this woman had
also come to her school. Then Jigoro thought that Jody was much stronger
than the other opponents that Yawara had fought in the past. Jigoro was
curious to find out how strong Jody was. Then he said that he will fight
her to test her strength before she can fight with Yawara. The match
between Jigoro and Jody began as Jigoro told her to attack any time.
Jody tried to find an opening to attack Jigoro, but couldn't. She
finally broke down to tears and gave up without fighting.
Jigoro then invited Jody to stay with them, saying that she'll make a
good training partner for Yawara. During dinner Yawara was worried about
the home budget as Jody was eating her sixth bowl of rice.