Fujiko was feeling very happy, even though they had lost the judo match
the previous day. Fujiko and Yawara were walking to the gym to practice
judo. Yawara asked Fujiko what everyone had done after the match, since
Jigoro had dragged Yawara home. Fujiko said that they all went to a
family restaurant. She also said that Hanazono-kun ate a large hamburger
plate, spaghetti, and a chocolate parfait. Then Yawara said that he had
always been that way since high school. Fujiko said that she wanted to
find out more about Hanazono-kun.
The night before Fujiko had walked home with Hanazono-kun. Hanazono-kun
had carried Fujiko's bag and had given her his jacket. Then he ran off
when they got to Fujiko's apartment.
Meanwhile at the Tsukushi University judoujou, everyone was working out
very hard. The Tsukushi coach was very worried because there were only
two months until the Ajisaihai Tournament.
At the Honami mansion, Sayaka was training so that she can defeat Yawara
in the All Japan Judo Championships. But she was getting upset because
the guys that she was throwing around were too weak. Then Tokunaga came
running in with a sports newspaper featuring an article on Yawara's team
appearing in the Ajisaihai Tournament. Sayaka got mad that Yawara was
not going to fight her in the All Japan Judo Championships. Then she
told Tokunaga to submit an entry for the Ajisaihai Tournament. But
Kazamatsuri said that her school didn't have a judo team yet. Sayaka
said that she can easily gather four more people. She also said that it
didn't matter how weak they were because she will do all of the fighting.
Yawara, Fujiko, and Kyon Kyon were waiting for everyone else in the
Mitsuba Junior College gym. Since they didn't come on time, Yawara said
that judo was not a sport that ordinary girls did. Fujiko disagreed and
said that judo was wonderful sport. Then Nanda came in crying because
she had just been rejected by some guy again. Sayuri also came in and
happily said that she had lost 3 kilograms in the match. Then Maririn
came and said that all of the guys were staring at her on the train
because she had become famous. There was a picture of Yawara in the
sports newspaper which had Maririn in the background.
During practice Jigoro yelled at Maririn for stopping while doing her
warmup training. Maririn kept complaining that she will get too many
muscles to be a beautiful actress. When she said that she wanted to
leave, Kyon Kyon tried to stop her. Then the other girls also persuaded
Maririn to stay and practice. They said that they wanted to win the
At the Honami mansion, Sayaka had gathered four girls from her college to
make a judo team. All of the girls were "ojousama" from rich families.
Kazamatsuri said that these girls could not do judo, but Sayaka said that
she would win in all of the matches so it didn't matter. Kazamatsuri was
thinking that he could not train all of these girls himself. He knew
that Yawara was on a totally different level in terms of judo and
everything else. He was also wondering where Kojiro was.
[ojousama = spoiled, rich girls who can't do anything by themselves.]
When the Mitsuba team was taking a shower after practice Maririn was
still complaining. Then Yawara noticed that Fujiko wasn't there. Kyon
Kyon said that Fujiko was still practicing to get her form down perfect.
Yawara knew that Fujiko must be very tired.
In the gym Fujiko was still practicing. She was thinking that she didn't
know what she was missing, as she collapsed to the floor. Just then a
strange man eating something very loudly came by and asked Fujiko if she
had been taught by Jigoro. Fujiko answered yes and said that although
she had been doing judo for two months, she still didn't know anything.
Then the man told her that her move would be perfect if she just learned
the timing of her left hand.
When Yawara ran into the gym, Fujiko was still practicing. Yawara
noticed that Fujiko's move had become much better. Fujiko told Yawara
that some strange man had come and taught her. Then Yawara noticed a
small seed of a fruit on the floor. Yawara knew right away that it
must have been her father. Yawara ran outside, but Kojiro was nowhere
to be seen.
The next morning when Yawara was jogging Matsuda came up to her and
showed her the newspaper. It had an article about Sayaka's team entering
the Ajisaihai Tournament. Matsuda said that Sayaka's one woman team will
keep winning until she fights Yawara. Then Yawara said that she didn't
want to be a one woman team. She said that she wanted all of the others
to win on their own, but Matsuda said that the opponents in the Ajisaihai
Tournament would be too strong for them.
Then Matsuda said that in all of the great athletes that he has seen,
the ones with self confidence were the strongest. Matsuda suggested that
Yawara train with all of them individually and be thrown by them. That
way each one will start to get some self confidence. Then Yawara thanked
Matsuda for his suggestion and ran off.
At the Seishin Women's College judoujou, Sayaka was working out while the
other girls and Kazamatsuri were drinking tea and eating cake at a nearby
table. Sayaka had heard that Mitsuba's team was just like hers with
Yawara being the only experienced person. Sayaka thought that Yawara
wanted to show off by defeating five people after the other four girls
lost. Sayaka said that she will not let that happen. Just then Kojiro
showed up at the table and said that Mitsuba's team was not full of
beginners. He added that Sayaka might lose before she can get a chance
to fight against Yawara.
At the Mitsuba Junior College gym, Yawara was practicing with everyone.
Yawara let herself be thrown by Nanda, Sayuri, and Maririn. Then Yawara
practiced with Fujiko. Fujiko used her long stride to throw in her
oouchigari and took Yawara down. Matsuda commented that Yawara was very
good at taking a fall too. Then Jigoro laughed and said, "Don't you know
anything you stupid Matsuda? That oouchigari was real!" Yawara had
opened her eyes wide because of being surprised by Fujiko's move.
The next day the Ajisaihai Tournament began. Maririn, Nanda, and Sayuri
were very excited as there were TV cameras all over and they were focused
on their team. They kept smiling to the camera. Fujiko looked around
and saw that all of the girls from other teams were very mean looking.
Fujiko started to scared and told Yawara to fight first so she can defeat
everyone. But Yawara said that they were going to win with everyone and
that she was expecting a lot from Fujiko's oouchigari. Then Yawara
looked around to see that Sayaka and the Tsukushi University team were
staring at them with very mean faces.
Kazamatsuri was looking at the Mitsuba team, but couldn't figure out who
the big wall that Kojiro had warned him about was. Then Kazamatsuri
stared at Yawara and started to get a funny, perverted look on his face
as he thought about her.
Matsuda told Kuniko to make sure to take a lot of pictures of the match
between Yawara and Sayaka. He said that the other matches didn't matter
that much. He said that this was the first time in two years that the
two rivals will fight. Then Jigoro came up to Matsuda and said that
Yawara will throw Sayaka for an ippon. But he also said that there was
another big wall waiting for Sayaka this time.
In the first round match for Seishin Women's College, the four ojousama
lost very quickly to the first opponent. Then Sayaka went up and easily
threw all five opponents to move her team into the second round. Jigoro
and Matsuda both noticed that Sayaka had improved a lot. Meanwhile
Tsukushi University's first person defeated all five opponents to send
Tsukushi into the second round.
The time for Mitsuba's first match came. Fujiko became more nervous and
wanted to run away, but Yawara pushed her in line. The opponents were
thinking that no matter how strong Yawara was, all of the others were
just beginners. They thought that they had a chance if they went five
Fujiko was still shaking in fear when Nanda's first match started.
Yawara was still trying to calm Fujiko down when Nanda kicked her
opponent down for an ippon. Fujiko couldn't believe it. Then Nanda
used her kick move to defeat her second opponent. The Mitsuba team
became very happy, including Fujiko.
Kazamatsuri was watching the match trying to find out who the big wall
was that Kojiro had warned him about. After seeing Nanda easily defeat
her two opponents, Kazamatsuri thought that the wall was Nanda. He
couldn't believe that someone who had just started judo three months
ago could have such a sharp move.
Kazamatsuri was going to tell Sayaka about this big wall. But he heard
the sound of Nanda being thrown by the opponent's third fighter. So he
knew that Nanda couldn't be the wall. When Maririn stepped out to fight
next for Mitsuba, Kazamatsuri wondered if she was the big wall. He knew
that there was something different about Maririn.
When the match started, the opponent quickly grabbed Maririn and exposed
the tank top that she was wearing instead of a t-shirt. Then Maririn
was thrown for an ippon, to the disappointment of everyone in the stands
who wanted to see more of her.
Sayuri was next for Mitsuba and she wondered how many kilograms she would
lose in the match that day. Fujiko was getting worried because she would
be next if Sayuri lost. She was not paying attention to the match, but
Yawara told her to watch as Sayuri had knocked her opponent down and had
her in a hold. Then Sayuri smashed her opponent down for thirty seconds
to get the ippon, and won the match.
Kazamatsuri thought that Sayuri must be the big wall and started to run
off to tell Sayaka. But when there was another roar from the crowd,
Kazamatsuri stopped and looked back. He saw Sayuri caught in a head-
lock hold. Sayuri had learned the maitta, and gave up.
Fujiko then got up to go to her match. She was very frightened and was
shaking and sweating all over. Kazamatsuri saw Fujiko and thought that
even if she was the big wall, she was too stiff to be a tough opponent.
When the match started Yawara yelled to Fujiko to relax. But Fujiko was
just barely holding on and couldn't remember any of her moves. Just then
Hanazono-kun ran into the gym and yelled out, "Fujiko! Un, deux, trois!"
Fujiko heard Hanazono-kun's voice and everything fell back in place.
She remembered her "un, deux, trois" and threw her oouchigari. Fujiko
kicked her opponent down for an ippon win. Kazamatsuri saw Fujiko's
move and knew that this girl was for real.
The opponents were down to their taishou. Everyone in the crowd was
yelling for Fujiko to lose so that they can see Yawara. When the match
started Fujiko thought that she didn't have to win any more and became
relaxed. Kazamatsuri noticed that Fujiko's movements had become much
smoother. Fujiko wasn't trying to win, but she threw in her oouchigari.
Her leg caught her opponent by surprise and Fujiko landed on top of her
opponent with an ippon. When Fujiko got up, she was very happy because
they had won and moved on to the second round. Fujiko had tears running
down her cheeks as she jumped up for joy.
The crowd was disappointed because they could not see Yawara. Sayaka
was also upset at the way Mitsuba won. The Tsukushi judo team noticed
that Fujiko had gotten better from the time when they fought against her.
But the Tsukushi coach told them that their only target was Yawara.
When the Mitsuba team was walking off, Fujiko saw Hanazono-kun in the
stands cheering for her. He yelled and said that she can win the
championship with her oouchigari, but Fujiko said that she was too weak.
Just then Fujiko bumped into Toudou. Toudou and her team were walking
toward their first match. When Yawara said hi, Toudou replied that she
will have her rematch against Yawara in the second round. She wanted
revenge for the loss that she suffered in the exhibition match two
In the second round, Sayaka easily defeated all of her opponents to move
her team into the semi-finals. If Yawara's Mitsuba can defeat Toudou's
Kuroyuri, the big rematch between Sayaka and Yawara would be set up.
Kojiro was watching the tournament at the Honami mansion. He knew that
Sayaka would have a tough job to do before she can face Yawara.
As Mitsuba and Kuroyuri lined up to start the match, Fujiko pointed out
that all of the Kuroyuri members were heavyweights, and they all looked
very mean. She even said that the others made Toudou look cute. Fujiko
was very scared. But Maririn, Nanda, and Sayuri were happy because of
all of the attention that they were getting.
The match began, and Kuroyuri's Fujiwara easily defeated Nanda, Maririn,
and Sayuri with ippons. Fujiko had to go fight next, but she was very
scared and shaking and sweating.
Meanwhile a taxi carrying a middle aged man and woman arrived at the gym.
The man and woman ran into the gym, worried that the match might be over.
Fujiko's match started but she was still nervous. She was just hanging
on and trying to escape from Fujiwara's moves. Then Yawara yelled out
for her to remember the "un, deux, trois". But Fujiko said that her
opponent was too strong. When Yawara reassured her that she can win,
Fujiko threw in her oouchigari and sent her opponent flying. Fujiko won
with an ippon to surprise everyone in the stands.
The middle aged man and woman had come into the stands and were watching
Fujiko's match. The woman said that they have to stop the match at once
as she thought that her daughter Fujiko would get killed. She was saying
that she shouldn't have let her come to Tokyo.
Fujiko's next match started. Fujiko was still scared, but she quickly
threw in her oouchigari and defeated the second opponent. Matsuda was
shocked at how good Fujiko had become. He hurried to Kuniko and asked
her to start taking pictures.
In the stands Fujiko's parents overheard Hanazono-kun cheering for
Fujiko. He yelled out, "You can win if you do it like I taught you!"
They went over to Hanazono-kun and asked if he was the one responsible
for dragging Fujiko into judo. When he found out that they were Fujiko's
parents, Hanazono-kun introduced himself. Then Fujiko's father grabbed
Hanazono-kun and asked what he had done to his daughter.
Fujiko's third match began. Fujiko was very tired and the opponents now
knew to watch out for Fujiko's oouchigari. The opponent tried to take
Fujiko down and use the mat moves. But Fujiko escaped by bridging and
using her flexible body. Then as her opponent was getting mad, Fujiko
threw in her oouchigari and took her down for another ippon.
Kojiro was watching the matches on TV in the Honami mansion. When he saw
Fujiko win her third straight match, he knew that he had underestimated
her skills. The wall Sayaka was going to face was a very high one.
The crowd was enjoying Fujiko's judo, but they were getting restless as
they really wanted to see Yawara. Then they started yelling out for her
to lose. Fujiko's father and mother got angry at this and started
yelling back at the crowd. Then Fujiko's fourth match began.
When Fujiko tried to throw in her oouchigari, her opponent blocked
Fujiko's leg and tried to do a rolling throw. But Fujiko braced herself
and got away off the mat. Then Fujiko said to Yawara that she couldn't
fight any more. But Yawara kept encouraging Fujiko. She gave Fujiko
some advice about when to throw in the oouchigari. Then the match
continued and Fujiko found the perfect timing for her oouchigari.
In her fifth match, Fujiko had to face Toudou, the silver medalist in
the Seoul Olympics. Fujiko was shaking in fear before the match began.
Toudou was thinking that Fujiko was not her opponent. She only wanted
to fight against Yawara. When the match started, Toudou tried to muscle
her way and throw Fujiko. But Fujiko braced herself and threw in her
oouchigari when Toudou was trying to lift her up. Toudou went flying
with Fujiko on top of her. Everyone thought that Fujiko had won, but
the referee stopped the match because they were off the mat.
When the match restarted, Toudou was mad and went after Fujiko. But
Fujiko was bracing herself well with her flexible body. When she spotted
another opening, Fujiko threw in her oouchigari again and took Toudou
down for a yuukou. Yawara shouted for Fujiko to escape, but it was too
late as Toudou recovered and got Fujiko into a hold. Toudou covered
Fujiko with her weight and Fujiko could not do anything. Toudou held
Fujiko down for 30 seconds to get an ippon.
Everyone gave Fujiko an ovation as she walked off the mat. She collapsed
to her teammates as they all congratulated her. Then Yawara went out to
face Toudou in her first match since the Olympics. Toudou told Yawara
that it won't be like it was two years ago. She said that she had been
researching Yawara's over the shoulder throw.
Fujiko's parents were surprised that their daughter was doing judo with
someone like Yawara, who they had seen in the Olympics. Hanazono-kun
told them that Fujiko was the one that had brought Yawara back into judo,
and that they were good friends.
In the match, Toudou was waiting for Yawara to use her throw. Toudou
intentionally let herself open so Yawara would try to throw her. Then
Yawara got into position and started to throw Toudou. Toudou was waiting
for it and immediately went to pick Yawara up. But Yawara leaned back
and kicked Toudou's leg to send her flying backwards. Yawara flew on top
of Toudou and they crashed to the ground very loudly. Instead of her
throw, Yawara had used the oouchigari to defeat Toudou.
The referee raised his hand to signal an ippon. Then he quickly called
for a stretcher as Toudou was still unconscious on the ground. While
they were carrying Toudou off, Yawara walked by her side and apologized
to her. Then Toudou finally recovered, but she didn't know what had
happened. She was very upset when she learned that she had lost.
When the Mitsuba team returned to their dressing room, Fujiko was
surprised to find her parents there. Her mother told her that they came
to take her away. But Jigoro interrupted and suggested that they watch
the match until the end. Yawara also asked them to let Fujiko fight a
little bit more until the end. Then Fujiko's father pointed out that
they didn't want Fujiko associating with someone like Hanazono-kun.
Meanwhile in the Seishin team's dressing room, Sayaka was asking
Kazamatsuri about Yawara. Kazamatsuri tried to warn her about Fujiko,
but Sayaka would not listen.
When it was time to go out for the match, Nanda looked all over but could
not find Maririn. So Kyon Kyon, who only weighed 36 kg, went out as the
first person. Matsuda was worried that Kyon Kyon would get hurt, but
Jigoro told him to just sit back and watch. Before the match, Yawara
warmed up with Kyon Kyon to give her some confidence.
Although she had never won before, Kyon Kyon's opponent thought that she
could win this time because Kyon Kyon was so small. She tried to use a
leg move that she had learned from Kazamatsuri. But Kyon Kyon avoided
the leg and concentrated on her own moves. Kyon Kyon remembered what
Yawara had said and kicked her opponent for an ippon. Everyone was so
surprised, especially Kyon Kyon herself.
When Kojiro saw that match, he immediately told Tokunaga to get the car
ready. He said that he wanted to go to the gym.
In the next match, Kyon Kyon and her opponent fought evenly and they
ended up in a draw. Kyon Kyon was disappointed because she didn't win,
but Nanda told her that it was all right because she took two of their
opponents out. Then Nanda went out and quickly defeated the next two
opponents with violent throws. Now it was time for Sayaka to appear.
Sayaka walked out waving to the crowd. Then she just focused on Yawara.
Even when her match with Nanda was beginning, Sayaka was still looking
at Yawara. Nanda got mad at Sayaka and attacked. But Sayaka easily
threw Nanda like she was dirt. Then Sayaka threw Sayuri and said that
they were just in the way.
Fujiko was very frightened and said that Sayaka was stronger than Toudou.
When she walked out, the crowd started shouting for her to lose because
they all wanted to see the match between Sayaka and Yawara. Fujiko
thought to herself that it was ok for her to lose, but she still wanted
to make the match last as long as possible so that Sayaka will tire a
little before her match with Yawara.
Kazamatsuri tried to give a last minute warning to Sayaka about Fujiko,
but Sayaka wouldn't listen. Sayaka was only worried about her rematch
with Yawara. Even when the match started, Sayaka was still thinking
about Yawara. She tried to throw Fujiko like she had thrown the others,
but Fujiko threw in her oouchigari to catch Sayaka off guard. Fujiko
took Sayaka down for a wazaari. The Mitsuba team cheered, and Matsuda
said that the headline for the next day's newspaper might not feature
Sayaka thought to herself that Fujiko had just gotten lucky because she
was a bit careless. The match restarted and Sayaka tried to throw Fujiko
again. She was still only thinking about Yawara. But this time, Fujiko
threw in a perfect oouchigari to send Sayaka flying through the air.