Fujiko threw in a perfect oouchigari to send Sayaka flying through the
air. This time, everyone thought that the match had ended. The referee
started to raise his hand to signal the ippon. But the line judge
signaled that they were off of the mat. The people in the crowd were
relieved because they still wanted to see the rematch between Sayaka and
Yawara. Then they started to yell for Sayaka. Hanazono-kun and Fujiko's
parents were badly outnumbered by Sayaka's fans.
Coach Yutenji went up to Jigoro and told him how impressed he was with
his coaching of Fujiko. He also said that his team was going to face
the Tsukushi team next. But he didn't have much confidence as he saw
that Tsukushi had a very strong team and because he didn't have Yawara.
Then Jigoro said that Yutenji can have Yawara. Jigoro told Yutenji that
he can have both Yawara and Fujiko. He explained that both Yawara and
Fujiko were in their last year of the two year junior college. So they
can transfer to Saikai University.
Meanwhile Fujiko and Sayaka were fighting it out. The crowd was loudly
cheering for Sayaka, and Fujiko wasn't really thinking about winning.
All Fujiko wanted to do was to make Sayaka tired before her match against
Yawara. But Fujiko was still leading by one wazaari and there was less
than one minute left.
With 20 seconds left, Sayaka used a combination move to take Fujiko down
for a wazaari. The score was now even. But Sayaka had Fujiko down on
the mat and she was trying to turn her over by forcing her arm. Fujiko
tried as hard as she could not to get turned over. Then with 5 seconds
left in the match, Fujiko's arm gave out and Sayaka got on top of her.
But Fujiko locked her leg around one of Sayaka's legs. Just as she ran
out of energy, the match ended and Fujiko collapsed.
Everyone was waiting for the very important decision. Hanazono-kun told
Fujiko's mother that Fujiko should win. Saitou, who was announcing the
match, said that Fujiko's "almost ippon" that was off the mat might have
a big impact on the decision. Even while she was waiting for the
decision, Sayaka was only thinking about her rematch against Yawara.
When the referee called for the judges' decision, one judge raised the
red flag and the other judge raised the white flag. Then the referee
called it a draw. The Mitsuba team was very happy because they had won.
But Sayaka couldn't believe it. She went up to the referee and started
to argue. But the referee told her to bow. Then Sayaka bowed, rushed
off the mat, and angrily went by Kazamatsuri and all of the cameramen.
Fujiko tried to walk off to her teammates, but she collapsed before
reaching them. Everyone surrounded Fujiko. All Fujiko could say was
that her shoulder hurt. In the dressing room, Jigoro snapped Fujiko's
shoulder back into place, as her worried parents looked on. Jigoro said
that it was just a light fracture so there was no need to worry. When
Hanazono-kun asked if Fujiko could fight in the finals, Jigoro said that
she should rest for the future. Fujiko said that she was ok and wanted
to go fight, but everyone told her to rest.
After Sayaka got dressed, she just walked by all of the reporters and
went to her car that was waiting outside. Kojiro was sitting inside the
car and told Sayaka to get inside.
The Tsukushi University team had won the other semi-final match. When
the Tsukushi coach found out that Fujiko had gotten injured, he became
very happy because the match would now be five against one, instead of
five against two.
The Mitsuba team (actually Nanda) was making a strategy for the final
match. Nanda said that since she had improved a lot since the last
match, she would defeat three of their opponents. She also told Sayuri
to defeat one person. Then she said that they will leave the final
opponent for Yawara. Maririn started to argue because Nanda had left
her out. Then Kyon Kyon spoke up and showed everyone a notebook
containing some notes that she had taken on the Tsukushi team. Yawara
said that it will help a lot, and told everyone that everyone just had
to defeat one person each.
In the car Kojiro told Sayaka that she had been totally defeated by
Fujiko. Sayaka said that she didn't lose because it was a draw, and that
she should have won the decision. But Kojiro stated again that she had
been totally defeated.
Just before the final match was going to begin, Yawara's mother arrived
at the gym. She met Fujiko's parents and they all went to watch the
match. When the Mitsuba and Tsukushi teams bowed for the beginning of
the match, Nanda got mad because all of the Tsukushi members were staring
Maririn went to fight first. But she lost in two seconds as her opponent
threw her down very forcefully. Then Sayuri lost very quickly too. Now
Kyon Kyon had to fight. Yawara gave her some last minute advice and Kyon
Kyon said that she was very happy to be doing judo as she went out for
While Kyon Kyon's match was going on, Yawara was warming up with Nanda.
Kyon Kyon did just as she had been told by Yawara and kicked her opponent
down for a kouka. Everyone was very happy, but their happiness didn't
last long. Kyon Kyon's opponent quickly recovered, grabbed Kyon Kyon,
and held her down for 30 seconds. Kyon Kyon was too small to do anything
When Kyon Kyon went off to her teammates, she sat down and said that she
was very sad that she lost. She said that she never knew that losing
could be so sad. Then Nanda got up and said that she will go try hard.
Nanda yelled out loud as the match began. She grabbed her opponent and
kicked her down when she spotted an opening. Nanda got a yuukou and they
went off the mat. But when the match restarted, Nanda's opponent grabbed
Nanda's collar and threw her for an ippon. The Tsukushi coach was very
happy and said that everything was going according to his plan. Nanda
cried as she went off to her teammates. Yawara got up to warm up, and
her eyes had that glare that showed that she was serious. It was going
to be a five versus one battle.
Fujiko was starting to worry. She said that it was her fault for getting
injured. But Hanazono-kun told Fujiko that she did her part by bringing
Yawara back to judo. Then Fujiko's parents and Yawara's mother appeared.
Yawara's mother agreed with Hanazono-kun and thanked Fujiko for bringing
Yawara back to judo. When Yawara spotted her mother, she ran to them.
Then Yawara's mother told Yawara that her father was somewhere near.
Matsuda came up and said, "Do you understand now? Your father is not
staying away because of your judo. It's the opposite. In Seoul and now,
when you do judo, your father comes nearby!" Then Kazamatsuri came by
and cheered her on too. Yawara felt happy about the good news. Then
Jigoro came by and yelled at Yawara. He told her to hurry up an go beat
all five people.
Kojiro and Sayaka were watching the match on TV in the car. When Kojiro
asked Sayaka about what she thought the outcome of the match would be,
Sayaka said that there is no way that Yawara would lose to anybody but
The Tsukushi coach told his team that everything was going according to
his plan. When the match began, he told Oogaki not to worry about
beating Yawara by herself. He told her to just make Yawara work hard.
But Yawara got into position very quickly and threw Oogaki over her
shoulder for an ippon.
Oogaki returned to her coach and apologized. But the coach said that it
was all right. Then he told Kurokawa to go do her job against Yawara.
He just wanted the match to last long so that Yawara would get tired.
Yawara tried to throw her opponent over her shoulder again. But Kurokawa
avoided being thrown. Then Yawara switched moves and pulled Kurokawa
down for an ippon. The Tsukushi coach was shocked to see Yawara's quick
moves, but he still said that everything was going according to his plan.
Uzaki, a heavy weight, was next for Tsukushi. Fujiko's parents and
Yawara's teammates were scared when they saw the giant Uzaki. The coach
told Uzaki to show Yawara some of her heavyweight judo.
When the match started, Yawara tried to throw Uzaki over her shoulder.
But Uzaki was too heavy and collapsed on top of Yawara. Then Uzaki tried
to use her mat moves to cover Yawara. Yawara just braced herself and
crawled off the mat. When Yutenji commented that Uzaki was trying to
muscle Yawara, Jigoro snapped back and said that muscle will not work
against his judo.
When the match restarted, Yawara kicked Uzaki down for a yuukou. But
Uzaki again tried to cover Yawara with her mat moves. All of Yawara's
teammates thought that Yawara was going to get smothered. But Yawara
got out of it and instead covered Uzaki with her small body. Everyone
was surprised. Tsukushi's coach thought that Uzaki was just taking a
rest, but she wasn't moving. When 15 seconds had gone by, he yelled at
her to get up. When Fujiko asked Hanazono-kun why Uzaki wasn't getting
up, Hanazono-kun replied that she couldn't. He also said that he had
seen Yawara do this before against Sasaki of Ganryuuji High School.
When 30 seconds had gone by, the referee raised his hand to signal the
The Tsukushi coach still said that everything was going according to his
plan. He said that Yawara must have gotten tired in that match. Katori,
another heavyweight and Japan champion, was next for Tsukushi.
Yawara was thinking that she had to win for her teammates. The match
started and Yawara quickly went after Katori. Yawara got the inside
position and tried to trip her opponent. But Katori avoided being
tripped. Then Yawara changed into another move and kept Katori off
balance. The Tsukushi coach kept saying that things were still going
according to his plan because Yawara was getting tired by attacking.
Matsuda, who was watching the match with Kazamatsuri, said that Yawara's
eyes were brilliant like the time when she fought against Jody. Just
then Yawara got into position to throw Katori over her shoulder. Matsuda
thought that Yawara was going to win right there. But Yawara's hand
slipped because of the sweat and Yawara fell to the ground. Then Katori
quickly jumped on Yawara and tried to turn her over with her mat moves.
But Yawara kicked her leg up to block her opponent. Then she grabbed
Katori's arm. Just before Yawara was going to get Katori in a painful
arm lock, Yamada (Tsukushi's captain) yelled to Katori to escape. Katori
crawled away in time to avoid getting caught in Yawara's hold.
Yawara's teammates cheered as the match restarted. Katori grabbed Yawara
and tried to throw her. But Yawara positioned herself and threw Katori
for an ippon instead. The Tsukushi coach was shocked. He couldn't
believe that Yawara had gotten four ippons in a row against his team.
Then Tsukushi's first three imitated their coach and said that everything
was going according to plan. But the coach yelled back that it wasn't.
Yamada then said that she won't let Yawara defeat five in a row, and
walked out for the final match.
All of Yawara's teammates were in tears. Kyon Kyon went up to Yawara and
thanked her. She said that by watching Yawara, she had gained a lot of
confidence in what she can do. Then Yawara said that it was her that had
to thank everyone. She said that it was the first time that she had been
this happy. Then Yawara smiled and went out for the final match.
The announcers were saying that Yawara must be getting tired. Also they
said that since Yamada had not fought yet that day, she must have a lot
of energy let. Then Jigoro went up to the announcer's booth and said
that he didn't teach Yawara the kind of judo that would get her tired
after just this much. He said that Yawara can fight five or ten people
and still not be tired because she isn't wasting any energy. When Saitou
said hello to Jigoro, Jigoro showed everyone the Olympic gold medal that
he was wearing around his neck. Saitou was surprised and asked how he
can walk around with something so important. Then Jigoro said that he
can get more of them easily, the next one at Barcelona.
Sayaka was still watching the tournament on TV in the car. She got mad
at Jigoro's arrogance and turned the TV off. Then Kojiro said that she
was just trying to escape from the truth. When Sayaka denied it, Kojiro
said that she cannot win if she doesn't face the truth.
Just as the match was starting, Yamada was thinking that she can use some
arm moves to defeat Yawara. She imagined herself going through the moves
to take Yawara down. She had to wait for Yawara to try to throw her with
the over the shoulder throw.
When the match started Yawara and Yamada both tried to get good holds
on each other. Then Yawara went into her over the shoulder throw.
Yamada quickly tried to go into her arm move. But at that instant,
Yawara changed from a right handed over the shoulder throw to a left
handed over the shoulder throw. It was so fast that Yamada couldn't
to anything to prevent herself from being thrown for an ippon.
Everyone was surprised at Yawara's brilliance, except for Jigoro. After
the initial shock, Yawara's teammates all rushed to Yawara.
In the car, Kojiro asked Sayaka, "Can you come with me? I'm asking if
you can keep up with my training!"
At the awards ceremony, Nanda and Maririn fought over the championship
trophy. Then everyone lined up for pictures. Everyone was very happy
about the victory.
Meanwhile the announcers and Jigoro were watching the replay of the
final match. They saw Yawara go for the throw, and Yamada try for the
arm move. Then the replay showed Yawara change her move from a right
handed throw to a left handed throw. When Saitou asked Jigoro if Yawara
had predicted Yamada's arm move, Jigoro said, "Prediction! There's no
such thing! Her body just naturally moved that way by itself." Then
Jigoro laughed a lot, while everyone else was shocked.
Kojiro asked Sayaka again, "Well, are you going to come with me on my
training? I'll tell you that my training is very hard." Then Sayaka
said that she wanted severe training if that is what it takes to defeat
Yawara. Sayaka mentioned that ever since she was little, she had been
good at everything that she had tried. Only Yawara had ever defeated her
in anything. Then Kojiro said that Yawara was a born genius. Sayaka
laughed and said that she was the specially gifted one. But Kojiro
snapped back and said, "You're just a normal person! Just like me!"
The announcer tried to get an interview with Yawara. But Maririn and
Nanda tried to hog the camera. Then Yamada went up to Yawara and thanked
and congratulated her on a great match. The Tsukushi coach went up to
Yawara too. When he said that he will be back next year, Yawara reminded
him that since they were a junior college, this was their last year. The
coach was saddened because he didn't have a chance at a rematch. Then
Yawara's teammates came and tried to drag her to the celebration party.
Jigoro and Yutenji were now thinking about a way to get both Yawara and
Fujiko to transfer to Saikai University.
Kojiro and Sayaka were walking through the woods. Tokunaga tried to
follow them but he was getting very tired. Sayaka told him to go back.
Kojiro said, "They are Inokuma Jigoro and Inokuma Yawara, the two
geniuses. In order to catch up, an ordinary person must practice one
million.. no five million times as much!" After Sayaka said that she
wanted hard training, Kojiro said, "But even with five million times as
much training, an ordinary person cannot beat a genius. There is one
other thing that is needed." When Sayaka asked what it was, Kojiro said
that it was "luck".
Meanwhile, everyone was enjoying themselves at a yakiniku restaurant.
Even Fujiko's father had gotten drunk. Hanazono-kun was downing a lot
of juice. When Matsuda arrived, he found Kazamatsuri sitting next to
Yawara. Matsuda quickly pulled Kazamatsuri away. When they were alone,
Matsuda told Kazamatsuri that Sayaka had disappeared. Kazamatsuri calmly
said that she probably went on a training trip with Kojiro. Matsuda was
shocked that Kojiro had become Sayaka's coach.
After a while Matsuda called his office and told them that he will go
look for Sayaka. He promised a big scoop. But he knew that he could
not write the truth because of Yawara. Then Matsuda ran into Yawara who
had come out of the restroom. When Matsuda congratulated her, Yawara
said that she had a great time doing judo. But Yawara said that she had
to start looking for a job. Matsuda was wondering what would happen to
Jigoro's plan to send Yawara and Fujiko to Saikai University.
Meanwhile Sayaka and Kojiro were in a log cabin somewhere deep in the
mountains. There was no electricity, water, or a bath. When Sayaka
asked about a shower, Kojiro told her that there was a river nearby.
The day after the tournament, Fujiko was riding the train to school. The
man sitting in front of her was reading a sports newspaper. Fujiko saw
Yawara's picture on the front page and felt very happy. The man saw that
Fujiko was looking at his newspaper. He stared at her for a while and
then turned the page. Fujiko thought that he was mad at her. But, when
Fujiko looked down at the newspaper again, she saw a large picture of
herself in the newspaper. When Fujiko got off of the train, she went to
the newspaper stand and bought all of the sports newspapers.
At Mitsuba Junior College everyone was looking at the newspapers. They
were happy about all of the attention that they had received. Maririn
started to brag about how well she performed. Then some girls said that
Fujiko was great because she had a big article. Yawara added that Fujiko
fought well and defeated a lot of strong opponents. Then Kyon Kyon came
in carrying a lot of pamphlets for various companies. The girls said
that they had to start looking for a job soon if they wanted a good job.
Then Maririn said that she was not worried because she was going to be
an actress. When the other girls said that they always received a lot of
these pamphlets in the mail, Yawara was surprised. Yawara said that she
had never received one.
Meanwhile Jigoro was at home carrying a big load of mail outside. Jigoro
was burning the company pamphlets that were sent to Yawara. Jigoro had
already decided that Yawara was going to transfer to Saikai University.
Then there was a phone call from the personnel department of some
company. But Jigoro hung up on them.
Meanwhile Coach Yutenji was visiting Fujiko's parents in Shizuoka.
Yutenji wanted to have Fujiko transfer to his university. He said that
with Fujiko's skills it may not be just a dream to get the gold medal in
the Barcelona Olympics. Fujiko's parents were just shocked to hear
about the gold medal.
Matsuda was hanging around the Honami mansion trying to find out where
Sayaka and Kojiro had gone. Then Matsuda saw Tokunaga washing off the
dirt from the Rolls Royce. He knew that they must have gone very deep
into the mountains. Then he saw the maid bring out a bag containing
Sayaka's clothes. When Tokunaga drove off to the mountains, Matsuda
followed on his motorcycle.
Fujiko was at home worrying about her future. She really didn't want to
work yet because she still wanted to do judo with Yawara. Then Fujiko
got a phone call from her parents informing her about Yutenji's visit.
Fujiko became very happy because she thought that she can continue doing
judo with Yawara.
Meanwhile at home Yawara was looking over some company pamphlets. She
then decided on two that she wanted to try interviewing with. Yawara
also wanted to buy some new clothes for the interview.
The next day Yawara went to Tsurugame Travel for an interview. Yawara
was very cheerful, but the interviewers were all very quiet and stared at
her. Yawara thought that she must have done something wrong. On her
resume, Yawara wrote down that she had never received any major awards.
Then one of the interviewers asked if she really hadn't receive any gold.
When they looked for the interests and sports information on her resume,
they saw that Yawara had written reading and listening to records as her
interests and golf as her sport. They kept trying to find out for sure
if this was the real Inokuma Yawara that won the gold medal.
Yawara left the interview thinking that she had messed up. After the
interview with Yawara, all of the interviewers got together because they
could not believe that it was the real Yawara. They didn't know why
Yawara would want to come to their company because it didn't have a judo
team. But they knew that it would be great for publicity, so they rushed
to tell the president.
Coach Yutenji was meeting with Fujiko at a coffee shop. He asked her to
come to Saikai University. He said that Yawara would also come. When
Fujiko said that Yawara was out interviewing with some companies, Yutenji
said that he had left it up to Jigoro. Then Yutenji asked Fujiko how
much she weighed. When Fujiko said that she weighed 64 kg, he told her
to lose 3 kg and enter the 61 kg weight class in the upcoming Japan
Weight-Class Championship judo tournament. Fujiko said that she couldn't
fight in such a tournament. Then Yutenji told her that if she won, she
would qualify for the World Championships in Yugoslavia. When Yutenji
told Fujiko that Yawara would also go to the World Championships, Fujiko
thought that it would be just perfect for a graduation trip.
At Jigoro's hospital, Jigoro was putting bandages on Matsuda's leg.
Matsuda had wiped out on his motorcycle when a frog jumped onto the road
in front of him. Jigoro said that Matsuda must have been spying around
on somebody like a hyena. Then Matsuda spoke out Sayaka's name before
he could stop himself. When Jigoro asked about Sayaka, Matsuda said that
she was doing some special training with a great coach. Jigoro thought
for a while and said that the only other great coach besides himself is
his son Kojiro. When Jigoro asked Matsuda who the coach was, Matsuda
said that he couldn't say.
Sayaka was training in the mountains. She was splitting firewood.
Sayaka thought that Kojiro made her split the firewood to get some timing
and speed. But Kojiro said that it was just to cook some food and to
heat water for the bath.
Yawara went over to Fujiko's apartment. But Fujiko wasn't home. On her
way home Yawara spotted a couple sitting on a park bench. Yawara thought
that it looked like Fujiko and Hanazono-kun. She didn't realize that it
was, and kept walking.
When Yawara told Nanda and Maririn, they told her that Fujiko and
Hanazono-kun had been dating for a long time. Yawara was surprised.
Then a very happy Fujiko came in and went up to Yawara. Before Yawara
could ask about Hanazono-kun, Fujiko said, "Let's go to Yugoslavia
together. To the World Championships."
At Tsurugame Travel, the interviewers were having a meeting with the
president. They were all surprised that Yawara had come to them. Then
the president said, "Finally the time has come! Honami travel had been
running first for a long time.. We were second every year.. Recently
we have fallen to third or fourth.. But now the time for our 'come from
behind ippon win' has come!" Then the president told his men that he
wanted them to contact Yawara and hire her before some other company
[some information from Yawara's resume..
address: 1-2-3 Kitashimozawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
telephone: 03-230-???? ]
At Mitsuba Junior College, Yawara and her teammates were discussing their
future plans. Kyon Kyon wanted to be a nursery school teacher. Nanda
wanted to be a policewoman. Sayuri had already accepted a job in a
department store. Maririn said that she had been offered 500,000 yen
for a starring role in a movie. Yawara and Fujiko began to worry about
the kind of movie Maririn had been scouted for. Then Nanda asked Yawara
what she was going to do. Yawara said that she had interviewed at two
travel agencies. Then Fujiko said that Yawara couldn't go work. Fujiko
said that Yawara had to continue her judo and enter the Japan Weight-
Class and World Championships. Also Fujiko said that they had to
transfer to Saikai University together. Yawara was surprised to hear
this from Fujiko.
At home, Yawara asked Jigoro about Saikai University. Yawara was upset
that Jigoro always meddled into her life and said that she would not go.
Then Jigoro calmly said that it was ok. He said that Yawara was old
enough to decide her own future. But Jigoro told Yawara that Fujiko had
decided on her own to go to Saikai. Also since Fujiko lacked experience,
she needed to do well in the Japan Weight-Class Championships to get into
Saikai. Jigoro then asked Yawara to enter the Japan Weight-Class
Championships for Fujiko, not for him.
Matsuda returned to Jigoro's hospital and had his bandages taken off.
Matsuda's leg had healed. When Matsuda heard a yell from the doujou, he
ran to see what was happening. To his surprise, Matsuda saw the Mitsuba
team practicing. Kazamatsuri was also there. Kazamatsuri told Matsuda
that Fujiko and Yawara were practicing for the Japan Weight-Class
Championships, and that he was their coach. Then Matsuda ran off with
There was a phone call, and Jigoro answered. It was from Tsurugame
Travel and they said that they wanted to come visit. But Jigoro quickly
hung up on them. Then Jigoro thought to himself that there was nothing
else for Yawara except to transfer to Saikai University.
During her practice Yawara was wondering why she hadn't received any
phone calls from the companies that she had interviewed with. She was
beginning to think that she had failed.