Yawara went to Tsurugame Travel and apologized for the actions of Jigoro.
She asked if they would still hire her. Ohtaguro said that they would.
Yawara felt relieved and told them that there were new developments that
gave her a chance at working for Tsurugame Travel. Yawara told everyone
about Jigoro's promise. Then Ohtaguro and the others all said that with
Yawara, there was no way that they would lose. They thought that Yawara
would join Tsurugame Travel for sure.
Jigoro called some TV stations to tell them that there would be an
important news conference after the Mitsuba judo team's graduation match.
He told them to come with TV cameras and some desserts.
The Mitsuba team was practicing in their gym with Hanazono-kun there as
a coach. Then Matsuda came and saw them working out very hard. He was
very happy as he expected a good match. When he commented that their
opponents would be tougher than Tsukushi, everyone was shocked. Then
Matsuda told everyone that their opponent was the Seine University from
France, which included a European champion. Suddenly all of the girls
stopped practicing. Nanda became very angry and yelled at Matsuda. Then
she told him what Jigoro had said about letting Yawara work for Tsurugame
Travel if they won the match. Matsuda felt bad and said that he didn't
know about it.
Then Yawara said that it wasn't Matsuda's fault. She said that Jigoro
wouldn't have let them fight a weak opponent anyways. Then they went
back to training. Matsuda saw that Yawara was really working hard and
that she was very serious about the match.
The day of the match came. The reporters were wondering what the big
announcement would be. Kazamatsuri met Polnalef, the coach of Seine
University, and introduced him to Yawara. Polnalef immediately saw that
Yawara was very serious about the match, even if it was a practice match.
So he told the Mitsuba team that his team would do their best too. After
Polnalef left, Fujiko and Nanda felt very scared. Then Kazamatsuri
commented that Matsuda didn't have to choose such a strong team for a
match with Yawara's future riding on it. He also said that Matsuda
probably wanted Yawara to enter Saikai University so he can write a good
article. Matsuda said that it wasn't like that and started to walk away.
After Kazamatsuri told them that it was time for the match, Fujiko said
that Yawara would defeat all five of the opponents anyways, even if they
were very serious. Then Yawara caught a glimpse of the match pairings.
Yawara's eyes popped open as she discovered that it was not going to be
a "kachinuki" format match. Meanwhile Jigoro was smiling with all of
the desserts around him.
[kachinuki = winner keeps fighting]
Everyone was getting restless waiting for the match to begin. Fujiko
told Yawara to go defeat all five of them right away. Yawara tried to
get everyone's attention to tell them about the format of the match.
But just then the Seine team walked into the gym. All of them were big
and looked very strange. Fujiko, Kyon Kyon, and Sayuri became very
scared. Before Yawara could tell everyone about the "tentori" format,
the referee called them forward for the rei. Yawara became upset as
she knew Jigoro had plotted all of this.
[tentori = getting points]
When the referee announced that the match would be in the tentori format,
Kazamatsuri and Hanazono-kun became shocked. The other girls still
didn't understand. But Kazamatsuri explained that they all had to fight
and at least three of them had to win. Immediately Fujiko and Nanda
complained to the referee, saying that they would lose with this format.
Then Jigoro went up and yelled at them. He said that the opponents had
come all the way from France. He wanted all of them to have a chance to
fight. If it was a kachinuki, one of them might defeat all of the
Mitsuba team members and the others would not have a chance to fight.
Then they all bowed and got ready to begin. Kazamatsuri said that all
of this was a setup by Jigoro and Matsuda to make Yawara go to Saikai
University instead of Tsurugame Travel.
When Yawara was called to her match, she turned back and told everyone,
"I'm sorry about everything. This was supposed to be a fun match. It's
all my fault. Let's just have fun!" Yawara's 72 kg opponent had placed
third in the European championships. While Fujiko, Nanda, and the others
were complaining, Yawara hit a beautiful over the shoulder throw just as
the match began to defeat her opponent. Yutenji said that it was one of
the best throws that he had seen Yawara do so far. Jigoro agreed and
said that it was good. Polnalef was also very happy to see such a
The referee called out for the second person. Nanda was very scared and
started to walk out to her match. "Please! Win! Everyone please let
Yawara go to Tsurugame Travel!" Matsuda said as he got down on his knees
before the Mitsuba team. But Kazamatsuri, Nanda, and Fujiko said that
Matsuda had set this up with Jigoro. Then Matsuda said, "Yeah. I wanted
to see Yawara fight against the strong Seine Team. I think she should go
to Saikai University instead of Tsurugame Travel. But I can't agree with
Jigoro's methods. I'll cheer for you to go to Tsurugame Travel!" When
Kazamatsuri said that it would be very difficult to win now, Matsuda
pulled out some data on the opponents.
Since Yawara's match had ended, most of the reporters started to leave.
But Jigoro stopped them and told them that there would be an important
press conference after the match. The reporters asked what it would be
about, but Jigoro didn't tell them. When they asked Yutenji, he just
said, "No comment."
When the referee told Nanda to hurry up, Nanda nervously went out for her
match. Yawara told Nanda to relax, but she was still very stiff.
Kazamatsuri commented that everything was riding on this match since
Kyon Kyon and Sayuri had no hope of winning. Then just as the match was
beginning, Matsuda yelled out for Nanda. But Nanda's opponent was too
strong and threw her for an ippon. When Nanda came off the mat, she
cried and apologized to Yawara. But Yawara said that it was ok.
Kyon Kyon was sitting by herself. Yawara went to her and told her to
forget about Jigoro's deal. She told Kyon Kyon to just have fun. Then
Kyon Kyon said, "I've become very healthy recently. I don't get sick.
I have a nice appetite. Ever since I was little I wanted to be a nursery
school teacher. But since I was so weak, I had given up on it.. Thank
you Inokuma-san! It's all because of you!" Kyon Kyon went out for her
match. She was thinking that she had to win so Yawara can go to
Tsurugame Travel. Kyon Kyon wanted to do it in return for all Yawara
had done for her.
As the match began Kyon Kyon screamed out loud to surprise everyone.
Then she grabbed her opponent and started counting to get her timing.
Jigoro, who was enjoying the desserts that everyone brought for him,
was surprised when he saw Kyon Kyon. Then Kyon Kyon used her kick move
to take her opponent down. But Kyon Kyon lost her balance and fell down
herself. The referee gave Kyon Kyon a yuukou. Kyon Kyon was still on
the ground, so her opponent quickly tried to cover her. But Kyon Kyon
remembered what Yawara had taught her about protecting herself.
The match continued and Kyon Kyon tried to kick her opponent down again.
But it was not enough for any points. When the match was about to
restart, Matsuda yelled out and told Kyon Kyon to just escape. Then
Kyon Kyon just ran off the mat as the match restarted. The referee gave
her a warning. Matsuda yelled out again, and told Kyon Kyon that he
meant for her to escape from her opponent's moves.
When the match resumed Kyon Kyon got taken down for a kouka. Kyon Kyon
was still leading in points with her yuukou, but her opponent tried to
cover her. Everyone told Kyon Kyon to hold on, but Yawara noticed that
the opponent had Kyon Kyon in a choke hold. Yawara yelled out to Kyon
Kyon, "Give up! Please give up!" Then as Kyon Kyon became unconscious
the referee raised his hand to signal the ippon. Kyon Kyon was not
moving at all, even after her opponent got off of her. The worried
Mitsuba team rushed to her, but Jigoro went to Kyon Kyon and snapped
her back into consciousness. When Kyon Kyon saw Yawara, she apologized
Sayuri told Yawara that she probably lost 3 kg just waiting for her
match. Since Seine was leading 2-1, Mitsuba could not afford to lose
any more. Everyone pressured Sayuri and told her that she couldn't lose.
If Sayuri fought to a tie and Fujiko won, the match would end up in a
2-2-1 tie. Then there would be a tie breaker match, and Yawara could
fight again. But Yawara went up to Sayuri and told her to forget about
her work and just have fun. Jigoro and Yutenji thought that finally they
can get Yawara to go to Saikai University. Ohtaguro was getting worried
that his chances of getting Yawara would vanish.
The match started and immediately Sayuri's opponent threw her down for
a yuukou. Then Sayuri got taken down for a wazaari. Yawara started
crying on the side of the match, as she appreciated her friends' efforts.
Then Sayuri's opponent tried to kick Sayuri over her own body. But
because of Sayuri's weight, Sayuri crashed on top of her. Everyone was
surprised. When Yawara noticed, Yawara yelled out some instructions to
Sayuri to get her opponent into a hold. Then Sayuri held her opponent
down for 30 seconds for the ippon win.
Everyone was shocked at the outcome of the match. Yutenji began to worry
as Fujiko was next for Mitsuba Junior College. Then Jigoro got up and
said that it was time for him to use his last "trick". All of the
Mitsuba girls were very happy and celebrating, except for Fujiko who was
Jigoro went around to the reporters and told them to take more pictures.
Then Jigoro went to the girls who were just sitting and watching quietly.
Jigoro got them to cheer loudly for Fujiko. Even Ohtaguro and his men
started cheering for Fujiko. Matsuda and Nanda felt that the
atmosphere was right for Fujiko's important match. But Fujiko was very
nervous and stiff as she got up to do her warmup exercises. Kazamatsuri
noticed that this commotion was also Jigoro's plan. Yawara tried to
make Fujiko relax, but it was no good. Fujiko was very stiff and walked
out to her match like a robot.
The match started and Fujiko went right after the opponent. Fujiko's
opponent was physically much stronger than Fujiko and threw Fujiko
around. Then Fujiko got taken down for a yuukou. Ohtaguro then went
to the girls who were sitting by him and told them to cheer for Fujiko.
He also said that he would give them a free trip to Hong Kong if Fujiko
wins. The girls got excited and started cheering with Ohtaguro.
Fujiko heard the cheers and was determined to win to let Yawara go to
Tsurugame Travel. But when Fujiko tried to throw her opponent, Fujiko
got thrown for another yuukou. Then Kazamatsuri told Hanazono-kun that
the only way to make Fujiko relax was for him to yell his feelings out
to her. Hanazono-kun was very embarrassed and said that he couldn't do
it. Then Hanazono-kun saw that Fujiko was about to get thrown again.
Hanazono-kun walked up to the side of the mat and shouted out,
"Fujiko-san! When this match is over, let's go on a date!"
Fujiko heard Hanazono-kun's message and smiled. Fujiko regained her
rhythm and started to fight like herself. Yawara noticed right away
that Fujiko's moves looked sharp. Then Fujiko unleashed her oouchigari
and took her opponent down for a wazaari. There were two minutes left
in the match, so everyone told Fujiko to escape. When the match
restarted, Fujiko just tried to defend herself from her opponent's
moves. But Fujiko remembered the words that Jigoro had always said.
"You have to win with an ippon. If you don't get an ippon, your
opponent will eventually get an ippon." Fujiko threw in her oouchigari.
Everyone yelled out to Fujiko to escape, instead of going for more
points. But Jigoro and Yawara noticed that Fujiko was doing the judo
that Jigoro had taught her. Then Fujiko threw in her uchimata move.
But Fujiko's opponent blocked the leg and threw Fujiko for a wazaari.
Yutenji felt relieved that Fujiko's opponent had taken the lead again.
Yutenji said that he must teach Fujiko how to escape when she is leading
in points. But Jigoro was feeling a little upset and said that if she
uses the same timing twice, her opponent would read her moves.
As the match was restarting, Yawara yelled out to Fujiko that she was
doing fine. Yawara also told Fujiko to change her timing a little bit.
But Fujiko's opponent was now just trying to escape. She wouldn't let
Fujiko tie up with her. Then Fujiko got a hold of her anyways and used
her uchimata. But Fujiko's opponent got off of the mat. When the match
restarted Fujiko tried to throw her opponent again. This time Fujiko
got a yuukou, but Fujiko was wondering why she couldn't get an ippon.
Yawara yelled out to Fujiko about her left hand. But the gym was too
loud and Fujiko couldn't hear Yawara's advice.
The match restarted and Fujiko kept attacking her opponent. Fujiko tried
throwing her opponent again, but they both crashed off the mat. Fujiko
couldn't figure out why her throw wasn't working. Then Jigoro, who was
sitting close to where they went off the mat, said, "Your left hand is
too weak." Fujiko was surprised that Jigoro would give her advice. She
thought that it was another trick by Jigoro. Then Jigoro yelled out,
"Win! Get an ippon and win!" Both Fujiko and Yutenji were very
surprised by Jigoro's words. Yawara and her teammates were shocked too.
Yawara felt very happy about Jigoro's words and smiled to Fujiko. Fujiko
got her confidence and went out to fight again. Kazamatsuri said that
it must be a trap. Then the other Mitsuba girls yelled out to Fujiko,
not to listen to Jigoro. There were only 30 seconds left and the Seine
coach told his fighter to escape. Fujiko grabbed her opponent and used
her uchimata. Since her opponent was countering too strongly, Fujiko
switched her move to the oouchigari. Fujiko took her opponent down, but
they were off the mat. Matsuda was very disappointed as Fujiko had just
done a great combination move.
When they got ready to fight again, Fujiko's opponent got a stalling
warning. But Fujiko was still losing on points. Yawara yelled out to
Fujiko that she can still do it. Fujiko saw Jigoro sitting down quietly
and said to herself that she can do it too. With 15 seconds left, Fujiko
grabbed her opponent's collar. It was the last chance. Fujiko started
to get her "un, deux, trois" timing. Then with 5 seconds left, Fujiko
used her uchimata move. Her opponent tried as hard as she could to
brace herself. Then with the time running out Fujiko's opponent went
flying through the air.
Since Fujiko had won the Mitsuba Junior College team had won. Fujiko
went to Hanazono and thanked him for making her feel relaxed. Then
Fujiko ran to Yawara and they hugged each other. When Fujiko said that
Yawara can go to Tsurugame Travel, they started to look for Jigoro.
But they couldn't find him. The reporters were looking for him too.
Just as Yawara went up to Ohtaguro, the reporters surrounded them. Then
Ohtaguro nervously started to make his speech. "On this fine day.. I'm
very happy to announce that Inokuma Yawara will join Tsurugame Travel."
Everyone was shocked.
Outside of the gym, a very sad Yutenji was walking behind Jigoro.
Yutenji said that he had been waiting two years to get Yawara. He asked
Jigoro why he had encouraged Fujiko to win. Jigoro answered, "She was
doing my judo! Anyone who does judo the way I teach them has to win!"
Then Jigoro asked Yutenji to go eat with him.
After Ohtaguro had finished some reporters were commenting that Tsurugame
Travel's business will improve because of this. Then Matsuda said, "You
just got Japan's sports.. No the world's sports treasure!" Ohtaguro was
smiling very happily. Then Matsuda grabbed Ohtaguro and said, "If you
destroy Yawara by using her for your company's promotion, I won't forgive
you!" Kazamatsuri quickly grabbed Matsuda and told him not to be so
selfish about Yawara. Then Matsuda silently walked out of the gym.
Yutenji was crying as he and Jigoro were eating noodles. Yutenji said
that Yawara was the world's treasure and that she must do judo. He said
that she must at least enter the Japan championships that was coming up.
But Jigoro said that it won't be easy to make Yawara fight. When
Yutenji said that they can use Fujiko as a ploy to make Yawara fight
again, Jigoro said that he wasn't sure if it would work again. Then
Jigoro started talking about Honami Sayaka. Yutenji said that since
Sayaka hadn't appeared since last year's Ajisaihai Tournament, she
probably retired. But Jigoro said that Sayaka probably has something
up her sleeve.
At the Honami mansion, Sayaka had just returned from her 10 month secret
training in the mountains. She told Tokunaga that she wanted to go into
the bath right away to wash off all of the dirt.
It was graduation day at Mitsuba Junior College and Nanda was crying.
Then Maririn insulted her and they started arguing. Yawara and Fujiko
said that the time had gone by so fast, and started remembering the
many events that took place during their two years at school. Fujiko,
Kyon Kyon, Nanda, and Sayuri all thanked Yawara for teaching them judo
and making them have a great time. Then Yawara thanked everyone too.
Just as they were wiping away the tears, Maririn and Nanda's boy friends
came to pick them up.
When Yawara and Fujiko looked outside of the gate, they were surprised
that there were so many cars outside. All of the guys were waiting for
their girl friends. Then Kyon Kyon and Sayuri's boy friends came.
Yawara and Fujiko were very surprised.
Kazamatsuri was talking to one of his girls on the phone. He was trying
to hang up, because he had to go to Mitsuba Junior College to pick up
Yawara. Then the doorbell rang. When Kazamatsuri opened the door, he
was shocked and speechless.
Yawara and Fujiko were the only ones left at the school gate. Fujiko
said, "Let's go drink some tea," and Yawara agreed. Just as they started
walking down the street, Hanazono came riding on his bicycle. Hanazono
pulled out one rose and gave it to Fujiko. He asked Fujiko to go with
him on his bicycle, but Fujiko was worried about leaving Yawara alone.
Then Yawara told them to go. Fujiko said, "Oh! Matsuda-san is coming
to pick you up?" Yawara quickly denied ti, but Fujiko and Hanazono went
off on the bicycle.
Yawara was waiting for Kazamatsuri to come pick her up alone. But
Kazamatsuri didn't come. Yawara called Kazamatsuri at home, but there
was no answer. Then Matsuda showed up. Yawara angrily walked away.
Yawara was thinking that Matsuda always thought about his work, and that
he only followed her around for his articles. Then Matsuda said,
"Congratulations on your graduation!" Yawara thanked him without even
Matsuda was thinking that Yawara misunderstood him. It was because of
what he said at the graduation match. It was really his dream to have
Yawara win the gold medal in the Barcelona Olympics. But he also liked
Yawara. Just when Matsuda was going to explain his feelings, Sayaka
appeared on TV and called out Yawara's name. "Finally the time has
come for our match, in the All Japan Championships!"