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Isoyama Kaori has been practicing kendo under the stern eye of her father since she was three. As her father only shows warmth and affection to winners, she throws herself into training. Now in junior high school, she places 2nd in the Junior High school kendo tournament, yet all she sees is the shame of failure.
Determined to fight until victory, she enters a small, local tournament where she encounters Koumoto Sanae in the first round. Sanae comes from a broken home, and is mediocre at best when it comes to kendo, but for some reason she throws Kaori off stride.
Sparks fly as Kaori, who must win at any cost encounters Sanae, who is not overly concerned with winning, but is fascinated by the beauty of kendo. Sanae's casual and somewhat wimpy attitude gets under Kaori's skin. Kaori's ruthless and brusk attitude gets Sanae worked up.
These two are surely destined to head to the same high school and continue to clash with each other.
The art is done by the same artist who did Shion no Ou, so it's crisp and detailed, yet with a lively vitality that makes the kendo fights pop with power and motion.