Bushido Sixteen 1
[Thanks to Nymphstealer for the transcription]
Page 3 Panel 1
And now for the elementary boy's final!
On the red side is Oka Takumi-kun from the prefectural police dojo
On the white side is Isoyama Kazuharu-kun from the Ayase dojo
Shinagawa Prefecture Boy's Kendo Exhibition Match [banner]
[ignore the stuff on the bottom of the panel]
Ayase Dojo [bib]
The sound of youth explodes! [box on left]
4-1 Get him, oniichan!
4-3 Meeeeen [In kendo, to score a point not only do you have to land the blow, but you have to call out the attack to prove you hit that area on purpose. There are four attacks: men (mask), dou (body), kote (hands) and tsuki (a thrust to the throat).
5-2 Sidestep, then dou...
5-3 Point on dou!
6-3 Good match, Takumi
It's all due to your training, Isoyama sensei
6-4 Father is smiling
I've never seen him look so happy
He's the enemy, right?
7-2 He's the rival who beat oniichan, right!?
8/9-1 [ignore the text on right]
Maidens Strike Into the Heart of Kendo
10-1 Five Years Pass
Third National Junior High Kendo Competition
Well then, we'll begin the awards ceremony
10-2 Contestants please line up
10-5 Moving on...
2nd place in the Girl's individual...
Isoyama Kaori from Shinagawa prefecture Hodogaya #2 Junior high school
11-1 Rustle Rustle
Hurry up and come to the front
11-3 Hey! Shimizu!
What's going on? Where's Isoyama?
11-4 Her stuff's here, so I think she's around somewhere
11-5 "You think"!?
You're the bucho, right!? [club president]
Hurry and go get her!
11-6 C'mon, Kawanishi sensei, don't talk crazy!
When I... er, well
13-1 She just won't listen to what other people say
14-2 They went for "te"
15-1 And then my...
Fading strike to the men
15-3 Yeah, the final bout
Shoulda been my win!
16-1 brush brush
You win! You get one more free [there are a lot of puns here. Atari means to win, but is also used as "check" when playing "go". Ippon "One more" can also mean to "take the match". By taking the stick to a store, Kaori can get a free popsicle]
16-3 One more, huh...
Try again [another pun, hazure means "to miss"]
17-3 I lost again
Maybe you just can't win with this popsicle
17-4 It's still a ways to the station, so don't fall behind
18-1 What's wrong, Sanae-sempai?
I didn't win. What about you,Mio?
18-2 Not the popsicle, the tournament!
The National Junior High Tourney!
18-3 Ah, that's right. It's the first time you've see a National level tournament in person.
How was it? Get you fired up?
Fired up! To a crisp! Especially the final match! Their offense and defense made me hold my breath! The match was hanging by a thread!
Mio, you're a little over the top
Getting a little crazy here
sfx: gleam gleam
18-5 What about you Sanae?
19-1 Um, the level's too high
It made me realize just how mediocre I am
I interrupted my summer vacation for this?
19-2 Ah... but it was so beautiful!
20-1 Someone who's really good
The way they move, their technique, it's all so beautiful
20-2 Just realizing that made me happy
20-3 "Happy"... huh?
20-4 Well, that's just like you, Sanae
Of course I'll do my best in my matches!
At the fall city tournament!
Sempai, you're entering?
Yeah, my last one
21-1 Sempai, when you go to high school
You're really going to quit kendo?
21-2 Mmm, I don't know yet
Maybe I'll continue, maybe I'll join another club
21-3 Kitajima sensei, make her continue!
I'm not going to try to change her mind
21-4 If Sanae wants to quit, she should quit
21-5 Our school competes at the national level, so
If she's not committed, it'll be really hard on her, and what's more...
22-1 Sanae's not suited for kendo
22-2 ...well, it's like that sometimes... hm?
22-3 That's mean sensei!
Sanae's the one who's wavering, right?
22-4 But Sanae's got a weapon that only she possesses
What kind of weapon?
If someone else tells you, it's meaningless
sfx: tug tug
23-2 It's something you find yourself during practice and matches
and then you polish it...
23-3 Isn't that what makes kendo fun?
Isoyama Kaori [banner]
24-2 National Junior High Kendo Tournament
Congratulations on 2nd Place!
24-3 No matter how disappointed you are at the outcome
You were supposed to be at the awards ceremony. Where were you?
24-4 I was cooling my bruises from the matches
25-1 You always are doing stuff like that!
It's going to affect your recommendations for high school
It's that so
25-4 Well, ending your junior high record with a 2nd place finish at nationals means someone will take you
25-5 It's not the end!
There's still the city tournament
25-6 The city tournament?
You're really going to enter that?
26-1 3rd year students should retire [3rd year students are expected to to stop club activities and focus on the upcoming entrance exams for high school]
I won't permit it
26-2 That's fine
If I can't enter as part of the school, I'll enter from my dojo
26-4 You're not going to be satisfied until you win, huh?
26-5 Man! Whatever!
Get out of here
26-6 Kawanishi sensei
27-1 The banners saying "Congratulations on 2nd place"
Take those down
Other people's support is a pain in your ass?
27-3 I appreciate it
But to have your shame exposed to the public is something different
27-4 Taking 2nd at Nationals is a shame? [put "shame" in italics]
28-1 Ever since I first held a shinai when I was 3 [shinai is the bamboo sword]
In the kendo I learned, you don't get praised for losing
29-2 Hey, 2nd years! Don't just practice by yourself
Be sure to look over the 1st years too!
29-4 Don't just laze about playing bucho
Hurry up and get your armor on
29-5 Weren't you supposed to go talk to Kawanishi sensei, Isoyama?
I just came back. It was bullshit.
30-1 I know you told me to just act nice before the assembly in my honor
But you're useless, bucho
There's nothing we can do in this situation
30-2 Whatever. It's my fault for asking you in the first place
More importantly, get your armor on and let's practice
30-3 That's fine, but if they find out, they'll yell at us. 3rd years are supposed to be retired
And I've got cram school after this
How long do you intend to go?
Well, for now...
31-1 Until fall
31-4 Two months later
Shinagawa prefecture kendo hall
32-1 Sanae sempai, hurry! Hurry!
32-3 sfx: spaced out
Ok, ok already.
32-5 I can't believe how energetic Mio is this early
Yokohama City Fall Kendo Tournament
You're not going to be satisfied until you win, huh?
33-6 Like anyone could rest easy after losing
Koumoto Sanae-san from Toshou Acadamy....
34-2 Um, well
Yeah, that's right, but...
34-3 But that's my father's name
Well, that's normal, right?
34-4 But recently, my family
Hasn't been very normal
34-5 It's really embarrassing, but
It'll take a while to explain, is that ok?
35-2 Hah hah hah
35-3 Hey, Shimizu!
If you have something to say, say it! You're distracting me!
35-4 Oh, you noticed
35-5 Aren't you warming up a little too hard before your match?
You've been doing suburi for almost an hour [overhead strikes]
Shut up, already
36-1 You've been watching all this time?
36-2 That's what you have to say to someone who's taking time away from studying to come be with you while you practice?
I'm just coming by while on break, but...
36-3 I'm a volunteer today
Unlike you, I'm not going to be recruited for a high school based on my kendo
I've got to hustle to get recommendations
36-4 So Kawanishi's here too?
36-5 Well, yeah.
He's an official
Since you've ignored him and entered, he's sitting with a sour look on his face
37-1 He must feel awkward in front of the other teachers
Especially since it's like a high school world series champ entering into the city little leagues
37-2 What's wrong with that?
37-3 ...I see.
38-1 Your father abandoned the family, and your mom divorced him.
So you and your sister have taken your mom's maiden name
38-2 Roughly speaking
38-3 So it was too late to change the entry, hmm?
And it's got to be a rough time on you right now, huh?
Don't let it get you down. Try to use this to temper your spirit through kendo...
38-4 What are you doing? The matches are right after the opening ceremonies and calisthenics
Hurry up and get ready
38-5 Koumoto [scratched out]
38-6 Name changed for family reasons...
38-7 Koumoto, huh?
39-1 Sorry for the fuss
But it's ok
39-2 Excuse me!
sfx: bow bow
39-3 it's ok? Hey
So this is ok?
39-4 Court #2
Junior High Students
Koumoto (Toushou Acadamy)
Isoyama (Ayase Dojo)
39-5 Toushou Acadamy. Koumoto...
Haven't heard of her
39-6 Well, it's someone that would come to a local tournament this late in the season
No surprise that I've never heard of her
40-1 Toushou Acadamy...
40-3 She'll be Oka Takumi's kohai [underclassmate]
He stole kendo away from my brother
40-6 One of these days, I'll get him back
40-7 But for now, I have to focus on the enemy in front of me
41-1 I'm not going to lose to anyone anymore
41-3 Well, it's fine for one day
41-4 It's my last match after all
It's not about winning or losing, I'll just fight as hard as I can under my dad's name
What was it that Kitajima sensei was saying?
42-2 Sanae, your attacks are weak
Your footwork is weak. You're not fast enough
You're too scared
You come into the fight without being composed
At least, don't defeat yourself!
42-3 If I could do all that
I'd have won at least one match in 3 years
42-4 One bout. On the red side, Koumoto from Toushou Acadamy
On the white side, Isoyama from Ayase dojo
42-5 Oh crap!
I've got to hurry!
43-1 Calmly stands
43-4 I made it
Somehow I managed a nice paced crouch [kendo is very formalized. The opponents crouch at the same time.]
46-2 Normally, I'm too slow and have to rush the tempo to catch up
46-3 My opponent is also slow, so maybe our breathing matches
46-4 This is a first
To feel this good in a match
47-1 It's kinda nice
It's like a dance, maybe
47-2 Just what is she smiling about?
She's really beautiful
50-2 That's right, Kitajima sensei said...
sfx: sting sting
51-1 Sanae, you should try fighting a really strong opponent at least once
52-2 Crack Crack Crack
53-2 Sidestep attack!?
53-5 Glancing [for a point to count, it must be a solid blow. Two points usually wins the match]
53-6 Hah hah
Just one flag [There are three judges, only one called a point]
I lucked out...
54-2 I can't believe how strong and fast she is
My hands are still stinging
What's someone like her doing in a city tournament?
55-1 ...well, she doesn't seem all that strong
55-2 Yet, she's managed to deflect all my attacks
55-3 Even last sidestep attack ended up shallow
55-4 Did she see through it?
55-5 ...no way
sfx: shuffle shuffle
56-2 Don't lose to myself!
56-5 I can't believe you let out a weak cry like that
If you're going to shout, do if from your core!
56-6 From your core!
57-3 What was that just now?
57-4 Once more!
58-2 She escaped again
58-3 Too close...!
I'm not taking it easy...
58-4 Why can she get out of striking range so easily?
60-1 What's going on?
I went in there full bore
And should've hit, but she stays out of reach
60-2 No matter how she evades, her chudan kamae never crumbles [chudan kamae is the middle fighting stance. There are high, middle and low, among others]
Maybe it's that - her trunk doesn't bend, instead she aims right for my center
60-3 But she herself doesn't attack at all...
61-1 No, what's odd is her kendo
It's not that she's strong or weak, it seems out of place...
61-2 So when we clash
61-3 Somehow it pisses me off
62-2 Jump attack!?
64-2 No good! I've gotta back up
64-3 I'm not letting you get away!
65-2 She's going to get me!
66-3 Oh man...
I really fell there
When you where clinching there, it looked like you tripped her
66-6 Answer me!
67-1 I'm sure it wasn't on purpose, so can we forget it?
She's really glaring at me
Did I do something wrong?
Did I stir something up?
68-3 So that means when she tripped me, it was on purpose...
68-4 Yeah, that's gotta be it...
If that's how it is, then...
69-3 And you, please be a little more aggressive in the match ["spirit" is an important point in kendo]
69-4 Answer me!
70-2 What can I do that's aggressive against such a strong opponent?
70-3 It's something you find yourself during matches
70-4 Isn't that what makes kendo fun?
She's smiling now
71-3 Ok, then me too
72-1 Yeah, but I'm still scared
72-2 I'm not sure if I'm having fun fighting her but
It's way more exciting than kendo normally is
72-3 Ok, so no more backing up
73-1 Hang in there!
Don't back up... yeah!
73-2 "Yeah! I'll try!"...?
73-3 Fluffy things like that piss me off
When she stands her ground like that, she's got no openings
Based on how she moved before, she's got strong legs
And that stupidly simple middle kamae...
74-1 Stupid and no openings. That's a pain.
74-2 What should I do? Ok, I'm going to close the distance
74-3 Clack clack
74-4 Is she trying to get me to attack?
75-1 One more step...
75-3 What's wrong? If you've decided, then come on!
75-4 She's trying to get me to attack
75-5 If I step in, that's what she wants. I get that much
76-1 But I've decided to throw myself into this!
76-2 Her eyes changed
Aiming for men. I'll ride over it.
77-3 Or dodge it and go for dou
79-2 Her men is wide open?
82-2 Strike on men!
82-3 What was that!?
Her shinai suddenly seemed to extend...
82-4 Wow! Wow!
I got a point!
What was that!?
83-1 I'm asking you what was that!?
It was just a men strike
83-3 Don't give me that!
Like you could land "just a men strike" on me!
84-1 Stop that!
Back to your line
84-2 This is the first time I've gotten such a beautiful point
And you're all "like you could"!?
84-3 You just got hit with it, so what are you so high and mighty about!?
Hodogawa #2 Junior High
Kendo club 3rd year
Kendo club 3rd year
Koumoto - now Nishiogi - Sanae
86-1 Top match in junior high was taking 2nd in the Junior High Kendo Nationals
86-2 Similarly, top match in junior high...
...nothing to speak of
Sparks are flying!!
Next: What high school do they choose?
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