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Welcome to Fighting Spirit Quest!

This is a story of a professional Featherweight boxer based in the world of Fighting Spirit/Hajime no Ippo, where your goal is to become the greatest boxer in Japan in the year 199X. Beginning around the same time as the series does, you'll face opponents in the ring both familiar and new, climb the ranks in the pro circuit, and maybe even become the champion of Japan or beyond. Train hard, fight hard, and aim for the belt!

Current Arc: Pro Debut

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbNnKcfn19Q

Quest Rules:
>20 minute voting window
>Rolls are 1d100, best of three
>Write-ins are fine
>Don't be a shitter
>Remember to do your roadwork

Let's have a clean fight!
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Your name is Karada Kogeki, and you're an amateur Featherweight boxer about to turn pro. Well, you will be shortly, if you're lucky.

You arrived at Korakuen Hall about an hour ago with your coach, both the place where professional boxers gather to fight, and where the pro exams are held. Today is the day of the Class C licensing exam, which will allow you to fight in 4-round professional matches if you pass. The exam is given in two parts - you've already finished the written portion of the exam, and now you're waiting to be called for your practice spar, which is the big determiner of whether or not you'll be given a license. Your nerves are flaring up a little, so you're trying to calm down a little before your number is up by practicing your movements in front of the restroom's mirror.

Earlier as you were coming up to the hall, a reporter with a cigarette stopped you to ask you some questions. You recall him asking about your fighting style; you ended up describing yourself mostly as...

>A. A close-range infighter, who rushes straight in to close the distance and deliver powerful point-blank blows (Makunouchi style)

>B. A mid-range infighter, who plants his feet to slug it out with precise punches (Sendo style)

>C. A technical outboxer, who compensates for average punching power and speed with superior precision and footwork (Kimura style)

>D. A speedy outboxer, who relies on fast, efficient movement and quick combinations to overwhelm their opponent (Itagaki style)

>E. A long-range outboxer, with a huge reach and strong defense to control the pace of a match (Mashiba style)

>F. A hybrid boxer-fighter, who can fight most ranges at a decent level (Takamura style)

>G. A counter-based boxer, which relies on predicting the opponent's movements to make up for weak punching power (Miyata style)

>H. A tricky boxer, who uses misdirection along with less traditional boxing techniques to confuse and disorient the opponent (Aoki style)

>I. A no-guard fighter, who supplements risky, free-flowing movements with natural brawling instincts and hard punching power (Yabuki style)

>J. A switch hitter, who plays mind games with his opponents at mid-range by constantly switching tactics and ruining their pace

>K. A dirty fighter, where the rules are only a suggestion and fouls are legal if you don't get caught
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>>5464757
>>J. A switch hitter, who plays mind games with his opponents at mid-range by constantly switching tactics and ruining their pace

Everything is about confusing your opponent and using right tactic at right moment.
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>>5464757
>>K. A dirty fighter, where the rules are only a suggestion and fouls are legal if you don't get caught
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>>5464757
>F. A hybrid boxer-fighter, who can fight most ranges at a decent level
A well-rounded fighter who wins by exploiting his opponent's weaknesses.
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Will leave the vote up for a bit longer
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>>5464757
>F. A hybrid boxer-fighter, who can fight most ranges at a decent level
I know little to nothing about boxing, but isn't this the style of the guy who punched a bear?
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>>5464757
>I. A no-guard fighter, who supplements risky, free-flowing movements with natural brawling instincts and hard punching power (Yabuki style)
BLOCKING IS FOR CHUMPS
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>>5464780
Yes, it is the style of the bear-slayer himself

>>5464765
>>5464780
>>5464764
>>5464762
>>5464783

I'll average all the votes here, with the hybrid all-around skillset being his defining trait
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>>5464757

You recall defining your style at first as a hybrid boxer-fighter type, a style a lot of boxers seem to be developing in the modern ring. You try to keep your repertoire versatile, but your coach always taught you that strong fundamentals are the most important thing to have as a boxer.

That said, you're also pretty keen on playing mind games with your opponents, so you've practiced a few styles on your own time to catch them off-guard - you've practiced sparring southpaw before, though your punching power is marginally weaker when you do this. You've also messed around with a no-guard stance, and found that you're able to bob and weave a little easier when you're not worrying about defense, but that comes with its own risks. And you'd never tell the reporter or coach this, but if it comes down to it, throwing out an elbow has always been on the table for you too.

You might have gone a little overboard describing your rather all-encompassing fighting style, but at least the reporter was nice about it.

As the day's events repeat in your mind, your concentration is suddenly broken by someone calling your name. It's the voice of your coach, Hirano-san, an older, rotund man in his 50s. If you pass the exam, you'll be his first pro boxer in quite a long time.

"Karada-kun, your number is about to be called," Hirano-san says, his 'loud' voice barely above his normally-reserved speaking tone as he pokes his head into the restroom. "You don't want to keep the judges waiting."

>A. "Sorry coach."
>B. "Who's my opponent?"
>C. Say nothing and head to the ring
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>>5464793
>B. "Who's my opponent?"
Coach is probably going to be worried that we are even asking this question.
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>>5464793
>>C. Say nothing and head to the ring
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>>5464800
>>5464806

"Who's my opponent?" you ask, grabbing your headgear and coming out of the restroom toward the main hall.

"Just from looking at him, he seemed to be a high-schooler," your coach explains. "Quite a bit shorter than you, but the same weight class. From his stature, I would assume he would be an infighter."

"So keep my distance, wait for him to rush in, and hit him when he pushes up close. That right?"

Coach Hirano gives you a nod. "Be wary, though. Anything can happen in boxing."

You return Coach's nod, and keep quiet until you get back into the hall, trying to focus your mind on the upcoming match.

(cont'd)
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>>5464810

You head inside Korakuen proper, into the great hall where nearly all the pro boxing matches in eastern Japan take place. You've seen this place on TV and in magazines a lot, though it looks a little different right now as all the lights are on, which illuminate the stands as well as the ring. There's barely anybody in the seats, too - mostly other entrants and their few supporters. Taking in the atmosphere, you acknowledge the judges seated at a nearby table as your number is called.

Making your way up to the ring, you notice your opponent is already there. Like Coach said, he looks pretty small - you're at least half a head taller than him, and his muscles are pretty lean. Is he really a featherweight?

When you get in the ring and get your headgear on, the referee calls you both over to the middle.

"11 and 12! Kogeki and Makunouchi! Let's have a clean fight, and don't worry about winning or losing. This is just a test of your abilities."

Your opponent, Makunouchi, seems like he barely heard the ref, as he's talking to himself and mumbling something about his movements. Looks like he's just as nervous as you are, maybe even more. You don't notice a coach in his corner, but he does seem to be glancing out into the stands every now and then.

>A. "Let's have a good spar"
>B. Smile
>C. Trash-talk him
>D. Glare
>E. Say nothing
>F. Write-in
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>>5464811
>C. Trash-talk him
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>>5464811
>E. Say nothing
All business in the ring.
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>>5464811
>F. Write-in
Offer whoever loses buys the opponent food

every good fight needs a real reason.
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>>5464812
>>5464817
>>5464825

Looking on your mumbling opponent, you figure it's never too early to start the mind games.

"Hey, what do you say the loser buys the winner lunch?" you ask with a cocky grin.

Makunouchi stops whatever he's mumbling and looks up at you with confusion. "Huh? But there's not going to be a winner..."

"There is, and it'll be me. Ramen's my favorite, by the way."

Your opponent's confused look doesn't really go away. "Well, uh. Good luck, then," he mumbles as he heads to his corner. It's hard to say if that worked; he might be too caught up in his own head to pay your taunting any mind.

You turn to go back to your corner, and notice that reporter from earlier in the stands in the direction Makunouchi was glancing. He's seated next to a huge guy with a respectable pompadour, who kind of looks familiar to you, but you can't really place why.

Adjusting your headgear and gloves one last time, Coach gives you a thumbs-up from the stands nearby, as if to say the rest is up to you.

(con't)
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>>5464837

Your heart jumps on instinct as you hear the bell, and you quickly turn around to face your opponent. To your surprise, Makunouchi isn't wasting any time - the figure that was so meek up close is sprinting out of his corner with a determined glare, gloves at his face, straight toward you!

>End for now

Thanks for hanging out anons, hope it's enjoyable so far. I'll probably pick this up again tomorrow night, gonna head to bed for now tho. Haven't QM'd in a while, so bear with me while I shake off the rust.

I don't have a twitter or anything, so just keep an eye on the thread. Will aim to pick this back up around 9 PM EST or so tomorrow
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Picking back up in a bit
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>>5464843

>A. Rush in and meet him in the middle of the ring for a full-on exchange (DC 40)

>B. Push up a few steps to meet him, but maintain a defensive stance to block and weave his punches (DC 30)

>C. Push up, but drop your guard and focus entirely on dodging (DC 75)

>D. Remain in the corner, put up a total defense before he closes the distance

>E. Eye up his approach and try to catch him off-guard with a counter the moment he's in (DC 90)

>F. Write-in
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>>5465660
>>>A. Rush in and meet him in the middle of the ring for a full-on exchange (DC 40)
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>>5465660
>A. Rush in and meet him in the middle of the ring for a full-on exchange (DC 40)
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>>5465662
>>5465667

Rush in it is, give me a roll, three total
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>>5465660
>>A. Rush in and meet him in the middle of the ring for a full-on exchange (DC 40)
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Rolled 95 (1d100)

>>5465696
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Rolled 4 (1d100)

>>5465696
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Rolled 27 (1d100)

>>5465696
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>>5465699
>>5465701

Nice, writing
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>>5465660
>>5465698
>>5465699
>>5465701

You decide to meet Makunouchi head-on, and rush toward the center of the ring with your guard slightly up.

As soon as you get into punching distance, you throw a jab, which Makunouchi blocks with a pretty solid guard. He responds with a one-two of his own, which you block in turn. You note the firmness of his basic combo - he's a heavier puncher than you expected.

You exchange blows against each other's guards for a little bit, attempting to get a rhythm going and learn the other's patterns and range. Makunouchi's arms are pretty short, so you can stay at a greater distance in relative safety, but if the Coach was right, he'll try to duck under your guard eventually and get a heavy punch in. You figure should take the initiative before he gets a chance.

>A. Weave under of Makunouchi's punches and push in for a body blow (DC 30)

>B. Pivot around Makunouchi and try to pin him in the corner (DC 45)

>C. Let him punch some more, and aim for a counter once he gets in a pattern (DC 60)

>D. Drop your guard and weave around his punches to tire him out (DC 70)

>E. Write-in
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>>5465709
>>C. Let him punch some more, and aim for a counter once he gets in a pattern (DC 60)
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>>5465709
>>C. Let him punch some more, and aim for a counter once he gets in a pattern (DC 60)
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>>5465712
>>5465713

Gimme a roll
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Rolled 61 (1d100)

>>5465725
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Rolled 40 (1d100)

>>5465725
God, I love counterpunching
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>>5465726
>>5465727

Wew, writing
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>>5465726
fucken barely
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>>5465734
>>5465726
>>5465727

You decide instead of risking getting punched, you'll let Makunouchi tire himself out, and aim for a counter. That'll keep you from getting nailed yourself, and probably look good to the judges too.

Tightening your block, you let Makunouchi keep swinging. Even with all your efforts focused on defense, letting him wail on you like this is actually pretty difficult. If he kept going for a long time like this, he'd probably break your guard pretty quick. Fortunately, Makunouchi's punches get repetitive pretty quick. A jab, followed by a one-two, jab, one-two... you've got the rhythm down now.

After his next jab, you drop your guard and throw a sudden punch right in the path of where his head moves during the first punch of his one-two. He doesn't see it coming, and runs right into your fist face-first. The headgear absorbs some of the impact, but Makunouchi pulls himself back quickly; looks like the blow rattled him and disrupted his pace.

You quickly seize the opportunity and press the attack, laying into Makunouchi with a flurry of jabs and combinations. You're not the hardest puncher out there, certainly not compared to him, but the damage of the counter definitely opened him up for you to suppress his offense with your own.

Eventually, Makunouchi is able to tighten his guard back up and better weather your assault, though he's clearly taken more damage than you at this point. There might not be a 'winner' in this match, but you definitely feel like you're in the lead right now.

>A. Continue to press into his guard

>B. Back off and recover some of your stamina

>C. "Is that all you got?"

>D. Write-in
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>>5465745
>A. Continue to press into his guard
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>>5465745
>>A. Continue to press into his guard
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>>5465745
>B. Back off and recover some of your stamina
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>>5465745
>A. Continue to press into his guard
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>>5465745
>>5465747
>>5465750
>>5465752

He might be guarding right now, but you should still capitalize on his damage. You decide to keep up your offense, if nothing else to at least keep him from attacking you.

A few seconds into this strategy, a booming voice suddenly rings out from the stands. "COME ON IPPO, HE'S MAKING A FOOL OUTTA YOU! HIT HIM BACK, DAMMIT!"

You turn your head toward the source of the yelling - it's the guy with the pompadour next to the reporter, who's grabbing at him with a nervous face trying to get him to calm down. The thrashing and flailing of fists tells you it's not going well.

Realizing your concentration was broken, you quickly return your attention back to Makunouchi, whose expression has tightened. Taking advantage of your momentary distraction, he pushes toward you with his gloves at his face. You throw a defensive jab out of instinct, but with unexpected speed, he weaves his head under your punch, pushing in with a low stance toward your chest. Shit, he's about to nail you in the body with a big one...

>A. Block it! (DC 40)

>B. Try to dodge out of the way! (DC 60)

>C. Go for an exchange (DC 20)

>D. Stealthily stamp his foot (DC 85)

>E. Write-in
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>>5465759
>>B. Try to dodge out of the way! (DC 60)
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>>5465762
Roll, you can feel free to roll all three
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Rolled 40, 29, 47 = 116 (3d100)

>>5465767
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>>5465768
Oh boy
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>>5465768

In a panic, your first instinct is to pull yourself out of the way of Makunouchi's punch. However, he's not going to let you get away so easily, and he steps in to follow your dodge. In an instant, he's closed the gap, and follows up with a huge hook to your side.

The pain is excruciating, the shock hitting you instantly and almost causing you to double over right then and there. Makunouchi isn't done quite yet though, and follows up with a short uppercut right to your jaw, your brain rattling from the impact and breaking your focus entirely.

You aren't quite sure how many punches he throws next, but they all hurt a lot, and before you know it, you're on the verge of going down yourself.

>End

That's all for tonight. I'll probably pick this back up on the weekend. Hope y'all enjoyed
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>>5465773
Honest to God, I'm glad we didn't completely style on Ippo.
Don't get me wrong, I don't wanna job to him and I certainly want to show the judges what we can do, but shutting Ippo out during his pro test would just tear my heart in half.
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>>5465776

Yeah, both of you getting a good showing is a best-case scenario. Would be unfortunate to cuck him out of his license by knocking him out now, lol
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Hajime no Ippo Quest? Fucking watched
I admittedly know piss all about boxing but Ippo is one of my childhood series, and even well into adulthood I adore it
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>>5465828

It's definitely one of my favorites, so I'm happy other folks are enjoying it.
I'm aiming to run this quest in a way that even if you don't know shit about boxing, you can still understand what's going on and what each choice will mean, like the series itself does
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Fucking great stuff DynamiteGlove. It's a once in a century whenever a quest that's sports related pops up around here. I enjoy boxing and Hajime no Ippo so looking forward to more.
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I'm following this
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>>5466244
Same
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>>5466229
>>5466244
>>5466245

Glad to hear it, and happy to have y'all around.
Admittedly I haven't been following the series as long as some people have, only got into it last year, but it's definitely a top 3 series overall for me.
Also sent me on a sports manga binge after catching up, followed it up with Ashita no Joe and Slam Dunk, and gonna move onto Baki at some point
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>>5466249
Go read REAL by the same guy who did Slam Dunk, takes a more philosophical bent using sports as a lens but you won't regret a thing.
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>>5466249
>>5466270
Can highly recommend REAL. It's a very solid read. I'd also say check out Musashi (Also by Inoue) if you want more philosophical musings and historical samurai stuff.
Also on the topic of Baki, it's currently 99% scanned and translated, but a lot of it is kinda subpar. The actual manga is still kino though, fucking great read. AVOID THE ANIME, IT IS SOULLESS.
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>>5466305
Thanks to you I remembered Mushishi which while not sport themed is still a great manga
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Speaking of boxing manga, I recall RRR being fun and (relatively) short for a sports manga.
>>5466305
>but a lot of it is kinda subpar
I haven't read Baki myself but as part of the scanlation community I've heard a lot of insane and hilarious things about how someone who's grossly unqualified keeps trying to make themselves the only Baki scanlator. Wildfang I think. Been wanting to read Baki for a while but maybe I'll have to go for the RAWs.
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>>5466368
If you can read Japanese, I say go for the raws.
That said, the English scans done by Ichido Reidan/Wildfang are rough as fuck, but not entirely unreadable. In fact I would say that all prospective translators should read them specifically to learn what not to do.
Also don't forget, he's not the only scanlation guy working on the series. Spinyback is usually pretty good with Baki these days, so you can trust their scans.
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>There's an Ippo quest on /qst/
>I missed it
JUST
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>>5466742
It ain't too late man. I planned on joining this too (even though I know next to nothing about Ippo) next time it updates.
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>>5466747
I seriously suggest watching the anime, then reading the manga when that cuts off.
Thankfully one of the best matches of the series got a fucking stellar adaptation before the anime stopped.
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>>5466767
I'll try to when I get the chance, I've heard nothing but good things about it whenever it gets mentioned.
Are there enough differences in the manga that make it worth reading from the beginning?
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>>5466774
The manga is mostly identical to the anime, I think there's one or two anime-only fights but you don't miss anything important one way or the other.
The 90's anime also has some gorgeous animation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4luGrrfxElQ
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>>5466774
It's a pretty one to one adaptation, save for the art style.
The character designs are consistent throughout the entirety of the anime.
Meanwhile in the manga they shift as the author's artistic sensibilities shifted over the years.
None of it looks bad mind you, but it is noticeable when reading the manga.
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>>5466784
>>5466787
Thanks anons, I'll plan on getting started on the anime soon.
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Sad I missed this, just wanna say that old manga and fighting spirit are based
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I might do an afternoon/evening session of this tomorrow, maybe a long one.

I'm happy so many people have noticed this thread and want to jump in.
I wasn't sure if anyone would jump on a HnI quest, but I'm glad to be wrong.

I'll do my best to keep it interesting for all of you, and I'll make sure easy to keep up with if you don't know the series or have little boxing knowledge, since I think that's one of the great things about Ippo.

For those who do know the series, I'm currently planning things up to the Rookie Kings. Currently mulling over if I want to keep the brackets for that close to canon, or mix it up a bit
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>>5466881
I think you should also make a post linking to the thread in QTG whenever you're ready to run. Never hurts.
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>>5466881
Boxing quest in the style of Ippo? Count me the fuck in. Love boxing, even trained for awhile myself, although I've only seen maybe 20 episodes of the anime. Very hype so far, so lets keep it up OP!
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>>5467304
I pray work is light so I can catch this session right away.
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>>5467304
HYPE!
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WE BACK

>>5465773

>A. Attempt to back off and escape his range (DC 25)
>B. Go for a clinch to kill his rhythm and recover your stamina (DC 45)
>C. Write-in
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>>5467501
>B. Go for a clinch to kill his rhythm and recover your stamina (DC 45)
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>>5467501
>B. Go for a clinch to kill his rhythm and recover your stamina (DC 45)
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>>5467501
>A. Attempt to back off and escape his range (DC 25)
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>>5467501
>B. Go for a clinch to kill his rhythm and recover your stamina (DC 45)
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>>5467505
>>5467512
>>5467534


We clinchin. Roll
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Rolled 74 (1d100)

>>5467536
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Rolled 81 (1d100)

>>5467536
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Rolled 90 (1d100)

>>5467536
Rollin'
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>>5467537
>>5467540
>>5467553


In a bid to stop Makunouchi's attack rush, you throw yourself at his offense, slipping through his punches and grabbing on, bringing his rhythm to a dead stop. He tries to shake you off, but to no avail.

While thinking of your next move, the ref steps in. "Alright, break it up! That's honestly probably enough for the spar."

A little disappointed that the match ended so quick, you sigh and let go of Makunouchi, who drops his arms and backs off, huffing a little.

"Uh... thank you for the good match, Kogeki-san," he says, bowing in an overly-polite manner.

>A. "Thanks, good match."
>B. "I would have won if we kept going."
>C. Bow back
>D. "Who owes who a bowl of a ramen?"
>E. Say nothing, just walk off
>F. Write-in
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>>5467560
>>D. "Who owes who a bowl of a ramen?"
I like my noodles thick.
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>>5467560
>>A. "Thanks, good match."

Man can't wait for a real match.
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>>5467560
>F. "That was a pretty good match, thanks. So, who's gonna get ramen for who?"
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>>5467560
>F. Write-in
>Since it's a tie, I guess we owe each other a bowl a Ramen. Want to grab a bite now or a raincheck for later?
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>>5467560
>Since it's a tie, I guess we owe each other a bowl a Ramen. Want to grab a bite now or a raincheck for later?
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>>5467588
>>5467582
>>5467563
>>5467565

"Thanks. But it looks like we tied in the end, so I guess we both owe each other a bowl. Wanna go grab it now?"

Makunouchi looks a little taken aback. "Uh, well, I'd love to, but I think we need to wait until the end to get our licenses. Hopefully we did good enough..."

As you and Makunouchi exit the ring, Coach Hirano comes over to congratulate you. "Well done, Karada-kun. And you as well, Makunouchi-kun. It was quite the spar, and I think you both have nothing to worry about for your scores."

"Ah, well, t-thank you very much sir..." Makunouchi looks down bashfully, blushing at the compliment. "I know I still have a lot to improve on, though."

(con't)
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Suddenly, you hear the sound of a solid punch to someone's cranium, and Ippo lurches forward, grabbing his head and groaning.

"You're damn right you got a lot to improve on! What's up with taking a slow-ass counter like that, huh? Didn't you learn anything from that fight with Miyata?!"

The huge guy with the pomp that was yelling before is seriously grilling Makunouchi... his presence is obnoxious, but he seems kind of familiar to you.

>A. "Do I know you from somewhere?"
>B. "Stop picking on him, he did well"
>C. "My counters aren't slow, jackass"
>D. "So he's weak to counters, huh?"
>E. Write-in
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>E. So what if he's weak to counters at the moment? His punches almost killed me.
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>>5467611
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>>5467602
>E "Hey, it's not because you got an ugly face that you get permission to go around sucker punching people."
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>>5467602
>B. "Stop picking on him, he did well!"
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>>5467602
>A. "Do I know you from somewhere?"
I just watched the first few episodes, and this guy is apparently a well-known boxer and respected by Ippo.
I think it would be better to get on his good side because of that, at least.
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>>C. "My counters aren't slow, jackass"
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"So what if he's weak to counters? His punches almost killed me," you say, stepping up to the big guy.

He leans over Makunouchi toward you with a condescending look. "Oh, so it's fine if he gets hit by shitty counters?"

You feel your irritation quickly rising with this guy. "Quit giving him a hard time, he did fine!"

Makunouchi glances over with a look of thankfulness, but the big guy pushes him out of the way and gets in your face.
"What does a rookie like you know about good boxing that the great Takamura doesn't? Nothing! Now shut up unless you wanna get hit too!"

Suddenly, the reporter from before catches up from the stands, and steps in between you and the big guy. "Hey hey, easy, easy! You don't wanna get them kicked out before they get their licenses, do you?"

Takamura looks at the reporter for a few seconds, and huffs and turns away. The reporter sighs and turns toward you.
"Sorry about him, he gets real worked up about boxing. Remember me? We talked briefly while you were on your way here."

He extends a hand toward you for a shake. "Name's Fuji, can't remember if I mentioned it before or not.

>A. Shake his hand
>B. Thank him for stepping in before you had to get serious
>C. "Who does that guy think he is, anyway?"
>D. What did you think of the match?
>E. Write-in
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>>5467643
>C. "Who does that guy think he is, anyway?"
I'm laughing already
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>>5467643
>A. Shake his hand
>E. "Some people just let success get to their head I guess"
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>>5467650
It worked
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>>5467643
>C. "Who does that guy think he is, anyway?"
Yeah, this is gonna be funny.
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>>5467643
>>C. "Who does that guy think he is, anyway?"
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You shake Fuji's hand and glance over at Takamura. "Who does that guy think he is, anyway?"

"I know what you're thinking, but Takamura isn't someone you should antagonize. He's a pro Middleweight himself, and he's on track to become the Japanese champ in a few months if he keeps winning."

You look back over at Takamura, who's overheard your conversation, and has a smug smile on his face. "Undefeated, baby! Next match'll put me at first rank. But that's just a stepping stone on my way to the world!"

"...some people just let success get to their head I guess," you remark.

Fujii silently nods. "Anyway, today's about you guys. You and Makunouchi both had great showings, speaking as someone who's seen a lot of these spars. I'd put you in the top three boxers who turned out today."

"Top three? W-Wow, that's high praise, thank you..." Makunouchi chuckles under his breath at the compliment.

"Who's the third in that rank?" You quickly ask.

Fujii chuckles knowingly. "Well, take a seat, 'cause his match is up next."
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You head over to the stands with Fujii, Makunouchi and Takamura following you and sitting nearby. The next competitors head up into the ring; one of them is significantly taller and lankier than the other, with long, wild hair.

The two boxers in the ring go to their corners, the spar about to begin. The tall one goes into the corner closest to you, and you get a better look at his admittedly scary-looking face, adorned by thick eyebrows and a devilish scowl.

"That tall guy," Fujii points out verbally. "That's Mashiba Ryou. If you're debuting soon, he's one guy you want to keep an eye on."

>A. "He looks like a monster"
>B. "What's so special about him?"
>C. "I could take him"
>D. Write-in
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>>5467690
>B. "What's so special about him?"
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>>5467690
>B. "What's so special about him?"
>D. "He looks mean, but you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover."
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>>5467690
>B. "What's so special about him?"
>D. "I know he's got a reach advantage, but a stringbean like him would snap with one or two good shots to the body."
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>What's so special about him?"
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>>B. "What's so special about him?"
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>>B. "What's so special about him?"
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"What's so special about him?" You ask Fujii.

"Just watch," he says as the bell rings.

At the start, Mashiba's opponent rushes toward him, but Mashiba himself only steps forward a little bit while holding his ground. You notice he has an odd guard, where his left arm is lowered and his right stays high.

"Oh, he uses the Hitman style?" Takamura says aloud. "No wonder, you don't see a rookie fight like that every day."
"Hitman style?" Makunouchi asks.
"It's a style of boxing suited to someone with long arms like his," Takamura elaborates. "I feel sorry for his opponent, he's not gonna see any of those jabs coming."

Before you can ask what Takamura means, Mashiba throws the first punch - from really far away, catching his opponent way off-guard. From close to where he began the match, Mashiba throws a fast series of jabs from below at his opponent near the center, using only his left. His opponent is panicking, and turtles up to weather the storm of jabs.

"He can't get past all those weird jabs! That's ridiculous!" Makunouchi exclaims in shock.
"Yep. With the Hitman style, Mashiba can throw flicker jabs real quick, and from much farther away than an ordinary jab would reach. It comes at an odd angle too, so if you're not used to it, it's near impossible to get used to in a single round."

You've heard of flicker jabs before - basically underhand jabs - but you've never seen it in-person. "Mashiba definitely has the reach advantage, but he's pretty tall for a featherweight. A stringbean like him would snap with one or two good shots to the body."

"The problem is getting to his body," Takamura counters. "Even if you rush past his flickers, he's certainly got another punch to defend himself."

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Mashiba's opponent is clearly frustrated, and attempts to do his best to ignore the pain of the flickers to rush Mashiba's body. He gets lucky, as Mashiba seems to let him get close.

"All right! He's in!" Makunouchi exclaims. "He just has to get a good body blow now!"

You notice Mashiba's expression tighten into a sadistic grin, as he raises his right arm and slams it into his opponent's head from on high. As his opponent's attention was drawn to avoiding Mashiba's flickers, he never saw it coming, and is blasted backwards to the floor.

The ref steps in, and Mashiba looms over his KO'd opponent with glee, looking down with an honestly-terrifying gaze. The atmosphere in the room is tense, and everyone's fallen silent from the display of violence in the ring. Makunouchi looks particularly stunned.

>A. "Why didn't he just dodge it?"
>B. "Scared, Makunouchi?"
>C. "Still think I could take him"
>D. "Maybe I should learn to do flicker jabs"
>E. Write-in
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>>5467747
>>B. "Scared, Makunouchi?"
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>>5467747
>B. "Scared, Makunouchi?"
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>>5467747
>A. "Why didn't he just dodge it?"
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>>5467747
>>C. "Still think I could take him"
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>>5467747
>>E. I should ask couch about training against these flicker jabs
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"Why didn't he dodge that punch?" you wonder aloud.
"He just didn't see it coming is all," Takamura explains. "The pressure of those flickers is mental as well as physical. You get so caught up trying to guard or dodge them all, you forget that there's a whole 'nother arm you need to worry about."

You make a mental note to ask Coach Hirano for anti-flicker training, while noticing Makunouchi hasn't budged, beads of sweat falling from his face.
"Scared, Makunouchi?" you ask him playfully. He nods.
"Well, you should be!" Takamura exclaims. "That guy's an infighter killer if I've ever seen one! Better hope you never have to fight him!"

"You might have to if you plan on entering the Rookie Kings tournament in a few months," Fujii mentions. "He'll definitely be there, like the rest of the big-names of this generation. Mashiba, Hayami, Miyata..."

"Miyata..." Makunouchi seems fixated on that name.

"Anyway," Fujii says, "That was the last spar. They'll give out the licenses soon to those who passed, and then you get to look forward to your debut fights."

Your debut fight... you look over at your coach, who was observing the fight from across the way. He seems pretty deep in thought.

"We should get going once you grab yours, Ippo," Takamura says. "The old man'll be happy to see you got your license."

Makunouchi's expression shifts to a beaming smile. "You think so? Gosh, I can't wait to show him then!"

>A. You didn't get your license yet
>B. You should be proud
>C. Maybe we should debut against each other
>D. Write-in
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>>B. You should be proud
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>>5467781
>B. You should be proud
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>>5467781
>B. You should be proud
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>>5467781
>B. You should be proud
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>>B. You should be proud
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"You should be proud," you tell Makunouchi. "You did pretty well."

Ippo looks over at you with a goofy smile, and bows his head. "W-Well, thank you very much... you were great too! I hope we can fight again sometime!"

Soon after the matches conclude, you and Makunouchi both receive your Class C licenses, and he and Takamura head back to their gym while you take off with Coach Hirano. You're officially a professional boxer!

>End

Thanks for hanging out anons, hope you had fun. Next time I run will be either tomorrow night or Sunday.
Karada's debut match soon
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>>5467825
Great thread, thank you for running!
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I hope we can get a debut match lined up soon-ish.
Given a month or two to tune-up and it's almost a sure win.
That said, fate can always throw us a curve-ball. I'd hate to have to fight a a contender right off the bat.
I think the worst case scenario would be Ryuchi Hayami, that suave bastard.
We're both All-Rounders, but he's at an entirely different level. The guy had 56 amateur bouts before he even stepped into the ring as a pro.
It probably won't happen, but I still can't help but wonder what we'd even do against somebody that's just definitively better than us.
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>>5467876
Simple, really.
Praise to the dice gods.
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>will probably be a new thread
qst is, uh, very slow nowadays.
You can probably give it another month and a half.
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>>5468419
What the other guy said. You can safely rock in the original thread for like a month.
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>>5468436
Yeah, the thread hasn't even hit the bump limit yet, and probably will stick on the top pages for a while after it does.
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>>5468441
It also doesn't matter much since any /qst/ browser worth their salt has the catalogue set to sort by latest reply anyways.
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>>5468512
That's true, if you don't you risk missing updates from thread after they reach bump limit. Which is most of them.
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>>5468436
>>5468441
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>>5468513

Fair point, I'm used to thread being buried quick if they don't get posted in. Good to know I don't need to worry about that
I think the last time I was on /qst/ was like 2017 so it's been a hot minute
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>>5468521
>I think the last time I was on /qst/ was like 2017 so it's been a hot minute
You have missed...not a lot actually.
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Running in about an hour
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A week has passed since you received your Class C license, and you officially became a pro boxer. The spar you had with Makunouchi is still replaying in your mind - he's the hardest puncher you've ever encountered, and you hope someday you can fight him in a real match.

Today though, you're doing your regular practice at the Hirano gym, where you've been practicing for the last three or four months. It's a small gym, nestled in a quiet corner of Tokyo, where hardly anybody passes by. The gym only has a small amount of amateurs who practice infrequently, and as of last week, you are the gym's first professional boxer in at least a decade. Although the gym is unpopular, that just means Coach Hirano can focus on training you with little interference.

Today's training begins like any other. After some warm-up exercises, you get in the ring with Coach and start doing some mitt-hitting. Despite his rotund frame, Coach Hirano has the speed in his arms to make hitting the mitts a challenge, which helps train your perception and reaction speed as well as your form.

"Any news on my debut match?" you ask excitedly, as you have been for the last week.
"Ho ho, be patient, Karada-kun," he responds, as he also has for the last week. "There are plenty of boxers to choose from, but I still have to seek one who will accept a challenge from a debuting boxer."

>A. "Make sure it's someone stronger than me"
>B. "An easy win would be nice for my first match"
>C. "Try sending one to Makunouchi"
>D. Write-in
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>>5468761
>A. "Make sure it's someone stronger than me"
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>>5468761
>B. "An easy win would be nice for my first match"
It's boring, but IRL boxers need to statpad against cans while they're still inexperienced. Even talented ones...
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>>5468761
>D. Write-in
>Someone that is around my skill and strength would be nice.
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>B. "An easy win would be nice for my first match"
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An easy win would be nice, you think. But would you really learn much from that? You'd get more out of fighting someone much stronger than you, but you might lose your debut match, and that won't feel good at all. Someone around your relative strength would be good, but how do you even measure that? Maybe easy is the way to go, but...

The questions swirl in your head, but you figure Coach will line up whatever he thinks is best for you anyway, so you just stay quiet.

About 20 minutes into your mitt-hitting, the office phone rings. Could that be someone accepting one of your challenges? Coach excuses himself and goes to answer the phone while your mind wanders at the possibilities.

Listening in on the conversation from afar, Coach seems... worried? By his tone, it doesn't sound like good news, though you can't make out exactly what he's saying. After a few minutes, he hangs up the phone, and comes out with a look of concern.

"Everything alright?" you ask.
"Yes, all is well," he responds. "I've just, erm, received... well, we may have a new recruit joining us today."

>A. "A new guy at the gym? That's great"
>B. "Someone weaker than me to beat up? Sweet"
>C. "Are you replacing me?"
>D. "You're supposed to find opponents, not newbies"
>E. Write-in
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>>5468787
>A. "A new guy at the gym? That's great"
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>>5468787
>D. "What's that look for then? You don't think I'm gonna scare 'em off do you?"
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>>5468787
>>>A. "A new guy at the gym? That's great"
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>>5468787
>>5468794
Support
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>>5468794
Meant to put E and not D to convey it was a write-in.
Don't post in a hurry folks.
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>Don't post in a hurry folks.
I feel your pain.
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"A new guy? That's great," you say enthusiastically. A sparring partner other than Coach would be great, honestly. "So what's that look for then? You don't think I'm gonna scare him off, do you?"

Coach Hirano lets out a small sigh. "You see, Karada-kun... I have this nephew, and, well... it seems like he's been getting into some trouble as of late." His eyes grows a little weary.
"Trouble?" you ask.
"Yes, that was actually a call from the police station," he says quietly. Wait, did he say police? "It seems my nephew was arrested recently for assault charges."

Jeez. No wonder he's tense.

"So how does that make him a new recruit?" you question.

"Well, the police called because his parents told them about our gym," Coach explains. "He's quite young, a little more than you, and still in high school. It sounded like they were hoping instead of sending him to juvenile hall, we would take him in as part of a deal to keep him out of police custody, and perhaps give him an outlet for his... aggression. Sort of like community service, I suppose, though I wish they had asked me first."

A kid becoming a boxer to avoid jail time for assault. Almost sounds like something out a manga.

"I told them I would consider the deal, so they'll be sending someone over to work out the details. It is somewhat good for us, as we have so few boxers, I wouldn't have any issues devoting attention to training two students. I just have to wonder if Hitoshi-kun will take to it well... he's always been the feisty type, who never liked being told what to do.

>A. "I'll break him in for you"
>B. "If anyone can handle a problem kid, it's you"
>C. "Is it too late to say no?"
>D. "There's no way somebody like him could take boxing seriously"
>E. Write-in
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>>5468826
>A. "I'll break him in for you"
Getting smacked around by a pro will either set him straight as a fighter, or at least intimidate him enough to not be a nuisance.
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>>5468826
>A. "I'll break him in for you"
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>>5468826
>>B and E. "If anyone can handle a problem kid, it's you, after all you helped me out when I needed it."
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>>5468826
>>C. "Is it too late to say no?"
>A. "I'll break him in for you"
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>>5468838
+1
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>>5468826
>B. "If anyone can handle a problem kid, it's you"
>E. "I'll help you too coach. Got to repay everything you did for me."
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>>5468849
Count mine as sort of support for this
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Y'all deciding Kogeki was a deliquent that Coach saved from himself?
I like it
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"If anyone can handle a problem kid, it's you, Coach. After all, you helped me out when I needed it." Coach Hirano's mood seems to lift a bit from your comment.

"And if you want, I'll break him in for you too. Gotta repay everything you did for me, y'know."

Coach breaks into a slight smile. "Ho ho... I hope that won't be necessary. If he ends up joining our gym, though, I'm sure he will make a wonderful sparring partner for you once he acclimates."
Coach looks genuinely thankful for your pep talk. Seems like he is feeling better about this.

"Hitoshi-kun will be here with a police escort in about an hour. Let's break until then, so I can prepare for his arrival."

Coach takes off his mitts and heads to his office, leaving you to practice on your own until his nephew arrives. Who knows, maybe this kid won't be so bad?

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An hour goes by, which you spend with the bags while Coach gets ready to receive his nephew from the police. Soon you hear gym's door open, and in walk two people, a high school kid and a police officer.

The kid who's just a bit taller than you, wearing a open-button red school uniform, with short, messy hair and a tight scowl. That must be the nephew, Hitoshi. He definitely looks like a delinquent.

In front of him is a young-looking female police officer, you assume not too much older than you, with a dark uniform and notepad in one hand. She looks around the gym briefly, seeming to take notes of its condition in her mind before turning to face you.

"Good afternoon. I'm Officer Sakae of the Tokyo PD. I'm here to speak to Coach Hirano regarding his nephew. Is he in at the moment?"

>A. Bring Coach out
>B. "He's in the back, in that office"
>C. Size up Hitoshi
>D. "Is this the prisoner?"
>E. Introduce yourself to the officer
>F. Write-in
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>>5468877
>B. "He's in the back, in that office"
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>>5468854
It's a boxing story classic.
And I think how we have been so friendly and nonchalant so far kind of fits a reformed delinquent.
>>5468877
>E. Introduce yourself to the officer
>B. "He's in the back, in that office"
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>>5468877
>E. Introduce yourself to the officer
>B. "He's in the back, in that office"
>C. Size up Hitoshi
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>>5468877
>>5468883
Supporting.
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>>5468893

"He's in the back, in that office." You point toward Coach's office in the back, and the officer nods. "Oh, and my name is-"

The officer walks toward the office before you can give your name. Hm. Guess she's all business.

As she walks in, you hear her exchange greetings with the Coach, who pokes his head out of his door a few seconds later.
"Karada-kun, would you mind watching Hitoshi-kun for a bit while I work out the terms of this deal with Officer Sakae?"

He doesn't really leave you much of a choice here. You nod, and Coach ducks back into his office.

You look over at Hitoshi, who's glaring back at you from the door with a disdainful frown. He looks pretty fit already. You'd peg him as a Lightweight, maybe a Jr. Lightweight if he did some weight control.

>A. "I'm Karada Kogeki"
>B. Offer a handshake
>C. "Nice to meet you, Hitoshi-san" (polite)
>D. "Nice to meet you, Hitoshi-kun" (a little rude)
>E. "Nice to meet you, Hito-chan" (super rude)
>F. "You know I'm your senior here, just so we're clear"
>G. "You sure look like a punk"
>H. "So, you like ramen?"
>I. Ask if he wants to spar (joke)
>J. Ask if he wants to spar (serious)
>I. Ignore him and go back to hitting the bag
>L. Write-in
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>>5468909
>E. "Nice to meet you, Hito-chan" (super rude)
And when he inevitably flips his shit...
>J. Ask if he wants to spar (serious)
Coach can teach him how to throw hands, but only we can teach him about something just as important.
MINDGAMES
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>>5468909
>A. "I'm Karada Kogeki"
>H. "So, you like ramen?"
>J. Ask if he wants to spar (serious)
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>>5468909
>D. "Nice to meet you, Hitoshi-kun" (a little rude)
>I. Ask if he wants to spar (joke)
>H. "So, you like ramen?"
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>>5468909
>D. "Nice to meet you, Hitoshi-kun" (a little rude)
>>B. Offer a handshake
>J. Ask if he wants to spar (serious)
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Y'all about to murder this kid
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>>5468935
I wouldn't dream of hurting our coach's nephew...much.
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>>5468935
I have a feeling beating him up so soon after we meet him is a bad idea.
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>>5468909
>A. "I'm Karada Kogeki"
>B. Offer a handshake
>H. "So, you like ramen?"
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>>5468935
If it goes through, we can go for an uppercut to his stomach, it would be enough to hurt, but not enough to deal serious damage.
But I would rather leave the beating if he throws a tantrum, so it's an actual lesson.
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>>5468944
I think you misunderstand my intentions in asking him for a spar.
I don't want to beat the shit out of him, I want to establish that as he is now, he won't be able to do anything.
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"I'm Karada Kogeki," you quickly introduce yourself and offer a handshake, deciding to be civil.

Hitoshi just glares at you, not responding.

"...so, you like ramen?"

No answer, more glares. Now you're getting a little annoyed.

"Well, nice to meet you, Hitoshi-kun," you say with emphasis on the -kun, lowering your hand.
His brow furrows at that one.
"Wanna say that again, asshole?!" He quickly gets in your face - looks like he's got a hair-trigger temper. No wonder Coach was worried.

"Say what? I was just welcoming you to our gym, Hitoshi-kun," you say again, emphasizing the honorific once more.
"Oh, you're askin' for it, buddy! I don't care if you're some big-shot boxer, I'll smash your face in all the same!"

You look at him for a second, and get a wicked idea, a devious smile crossing your face.
"You know we're in a boxing gym, right? So fighting's totally cool. Wanna get in the ring and do some sparring?"

Hitoshi looks confused for a second, but quickly gives you a big nod. "Yeah, let's do it! I'm gonna beat your ass, boxer-boy!"
Within a few minutes, you get Hitoshi set up with a pair of heavy gloves and some headgear, which he only puts on with some insisting, and climbs into the ring to wait for you.

When you go to grab your own practice gloves, a dark thought crosses your mind.
You could put on your heavy 14oz gloves that you'd normally for practice spars... or you could use your normal 10oz gloves, so your speed and power are in top-form. It's not a big difference, considering Hitoshi doesn't know boxing forms or technique, but he also wouldn't be able to tell... and it would help you illustrate the gap between you and him.

>A. Keep it clean and fair, put on the heavy gloves
>B. Put this kid in his place, use the 10oz gloves
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>>5468960
That's a good plan. I just hope he takes it that way, and I hope we have the choice to hold back/teach him as we fight.
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>>5468968
>A. Keep it clean and fair, put on the heavy gloves
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>>5468968
>A. Keep it clean and fair, put on the heavy gloves
No need to be cruel just yet.
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>>5468968
>A. Keep it clean and fair, put on the heavy gloves
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>>5468968
>A. Keep it clean and fair, put on the heavy gloves
Since we're going down this route, I don't want us to beat him up too bad by accident. Just enough to teach him a lesson.
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>>5468968
>A. Keep it clean and fair, put on the heavy gloves
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This one seems unanimous
Good guy Harada will humble him gently
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*Karada, Harada is our dad who invented Tekken
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Although it's tempting to go all-out against this kid from the start, you realize it'd look bad on you and the Coach if you ended up beating him to a pulp here and now.
You definitely shouldn't even be sparring right now, but maybe it'll be fine if you hold back some.

Putting on the heavy gloves, you get up in the ring and put up your guard. Hitoshi mimics your form, though it's a little off.

>A. "Whenever you're ready"
>B. Rush at Hitoshi
>C. Stare him down
>D. Write-in
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>>5468993
>>A. "Whenever you're ready"
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>>5468993
>A. "Whenever you're ready"
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>>5468993
>A. "Whenever you're ready"
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>>5468993
>D. "What are ya waiting for, Hitoshi-kun?" and be prepared to block any attack he makes.
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>A. "Whenever you're ready"
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"Whenever you're ready," you tell Hitoshi. He turns his head downward and starts to approach you, walking straight toward your guard. You can can tell he's trying to figure out how best to hit you, but he's taking a while to do it.

"What are you waiting for, Hitoshi-kun?" you taunt him, and his eyes quickly narrow in anger. He starts throwing out random swings, but they're either slow enough to dodge, or have no power behind them, allowing you to easily parry them. You hold yourself back from actually attacking for the time being, which just causes Hitoshi to get more worked up and frustrated, making his swings worse.

"God dammit! Let me hit you!" He winds up for a big swing!

>A. Duck it and push in for a body blow (DC 8)
>B. Sidestep it and hit him with a light jab (DC 10)
>C. Hit him with a counter before he follows through (DC 15)
>D. Write-in
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>>5469020
>B. Sidestep it and hit him with a light jab (DC 10)
Tire him out.
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>>5469020
>>C. Hit him with a counter before he follows through (DC 15)
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>>5469020
>A. Duck it and push in for a body blow (DC 8)
Let's not go for his head. No reason to take away what little brain cells he has left.
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>>5469020
>>A. Duck it and push in for a body blow (DC 8)
Gut punch, just like I said before. Ducking is even good for a follow up uppercut.
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>>5469020
>B. Sidestep it and hit him with a light jab (DC 10)
Should keep it as light as possible, and avoid the head.
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Tie, but since we're avoiding the head I guess we'll split the difference.
ROLL (DC 9)
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Whatever shall we dooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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Rolled 21 (1d100)

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Nice

>>5469058
Terrifying
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>>5469058
The DC is so tiny that I forgot it's a 1d100
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When Hitoshi swings, you easily sidestep the wide arc of his punch, and follow up with a shallow punch to his body. He looks shocked for a second, but immediately angry after the fact.

"Are you makin' fun of me?!" He roars.

>A. Yeah, a little
>B. Just don't want you to get hurt
>C. I'll go easy until you can actually hit me
>D. Make your swings more compact
>E. Write-in
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>>5469074
>D. Make your swings more compact
Nice quest
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>>5469074
>D. Make your swings more compact
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>>5469074
>C. I'll go easy until you can actually hit me
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>>5469074
>D. Make your swings more compact
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>>5469074
>D. Make your swings more compact
>E. "Come on Hitoshi-Kun, you are too hothead. Have some fun."
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>>5469074
Actually, I'll change my vote from just D to C and D.
>C. I'll go easy until you can actually hit me
>D. Make your swings more compact
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>D. Make your swings more compact
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"Make your swings more compact," you instruct Hitoshi. He grits his teeth and keeps swinging at you, but they're not quite as wide as they were before.
"A little better, but I'll go easy on you until you can actually hit me," you tell him.
"I'll smash your face in for that!" he yells, continuing to come at you.

About ten or fifteen minutes pass, where you continue to dodge or block Hitoshi's punches, but even in this short time his form quickly improves. His punches get closer and closer to hitting you square with each throw, though they're still a long way from perfect.

He definitely has the attitude of a street brawler, and his stamina is pretty good considering how long you've been sparring, but he'll still need a lot of work if Coach wants to whip him into a proper boxer.

Soon, you hear Coach and Officer Sakae come out of the office. Coach tilts his head at you.
"In the ring with him already? It's far too soon for him to be sparring..."
Yeah, you didn't start sparring until weeks after you started.

>A. "We were just playing around"
>B. "He's got potential"
>C. "I needed to put him in his place"
>D. "I just wanted to show him the ropes"
>E. "Sorry Coach"
>F. Write-in
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>>5469123
>B. "He's got potential"
>D. "I just wanted to show him the ropes"
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>>5469123
>B. "He's got potential"
>D. "I just wanted to show him the ropes"
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>>5469123
>B. "He's got potential"
>D. "I just wanted to show him the ropes"
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>>5469123
>D. "I just wanted to show him the ropes"
>B. "He's got potential"
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>>5469123
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"I just wanted to show him the ropes," you say. "He's got potential."

Hitoshi side-eyes you. Maybe he only just realized you weren't messing with him the entire time.

"Be that as it may, you should have asked me before starting to spar with Hitoshi-kun," Coach chides you. "Though I suppose it doesn't matter now. The terms of our agreement are settled, so Hitoshi-kun will be a member of this gym for at least one year, starting today."

You look over at Hitoshi, who seems to have cooled off a little. He doesn't seem particuarly happy or upset, but this must beat going to juvie.

"I won't ask that you try to go pro if you don't want to," Coach says, addressing Hitoshi. "I only ask that you put your heart into practice and try to improve. If you do well in drills, I don't see why I couldn't put you in the ring with Karada-kun in the future again, if you'd like."

"...whatever," Hitoshi says dismissively, taking off the gloves for now. Seems like he's not interested if he isn't fighting you.

"Karada-kun," Coach says to you, "It's about time for your roadwork. Get some water and take Hitoshi with you, once he's caught his breath."

>A. "Yes sir"
>B. "I wouldn't worry, his stamina is pretty good"
>C. "I'll look forward to sparring with you again" (to Hitoshi)
>D. Whisper to Hitoshi that you'll treat him to some ramen for that fight
>E. Write-in
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>>5469162
>A. "Yes sir"
>D. Whisper to Hitoshi that you'll treat him to some ramen for that fight
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>>5469162
>A. "Yes sir"
>D. Whisper to Hitoshi that you'll treat him to some ramen for that fight
We are the ramen man.
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>>5469162
>A. "Yes sir"
>D. Whisper to Hitoshi that you'll treat him to some ramen for that fight
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>>5469162
>A. "Yes sir"
>D. Whisper to Hitoshi that you'll treat him to some ramen for that fight
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>>5469173
>inb4 we can't make weight because we keep going out for ramen with people
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>>5469162
>A. "Yes sir"
>D. Whisper to Hitoshi that you'll treat him to some ramen for that fight
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"Yes sir," you respond affirmingly to Coach.

"Seems like we're leaving Hitoshi-kun in good hands," Officer Sakae says. "I'll be returning to the station, then. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need to."
With a nod, she departs.

As she leaves, you sidle over to Hitoshi and whisper.
"I'll treat you to a bowl of ramen for that fight. There's this place I've been meaning to try, we can stop by during roadwork."

Hitoshi looks back with a blank expression. "What's, uh... what's roadwork mean?"

Kid's got a lot to learn.

>End

That's all for tonight, hope you enjoyed the Humbling of Hitoshi. Might run for a short time tomorrow, after that I'll probably take a day or two off before the next one.
Next time: Karada finally gets that ramen
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>>5469205
>Next time: Karada finally introduces himself to Officer Sakae
Fixed that for you.
Jokes aside, it's nice that we actually have a kouhai now. I look forward to seeing his development alongside our own.
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Nice quest.
Can't vote or interract in session as it's 00h-00 to 06h00 when you run for me, but I'll follow in the shadows.
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>>5469205
>Hitoshi looks back with a blank expression. "What's, uh... what's roadwork mean?"
Oh boy, we're gonna tortu-*cough* 'train' the punk right out of him
Good shit OP, even got me to start rereading Hajime No Ippo. Shame timezone fuckery keeps me from voting, but I'll lurk around
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>>5469421
Sounds like you're in my timezone
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Appreciate your lurking. I'll try to run some daytime sessions once the year gets closer to wrapping up

Also, running tonight, but not for a little bit
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We back

>>5469205

You've headed out for your sorta-daily jog around town, with Hitoshi in tow. You don't really have a set route, but today you plan on hitting up a ramen place with your new kouhai. It shouldn't be too far of a run.

While you're very used to the strain of your roadwork, Hitoshi is sweating buckets and looks super ragged. You figured that he had some good stamina, but maybe he's not as used to running as you are. He didn't have any workout clothes with him either, so you let him borrow some shorts, and Coach managed to find a shirt his size, adorned with the gym's name and logo.

Heaving behind you but still keeping up decently with your pace, Hitoshi groans and wheezes. "How long... do you do this crap for?!"

>A. You know I do this almost every day, right?
>B. We aren't even halfway done
>C. Wanna quit?
>D. Just keep up, you're doing fine
>E. We're making room for the ramen
>F. Write-in
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>>5470237
>E. We're making room for the ramen
>C. Wanna quit?
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>>5470237
>C. Wanna quit?
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>>5470237
>B. We aren't even halfway done
>E. We're making room for the ramen
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>>5470237
>E. We're making room for the ramen
>F. Write-in
>It adds stamina and betters footwork. Probably should go for sit-ups and push-ups later too, if you skip abdominal work a hit in the gut can really hurt.
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>>5470237
>E. We're making room for the ramen
>C. Wanna quit?
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"We're making room for the ramen," you tell him. Hitoshi groans.
"What the hell is with you and ramen..." you hear him mumble.

"We aren't even halfway done, you know," you mention. "Wanna quit?"
"You know I can't!" he retorts with a snap.
"Well, suck it up then. Running builds stamina and improves your footwork. We'll do some basic strength training when we get back too; some push-ups and sit-ups, so you'll punch harder and take hits better."
"So much work..." he grumbles.

Your roadwork eventually takes you toward the restaurant you wanted to check out, a local ramen shop that has some pretty good reviews.

Once Hitoshi catches up, you both walk into the place, and a young-looking guy with a mildly thuggish face at the front waves you in with a smile. Seems like he's the chef.

"Welcome to Chuuka Soba! Grab a seat, I'll take your order in a second."

You take a seat up at the counter, Hitoshi slowly following and grabbing the seat next to yours. After a few seconds, the chef comes over and slides you both some glasses of water.

"That shirt," he says, noticing the Hirano Gym shirt Hitoshi's wearing. "You guys boxers?"

>A. "Yeah, I just got my license"
>B. "No, just fans"
>C. "I am, he's a work in progress"
>D. Write-in
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>>5470266
>A. "Yeah, I just got my license"
>C. "I am, he's a work in progress"
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>>5470266
>C. "I am, he's a work in progress"
>D. "What's it to you?"
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>>5470266
>>C&A. "I am, he's a work in progress- just got my license actually."
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>>5470266
>A. "Yeah, I just got my license"
>D.
"Hitoshi here has still some way to go though, since it's his first day."
>"So let's celebrate, yeah?"
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>A. "Yeah, I just got my license"
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"Yeah, I just got my license," you proudly say, then point to Hitoshi. "He's a work in progress though; it's his first day. So let's celebrate it, yeah?"
Hitoshi side-eyes you while attempting to coolly take a big sip of his water.

"I see, I thought so! So, you just turned pro, and he's a fresh recruit, huh? Hang on just a minute..."

The chef goes over to his station, and after a minute or two, comes over with huge bowls of ramen, packed with proteins and vegetables.

"You looked like you just came off your roadwork, so here you go: two bowls of Stamina Ramen, on the house! To celebrate you becoming a pro, and his starting on the road there!"

Hitoshi's eyes go wide and he wastes no time accepting this gift, slapping his hands together, giving a quick bow, and beginning to wolf down the tall bowl of noodles.

>A. "That's real nice of you, thanks mister"
>B. (To Hitoshi) "Being a boxer is pretty great, isn't it?"
>C. "Your stomach's gonna hurt later if you eat that too fast"
>D. Eat up
>E. Write-in
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>>5470301
>>>A. "That's real nice of you, thanks mister"
>D. Eat up
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>>5470301
>A. "That's real nice of you, thanks mister"
>C. "Your stomach's gonna hurt later if you eat that too fast"
>D. Eat up
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>>5470301
>A. "That's real nice of you, thanks mister"
>D. Eat up
>E. Write-in
>Oh, I forgot to introduce myself, I'm Kogeki, and he's Hitoshi
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>>5470301
>C. "Your stomach's gonna hurt later if you eat that too fast"
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>>5470301
>A. "That's real nice of you, thanks mister"
>D. Eat up
>E. (In between bites) "So, you a regular spectator down at Korakuen or something?"
It's a little odd for him to be so generous, might as well ask if he's a fan.
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>>5470301
>A. "That's real nice of you, thanks mister"
>D. Eat up
>E. (In between bites) "So, you a regular spectator down at Korakuen or something?"
>"Oh, I forgot to introduce myself, I'm Kogeki, and he's Hitoshi"
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"That's real nice of you, thanks mister."
You glance at Hitoshi, who's eating his food super fast. "Your stomach's gonna hurt later if you eat that fast," you tell him, which he ignores.

"Oh, I'm Karada Kogeki, and he's... Hitoshi." You realize you don't know Hitoshi's family name...

"Nice to meet you! I'm Aoki Masaru," the chef says with a grin. "Just call me Aoki."

"Good to meet you," you say before taking a taste of your ramen.
It's... indescribably delicious! You can't stop yourself from slurping up a fistful of noodles, to which Aoki gives a satisfied look.

Between bites, you attempt to keep the conversation going out of curiosity.
"So are you a regular at Korakuen or something?"

Aoki chuckles. "You could say that! I happen to be a pro boxer in the Lightweight division myself, so I know all the rigors of training, and what foods work best for a quick recovery. You ever get hungry during training, just come down here and I'll set you up - as long as you aren't doing weight control, that is!"

Hitoshi is still gobbling down his ramen, but he looks like he's enjoying it. He's nearly done, while you've still got half to go.

"So what's your style like, huh? You look like you're probably a featherweight; do you have any boxers you look up to?"

>A. "I do a little of everything"
>B. "I like my mind games"
>C. "I try to keep my fundamentals strong"
>D. "I like Eiji Date, the JBC Featherweight Japanese Champ"
>E. "I'm a fan of Ricardo Martinez, the JBC Featherweight World Champ"
>F. "Takamura Mamoru is pretty cool"
>G. Write-in
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>D. "I like Eiji Date, the JBC Featherweight Japanese Champ"
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>F. "Takamura Mamoru is pretty cool"

BEAR SLAYER
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>>5470346
I don't think that makes much sense given that we didn't recognize Takamura at our pro-test.
>>5470340
>B. "I like my mind games"
We're a jack of all trades it seems, so I imagine Kogeki would have to employ a higher level of strategy to keep up with more specialized opponents who outclass him in specific areas.
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>>5470354
He gave his name and said he was an undefeated pro, which Fujii attested to
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>>5470340
>A. "I do a little of everything"
>C. "I try to keep my fundamentals strong"
>"Don't have any real idols, I try to care more about the person than the persona."
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>>5470356
While that may be, saying that we "look up to him" would imply that we would have known who we was prior to Fuji having told us. That's just how I'm reading things.
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>>5470356
Yeah, but it would have been weird to say you look up to someone you know from second-hand accounts.
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Understandable, it was mostly a meme option anyway
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"I like my mind games," you say.
Aoki nods approvingly to that. "A cerebral fighter, much like myself. Knowing is half the battle - I understand completely!"

"Other than that, I just try to keep my fundamentals strong so I can do a little bit of everything," you explain. "As for boxers I look up to..."

Yeah, you kind of draw a blank there. There's nobody you'd really say you're a fan of. Do you even know the names of any other boxers? Shit, what's the name of the champ again?

"...Eiji Date," you vaguely recall.
Aoki makes an approving noise. "Yeah, it makes sense. He's a pretty strong champ, and that comeback to the top was really inspiring. You hardly ever see guys that age get the belt, let alone do it twice."

Aoki looks over at Hitoshi expectantly. "What about you?"

Hitoshi, who's just finished the last of his ramen, puts down the bowl with a huge, satisfied sigh. "I don't really know any boxers."
Aoki raises an eyebrow. "Really? Not a single one?"
Hitoshi shakes his head. "I don't know much about boxing."

Aoki crosses his arms and gives Hitoshi a slightly judgmental look. "Why'd you get into boxing if you don't know the sport?"

>A. "His case is kind of unique"
>B. "He's a delinquent"
>C. "It's a punishment"
>D. "He just likes to hit things"
>E. "The cops made him do it"
>F. Write-in
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Extending the timer for this post a bit, gonna get a quick workout in before it gets too late.
Remember to do your roadwork anons
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>>5470377
>D. "He just likes to hit things"
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>>5470377
>B. "He's a delinquent"
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>>5470377
>A. "His case is kind of unique"
>F "He is a hothead, and his uncle is my coach."
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Supporting.
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>A. "His case is kind of unique"
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"His case is kind of unique," you say, speaking on Hitoshi's behalf. "His uncle's my coach."
Aoki raises an eyebrow. "So it's a family thing?"
"That's one way to put it," you admit. "He's a delinquent, and a hothead who likes to hit things."
Hitoshi immediately swivels in your direction and grabs the collar of your running jacket.
"Who the hell's a hothead who likes to hit things?!"

"...I see what you mean," Aoki says with a wry smile. "But you know what? A lot of boxers started out as delinquents who got into it to blow some steam off. Heck, I was one of 'em!"

Hitoshi blinks, letting go of your jacket. "Seriously? You were a punk?"
"Sure was, but that's all behind me now," Aoki says with a hint of nostalgia. "When the Chief let us join his gym, I ended up dedicating myself to boxing without really realizing it. One minute I just wanted to get revenge on some guy who beat me up, the next thing I knew I was debuting as a pro. Now I can't imagine doing anything else! Besides making ramen, that is."

Hitoshi looks kind of stunned. This isn't what you were expecting to happen at all today.

>A. "You can do it too, Hitoshi"
>B. "You must be an excellent boxer, Aoki"
>C. "What's your rank?"
>D. "Did you ever get revenge on that guy?"
>E. Write-in
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>D. "Did you ever get revenge on that guy?"
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>D. "Did you ever get revenge on that guy?"
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"Did you ever get revenge on that guy?" you ask.

Aoki freezes. "Well, uh. Not exactly. But I'm close!"
Close? What does that-

Suddenly, the door to the restaurant slams open from a hard kick.
"Yo! Your king is here for his tribute, peasant chef!"

That familiar voice belongs to Takamura, who makes his way toward the counter with a wide-legged strut. He sits down next to Hitoshi, who looks just a little annoyed at his bravado.

This might not go so well.

>End

That's it for tonight, I know it was a short one but hope you enjoyed it nonetheless.
Probably taking an off-day tomorrow, will pick up again Tuesday or Wednesday. The goal is to get to Karada's debut by the end of the week
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>>5470471
God, these faces are great.
Speak of the bear-slayer and he shall appear.
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>>5470471
I'm having fun so far, looking forward to our debut match and putting Hitoshi through his paces.
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Inspired me to go on a boxing-clip hunting binge, watched some Trinidad v Hopkins 2001 and of course the classic Ali and Mike Tyson mainstays
Damn I'm excited for the next session already
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Running later tonight

Pour one out for our boy Wally, may he rest in pieces
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>>5472396
As it would turn out, not teaching your fighter how to box leads to disaster. Who'd have thought?
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>>5472396
I'll pour one out on his grave all right, screw that chimp
Still catching up on the manga, 1k+ chapters to go hahaha. God this is a rough reread.
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>>5472397
b-but he's a genius

>>5472398
It definitely gets rough to keep up with in the middle, once you get to the OBPF stuff especially.
Really picks up again once you're past Wally
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W-what's in that juice Joe?
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You don't want to know
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In the few seconds between Takamura's entrance to Chuuba Soba and his taking a seat, the friendly Aoki's demeanor took a 180, and he now looks incredibly pissed off.

"You know I have other customers here, right? So quit scaring them off!" he growls.
"What's the problem with me trying to get a bite to eat?" Takamura retorts with a condescending smile. "I know it's hard life you got, being such a crappy boxer and all, but you don't have to take it out on your customers!"

Hitoshi's already looking like he's about to say something to Takamura, and it doesn't seem like it'll be polite...

>A. Say hello to Takamura
>B. "Aoki, do you know this guy?"
>C. "Would it kill you to be nice?"
>D. "What the hell's your problem, asshole?"
>E. Offer to switch seats with Hitoshi
>F. Just watch what happens
>G. Write-in
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>>5472772
>A. Say hello to Takamura
>B. "Aoki, do you know this guy?"
>E. Offer to switch seats with Hitoshi
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>>5472772
>A. Say hello to Takamura
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>>5472772
>E. Offer to switch seats with Hitoshi
>C. "Would it kill you to be nice?"
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>>5472772
>A. Say hello to Takamura
>C. "Would it kill you to be nice?"
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>>5472772
>A. Say hello to Takamura
>C. "Would it kill you to be nice?"
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>>5472772
>A. Say hello to Takamura
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>>5472777
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>>5472799


"Do you know this guy, Aoki?" you ask.
He sighs with agitation.
"Unfortunately, we have the pleasure of being gym-mates," he says with exasperation.

Takamura turns toward you when you speak up, and you give him a little wave.
"Huh? Do I know... oh, yeah! You were that guy that cleaned Ippo's clock at the licensing exam!"
"Say what?" Aoki looks at you with surprise. "Seriously, you were the guy Ippo fought for his license?"

You nod at Aoki, and turn back slightly toward Takamura. "Would it kill you to be a little nicer?"

Hitoshi's annoyance has lessened a bit, but he's probably still uncomfortable being in the middle of all this. You quietly ask if he wants to switch seats, which he nods to and gets up to do... until Takamura drapes a beefy arm around his shoulders.

"Then who's this guy, then? One of the guys at your gym, killer?" he asks with a more sincere smile.
Hitoshi grits his teeth, and grabs Takamura's wrist off his shoulder, throwing it off him and standing up. "Get your arm off me, asshole!"

Aoki looks mortified. Takamura looks some mix of upset and startled. Your stomach drops...

>A. "Hitoshi, cut it out!"
>B. "You should probably keep your hands to yourself, big guy"
>C. "Let's not cause a scene"
>D. (Lie) "I don't know that guy."
>E. "Fight! Fight! Fight!"
>F. "Please, not in front of the ramen"
>G. Write-in
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>>5472818
>F. "Please, not in front of the ramen"
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>>5472818
>F. "Please, not in front of the ramen"
Lowkey I want to let Hitoshi get his ass kicked to motivate him as a fighter
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>>5472818
>G. Write-in
>"Keep the fighting to the ring Hitoshi. You train well enough, and you can beat him up while people cheer for you."
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>>5472818
>C. "Let's not cause a scene"
>>F. "Please, not in front of the ramen"
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>>5472827
I'll change my vote to
>>5472818
>A. "Hitoshi, cut it out!"
>G. "He has a temper, sorry about that."
>B. "You should probably keep your hands to yourself, big guy"
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>>5472818
>>F. "Please, not in front of the ramen"
>B. "You should probably keep your hands to yourself, big guy"
>C. "Let's not cause a scene"
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>>5472818
>A. "Hitoshi, cut it out!"
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"Hitoshi, cut it out! And keep your hands to yourself, big guy!"

Hitoshi and Takamura look at you in unison with fire in their eyes; both of them seem like they're one step from pounding your face in.

You take a deep breath. "Please, not in front of the ramen," you plead with a gentle tone.

All three of the guys in front of you look at you like you're crazy.
"What the hell is with him and ramen?" Takamura wonders.
"Right?! He's obsessed!" Hitoshi concurs.
"Is he really weird about noodles?" Aoki asks. "Is it safe for him to be in here?"

"A-Anyway, let's not cause a scene," you interject, attempting to change the subject. "Yes, Hitoshi is new at my gym, just joined today..."
"Is that so?" Takamura wonders, taking his arm back, seeming to have forgotten Hitoshi's slight. Hitoshi seems to have given it up too, walking around toward your side.

"Yeah, Karada there said he was a punk who liked to beat people up, just like us before we joined the Kamogawa gym!" Aoki looks particularly proud of that.
"Yeah?" Takamura murmurs, leaning in a bit toward Hitoshi, who leans away. "So you just wanna beat people up but get people to cheer for you, then?"

Hitoshi looks away for a second. "Uh, I mean..."
Takamura raises an eyebrow, probably hoping for a good answer. Maybe you should help him out here.

>A. "It's more complicated than that"
>B. "He's just avoiding jail time"
>C. "His parents wanted him to join up"
>D. (Lie) "Hitoshi loves boxing, he's always wanted to go pro"
>E. "He'll quit in a week"
>F. Write-in
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>>5472856
>>E. "He'll quit in a week"
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>>5472856
>F. "He has a bit of a temper, so it's a good outlet."
>"If it worked for us then it will work for him right?"
>"Cause Hitoshi isn't the first delinquent coach reforms."
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>>5472856
>C. "His parents wanted him to join up"
Not a lie, but not the whole truth either.
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"He'll quit in a week," you flatly say.

Hitoshi looks at you with an offended expression, to which you put your hands up defensively.
"Just kidding, dude..." you take a breath to calm your nerves after that one, thinking of the nicest way you could explain Hitoshi's circumstances.

"His parents, uh, wanted him to join up," you say with a slight shake to your voice.

Takamura frowns. This doesn't seem like the answer he wanted to hear.

"Boxing's not some after-school club! You gotta be serious about it if you want to be any good!"
"Well, he's got a bit of a temper," you say, attempting to defend Hitoshi, but are cut off by the punk speaking up for himself.
"It's not like I wanted to join a gym in the first place," Hitoshi hisses. "I didn't ask to do this stupid boxing shit!"

Takamura's nostrils flare, and his eyes grow wide with fury. You think Hitoshi just made it much worse.

What follows can only be described as a full-scale destruction of the counter at Chuuba Soba, which you and Hitoshi barely escape intact from. You feel bad leaving Aoki alone with a raging Takamura, but you never would have left that store alive.

Such sacrilege, such desecration... you'll avenge those noodles some day. Not today, though.

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You run several blocks down from the ramen place, only stopping when your confident that Hurricane Takamura hasn't followed you out. This time you're just as winded as Hitoshi, and you both slump against the wall, trying to catch your breath.

"Damn..." Hitoshi says between breaths. "That guy... he's really strong... ain't he?"

>A. "All boxers are strong"
>B. "He's just insane"
>C. "Sorry, that was my fault"
>D. "You shouldn't have pissed him off"
>E. "We're gonna have to apologize to Aoki"
>F. Write-in
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>A. "All boxers are strong"
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>B. "He's just insane"
>E. "We're gonna have to apologize to Aoki"
Anon made me want to reread myself but I forgot that old scans were kind of rough. I can deal with JPGy scans, but anyone who already started know when the grammar improves?
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>>5472879
>E. "We're gonna have to apologize to Aoki"
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>>5472879
>A. "All boxers are strong"
>D. "You shouldn't have pissed him off"
>E. "We're gonna have to apologize to Aoki"
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>>5472879
>C. "Sorry, that was my fault"
>E. "We're gonna have to apologize to Aoki"
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"All boxers are strong," you sagely tell Hitoshi. "But Takamura is just insane."
He nods in agreement, still catching his breath.
"We're gonna have to apologize to Aoki for leaving him like that," you add. He nods again.

After a moment of recovery, you and Hitoshi walk to a nearby vending machine, where you buy him and yourself some water.

"You shouldn't have pissed him off," you say when you hand Hitoshi his drink.
"You pissed him off too," he retorts while opening his bottle. You pause to think on it. "Yeah, that was my fault too," you admit.
He shrugs.

You both spend a quiet few moments chugging water to get your stamina back. You might have an opportunity now to actually get to know Hitoshi a little better, or you could leave it alone for today and just head back.

>A. "So, how many guys have you beat up in your day?"
>B. "Be honest, do you even like boxing at all?"
>C. "So what really happened to get you arrested?"
>D. Just drink and get back to the gym
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>>5472911
>C. "So what really happened to get you arrested?"
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>>5472911
>A. "So, how many guys have you beat up in your day?"
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>>5472911
>A. "So, how many guys have you beat up in your day?"
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>>5472911
>>A. "So, how many guys have you beat up in your day?"
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>>5472911
>>C. "So what really happened to get you arrested?"
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>>5472911
>C. "So what really happened to get you arrested?"
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"So... how many guys have you beat up in your day?" you ask Hitoshi.

He looks at you with weariness. "Hell of a lot," he says. "They were all pickin' fights with me though. So it was all self-defense... 'cept the last one, I guess."
He takes a little sip from what remains of his water, a bit pensive.

"...the one that got you arrested," you guess.
He nods, still sipping.
"What'd that guy do?"

Hitoshi pauses for a few seconds, lowering his water after.
"Was an ass to my older sister. An ex, wouldn't leave her alone. Came by the house, told him to piss off or I'd kick his ass. He wouldn't, so I did."
Sounds like reasonable self-defense to you.

"I guess his dad's some big-shot corporate suit though, so he called the cops and made a big deal out of it," he says. "My folks know I was in the right. Sis even said it was cool I did that. But I guess that don't matter much."

Hitoshi finishes off his water, crumples up the bottle, and throws it in a nearby trash can. He looks a little dejected.

>A. "At least you aren't in jail right now"
>B. "That does sound pretty cool"
>C. "You did the right thing"
>D. "Violence is never the answer"
>E. "Training will help you not beat the crap out of people"
>F. Write-in
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>>5472950
>C. "You did the right thing"
>E. "Training will help you not beat the crap out of people"
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>>5472950
>A. "At least you aren't in jail right now"
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>>5472950
>C. "You did the right thing"
>A. "At least you aren't in jail right now"
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>>5472950
>>C. "You did the right thing"
>A. "At least you aren't in jail right now"
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"You did the right thing," you affirm to Hitoshi. "And hey, at least you aren't in jail right now."

He looks up into the nearly street. "Yeah, guess so."

"And training will help you not beat the crap out of more people," you add. "Unless it's in the ring."

"Yeah, yeah," he says. "I'm still just doing this to get out of those charges, so don't expect anything from me. This is just a workout as far as I'm considered."

"Fair enough," you say. "Let's head back to the gym."

You jog back to Hirano Gym with Hitoshi, and do some general strength training for a bit before calling it for the day.

Three weeks pass, most of which Coach's time is spent drilling Hitoshi on the basics of boxing, while you practice on your own, still in anticipation of your coming debut.

Finally, the day comes where Coach greets you with the greatest news you could ever hear:

"Karada-kun, one of our challenges has been accepted. Your first pro match will be in two weeks."

>End

That's all for tonight, thanks for hanging out anons.
Soon, Karada will be in the ring for his first pro bout
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>>5472985
Let's go Karada-kun!!! Thanks for the great session Dynamite!
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>>5472985
Goodnight chief, see you tomorrow.
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>>5472985
fuck yeah.

Will you ever make a trip?
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>>5472992
>>5472993
Thanks fellas, I'm excited for it

>>5472994
Almost did when I started, not really sure why I didn't
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>>5472985
This was pretty nice, thank you QM!
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>>5472985
Hype
Thanks for running!
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>>5472985
Thanks for the run
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Hopefully the destruction of the noodle shop doesn't fuck over Oda.
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>>5473132
Takamura wouldn't fuck it up that bad. It might be closed for a week at the most if he broke a window or something.
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>>5473353
They are gym mates, and we ran away instead of staying, so the source of his anger left.
But the man is insane, so it's up in the air.
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>>5467690
You should avoid doing updates like this QM. These are many options that ultimately means you will write the same thing. They are no real choice (which is what videogames abuse, the fuckers)
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>>5467739
Like this, all the options would've been replied with the same answer, even if the write in were to jump into the ring and hump at the air at mashiba while saying his sister is hot
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>>5473400
>>5473402
Yeah, I'm trying to recognize when this will happen and avoid it in the future.
Chalk it up to derust after not QMing for a bit
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>>5473412
roger that qm!
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>>5473359
>and we ran away instead of staying, so the source of his anger left
Meaning he either vented that frustration entirely on the shop itself or Aoki...
I hope he doesn't end up in the hospital. Takamura hits too damn hard.
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>>5473437
Hope that doesn't become too much of an issue. It might also mean that Oda won't put up much of a challenge against Ippo.
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Oda's probably gonna be a cakewalk for Ippo no matter what. He just doesn't have the talent to make up for his poor work ethic.
Personally speaking, I'm more interested in our match with Ippo in the future.
The way I see it Ippo probably won't learn too much by the time we get a match with him.
To be more specific, whatever he does learn is probably going to be in service of his specialty; slips on the approach before standing and banging.
In contrast, you have Karada who
>has a much wider skillset and overall boxing knowledge
>probably trained way longer than Ippo did before even going pro
>already had his number during their pro test sparring session
Not to mention Ippo has trouble adjusting to mind-games, which are Karada's self professed specialty.
Unless Ippo can survive until Karada gets gassed or makes a critical error, I predict Karada winning by decision.
However , most of our advantages go up in smoke the longer Ippo is allowed to build up experience.
I think it would be in our best interest to fight him early in our career or later after Karada gets his "Final Form" so to speak.
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>>5473635
I agree with that whole thing about fighting Ippo, and that's an interesting comparison between them. But as long as we try hard enough we might be able to keep up with him.

I still feel a bit bad for possibly stopping Oda from reigniting his boxing passion. From what I saw watching that episode in his arc he's going to be a strong opponent in the future, and I don't want to ruin that.
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>But as long as we try hard enough we might be able to keep up with him
Yeah, it all comes down to how Karada develops as a boxing if I'm being honest. It's all subject to speculation, so I was just making assumptions.
>I still feel a bit bad for possibly stopping Oda from reigniting his boxing passion. From what I saw watching that episode in his arc he's going to be a strong opponent in the future, and I don't want to ruin that.
I get the feeling he's going to retire no matter what after losing to Ippo. If I remember correctly, he later states his main reason for retiring was the fact that he didn't feel he could keep up with "monsters like Ippo", which I think is implied to mean serious contenders.
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>>5473665
I feel like we'll start to get serious about boxing soon, even if Hitoshi never becomes committed to it.

>I get the feeling he's going to retire no matter what after losing to Ippo.
Ahh fuck man, really? It seemed like there was going to be a kino comeback story to him.
Don't tell me that's how he looks like in the future.
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>>5473705
>Don't tell me that's how he looks like in the future.
Please don't tell me you're the guy who just started reading Ippo in this thread.
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>>5473714
Yeah, that would be me.
Don't worry about it too much man, I would've come across spoilers eventually.
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>>5473665
>Early story rival comes back as a joke character
Good lord the author did Oda as dirty as he could, what a fucking waste.
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Asking for no spoilers on a 20 yrs old manga is... uuuh like getting people to respect my pronouns Big/Dick
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>Asking for no spoilers on a 20 yrs old manga is...
Try 33 years.
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>>5473843
That's why I'm not too bummed about it.
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>>5473861
>Present

well, maybe I'll give it a try? Something that lived 33 year in japan editorial hell must be good, right?
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>>5473883
Like any long-running publication, there are peaks and vallies. That said, I think it's still very good overall.
I'd say it's required reading for anybody who's interested in sports or boxing manga.
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Hoping to run tonight but it may not be possible, got some urgent stuff I'm trying to get resolved before the time I'd normally run.

If I don't run tonight, I'll hopefully run tomorrow night either way (provided anons are around given the holidays). Friday will for sure be an off-day
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Just caught up, gotta say that this is pretty sick Dynamite. Only got one criticism, and that is that there is a severe lack of Ippo OST in this thread. I can think of several moments so far that some songs would have been perfect for, but other than that, great job!
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Thanks, and you're 100% right, I gotta make a playlist for this quest
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>>5473984
Update, not running tonight. Sorry to all who were waiting
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>>5474115
brb crying myself to sleep
But for real, don't feel too bad about it. Shit happens. Just treat it as extra prep time for next session.
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>>5474115
It's ok, hope everything works out boss.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciJpON9m6C8&list=PLPUls20f-u9n9-FGOQpOlhdnCS_SPZW1c&index=1

damn... so goood hype yourself up while wrking QM
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If we're posting songs then this one is a must. So good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2BE3IILRto&list=PLVXbbXvb-mvEOrzxUUgWSEc0zTXakeegM&index=27
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Also these ones are really good for matches, as they were in the show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gTsEEgwNeA&list=PLVXbbXvb-mvEOrzxUUgWSEc0zTXakeegM&index=18

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoLvqSMWC38&list=PLVXbbXvb-mvEOrzxUUgWSEc0zTXakeegM&index=16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V5UH0HoAz8&list=PLVXbbXvb-mvEOrzxUUgWSEc0zTXakeegM&index=19
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Yeah this is pretty good so far and has reignited my interest in Ippo again, now I just gotta remember where I stopped at.
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Will enough folks be around tonight for me to run?
Or should I gorge on turkey and sleep for 16 hours
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>>5474940
I'm here and ready
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>>5474940
Here and ready bro.
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>>5474940
Here and ready.
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>>5474940
I will be around
and gorging on turkey and mashed potato
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>>5474966
Alright, then I'll run later tonight
Look forward to finding out Karada's debut opponent
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>>5474940
Ready Coach!
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Gonna be a late start tonight, will run in about an hour
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>>5475050
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5syUvHEQcv8
tonight's song is brought to you by Miss Tanaka!!
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>>5475066
A bit dated by the time this quest takes place, but I could totally believe Karada having it on cassette. Maybe he had an older sibling that was into City Pop or something.
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>>5475076
about 10 years... japanese city pop from the 90s lets see
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You can hardly believe it... your debut match is finally here, after so many weeks of waiting! In your excitement, the only thing you can say is the most obvious thing to ask:
"Who's my opponent?"

"Your opponent..." Coach trails off, perhaps trying to recall all the details.
"It's his second match, so we have little information to go off of, but on the other hand, your opponent has virtually no information on you. In future matches, we shall have plenty of video tapes to analyze and prepare a strategy, as will the other camp. But this time, we're flying by the seat of our pants, and will have to make assumptions based on the single fight we have."

>A. "That's fine, I'm prepared for this"
>B. "You really don't have any advice for me?"
>C. "I'm counting on your help, Coach"
>D. "I'll show you what real boxing is like, Hitoshi"
>E. "Let's see that video"
>F. Write-in
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>>5475116
>E. "Let's see that video"
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>>5475116
>E. "Let's see that video"
Nothing to do but get eyes on this unknown enemy.
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>>5475116
>E. "Let's see that video"
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>>5475116
>E. "Let's see that video"
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>>5475116
>>E. "Let's see that video"
HMMM
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"Let's see that video," you say. What else is there to do at this point?

You head to the Coach's office with him and Hitoshi, and pop the video in the VCR player, excited to finally see who you'll be facing in your first match.

The tape opens with the match about to start, the boxers in their corners waiting for the bell. After a few seconds, you hear the ding, and both boxers rush to the center to begin the match.

"Your opponent is the one from the left corner," Coach says, pointing at one of the boxers, who has a rather large nose, shaved head, and cocky grin. "His name is Kazuhito Yasukawa."

You note the features of your opponent and try to analyze his style as the round plays out. At first he appears to be a hybrid boxer-fighter, much like yourself, but his style in reality is more straightforward than yours. His pattern is to guard tightly, slip past his opponent's punches once they become predictable, and get close enough to land a big shot - much like what happened to you at your licensing exam.

It's a basic pattern, but an effective one. Every now and then his opponent catches him and hits him with a counter, which sends him down once. However, Yasukawa stubbornly commits to his pattern, which eventually nets him a third-round KO with a huge uppercut. His face is a little swollen by the end, especially his nose, but he's the winner regardless.

"So, Karada-kun. What do you think of Yasukawa? How would you deal with his approach?"

You reflect upon your own abilities for a moment. You're a hybrid boxer-fighter, who can fight decently at most ranges with your highly-practiced fundamentals. Your punching power is pretty average, so you have to out-think your opponent to win. Every boxer has a weakness - what's Yasukawa's, and how would you exploit it?

>A. Tell Coach how you would deal with Yasukawa (write out your strategy)
>B. "I'd win"
>C. "How do you think I should do it, Coach?"
>D."Hitoshi, how would you do it?"
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>>5475155
Extended timer for this post by the way, so anons have time to think about their strats
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>>5475155
>A. Tell Coach how you would deal with Yasukawa (write out your strategy)
>"Well...he's clearly a hard hitter, and a reckless one at that. I'm willing to bet he'll try and settle things with a big shot up close even if he has to eat a few shots to get there."
>"If I can bait him into going for that slip, I might be able to charge forward and catch him before he can mount an offense. After that it's just a matter of laying into him until he's down for sure."
>"As for how I'd get him to take that bait...I could just piss him off. I bet sneaking in a few jabs and dancing out of the way would be enough to make him charge in."
Not a super high level strategy, but not a bad one either. I think this is something that also plays into our strengths somewhat.
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>>5475171
+1, I got no brains for fighting strategy.
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>>5475175
Feel free to spitball and I'd be happy to share my thoughts on whatever you come up with.
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>>5475155
>>B. "I'd win"
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>>5475171
Can't think of anything better for a hybrid mind game fighter.
But it doesn't hurt to ask for suggestions too
>>5475155
>C. "How do you think I should do it, Coach?"
>D."Hitoshi, how would you do it?
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>>5475155
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"I'd win," you bluntly say. Coach lets out a mild huff, confirming that what you said was very funny.

"Alright, so he's a hard hitter, and a reckless one at that. I'm willing to bet he'll try and settle things with a big shot up close even if he has to eat a few shots to get there. If I can bait him into going for that slip, I might be able to charge forward and catch him before he can mount an offense. After that it's just a matter of laying into him until he's down for sure."

Coach nods. "Setting him up for a counter-punch, as his opponent in the video did a few times. It was effective, until his guard lapsed and Yasukawa was able to deliver a large hit."

"As for how I'd get him to take that bait..." you think carefully. "I could just piss him off. I bet sneaking in a few jabs and dancing out of the way would be enough to make him charge in."

"Yes, he should prove easy to coax into attacking, even if doing so would be to his disadvantage," Coach affirms. "For your part, you just have to be sure that you will absolutely hit him, that he won't see your attack coming and slip away from it."

Coach's feelings seem synonymous with yours - probably no use asking for his advice at this point. So, out of curiousity...
"Hitoshi, how would you handle a boxer like that?"

Hitoshi's eyes have glazed over since the technical part of this conversation began. "Uhh... I'd probably just hit him harder than he hits me. Who cares if I get hit, long as he goes down first?"

Coach chuckles. "Yes, that's an option as well. However, Karada-kun would not last to the later rounds if he went for exchanges. Yasukawa is undoubtedly a harder puncher, and we know hardly anything of his stamina."

"So the counter strategy is safer," you say. "But going for a few punches here and there would be good to bait him with," you add.

"Your preparation for this match will entail training your guard to withstand his approach, and strengthening your acuity in going for counter-punches," Coach says. "Secondary will be your combinations once you open up Yasukawa's defense. You've already demonstrated the ability to do this in your licensing exam," he notes, referring to your counter on Makunouchi. "Your mistake there was not having the ability to down him quickly, and not knowing when to back off once it proved fruitless to continue. If that were to occur again, it may mean a down for you here."

"It won't happen here," you assure Coach. He smiles slightly, giving you confidence. You can do this. You'll win.

(cont'd)
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>>5475155
>>D."Hitoshi, how would you do it?"
Once we get his answer:
>A. Tell Coach how you would deal with Yasukawa (write out your strategy)
>Fake a simple pattern of your own, and when you see him trying to slip in for a big hit, get him with whatever move he's most vulnerable to, preferably a longer-ranged hit to make sure that he can't get in for a big one. Slip up your fake pattern every once in a while on purpose to catch him off guard when he goes in, or switch patterns entirely.

I don't know if that's the most effective way to deal with him, but I DO know his weakness: He ALWAYS sticks to the pattern. Since he always sticks to the pattern, we can exploit that at his most vulnerable, which is when he goes in for a hit.
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>>5475195

You have two weeks to traing for your bout with Yasukawa. It's not a lot of time, but you've already proven to yourself that you have the skills required to win this fight. It's just a matter of sharpening them now to give yourself a greater advantage.

While you have an assortment of things you'd like to train, the short time between now and the match means that in addition to your conditioning, you could probably only focus on getting the most out of either your defense, or your countering ability. You could try to train both in that time, but that could easily lead to you overexerting yourself...

>A. Focus on improving your guard and defensive maneuvering (DC 20)
>B. Focus on strengthening your ability to land counters (DC 35)
>C. No pain, no gain - train both defense and counters (DC 65)
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>>5475204
>>B. Focus on strengthening your ability to land counters (DC 35)
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>>5475204
>>C. No pain, no gain - train both defense and counters (DC 65)
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>>5475204
>B. Focus on strengthening your ability to land counters (DC 35)
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>>5475204
>C. No pain, no gain - train both defense and counters (DC 65)
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>>5475209
>>5475204
>>C. No pain, no gain - train both defense and counters (DC 65)
Fuck it, changing to this. Gotta show Hitoshi how a pro does it.
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>>5475196
Fuck
>>5475204
>C. No pain, no gain - train both defense and counters (DC 65)
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We're going hardcore I see, give me those rolls
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Rolled 57 (1d100)

>>5475246
The Flesh is weak!
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Rolled 29 (1d100)

>>5475246
MORE OXYGEN
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Rolled 14 (1d100)

>>5475246
BREATHE HARDER NOT-IPPO
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DO NOT FUCKING PANIC WE STILL GOT THIS
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>>5475253
WE BREATHED TOO HARD, WE'RE HYPERVENTILATING
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oops
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This is your first match, you have to give it your all! There's no reason you can't train both if you put your mind to it!

...

At least, that's what you told yourself two weeks ago when you started. You attempted a rigorous training schedule to hone both your defense and counter acuity, but swapping back and forth so much and training for so long each day ended up doing more harm than good.

At the advice of Coach Hirano, you ended up having to take the last few days off to recover from the strain of your attempted training. You ended up not having any significant progress with either of the things you wanted to train, but on the positive side, you at least didn't injure yourself too badly, and you're able to more or less recover by the day of the weigh-in.

You open the door to the weigh-in room at Korakuen, accompanied by your coach. Inside is your opponent, Kazuhito Yasukawa, wearing the same grin he was in the video.

Tomorrow, your debut match against him will take place.

>End

Thanks for hanging out anons, apologies that I got pulled away midway through. Holidays are rough

Tomorrow I'll be busy, Saturday we'll get to the match
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>>5475256
Look at it this way, now things are gonna get even more interesting.
The only question is how exactly is it Takamura's fault?
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How about as we wait we make Karada Kogeki?
https://picrew.me/image_maker/1373868
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>>5475421
Eight quintillion years in photoshop.
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needs nipples
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>>5475619
Have you ever seen anybody in Ippo with visible nipples?
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>>5475825
No, no I haven't
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>>5475426
Great effort.
But I like this one >>5476618 better
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>>5475426
I like this one, it has a very smug aura.
But I would rather it didn't have the sharp teeth.
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>>5476670
Decided to try too.
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>>5476663
Thank, i noticed i've made the least muscular dude here but a couple of situps will fix that
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>>5476670
Karada strikes me as the kinda dude who would have that shark teeth thing if he was in an anime. Gives off a very smug and slightly aggressive aura, so I think it fits. Plus the scar because of the hinting we did earlier of our darker past.
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Runnin' tonight

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>>5476681
These are nice, I agree that Karada probably has a real smug, punchable face
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I gotta be honest, now that the idea is out here I can NOT, in good conscience, pass on the shark teeth. It's just too good.

What kinda look do you all think Kanada was sporting as a delinquent? Let's say on a scale of "Man I was stupid back then" to "What the fuck was I thinking??"
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>>5476942
Hentai harem protag hair with a devious smile
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>>5476942
Laid back dude that ended up getting dragged along due to bad influence from "friends".
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>>5476942
the same shit eating grin but bald (japanese). And he was "well I was young so whatever no one died"
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>>5476942
Pic related but bleached blonde
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I was thinking something like the dude from His Motorbike, Her Island.
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>>5477051
That works
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>>5477051
I think that's more emblematic of where Karada is at now. I personally think it would better if Punk Karada and Pro Karada were as visually distinct as possible.
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>>5477045
Eh, I want to like it but the pompadour is kinda overdone in this setting. I do like the bleached blonde idea though, I can definitely see that. Probably a lot longer as well to add to the idea of his untamed youth.
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>>5477060
How about some sunglasses instead of a toupee? It plus died hair should make it distinct enough.
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>>5477071
>>5477068
You two are on to something here
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>>5477079
Wait, longer bleached hair with sunglasses and leather jackets.
His style wasn't mimicking a greaser, but a rockstar! I'm now voting that Karada likes rock
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>>5466784
*plane engine sound* That's the stuff.
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>>5477093
The anime has some fun audio design, and that fight had no right being as well animated as it was

PS for those who didn't catch it, the guy Karada is going to fight is the same guy who gets the shit beaten out of him in
>>5466784
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>>5477097
Seems like we chose the right strategy then.
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>>5477098
The strategy is sound, but the gap in ability between us and Yasukawa is a lot smaller than it was between him and Ryuichi.
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>>5477110
How did Ippo win that fight anyway? He managed to half-pull off his counter and then Ryuichi... psyked himself out I guess?
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I just now realized after rewatching a clip from the anime, we're a bit like Shigeta, with our mind game thing. Lets just remember that it is a /very/ bad idea to try against Sendo. Also goddamn that fight was so good.
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>>5477195
Skipping around the fight on YT, Ippo gets the mental edge by evading the Shotgun with compact dodges, which pisses Hayami off and draws him into a slugfest. Ippo brushes off his punches with Fighting Spirit™ and nails him with a huge one to the jaw, which is Hayami's big weakness

>>5477211
RIP Shiggy Diggy, coulda been a real one
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Running soon
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We back

>>5475260

You walk into the changing room, instinctively locking eyes with Yasukawa. He's just slightly taller than you, and his toothy smile is unfathomably smug.

"Look at that, he actually showed up," he says aloud with a smarmy tone. "We heard your conditioning went shitty, so we weren't sure if you were gonna show! Figured you might want to forfeit before you get hurt tomorrow."

The few reporters in the room all turn their attention toward you for your rebuttal.

>A. "It's my debut, I'd never skip out"
>B. "I wouldn't miss the chance to beat your ass"
>C. "Let's have a good fight tomorrow"
>D. Ignore him and go weigh in
>E. Write-in
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>>5477273
>A. "It's my debut, I'd never skip out"
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>>5477273
>A. "It's my debut, I'd never skip out"
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>>5477273
>C. "Let's have a good fight tomorrow"
>E. Give him the smirk™
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>>5477273
>>B. "I wouldn't miss the chance to beat your ass"
Talk shit, get talked shit back.
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>>5476682
It's because of all the ramen
>A. "It's my debut, I'd never skip out"
>C. "Let's have a good fight tomorrow"
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>>5477282
>>5477273
Meant to reply to it here
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>>5477273
>"I just figured I didn't need to work too hard to beat a wimp like you."
The mind games start NOW!
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>>5477291

"It's my debut, I'd never skip out," you flatly tell him. "Let's have a good fight tomorrow," you add, mustering a smirk to match the condescending energy of his own grin.
In your head, you want to say something more to bait him, but you hold your tongue and play it cool for now. Yasukawa huffs and heads for the scale. Next time, you think.

Your opponent weighs in, and the judge quickly approves Yasukawa as making the cut for Featherweight. He steps off and grabs his shirt, still smiling all cocky at you as if the weigh-in were a competition. You follow suit, a bolt of anxiety involuntarily running through you as you remember your botched conditioning...

"Kogeki... 125.8 pounds! Clear!"

You exhale in relief. After you step off the scale, Yasukawa steps over to you, getting in your face just a little bit. He offers you a handshake.

"Here's to a good match tomorrow... buddy."

>A. Shake his hand
>B. Assert your dominance - squeeze his hand really fucking hard (DC50)
>C. Slap his hand away
>D. Ignore the handshake and leave
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>>5477306
>B. Assert your dominance - squeeze his hand really fucking hard (DC50)
Roll his knuckles while we're at it.
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>>5477306
>>B. Assert your dominance - squeeze his hand really fucking hard (DC50)
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>>5477306
>B. Assert your dominance - squeeze his hand really fucking hard (DC50)
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>>5477306
>B. Assert your dominance - squeeze his hand really fucking hard (DC50)
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>>5477306
>A. Shake his hand
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>>5477306
>A. Shake his hand
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Roll to snap Yakusawa's knuckle bones like a hydraulic press
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Rolled 62 (1d100)

>>5477334
BREATHE
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Rolled 83 (1d100)

>>5477334
DEATH
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Rolled 39 (1d50)

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Rolled 37 (1d100)

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>>5477334
I'm an idiot ignore that roll
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Accepting Yasukawa's invitation, you take his hand, and the reporters take the opportunity to photograph your exchange.

Of course, you also have take this as a moment to establish your dominance over him. You squeeze his hand as hard as you can, to which his grin relents slightly. He tries to squeeze harder, but your grip overpowers his, and you hold for a few seconds before he yanks his hand away.

Yasukawa scoffs and grabs his things to leave. You do the same, exiting Korakuen with Coach after giving some comments to reporters, and head off to get some lunch somewhere. Coach would ask what you feel like eating, but he already knows the answer.

"Karada-kun," he speaks in his typical reserved tone. "What do you think of your opponent, after meeting him face-to-face?"

>A. "He seems full of himself"
>B. "He's an asshole"
>C. "Reminds me of Hitoshi"
>D. "I think he'll be tough"
>E. "He'll be a pushover"
>F. "Can't let my guard down"
>G. Write-in
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>>5477345
>C. "Reminds me of Hitoshi"
>F. "Can't let my guard down"
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>>5477345
>"He seems cocky to a fault. I think I'll be able to take advantage of that during the match."
>Grin smugly.
Nobody can out-smug Karada.
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>>5477352
Support
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>>5477352
+1
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"He reminds me of Hitoshi," you joke. "But he seems cocky to a fault. I think I'll be able to take advantage of that during the match," you say with your own smug grin.

"I agree, but remember not to underestimate your opponent," Coach advises.

You nod. "I can't let my guard down."

You continue to chat with Coach as you go to get food, and the day passes, as does the next morning, almost too slowly.

Finally, it's here: the day of your match.

You arrived at Korakuen around sunset, and spent some time strolling around. There's a few other matches going on tonight, but none that you really care to watch; yours is second to last. Whatever confidence you have, this is still your first time going up in the pro ring, and you can't shake the stage fright.

Eventually, it gets late enough that you head to your dressing room to change and get warmed up. Coach is waiting for you, and though he said Hitoshi would be here, he doesn't seem to be in the room himself.

"I sent Hitoshi to the stands to observe some matches before your own," Coach states before you even ask. "If he gets anything out of spectating, it will be worthwhile. He'll come down ringside to assist me as a second once it's time for your match."

You quickly get changed and begin warming up for your bout. As you talk with Coach about strategy, there's a knock at the door to your dressing room. You weren't expecting any visitors...

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You open the door and find it's Makunouchi, who greets you with a small wave.

"Karada-kun! I saw that you were debuting tonight, so I thought I'd stop by and say good luck before your match!"

>A. "Thanks"
>B. "What, no flowers?
>C. "You sure you're not here to research my style?"
>D. "So when's your debut?"
>E. Write-in
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>>5477372
>A. "Thanks"
>B. "What, no flowers?"
>E. "When will we grab some ramen together?"
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>>5477372
>B. "What, no flowers?
>A. "Thanks"
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>>5477372
>B. "What, no flowers?
>A. "Thanks"
>C. "You sure you're not here to research my style?" (Joking)
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>>5477372
>>5477378
Support
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>>5477372
>A. "Thanks"
>D. "So when's your debut?"
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>>5477372
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>>5477403


"What, no flowers?" you joke, to which Makunouchi lets out an awkward chuckle. "Thanks, Makunouchi. But you sure you're not just here to research my style? When's your debut again?"
He jumps back and starts stammering. "W-What? N-No, I would never-"

Makunouchi calms down from your taunting after a second. "Truthfully, I'm also here to see the match after yours," he admits a little sheepishly.
You raise an eyebrow; who's boxing after you?

"Makunouchi-kun must be referring to the match with Ichiro Miyata," Coach suggests. "If I recall, you were both members of the Kamogawa Gym for a brief time, until he suddenly left. This is his debut match as well, is it not?"

Makunouchi nods. "Yes, sir. And uh, well... we're hoping to fight at the East Japan Rookie Kings, if I'm good enough to make it there..."

Is he... blushing?

"Miyata-kun is also a featherweight, and a strong contender for the Rookie Kings title at that," Coach tells you informatively. "It would do you well to observe his match tonight."

>A. "Someone's got a crush"
>B. "Keep fighting and you'll get there"
>C. "I'm shooting for the Rookie Kings too, you know"
>D. "I'll be up in the stands to watch once I win"
>E. "I'll just watch from in here"
>F. Write-in
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>>5477408
>C. "I'm shooting for the Rookie Kings too, you know"
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>>5477408
>C. "I'm shooting for the Rookie Kings too, you know"
>B. "Keep fighting and you'll get there"
>D. "I'll be up in the stands to watch once I win"
Calling him out on his fight boner for Miyata seems a bit too far just yet.
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>>5477408
>>5477413
+1
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>>5477408
>D. "I'll be up in the stands to watch once I win"
>B. "Keep fighting and you'll get there"
>C. "I'm shooting for the Rookie Kings too, you know"
>F. "We'll have a proper match in the finals, and then we can finally get that ramen."
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>>5477408
>C. "I'm shooting for the Rookie Kings too, you know"
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>>5477408
>>5477410
>>5477413
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>>5477440

"I'm shooting for the Rookie Kings too you know," you tell Makunouchi.
He blinks. "O-Oh, right. Then... I hope we get to fight there too!"
You nod approvingly. "Keep fighting and you'll get there. We'll have a proper match in the finals... and we'll finally get that ramen."

Makunouchi is visibly confused, but doesn't call attention to your noodle fetish.
"R-Right... I'll be in the stands then. Good luck again!" He gives you a bow and starts off.
"I'll be up there to watch the next match once I win!" you shout down the hall.

"Ho ho," Coach chuckles as you close the door. "With so many high-level fighters debuting, the Rookie Kings this year should be quite interesting. Performing well tonight will be your first step toward that place."

Your drive to win reignited and mind cleared, you spend the next twenty or so minutes warming up, which is interrupted by one of the officiators letting you know you're up soon.

It's time.

You head out the door with Coach, and find Hitoshi walking up from the ringside door, wearing the shirt Coach gave him.
"Hitoshi-kun. How were the matches?" Coach asks him rather bluntly.
He makes a low 'meh' sound. "I dunno. They weren't that good. Wish they hit each other more."
Coach groans a mildly disapproving grunt. "At least try to observe Karada-kun's match carefully."

"I'll show you a great match," you confidently tell Hitoshi. He looks back a little vacantly, and follows you and Coach, taking a bucket of ice with him.

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You emerge from the hallway into the stadium. The stands are so dark you can hardly see anything, but the ring is lit up magnificently by a barrage of floodlights, dazzling you completely. It takes a light push from Coach to keep you from stopping in your tracks entirely, but you slowly make your way up the steps to the ring.

Yasukawa is there in the other corner - his expression hasn't changed. He thinks this is going to be an easy win.

You're going to smash that smug look off his face.

"Ladies and gentlemen! We will shortly begin the next match! Featherweight class, 4 rounds!" The referee's mic echoes throughout the arena, announcing the details of the match. You can hardly focus on it.

"In the red corner..." he signals to the opposite side of the ring. "From the Wakabayashi Gym, weighing 125.4 pounds... Yasukawa Kazuhitooooo!"

Yasukawa raises am arm in the air, and his ever-smug grin tightens to the mild applause.

"In the blue corner..." you shift forward slightly.
"Debuting tonight, from the Hirano Gym, weighing 125.8 pounds... Kogekiiii Karadaaaaaa!"

>A. Put an arm up in a modest pose
>B. Put both arms up in a victory pose
>C. Strike a body-builder's pose
>D. Strike a dramatic pose from one of your favorite anime
>E. Throw a few punches
>F. Bow politely
>G. Write-in
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>>5477450
>D. Strike a dramatic pose from one of your favorite anime
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>>5477450
>>G. Write-in
>Quickly raise one arm and cheer
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>>5477450
>Intentionally act nervous and frightened, as if we're getting stage fright.
Remember, the plan is to make him underestimate us and grow too overconfident. At least I think that should be the plan starting out.
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>>5477450
>D. Strike a dramatic pose from one of your favorite anime
Clench those fists!
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Also here's a decent song for the start of the fight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAKR2qwMMc4&list=PLVXbbXvb-mvEOrzxUUgWSEc0zTXakeegM&index=13
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>>5477460
Thank goodness I don't have to worry about posting music, I absolutely would have forgotten
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>>5477465
No problem dude, I love this soundtrack so any excuse to listen to it again is fine by me.
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>>5477450
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>>5477457

This is the moment you've been waiting your entire boxing career for.

You take a deep breath, and with a dramatic arc, pump one fist in the air, and move with an exaggerated swing into an outstretched combat stance that suits a martial artist more than it does a boxer. You finish it off with a huge shout.

Not only does your posing look super cool, it's also all part of your calculated plan to gain the mental edge over Yasukawa early on. It's genius!

...

The entire crowd is silent. The ref looks at you like you're crazy. Yasukawa looks baffled.

You look over to your corner for approval.
Hitoshi stares at you, and gives you a muffled 'what the fuck was that' gesture. Coach is pretending to look busy by divvying up the ice and supplies, and avoids eye contact at all costs.

You awkwardly look down at the canvas. Even Coach won't help you out here...

(cont'd)
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>>5477483
We really are a weirdo kek
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The ref calls you both over to the middle of the ring. "Let's keep this a clean fight. I'll be watching for illegal moves, such as headbutts and low blows..."

Honestly, you don't even pay much attention to the ref. You're too fixated on the opponent right in front of you, who won't stop glaring at you with that stupid grin.

After a minute, you head back to your corner. It's almost time for the bell.

"Remember your strategy," Coach reassures you. "Guard until he gets reckless, counter, then follow up with combinations."

You nod affirmatively, and Coach steps out of the ring. It's all you now.

A tense few seconds pass. Finally, you hear the sharp gong of the bell echo across the arena.

You turn around and put up your guard. Time to go.

You and Yasukawa slowly approach each other in the center ring, both trying to find your rhythm early. Taking pace isn't the most important thing to you right now, considering your gameplan, so it's okay to let him come at you first.

However, the first move Yasukawa makes isn't what you expect. He stops moving almost entirely, and puts a fist out toward you. Is he trying to touch gloves before you really get started?

>A. Show him you're a good sport and touch gloves
>B. Go in and slap it away
>C. Stay right where you are, keep that guard tight
>D. Write-in
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>>5477484
It's all apart of the mind games.
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>>5477485
>A. Show him you're a good sport and touch gloves
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>>5477485
>C. Stay right where you are, keep that guard tight
The plan!
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>>5477485
>A. Show him you're a good sport and touch gloves
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>>5477485
>Do picrel
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>>5477485
>C. Stay right where you are, keep that guard tight
Might as well throw him a curveball too.
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>>5477493
Also stay put while doing it, make him come to us.
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>>5477450
>A. Show him you're a good sport and touch gloves
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>>5477485
>C. Stay right where you are, keep that guard tight
I smell a cheap shot
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For A

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For C

Close one, but absolute defense wins it
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>>5477514

You aren't taking that bait. You're sticking to the plan - pure defense.

Declining his invitation, you buckle down and put up a tight guard near the center, covering your vitals and much of your face. Yasukawa looks disappointed.

You hear the crowd jeering. "Boo! What a crappy sport!" "Show some respect, newbie!"
Attempting to put it out of your mind, you focus only on Yasukawa, who's dropped his glove and decided to come to you, putting up his own guard, though it's quite loose compared to your own.
He absolutely intends on going on the offensive from the outset. Fortunately, that's what you intend for him to do.

Moments later, Yasukawa is in your face, swinging back and forth with that stupid grin. Your hair stands on end once he gets within swinging range...

>A. Brace yourself and take those shots, observe his patterns (DC 20)
>B. Frustrate him by attempting to dodge some of his shots while guarding (DC 35)
>C. Break his spirits early - go for a counter as soon as possible (DC 65)
>D. Write-in
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>>5477516
>B. Frustrate him by attempting to dodge some of his shots while guarding (DC 35)
THE PLAN
If we end up in a clinch, I wanna start talking shit.
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>>5477516
>B. Frustrate him by attempting to dodge some of his shots while guarding (DC 35)
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>>5477516
>B. Frustrate him by attempting to dodge some of his shots while guarding (DC 35)
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>>5477516
>B. Frustrate him by attempting to dodge some of his shots while guarding (DC 35)
>>5477518
>If we end up in a clinch, I wanna start talking shit.
Don't do that. Remember what happened to Shigeta? >>5477211
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>>5477516
>B. Frustrate him by attempting to dodge some of his shots while guarding (DC 35)
Karada going for the heel position.
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>>5477516
>B. Frustrate him by attempting to dodge some of his shots while guarding (DC 35)

>Karada is a jackass heel
Lmao, I like this. A bona-fide foil for Ippo.
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>>5477516
>B. Frustrate him by attempting to dodge some of his shots while guarding (DC 35)
So Mind Games and tipping toes into many styles huh? Karada's gonna be the guy who doesn't seem much but he's gonna blind sight everyone with an out of nowhere maneuver and victory when you least expect him yeah?
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>>5477527
>Don't do that. Remember what happened to Shigeta?
Yasukawa don't got that dog in him.
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>>5477535
Maybe, but I'd rather not find out all the same.
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ROLL
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Rolled 69 (1d100)

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>>5477545
ROLLING GOOOOOO!!!!!
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Rolled 51 (1d100)

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Rolled 67 (1d100)

>>5477545
Alright, time to get beat for 3 rounds straight
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>>5477554
Nice
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>>5477552

As soon as you're in range, Yasukawa goes on the offensive, raining down a barrage of jabs against your arms.

You keep your guard up, but keep yourself limber to dodge some of Yasukawa's hits as his offensive begins. Once you're able to read his patterns a little better, you can dodge quite a number of them, and his jabs aren't super hard, so you're no worse for wear in the short time blocking and dodging.
The plan's already in motion, you just need to wait for him to make a move.

You keep up your defense for as long as possible, and watch the frustration build on Yasukawa's face. Eventually, he reels his arm back and tries to go for a big hook, which you easily parry and hit his face with a jab after, which pisses him off more.

Gritting his teeth, Yasukawa redoubles his offensive efforts, but his swings are getting increasingly erratic. They're hitting harder, sure, but not hard enough to break your guard.

This is it - time to prepare yourself for a counteroffensive.

>A. Dodge his swings and cherry-tap his face with your left to frustrate him more (DC 40)
>B. Duck down and hit his gut, to take away his stamina and leg strength (DC 45)
>C. Go for a risky blow to the temple that'll really rattle his brains (DC 60)
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>>5477565
>>B. Duck down and hit his gut, to take away his stamina and leg strength (DC 45)
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>>5477565
>A. Dodge his swings and cherry-tap his face with your left to frustrate him more (DC 40)
Aw man. Not the fucking love-taps.
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>>5477565
>B. Duck down and hit his gut, to take away his stamina and leg strength (DC 45)
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>>5477565
>C. Go for a risky blow to the temple that'll really rattle his brains (DC 60)
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>>5477565
>B. Duck down and hit his gut, to take away his stamina and leg strength (DC 45)
Work that body
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>>5477565
>>B. Duck down and hit his gut, to take away his stamina and leg strength (DC 45)
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>>5477565
>>B. Duck down and hit his gut, to take away his stamina and leg strength (DC 45)
Bodyblow!
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ROLL
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Rolled 77 (1d100)

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Rolled 52 (1d100)

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BODY
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WORK THE BODY WORK THE BODY!
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Gut status: Rearranged
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Body has been blown
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Avoiding Yasukawa's next big swing, you duck down and push in, slamming him in the gut with your right. You hear him gasp, and he stumbles back, his face twisted with pain.

Grinning to yourself, you quickly follow up with a left to his face, keeping him disoriented. It's time for you to take the initiative!

>End

That's all for tonight, hope you enjoyed.
Not sure if I'm running tomorrow, I'll decide when it get closer.
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>>5477626
Goodnight
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>>5477626
Thank you for running, I can't wait for the next session.
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Seems we're off to a good start in the debut match. We can certainly work the body of another person but not ours, funnily enough.
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Hm. I wonder if we could bait Yasukawa to charge in, so that we could counter the charge with a body blow
Also we have GOT to take Hitoshi to see a high-level title match, in person. Expecting someone not familiar with boxing to get excited about a low level is a fool's errand. At least, I would assume the matches before ours were 4-rounder matches.
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>>5478089
Wouldn't want to drop those hands if he's swinging for the fences. We've already hurt his stamina , we can take the round by just denying him a chance to get a good blow in.
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Gonna be too exhausted to run tonight. Tomorrow, the match continues

I leave you with this question to debate: who would be Karada's worst matchup at our current level?
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>>5478224
Obviously Takamura, but that goes without saying. Him and that Mexican bloke. Next up I'd honestly say that black guy who was one of Ippos first fights, he's strong, skilled and very levelheaded and calm i;e very resistant to mind games. Either way it'll be an interesting fight when it comes to it, and everyone else is kinda beyond us at this point, except maybe Ippo for now.
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>>5478227
Ozma got done dirty by Morikawa, dude deserved better than retiring from spine damage
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>>5478224
>who would be Karada's worst matchup at our current level?
Hayami or Kobashi would probably be the most difficult walls to climb. Neither of them really have any stylistic hard counters, so there's really no obvious way to take either of them on.
With Hayami in particular, he's also a very well rounded boxer at a higher level fundamentally with a similar, if lesser, penchant for mind games. We'd really have to think outside the box to get the upper hand on him, assuming we survive long enough to do so.
As for Kobashi, we don't really have any tools to crack his defense, nor does he seem the type to fall for any provocation. I can totally see him dragging us into a 4 round slog where he wins via decision.
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>>5478320
Yeah that sucks, waste of a good character. I could totally see him becoming a part of the regular cast, he would fit in with ease. Plus all the potential fish out of water gags you could do with him. If he does show up in this quest hopefully you do a little more with him, personally I think that would be fun.
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>>5478224
I have no idea, never seen or read Ippo.
Flying blind has been very fun so far.
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>>5478369
That's the good part of fan works, if you don't like something the author did you can just say "no".
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>>5478224
Jerry Lewis. In all actuality this anons, >>5478227, got the right of it



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