shout like a woman's wail cleaves
the air and reverberates throughout
the gym. Ryo Sakazaki and his kid
sister Yuri are in the midst of
morning practice. Ryo's fists whoosh
through the air, and Yuri's high
kicks snarl with ferocity.
The furious match finally draws to
an end, the two separate, and bow.
"You've improved, Yuri."
"Of course I have! Just how many
times do you think I've entered KOF
"Yeah, you're right. ...Well, how about
we get some grub?"
"Yeah. ...Oh? Robert?"
Robert Garcia, who's never appeared
at the gym at this hour before, unexpectedly
stumbles into the gym.
"What's up, Robert? What's with the
"...We're ruined. We are so ruined...."
Robert mutters on as he crumples
down to the ground where he stands.
"Yuri, water! Bring him some water!
Robert, snap out of it! What's going
on? What happened?"
Ryo brings his ears to the hear the
mumbling emanating from Robert's
"Ryo! Just what's all the commotion
early in the morning? Huh? ...Robert?
What's going on?"
Takuma, appears from the gym and
kneels down alongside Robert next
"...I-It's a takeover, Master..."
Robert answers with a barely audible
A tense mood settles into the gym.
The three, having put Robert to sleep
for the time being, gather together
and begin a hushed conversation.
"Robert's really been knocked for
a loop by this."
"I didn't understand all of it but
he said something about cornering
the public offerings of the foundation,
or the rights to development, something
"Be that as it may...!
"Sssh! Pop, take the volume down!
You'll wake up Robert!"
Takuma, warned by Yuri, lowers the
tone of his voice slightly.
"...Be that as it may, Robert's peril
is our peril. That is to say, it's
the peril of Kyokugen Karate its
Ryo, not well-versed in the ways
of the world, does not point out
the jump in logic to Takuma's reasoning.
Takuma pays him no mind and continues.
"And to get over this crisis, we'll
need money, won't we."
"...But Pop, we don't have that kind
of money on us!"
"That's what this is for!"
Takuma grins, then lets out a laugh
as he dramatically produces four
envelopes from his practice tog.
"We'll enter this year's KOF and
"KOF? What do you mean, Pop?"
"Have you forgotten, Ryo? The team
that wins KOF receives a massive
amount of prize money! Not only that,
this year's KOF is an international
tournament, I hear. So the amount
of prize money should be quite more
"Now I got it! I see where you're
going with this, Pop! So if we win,
Robert and this gym will both be
"That's my boy!"
"...But if Robert can't snap out of
his current state, I don't see us
winning... Huh? Robert!"
There, standing tall, is none other
than Robert with a flush expression,
perhaps the result of excitement.
Robert sits before Takuma and grasps
his hand silently, ignoring Yuri's
"I knew my Master was the only one
I could count on! Let's go everyone!
We've got a KOF to win!"
"Ah, Robert! That's poetry to my
ears! If that's what you've decided
then we must strike while the iron's
hot. Everyone, get your stuff together!"
Takuma, Ryo, and Robert work themselves
up to a froth and whip into action.
But Yuri takes time to reflect.
It's probably going to be Robert
who'll be picking up the tab for
the transportation costs and accommodation
fees again this year....