is the location of an ancient temple,
secluded among steep mountains.
It has already begun to grow dark,
and the characteristic silhouettes
of China's mountain ranges become
"Ooh, Kensou. I can't shoot a Psycho
"It's okay, Bao. You'll get out of
your slump in no time."
Picking up a snatch of mountain plants
with his chopsticks, Bao still looks
as if he's about to cry. Kensou goes
out of his way to cheer up Bao, who
has been down in the dumps for quite
"But, Kensou, you still can't shoot
a Super Sphere, can you...?"
"Uh, d-do you have to rub salt in
the wounds, Bao? Well, at any rate,
all we have between us is training!
"...Uh...yeah, I guess...so I'll keep on
"That's right, that's right! That's
the old pepper!"
Although Kensou says this with a
smile on his face, deep down in his
heart, there is anything but peace
Kensou's psychic power still forsakes
him...As if to keep his mind off this,
Kensou stuffs his face with food.
"Athena! Another helping, please!"
"Huh?! Kensou, that's you're third
bowl of rice already. Something the
Athena, who's in charge of tonight's
meal, looks worried.
"I'm okay. I've got a lead-lined
stomach, you know."
Chin, who had been watching the turn
of events beforehand, speaks:
"If his power won't come back, he
needs to get his stamina in other
"Yeah, that sounds reasonable, Master."
"Yah, ha, ha, Master, Athena. You
are both so off the mark."
Athena and Chin continue their conversation
long into the night, even after Kensou
and Bao have fallen asleep.
"Master. What do you think...about
Kensou and Bao's predicament...?"
"Hmm. How can I put this...?"
Chin thinks this out while sipping
on his tea.
At that time...when Kensou and Bao
made contact, it appeared that their
psychic power had risen up to the
heavens. Given that, I thought both
of them would achieve balance with
their psychic powers and return to
...In reality, Bao became unable to
shoot a Psycho Ball and Kensou's
powers have not shown the slightest
sign of returning to normal....
But the energy that coursed through
Bao's body was absorbed by Kensou,
wasn't it? And if that's the case,
then, why doesn't Kensou's power
return to normal? Hmm...it's all a
mystery, it is....
After a while, Chin offers his conclusion
"Hey, Athena...I've thought about it
and I don't have an answer. I guess
it's enough that they're healthy."
"...Yeah...I guess so. If both of them
are healthy, I can't ask for anything
After reaching this conclusion, the
two give each other a smile.
Morning comes with the cheep, cheep,
cheeping of the tunes of the songbirds.
Bao and Kensou are in the midst of
their early morning training.
"Ninety-nine...100...Wah! I'm beat."
"That's the spirit, Kensou! You've
accomplished today's quota for push-ups."
"Huff, puff...of course I did...No way
training like this is going to poop
me out...I'm in tip-top condition!"
Or so Kensou protests, but deep down
he's beyond wiped out.
"Well, then, show me a Super Sphere,
"What?! Right now?!"
"But you said when you're in tip-top
condition you said you'd be able
to do it, didn't you?"
"Yeah, I guess I did...All right, then!
I'm pumped now! Time to serve one
Undaunted, Kensou leaps to his feet
and assumes the position.
"Hah! Super Sphere!"
Kensou's fists grow hot. OH! MAYBE
THIS IS IT!
As he concentrates all his might,
his fists begin to grow hotter and
hotter, and after a while a sphere
of light appears.
"Awesome! Way to go, Kensou!!!"
As if encouraged by Bao's voice,
the lump of light begins to enlarge
What?! The moment he thinks, "Was
the Super Sphere really this big
before?!" the wad of energy leaves
his hands and takes off at a good
Along with the thundering roar, the
ball of energy released by Kensou
knocks down a tree standing in front
"Wah-ooh! I rule! ...Uh-oh...."
Kensou's eyes roll back into his
head as he falls to the ground in
"Whoa...Who'd of thought Kensou was
capable of that...."
Athena nurses over a sleeping Kensou.
Next to her stands Chin, who has
heard about this morning's training
session from Bao. After training
to exhaustion, Kensou summoned up
his Super Sphere. Perhaps Kensou's
power may be stifled by his subconscious?
And maybe that's where Bao's power
resides as well....
"OK, I've reached my decision. I
was wavering for a while, but we're
going to enter this year's KOF tournament."
"What, Master? But Kensou's laid
up in bed and Bao's power still hasn't
"That is exactly why we're entering
the tournament. If we enter the tournament,
it may bring about some change like
the previous one, and we may get
better results than we'd get continuing
along at this rate."
"...Yeah, I guess so. If we enter the
tournament, we should find some answers."
"I hope I get my psychic power back.
And the same goes for Kensou, of
"You said it. I get the feeling something
may happen this time around, but
this tournament rarely goes off without
a hitch, you know."
"That's it! Kensou, Bao, and Athena
too, this may all work out for our
Beside the sleeping Kensou, all come
to a new resolve.