The alarm of Shou’s cellphone is ringing at 5am. Still in bed, Shou turns it off. He groans a bit and says that he unexpectedly woke up. At the club room, Tonomura says ..so, even if there is some uneasiness factor. Kanda says that it isn’t just some, it is eighty percent uneasiness.
Tonomura protests that looking back at the competition during the day before yesterday.. Shouji says that sure enough, the new captain—IS THAT GUY HUH.. Yuki is speechless for that is the conclusion that they have arrived on for the very last activity day of the third years.
Pfft— At the gym, Yuki shouts that during defense, they are to lower their waist a bit, they are not to stop with their footwork and concentrate their energy. The others shout yes while some groans. Catching his breath, Hatori comments that it is already the retirement day yet she is still merciless.
Also catching his breath, Abe says that he can feel the head [Yuki]’s anger and compared before, it is stronger and more amazing. Amamiya calls out to Abe and whispers if that thing that will be given to her, did he hide it well. Thinking that it is an AV [adult video], Yuki tells them to talk about receiving private materials outside of practice time. Amamiya says okay.
Two days after they were defeated during the prelims-- There are this time’s morning practice and also a night practice after school dismissal. For them third years, it is the last training-- Kanda complains that it is so hot.
Nishiyama? complains that after the retirement, he’ll absolutely become fat. [<- no more exercise] Yuki thinks before that..there is this some kind of meeting regarding a big issue that has to be done. While leaving, Abe and others complain about being already hungry when it is just morning practice. Yuki calls out to Shou.
Waving for him to come, Yuki tells him to come over for a while. Shou asks if they are going to do some shameful thing. Yuki says that no, they’re not. With her heart beating, Yuki wonders why she is so nervous. She tells him that taking of advantage of the morning practice, the captain and vice-captain has something to tell him.
While the school bell is ringing, Shou asks, “New captain? Me? Captain Naruse?” Yuki thinks that calling him as ‘Captain Naruse’ really doesn’t feel a bit real.. Shouji says yes, after the third years talked it over for a long time, everyone felt that this is the best choice.
On tomorrow’s morning practice, they’ll leave it up to him to tell everyone. Regarding the successor for the vice-captain, they’ll leave it to him to decide within the year. “How about it?” Shou says, “..ah---yeah yeah..” Shouji and Yuki exclaim what is it?
Turning around to leave, Shou says, okay..yeah, okay-- Angrily pointing at Shou, Shouji shouts that in the end of the end, what’s up with that, ‘okay—yeah, okay-’ and he still have that kind of attitude. Tonomura says that is saying that Shou had accepted it. Quite Yuki becomes tense for it really makes her feel uneasy.
In her class, she thinks, no..that’s wrong..if it is that guy, she thinks that perhaps, he is afraid of annoyance or perhaps he is forced to accept it. That reaction is that type, yet how can he make such a meek response..!? She recalls what Shizuka said that even if Yuki retires now but from today on, he’ll continue to defeat Ryuhoku and Shou.
Yuki thinks that Shizuka’s declaration of war causes her head to become sober and believe that he [Shou] is the person who can guide ‘the Ryuhoku from today on’. In the club room, Himiko reads from a newspaper that Misuzu Academy got in the Winter Cup in 7 years.
Holding a grudge, Yuki tells Himiko that it is better to also file away and tidy up that news article. She apologizes to her for making Himiko help her out in tidying things up during lunch break. Yuki is separating the third year’s clothes that will be washed later on.
Himiko says no..it is alright..but then, there is a very big possibility that Misuzu and Ryuhoku are so well-matched. Yuki agrees and says that even if their generation is up to this day but next year, they can definitely continue to advance so she’ll leave it up to her [/yoroshiku]. This made Himiko flustered. She suddenly stands up and says that she’ll go and see if the towels are dry or not.
Yuki says okay. Himiko goes out of the room and cries a bit. She wipes her tears and tells herself to pull herself together. Back inside, Yuki thinks that Misuzu’s new captain is most likely Shizuka and if it is like that, starting next year, Misuzu’s attack against Ryuhoku will become more difficult to deal with.
even if she is in no position to say it to someone else but Misuzu has that kind of abnormal consciousness of wanting to knock down Ryuhoku. She recalls Shizuka saying that perhaps, he always wanted to see that kind of expression on her. Yuki wonders if she is hated by Shizuka. The door opens.
Thinking that it is Himiko who came back so quickly, Yuki turns to ask if she forgot something.. To her surprise, Shou suddenly kisses her. Yuki backs away and angrily exclaims what he is thinking. Shou says that it has been a long time since they’ve kissed and her lips feel super soft. Yuki exclaims how is that and by the way, he unexpectedly specially came over here during lunch break.
Shou says that after he finished eating lunch, he wanted an afternoon nap but the classroom is so noisy and there are people at the roof so he wondered if the club room is empty or not. After sweatdropping, Yuki says bu..but..if he wants peace and quiet then do as he wish.
So, Yuki continues to tidy up the shirts while Shou stares--stares--and stares at her. Irked Yuki shouts isn’t he going to sleep. Shou urges her to continue on and there’s no need to mind him. Yuki asks what’s up with him for he is always staring at her ever since from the start.
Continuing to stare at her, Shou says that he is filming her working as a manager. Yuki starts to look around. Shou says no, he is using his eyes and not a video camera. “..I feel that this should be the last time I’ll see it. *Yuki looks surprised* If we won the preliminaries two days ago, the time when I can see Yuki-senpai at the basketball club can be prolonged a bit...
...thinking of that, I cannot easy say it out. *lies down and turns away from her* That kind of words of wanting to become the captain.” Yuki recalls the time when Shou asks why she gave her number to the captain [forgot if it was Tonomura or Kido] and he also want to become the captain.
Yuki thinks ah, it’s like that. “It is different from that time. Naruse also uses his own way of seriously reflecting on things-- I..I..definitely has to say something.” Yuki says that as captain, even if it is definitely very hard..but.. gam [batte../good luck] but she stops.
Turning towards her, he asks gam..gum? [<- the pun is in Chinese so I made this up. In the translation, it is ‘snack’] Yuki thinks that it is no good..she couldn’t say it out, ‘gambatte’-whatever, she couldn’t say it. At the gym, Shou makes a slam dunk. Fangirls squeal over it.
Shouji tells Kanda that thinking that he’ll be saying goodbye to that kind of squeals today makes him feel very refreshed. A girl asks if he is Shouji-senpai and right now, he is on a break. Shouji says yes, and she’s looking for Shou, right. Just when Shouji is calling for Shou, the girl holds out a card, with her name and contact information, to him.
To everyone’s surprise, the blushing girl says that if it is okay, please contact her..about that..during the prelims, he is really totally cool..!! The girl rushes off to her friends who exclaim that she did well, Akira [guesswork from 希] Amamiya and others exclaim in shock if this is for real, that gorilla!
Crying Shouji holds the card and says it..it is really great that he..always did his best to play.. They shout that he cried and compared to losing a couple of days, he is crying even more today!! The guys toss him up and shout ‘introduction’ [/got introduce to someone?] Looking at the clock, Yuki thinks that it is so fast, practice time has less than two hours..
Soon, they play some more, rest some more, got teach some more and had fun some more. Afterwards, the third years are giving their last words. Amamiya introduces himself and says that even if it is hard these past three years but it is also very fun.
He says that in a while, he planned to do an enema/sausage stunt on Shouji, who wanted someone to take the initiative to be his girlfriend, and then, he’ll retire. [<- I think that is a kancho = poke finger in butt, since a lot of the stuff here is from Slam Dunk] Shouji shouts for him to quickly shut up and don’t use that kind of vulgar way to tease him.
Tonomura says the last one is the manager who’ll say something. Yuki bows and says that she is always under everyone’s care and thank you very much, everyone. Someone shouts that it is so quick and short. Yuki thinks no..even if she has to say something, she still has a pile of stuff that she wants to say..
Himiko mutters to Abe and they are all smiling. Then, they call out to Yuki. Abe and Himiko holds a Ryuhoku uniform number 3 and says that the entire basketball members want to give this to her. Holding the uniform, Yuki asks, number 3?
Amamiya says that everyone raised the money to have it custom made. Abe says that even if the numbering starts at number 4 in high school, but because Ryuhoku has a big sis boss so, she is Shohoku’s number 3 member.
Wearing winter clothes, Shouji, Amamiya and Abe tell Yuki okay, go ahead with that heartless violent snow [response] for they have already anticipated that she’ll do that ‘useless declaration’ when she got the whistle before. To their surprise, Yuki says that her intention to get in the basketball club is not at all worth being proud of.
Recalling the time when Shou said that actually, she doesn’t want the captain [/Kido] to retire and Yuki exclaimed what about it. “—but, right now, I feel that it is really great that I’ve come here.” Yuki thinks that she couldn’t say ‘gambatte’ because everyday, being in a place so close to everyone and keep watch of everyone, who is striving hard as they struggle. [<- probably couldn’t say it because it is goodbye to all of that]
Yuki says, “For me, the time that had passed here, along with the memories with everyone, *covers face with the uniform* and the Ryuhoku basketball club are all my treasures.” Himiko is teary-eyed. The guys are moved and Shou looks surprised. Yuki looks up to them and slightly smiles. She says, “No matter where I go, I’ll always cheer everyone on.”
Soon, Yuki leans at the stage side of the gym when someone calls out if she isn’t going back. Shou says that everyone is making a ruckus while talking about where to hold the farewell party.
Yuki thinks that this is bad and it would be good if she wasn’t lost in thought and immediately went home. Looking away, Yuki says that she won’t go and if he wants to go, he should hurry.. He asks if she cried. She denies it. He says that her nose is a bit red. She says that it isn’t.
To her surprise, Shou sits up on the stage and says that she’s retired. She says yes. He comments that it is really quiet. Thinking that this is so awkward, she says ya. Shou says by the way, it is about one year ago when he confessed to her in this place. She says is that so.
Shou says yes, and her face had become very red like an octopus. Yuki tells him that she already remember it so don’t say it anymore. Shou says that he decided to become the team captain. “Even if I don’t know whether or not, I can [do it], but for now, I’ll try it out. This is senpai’s treasure so how can I possibly give it to someone else.”
Wondering what to do for she’s really quite happy, Yuki blushes and says ya. He says, yes, there is also something else. Puzzled Yuki asks what is it. He says to forget it. Yuki insists that he tell her since he mentioned it, and he ought to finish what he is saying.
To her surprise, Shou suddenly jumps down the stage. He bows to her and says, “Manager Machida, thank you very much for these past two years.” Yuki is stunned as Shou looks a bit embarrassed. Then, it seems that Shou is bending too low that he slipped and fell over Yuki. Offt!?
Hugging her, Shou says that is super embarrassing. “Not only is it super embarrassing, it is also super lonely. ..I will properly do my best and senpai will also cheer on, right.” This moved Yuki to tears. She thinks, I..I..
Shou continues to say, “..it..is really great that I was able to meet Yuki-senpai in this place.” Shou looks at Yuki who is already sobbing. Yuki wipes her tears on her sleeve and says that she..also think of that a bit.. Shou pulls her hand away from her face. He kisses her. Then, he complains that her tears are salty.
Narration: “Along with non-stop advance of time and things that will eventually end, we also constantly change. But, from now on, I can still be at his side. I can attentively watch him and he can still let me attentively watch him. We are together. Gambatte, Naruse.” While walking home, Shou asks if starting from December she’ll be going to cram school.
Yuki says yes, and she had found a good one. He asks if there is meaning in taking extra lessons. She says there is. He asks again if there is no meaning, right, and don’t go. Irked Yuki shouts that he’s annoying to death. He suddenly grabs her hand and says that it is because it seems that there will be many guys [there]. Noticing that he is tightly holding her hand, Yuki mutters, ah..about that..
Shou says that’s right, speaking of guys, because she smiled in front of other guys again, the compensation kiss will be prolong for 60 seconds. “60 + 60 altogether is one minute and a half.” Yuki asks how is he counting that when it is two minutes. Swinging Yuki’s hand, Shou says, then, two minutes it is. This surprises Yuki. [<- he most likely fooled her into saying 2 minutes =P]
Comment: So, this ends Yuki’s stint as a manager of a basketball club. It is a job well done for her. It is good that Shou has finally taken up the baton to keep up what she did for the team. Whether he and the new team can still progress and everything else like what Yuki wanted, what matters is that through the basketball club, Shou and Yuki met. And from that, this is how things reached up to this point ^^
Also, it is nice that everyone is very appreciative of everything that Yuki did for the team that they gave her a uniform. It is nice that in the end, Yuki became honest with her feelings. I’m actually surprised that Shouji was actually the vice-captain. I was like, he was?! It must be a Slam Dunk reference to call him a gorilla. ^^; Anyway, good for him that finally, there is a girl who came to like him.
The last part between the two is nice. So, from here on, Yuki will be busy with cram school. Shou hinted on other guys so will that be the next problem later on? Aside from the other Ryuhoku guys, the other guy who might be in cram school is Kira.
I’m not sure if the mangaka will tackle that as a way to curb Shou’s jealousy especially since it will be more difficult to handle when Yuki goes to college. He won’t be able to keep an eye on her a lot like how he does now. So, let’s see if the mangaka will go through that or we’ll just assume that things will just go smoothly for them.
The other thing that wasn’t tackled yet is meeting each other’s family and well, with December, it will be Christmas soon so something nice might happen around that time. ^^ Hehe..2 minute kiss? ^^ Oh ya, I guess revealing their relationship will probably be done during graduation. Scans by 红莲汉化组
Quote of the day:
A flower blooms in the spring, and dies in the fall. A tree wakes up in the spring, and sleeps in the fall. A life starts at the beginning, and dies at the end. In between is what makes it matter. ~ Amber Hope