The place is Kim's gym, which he
opened to spread the spirit of tae
kwon do and spread his word on justice.
"That kid with the glasses sure has
talent. Don't you think, Jhun?"
"Your talk of 'talent' reveals your
ever illogical mindset. But the kid's
got good form, that's for sure. Add
some real fighting experience, and
you've got a first-rate tae kwon
A very large man is doing push ups
along with a comparatively smaller
man in a corner of the gym. Sweat
springs from the two in fountains
and gathers on the floor.
"But...we're lucky...eh, buddy boy. ...Things
are back to normal. Me...and you, Chang...if
I stayed in your body...Makes me shiver
just thinking about it...buddy boy."
The small man addresses the bigger
one in pained tones.
"Not just you...but me too...Choi. Huff,
huff...your body's too small...and you
can't twirl...my lead ball..."
Chang answers this. He looks like
he's having a rough time of it, too.
"But...Master Kim...as Jhun said...knocking
heads together and returning to where
we started...it's like a comic book...eh,
"You said it..."
"OK. That's enough!"
Kim draws up next to the two.
"Very good! That's all for today!"
"Whew...are we finally finished today,
buddy bo-, uh, Master Kim...Huh? Where's
"Uh, he made an early day of it today
to go to the Athena Asamiya concert."
"Why do you keep us training if you
guys get to go off and play?!"
"Now, now...Everyone needs a rest now
"Does that include us, too?!"
"Hah, hah, hah, that's very drole,
gentlemen. There's no vacation from
rehab. Give me one more set!"
Jhun stands before a large thoroughfare,
waiting for the signal to change.
Today is the long-awaited day for
the Athena Asamiya concert. It won't
take more than five minutes to the
concert hall after crossing this
crosswalk. Jhun glances up at the
signal. Still red. Time never flies
when you're waiting. Jhun sets his
eyes on the sidewalk across the street.
Who could believe it, but Athena
Asamiya stands on the other side
of the street, smiling like an angel
and seemingly beckoning Jhun!
Jhun glances at the signal again.
It's green. Jhun begins to run across
the street, as if possessed. Athena,
as before, continues smiling.
But as much as Jhun runs, he doesn't
appear to get closer to Athena. Far
from it, Athena gradually recedes
into the distance. Jhun panics. He
runs for his life.
"How can this be?! Athena! Atheeeeena!"
Then he wakes up. He first sees is
a white ceiling, and then a familiar
"Are you okay, Jhun? You're in the
"Kim...?! I could swear I was on my
way to Athena's concert...."
Jhun's memory returns to him.
On his way to the concert, he happened
on a patch plastered with extra-large
posters of Athena Asamiya and waited
there for the signal to change to
cross a crosswalk. But most of the
posters had been torn off by her
fans, and only a few posters remained
on the wall.
While growing impatient, Jhun waited
for the signal to change but finally
could wait no longer and ran into
the crosswalk although the signal
was still red. That's when the car
hit him.... At least that's what Jhun
thought, but that's not what actually
happened. As a matter of fact, the
car driver did see the red light
in front of him and because he stopped
in the knick of time, Jhun, who had
rushed out at top speed, smashed
right into the car. Jhun, knocked
back by the force of the collision,
however, ended up injuring his neck
and back pretty bad after landing
on the pavement.
"Ah, Kim. Forgive me for shaking
you up like that. But an injury like
"You shouldn't push yourself, buddy
"Yeah, that's right, Master Jhun."
"Yeah, I'm sorry, but as far as this
year's KOF goes...."
"What?! King of Fighters?"
"Yeah...I was hoping to enter this
year's tournament again with you,
but it looks like this time you won't
be up to it."
"B-But Kim. Who will take my place?"
"Uh, it's that kid that you and I
were talking about this morning.
She's come to see you here now. Come
on in, May."
The girl wearing a T-shirt and glasses
on her head that they had watched
this morning enters the room.
"Nice to meet you, Jhun! My name
is May Lee. How're you holding up?
I'll try to live up to your standards
and defeat evil!"
"Hmm, May Lee, is it?? I like it,
buddy boy. The old team was looking
a little shabby with all these guys
on it I thought, but a perky little
pretty on board just may cheer us
up, eh, buddy boy!"
"I'll second that. Of course that
comment about defeating evil gives
"What are you talking about, Chang?!
That's what our objective is all
about, too, isn't it?! Her dream
is to become an ally of justice!"
"Huh? Are you really s-serious, buddy
"You bet! I want to be an envoy of
justice! That's why I came to the
true envoy of justice, Master Kim
that is, and his gym to become a
worthy envoy of justice!"
"Ha, ha, ha...Well, we'll have to work
"Well, Jhun, take care of yourself,
and make sure you recuperate sufficiently,
"W-Wait, Kim! Come on guys! Wait
The door slams shut and Jhun lies
stunned, alone in his hospital room,
while the sound of laughter is heard
in the corridor outside.