- VIZ Media started publishing the first three volumes of this series in 1996, but Rumiko Takahashi put the series on hiatus. Read more...
- VIZ Media started publishing the first three volumes of this series in 1996, but Rumiko Takahashi put the series on hiatus. Now, Takahashi has completed the series by doing a fourth and final volume. Fans finally have a chance to read the ending
- A romantic sports comedy from one of our most popular manga creators Rumiko Takahashi.
- Heartwarming comedy plus slapstick silliness equals Takahashi at her best and most accessible.
- Volume 4 makes this Takahashi's most recent non-INUYASHA title. This title should grab the interest of all Inuyasha fans as well.
- Takahashi appeals to both shojo and shonen fans alike. ONE-POUND GOSPEL has great crossover appeal in that respect.
A boxer without a prayer meets a naive nun who might be his only chance for salvation... and victory in the ring.
Times are tough at Mukaida's Gym. Though a promising novice with a surprise win in his debut bout, Kosaku has since adopted a steady regimen of extremely unhealthy eating habits--enough to make his coach ready to permanently throw in the towel. Will Sister Angela's teachings help Kosaku realize that the road to victory is not paved with bowls of ramen? Or will Kosaku's burgeoning feelings for the young nun undermine his ability to concentrate on training, fighting and binge eating?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 41.
- Review Date: 2008-05-19
- Reviewer: Staff
This early work from one of the greatest living manga artists, author of Ranma 1/2 and Maison Ikkoku, is now back in print. A talented boxer is defeated by his overeating and complete lack of self-control. His only inspiration is Sister Angela, a young nun who encourages him to overcome his sin of gluttony. The repetitive story formula has Kosaku doing something stupid, the nun inspiring him (often by yelling at him), then he unbelievably wins through. But he never learns his lesson, or there wouldn't be a series. (And a lengthy one, running for 20 years in Japan.) The appeal is Takahashi's art, especially her top-notch storytelling. Her Disney-style open faces capture the characters' innocence, especially in the nun, all face-framing wimple and huge eyes. The reader is yanked from comedy (“I will win,” vows Kosaku, as he orders noodles from a passing street vendor) to boxing action, devout faith (Angela prays sincerely for Kosaku's success) to heartbreak (loving a nun is a recipe for disaster). The mix here can be uneven, and a drunk nun is uncomfortable to watch. The simple conflicts make for a lightweight read, easy to pick up and put down. (June)