• From Rumiko Takahashi, the creator of RANMA 1/2 , MAISON IKKOKU, and URUSEI YATSURA, whose works have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. • 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 naïve nun who might be his only chance for salvation… and victory in the ring.
Four years ago, Kosaku pulled off an astounding upset in his pro test by KO'ing a big-time boxer. More than simply sending his opponent down for the count, Kosaku also managed to mangle this pretty-boy fighter's teeth in the process. Now this toothless tyrant is ready for a rematch, but can Kosaku drop down an entire weight class to qualify for the bout? It is said that the weight of a fighter's punch comes down to how hard he grips his fist, but will Kosaku ever get a grip on his pre-fight snacking?
The spotlight on Rumiko Takahashi's career began in 1978 when she won an honorable mention in Shogakukan's annual New Comic Artist Contest for Those Selfish Aliens. Later that same year, her boy-meets-alien comedy series, Urusei Yatsura, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday. This phenomenally successful manga series was adapted into anime format and spawned a TV series and half a dozen theatrical-release movies, all incredibly popular in their own right. Takahashi followed up the success of her debut series with one blockbuster hit after another--Maison Ikkoku ran from 1980 to 1987, Ranma 1/2 from 1987 to 1996, and Inuyasha from 1996 to 2008. Other notable works include Mermaid Saga, Rumic Theater, and One-Pound Gospel. Takahashi won the Shogakukan Manga Award twice in her career, once for Urusei Yatsura in 1981 and the second time for Inuyasha in 2002. A majority of the Takahashi canon has been adapted into other media such as anime, live-action TV series, and film."