Goro shows Kyo, Benimaru and Shingo the letters that have just arrived. They look like invitations to a new KOF, but Goro is puzzled because Yukari Mitsumine has also received one.
She’s dumbfounded. When asked if she’s actually a fighter, she denies it, and explains that she has never heard of KOF before. Kyo explains that KOF stands for “The King of Fighters”, a tournament that gathers fighters from all around the world.
Yukari says: “Ah, like the pro wrestling championships I’ve seen on TV!”
Shingo is quick to correct her: KOF is a mixed martial arts tournament, not a pro wrestling championship.
Yukari apologizes for her ignorance saying that she can’t really tell the difference.
Kyo intervenes to say that wrestling and martial arts are completely different things and questions Yukari’s suitability to work in a dojo where there are, you know, fighters.
She assures him that she can do it. She can clean and cook and do laundry!
Kyo wants her to do more than that and perform as the team manager as well.
“Manager?!” echoes Yukari, stunned.
Benimaru and Shingo like the idea.
Then they notice that one of the envelopes, the one addressed to Yukari, seems to contain a letter. Kyo reads it aloud:
“To my princess, who is living in this present world,
I’m preparing blooming flowers for you, my princess. This time I won’t leave you behind. I know, you’re calling out to me. That’s why I’m making a paradise with flowers in bloom. I want you to come to the opening ceremony, where you’ll be able to see the flower buds.
I’ll be waiting for you at the venue, my beloved princess. Signed, Nagi.
Kyo is perplexed at the tacky letter. Benimaru comments that it sounds like a love letter. Despite being addressed to her, Yukari has no idea what’s going on. They all decide to attend KOF to find out about this “Nagi”.
The day of the opening ceremony, Shingo is excited, Benimaru is already seeing himself as the winner, and Kyo is being realistic. Yukari is amazed at the amount of reporters from all over the world and finally understands that KOF is really a big deal.
Some flashes catch her attention and Shingo explains that the only one who can attract so many reporters is “him”, Terry Bogard, the champion of the previous KOF.
Terry, Andy and Joe are there, bathed in the flashes of the cameras. Terry notices Yukari and greets her, asking if she’s a new participant. She stammers that she’s just there to observe.
Benimaru introduces her as the new manager. Kyo quips that she’s a “manager apprentice” for the time being. Terry & Co. are pleased to meet her, and exchange some challenging words with Kyo’s team in a very friendly manner.