|Losing to Win, and What Comes After|
|Rain or Shine|
|Day 3||Day 5|
Losing to Win, and What Comes After (
- Written by: Hiro Kaburagi.
- Storyboard & Directed by: Kotomi Deai.
- Animator Director: Ena Nishikawa.
The episode opens with Vanno Clemente and Nero Vanetti sitting in a speakeasy. Cerotto is also behind the counter. Vanno is drunk and is upset with Nero about his younger sister, Fio. He wants to know why Nero didn't stop their marriage, and Nero says that it was her decision. Vanno says that she's marrying a guy that she doesn't even love just so she can protect her family as he takes another drink of his booze. Nero thinks that he's had enough, but Vanno tells him to shut up.
Vanno then asks about what Frate thinks about it, and Nero says that he doesn't know because they don't talk anymore. Vanno says that it should be that complicated and that they're brothers, so they should talk before he passes out. Nero remarks that Vanno doesn't even drink, and that it's more complicated than he thinks.
In present time, Avilio is driving Nero. Nero says that he's hungry and says that they've been driving for a week now, so he should be able to drive a little faster. Avilio says that he'll hit something again if he does, but Nero still thinks he should drive faster and pushes on the gas for him.
On the side of the road, a Mexican man tries to hitch a ride from the pair but they drive right past him, soaking him and his dog.
Avilio and Nero stop at Jinny's diner for breakfast. Nero enjoys his food and asks the waitress if there's anywhere they can stay for cheap. She says that there's a little town ahead called "Khota" just ahead. After she walks away, he tells Avilio that he's worried about funds after "someone's" crash. Avilio says they should sleep in the car, but Nero says he can't sleep unless he can stretch out his legs. The waitress suggests an auto camp. Avilio quickly stands up to leave and Nero is forced to come along as well.
The Mexican is again trying to find a ride. He steps in front of a man riding a horse and pulling a buggy. The man is forced to stop his horse and scolds the Mexican mad, spitting on his sombrero.
Avilio and Nero pull up to the camp but Avilio doesn't clutch before breaking, causing him to almost run over a man waiting at the gate. Nero reminds him to clutch. The man directs them where to go and Nero apologizes and gives him a tip. As they drive away, the man yells at them to be more careful and calls them idiots.
Getting out of the car, Nero stretches out and remarks that he hasn't been camping in ages. He asks about Avilio but he just answers that he's going to get some water. Nero goes with him and helps pump.
As they walk through the park, Avilio spots an older and younger brother that look very similar to him and his younger brother as children. They eventually come across 2 nuns and a group of children about to play with a piñata. Nero says that it brings back memories and asks if Avilio's ever used on. He says no. The boy eventually hits it and everyone clamors for the candy. Some of it falls by Avilio's feet so a young boy comes up and asks him if it's okay to take it. Avilio looks uncomfortable and says to knock himself out. Nero walks up remarking that the kid's cute and says that Frate was a lot like that when he was little.
Nero walks over to the nun and tells her something. She tells the children to gather around because he's going to show them something. He gives her the name Marte and she tells them to go fetch some balls for him.
Nero manages to juggle three balls which impresses the kids. They all clap at the end. The same boy from before points at Avilio and asks what he can do. Nero says that there's "no use asking him" because "he doesn't have a scrap of human kindness in him." As he says this, though, Avilio manages to steal his wallet without him noticing. Nero is shocked and asks if it's his. Avilio puts his wallet back and Nero asks if he's some kind of pickpocket. In this time, Avilio also managed to steal his belt. Nero steps to get but his pants sag, causing him to trip on them. Avilio catches him, but his pants fall down, causing all the kids to laugh at him. Nero seems annoyed but the kids begin clapping. The kids begin trying to pay him in candy, so Nero takes off Avilio's hat and hands it to him. He uses it to collect the things they give him. As he holds out his hat he begins to smile.
Back at their camp, Avilio tries to juggle but can't. Nero tells him to start with just one and to make sure not to raise his hands too high. He tells Avilio that Vanno was even better than him.
Nero says that he was about 10 years old when a circus troupe in town. He says that he and Vanno really wanted to go, so they slipped out of Sunday mass and swiped some money from Vince's wallet. He found out right away and beat Nero up. He says that it was fun, though, having something like that come to a nothing town like theirs. He says that for a while they practiced together, just like Avilio was. It was all they thought about. They showed Fio and Frate and they went wild, though they grew board pretty quickly.
Nero asks if Avilio's an only child. Avilio lies and says yes. He says that he then went on the be a gangster. Nero says that it explains his little trick. Avilio says that his hands shook at first, but now they move before he even thinks about it. Avilio asks about his first job and Nero says that he went to lean on a guy who was filching money off the family when he was 14. He says that he thinks him name was "Lagusa" or something like that. He says there were four of them, including him. He says that it was lousy work. Avilio asks if he killed him, and Nero says that he made a move on them first. After that, there was no stopping it. He says that he shot at a kid who ran away, but he didn't get him. He says that ever since that day, he's just thrown himself into it. Avilio jokes that now he's just a penniless runaway. Nero laughs and agrees, saying he's a camper who does juggling on the side.
After Nero falls asleep, Nero reads the letter he was sent again. He looks it over, and says that there was one more person.
On the way out, Avilio again almost hits the man waiting at the gate. Nero laughs and says that he did it on purpose. Avilio confirms this. As they step out of the car, a police man walks up to them. He tells them that if they want to make trouble to go elsewhere. Nero asks if there is anywhere that they can get a drink and slips him some money. The police officer tells him about the drug store up the way and tells him to say that Nick sent them. Nero thanks him and walks away and Avilio puts his hand on his shoulder and offers him a smoke. He doesn't smoke, so Avilio walks away. Up the street, it is revealed that he pickpocket Nick. Nero remarks how tacky his wallet it.
Mad Mack's dog sniffs the ground around a parked truck. The man sleeping in the back sits up, noticing Mad Mack. He calls out to him and apologizes for bothering him, but asks for his help. Before he can finish his sentence, Mad Mack spits at him and it lands on his hat. The man curses at him as he rides along on his wagon.
At a small shot, Nero calls Barbero and says that they just got to a town called Khota. Barbero tells him not to stay long, but Nero says that they only just got there. Barbero says that Orco sent someone after him. Barbero says that, from what Ganzo found out, he's a big man, a regular Goliath. Angelo looks around the small shop, holding an apple. Barbero explains that Goliath is a giant from the Old Testament. Nine feet, six inches tall. Angelo suddenly notices slices pineapples and rushes over, piling a bundle of them into his sack. Barbero scolds him for not reading his bible. He says he hasn't exactly had time to go to church, but says that if he sees a big guy, he'll be careful. Nero tips the lady behind the counter and she leads him behind the counter through the door. Just before he's about to hang up, Barbero says that they've got trouble on the horizon with Fango and Orco. Nero agrees and says that you can't keep a collar on that mad dog, no matter who the master is.
Nero arrives at a secret speakeasy. Smiling, he makes his way to the counter. He asks the bartender to give him his hardest stuff. He pours it and hands it over to Nero. Nero downs it, but is underwhelmed. Nevertheless, he tells him to keep it coming. The bartender looks at him, waiting, so Nero pulls out his wallet. He finds his wallet empty, so he looks around, noticing a barrel.
Mad Mack's dog begins barking at Nick as he pats down Mad Mack. He turns around and tells him to shut his dog to shut up. Mad Mack whistles. Nick kicks the air by the dog, trying to scare him. The dog starts growling, so Nick continues patting him down. Nick finds his wallet, so he takes the money out and says that it's the fine for barking at law enforcement. He drops the wallet on the ground. He walks over to the barrels on his wagon, asking if he has anything good. As he opens the first one, he finds the body of the man Mack killed earlier. Shocked, he looks behind him to find Mack infuriated behind him. Mack lifts him up from behind and begins squishing him. He asks if Nick had seen anyone new in town, like two young men traveling together. Nick chokes out that he had at the drug store. He tells him to let him go. He tells him again to let him go before he snaps Nicks back and he dies.
Angelo exits the grocery store and rubs an apple on his shirt before taking a bite. Across the road, Angelo notices juggling balls then a knife. He walks in holding the groceries.
At the bar, Nero has uses the barrel to arm wrestle for money. The other man in the bar cheer them on. Nero manages to win, and some men congratulate him, saying he one again. One of the men pass him money and another passes a shot. Nero downs it, saying it's awful. Suddenly, Mad Mack barges in. Drunk, Nero calls him "Big Mexico" and says that they should have a round and tells everyone to place their bets. Mad Mack pulls out his picture and compares it to Nero. Mad Mack says that it stinks. As soon as the round starts, Mad Mack slams Nero's fist down with enough strength to break the barrel. Then, he punches Nero in the side of the face. After this, he continuously beats Nero as the crowd watches, astounded. Just as he's about to punch again, he hears his dog yelp. Nero uses this distraction as an opportunity to kick him in the groin and Mad Mack falls to the ground. Angelo enters and says that it sounds lively in there. says that it sounds lively. Nero blows blood out of his nose and says that the fun's just getting started, but Angelo says that they should go, as they're not in any position to be playing around in public. Nero throws some money on the barrel and apologizes for cutting the fun short. Before running out.
Big Mack enters the front of the drug store where he finds his dog trying to get surgical tape off his mouth. He removes it, then steps outside. He sniffs the air, saying that it stinks. Suddenly, the car rams into Mad Mack, as his dog looks on in horror. People around him ask if he's okay and someone yells to call a doctor. Nero tells Angelo that his practice paid off, and to get them out of there. Angelo tries to start it, but the engine makes a noise. Big Mack suddenly stands and faces the front of the car. The two jump out as Mad Mack throws people around him as the two run down the street.
That night, the two walk down a dirt road. Nero says that they're so far out in the sticks, they can't even hitchhike. Seeing a barn in the distance, Angelo suggests they stay there. Nero dishearteningly agrees. Angelo asks if he think's he'll come,and Nero says probably because the dog was a skilled scent hound.
On the same path, Mad Mack follows his dog on his wagon. He spots the barn and he pulls out his machetes.
In the barn, Nero puts a pitchfork on the door as a make-shift lock. He finds a can of Royal sliced pineapple and asks what it is. Angelo says that it's canned goods. Annoyed, Nero says that he can see that and asks if he's making a pineapple cake or something. Angelo cuts open a tube with the knife that he seen in the store window earlier. Nero tells him to stop messing around and tells him to oil the guns. Angelo says that he forgot them in the car. Annoyed, Nero says that if he was going to forget something, it should have been the pineapple. Nero turns around towards the door and pulls his gun out of his coat. He says quietly that he's hungry.
Outside, Mad Mack stands before the door as his dog growls. Angelo and Nero hear this and hide, with Nero cocking his gun. Angelo holds the tube he was cutting earlier. They both stare at the door, waiting, but Mad Mack jumps from the window, wielding his machetes. He charges first at Angelo, and manages to cut some of his hair as he swipes at him. He then kicks him and Angelo flies towards the wall. As Mad Mack starts walking towards him, Nero shoots at him from the front of the barn. Though he hits him initially, it just seems to go through his poncho. As he continues to fire, he misses every time until he runs out of bullets. Mad Mack charges at him as he picks up the pitchfork from the door. Mad Mack laughs when Nero tells him to come at him, and chops the sharp end off the pitchfork before kicking him. Nero falls to the ground. Mad Mack laughs but Angelo throws a can of pineapple at him, using the tube as a sling and manages to hit him. Mad Mack charges towards him, and cuts one of the cans in half. As he gets closer, Angelo throws his knife at him, but it flies past him and into the wall. Just as he reaches Angelo and is about to slash him, Nero takes the knife from the wall and tosses it at him, hitting him deep in his back. Angelo smiles slyly after looking at his body. Smiling, Nero says that he guesses Angelo owes him now, but Angelo, no longer smiling, asks him what for. Nero says that he saved him as they exit the barn. The dog enters as they leave. Angelo says that he should be thanking him, actually. Suddenly, a farmer cocks his gun and points it at them, ordering them to stop. Nero calmly asks him to hold on, but he again shouts to stop. Nero begins to explain but Angelo quickly pushes him to the ground just before Mad Mack swipes down his knife. The farmer shoots Mad Mack in the forehead, in the groin area, the shoulder, and a fourth time, calling him a monster. Mad Mack coughs up blood before collapsing. His dog walks forward wining. The pair stand up and the three men look at his body. The farmer sighs and asks what he was. Nero calls him "Gorillath," confusing the man. Nero tells him he should read his Bible. The dog walks over to his master and hands him a wallet. He tells him to take care of the dog because he'll make a good partner.
The pair take Mad Mack's wagon. Angelo driving and Nero in the front. With a can of open pineapple in his hand, he says that it's a weird thing to have for breakfast. Angelo says that they have no money. Nero slides a ring into his mouth and chews it before gulping it down. Surprised, he says that it's sweet.
- As mentioned in the show, Goliath was a giant who was defeated by David in the bible.
- The same can of sliced pineapples is seen in the final and first episode.
- ↑ ヴァンノとセルペンテの一件で、ヴァネッティファミリーとオルコファミリーの抗争が決定的なものとなった。ネロは、同行を志願したアヴィリオと共に街の外へと逃亡。2人旅を続けるうちに、ネロとアヴィリオはお互いの意外な一面や過去を知ることになる。そんな2人のあとを追う大男と猟犬の姿があった……。
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