Episode 22 Recap
A day before the quarter finals match, Qi Bai Cao’s injured leg worries Chang An. The swelling in Qi Bai Cao’s knee during training has Chang An concerned about Qi Bai Cao possibly sustaining a permanent knee injury if she keeps participating in competitions with it. Qi Bai Cao, of course, tries to lessen Chang An’s concern so she can continue participating.
Qi Bai Cao:
“Instructor, that quick fix you came up for me was effective. My opponent never discovered my knee injury. I kept using my left leg to attack and my right leg didn’t have any issues. It didn’t hurt one bit.”
“Your opponent tomorrow is Fang Ting Yi. Quick fixes used against an opponent like her is simply ineffective. If you keep continuing, your leg will definitely become a burden. Do you want me to sit and watch you take risks? Tomorrow, I will go to the committee and withdraw from the competition.”
Qi Bai Cao doesn’t agree with Chang An’s idea of withdrawing from tomorrow’s competition. She defends her want to continue participating with an argument of saying there will always be one thing or another that will make one think about giving up.
Qi Bai Cao:
“This time it’s because of an injured leg. Next time, it might be because of falling ill. This time it’s because of Ting Yi-qianbei. Next time, it might be coming across an even more impressive contestant. Should I give up each and every time?”
Qi Bai Cao adds the fact that giving up is also not the spirit of Yuan Wu Dao. She begs Chang An to allow her to compete for a dream she has been working very hard towards.
Qi Bai Cao:
“I know there is a possibility I will be defeated by Ting Yi-qianbei. However, I won’t regret it in the future whenever I think about it.”
Qi Bai Cao’s argument has made enough sense for Chang An to support her in her decision to participate in the competition. He shows his support towards Qi Bai Cao’s desire to compete with the knee injury before Fang Ting Hao who asks Chang An to not let her participate in tomorrow’s competition.
Fang Ting Hao:
“Don’t let Bai Cao go into the fighting arena tomorrow.”
“My sister, Ting Yi, is now obsessed. Meanwhile, Bai Cao is going into the competition with an injured leg. There will, without a doubt, be an accident if those two go up against each other.”
“Seeing her want to participate in the competition so much, how can I be so ruthless as to disappoint her in her desperate request? Furthermore, what she says is reasonable. She is an athlete. If she, herself, has made the decision to compete, as her instructor, I cannot stop her. I will, however, use everything in my power to protect her.”
Fang Ting Hao:
“Chang An! If you let Bai Cao compete, we’ll all regret it!”
The outcome of the match between Qi Bai Cao and Fang Ting Yi doesn’t come to be as the one Chang An and Fang Ting Hao has constantly been concerned about. Surprisingly, Fang Ting Yi is the one to sustain the more severe injury in this quarter finals match between the two.
In Round 1, Fang Ting Yi is fit and strong. Her attacks makes Qi Bai Cao constantly on the defensive. Her attempt to hide her injured right leg from Fang Ting Yi is kept up for only a short while. Fang Ting Yi quickly sees through Qi Bai Cao’s attempt to hide it after she found Qi Bai Cao hadn’t taken the opportunity to use her Whirlwind Triple Kick when there was an opportunity for her to do so. Fang Ting Yi begins to make continuous attacks to Qi Bai Cao’s right side. An intimidating attack Fang Ting Yi deals Qi Bai Cao from above forces Qi Bai Cao to quickly block it with her left leg. This attack from Fang Ting Yi has Qi Bai Cao start to feel pain. Qi Bai Cao continues on, determined to not show Fang Ting Yi she’s now feeling pain. Qi Bai Cao gets off the ground and continues to block attacks that Fang Ting Yi continuously fires at her right side.
On the sidelines, Chang An watches the fight with silent concern and worry. Fang Ting Hao at one point expresses aloud his worry with not forgiving Chang An if something happens to Qi Bai Cao. With Feng Yun Hall’s, Yin Xiu, she’s in the audience looking pleased to see Fang Ting Yi is annihilating Qi Bai Cao in this match so far. Through Fang Ting Yi, Yin Xiu is hoping to show her former drillmaster, Chang An, that she is the only one who can hold the title of ‘The Strongest One”.
Round 1 ends. Fang Ting Hao uses the intermission to try and get Fang Ting Yi to not fight so ruthlessly. Targeting an opponent’s injury to bring them down is not the way their Xian Wu Hall fights, Fang Ting Hao says to Fang Ting Yi. Fang Ting Yi sees nothing underhanded about the way she has been going about the fight against Qi Bai Cao. Targeting an opponent’s weak point is a common tactic in competitions. Fang Ting Hao changes tact in how he persuades his sister to stop targeting Qi Bai Cao’s knee injury.
Fang Ting Hao:
“Don’t you want to win? Go into the fighting arena and use your Thunderbolt Firework Kick. Isn’t that cooler?”
Fang Ting Yi:
“Of course I will use my Thunderbolt Firework Kick, but not now. There’s no fun in using it this early and ending the competition this early.”
“I don’t care about winning a competition. Not only do I want to win I also want her to return back to me everything that’s mine, bit by bit. I want to make her fall and never be able to get back up again.”
Round 2 begins. Fang Ting Yi continues the fight in the same fashion as she had been in Round 1. She continues to attack Qi Bai Cao’s right side which Qi Bai Cao continues to evade and block. After some time, Qi Bai Cao finds continuing to evade and block Fang Ting Yi’s attacks is not the way to continue the fight. To win, she needs to attack. She goes to launch an attack on Fang Ting Yi with a leap and a kick to Fang Ting Yi’s head. However, it fails to result in a successful attack. Instead, the attack has Fang Ting Yi block it and attack. Qi Bai Cao crashes to the ground from a kick Fang Ting Yi strikes at her chest.
Fang Ting Yi doesn’t continue playing around with Qi Bai Cao after this attack. Satisfied with letting those who’ve come to watch their fight see exactly how strong-minded Qi Bai Cao is, and becoming bored with the way the fight has been going thus far, Fang Ting Yi goes to finish Qi Bai Cao off to end the match between them. She launches her Thunderbolt Firework Kick at Qi Bai Cao. She targets her right leg. It’s unforgiving. Qi Bai Cao feels excruciating pain in her right leg. The count to ten begins for Qi Bai Cao as she remains on the floor clutching her leg. Chang An tells her to retire from the fight. However, Qi Bai Cao has no desire to do this. She slowly rises, defies Chang An and expresses the ability to continue fighting.
“Qi Bai Cao, have you forgotten what you promised me before the competition?”
The promise Qi Bai Cao promised to keep is retire from the fight if there is the slightest possibility her injury could get more serious. Here and now, Qi Bai Cao turns away and breaks her promise to Chang An.
Qi Bai Cao:
“Please continue the fight.”
Fang Ting Yi comes at Qi Bai Cao with more attacks that sees Qi Bai Cao continuing to be beaten up by them. Qi Bai Cao decides she needs to ignore the pain in her right knee and put all her energy into winning the match even if there was the possibility of never fighting again because of permanently disabling her knee. She launches herself and initiates a Whirlwind Triple Kick on Fang Ting Yi. For the first time in the match, Fang Ting Yi shows shock and surprise by Qi Bai Cao’s attacks. A strike to the head, Fang Ting Yi fall unconscious. So does Qi Bai Cao. One of them is injured more, however. While Qi Bai Cao’s Whirlwind Triple Kick brings Qi Bai Cao to become unconscious for only a little while and has a need for crutches in order to walk, Fang Ting Yi is in a vegetative state.
With all the concern coming from Chang An and Fang Ting Hao, we just thought, yeah, something bad is going to happen to Qi Bai Cao’s leg. There’s high probability Qi Bai Cao will end up like Chang An. But who knew something bad was going to happen to Fang Ting Yi! She looked so strong. Nothing really gave a clue an outcome like this would come for Fang Ting Yi. We guess when the focus is on a certain character being in danger, when other characters show concern and worry for this character, we should guess it’s the other character who no one shows concern or worry towards to be the one who ends up meeting danger!
It looks like Qi Bai Cao is going to be having a very hard time now. The curious thing is how Fang Ting Hao will treat Qi Bai Cao after this event. Will he now stop liking Qi Bai Cao and hate her after bringing his dear younger sister to be in a vegetative state?