3:10 to Sumo (3時10分、決断のとき San-ji Ju-pun, Ketsudan no Toki) is the 19th chapter of the Prison School manga, serialised in Weekly Young Magazine on July 4th, 2011 and published in tankobon format in Volume 3 on January 6th, 2012.
When a shocked Kiyoshi and Gakuto discover that the escape hole in the waste dispsal area was blocked, they realise that digging the hole again would be impossible as there are only 3 days left until the breakout would have occured. Depressed at the apparent failure of the plan, Gakuto deduces that a janitor (the Chairman, in fact) filled in the large escape hole with cement between the trial run on Tuesday and the discovery on Wednesday. He consequently blames Kiyoshi for the failure to discover the cement before it dries, which Kiyoshi rejects. Kiyoshi is dumbstruck by the thought of missing his date, but Gakuto is utterly dejected at both not getting his would-be collector Three Kingdoms figurine for another four years in addition to socially wasting three years of high school by defecating on himself.
In the mess hall of the Prison, Gakuto blames Kiyoshi for his embarrassment and shouts at him as his sacrifice went to waste, until he is silenced by a woken Meiko. The boys continue to make homosexual jokes about Kiyoshi’s haemorrhage and Gakuto defecating himself, which Kiyoshi cannot respond to or correct because of the secrecy of the breakout plan. The other boys promptly continue to make fun of the two, depressing Gakuto and angering Kiyoshi. When the boys go to sleep, Kiyoshi stays up devising a new breakout plan as Gakuto broods in the next cell, until he approaches him the next day during the lunch break. Kiyoshi decides to tell a depressed Gakuto the next morning of his new method to save the breakout plan; he will breakout in the open as a girl, which amazes Gakuto but shocks the other boys.
- The chapter title is a reference to American western prison film 3:10 to Yuma.
|Prison School by Akira Hiramoto|