Finally raising the curtains! Holy Road!! (ついに
Endou suggested to the Raimon team to take part in the Holy Road tournament but seems very troubled at the idea of taking part in the Holy Road. Matsukaze Tenma gets a chance to spend some time with Sangoku Taichi and receives some advice from him. At night, Tenma trained again with Nishizono Shinsuke at Kasenjiki.
In the next day, they finally have their match against Tengawara and start the kickoff to the fist half of the match against Tengawara. Raimon have to lose 2-0. But when Kita Ichiban shot to Raimon's goal, Shindou stopped it and said that he won't follow Fifth Sector's command. Afterwards Shindou used Kami no Takuto and was able to score a goal against Tengawara using his Fortissimo, leading the point 1-0.
- Kami no Takuto (Debut, officially)
[Shindou Takuto] If we put our all into it, I'm sure we will find a way.
- This episode's title refers to the start of the Holy Road Tournament, "Curtains Rising", means that the tournament will finally start.