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[ Prince of Tennis, Another Story ]
EP4 - The Trials of Rikkai





Kirihara: Starting today, I'm a Rikkai Middle School freshman, huh?
Kirihara: At this school I'll join the tennis club that's number one in the nation!
Kirihara: Then I'll become number one!
Teacher: Hey! what do you think you're doing up there? Get yourself down this instant!
Kirihara: S-Sorry!






Teacher: Look sharp, Kirihara! ...You realise you slept through the entire lesson.
Kirihara: Oh no!
[grabs his bag and turns to leave]
Teacher: Wait now, I'm not through talking to you!
Kirihara: I'm sorry, but I got something real important to do!
Teacher: I have something
real important for you to do, too.
Kirihara: Eeeep


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Marui: Freshman, get in line!
Jackal: Hmm...
Marui: How is it? How's new member registration going?
Jackal: We've got three time the people as last year.
Marui: Yeah but... Doesn't look like any of them are that tough.
Jackal: Most of them came to register because they want to watch. We'll have a lot of drop-outs half a month from now.
Marui: Oh yeah! That kid isn't here.
Jackal: Kid?
Marui: Y'know! The one on top of the main gate. The one howling, "I'll be number one!"
Jackal: ...Right, there was
that idiot.


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Kirihara: Damn it! Now I'm super late!
Kirihara: Okay... Now where was the tennis club room?
Kirihara: Hey, you! Hey, are you maybe from the tennis club? Where's the club room? Can you tell me?
Niou: Heh.


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Kirihara: Sorry I'm late!
Yagyuu: Do you have business in the Student Council Room?
Kirihara: Student Council Room? This is the Student Council Room?
Yagyuu: It is indeed.
Kirihara: That's weird...
Yagyuu: Someone's played a trick on you then. What a troublesome fellow he must be.





Kirihara: That bastard... He sure got me good!
Kirihara: I'll knock him one for sure!
Kirihara: Dang it, where is that guy?
[gets a poke on the cheek] What're you doing?!
Marui: This is what you're lookin' for, isn't it?
Kirihara: Club Entry Registration? That's right! This is it! I'm the freshman, Kirihara Akaya! Rikkai Middle School Tennis Club's Super Rookie! The Kirihara of whom you have heard so much... is me!
Marui:
[snorts] ...HEHEHEHE.
Kirihara: Is it possible you haven't heard of me? That's weird. I'm a pretty well known guy in the Junior League.
Jackal: We can go through that after you hand in your registration. Go get changed quick, then you can join the others in swing practice.
Kirihara: Huh, swing practice? You're kidding! Don't you think I can get right to having a match with the strongest guys? See, I want to make it to number one A.S.A.P.
(Third Year): Who are you?
Kirihara: I know you! You're from this, you're these guys, right?
[pulls out magazine with Nationals article in it] See! Right?
(Third Year): That's from when we won the National Tournament.
Kirihara: Oh man, what an honor! I have always admired you guys.
Kirihara:
'If I can defeat these guys, I'll be number one in the nation!'


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Jackal: Is this for real?
Marui: He won every single match.
Kirihara: What's this? Getting to number one was easier'n I thought.
Yukimura: What on earth is all this fuss?
(Third Year): Yukimura! Sanada! Yanagi!
Yukimura: It would seem you've been taken, sempai.
Sanada: You, new boy. What are you trying to pull?
Kirihara: What'm I trying to pull? Can't you tell by lookin'? Just now I made myself number one in this club!
Sanada: What's that?
Kirihara: But I guess the Nation's best ain't so much after all! I kinda thought you'd be a little stronger.
Sanada: You brat!
Yukimura: I think we might need to teach this one a little lesson.
Kirihara: What's all this? Why do I have to play a bunch of second years like you?
Sanada: Silence. Save your bullshit for when you win the match.





Yukimura: You'd best leave for the day. Even if you should continue, you have no chance of winning.
Marui: ...Hey, are you okay?
Kirihara: Shut up!
Marui: Hey!
Marui: ...Oh well, there he went.
Sanada: What a joke.





Yukimura: That boy didn't come today, either.
Sanada: When someone disturbs the observance of order, he is not qualified to join the Rikkai Tennis Club.
Yukimura: I see.
Sanada: However, talent... Isn't something I can let alone.
Yukimura:
[chuckles]


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Kirihara: Damn it! I lost the video game too? Who is this fem-freak anyway?!
Marui: That'd be me!
Kirihara: ...I might be first class, but there's no way I'm joining the tennis club!
Marui: What's that? Still can't deal with the fact that you lost?
Kirihara: Even though those guys are just second-years, what the heck are they?
Jackal: The people you faced...
Marui: -Who wants to stand around talking in a place like this? How 'bout we go eat some ramen? What? It's a treat of course! From Jackal here.
Jackal: From me?!


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Jackal: You see? The ones who got Rikkai the National Cup last year... Were these three. Yanagi is called, 'The Master', Yukimura is called, 'The Demigod', and Sanada is called, 'The Emperor', as their second names. All together the three of them are called the Rikkai Tennis Club's "Big Three".
Kirihara: Big Three?
Marui: Basically, it's not just within Rikkai. Even out of the whole country, they're extraordinarily strong. You were facing guys that awesome. You should be happy!
Kirihara: I should be happy? I'm not going to be satisfied with that!
Jackal: You can play those guys until you're sick; it's probably just a matter of pure ability.
Marui: But that's fine! They're people you can be proud of.
Kirihara: I don't know anything about some "Big Three", but they're just middle schoolers like me! I'll take all three of 'em together and bring them down!
Jackal: Is he serious?





Yukimura: That boy... He reminds me of how you were back then. At the Junior Tournament two years ago, when you were in elementary school, struggling with that match, and Tezuka had come from nowhere to defeat you completely.
( Sanada: Someday... Someday, I... I'll become number one!)
Yukimura: After that you took up practice upon practice, and finally reached the highest peak.
Yukimura: People become stronger in measure equal to their knowledge of defeat.
Yukimura: Just as you did back then.


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Kirihara: Today at three in the afternoon, come to the tennis court. An' don't you run off.
Yukimura: He's really quite a handful, isn't he?
Sanada: These kanji are full of errors. He's too careless!
( Missrs, Yukimura Seiichi, Sanada Genichirou, and Yanagi Renji:
Today, 3:00PN* At the school tennis chord*, I'm going to crash* you all fare* and square.
-- Kirihara Akaya.)



Sanada: Leave this one to me.
Yanagi: Well, Genichirou certainly is being personable.
Yukimura: He's unexpectedly fond of that reckless child.
Kirihara: Here I go.
Sanada: Oh? I'd say your power and speed have improved since last time.
Kirihara: If all you do is move your mouth, you'll suffer; just watch!
Sanada: Too weak! Be swift, just as the wind.
Jackal: There it is, Sanada's
Fuurin Kazan.
Marui: Oh wow. I couldn't see the swing at all.
Yanagi: A Split-Step?
Kirihara: I'm not fallin' for the same trick!
Jackal: But that was
Fuurin Kazan's Wind!
Marui: He returned it?!
Yukimura: Eh? So this opponent can keep Sanada in a rally...
Yanagi: But even still, Kirihara is outmatched. At this rate, he has no hope of winning.







Kirihara: I'm going to defeat the "Big Three", and become number one!
Marui: A rising shot?
Sanada: Pursue silence, just as the forest.
Kirihara: He took away all the ball's power.
Jackal:
Fuurin Kazan's Forest.
Kirihara: I'm not gonna lose!
Sanada: I'm finishing this!


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Sanada: I'd say that does it.
Kirihara: Hold it right there. Don't you run off.
Marui: What's with his eyes?
Kirihara: I'm gonna waste you.
Jackal: Are you serious? Sanada's getting pushed around?
Marui: He should use the impenetrable guard,
Fuurin Kazan's Mountain! Why hasn't he invoked it?
Yukimura: He did invoke it... Quite some time ago.
Sanada: That's fine-
Sanada: I'll just stop holding back!





Sanada: Invade and lay waste, just as the fire!
Kirihara: What was that... just now?
Jackal: That's Fire. Sanada invoked Fire at last.
Sanada: What's wrong? Are you finished now?
Kirihara: Nowhere close!
Yukimura: That's enough! This is your loss, Kirihara-kun.
Kirihara: My...
Yukimura: That's right. This is your loss. With the strength you have now, no matter how often you try the result will be the same.
Yanagi: But you can become stronger.
Sanada: Join the tennis club. Set your eye on even greater heights. We will play you at any time.


---


Kirihara: I'm going to join the tennis club! But it's not 'cause I lost, got it? It's so someday I can beat you and become number one!
Sanada: Is that so? Alright. In that case, start with the basics. One hundred laps around the grounds, right now.
Kirihara: One hundred laps? Right now?!
Niou:
[removes wig]
Jackal: Guess that kid got tricked by Niou again.
Marui: He really is a neat kid!
Yukimura: I'd say things are starting to get fun.
Sanada: Honestly, he's too careless!




(Images can be used, but I'd appreciate credit because it took ages to put them all together!)

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Date: 2010-09-25 02:05 pm (UTC)
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But wasn't it always the troika's fault? XD We can blame Sanada in particular, since it was Sanada who was playing him when he went into red-eye mode.

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just slipping in to be a nuisance xD

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you are never a nuisance xD

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Date: 2010-09-25 05:14 pm (UTC)
thelittleone: (tennis ♢ just another boy)
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Seiichi and his mind games. I swear. He scares me sometimes, but I LOVE IT.

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Date: 2010-09-25 08:27 pm (UTC)
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I want to say I read a quote about tennis that talked about it being a psychological game. Can't remember it exactly and don't even know if it's true, but if you consider the game, it makes sense. It's usually just two people, rather than a team, so there is the 'me vs. the world' mentality to the game.

These great players, the ones who do play with the psychology of stuff, they have the determination to win; they might love the game for the game itself, but they want to win and be the very best. That adds into the psychological factors - you have to do whatever you can in order to win. If it means playing mind games, then that is what you have to do.

Obviously Yukimura, and Rikkai, have no problem with the psychological aspects of the game. Consider the switch done by Niou and Yagyuu in the manga - total mind games right there. And Niou's playing tricks on Fuji later on? More mind stuff.

I'd venture to say Yukimura encourages it. All of the players on Rikkai tend to have a lot of mental strategies and tricks and they're a team willing to do whatever it takes to win, even if it means being a bunch of bastards.

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Date: 2010-09-26 04:48 am (UTC)
thelittleone: (tennis ♢ do i look nice to you)
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Okay, I clearly mucked up with my canon timeline, because I'd totally forgotten that Yukimura wasn't from Rikkai originally. And now I can't help but wonder why Yukimura went to Rikkai and how he and Sanada grew to be so close.

This is ttly reshuffling my head-canon.

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Date: 2010-09-25 02:07 pm (UTC)
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I freaking LOVE this quote. And yes, this should be explored because it is just begging to be explained.

On a not-so-random note, I'm wondering if there might be any other OAVs on Rikkai. Just thinking out loud.

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Date: 2010-09-25 08:37 pm (UTC)
fairytales: ([ukiyo-e] bridge)
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This begs the question of where did he learn defeat, like you said. There are a number of other possibilities that can come up - illness in childhood, bad grades, loss of friends or something (or maybe he encountered a loss in tennis at a young age, in a private game, that made him strive to be the best).

This and the quote above make me wonder about Yukimura. He implies that Sanada is at the peak there. Does he think about the future at all? Think about the tennis after this moment? Or does he expect Sanada - and himself, in extension - to always be at the top?

It makes it interesting to consider this in terms of his surgery and subsequent defeat at the hands of Echizen.

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Shit Em. I hate you. I want to write this. I CANNOT UNSEE.

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Date: 2010-09-25 08:38 pm (UTC)
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I can't think of what else to add to that. xD

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Date: 2010-09-25 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Lol. Well, original canon did show that Yagyuu was in the golf club and it was essentially Niou's fault that he got dragged brought over to tennis. Fits in my canon juuuuuuuuuuuust fine.

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Date: 2010-09-25 08:42 pm (UTC)
fairytales: ([quote] not a dream)
From: [personal profile] fairytales
I don't remember how it went in the manga, vs. the anime, but this totally fits into my head canon (which is probably your canon too xD).

It's obvious he knows Niou from the 'Yagyuu: Someone's played a trick on you then. What a troublesome fellow he must be.' comment. He at least has some knowledge of the other boy. But how much? What does he know? And Niou knows of him. Again - how much and what? Why, even?

This makes me want to read the manga again, at least those chapters!

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So, who do you think stays on the senior high circuit? :D

I LOVE YOUUUUU CYYYYYN

Date: 2010-09-27 03:04 pm (UTC)
thelittleone: (tennis ♢ see right through you)
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HYOUTEI. I can see the whole team there.

I'm very torn about Seigaku, because the anime shows that Oishi is shifting schools as a kick-start to pursuing medicine. I know Taka-san said specifically that he won't be playing in senior high because he'll be focusing on the family business.

I can see Fudoumine. Not sure about Yamabuki or St. Rudolph, but then again, I'm terrible for not being invested in them.

I am that awesome :D

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you thou art XD

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NEW THREAD: WHO GOES PRO?

Date: 2010-09-27 02:45 pm (UTC)
fairytales: ([mirrormask] the librarian)
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Who goes into the professional world of tennis?

Re: NEW THREAD: WHO GOES PRO?

Date: 2010-09-28 04:30 am (UTC)
thelittleone: (tennis ♢ see right through you)
From: [personal profile] thelittleone
Barring the happy!accidents AU:

YUKIMURA You're right Cyn. Tezuka.

Not sure about Atobe. He *is* the sole heir to his family's empire and I always saw him more of building his personal kingdom than participating in Wimbledon. THIS IS JUST ME, MIND YOU. If he doesn't go onto Pro Tennis though, I can see him flying out to watch the shows for real or maybe investing in his kohais who are serious about going into the big leagues.

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Date: 2010-09-27 02:52 pm (UTC)
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OMG SO THEM.

The Troika is always on the same page. They are so amazing. And akaya! Even though he's not in the fic, he's such a huge presence! :D

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Re: Last year's Nationals team of Regulars.

Date: 2010-10-09 12:43 pm (UTC)
thelittleone: ([pot] genichirou: the emperor to be)
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NO OPPOSITION FROM OVER HERE. AS LONG AS I GET EM FIC I WILL BE HAPPY.

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because i can oddly sign into DW but not LJ;

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and for the second-years;

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