Thursday, January 27, 2005
* Prince of Tennis 168-69 *
Prince of Tennis Ep 168-69: Ryoma's Decision - Wavering Feelings
Today's double episode was slightly angsty... Ryoma has to decide whether to participate in the US Open, or go to Nationals with Seigaku. Although he says his choice is for the Nationals, there seems to be a little hesitation in his decision. This rare opportunity to play with the pros isn't something that should be given up so easily. This episode was slightly slow considering the gravity of the situation, but I think it was deliberately paced this way to extend our suspense. Once again, I'm left dangling until next week... T.T
This double episode begins on the second day of the qualifying matches at Seigaku. Inoue and Shiba discuss the info they just received the day before about Ryoma being in the US Open, and agree that it's unfortunate he wouldn't be able to do Nationals as a result. They catch up with him at the water fountain and ask him about the Open, but he has no idea what they're talking about. Tezuka overhears them, and wants an explanation. Ryoma's at a loss...but then thinks of his dad, and it all comes together. He tries to take off immediately, but Tezuka reminds him that he's got a match that afternoon. In the bushes, Mizuki has been spying, and he's dragged a reluctant Yuuta with him. He's overheard everything...
Back to the qualifying matches, Inui is up against Kikumaru. They both go at it in a long drawn out match. Inui notes how Kikumaru has always been defying his data, never playing in a predictable manner. At one point, Inui dives for the ball and drop his glasses, cracking them. (And whoa, you actually see his eye!) The games goes into a tiebreaker. At Inui's match point, he's diving for the ball again, and his lens shatters. He barely manages to hit the ball over the net, for a 7-6 win.
Meanwhile, Ryoma has beaten his opponent 6-0 in under 10 minutes, and rushes back home to demand an explanation from his father. His father explains he only replied on Ryoma's behalf, since he'd been too busy to do it himself. "It's already decided. Hurry up and prepare to go to the States." Ryoma says with determination that he doesn't want to go...
It's the third day of qualifying rounds, and the regulars are all gathered around gossiping about Ryoma entering the US Open. (Horio had overheard this from the reporters). Momo insists that Ryoma will be going with them to Nationals. Sakuno also hears the news, and is feeling conflicted...
Ryoma himself finally appears, and the whole team anxiously looks at him... "I'm going to Nationals," he tells them. Momo and Kikumaru rejoice, but the other regulars aren't so sure it's a good idea, since the US Open would be such a golden opportunity for him. Even Tezuka tells him that sometimes, people make decisions they think are correct now, only to regret them later. "You still have time...think it through," he tells him.
Fudomine's team show up for some observation. They ask about Ryoma & the Open...it seems Mizuki's big mouth has been keeping the gossip mill running. ^_^;; Tezuka faces off in his match against a very scared looking teammate. After acing his first serve, it looks like Tezuka's back in form. "Yudansezu ni ikou," he says.
Sakuno is practicing against a wall with the tennis ball with Ryoma's face drawn on it. Ryoma walks by and picks up the ball. "Can I keep this?" he asks her. "It brings back good memories." Sakuno finally works up the nerve to ask him if he's really going to forego the US Open. "Are you sure that's ok?"
"Of course," he says...
Sakuno thinks to herself that perhaps he actually wants to go to America...
Next Week: Burn, Echizen!
It looks like Momo vs. Ryoma! But for some reason, Ryoma doesn't have his heart in the game...
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