Because I'm a shameless Manjoume fangirl.
This is where I feature a character from an anime and explain their name meanings. If you'd like to request a name meaning, let me know! ^_^
Name: Yukimura Seiichi
Anime: Prince of Tennis
Yukimura is a wonderful character that has lots of potential... His name is quite fitting to his character as well. "Yuki" is the kanji
for peace or happiness, and "mura" means village. I think this reflects the serenity of his nature very well.
The more interesting part about his name is the fact that it stems from the historic Japanese war hero, Sanada Yukimura. A
brilliant tactician and expert in the art of war, he almost led a successful campaign against the then-shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. He is
ultimately betrayed and meets a tragic end. I think it's interesting indeed, that the powerhouse tennis team Rikkaidai's Captain (Yukimura)
and Vice Captain (Sanada) are named after this true life hero.
"Sei" means soul or life force. This of course, speaks to Yukimura's passionate feelings toward tennis, and his incredible
will to overcome his suffering to become greater than he is. Ichi is a common ending for a boy's name.
[ previous name meanings ]
Thursday, February 24, 2005
* Atobe Keigo *
a Prince of Tennis character analysis by athena
...and some profile info from fanbook 20.5
Name: Atobe Keigo
School: Hyoutei Jr. High, 3rd yr
Title: Captain, Tennis team
DOB: October 4 (Libra)
Height: 175 cm (5' 8")
Weight: 62 kg (137 pounds)
Blood type: A
This guy is by far my favorite character from Prince of Tennis. Why do I always go for the divas? Lol... You have to admit that this guy has a lot of charisma, and I love a guy who's the sh*t and knows it, too. ^_^ Of course, in Atobe's case, he makes sure everyone ELSE knows. He loves making a grand entrance in a very "I have arrived" sort of way. It's definitely his flamboyance that struck me the most. I'll quickly go over some of his info from the Prince of Tennis fanbook 20.5, and then describe what I think about him in more detail...
Dominant hand: Right
Playing style: All-rounder
Best skill: Rondo toward Destruction, Insight
- Shoes - HEAD (C,TEch 1000 OM)
- Racket - HEAD (Premier Tour 600)
Hobbies: Fly fishing, reading
Favorite Food: Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding
Family: Grandparents, parents
Father's occupation: Securities company executive
Best subject: All (particularly German & Greek)
Favorite colors: Gold, black
Favorite type: Someone who likes to win
- Be awed by my prowess.
- My prowess grows more brilliant every day.
- Right, Kabaji?
- Forget the rules. I AM the rule.
what's in his bag
- Cell phone - for international calls. People have witnessed Atobe speaking in German over this phone.
- Cell phone - with video phone capabilities in FOMA. (Note: FOMA stand for Freedom of Mobile multimedia access, and it's a service provided by NTT Dokomo, a Japanese communications company). Used mainly to contact family members.
- Cell phone x 2 - Equipped with camera. He uses these phones for most normal usage, but doesn't use the camera much.
- PHS - (Personal Handy Phone) He uses this as a backup for underground use, where it's hard to get a signal. Doesn't use it much.
- Lip balm - Dry lips are the ultimate indignity! Since he couldn't possibly show himself in public with chapped lips, he always carries this around.
- Cologne - Uses one spritz of this as a finishing touch after his post-practice shower. Thus switching to "private mode."
- Foreign book - When he's alone, he's mostly reading. Right now, he particularly likes reading Goethe.
- A gold compact mirror
results from fanbook reader survey
- "Who do you want as a boyfriend?"
Atobe placed 1st under this question, knocking out Kikumaru from the top spot. In response, he says: "'Hyotei, Hyotei, Hyotei, Hyotei, Hyotei,' *SNAP!*...I'm number 1. Well, that's obviously to be expected. To everyone who voted for me: I'll take care of you all at once!"
- "If you could be someone for one day, who would you pick?"
Again, Atobe placed first here. His response: "You wanna try to be ore-sama? I don't mind, if it's just for one day. Enjoy the taste of the sweet life."
What can I say, he's a hottie. Everyone always talks about Fuji being the favored bishi of this series, but I personally prefer Atobe's looks over Fuji's, if only because his personality comes through so well in his expression. This always makes for much cuter looking plushies too...lol. I still can't get over how well they managed to capture his saucy expression in this lovely plushie I just got from Windy (thank you!! *glomps*). The beauty mark under his right eye is cute, too. Anyways, I get the impression that Atobe has a killer wardrobe, and probably has some metrosexual tendencies...which would mean he's always well groomed and has immaculate taste in clothes. He's a rich boy, and can certainly afford to look sharp.
Definitely one of the most charismatic characters in the story, if not the most so. He heads the 200 member team of Hyoutei tennis, and it's obvious that they respect his skills and follow his lead. He started out as a semi-nasty character, taunting some of the Seigaku people...but the author notes that he did this on purpose so as to make a greater impact later, when Atobe sort of reforms himself. You could tell that although his over-the-top personality doesn't change too much, he is not as snide as he may have been before.
But it is his signature narcissistic and arrogant nature that is his trademark, and I think it's his most endearing trait. Coming from anyone else, it would just result in the roll of the eyes, but he makes it work somehow. No one else can pull off quotes like "Be in awe of my prowess" or "I AM the rule," quite like he can. He acts like everyone should worship his greatness precisely because it's well deserved. And although the other characters grin at his antics, they know that he has the skills to back up his ego.
Some people look down on Atobe for destroying Tezuka's shoulder in his Singles 1 match at the Kantou tournament. Although his initial plan was to destroy his shoulder, I have a feeling Atobe didn't expect Tezuka to actually continue that far in the match. He probably thought that Tezuka would forfeit rather than put his own shoulder on the line. He regrets doing this to him later, because he didn't realize that Tezuka had such a reckless and passionate zeal for Seigaku. He didn't expect Tezuka to choose Seigaku over his own health. So although Atobe is an expert at finding his opponent's weaknesses, you could say that he failed in this regard, to truly read his opponent. This is why he feels that although he won this match, he didn't win in the true sense of the word.
The cool part about Atobe is that he works very hard to get where his. And he continues to perservere to better himself...not only for the sake of beating Tezuka in a "real" match, but also to set an example for his team. Despite his seeming aloofness about his team, he is quite dedicated to them. I loved the scene where he stands up for Shishido and asks his coach to give Shishido another chance as a regular, despite his loss to Tachibana. He also is willing to help out his rival team, when he agreed to play practice matches with Seigaku in preparation for their tournament against Rikkaidai. So despite appearances of being self-absorbed, he is quite aware of his peers, and is willing to help them out when they need it.
I'm really looking forward to seeing more of him in Nationals...although my sense is that he will likely lose when he comes up against Tezuka next time (since that's the way the story always goes). But I'm sure he'll continue to impress us with his prowess... ^_~
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