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How was the Prince of Tennis finale?:

More people liked it than I expected! XD I chose the last option of course, because Atobe is just... *purrrrrrs* ♥

  1. Great! I loved it! (35.94%)
  2. It was so-so (23.96%)
  3. Atobe shower was the only redeemer (21.35%)
  4. Horrible...I hated it(18.75%)
Total: 192 votes

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Name: Yukimura Seiichi
Anime: Prince of Tennis

Meaning:

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.

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Saturday, February 19, 2005

* Manjoume Jun *

Manjoume Jun
a Yugioh GX character analysis by athena



Name: Manjoume Jun
Age: 15
Dorm: Obelisk Blue
Deck type: Hell deck, V to Z deck
Key card: Call of the Living Dead
VA: Matsuno Taiki



Quotes:

  • Why don't you taste to the fullest...the sorrow of one who lacks
  • Only one...there is no need for two Kings at Duel Acadamia
  • Call me Manjoume-san!
Ah...Manjoume-san... This guy has got to be my favorite GX character! Not only is he voiced by the excellent Matsuno Taiki (who did a great job as Kouga from Inuyasha - gotta love that voice!), he's one of the most expressive characters of the show, and has demonstrated a wide range of emotions...making him most intriguing. In addition, he's got a great background story and has the potential to become one of the key players in the episodes yet to come.

Looks:

He's definitely not lacking in the looks department! So he's got some wild spikey hair, but most anime guys do, right? Lol. Anyway, Momoe (or was it the other girl?) did say he had a great looking face...well, the exact words she said were "ike-men." ^_^ I'm really glad he's in Obelisk blue (or was, anyway), because the long blue jacket suits him quite well. As others have pointed out before, he would look horrible in red...


Personality:

Definitely not the type of person who's easy going or carefree, Manjoume does start off as quite the arrogant elitist of the academy. And he demands respect of others, like when he told Judai that he should not forget to call him with the "-san" honorific! But much like Atobe Keigo from Prince of Tennis, Manjoume's diva-isms are well deserved, because he's got the skills to match his attitude. He looks down upon those who are not as skilled as he is, but will also acknowledge when somebody has capabilities, as he did with Judai back in episode 2. He likely picked up his elitism while being raised in a family of over-achievers who always expected nothing but the best from him. You could say his obsession with winning is similar to Kaiba Seto's own complex. (See discussion below for more on that).

Obviously, this kid also has a soft spot. I will never forget how he blushed when he realized that Asuka had been watching his duel against Judai (ep 2)... He also is quite the responsible young man, who tries hard to live up to his brothers' expectations. He's got some insecurities as well, likely caused by the pressure put upon him by his family. These insecurities at times lead him to do stupid things, like in episode 12, when he tried to cheat his way into winning against Misawa. But with all things Manjoume related, of course I am willing to forgive these faults...hehe... He's very vulnerable and confused at times, which make him all the more vivid to me.


His story:

Well first off, he's a top-rate duelist. He's already got a pretty well constructed Hell deck, which we saw in episodes 2 and 12. This deck centers arounds a "hell" theme, and as episode 12 demonstrated, can be quite powerful when used with a focus on Hell Soldier. But he also has the amazing ability to quickly take in other deck themes, like in episode 4, where he expertly constructed and dueled with the V to Z deck. There, he put together an extremely powerful deck with new rare cards he'd never used before, summoning VWXYZ Dragon Catapult Cannon after only 2 turns!

But the skills he's got are only part of his story. As I mentioned earlier, his obsession with winning is connected to his upbringing. He has two older brothers - one who's at the top of his career in finance, and the other in politics. Both of them expect their kid brother to get top grades, and to live up to their family name. He feels extreme pressure by this, and is determined not to let them down. (Doesn't this sound a little like Kaiba - who has to keep winning not only to prove himself to his father, but also because his company's stock depends upon it?) He doesn't feel confident that he can to this, after losing to Judai...which is why he cannot bring himself to admit to his brothers that he is not doing so well at the moment.

Currently, after his defeat to Misawa, Manjoume has left Duel Acadamia to pursue some unknown goals. My thinking is that he has gone to improve his skills, and that he will return before long, better than ever. I was kind of upset by his defeat to Misawa, because I really wanted him to win...and I do think he's capable of getting the best of that Misawa. But like Kaiba had to lose to Yugi before realizing that something was missing from his dueling, I believe Manjoume also has to learn something in the process. We know he's going to appear in episode 24 at the North School... maybe then it will be clear whether he's truly going to step up! ^_^

Posted by athena at |10:28 PM| |

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