Wednesday, February 02, 2005
* Prince of Tennis 170 *
Prince of Tennis Ep 170: Burn, Echizen!
Another episode where emotions run high, as Ryoma uncharacteristically begins to fret over this major decision before him. I think this was a great episode, where Ryoma's conflicting thoughts over his impending decision bring consequences to his match against Momo. I enjoyed this episode, and eagerly wait for next week, which promises to be just as emotional...
Just a side note on character development: I know a lot of people tend to criticize Ryoma for being too cocky or being over-confident. But that tends to overlook the fact that he's actually a pretty sensitive kid who's quite caring and loyal. This episode particularly expresses that well, because he is willing to give up this great opportunity for the sake of the team.
A final note, which is actually a question to anyone who knows...I heard a rumor that Tenipuri will be having its final episode in a few weeks, after the Fuji vs. Tezuka ranking match. Is there any validity to this?? I truly hope that's not the case, but I'm a little worried, seeing how Inuyasha ended rather abruptly last fall as well...
The story opens with Mizuki spreading the gossip about Ryoma being invited to the US Open. He points out to his teammates that this is actually a good thing, because that's one less powerful player to worry about. He isn't happy when Yuuta reminds him that St. Rudolph is not going to be at Nationals anyways...
Meanwhile, Coach Ryuzaki is trying to talk some sense into Ryoma. He keeps saying he's made up his mind... She wants to know why he's giving up this opportunity. In Ryoma's mind, he flashes back to that scene (we've seen a million times), when Tezuka told him to become Seigaku's pillar. He begins to say something, but decides not to. He's feeling the responsibility for the team that Tezuka entrusted in him...
Outside, Momo's practicing his swing in prep for his match against Ryoma. Kaido stops by and notes that it's unusual for Momo to give up his lunch period to train. Momo says that since Ryoma's giving up the US Open for Nationals, the least he could do is meet him head-on for the ranking match. "You really believe that?" Kaido asks, surprised. "Of course. He says he's going to Nationals. I know him well enough. When he says something like that, he means it."
Later that afternoon, Momo and Ryoma's match begins. Momo's coming on full strength from the beginning, with his dunk smash and jack knife combos. Ryoma can't seem to keep up, and staying on the defensive. His shots keep going out, and he seems to have lost his focus. Tezuka has come to watch the match, and he tells Ryoma between games that Ryoma can't be distracted by other things if he's to defeat Momo. "I'm not distracted," Ryoma replies rather unconvincingly.
Momo starts to get upset by Ryoma's half-hearted play, and yells at him to go on the offensive, and to come at him with everything. Momo's dunk hits Ryoma's racket, blowing it away... "I didn't want to play you like this!" Momo yells.
Ryoma picks up his racket and looks down. "Momo-senpai...I'm sorry. I am forfeiting this match...."
Next Week: To My Dear Friend
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