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 10, 2005
* Prince of Tennis 171 *
Prince of Tennis Ep 171: To My Dear Friend
This was the most adorable episode. ^_^ I've always loved Ryoma and Momo's little friendly rivalry, and somehow Momo (although he doesn't seem to have too many fans, if I'm not mistaken?) is exactly the type of guy that seems the most real to me. A little machismo and acting "cool" all the time, but at the same time, extremely emotional and sentimental. He may be slightly on the dense side, much to Kaidoh's exaserbation, but he's a good kid at heart, and this episode really does him justice. The story comes along as was expected...Ryoma's inner conflicts finally come to light: of course, he wants to participate in the Open, and yet feels badly about leaving his team behind. But everyone at Seigaku are so supportive of him, he finally makes up his mind to do what's in his heart. There were parts of this episode that were a bit corny, with the very obvious symbolism of birds taking flight, etc...but it fit in well overall, and the music and acting were so great, I'm willing to overlook it. A slightly bitter sweet episode, but very nicely done.
The episode continues with Ryoma's announcement that he's forfeiting the match. Everyone's pretty shocked, especially Momo, who gets extremely angry... "Are you sure that's ok? That means Momoshiro wins," Tezuka says. Ryoma says yes, but Momo jumps over the net and rushes toward Ryoma, saying it's not ok with him, and demands an explanation. "I don't have an explanation...even if I continued, it wouldn't change the fact that I'll lose," he says. "Is that what you think of our match??" Momo yells, grabbing Ryoma by the front of his shirt...all the Seigaku teammates rush up to get between them. Kaidoh throws a bucket of water over Momo (while Kikumaru holds him back...aw, he gets all wet too..) "I'm telling you to calm down," Kaidoh says. (note: Where did this bucket of water appear from? I wonder...)
The match is forfeitted, and Momo wins by default. He doesn't look happy. The teammates wonder what's gotten into Ryoma..
Momo apologizes to Ryuzaki for what happened, but explains that he can't understand what's happened. He'd never seen Ryoma like that before. He says he doesn't feel right beating Ryoma in that manner and becoming a regular. Ryuzaki notes that if Momo says so, then it must be case that Ryoma wasn't putting his heart into it. "But there are things you cannot see, precisely because you two are so close," she tells him.
Clouds sweep overhead, covering the sunlight...
Meanwhile over on the roof, Tezuka finds Ryoma: "That was a rather pitiful match," he says. "I'm sorry," Ryoma says, "I've done something terrible to Momo-senpai. And Captain, at this rate, I won't be able to live up to your expectations." Tezuka asks him to explain, and Ryoma recalls what Tezuka told him those months ago at the overpass: to become a pillar for Seigaku. Tezuka replies, "Don't misunderstand me. When I said that to you, I didn't mean for you to forsake your own future."
Momo's still feeling depressed. Ryuzaki asks him if he truly saw how Ryoma's expression looked like when they were playing. Momo remembers how pained Ryoma appeared... Ryuzaki notes that Ryoma's heart is likely no longer here. "Not here...?" Momo says.
Back on the roof, Tezuka tells Ryoma that being the pillar doesn't specify time and location...that he can be a support for the team by futhering his own dreams in America, and providing inspiration for the team back home. "It's true that we are preparing for Nationals right now. But Echizen...isn't your mind already made up?"
The clouds pass over, and the sunlight breaks over them. The birds take flight...
"So that's it!" Momo rushes off to find Ryoma. Momo searches everywhere in desperation, but he can't seem to locate him... "How could I have been such an idiot?" he thinks to himself, "When he said he wasn't going to America, I just took his word for it...but your real feelings were..."
When he finally catches up with Ryoma, it's in front of the water fountain.
"Echizen!" he calls out. Ryoma apologizes about earlier. Momo is looking down... "Momo...senpai?"
"You idiot!" Momo yells, "Yeah...I...I really wanted to go to Nationals with you. But if you want to go to America...then you have to go!!" He looks up, and tears are streaming down his face. "Momo senpai..."
"Damn it, I was so caught up looking for you that it's made me sweat weird..." he tries to play it off. "Move it!" he says, dunking his head under the water faucet. Ryoma looks on and smiles..
It's evening, and Ryoma and Momo are starting their rematch. It's just a practice match, since the official ranking results recorded the default win by Momo. This time, however, the guys play with everything they've got. Ryoma wins by 6-2. After the match ends, he announces to everyone that he's going to America...everyone looks on and nods. More birds fly off into the sunset, with one particular one that flies off, higher and away from the flock... (oh, the symbolism...)
The episode ends with a scene from the Echizen residence, where a proud Nanjirou has bought a big fish (tai, for "medeTAI": celebration) to celebrate Ryoma's decision to go to America.
Next week: Goodbye, Seigaku
Looks like Kaidoh shows up at the Echizen's to demand a match for the ranking match that never happened between them. Ooo, goodie...more Mamushi! XD
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