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Name: Yukimura Seiichi
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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.

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Friday, February 25, 2005

* Prince of Tennis 173 *




Prince of Tennis Ep 173: Samurai New York

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Hehe...well, this was a bit of a throw-away episode, but if it means the series is winding down to a close, then maybe it's a good thing to slow down the pace just a little. I really liked this episode, even though I haven't really seen any of the Kevin episodes from earlier in the series, and thus don't know much about this character. The appearance of the American versions of Kaidoh and Momo was pretty funny, and I enjoyed watching Ryoma navigate the streets of New York.

I really found Ryoma endearing in this episode. I think he truly loves his father, and wants to rise to his expectations because he knows deep down that Nanjirou has entrusted his own dreams of professional tennis stardom upon his son. Although the two of them bicker all the time, it's quite obvious that Nanjirou is a huge presence in Ryoma's life, and it is through surpassing his father that Ryoma will demonstrate the depth of his appreciation and love for him. Lol...can you tell I'm a bit of a sentimentalist?

summary

Ryoma's dreaming that he's in bed back at home, and his father has just stormed into his room for a rude awakening. (it's a pretty funny scene, with Nanjiro trying to wake Ryoma up by pressing his foot into his face!) "Crap! I'm gonna miss my flight!" Ryoma jumps up. But then he realizes he's in his hotel room in America. He holds Karupin and looks out into the New York cityscape from his window...

He gets up and makes his way to the convenience store, where he buys breakfast. The dude behind the counter asks if he's Chinese, and Ryoma replies he's Japanese. "I went there when I was younger," the man replies, "Sumo! Samurai! What an exciting country! But I couldn't stand the nattou!" (Ugh...neither can I. Who can eat them fermented beans? Yuck!)

Ryoma has his food at Central Park - it's a really beautiful day.

*flashback of the day before: The man driving him to his hotel remarks that he figured Ryoma might be a little nervous, but it appears that he isn't. "There's Samurai Nanjiro Junior for you," the man says. He also says that he chose Ryoma as a wild card choice after seeing him play at the Junior Japan-America Tournament...but the man looks into the rear view mirror, and Ryoma's nodding off.
*end flashback*

Ryoma's hitting balls off the wall. People around him are watching him in amazement... He takes a break and lays down on the grass, when Kevin catches up with him. "I was looking for you, Echizen Ryoma," he says. With him is a sports journalist, Jeffery Carlyle. He's worked with Pro Tennis Monthly, so he knows Inoue, and has been keeping up with Ryoma's achievements.

They're standing next to a tennis court, and there's a dispute going on between some young kids and two punks - they look like American versions of Kaidoh and Momo, except Kaidoh is voiced by Momo's VA, and vice versa...heheheh... (Kaidoh dude is "Rick" and Momo guy is "Rod") They bully the kids out of the court, and rough them up a bit. Kevin sends a ball flying in their direction, hitting one them. The punks challenge Kevin and Ryoma to a match. The reporter tries to talk them out of it, but the punks are determined to humiliate Kevin & Ryoma (little do they know...)
"Ret's GO!" Kevin says. (lol..)

"I know some guys that look like you," Ryoma says, "...but they're much cooler!" Hehehe.... He then hits his Twist serve, which smacks Rick in the head. Rick and Rod get really serious and start burning up in flames: "We're gonna send you to HELL!" they yell. (Ryoma remarks that this is like American cartoons..) But of course, Kevin and Ryoma beat the crap out of these imposters...despite getting in each other's way. The punks beat a hasty retreat.

Later, Kevin says he's got something to show him, and takes him to the US Open tennis courts. Kevin tells him that he had thought that he would get to the Open before Ryoma...but now that Ryoma's here, he'd better do his best! They each had fathers who were unable to get to the top of pro tennis - and their role is to fulfill those dreams in their place. The reporter recounts Nanjirou's unexplained disappearance from the tennis world when he was at the top of his game (it was right before the final match of the US Open). It was surmised by Inoue that Nanjiro quit because he obtained something even more precious. (And this is, of course, when Ryoma was born...)

Ryoma has a flashback of his father telling him at the airport to go fulfill the dreams he wasn't able to. He dreams that night of running through a dark path and at the end of it is a shadowy figure..."Dad? DAD!!" Ryoma wakes up. "A dream?"

He sets out for the courts, but not before convenience store dude calls out to him "Yo, Samurai Boy!" (Ugh! If someone ever said that to me, I would have the urge to drop kick them...although it wouldn't be the most ignorant thing I've ever heard...) "And which Junior Tournament are you in?" he asks. "Check page 32 in that magazine," he replies. Ryoma's featured in the article, with a picture...

He's at the Open, and in the waiting room. The man comes to get him for the preliminary rounds. "Do your best," the man says. "Of course," Ryoma replies, in English. ^_^

He steps onto the court... "Dad...here I go...!"

Next Week: Tezuka Kunimitsu vs. Fuji Shuusuke
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