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Friday, March 04, 2005

* Prince of Tennis 174 *



Prince of Tennis 174: Tezuka Kunimitsu vs. Fuji Shusuke

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WOW...this is one of the best Prince of Tennis episodes I have seen!! I knew a Tezuka / Fuji match was going to be off the hook, but this had me on the edge of my seat! It's funny, because the characters watching the match kept saying how tense and excited they were, and those were my own sentiments exactly. We hear some interesting revelations about Fuji and Tezuka's past match together...apparently, Fuji defeated Tezuka utterly and completely back when they were first years. Pretty unusual for Tezuka, who was amazingly skilled even back then. There seems to be more to that story, and it's quite secretive, for some reason...so hopefully, we'll see more of what happened next week.

Ah, and for those of you who read my post on Fuji, which I did a few days ago, you would know that I had JUST finished lamenting over the fact that they never animated one of my favorite Fuji moments in the manga - when he talks to Tezuka after his match with Ryoma. And what do you know - they included it in THIS episode! I was beyond excited when I saw that! The scene was a little different, with the conversation taking place indoors, as opposed to the rain outside (which kind of made it moodier), but the dialogue was the same. ^_^

They did an unusual play-by-play for this match...guess they're really trying to hype it up. I can't wait to find out what happens next week! Really, this is a must see for any fan of Tezuka or Fuji!

summary

The story opens as Ryoma awaits his next match for the US Open. He's in the waiting room, and some jerk who looks like American Sasabe starts to harass him, saying this isn't a place for little brats... "You must have a lot of time to spare," Ryoma says before he walks away. The guy throws a ball in his direction, but Ryoma flips around and hits the ball right back at him with amazing precision. "Mada mada dane," he says.

Back in Japan, the morning ranking matches have finished up. More matches will resume in the afternoon. Momo remarks that they have to work hard to keep up with Ryoma in America. Taka-san says he's completely on a different level now, but that they should try their hardest in their own matches as well. The first years note that Tezuka and Fuji aren't around. Inui says that the two of them must be heightening their concentration elsewhere. Momo reminds them that the biggest match is going to take place that afternoon...Fuji vs. Tezuka. Oishi says that the winner of this match will play Singles 1 at Nationals.

Eiji's really excited, saying that none of them have ever seen Tezuka play Fuji. Inui says that these two have never played one another in a ranking match before. Oishi frowns, and he says that he may not have the liberty to say...but that he knows Tezuka and Fuji had played a match during their first year at Seigaku. Everyone's really excited to hear this, and demand to know the result of that match. Oishi says he overheard Captain Yamato talking about it with Ryuzaki...and that the match apparently ended in Tezuka's complete defeat. The teammates are amazed by this, but Taka-san notes that it's probably believable, considering Fuji's abilities. Oishi knows nothing else about the match, and that Yamato wouldn't tell him what happened. He says Ryuzaki probably knows more...

Meanwhile, Tezuka and Fuji have entered the court.

Fuji: "Let's make this a good match."
Tezuka: "Let's go."

The crowd gathers... (Eiji and Inui have their own matches to play, and regretfully leave...but they even consider forfeiting their own matches just so they can watch! Which they don't of course...) Ryuzaki thinks to herself that there is no imagining what can happen when these two meet in a serious match against one another. "Show me how far you have progressed, these three years," she notes.

"Tezuka..." Fuji remembers their match from first year. He is towering over a defeated Tezuka, who's on his knees... (almost looks like that "I beat Mizuki" scene...hehe..) In the flashback, Fuji has grabbed Tezuka by the shoulders and is shaking him... "It's strange," he thinks to himself, "We have seen each other almost everyday since first year...and yet, as we stand here with this net between us, it feels as though I'm seeing you for the first time in a long while. Tezuka...you can't imagine how much I have been looking forward to this match... I'm going to give it my all!"




Fuji serves and dashes to the net. Tezuka hits it back, and also dashes to the net. Fuji returns the ball and it hits the net, but goes over. Tezuka lobs it, and Fuji smashes, winning the first point. Oishi says with disbelief - that it couldn't be possible that Fuji hit it onto the net on purpose? Taka-san says that even Fuji couldn't do that in such an intense rally. Tezuka already knows that Fuji purposefully hit it to the net, though. Fuji thinks that he was lucky to have been able to win the point with his smash...

He serves again. They rally for a bit... The tension builds, and Kaidoh says that just watching brings shivers.. Hm. ^_^ Fuji dashes to the net, and wins the next point. He looks at Tezuka with almost a surprised expression. As he walks back to the baseline, he thinks to himself, "It's only been 2 points, and my palms are already sweating. Tezuka...what are you feeling now?"

Tezuka's thoughts: "How will you come at me next, Fuji?"

He serves and does another net dash. Upon Tezuka's return, it looks like Fuji's going to smash again, but he steps back and hits it off to the side instead. Fuji takes the next point too, for a love-game.


Tezuka thinks, "It's been a while since someone's gotten a love-game from me. So this is your greeting to me...then, this is my response!" His serve is so powerful, it flies past an astonished Fuji for an ace. He manages to return the second ball, but it's extremely heavy...Tezuka gets the next three points. The teammates are amazed by how this time, it's Fuji's love-game. "But neither one has used their best moves yet," Oishi notes.

Fuji thinks: "You have always surpassed my expectations." He flashes back to that day in the rain, after his match against Ryoma. He speaks to Tezuka in the locker room...

"Was it like this for you too, when you played Echizen?"

"So you knew?"

"Somewhat."

"This match with Echizen...why didn't you go at it with the will to win? Inui says you don't let him take your data....where is the true you, Fuji?"

"Hm...Tezuka, it seems I don't have the passion for winning."

"Fuji."

"I think I just enjoy the thrill bringing out the best in my opponents... What about you?"

"What do you mean? I'll win at all cost. Winning at Nationals is all I can think of now."

Fuji frowns. He looks down and says, "If it is a mark against me...then you should remove me from my regular spot."



Fuji thinks how he used to believe Tezuka was the same as he was...until he had seen Tezuka fight for victory with so much passion during his match against Atobe at the Kantou Tournament. "I wonder...can I become as serious as that....?" He serves. This time, when Tezuka hits it back, he returns it with his triple counter...the Tsubame Gaeshi. The ball slides along the ground past Tezuka. Tezuka turns and looks back at the ball, and there's an odd expression on his face...he looks happy...

Momo says it's so exciting, as a match to determine Singles 1 should be. "That's not it," Oishi replies, "this may very well be...the match that decides the number one player in Japan."

Next Week: The Third Year's True Heart
Whee! More flashbacks...can't wait!!

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