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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.

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Saturday, April 09, 2005

* Prince of Tennis Finale *



Prince of Tennis Ep 177: The Unforgettable Promise
Prince of Tennis Ep 178 (Finale): Farewell My Prince


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Apologies for the delayed posting. Such as it is with longer episodes, they take more time to do. Actually, it's not so much that I've been working on this post for a while...it's more like the hesitation in starting it. But it must be done. In fact, I waited several days to watch the final episode of Prince of Tennis, because I really was dreading having to see it come to an end. In retrospect, however, I probably didn't prolong much of anything, in terms of bitterness at the ending, since the finale was very much a...disappointment.

If you truly loved this episode and couldn't bear to hear anything negative about it, please feel free to skip ahead to my summary, where I will at least attempt to be more objective. ^_^;;

First of all, we all had to suspend our disbelief since the moment Ryoma had been invited to play in the US Open. I know he's good, but can he truly be THAT good? But I was completely willing to play along with this charade, and was even quite touched in those episodes where Momo tells him he "has to go" and that episode where they see him off a the airport. And that's exactly the point...we've already had our tearful farewells, he's over in America doing his thing...there is nothing more to add. And yet, the story writers insisted upon uprooting Ryoma and have him travel back to Japan in the middle of the US Open just so he can beat Tezuka in a game of tennis. I know surpassing Tezuka has always been one of his goals, but I found this so unbelieveably farfetched and out of control that it sort of ruined the story for me. In any case, it seemed that the animators were in a rush to wrap things up in a nice little finale package: Ryoma has to defeat Tezuka for his "closure" before he goes on to bigger and better things as a pro. There could've been a better ending that was more open ended, I think.

The other thing is: they totally skipped over appearances by most of the rivals schools. They showed Hyoutei and some of Rikkai (not nearly enough), and quickly panned across images of some of the rival students, but that was it. The entire ending credits was a recap from the first episode of Prince of Tennis, where Ryoma plays that high school jerk, Sasabe. After having taken so much of a liking for the rival school characters, I found it hard to swallow. I mean, who the hell cares about Sasabe?? Show me flashback shots of Rikkaidai. And more Rikkaidai. And maybe some Hyoutei, Fudoumine and Yamabuki. (You can skip Jousei Shounan). And maybe a little more Rikkaidai.

The best part about this final episode was the scene at Hyoutei, where they find out that they will be allowed to participate in the Nationals tournament. Atobe's reaction to the news is just...so Atobe. Classic. I love this guy, and he was lookin' fine in his final appearance. The other high point of the show was the final scene at Nationals, where the now-recovered Yukimura greets Tezuka, and tells him he's looking forward to playing a match against him. Damn, he was looking hot. Yukimura in his Rikkai uniform = sexy bitch. I can't wait to see what he's got when they get to him in the Nationals tournament for the manga.


summary

Story opens at the US Open, with Ryoma using his Drive B to win his match. He's now won the preliminary rounds, and can go on to the main tournament itself. Kevin cheers him on from the stands. The American reporter guy catches up with Ryoma afterwards and tries to get some thoughts from him, but Ryoma isn't being forthcoming. In fact, when the reporter asks him how he feels about being "#1" in Japan, he hesitates. He's likely thinking about how he's never beaten Tezuka. The man who brought Ryoma here says the boy is tired, and that he can't interview right now. Kevin tells him that he's gonna coach him in preparation for the Open, and that he'll swing by to pick him up tomorrow morning at the hotel. (Kevin's soo cute!)

Ryoma falls asleep in the car on the way to his hotel, and has that same dream again, where he's running through a dark corridor, past all his former rivals. At the end of the tunnel is a light. He looks back, and sees a figure, which he had thought was his father. But it's someone else...

He wakes up.

Back in Japan, they are celebrating Ryoma's US Open success at the Echizen household (Taka-san delivers sushi there..) As they're celebrating, Nanako looks a little sad, thinking that Ryoma's never coming back, somehow...

In Ryoma's hotel, Karupin wakes the boy up because his cell phone is going off. It's Momo, Kikumaru and Taka-san, calling to congratulate his success. Momo tells him who the regular members will be at Nationals, and as he rattles off their names, Kikumaru immitates each character in the background. Lol... They gleefully tell him about the awesome Fuji/Tezuka match. Ryoma is now alert, and asks who won...and is shocked to hear that Fuji lost.

Ryoma ponders over this news. He realizes that the person in his dream is Tezuka. And he's still a very imposing presence in his life. He angrily thinks to himself that he's "not #1." He reaches for his cell phone...

Next morning, he meets up early with that manager guy, and tells him that he's got something to discuss with him... Meanwhile, Kevin has arrived in the neighborhood, to pick up Ryoma. He doesn't know the name of the hotel, so he stops at a nearby convenience store to ask whether he knows about Ryoma. The guy tells him that Ryoma is leaving for Japan this morning. He begins to say something else, but the infuriated Kevin storms off before he can finish.

Kevin catches up with Ryoma at the airport and decks him. (Heh...poor Ochibi! But it actually looks less painful than that Tezuka bitchslap). The manager dude tells Kevin to calm down...that Ryoma's only going back temporarily to Japan, and will be back soon. Ryoma explains that he's gotta go back to conclude things between him and Tezuka. Kevin understands, and feels bad for socking him, and stands up, telling Ryoma that's only fair that he hit him back. But Ryoma walks off, instead, saying he'll be back before the Open resumes.





Meanwhile over at Hyoutei, Sakaki gets some news.. The team is out practicing, determined to get to Nationals next year. "Where's Atobe?" Shishido asks. He's working out at the Atobe Sports Center...and after his workout, there's a gratuitous fanservice scene of him taking a shower. Hotness. He gets out of the shower and is toweling off his hair when his eye catches the headlines on the newspaper...Ryoma has passed through the preliminaries. The proud boy pulls the towel from his head in a huff...

Sakaki announces to his team that the Nationals will be held in Tokyo, and as a sort of courtesy, Hyoutei was chosen to participate in the Nationals. The team is ecstatic, and go looking for Atobe to tell him the news. They're not so sure if the proud Atobe would wanna go to Nationals in this manner, and are a little worried about his reaction. They finally catch up with him at the tennis court, where he's hitting some balls. They tell him the news, and the school is cheering them on with great enthusiasm: "Hyoutei, Hyoutei, Hyoutei..." Atobe says with a smirk: "Everyone's too worked up..." He raises his hand in the air and dramatically snaps them. The crowd instantly goes silent. He says... "Everyone...follow me to the Nationals!" (He addresses himself as 'ore-sama', of course ^_^ ) The crowd goes wild...



Seigaku has heard the news, and resolve to do even better at Nationals. They wonder where Tezuka is...Ryuzaki is also missing. They're a little worried, and wonder if something's up.

There's a flashback of when Ryoma had called to ask Tezuka for a rematch on the phone. Back in the present, Tezuka meets up with Ryoma at that tennis court below the trainstop. Tezuka says that they had promised, afterall. Up on the train platform, the 1st years spot Ryoma and Tezuka in the court below, and rush over the Seigaku to tell everyone. The whole crowd runs over to see the match.

Tezuka asks if he remembers what he told him after their first match: "Next time, be strong enough to beat me."

"Of course I remember," Ryoma says. "That is why I have returned."

The match itself is super cheesy, so I'm not even going to go into it. Suffice it to say that it's DBZ on the courts like you've never seen before.
Near the end of the match, he begins to cry, as he yells out to all his senpais his heartfelt thanks for everything they've done for him thus far. He wins the match (they don't tell you the score), and Tezuka graciously accepts his defeat.



"No matter where you are, you are Seigaku's pillar...and will always be with us," Tezuka tells a crying Ryoma. The team nods and tells him to do his best.. Momo tells him that they'll catch up with him sooner or later. Ryoma responds, "I will be waiting."

Over at the Echizens, Ryoma's mom and dad are preparing to go the States...indefinitely, it seems. They leave things in the care of Nanako.



Fast forward to Nationals, the opening ceremony. Yukimura greets Tezuka, and tells him he is looking forward to playing a match with him...as they are finally both in full health. "See you on the court at finals," Yukimura says.

The Seigaku regular huddle together to get their fighting spirit together.

The final words are from Tezuka, which are of course...

"Yudan sezu ni ikou!!"

~ FIN ~

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