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Prince of Tennis Chinese Drama Episode 15
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This drama just gets better and better. First training camp, and now this. ♥

Long Ma vs Zhou Yu
So interesting to see how Zhou Yu does so well when he's not being smothered by his big brother! And seeing Long Ma struggle for a bit was delightful. I'm glad he went back to the Er Dao Liu. And not just because I love to watch it. He's going through a great arc with his development now.

Zhou Yu & Zhou Zhu
You know, I just can't quite figure out what went wrong between them. And I have no idea how they can even fix it now. There is something in their dynamic that I don't understand at all. Somehow, I didn't think Zhou Yu would be so angry about Zhou Zhu giving Long Ma tips -- I thought that would actually show respect for him as a worthy opponent. So confused!

Zhou Zhu vs Guan Yue
OMFG. Up until this ep, I had really been bored with Zhou Zhu. Too angsty, too sweet, not much else going on. I just...I'm floored by his deliberate and flagrant cruelty. (Also, a little turned on.) So fucked up, so awesome to see. Damn, I hope Zhou Yu gets a chance to study abroad, though, to escape Zhou Zhu's extremely scary clutches. Poor Guan Yue! His garden-variety evil cannot compete with Zhou Zhu's epic evil. I mean brotherly love.

Hai Tang & weiqi
So. Adorable. ♥

Da Shi &/vs Ju Wan
Ju Wan may be my secret boyfriend, but I really wanted to give him a smack. I love love love the way their relationship is playing out! Actual personality conflict, actual issues. Ju Wan's face when Cheng Wu asked him if he hadn't noticed how Da Shi had to put up with him over the years! It will be so, so sweet when they reconcile.

Chun Long & his dad
A bit melodramatic but it's so great to see Chun Long maturing. I felt so terrible for him, though, having to give up what he loves. And he didn't get sugar from Zhou Zhu at all.


Not much Holy Triangle action to speak of this ep, but I'm still satisfied from training camp, so that's okay. The Guo Guang - Zhen Zhi dynamic was lovely. And Hai Tang and Cheng Wu are still being massively cute together. And there were lots of posters of Rafa on the walls.


Unrelated to this episode: We re-watched the live-action PoT movie recently and I was really struck by how much the Chinese drama draws on it! The opening, where Ryoma comes to the school and Kaidoh challenges him to a match, is spot on. And after the Fudomine match, where they're worrying about Ryoma using nittoryu and such. Only the drama isn't lame like the movie.

Also unrelated: After watching Federer play Djokovic at the US Open, I will never again doubt Prince of Tennis. It's all possible. Even the dinosaurs.

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Also unrelated: After watching Federer play Djokovic at the US Open, I will never again doubt Prince of Tennis. It's all possible. Even the dinosaurs.

THIS.

For serious! That between the legs shot? INSANE. Too bad Roger seemed to use up all his mojo in the semi, though.

I know! I did a double take when I saw that. He really went all out in that match. He seemed to be too tired in the final to even put up a real fight.

---> It's all possible. Even the dinosaurs.<----
LOL!

Except I think the dinosaur part would only happen if Roger was playing Rafa. :)

Somehow, I didn't think Zhou Yu would be so angry about Zhou Zhu giving Long Ma tips -- I thought that would actually show respect for him as a worthy opponent. So confused!

I expected this, too! I'm not even sure what Zhou Yu wants from his brother now. I was expecting a new understanding, but now the rift seems to be even bigger. So yeah, I don't know.

I just...I'm floored by his deliberate and flagrant cruelty. (Also, a little turned on.) So fucked up, so awesome to see.

You weren't the only one turned on by his cruelty *g*. But I'm still not sure what to make of it all.

And Hai Tang and Cheng Wu are still being massively cute together.

:D:D:D Did you notice the casual arm draping? I sure did :).

I don't think even Zhou Yu knows what he wants at this point. He wants people to take him seriously and stop coddling him, but I don't think he was expecting to feel betrayed by Zhou Zhu's helping Long Ma. Because they are still brothers! ♥ AUGH THOSE TWO BREAK MY HEART.

You're right -- Zhou Yu is totally confused, poor muffin. They need family therapy or something. Also, there should be more Guan Yue - Zhen Zhi confrontation. :)

He wants such conflicting things, too, which makes me feel bad for Zhou Zhou - how is he possibly expected to know what to do now?

I'm not even sure what Zhou Yu wants from his brother now.

I know! I feel like I have pretty much no cultural context for this, either.

Did you notice the casual arm draping?

If it involves Hai Tang, I noticed it. :D

I need to watch the ep again, to get all the details! Can't wait to chat about it!

Watching this a second time, I think Zhou Zhu is actually telling Long Ma how to defeat the Twist Spin Shot -- and in a carrying voice -- so that Zhou Yu won't use it any more. So, not so much to help his own team but to keep his little brother from hurting himself. Which equals more smothering.

I haven't watched it again yet, but that makes sense - Zhou Zhou being smothering at the same time he's hurting his brother's chances to win, so it must feel like there's nothing Zhou Yu can do to stand on his own. Except be a better tennis player or take up another sport *g*.

Zhou Yu's mad because HIS BROTHER WAS RIGHT :/ that, and he's probably forgotten how not to be mad at him anyway. Zhou Zhu needs to grow some backbone.

Also, I totally agree with everything you said on the topic of Zhou Zhu vs Guan Yue match ♥

I think Zhou Zhu needs to back the hell off -- the whole thing is his fault. He should turn his obsessive attentions onto Chun Long for now.

Mmm, Guan Yue.

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